Golf Course Management

SEP 2014

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102 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.14 Q: How did you meet Lyon? A: My older sister, Alex, played soccer for his youth team. He helped get me interested in the golf industry. I learned a lot from him, such as just stay humble, do the best that you can, pay attention to the details. Q: Where was your frst golf course job? A: Saddle Rock Golf Course (Aurora, Colo). I remember mowing a 15-foot stripe out of the intermediate rough by mistake. My boss's eyes (Joe McCleary, CGCS) got huge. He threw his radio out in front of me to get me to stop. I thought he was going to be really mad. But he took me aside and just said, "Don't worry. It's grass. It'll grow back." He always told me that if there's a problem, it can be fxed. Q: What have you liked best about moving from Colorado to Long Island? A: I love being by the ocean. The fresh seafood is awesome. I'm outgoing, so moving away hasn't been bad at all. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you It is 1,860 miles from Fort Collins, Colo., to East Setauket, N.Y. Devin Mergl knows the route. He has driven it. He didn't need to stray that far from home, however, to make connections that prompted this cross-country journey in the frst place. Mergl's introduction to the golf course management industry is credited to past GCSAA President Dennis Lyon, CGCS, who graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Eventually, Mergl went to Colorado State, earning a degree in May in environmental horticulture. One month later, he landed his frst job. Mergl, assistant at St. Georges Golf and CC in East Setauket, was hired by GCSAA Class A superintendent Adam Jessie. Did we mention that Jessie also is a Colorado State graduate? "I feel very lucky how things fell into place," Mergl, 22, says. "I am grateful every day for having gotten to know some of the people I know." Devin Mergl Was: Student, Colorado State University Is: Assistant superintendent, St. Georges Golf and Country Club, East Setauket, N.Y. (Climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Sept. 3-6 — USGA, Women's World Amateur Team, Karuizawa, Japan, Karuizawa 72 Golf, Karuizawa, Japan. Sept. 4-7 — PGA Tour, BMW Championship, Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colo., Michael Burke, GCSAA Class A superintendent. Sept. 4-7 — Tour, Chiquita Classic, River Run Country Club, Davidson, N.C., Michael Cagiano, superintendent. Sept. 4-7 — European Tour, Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans Montana, Switzerland. Sept. 5-7 — Champions Tour, Quebec Championship, La Tempête Golf Club, Quebec City, Canada. Sept. 5-7 — Symetra Tour, Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic, Firekeeper Golf Course, Mayetta, Kan., Robert Christie, GCSAA Class A superintendent. Sept. 6-11 — USGA, U.S. Mid-Ama- teur, Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethle- hem, Pa., Geoff Brunner, superintendent. Sept. 6-11 — USGA, U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, Harbour Trees Golf Club, Noblesville, Ind., Edward Devlin, superintendent. Sept. 10-13 — USGA, World Amateur Team, Karuizawa, Japan, Karuizawa 72 Golf, Karuizawa, Japan. Sept. 11-13 — Symetra Tour, Garden City Classic, Buffalo Dunes Golf Club, Garden City, Kan., Toby Witthuhn, superintendent. Sept. 11-14 — PGA Tour, Tour Championship by Coca-Cola, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ralph Kepple, CGCS. Sept. 11-14 — LPGA, The Evian Championship, Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France. MEMBERS ONLY

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