Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 Randquist settles in as GCSAA COO Bringing decades of influence and experience in the golf industry, Robert M. Randquist, CGCS, has been named chief operating officer of GCSAA. Randquist, who started May 29, came to GCSAA after 20 years as director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla., where in the past year he oversaw the renovation of its Robert von Hagge-designed course. The leadership at Boca Rio has always been highly supportive of Randquist's involvement with GCSAA, as well as his new opportunity. Prior to his tenure at Boca Rio, Randquist spent two decades as superintendent at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., where he hosted the 1982 and 1994 PGA Championships and helped secure the 2001 U.S. Open. No stranger to GCSAA and its members, Randquist served as the association's president in 2011. He has been a GCSAA member for 41 years and became a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 1985. Randquist served on the USGA Green Section Committee for 27 years, and has been honored by the USGA with its Ike Grainger Award, which recognizes 25 years of volunteer service. "Bob has always been an active member and wonder - ful advocate for GCSAA, and I am very excited for him to join our team," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "His lead - ership skills coupled with his strategic thinking and proven ability to deliver results make him the right person to help execute our strategic priorities. His wealth of experience across the golf industry will be a valuable asset as we continue to accelerate the delivery of our programs and services to our membership. I'm looking forward to a suc - cessful partnership as he oversees the day-to-day opera- tions while I represent GCSAA on a more external front." "I feel extremely privileged and blessed to be selected as the new chief operating officer for GCSAA," Randquist says. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve in a role that will allow me to make a significant contribution back to GCSAA and its members. I can't imagine a more satisfying way to finish my career than with service to a profession that I so passionately care about." TOCA awards aplenty GCM, the GCSAA marketing team and EPIC Creative/ GCSAA TV combined to earn 25 awards — including 13 first-place honors — in the 2018 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Communications Contest. The awards, which were based on work produced in 2017, were presented May 3 at the organization's an - nual meeting in Cincinnati. The magazine's first-place awards went to: • Associate editor Howard Richman in the environmen - tal stewardship writing category for "Zero tolerance," a feature on President's Award for Environmental Stewardship winner Josh Heptig, published in Febru - ary 2017. • Richman in the website-original content writing cate - gory for "Ringenberger marches on after wildfires hit Trending Nematode updates for cool- and warm-season turf Turfgrass experts offer the latest recommenda- tions for effective nematode control. http://goo. gl/3TGYw4 First Tee links up with alternative learning program At Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville, Va., middle and high school students build golf skills, confidence and character. Quail Creek Country Club rebounds from Hurricane Irma Superintendent Kevin Leo and others at the Florida club — which lost 4,000 trees and all its bunkers to Irma's wrath — discuss cleanup, emerging with a better product, and welcoming the Florida Women's Open this summer. http:// The First Cut Our weekly e-newsletter delivers the latest industry news and the best of GCM right to your inbox. Visit our homepage to sign up. Talk to us @GCM_Magazine course, home," about P.J. Ringenberger, the director of agronomy at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, Calif., which was published at in Octo - ber 2017. • Megan Hirt, editor, in the headline writing category for "Stream of conscience," in June 2017, a story about a Pennsylvania golf course that made an environmental splash while protecting itself from an encroaching stream. • Contributor Terry Buchen, CGCS Retired, MG, won a writing award in the business management category, for "Assessing golf course infrastructure," which was published in August 2017 and offered a guide for superintendents to plan budgets for future restoration, renovation and replacement work. • Contributors John C. Fech and Jonathan L. Larson, Ph.D., took first place in the ornamental writing cate - gory with "Scouting report," which is about using the principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for control options, in August 2017. • Contributor Hal Phillips earned first place in the turf writing category for "Remote control," a feature about a Canadian superintendent who uses an agronomic drone program for disease and water management, from March 2017. • Contributor Chad Hipolito, a freelance photographer, took first place in the best single photo category for an image he took for "Down but not out," a story from November 2017 chronicling Canadian superintendent Brian Youell's recovery from a life-changing head injury. In the marketing communications portion of the con - test, GCSAA's marketing department — Director Eric Olson and Marketing Manager Whitney Hoefer — along with Julie Prewitt and Levi Kuhn from GCSAA's marketing partners JNA Advertising, picked up a first-place honor in the photography, video, multimedia category for best use of editorial or opinion in video/DVD, for "GCSAA Working for Me." Additionally, EPIC Creative brought home four first- place awards for work it produced for GCSAA TV, while G&S Business Communications won first place for feature writing in the marketing communications portion of the contest for "The windshield or the bug," a story that was produced for GCM and was published in October 2017. Finally, the Gardner Awards provide best-in-show recog - nition in each of the contest's primary categories, with Hipolito earning one for photography, publishing and EPIC Creative taking one home in the special projects, publish - ing arena for their video work at the 2017 U.S. Open that appeared on GCSAA TV. Additionally, GCM, GCSAA and EPIC Creative/GCSAA TV earned 12 merit awards in the TOCA contest. For a full list of winners, go to - loads/2018/05/2018-TOCA-Awards-Press-Release.pdf . Robert M. Randquist, CGCS GCM Get m o r e

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