Golf Course Management

MAY 2018

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76 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.18 Q: Who would join you in your dream golf foursome? A: Bill Murray, Greg Norman and Frank Sinatra. Q: Name your biggest agronomic challenge? A: Control of annual bluegrass weevil. Poa annua is minimal at Chester Valley. Chemical control is limited, and it seems that chemical control is successful only to the larvae stage. Believe it or not, they eat bluegrass. Q: Your most underrated piece of equipment is …? A: TDR moisture meter. It saves so much time and effort, and it eliminates the chance of overwatering. Hopefully, I will never need a soil probe again to check moisture levels. Q: What is breakfast for you? A: I actually eat two meals for breakfast. Early morning consists of a six-egg omelet with cheese and an apple. A few hours later, when I get a chance, I pound down a homemade fruit and veggie smoothie. Q: Your golf handicap was as low as 10. Who taught you how to play? A: My grandfather, Glenn. There was a time that I'd play, sometimes 36 holes, nonstop. As a superintendent, you should play. That allows you to see things from the members' eyes. Q: Do you have a favorite app? A: My weather app. Maybe not so much my favorite, but it is the one I use most often. I am constantly checking it for updates. Q: What tops your bucket list? A: Whale watching in Alaska. Or skydiving. It's a coin flip. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you In his senior year at Fleetwood (Pa.) High School, Joel Bubbenmoyer starred in the leading role of the musical "Barnum," which is centered on the famous promoter P.T. Barnum, who founded Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1871. Nowadays, Bubbenmoyer is a showman in his own right. People get to see his work at Chester Valley GC, where Bubbenmoyer, 32, has been employed for seven years. In January, he was elevated to superintendent. There isn't a better place to showcase what Bubbenmoyer and his staff accomplishes, he says. "Our work is like a musical production. We are diligent and committed to putting out a good product for our membership. People here are nice, personable, and they treat you like family," says Bubbenmoyer, an 11-year GCSAA member who attended Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa. Joel Bubbenmoyer Was: Assistant golf course superintendent, Chester Valley Golf Club, Malvern, Pa. Is: Superintendent, Chester Valley GC (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE May 3-6 — PGA Tour, Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Keith Wood, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 3-6 — LPGA, Volunteers of America LPGA North Texas Classic, Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas; Russell Birkhimer, director of agronomy May 4-6 — PGA Tour Champions, Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club; Chris Hartman, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 4-6 — Symetra Tour, IOA Invita- tional, Atlanta National Golf Club, Milton, Ga.; Steven Byers, superintendent May 10-13 — PGA Tour, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Ve- dra Beach, Fla.; Jeff Plotts, director of golf operations; Lucas Andrews, superintendent May 10-13 — Symetra Tour, Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic, Links at Stoney Point, Greenwood, S.C.; Keith Bishop, superintendent May 10-13 — Web.com Tour, Knox- ville Open, Fox Den Country Club, Scott Severance, CGCS May 10-13 — European Tour, Rocco Forte Open, Verdura Golf Club, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy May 17-19 — Symetra Tour, Symetra Classic, River Run Country Club, Davidson, N.C.; Ron Richie, superintendent May 17-20 — PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas; Kasey Kauff, director of grounds May 17-20 — PGA Tour Champions, Regions Tradition, Greystone Golf & Country Club, Birmingham, Ala.; Jason Miller, director of golf course operations May 17-20 — Web.com Tour, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corp., Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.; Ran- dall Long, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 17-20 — LPGA, Kingsmill Championship, Kingsmill Resort-River Course, Williamsburg, Va.; Michael Pierce III, director of agronomy May 17-20 — European Tour, Belgian MEMBERS ONLY

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