Golf Course Management

APR 2015

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04.15 3OLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 105 tion, who worked with architect Pete Dye during the 2001 restoration of Har- bour Town, will lead the project. Harbour Town is expected to reopen in September. Duininck Golf will oversee renova- tion of Maryvale Golf Course, a municipal facility owned by the city of Phoenix. Grand Canyon Univer- sity manages Maryvale GC. The school agreed to invest $8 million to revitalize the course. Scottsdale-based architect John Fought was hired to revamp the layout. The course closed Jan. 15 and is expected to reopen this fall. William F. Bell, creator of Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., designed Maryvale GC in 1961. "A Diffcult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf" by James R. Hansen received the USGA's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for 2014. "Robert Trent Jones was a colossus of the game, and his contributions to golf course architecture undoubtedly infuenced the way championship golf has been played over the past 65 years," said Michael Tros- tel, senior historian for the USGA Museum. Barbara Nicklaus, wife of golf great Jack Nicklaus, is receiving the 2015 Bob Jones Award presented by the USGA. She has been instrumen- tal for years in generating attention to youth-related charitable causes and volunteerism. Currently, she serves as the chairperson of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, whose mission is to provide charitable support for activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. The founda- tion, which also supports not-for-proft programs and projects aimed at pediatric health care and health-related services, has raised more than $32 million since its inception in 2004. The Bob Jones Award, presented annually since 1955, is the USGA's highest honor. It recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships. The award will be presented during the week of the 115th U.S. Open, June 15-21, at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Ron Sirak is receiving the 2015 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Sirak, who has written for the Associated Press, Golf Digest and Golf World, will be honored April 8 at the ISPS HANDA 43rd Golf Writers Association of America Annual Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga. Sirak reported a combined 140 men's and women's major championships, 10 Ryder Cups and seven Solheim Cups. In 2005, he became the frst journalist to cover four men's and four women's majors in a season. Doc Giffn, longtime associate of golf legend Arnold Palmer, is the recipient of the William D. Richardson Award, named in honor of one of the founders of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA). Giffn, 86, was PGA Tour press secretary until he became Palmer's traveling secre- tary in 1969. In other GWAA honors, golfer Ben Lyle is recipient of the Ben Hogan Award, given to a person who continues to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. Lyle, an Aussie who battled leukemia as a teenager, has won twice on the Web.com Tour. Also, golfer Jim Furyk is receiving the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award, which honors a player who is cooperative and accommodating to the media. All of them will be recognized April 8 during the 43rd annual ISPS HANDA GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga. LPGA defending U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie made a large donation to The First Tee of the Palm Beaches. Wie donated 10 boxes of Nike clothing and golf shoes. The fresh- man class of Suncoast High School was the main benefciary. Wie's donation included sweaters, shirts, pants, skirts and shoes. Female players from Palm Beach Atlantic University's golf team were invited to pick out some clothing, too. TurfMutt, an environmental steward- ship and education program funded and managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation, announced an expanded TurfMutt program for schools and families designed to help youth learn about science and the environment from the perspective of the backyard, community and personal green spaces they enjoy daily while gaining an understanding of their benefts to the planet when cared for in a sustainable way. Since 2009, the TurfMutt environmental education program has reached 38 million students, teachers and families. Carolina Trace Country Club at the northern edge of North Carolina's Sandhill region began major renova- tions March 1. The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course will get a complete overhaul of the Lake Course including new, leveled, squared tee complexes, new and updated bunkers and other renovations. Aaron Hobbs, president of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), was among those who served on a panel on NPR's Diane Rehm Show to discuss pesticide use and resistance. On the show, Hobbs pointed out that pesticides could be important tools and solutions to a problem. He noted that they should be used in combination with all available pest control tools to solve specifc homeowner or farmer pest problems. Hobbs also emphasized the importance of education, proper use and continued evolution of pes- ticide technology. Other panelists included Syngenta's Les Glasgow, her- bicide technical product lead; and Erik Olson, director of health programs, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC).

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