Golf Course Management

MAY 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.18 2002); Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club (1961, 1977); Royal Birkdale Golf Club (1965 and 1969); and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club (1933 and 1937). GCSAA Class A superintendent Chris Tritabaugh, an 18-year association member, oversees Hazeltine National. Several years before the Ryder Cup returns to Hazel - tine, Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., will welcome an event that it last hosted nearly 100 years ago. The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship is coming to Westches - ter CC's West Course Aug. 2-8, 2021. In 1923, West- chester hosted the event for the first time. GCSAA Class A superintendent David Dudones, a 19-year association member, is director of golf and grounds. The need for speed As a youth in Winfield, Kan., Josh Heptig (pictured here) would turn each page of the Guinness Book of World Records in anticipation and fascination. Soon, his own name may be among the record holders. No pace of play issue here. On March 9, Heptig set what could be the world record for the fastest golf hole played by an individual (minimum 500 yards). He achieved the feat in 1 minute, 47.13 seconds at his place of em - ployment, Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Heptig, a GCSAA Class A superintendent and the director of golf course operations with San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation, surpassed the current record of 1:50.6, set last year by Steve Jeffs at Tiverton Golf Club in the United Kingdom. Heptig, an 18-year association member and recipient of GCSAA's President's Award for Environmental Steward - ship in 2017, submitted the paperwork to Guinness World Records officials. It could be any minute now for Guinness to announce if it indeed is a record (the paperwork takes 12 weeks after submission). How did this come about? It all started when Heptig was on a local radio show, "Jeff & Jeremy in the Morning" on KZOZ's 93.3 FM, to promote the El Chorro Pitchin' Re - gional Bark Charity Fun Run and Speedgolf Classic, which was hosted March 31 by San Luis Obispo County Parks. Proceeds from the event benefited the Frace family, who recently lost their daughters, Brynn and Brittni, in a car accident. During the broadcast, Jeff and Jeremy looked up the Guinness World Records for the fastest golf hole played, and then challenged Heptig to break the record. There was certainly a need for speed to handle this task. Heptig used a 6-iron on No. 7 to tackle the test. After Tiger sighting in Illinois soon? Major golf champion Tiger Woods got a call from former President Barack Obama about a Chicago-area golf course that needs a redesign. Woods has accepted the challenge, according to ABC7 in Chicago. The 100-year-old course in Jackson Park is targeted for the upgrades. https://goo.gl/Z8ELij Beauty is in the eye of the beholder A headline in a story in The Telegraph asks the question, "Is this the world's most beautiful golf course?" Judge for yourself by reading about the golf course at the luxury hotel Lemuria in Seychelles. https://goo.gl/Q99fxh Fatal plane crash at Arizona facility Six people were killed April 9 at TPC Scotts- dale's Champions Course, ABC News reports. Its sister course, the Stadium Course, hosts the PGA Tour's Phoenix Waste Management Open in February. https://search.app.goo.gl/8uBmv Changes in store in Alabama GCSAA Class A superintendent Jeff Andrews, a 14-year association member, is quoted in a story by the Dothan Eagle about changes com - ing to Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Highland Oaks in Dothan, Ala., including an upgraded irrigation system. https://goo.gl/U8wUgq NEWS in the his tee shot, he chased down his second shot and struck it at 37.15 seconds. He sprinted to his third shot, hitting it at the 1:17.19 mark. His fourth, a chip from the fringe, came at 1:40.15. That left Heptig with a 5-footer and plenty of pressure: The chance to break the record would have gone down in flames if he hadn't knocked the ball in the cup. Well, mission accomplished. The people (Jeff and Jeremy) documenting Heptig's quest on video and with a wristwatch timer flashed what could very well be a new record. (It actually took Heptig two attempts to make it happen. On his first try, his errant third shot missed the green to the left and rolled back down the hill. He got it right, however, when presented with a mulligan.) Heptig, who is steadfast in doing his part to advance the golf in - dustry, says he wouldn't be shocked if someone breaks his record before it's ratified. Regardless of whether that ma - terializes, Heptig isn't done yet. "I know I can do it faster," he says. "I will try it again." — H.R. Els receives U.S. Open invitation Ernie Els, GCSAA's 2018 Old Tom Morris Award re- cipient, received an exemption into the 118th U.S. Open that will be held June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997. Jim Furyk, 2003 champion, also received an exemption. Els, 48, won his first U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and the second at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md. Els will compete in his 26th consecutive U.S. Open, while Furyk will make his 24th Open start and his 23rd in a row. "It's a thrill, and I'm very grateful to the USGA," says Els, who is one of 18 players to win multiple U.S. Opens and was the first international player to accomplish the feat since Alex Smith in 1910. "Obviously, the U.S. Open means a lot to me. This is kind of where it all started, you might say. Winning at Oakmont at the age of 24 — as I've said before it was almost like a shock the way it happened. I still thought I had some steps to climb to get there. Then '97 was just a very, very special week, winning in the nation's capital, and that set me up for a really great year. For me there are so many wonderful memories from U.S. Opens, and it's exciting to be able to keep that story going." The USGA also announced something new starting with this year's U.S. Open: The Celebration of Champions will take place June 12, two days before the championship rounds start. It will be a four-hole public exhibition hon - oring the winners of all 2017 USGA championships. The event will be a two-player mixed-teams format. Eight-time USGA champion Jack Nicklaus will help launch the festivi - ties. Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka will be on-site for the event but won't participate in play. Clarifications • In the April issue of GCM, Henson Maples should have been named as the co-founder of the Carolinas GCSA with Grant Bennett in the story "Proving ground" on page 18. • Michigan State University should have been identified as the winner of the 2018 Collegiate Spirit Award in the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl coverage on page 48 of the April issue of GCM.

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