Golf Course Management

MAR 2018

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.18 (Conn is considered a universal donor. Only 6.6 percent of the population has Type O-negative blood, and this can be transfused to almost any patient in need regardless of their blood type.) In mid-September, Dodson began dialysis three times a week. Conn, meanwhile, continued being tested. On Sept. 17, he gave 28 vials of blood, took a stress test and had an MRI on his chest and kidney regions. One hitch, Conn says, occurred when some calcification was found on his spleen. He had more blood work done before he was approved by an infectious disease specialist. Around Halloween, Conn received the news that he could donate a kidney to Dodson. Then, the waiting began. Conn, a father of two, had worries. "It was excruciating. What if you go to the gro - cery store and get in an accident? What if something hap- pens to one of our kids? Cold and flu season? If either of us is sick, it gets put off. It can be a real mental drain," Conn says. No wonder, then, that he was relieved when Jan. 9 ar - rived. "I was happy to get into that operating room. I felt the weight of the world off my shoulders," he says. Nearly six hours later, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., it was done. Conn's left kidney was removed and placed inside of Dodson, whose original kidneys remained while the new one was situated below his right rib cage and tied into his bladder area. Conn returned to work in early February. Dodson, who is married to Brenda and has three children and a grand - child, is off dialysis, and has worked intermittently since the procedure. He says Park CC has been wonderful, par - ticularly his assistant superintendent, Jim Frey, a six-year GCSAA member. Dodson has his work laptop and is able to walk and can drive locally. "There isn't anything I won't be able to get back to doing," says Dodson, the son of a superintendent, who for the rest of his life will be on anti-rejection medications. Conn says he lost 30 percent of his total kidney func - tion, which he was told was OK as long as he takes care of himself. You get the sense that from now on, Dodson and Conn will take care of each other. They are proponents of the National Kidney Foundation and recommend everyone be aware and proactive regarding any health issue. They also plan to see each other more often now that they share a common — and very important — bond. "We've already kind of planned things. They do a fam - ily game night. Our wives have been texting, talking. I think it's going to be a way different relationship," Conn says. — H.R. Hiers earns prestigious USGA honor In recognition of outstanding contributions to the game of golf, the USGA has selected Tim Hiers, CGCS, as the recipient of the USGA Green Section Award. Hiers, who has been a superintendent since 1976 and is currently the director of agronomy at The Club at Medi - terra in Naples, Fla., stands at the forefront of golf's envi- ronmental opportunities and challenges while also driving advances in golf course management. An avid and artic - ulate educator, he frequently hosts visitors ranging from school children to scientists to government officials. "I learned to play golf on a cow pasture and I've been hooked on the game ever since," says Hiers, a 39-year GCSAA member. "In this business, you can never learn While green is a common color for birds, reptiles, fish and insects, there are no green mammals . Ever Green There are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover. Shamrocks are standard three-leaf clovers. In 19th century Europe, a pigment known as Scheele's Green was widely used in paints, wallpaper, candles and other home goods. One of its ingredients? Arsenic. From Green Bay to Bowling Green to Greenwich, more than 80 U.S. cities have "green" in their names. The human eye is most sensitive to green and can detect more shades of green than of any other color. It's not easy being green: The original Kermit the Frog was made of an old green coat that belonged to Jim Henson's mother (the primitive puppet's eyes were ping-pong balls). Today, Kermit has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a doctorate of amphibious letters from Southampton College in New York. Though its popularity soars every St. Patrick's Day, green — as color and concept — is always in fashion with superintendents. Here, a few things you may not know about the golf course's most prized pigment and some of its most famous wearers. The Tim Hiers, CGCS, who oversees The Club at Mediterra in Naples, Fla., has been selected as the recipient of the USGA Green Section Award. Photo courtesy of the USGA

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