Golf Course Management

NOV 2014

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96 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.14 Florida Ralph Dain I can't get the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" out of my head: "The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas." After having recently visited San Antonio, Texas, I have to tell you I am thrilled with the host city for the 2015 Golf Industry Show. San Antonio may well be one of the most delightful locations we visit. The area immediately surround - ing the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is welcoming and clean with the added allure of the city's River Walk, along which attendees will find an abundance of dining opportuni - ties, as well as shops and some amazing cypress trees and gardens. Once at the convention center, attendees will be just as impressed with the facilities here. The ballrooms are well equipped to facilitate our large event sessions. The classrooms and lobby areas are as striking as the rest of the city. When the trade show floor is open, attendees and exhibitors alike will be impressed with the spaciousness provided. During my visit to San Antonio, I did not have the chance to make it out to the golf courses hosting the GCSAA Golf Championships, but Brian Cloud, field staff representative for the South Central region noted that the courses are just as impressive in person as they are on the website. I know I probably sound like I am taking a paycheck from the San Antonio visitors' bureau, but my experience there truly heightened my eagerness to return for the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 21-26, 2015. I know I am fixin' to be "Where Big Things Happen," but more importantly will I be seeing you deep in the heart of Texas? I surely hope you don't miss out on this great city and the numerous offerings GCSAA has in store for you! Southwest Jeff Jensen The University of California Riverside (UCR) turfgrass and landscape program recently held its 2014 Research Field Day. More than 225 golf and landscape professionals attended the full-day event to learn about the world-class research activities conducted at UCR. Headed by Jim Baird, Ph.D., turfgrass specialist at UCR, the day provided a synopsis of UCR's current re - search activities and featured numerous tours through state-of-the-art research areas designed to study water and salinity management issues on turf and landscapes. Some of the highlights of the day included the evaluation of natural and hybrid turf for water conservation; drought toler - ance of turfgrass species and cultivars; evaluation of fertilizer products under deficit irrigation; evaluation of products for alleviation of salinity and drought stress; evaluation of fungicides for control of anthracnose; nematode control and management of kikuyugrass under deficit irriga - tion using wetting agents and herbicides. New to the field day this year was the UCR turfgrass breeding project. The objective of the program is to develop cultivars with improved drought, heat and salt tolerance, as well as winter color retention. I found the breeding project to be of great interest and look forward to seeing its progress in the coming years. The UC Riverside turfgrass research facility and program, funded in part by the California Turfgrass & Landscape Foundation (under the executive leader - ship of GCSAA Past President Bruce Williams, CGCS) currently provides the only university-based turf research in the state of California. On behalf of the California GCSA Chapters, thanks to Dr. Baird and his team for a research program that meets the interests and continuing needs of the golf industry. To learn more about the field day, visit the website at http://ucanr.org/ sites/turfgrassfieldday. For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit www.gcsaa.org/ community/regions.aspx. (In the field) Jan. 14-16 — Northern Green Expo, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn. Phone: 888-886-6652 Email: mary@northerngreenexpo.org Jan. 21-23 — Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) Horticulture Conference & Trade Show, Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. Phone: 706-632-0100 Email: Jennifer@ggia.org Website: www.ggia.org Jan. 26 — GCSACC Winter Educational Symposium, Rancho San Marcos Golf Club, Santa Barbara, Calif. Phone: 559-298-4853 Email: gcsacc@aol.com Website: www.centralcaliforniagcsa.com Jan. 28-30 — 2015 Ontario Golf Course Management Conference & Trade Show, Scotiabank Convention Centre & Marriott Gateway Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ont. Website: www.ogsa.ca — To learn if you can receive education points for any of these upcoming programs, visit the External Education Listings in the education section at www.gcsaa.org/ education/externaled/current.aspx. — We want to know about your event in advance. To submit an entry for "Coming up," please send your information fve to six months before you'd like to see it in the magazine. We run event information for three months. Send a contact name if all details are not fnal. Contact Golf Course Management, Attention: Coming Up, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859; 785-832-3638; fax: 785- 832-3665; email: hrichman@gcsaa.org. NEWLY CERTIFIED Joey G. Franco Jr., CGCS, Brookstone Country Club, Acworth, Ga. Ryan K. Wulff, CGCS, Sunriver Resort- Woodlands Course, Bend, Ore.

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