Golf Course Management

MAY 2018

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78 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.18 ARIZONA James H. Crews, formerly (B) at Indian Wells Golf Resort, is now (B) at Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence. Michael Phillips , formerly (C) at Sioux City Country Club, is now (C) at SaddleBrooke Golf Course in Tucson. CALIFORNIA Paul T. Akers, formerly (S) at Golf Acad- emy of America, is now (S) at Rolling Hills Country Club in Palos Verdes Peninsula. Kenton D. Brunson, formerly (C) at Desert Mountain Club, is now (C) at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey. Steven R. Kimbrough Jr., CGCS, formerly (A) at Woodcreek Golf Club, is now (A) at Timber Creek Golf Course in Roseville. Brian Wolfand, formerly (C) at Marbella Country Club, is now (C) at Santa Ana Country Club in Santa Ana. Joel Wong, formerly (B) at San Ramon Golf Club, is now (B) at DHR Construction Inc. in American Canyon. COLORADO Johnathan A. Doncilovic, formerly (C) at Broadmoor Golf Club, is now (C) at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs. Thomas O. Kramlich, CGCS, formerly (A) at Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club, is now (A) at City of Cortez Parks & Recre- ation Department in Cortez. Matthew H. Picurro, formerly (C) at Aldarra Golf Club, is now (C) at Maroon Creek Club in Aspen. CONNECTICUT Dan Lee, formerly (C) at Canyons Golf Course, is now (C) at Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent. FLORIDA Scott R. Austin, formerly (A) at Myakka Pines Golf Club, is now (A) at Longboat Key Club-Islandside Course in Longboat Key. Sean Brunske, formerly (C) at Red Hill Country Club, is now (C) at The Country Club of Sebring in Sebring. Paul M. Clark, formerly (A) at Castine Golf Club, is now (A) at The Diplomat Golf Resort & Spa in Hallandale Beach. Douglas B. Cunefare Jr., formerly (AS) at Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club, is now (AS) at Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande. Richie E. Edwards, formerly (A) at Holiday Golf Club, is now (A) at Fort Walton Beach Golf Course in Fort Walton Beach. Shane R. Willey, formerly (C) at Grass- lands Golf & Country Club, is now (B) at The Great Outdoors Golf Club in Titusville. Central Plains Steve Randall Twitter: @GCSAA_Central When industry leaders band together to promote the efforts of golf, great things are the result. This was the case March 8 at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul. Roughly 50 industry representatives gathered for Minnesota's Golf Industry Day on the Hill. Kudos to members of the Minnesota GCSA who were in at - tendance. Golf course superintendents were the most-represented group and served as leaders for visits with state representatives and senators. Minnesota GCSA Executive Director Jack MacKenzie, CGCS, and a 36-year member of GCSAA, who recently received the GCSAA Excellence in Gov - ernment Affairs Award, took the lead during the day. Jack has been very active in promoting the benefits of the industry in St. Paul. Eleven teams of industry representatives were created for visits, which ran from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each team had a leader and three to five members, with roughly five visits per team. This enabled each team member to meet with a representative or senator from their home district and allowed for great discussions and communication during the visits. I had the opportunity to join Justin Bicek, a distributor representative for Reinders Inc. and a four-year GCSAA member, and Dave Schwarz, an 11-year GCSAA member, on their visit with Sen. Jerry Newton. The senator represents Anoka County, which is north of Minneapolis. His district includes two major golf facilities, including TPC Twin Cities, which hosts a PGA Tour Cham - pions event. Golf is big in his district. He understands the importance of the industry. Golf has a great story to tell in Minnesota. The state hosted the Ryder Cup in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. Golf is a $2.3 billion industry in the state, with more than 733,000 players. As MacKenzie will point out, the golf course is a community's largest rain garden. The golf industry generates 35,000 jobs annually in Minnesota. "This is a great way to showcase the industry and the positive impacts of golf," says Eric Ritter, CGCS, and a 19-year GCSAA member as well as a GCSAA grassroots ambassador. "Attending these type of events gets you familiar with our political system and lets us get to know our representatives." Participation from GCSAA assistant members is noted as well. "Attending this event has helped me with public speaking and getting me out of my comfort zone," says Matt Cavanaugh, Class C member from Rush Creek GC in Maple Grove. "There's a misconception about golf. This is our chance to explain the benefits of the game and our industry." In late March, the MGCSA rolled out four manuals addressing best management practices for golf. The publications, which were funded in part by a grant from GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, are: The Minne - sota Golf Course Reference Handbook of Maintenance Practices, a 140-page document providing background on golf course maintenance to non-professionals; The MDA Agency Best Management Practices for Turfgrass Fertilizers and Pesticides; The MDA Agency Bulletins Specific to Golf Course Management; and Best Management Practices (BMPs) Water Use Efficiency/ Conservation Plan for Minnesota Golf Courses. These booklets, created with the help of many superintendents, state agencies, allied golf associations and the GCSAA, were great talking points during the successful Day on the Hill. We're spreading the great message of golf. Consider getting involved! For the latest updates from all of GCSAA's field staff representatives, go to www.gcsaa.org/ community/regions. Minnesota Sen. Jerry Newton (center) meets with MGCSA members Dave Schwarz (left) and Justin Bicek on March 8 during Minnesota's Golf Industry Day on the Hill at the Capitol in St. Paul. (in the field) MEMBERS ONLY

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