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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46 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 "Just as we offer golf course superintendents the highest-quality specialty nutrients using next-generation technologies, we know that giving to the EIFG means we are supporting quality programs that help superintendents make a difference at their facilities and in their communities," said Bob Eichenberg, director of sales at The Andersons. Davis elected 2018 GCSAA president Darren J. Davis, CGCS, became GCSAA's 82nd president at the association's annual meeting during GIS. Davis, a 28-year member of GCSAA, is the superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., a position he has held since 1992. His previous experience included two stints at Augusta National Golf Club — the first as an apprentice superintendent, the second as an IPM specialist — and the assistant superinten - dent post at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Fla. Davis served as vice president of GCSAA in 2017, and has been a member of the associa - tion's board of directors since 2012. "Becoming president is a privilege that I don't take lightly," Davis told the annual meet - ing assembly. "I hope I am able to give the as- sociation back even a fraction of what it's given to me." A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Davis earned a turfgrass management certificate from Penn State University in 1991, along with an associ - ate degree from Tallahassee Community Col- lege (1987) and a bachelor's degree in commu- nications from Florida Gulf Coast University (2007). Davis is a past president of the Ever - glades GCSA, the Florida GCSA and the Flor- ida Turfgrass Association. In 2004, the FGCSA recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award, and in 2011, the Florida Turfgrass As - sociation presented Davis with the Wreath of Grass, the association's highest honor. Davis is currently a director with the Musser Interna - tional Turfgrass Foundation. Other officers elected during the annual meeting were Rafael Barajas, CGCS, director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fla., as vice presi - dent, and John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, grounds and facilities manager at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club, as secretary/treasurer. Elected as directors were current board members Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, superinten - dent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., and Kevin P. Sunderman, direc - tor of grounds at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Coun- try Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. Jeff L. White, CGCS, superintendent at Indian Hills Coun - try Club in Prairie Village, Kan., and T.A. Barker, CGCS, superintendent at Fore Lakes Golf Course in Taylorsville, Utah, were newly elected as directors. Continuing his service on the board as director is Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, natural resource leader at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio. GCSAA 2017 President Bill H. Maynard, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance operations at the Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.), remains on the board as immediate past president, while Peter J. Grass, CGCS, from Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., retires from board service. Earlier in the meeting, members voted to approve 11 changes to the association's bylaws. Details on these changes plus additional an - nual meeting information and resources can be found at . — Megan Hirt, editor, War Eagle! The Golf Industry Show offers something for everyone, and the highlight of GIS varies, depending on the perspective of the person in attendance. For students (and often, alumni, as well), one of the more exciting moments is the announcement of the winners of GCSAA's Collegiate Turf Bowl on the show's final night. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 Top: 2017 GCSAA President Bill H. Maynard, CGCS (left) officially presents the gavel to Darren J. Davis, CGCS, 2018 association president, after his election at the GCSAA Annual Meeting and Election. Middle: The 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors after the completion of voting in San Antonio. Bottom: Davis' official gavel that he will use during board meetings this year. Photos by Montana Pritchard

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