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By the NUMBERS is a Quonset hut. There is no trained superintendent or mechanic on staff. "We don't have a superintendent or mechanic be - cause we don't have the money," Johnson says. A key to keeping Heroes GC viable occurred when the Community Justice Foundation donated $200,000 for the new irrigation system. West Coast Turf provided 5,500 square feet of sod. Hillcrest CC annually holds a fundraiser, raising more than $20,000 in 2013. "That goes a long way for us," Johnson says. Others, such as Sullivan, give in a variety of ways. His son, Patrick, built the frst tee complex as his Eagle Scout project. Both of Sullivan's sons (Michael is the other one) grew up playing Heroes GC. The man who was in charge of turf maintenance, Bob Chebi, was their pal. "When both my boys were 8, I would drop them off with $4 to $6 and they could play golf all day. Bob always had a Coke or a water ready after each nine holes," Sul - livan says. Nowadays, Sullivan is ready and able to help Heroes. He offers his advice on turfgrass nutrition, disease, weed con - trol and equipment. His contributions don't go unnoticed. "Brian has helped us since we started. He has volun - teered time, equipment and knowledge and we can call him any time," Johnson says. Others like Sullivan who have made a difference in - clude director of golf course and grounds Russ Meyers at Los Angeles Country Club; Reid Yenny, CGCS, at Hillcrest Country Club; superintendent Matt Morton at Rivera Coun - try Club; GCSAA Class A superintendent Bob O'Connell at Brentwood Country Club; and superintendent Blake Meen - temeyer at Torrey Pines South Course. "We're here to do whatever we can," Meyers says. "You feel honored when you go there and you can see the potential that is there." Meentemeyer spends a few hours each week at He - roes GC. Whether he is assisting with seeding or cali- brating sprayers, Meentemeyer says the rewards there are precious. "Unlike most private clubs and even municipal and daily-fee courses, patrons were actually excited to see work being done out on the course," he says. Thirty-fve veterans have helped work on the course at Heroes GC in the past three years. With the help of people such as Sullivan, the hope is that this facility will be around for decades upon decades for veterans to enjoy. "You can't do enough for these folks," Sullivan says. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Jenkins to receive Old Tom Morris Award World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Dan Jenkins will receive GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award for 2015. Jenkins, one of the most noted sportswriters in history and known for his hilarious prose, will be honored Feb. 25 as part of the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas. Jenkins, 83, has covered 223 major golf championships, beginning in 1951. He has worked for Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest. He also is well known for writing books, including "Dead Solid Perfect" and "Semi-Tough," both of which were turned into Hollywood movies. In 2012, Jenkins became one of only a handful of writ - ers to be enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Old Tom Morris Award is presented annually to an individual who, through a lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplifed by Old Tom Morris. Morris 20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.14 Areas of emphasis in turf schools' core curriculum* 20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.14 From left: Ernie Hernandez, equipment manager, Bel-Air CC; Shane Perrish, grounds crew and veteran; Lou Castilina, veteran; and Robert Then, mechanic and veteran. NUMBERS % water management % 55 water management water management water management environmental management % environmental management 58 environmental management % 76 communications 76 communications % 29 leadership 29 68 % business management 68 business management 37 % equipment maintenance 37 % * Source: Survey conducted for GCM in September 2014.