Golf Course Management

MAR 2018

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78 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.18 Q: What's your favorite piece of equipment, and why? A: My favorite would have to be the Toro 175-gallon Multi Pro sprayer. It has a light footprint and is easy to navigate. It can be used on many different surfaces on the course. It's easy to calibrate and adjust to a desired rate when needed. Q: Your favorite movie of all time? A: I could sit and watch the director's editions of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy over and over again. Q: What's your favorite smell? A: Nothing beats the aroma of a roast that has been cooking in the crockpot all day when I come home from work. Q: What makes you laugh? A: Spending time with my family. We are all goofy and have a great sense of humor. Q: If you could give advice to somebody who is interested in becoming part of this industry, what would it be? A: If you truly have a passion for this business, never give up, no matter what obstacles you may have to face. Listening to those who have gone before you and learning from your mentors is a priceless experience. Q: What's atop your bucket list? A: Going on a cruise to Nova Scotia. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Renee Geyer had music in her veins at a very young age — she could play the violin and piano by the time she was 5. But Geyer didn't follow in the footsteps of her father, Richard, an opera singer, as she grew up in Lancaster, Ohio. "I needed to be outside, enjoy nature," Geyer says. Instead, she followed the lead of her godfather, Lew Wasem, who took her to play golf at a par-3. "He put a 9-iron in my hand, and I have loved the game ever since," says Geyer, who studied turfgrass at Ohio State University and has been employed since 2009 at Firestone CC. Her musical background, though, has qualities that come in handy as a superintendent, a job she has held since May 2017. "When you are part of an ensemble, it's all teamwork-based. You work together and bring each other up," says Geyer, an 11-year GCSAA member. "We help each other out, every day." Renee Geyer Was: Assistant superintendent, Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio Is: Superintendent, Firestone CC (West Course) (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE March 1-4 — LPGA, HSBC Women's World Championship, Sentosa Golf Club- Tanjong Course, Singapore March 1-4 — European Tour, Tshwane Open, Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa March 1-4 — European Tour, WGC- Mexico Championship, Chapultepec Golf Club, Mexico City March 2-4 — PGA Tour Champions, Cologuard Classic, Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Ariz.; Michael Petty, GCSAA Class A regional golf course superintendent March 8-11 — PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, Innisbrook Resort- Copperhead Course, Palm Harbor, Fla.; Ryan Stewart, GCSAA Class A superintendent March 8-11 — Web.com Tour, El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova, El Bosque Country Club, Guanajuato March 9-11 — PGA Tour Champions, Toshiba Classic, Newport Beach (Calif.) Country Club; Ron Benedict, superintendent March 9-11 — Symetra Tour, SGIC Kickoff Classic, Feather Sound Country Club, Clearwater, Fla.; Mike Strube, superintendent March 15-18 — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.; Christopher Flynn, CGCS, director of grounds March 15-18 — LPGA, Bank of Hope Founders Cup, Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix; Todd Norton, director of golf grounds March 16-18 — Symetra Tour, Florida's Natural Charity Classic, Country Club of Winter Haven (Fla.); Kyle Johnson, superintendent March 21-25 — PGA Tour, World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin (Texas) Country Club; Bobby Stringer, CGCS MEMBERS ONLY @renee2884

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