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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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 USGA agronomist Brian Whitlark presented the USGA's revised guidelines for green con - struction, and Reynolds discussed his research about the chemical and spectral properties of turfgrass colorants. The speed of learning increased when Beth Guertal, Ph.D., hosted "Verdure Live!" an hour of four short presentations. Aaron Patton, Ph.D., from Purdue Univer - sity discussed the importance of the pH and hardness of the water in spray tank mixes. Clemson University's Bruce Martin, Ph.D., presented the results of his research on the effectiveness of the nematicide Indemnify, which, he said, "was pretty darn good." And Jim Brosnan, Ph.D., from the University of Tennessee is developing methods superinten - dents can use to rapidly determine whether the Poa annua on their courses is resistant or sus - ceptible to a particular herbicide. The fastest talkers in San Antonio were re - served for "Lightning Round Learning!" Mod- erated by Frank Wong, Ph.D., this session al- lowed 11 speakers to impart five-minute bits of wisdom and inspiration. On the career front, speakers discussed the biggest mistake you can make on your résumé, the value of GCSAA membership, and how building relationships in your community can help your club survive hard times. Three superintendents also shared more personal stories. David Beanblosssom gave an emotionally charged talk about his struggles with addiction, his recovery from a near-fatal accident and his new life as a superintendent. Josh Pope, whose course suffered a disastrous 1,000-year flood in 2016, recounted the long journey to rebuild The Greenbrier and the community around it. For his part, David Eichhorn Jr. urged superintendents to get out of their comfort zones, to embrace people with different expertise and experiences and to be brave enough to do something that has an un - certain outcome. Additional information on many of the pre - sentations mentioned here is available at http:// goo.gl/HZSyur . — T.C. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 colonoscopies. Yet much of his focus was on Clinton, whom he eventually got to meet and share a few laughs with several years ago. Ham - mond, a regular cast member on SNL from 1995 to 2009, gave a shout-out to the Turf Bowl-winning team from Auburn University. Plaster also made a point to recognize all of the Turf Bowl teams for what they bring to the table. "You are the future, and together, we will continue to evolve and tackle the challenges we face," he said. Before the evening concluded, Plaster deliv - ered a message to the audience that never ceases to resonate. "With your help, we'll find ways to advo - cate for this industry we all love," Plaster said. — H.R. Speed is of the essence For superintendents who didn't have time for an all-day field trip or a half-day seminar, GIS offered three forays into speed learning: short talks ranging from five to 20 minutes and covering an array of topics. The longest of the three sessions, "Turf Solutions: Everything but the Kitchen Sink," comprised four short talks of about 20 minutes each. Moderated by Casey Reynolds, Ph.D., the executive director of Turfgrass Produc - ers International, the session covered "How to Save Your Golf Course from Flooding" with Stephen Gill, CEO, and Tiffany Lar - gey, COO, both from Flood Risk America. Bruce Martin, Ph.D., from Clemson University describes the results of his research on nematode control in turfgrass in South Carolina. Photo by Roger Billings "Saturday Night Live" alum Darrell Hammond provided the entertainment for the Closing Celebration at GIS in San Antonio. Photo by Montana Pritchard

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