Golf Course Management

APR 2018

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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 play in the PGA Tour's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, liked what he saw when he was given the trophy. "There he is," Els said, punctuating it with a big grin. Els, who also is a golf course designer, admits that his fondness for superin - tendents has grown through the years. The way superintendents tell it like it is impresses Els. Here is how he views superintendents' input: "The brutal, honest truth comes to mind. I'm always interested in what you guys have to say." Before he departed, GCSAA presented Els with a check for $10,000 that is designated for the Els for Autism Foundation. Els and his wife, Liezl, launched the foundation nine years ago, and their efforts are highlighted by a school in Jupiter, Fla., for those with autism, including their son, Ben. "When you're trying to do what's best for your child, you can help a lot of others," Els said. The evening began with the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner by San Antonio high school sophomore Juan San Miguel, who was accompanied by the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School marching band. Their perfor - mance was followed by a welcome from Jaco- bus Snyman, president of the Lone Star GCSA and a 14-year GCSAA member. Later, numerous other award winners were honored. They include President's Award hon - oree Frank Rossi, Ph.D., from Cornell Univer- sity. Rossi, who gave an emotional speech, said that leading the way to install BMPs for the state of New York is among the top moments in his career. "It's the single most important ex - tension work I've been part of," Rossi said. The Col. John Morley Distinguished Ser - vice Award went to Leah Brilman, Ph.D., and Rick Latin, Ph.D. Brilman, a renowned turf - grass scientist and researcher, included a simple message in her speech: "Grass feeds the world." Latin, who works at Purdue, cherishes the work he has done with superintendents. "I think golf course superintendents are among the most creative people I've ever met," Latin said. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Finishing touches It was a chance to relax, laugh and say good- bye. At GIS in San Antonio, the Closing Cel - ebration, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, provided an opportunity to recog - nize GCSAA members in a fun format. Master of ceremonies Suzie Gilbert offered an on-tar - get summary to launch the proceedings. "Pause for a few moments to reflect on what you know, where you are right now in your ca - reer and what you did this week to get to where you want to be," Gilbert said. "What makes GCSAA strong is our ability to come together as a diverse group of professionals, with dif - ferent backgrounds, positions and knowledge, and come away from this week stronger than we were before." John Deere Golf 's North American Sales Manager Dave Plaster followed by welcoming those in attendance. "Each year I look forward to the Golf Industry Show as an opportunity to build new relationships, talk a little business, and catch up with old friends," Plaster said. Plaster turned it over to GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans, who was all smiles. "It really has been a great week. We have had tremendous activities, events and meetings," said Evans, whose afternoon meetings that day featured the finalization of the 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors and election of the association's 82nd president, Darren J. Davis, CGCS. Center stage for the comedic entertainment was former "Saturday Night Live" star Dar - rell Hammond, who is known for his imper- sonations of President Bill Clinton, Sean Con- nery, Regis Philbin and Al Gore, to name a few. Hammond hit on an array of topics, including Els for Autism is a full-service effort focusing on autism patients from a young age through adulthood. For more information, go to www.elsforautism.org . CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 Old Tom Morris Award recipient Ernie Els (left) shares his thoughts with moderator John Maginnes during the Opening Session at GIS in San Antonio. Els was among numerous award recipients honored. Photo by Montana Pritchard

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