Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 student majoring in occupational therapy, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Chad Higaki, CGCS, is the superintendent at Ted Makalena Golf Course in Waipahu, Hawaii. Kregal, a University of Iowa student majoring in journalism and mass communications, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Matthew Kregel, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis. Kubel, a University of South Florida student major - ing in medicine and environmental biosciences, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Jason M. Kubel, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla. Morris, a Mississippi State University student majoring in aerospace engineering, received a $1,000 scholarship. His father, Timothy J. Busek, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta, Ga. Richau, a Western Carolina Univer - sity student majoring in environmental science, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Steve D. Richau, is the su - perintendent at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, N.C. Kerr, Girardi earn Master Greenkeeper certificates Andrew Kerr (above left), course manager at Surbiton Golf Club in London, and Anthony Girardi, CGCS (above right), at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, Conn., have become the 73rd and 74th recipients of the Master Greenkeeper certificate, a distinction given by the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA). A prestigious and highly sought-after greenkeeping industry award, Master Greenkeeper status is achieved through a three-stage process. To be eligible, BIGGA members must have worked in the industry for 10 years, with three years spent in a head greenkeeper, course manager or superintendent role. Kerr, 39, was raised in County Antrim, Ireland, and comes from an agricultural background. He began his ca - reer working on golf courses in Northern Ireland before making the switch to England, finally settling in as the course manager at Surbiton. "I feel the Master Greenkeeper qualification is import - ant for the industry, as it highlights great work, knowledge and abilities in a small industry within a global scale," Kerr says. "Each of the stages helped me push my own knowl - edge and develop excellent standards from a course and administration point of view, which I hope to continue to do now and in the future." Girardi, 49, has been in the golf business for 29 years, beginning his career as an intern while attending the University of Rhode Island. He graduated in 1992 with a degree in environmental science and landed an assis - tant superintendent position at Woodway Country Club in Darien, Conn. After three years, he became the golf course superintendent at Rockrimmon, a position he has held for the past 24 years. Girardi is a 28-year member of GCSAA. "I had always heard of the Master Greenkeeper pro - gram through the years, but it wasn't until I attended BTME (BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition) in 2016 that I be - came more aware of the certificate and what it entailed," Girardi says. "You are never too old to learn, and in a very short two-year period, I can safely say that I have learned a great deal about course management from my peers in the U.K. and Ireland. The Master Greenkeeper process is an invaluable experience that allows you to grow both per - sonally and professionally." Adds Stuart Green, BIGGA's head of member learn - ing, "Our Master Greenkeeper certificate is now in its 28th year, and yet only 74 golf course managers and super - intendents from all over the world have made the grade, highlighting what an incredible achievement this is. Master Greenkeeper is a learning experience, and I would recom - mend any golf course manager who aspires to the highest standards give it a go." Get more information on the Master Greenkeeper certificate at greenkeeper-certificate.html . Eight GCSAA chapters receive outreach grants GCSAA has awarded eight grants totaling $20,235 to help affiliated chapters engage in outreach activities to key constituents on the local level, primarily golfers and em - ployers. Now in its 10th year, GCSAA's Chapter Outreach Grant Program has helped fund initiatives such as local media buys, state golf days, informational videos, trade show booths and state golf economic impact studies. "The Chapter Outreach Grant Program helps our af - filiated chapters take GCSAA's national communications efforts and tailor them for their local audiences," says Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. "In the last decade, we have had more than half of our chapters take advantage of this opportunity to spread the message of the important work of superintendents and the many benefits golf brings to communities." The GCSAA-affiliated chapters receiving grants in 2018 are the Alabama GCSA, Maine GCSA, Metropolitan GCSA, Michigan GCSA, Philadelphia Association of GCS, Rocky Mountain GCSA, GCSA of South Dakota and South - ern Illinois GCSA. GCSAA has 99 affiliated chapters across North America. Trending Understanding the seasonal worker shortage Golf industry representatives offer updates and perspective on the U.S. labor market and the H-2B visa program. The case for protecting genetic resources in turfgrass Urbanization has the potential to negatively impact unique genetic resources. In the case of turf, the disturbance of sites in South Korea has threatened zoysiagrasses that possess distinct biological advantages. A tribute in Texas Among the Lone Star State's many golf of- ferings is a course that bears the name of a beloved superintendent. 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. 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