Golf Course Management

APR 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 Beardmore appreciates what GCSAA as a whole has been able to accomplish. "It is really important for our group to have a good working relationship with the GCSAA to ensure that we are up to speed on all of the latest developments," he says. "We then communicate this information to our owners, CEOs and superintendents. The relationship is working great." Expect that mindset to continue for anything TAO does. "We're trying to be as informative and educational as possible. I think we're heading in the right direction," Beardmore says. "We're a group that's been operating for a long time that nobody really knows about. We want peo - ple to know there's a resource there for the industry that is really trying hard to make a difference." — H.R. Apply now: Syngenta Business Institute 2018 The application process is open for the 10th annual Syngenta Business Institute. Syngenta partners with the Wake Forest University School of Business to provide superintendents with height - ened business and managerial skills. This year's event is scheduled Dec. 3-6 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The applica - tion deadline is Aug. 14. Apply at http://goo.gl/ByTpqG . EXCEL Leadership Program launched Twelve assistant superintendent members of GCSAA were chosen for the first class of the EXCEL Leadership Program, which is funded by Nufarm and administered by GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental In - stitute for Golf. EXCEL offers leadership training for personal, career and community/industry stewardship. The name "EXCEL" represents the education, cross-training, community focus, encouragement and leadership development that the program fosters. The program will feature a pair of two-day training sessions — one at Nufarm's headquar - ters in Chicago and the other at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. — each year of the three-year program cycle. In addition to the two-day training events, EXCEL members also received five-day trips to the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. "Assistant superintendents are the future of the pro - fession," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "They are taking steps not only to grow their own careers but to be the next generation of leaders of our association and the superin - tendent profession." The members of the 2018 EXCEL Leadership Program are: Jens Arneson, Maple Bluff Country Club, Madison, Wis.; Travis M. Cook, The Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.); Phillip A. Fischer, Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Indianapolis; Zachary Fleeger, Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe, Vt.; Richard K. Haines, Onwentsia Club, Lake For - est, Ill.; Stephen Hicks, Brantford (Ontario) Golf & Country Club; Joshua S. Lemons, Golden Valley Country Club, Min - A new look in North Carolina Major renovations are happening now at Tangle- wood Park Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., including bunker renovations, a new irri - gation system, and a changeover to Champion bermudagrass from bentgrass, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. https://goo.gl/F8ohxF Yale course gets high marks The golf course at the Ivy League's Yale Uni- versity in New Haven, Conn., is worth the time, Golf magazine reports, which likes its "quirky" and "unforgettable" characteristics on the Seth Raynor design. https://goo.gl/m8jirL A Florida revival Construction company owner Dave Tavlin purchased Sandpiper Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Fla., and is investing in restoring the facility, The Ledger reports. The updates include 200,000 square feet of new sod and an up - dated irrigation system. https://goo.gl/xF2o8a Potential merger for Illinois courses The Chicago Park District and a private firm have plans to update and possibly merge two South Side golf courses, the Chicago Tribune re - ports. https://goo.gl/Lc2fsR NEWS in the neapolis; Jessica K. Lenihan, Hayden Lake Country Club, Hayden, Idaho; Tyler R. LePore, Talisker Club, Tuhaye in Park City, Utah; Brycen Meng, Indian Hills Country Club, Mission Hills, Kan.; Mitchell E. Savage, Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver; and Steven Shavel, Double Eagle Club, Galena, Ohio. "After the planning and development of the EXCEL program, it's exciting to have our first class and see it come to fruition," says Steve Vincent, Nufarm turf and or - namental sales manager. "We assembled a great team of future leaders." Burgess receives Musser honor Patrick Burgess, Ph.D., has been awarded the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation Award of Excellence for 2018. The annual award is presented to an outstanding doc - torate student of turfgrass science who has made signifi- cant and innovative contributions to turfgrass science re- search. Burgess receives a $35,000 cash award. Burgess received his doctorate from the plant biology graduate program at Rutgers University. His dissertation was focused on "Physiological and biochemical factors associated with drought tolerance of creeping bentgrass," under Bingru Huang, Ph.D. After completing his degree, Burgess accepted a position with Bayer as the northeast field development scientist in the environmental science division. His primary goal is to drive customer-centric in - novation and thought leadership across the turfgrass, or- namental, professional pest management and vector con- trol markets. The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation is ded - icated to fostering turfgrass management as a learned profession. Named in memory of a pioneering turfgrass scientist, Professor H. Burton Musser, the foundation acknowledges and rewards those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the doctoral phase of their turfgrass science education and research. Audubon's BioBlitz on deck The fourth annual BioBlitz, Audubon International's global nature competition, runs from April 21 to May 13. The free event, sponsored by the USGA, brings hun - dreds of volunteers from communities worldwide to doc- ument the large diversity of species that golf courses call home. In 2017, BioBlitz participants recorded nearly 2,000 species of animals, plants, fungi and insects on golf courses in North America and South America. Awards will be given for most species, most participants and best photos. To register, visit https://auduboninternational.org/ event-2813521 . Bob Farren, CGCS, is a TAO member. As director of golf courses and grounds management at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & Country Club, he welcomes the opportunity to represent superintendents. "It's important for our industry. We have a seat at the table at the grassroots level," says Farren, a 37-year GCSAA member. "We (TAO) have a really good purpose. All of us have a common bond, and we are all working hard to the benefit of the industry." Chava McKeel, GCSAA director, government affairs, spoke to the TAO group at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. She provided TAO with updates on a variety of topics, including the H-2B visa program, Endangered Spe - cies Act (ESA) reform and GCSAA's Grassroots Ambassa- dor program. "The TAO group is forward-thinking and want to be progressive in the use of technology. They have the desire to be leaders in the industry on environmental stew - ardship and be the early adopters of new technologies that they hope can benefit the entire industry," McKeel says.

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