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02.16 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 113 Youth on Course (YOC), a nonproft organization that provides rounds for $5 or less, scholarships, and caddie programs for children and teens, now has 10,000 members in the Northern California market. YOC initia- tives have led to nearly 200 paid internship and caddie positions, and, last year alone, contributed $282,000 toward college scholarships. YOC, the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association, partners with more than 400 golf courses in multiple western states, and has plans to expand to Southern California, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. In December 2015, YOC joined forces with the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) to extend key initiatives into the Pacifc North- west. "We want to have a deeper impact on the junior golf population of Washington, and seeing the success that Youth on Course is having across the western United States, it's obvious that the program is a game changer for the industry," says Troy Andrew, WSGA CEO and executive director. Recording artist Darius Rucker was chosen to receive the Award of Merit presented by the National Golf Course Owners Association. Founding member of the band Hootie & the Blowfsh, Rucker and his band mates have donated more than $1.8 million to charities worldwide through their foundation. The majority of the funding comes from the annual Hootie & the Blowfsh "Monday After the Masters" celebrity pro-am golf tourna- ment. Proceeds from that event are also earmarked for the South Carolina Junior Golf Association. The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) announced its 2015 Field of the Year Award winners. Professional baseball: Ed Smith Stadium, Baltimore Orioles, Sarasota, Fla.; Daniel Thomas, head groundskeeper. Professional soccer: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus Crew SC, Columbus, Ohio; Weston Appelfeller, CSFM, director of grounds. College and uni- versity football: Davis Wade Stadium at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.; Brandon Hardin, sports turf superintendent. College and university softball: Cyrill Soft- ball Stadium at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, S.C.; Bruce Suddeth, director of building and landscape services. College and university soccer: Klockner Stadium at the University of Virginia, Charlot- tesville, Va.; Jesse Pritchard, CSFM, sports turf manager, and Phil Bathalon, assistant sports turf manager. College and university sporting grounds: Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.; Shane Hohlbein, CSFM, sports turf manager. Schools and parks, baseball: Ivey-Watson Field, Gainesville City Schools, Gainesville, Ga.; David Presnell, CSFM, turf manager; Schools and parks, football: North Area Athletic Complex Field, Jefferson County School District, Golden, Colo.; Sun Roesslein and Christi Clay, stadium managers. Schools and parks, softball: Blue Eagle Softball Complex, Clover School District, Clover, S.C.; Will Rogers, CSFM, sports turf manager. Schools and parks, soccer: Varsity Soccer Field at Collegiate School, Goochland, Va.; Allison Moyer, grounds manager. Schools and parks, sporting grounds: Championship Field at Pleasant View Sports Complex, Pat McHugh, CGCS, was named corporate agronomist for the southeastern U.S. for Floratine. McHugh, founder of North Carolina Turf Sup- port, brings more than 41 years of experience in turfgrass agronomy. In his new role, McHugh is responsible for evaluating customers' turfgrass and soil conditions to help them develop customized nutrition programs that best ft their specifc needs. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. New face at FLORATINE Youth on Course