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EARTH SHAPING NEWS Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America


Past Perry O. Dye Service Award Recipients that were able to attend the Summer Meeting: Steve Christman, 2013; O’Brien McGarey, 2021; Dennis Wagner, 2018; and Tommy Sasser, 2015

Inside Issue the


President’s Perspective


Executive Director Notes

16 Human Resources 18 Allied Updates 23 Movers & Shapers 30 New Members 30 GCBAA Meetings Calendar


Meeting/50th Anniversary Celebration AT THE BILTMORE, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA


or the past 15 months, your GCBAA Board of Directors, Meetings & Education Committees, and staff have been waiting to host our annual summer meeting AKA the pandemic beatdown gathering! When registrations opened, we had little doubt that members were hesitant to gather when our room block immediately sold out. Even the expanded block reached capacity as well as the need to work with the property to take over their largest rooms to host an overwhelming number of attendees and their spouses and special guests. By the numbers; 36 Builder Members, 108 Suppliers, 50 Spouses and Guests, 15 speakers, staff and allied association members, and unbelievable support from sponsors and those that contributed to the Sticks for Kids Auction. There were 20 trade show exhibitors, over 50 sponsors of feather flags that outlined each gathering area, a full lineup of education sponsors, and support for other networking and teambuilding events. Over $50,000 was raised during the auction with attendees purchasing products, trips, and specialty items generously donated by fellow members, as well as a “one-ask” campaign where fellow members challenged their colleagues to match voice contributions. As a result, an additional $50,000 was raised. The final result included contributions from the Perry O. Dye Memorial supporting Sticks for Kids that raised a total of $107,000 for the GCBAA Foundation! To recap the week, GCBAA Board Members arrived at

Asheville Monday morning for an afternoon Board of Directors meeting. This was the first in-person board meeting since the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. Although the group had been meeting via virtual platforms, it was an excellent opportunity to see each other face to face and catch up on association business as well as welcome some new faces that had joined the board. After the meeting, the group was joined by special guests that included Foundation Board Members, as well as Board of Governors and past Perry O. Dye Award recipients. The Biltmore property offered a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to dine the group in the hayloft above the stables connected to the Vanderbilt home. The setting was a time machine showing the creativeness and innovation of an era. The backdrop reminded attendees of not only how far automation has come but was also a nice reflection on the organizations 50th year! With business wrapped up the prior day the Board brought back a long-time tradition of a Board Golf Outing. The renowned Biltmore Forest Country Club hosted the majority of the board. While Board of Directors tried to stay dry and sink putts, the Board of Governors caught up with their Certification business that also had been subject to virtual meetings for the prior year. The Board of Governors and Directors hosted an invitation-only event with fellow Builder Members in a Builder continue on pg. 2

Roundtable Discussion. The goal of the meeting was to gather resources on issues and opportunities facing the construction market. From labor and material shortages, shipping, and regulatory issues from a new federal administration, the group shared thoughts and solutions on how the association can assist. Smaller workgroups were developed to address problems and the Boards were able to gather ideas as they work on the strategic direction for the organization. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop, over 200 guests gathered for the opening reception. Throughout the event, there was a roar of laughter and excitement of those getting to see one another for the first time in months. Additionally, the need for name badges by attendees was more important than ever before, with the number of new companies joining fellow members for the first time. The original plan of hosting the opening reception at The Inn ballroom needed adjusted to be able to fit everyone, so the veranda, terrace, and atrium were all used as well as the ballroom. The incredible attendance required the education seminars to be held offsite at the property’s convention area. Shuttles moved guests on Wednesday for the education seminars and trade show. The Education Committee consisting of Jason Sloan, Manny Pina, Tom Works, Judd Duininck, and Bob Sylvester lined up a diverse group to

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update attendees on the latest trends in the golf industry. Kicking off the day was a welcome from GCBAA President Judd Duininck and Executive Director Justin Apel. Justin invited GCSAA CEO, Rhett Evans, to provide a quick update on the excitement of the name change of the Golf Industry Show to the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show. Additionally, Rhett updated the group on the Government Affairs as well as their progress with The First Green youth program. Bill Garcia with TableForce informed and entertained the group by providing negotiating techniques. Gary Green, Ph.D.. with the University of Georgia provided insight on the similarities of the growth in recreational activities relates to the increased participation in golf. Similar to the post-911 era, families were staying home and enjoying outdoor activities. The biggest change in 20 years is the next generation of those enjoying outdoor activities prefer multiple options rather than a single event. Camping, hiking, outdoor sports, can all learn from this and make sure each facility offers a unique and diverse list of options to draw this next generation of consumers. Fellow member John Martin with Charter Member Profile Products provided the proven science behind the technologies of erosion control and the different options for each situation. The stage was then taken over by fellow members and guests, GCBAA President Judd Duininck, GCSAA President Mark

Jordan, ASGCA President Forrest Richardson, ASGCA Member Cynthia Dye McGarey, and NGCOA President Steve Graybill. Jason Sloan moderated this distinguished group, and the audience learned what each organization has accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic and plans moving forward. Wednesday evening began with the “Buy From Within” Reception and Putting Contest sponsored by Hunter Industries. The Amherst Ballroom hosted the evening dinner that began with GCBAA President Judd Duininick welcoming the group. O'Brien McGarey was honored with the Perry O. Dye Service Award for his years of service with the GCBAA and GCBAA Foundation. In the early 1990's the GCBAA was struggling financially, and membership was static. Perry Dye was President of the organization and organized several members, including O'Brien, that helped create programs that exist today. Perry nominated O'Brien and before his passing, was thrilled that O'Brien was included on a short list of those members who have gone above and beyond for the association. Executive Director Justin Apel provided a quick history of the GCBAA, and the group celebrated the 50th Anniversary. GCBAA Staff, Mychelle Thompson and Tyler Kinzie, along with President Judd Duininck, Foundation President Ellen Davis, Past Presidents Pat Karnick and Scott Veazey pulled a surprise on Justin and the audience congratulated him on his 15th Anniversary with the GCBAA as well as 10th as the group’s Executive Director. Master of Ceremonies Ellen Davis and Auctioneer Dennis Wagner took the stage and began the Sticks for Kids Auction. At the close of the dinner, the 2021 GCBAA Summer Meeting was officially wrapped up! Many guests stayed on Thursday and enjoyed touring the property as well as participated in several networking events sponsored by fellow members. Those that remained on the property Thursday night gathered at Cedric's Tavern for a farewell reception. We cannot thank the GCBAA Meeting Committee enough for their countless hours planning this event! Thank you, Jon Truttmann, Jon O'Donnell, and Matt Lohmann.


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Judd Duininck


BOARD MEMBERS Chris Caccavale Caterpillar Inc. (Secretary) Wayne Deker The Toro Company Kevin Grieder Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. Chris Hill Course Crafters LLC Greg Hufner Total Turf Services Pat Karnick Wadsworth Golf Construction Company (Past President) Matt Lohmann Wadsworth Golf Construction Company John McDonald II McDonald & Sons, Inc. (President Elect) Jon O’Donnell Heritage Links Manny Pina Ewing Irrigation Rick Shriver HARCO Fittings Jason Sloan Frontier Golf Blake Thomas Regency Wire & Cable Jon Truttmann Hunter Industries (Vice President) Tom Works Landscapes Unlimited, LLC (Treasurer)

et me start by saying how fantastic it was to see so many of our members, including the number of new members, and allied guests at the GCBAA Summer Meeting/50th Anniversary Celebration at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. What an incredible venue and week! After the drought of events in 2020, it was great to have a little “normalcy” for 2021 and hopefully continuing in that direction for 2022. The week began with the GCBAA Board of Directors inperson meeting, after conducting a virtual board meeting the week prior. Financials were reviewed, along with discussion on strategic planning and creating a bigger and broader GCBAA footprint generating the focus for the future of our association. Later that day, the Board of Directors, Foundation Board, Board of Governors, and past Perry Dye Award recipients joined at the Stable Café Loft for a wonderful dinner and networking, ending the evening with a photo in front of the remarkable and extraordinary George and Edith Vanderbilt Home. Hopefully, many of you took time to tour this incredible “home” while you were in Asheville as it truly was a treat to tour. Although we saw rain on Tuesday morning, the Board of Directors rallied outside and went back to a trend that we’ve missed for a few years; the board golf outing. We were able to play this great game at a legendary course, The Biltmore Forest Country Club, which included a few special guests that made this event possible for the Board. Not all participants provided their results, but as you can see it was a close competition for the pairs of teams: Chris Caccavale Jon O’Donnell

Score: 64

Beau Welling Pat Karnick

Score: 65

Jon Truttmann Tom Works

Score: 65

Shane Robichaud Matt Lohmann

Score: 69

Judd Duininck Scott Benson

Score: 70

The record number of attendees, spouses, allied and special guests, required our GCBAA staff and the meetings committee members to get creative, even adjusting venues within the property approximately three different times and adding an additional room block at the neighboring Village Hotel. I, along with staff and the meetings committee, appreciate your patience and understanding in adjusting to these venues, as well as the shuttles. It was fantastic to see so many spouses and significant others attend this event. My wife, Shelly, mentioned numerous times how much she enjoyed getting to meet for the first time so many of the spouses that attended. It goes beyond saying that the support we receive in our day-to-day lives and businesses should also be celebrated with those closest to us that encourage us through both the most difficult and the greatest times. I hope you continue to

make the summer event a time of business and relaxation for you and your spouses in the future. This event would not be possible without all the sponsors for our education, 50th Anniversary, auction, networking, welcome gifts, and overall general meeting sponsorships. There is a complete listing of the sponsors in the pages ahead, but words cannot express my gratitude for the continued support our membership constantly and without hesitancy continues to provide our association. Along those same lines, we recently had two Charter Memberships become open and the immediate response from the membership goes to show the continued support I was just referencing above. Hydrema US and Regency Wire both stepped up and took those two spots in record time. Thank you to both these great supporters of the GCBAA! With everything that was going on at the event, we made sure to take time for an additional surprise and award during the night of the auction. This year marked Justin’s 15th year of service, and 10th year as executive director of the GCBAA. Our creative staff lead in the surprise as Justin was presented with a custom-made windmill etched with his service of the organization. Needless to say, we were able to surprise Justin and thank him for his years of service. I want to personally note and congratulate Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director, on 15 years of service and 10 years as Executive Director. Justin, we appreciate you for all you have done to help advance the GCBAA organization. Your vision and drive make the GCBAA an organization that is a key player in the golf industry, and we thank you for all that you have done over the years. For those that were not able to attend the Summer Meeting, Justin’s dedication and passion encompass not only the association and foundation, but also, the overall industry and continuing to grow the great game of golf. He is an advocate, supporter, and humble leader for GCBAA and other industry partners. If you have a moment, please reach out to him and congratulate him on this honor and the excitement of the years to come. Next up for the GCBAA is our participation in the Golf Inc. Strategies Summit providing an education panel and presence in October 2021. GCBAA is committed to growing our education platform and continuing to collaborate with industry leading partners to further our education offerings. That being said, we are hosting 13 seminars at the upcoming GCSAA Conference and Trade Show (CTS). Eight of those will be in person in San Diego spanning from Tuesday, February 8 through Thursday, February 10; the remaining five will be held in the virtual platform that will be conducted for a period of time after the in-person Conference and Trade Show. Please note GCBAA will be hosting the Opening Reception/Don Rossi Award presentation on Monday, February 7, 2022, at the GCBAA Headquarter Hotel, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Stay tuned for more details to come on the GCBAA Winter Meeting events. Lastly, thank you again for all the continued support, sponsorships, and donations to the GCBAA and GCBAA Foundation! As always, you are welcome to reach out to myself, the GCBAA Staff or any of the GCBAA Board of Directors to discuss opportunities and interests in becoming more involved in GCBAA. Sincerely,

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ongratulations to all association members in celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year and for the successful Annual Summer Meeting. The overwhelming attendance and support we received proved it was time to get back together and the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, were extremely generous hosts. Please join me in thanking Meetings Committee Members Jon Truttmann, Jon O'Donnell, and Matt Lohmann as well as Education Committee Members Bob Sylvester, Manny Pina, Jason Sloan, Tom Works, and our President Judd Duininck for spending countless hours in planning the events for the week. Sponsors, exhibitors, and support of the auction were overwhelmingly positive. The effort of the Fundraising Committee, Foundation President Ellen Davis, Stephanie Zimmerman, and Auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies Dennis Wagner not only entertained the group at the closing celebration but also nearly doubled the expected fundraising from the event to support "the kids!" There are countless others to thank, and we appreciate everyone that took the time to join us! By the time this newsletter hits your mailboxes, the survey results will be complete. We appreciate all the responses, and, as always, we appreciate the compliments on what we did right, but more important are the areas we can improve and suggestions for future education ideas and meeting locations. On behalf of everyone involved in hosting the summer meeting, we recognized some of the challenges along with you from the hospitality side. We felt the property did the best they could with some of the labor shortages the housing, food, and beverage industry is also facing. As it becomes safer to travel, we will all experience the repercussions of the pandemic and will need to remain patient as the services we were once accustomed to return to what we once knew. Whether the availability of a rental car, the ability to quickly get a rideshare, no waiting for dining, and fast service for the midnight nightcap, there remains a shortage of talented employees to fill those important roles. On Tuesday afternoon, Builder Members of the association joined members of the Board of Governors, Board of Directors, and staff to have an open discussion on some challenges we are facing in the current market. We understand all the challenges you are facing, and although the market is favorable as far as the demand for renovation, material supplies, shipping, pandemic, and labor issues continue to cause obstacles for your day-to-day operations. We cannot stress enough to all of you to remember your membership provides you the opportunity to network with your competition. We remind you of this so that you know that you can always pick up your phone or send a note to fellow members to share concerns and work together to avoid causing issues that can easily be avoided. Specifically, we are

seeing an increase in matters related to "poaching" fellow employees from job sites. For the purposes of this discussion, we consider "poaching" to be a direct reach from one company to another, asking their employee or employees to consider switching. If a company publishes an open position and a fellow member's employee inquires on their own, we do not believe that to be poaching. We are hearing of a significant increase of companies reaching out to fellow members’ employees while on job sites offering incentives for them to switch. We understand this happens in every industry and has been an issue for decades due to the nature of a seasonal and mobile industry. While that may be the case, it is no excuse for the unethical business practice of taking a competitor's employee. The short-term savings and solutions only become a longterm issue for the industry. It creates a culture amongst employees to continuously look for greener pastures and lessens the strength of your businesses. Your organization is only successful when you are successful; therefore, we take this issue very seriously. It can be considered unethical, and the Board of Directors and Board of Governors will continue to evaluate options for the association to uphold having and promoting a membership of companies that hold themselves at a higher level and maintain accountability in operating ethically. There are enough opportunities and challenges that you will continue to face, and to utilize a network to remain connected and to support one another utilizing communication channels is one


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Justin Apel

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR way to strengthen your business and the industry. Stay tuned for more information and tools on ways to offer a culture within your company that helps retain good employees and avoids the issue of losing quality and talented staff to poaching. With the recent cases of the COVID-19 Variant, the GCBAA Board and Executive Board will closely monitor the ability to travel and host in-person events. At this time, we do not have plans for a Winter, South Florida Regional Meeting and remain focused on plans for the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show schedule for February 2022 in San Diego. Continue to watch the website for all upcoming events. Finally, I would also like to take a moment to personally thank all of you for the support you have given me for the past 15 years! I was overwhelmed with the surprise presentation and recognition of my 15th Anniversary with the association and 10th Anniversary as Executive Director. Mychelle, Tyler, Ellen Davis, Scott Veazey, Pat Karnick, and Judd Duininck left me speechless and honored me with something extremely special, tying my love for family with my passion for farming and this organization. THANK YOU!



Ellen Davis


BOARD MEMBERS John Holmes Atlas Turf International Limited Jimmy Kirchdorfer ISCO Industries Bill Kubly Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Rick Lohman The Toro Company Allan MacCurrach III MacCurrach Golf Jon Truttmann (Board Liaison) Hunter Industries Tom Shapland Shapland Golf Consultants Doug York Ewing Irrigation

t is a privilege to again serve the Golf Course Builders Association of America, this time as the President of your Sticks for Kids Foundation. First and foremost, I would like to send out a sincere thank you to Tom Shapland for the tremendous job he has done leading our Foundation the past six years and his confidence in allowing me to follow in his footsteps. In 2020, Tom was focused on investing funds into the purchase of youth clubs. Due to COVID and the high demand for clubs, we were unable to source the proper equipment. As published in our last update, the GCBAA Sticks for Kids Foundation is moving forward with the purchase of 1,700 sets of youth clubs in three sizes. By the time this article is published, the office will have received prototype samples to examine and finalize any logo or color changes needed. Provided we gain approval, we will then proceed with the initial order which should arrive by the end of 2021. Currently, our plan is to distribute the equipment to the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program that either need replacement cubs for maintenance, and any new program requests. We have also partnered with our member YRC (Yellow) to help facilitate transportation of the clubs from US Port to our warehouse storage in Lincoln. We recently just held our annual Summer Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. The Biltmore Estate was the venue location, and we were thrilled and impressed with the turnout. This was one of the most well attended events we have had in a long while, including the support and attendance by spouses. Speaking of contributions, our 2021 GCBAA Sticks for Kids Auction (4 da Kids) was a tremendous

success. With limited auction items we raised close to $50,000 in the live auction portion of the event. Following that, Allan MacCurrach called in to make a “one time ask” donation of $5,000. He then challenged another builder member, who then challenged another builder member and so on. With the help of our “infamous auctioneer” Dennis Wagner and myself, we called upon several individuals and companies to donate. This “one ask” resulted in another $50,000 to add to the GCBAA Sticks for Kids Foundation account. A tremendous shout out and thank to all that participated and contributed! And for those of you who did not and would like to follow through at some level of support, feel free to reach out to GCBAA Staff. I would also like to give special thanks to our partner programs; Caterpillar, Sunbelt Rental, Travelers Haven and Wadsworth Golf Charities for their combined donations of over $168,000. Also, to the Rich Mullen Memorial Golf outing for their contribution of $3,000. We continue to stive to find ways to support our mission of providing equipment for youth to learn and play the game of golf. With the “Make Golf Your Thing” movement any ideas or suggestions to expand our goals and capitalize on opportunities are welcomed. Stay tuned for further updates on the investment in the youth clubs that will be available by year end. Again, thank you to all that make the Golf Course Builders Association and Foundation (Staff and Members) a priority. Your investment in our goals and mission are an investment in our Future!

Ellen Davis

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ince day one of joining the GCBAA membership, Wesley Walker and Adam Robertson with Andrews Meyers, PC have been all about golf and helping the GCBAA. They’ve held COVID-19 webinars, provided COVID-19 member only resources online, and assisted with presenting at the 2021 GIS Virtual Education. Recently, they visited GCBAA headquarters to see what the office is all about and better understand what our members do. With the assistance of Bill Kubly and Lucas Schroder with GCBAA Certified Builder and Certified

Golf Irrigation Contractor, Landscapes Unlimited LLC, we were able to take a guided tour of the Lost Rail in Gretna, NE. Not only did we get to see what they were doing and why, but also all the jaw dropping views it has to offer. The new course will be one of a kind and one of the best in the Midwest for private courses. There was also a fleet of GCBAA Charter Member, Caterpillar, equipment working away during our visit. Be sure to check out the progress and gallery on




n recognition of over three decades of his commitment to the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) and its membership, O’Brien McGarey, Dye Designs, received the prestigious Perry O. Dye Service Award at the Summer Meeting in August 2021. McGarey is credited by many as working alongside Perry Dye as Perry served as GCBAA President during pivotal and progressive times for the association. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Perry Dye, O’Brien McGarey, and GCBAA Board of Directors held steadfast and moved through unchartered waters to lead the association to creating and initiating many of the programs that are still in place today. Under the duo’s guidance, the association was led in a positive direction with initiatives to align with allied associations. O’Brien was involved with other Board of Directors in the creation of the Charter Membership categories, as well as assisted in proctoring and facilitating exams for the newly created Builder Certification Program. He was instrumental in organizing a joint meeting of the association with a 1991 PGA Championship that eventually evolved into the annual association summer meeting. McGarey volunteered on the association’s charitable arm and helped grow the Sticks for Kids Program to over 500 programs around the country. When the association partnered with the China and Asia Golf Shows, O’Brien, along with the Dye Designs International team, assisted the association with their international footprint. He and his family have recruited and mentored countless members to join the association through the years. “The Perry O. Dye service award recognizes fellow

members who, much like Perry himself, behind the curtains and limelight dedicated countless hours to support the betterment of the organization. They selflessly put the association at the forefront, investing in the future of the game of golf and the mission of the GCBAA,” said GCBAA President Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf. “It is only fitting to recognize O’Brien McGarey as the association celebrates its 50th Anniversary.” “Before the Board of Directors hired their first fulltime Executive Director under the leadership of Perry Dye; most of the history was passed down as campfire stories. Looking back, each newsletter, board agenda, and minutes consistently showed the dedication of the Dye family and O’Brien McGarey to the growth of the association making it what it is today,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director. The Perry O. Dye Service Award is given periodically by the Golf Course Builders Association of America to recognize

an exceptional member of the GCBAA. Recipients have shown themselves to be loyal members of the association, who unselfishly contribute above and beyond the “call of duty” their time and influence to foster positive changes and strive for continuous improvement of the association. The award is named after Perry Dye, who during the early development years of the GCBAA exemplified these characteristics when he provided financial assistance to stabilize the GCBAA during its inception and early years. This is the seventh time the Perry O. Dye Service Award has been granted. Previous recipients include Perry Dye in 2005, Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr. (2006), Rick Elyea (2010), Steve Christman (2013), Tommy Sasser (2015), and Dennis Wagner (2018). McGarey was honored with the award at the annual GCBAA Summer Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration that was held the week of August 2, 2021, at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition 11

3RD ANNUAL Rich Mullen Memorial GOLF OUTING


hen Rich Mullen suddenly passed away, his friends wanted to find a way to honor and remember him. In June 2021, they held the 3rd Annual Rich Mullen Memorial Golf Outing at Wolf Creek GC in Danville. Proceeds from the event were donated in Rich’s name to the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation for the “Sticks for Kids Program.” The last round of golf Rich played a young boy was playing behind them. Rich invited him to join them. Though this slowed the group down tremendously, Rich didn’t mind at all. He saw it as an opportunity to help the kid learn. He helped the kid with his swing, taught him etiquette, and encouraged him throughout the round. The hope is that we can pick up where Rich left off, and contribute to this program in his honor, to help more and more kids play golf. Participants were encouraged to not only have fun playing golf but enjoy live music (Jimmy Buffet style) and were also encouraged to wear a Hawaiian shirt.

Photo Courtesy of Nick Miethe, SiteOne Landscaping Supply

The GCBAA Foundation/Sticks for Kids would like to thank the Rich Mullen Memorial Golf Outing for the wonderful $3,000 contribution to continue growing the love for the game of golf with youth programs. The check was presented to our GCBAA Foundation President, Ellen Davis, at the Summer Meeting in August 2021.

GCBAA WELCOMES Two New Charter Members


any of you received a notice a few months back that GCBAA had two Charter Member opportunities open. Once that message was sent, the incredible happened…they were filled, instantly within hours and with others in line waiting. It is absolutely astonishing the continued support this membership brings to the GCBAA! At our Summer Meeting we were proud to honor these two new Charter Members; Hydrema US and Regency Wire. You probably noticed both of their feather flags on display throughout the events and their trade show booths. THANK YOU to both for your support of the GCBAA! Hydrema US stepped up first to the plate and used the opportunity to feature equipment onsite at the Lioncrest facility at The Biltmore property in Asheville, North Carolina. Hydrema is a modern, international group of companies which develops, manufactures and markets hightechnology earth-moving equipment and mine clearing vehicles. The main factory and head office are in Støvring

near Aalborg in the north of Denmark. The company, which was founded in 1959, consists of an extensive network of sales and service facilities with subsidiaries in major West European countries. In Germany, production facilities are situated in Weimar. Local importers and distributors cover other parts of the world. In 1983 Hydrema launched their first compact dumptruck. Today these small, agile, and robust dumptrucks work all over the globe. The 912G Series is the 9th generation and the 707G Series is their newest family member. Next up, Regency Wire answered the call and took the second and final Charter opening. Regency Wire hosted a sporting clay team as part of the networking opportunities during the Summer Meeting. Since 1985, Regency Wire has been helping the irrigation, water well and landscape lighting customers be successful. Regency strives to set the industry benchmark for personalized service. Their lineup of highly engineered, quality constructed, and carefully tested wire and cable products are proudly made in the USA in Sikeston, Missouri. And their talented in-house team is committed to consistent, outstanding performance. In other words, we’re working hard every day to keep business easy. That’s the Regency Wire way.

They provide consistent quality, direct answers, and do what they say they’ll do with little or no red tape. At Regency, they’ve built their culture around keeping things simple, and their business around trusted relationships. Staying easy to do business with is more than rhetoric at Regency. Believe it or not, it’s one of the primary ways they measure success. At Regency, it’s just that simple.

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As a member of the GCBAA MICHELIN® Advantage Program, you will have the ability to manage your account online, to register and update your credit card(s) on file, check pricing, view invoices or purchase history. You can tap into maintenance tips and techniques with our webcasts, e-newsletters and our member website at to help maintain an efficient operation. Members also have access to our MICHELIN® Advantage Customer Service team to answer any questions you may have about the Advantage Program .

To enroll, you must be a current GCBAA member and will need to log into your GCBAA account and click on the Michelin Partner Program icon on the dashboard, scroll to the bottom to "Click Here to Register". If you do not have your login details, please contact Justin Apel or Mychelle Thompson. For current pricing, please contact 14 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition






he recent surge in Capex spending for many clubs and golf courses has been a welcome shot in the arm for golf course builders. Most GCBAA members are experiencing growth in their project / work-todo pipelines. Here is the catch…the sun does not shine on the same dog’s back every day. Now is the time to prepare for the next slowdown in demand rather than waiting for lean times. Plan ahead to put your company and teams ahead of the curve. Building your brand and expanding its reach are today’s necessities. Brand Building Your brand is in everything you do…and fail to do. Following are steps that golf course builders should be taking now to build their brands: Builders report that the renovations are sorting into several categories across the US: 1. Be better known to primary influencers, such as golf course superintendents and design professionals. Make it your business to become acquainted with club managers and golf professionals to enable you to be known to their Greens Committee chairs and other decisionmakers. Proactive engagement is brand building. 2. Provide educational and informational tools to the influencer audiences. They need dependable tools for planning new projects. Help them to know some of the important planning metrics concerning unit costs, project timelines, and your company’s track record of success in such projects. 3. Update your website to ensure that interested parties can easily answer their first-round questions, such as: a. How much does a greens renovation cost?

Provide ranges on projects you have recently completed. Provide yourself some flexibility and answer the question head-on. Do not say, “It depends.” b. When should we launch our project? Explain seasonality and potential project interruptions, such as chronic annual monsoon seasons. c. Who should be involved? Provide a roster – by position descriptions – of the expertise that should be at the table. Tell how much of that expertise your company provides in a one-stop-shop format. 4. Show pictures and videos of recent projects and your teams at work. Work in motion is interesting to most uninitiated parties. They find interesting the scale and scope of golf course construction. This is where you can show that you are an expert. Extending Your Brand Reach Noting that golf course superintendents are often the first touch point for remodel and renovation projects, what steps are you taking to ensure that superintendents are familiar with your company and its capabilities? Here are tactical steps that will extend your brand reach among golf course superintendents and other primary influencers: 1. Provide coaching – in the form of whitepapers and field-day programs where you demonstrate new construction practices and techniques – to golf superintendents, who are the backbone of golf planning in most private clubs. Schedule traveling field-days, which are a half-day program at one of your projects that are in process and invite golf superintendents within a one-hour

driving distance to see what you and your team are doing. 2. Update your golf course database to ensure that you know the primary contact person at each course. Evaluate each course for its probability for undertaking renovation projects or remodels. (Note: this means you have to be in contact with a great many superintendents, golf professionals and club managers. The day has passed when a golf course construction company can simply wait for the phone to ring. 3. Expand and work your network. Golf course design professionals often receive inquiry calls regarding new projects that are being considered. Most builders actively support ASGCA efforts. Re-double your support and see that design professionals have you on their shortlist for upcoming projects. Their credibility as a designer is more impactful when they can refer to great projects they have previously completed and the companies with which they worked. They say that if one prays for rain he should plan for the mud. Now is the time to prepare for each eventuality to ensure that your company continues to do great work. Given the volatility of the US economy and surges driven by coronavirus funds and difficulties, golf course builders are wise to plan ahead of the curve to ensure that their brand and capabilities are well known to the next generation of project planners. Henry DeLozier is a Principal and Partner at GGA Partners, a trusted advisor to private clubs, resorts, and residential communities since 1992. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Audubon International. Contact Henry at

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n the final days of the Trump administration the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a rule titled “Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” The rule aimed to simplify determining whether a worker was in business for himself or herself (i.e. an independent contractor) or if they are economically dependent on the employer for work (i.e. an employee). Importantly, though none of the factors would have been dispositive, the Trump-era rule would have given greater weight to the elements evaluating the degree of control asserted by the principal and the worker’s opportunities for profit and loss. Many businesses, especially those in the gig economy, would have benefited significantly from this rule which deemphasized the focus on whether the services are an integral part of the principal’s business, and other factors making it difficult to be classified as an independent contractor. However, under the new Biden administration, DOL initially postponed the implementation of the rule and ultimately withdrew it altogether on May 6, 2021. For now, DOL will continue to consider the “economic realities” test as the standard, while states and enforcement agencies apply their own standards regarding classification as an independent contractor or an employee. The U.S. Supreme Court has indicated on a number of occasions that there is no single rule for determining whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee for purposes of the FLSA. Rather, the Court has held that the total activity or situation controls. Among the factors the Court has considered significant in the “economic realities” test,

which now governs, are: (1) the extent to which the services rendered are an integral part of the principal’s business; (2) the permanency of the relationship; (3) the amount of the alleged contractor’s investment in facilities and equipment; (4) the nature and degree of control by the principal; (5) the alleged contractor’s opportunities for profit and loss; (6) the amount of initiative, judgment, or foresight in open market competition with others required for the success of the claimed independent contractor; and (7) the degree of independent business organization and operation. With no clear statutory definition of “employee,” federal courts have been left to apply the economic realities test, resulting in variations of definitions and tests to differentiate between employees and independent contractors. This has led to a patchwork across the country and tests are often inconsistently applied. Now, due to the courts again having substantial discretion to determine the weight of each factor based on the individual circumstances, employers are forced to make assessments about worker status without the benefit of the concrete guidance once contained in the Independent Contractor Rule. Instead, employers are forced to rely on the sometimes directly conflicting case law from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This proves especially challenging for National employers who must navigate the possibility that different courts may come down on different sides of the issue when determining worker classification. Further challenging for employers, is the fact that a worker’s classification may be different under the FLSA than it is under various state laws, the National Labor Relations Act and/or the Internal Revenue Code.

While DOL’s withdrawal of the Trump-era rules simply mean that these changes will not take effect, employers should stay up to date on ongoing changes in this body of law, as they may signal that the Biden administration will seek more stringent requirements or interpretations of existing law. U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh has already signaled that further changes are likely to be announced. While making public remarks he indicated that DOL will look very closely at questions of worker misclassifications and suggested that many workers – especially those in the gig economy – may be misclassified as independent contractors. Additionally, DOL indicates in Fact Sheet #13 that the most common areas for worker misclassification are the construction and franchising industries. Stating specifically that, “depending on the level of control the franchisor has over the franchisee, employees of the latter may be considered to be employed by the franchisor.” Considering the possibility for substantial changes in this area of the law, employers should carefully evaluate whether any of their independent contractors should be reclassified as employees. Employers can start by identifying any independent contractors who perform critical tasks for the company, whose work relates directly to the company’s core business, or who the employer “can’t live without.” Notably, the fact that an individual works a flexible schedule or works remotely is likely insufficient standing alone to support the individual’s classification as an independent contractor. DOL’s Fact Sheet #13 can be found here: https://www.

Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to our readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert our readers to new and developing issues and to provide some common sense answers to complex legal questions. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how these legal standards may apply to their particular circumstances. The authors of this article, Jack L. Shultz and Sarah J. Kniep can be contacted at (402) 434-3000, or at O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O., P.O. Box 82028, Lincoln, NE 68501-2028, and

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ANDREWS MYERS, P.C. he construction industry is facing depleted workforces and high turnover rates more than ever. Consequently, construction companies are frequently facing schedule delays, contract disputes, and increased overhead for training new workers. To combat these issues, and stabilize the workforce, some construction companies are starting to look to employment contracts like non-compete, non solicitation of employees, and claw-back agreements. But should they? This article addresses that question by examining these types of contracts and their potential uses in the construction industry.


Non-Compete Agreements

In its most basic form, a non-compete agreement is a contract where an employee agrees that when his employment ends he will not take another job that competes with his former employer for set amount of time. The purpose of a non-compete is to protect the “legitimate business interests” of the former employer. Each state has its own laws on what constitutes a legitimate business interest, but common ones are trade secrets, pricing information, the goodwill of business relations, customer contacts, and specialized training. Yet, because non competes restrict individuals’ right to work, non-competes are usually disfavored by courts. For this reason, non-competes must be limited in scope so there is an equitable balance between the legitimate business interests and the individuals’ right to work. Otherwise, they may be unenforceable. To be enforceable, non-competes should be limited in terms of: (1) geographical boundaries; (2) duration; and (3) activities restricted. The broader these terms, the more likely the non-compete agreement will be unenforceable. But if these terms are limited to only go so far as to protect legitimate business interests, the noncompete will strike a balance between the employer’s interests and the individual’s interests. In regard to the construction industry, non-compete agreements are more likely to be enforced against executives, managers, and other senior ranking employees than they are against laborers. This is because high-level employees tend to have access to trade secrets, pricing information, and customer contacts. Furthermore, these employees are sometimes the “face” of the company. When they leave, the company runs the risk of losing the goodwill that employee fostered with key business relations. With this said, many states like Texas and Florida consider “specialized training” a legitimate business interest. The definition of “specialized training” is up for debate, but there is a good argument that if an employer significantly invests in training an employee to perform a special or unique task, retaining that employee is a

legitimate business interest.

Non-Solicitation of Employees Agreements

A non-solicitation of employees agreement is a contract that prohibits an employee from soliciting, or poaching, other employees to work elsewhere. Compared to non-competes, courts are more willing to enforce non-solicitation agreements because they are typically more restricted in scope and usually do not restrict an individual’s right to work. Still, it can be difficult to enforce non-solicitation agreements because former employees rarely solicit in an open and obvious manner. Furthermore, non-solicitation agreements do not stop employees from independently deciding to work with a former employee elsewhere. To be clear, non solicitation agreements only prohibit a former employee from soliciting employees. In the construction industry, non solicitation agreements can be great to use with employees and independent contractors. The issue, however, is how to structure them so they actually act as a deterrence. One solution is to incorporate a liquidated damage clause into the agreement. A liquidated damage clause sets the exact amount owed to the employer if the employee breaches the agreement. This not only alleviates trying to calculate elusive damages, but it also provides a real dollar amount that employees can comprehend. Knowing the exact amount that will be owed can be a powerful deterrent to keep an employee from breaching the agreement. Another solution is to use a withholding clause in conjunction with a liquidated damages clause. In this context, a withholding clause allows an employer to withhold monies from an employee’s last paycheck if the employee breaches the non-solicitation clause. The obvious shortfall of a withholding clause is if the breach happens after the final paycheck is issued, no money can be withheld. In addition, companies should be aware that they cannot withhold an amount that reduces an employee’s pay below minimum wage. This opens the door to costly wage and hour claims. Finally, companies cannot enter into non-solicitation agreements with one another. This is an anti poaching agreement, and is generally prohibited because it violates free trade and individuals’ right to work. As a result, not only are these agreements void, they expose companies to serious liability.

Claw-Back Agreements

Finally, there are claw-back agreements. In this context, a claw-back agreement is a contract where an employer pays for training an employee and the employee agrees to reimburse the cost of the training if the employee leaves within a certain period. The reimbursement amount is typically calculated on a

sliding scale with the amount reducing over time. For example, a company may decide to reduce the reimbursement amount by 25% every six months, so that after two years the claw-back period ends. As with non-competes and non-solicitation agreements, claw-back agreements are enforceable, but they have to be reasonable. The main concerns are how long the claw-back period lasts and how the reduction in the claw-back reimbursement is calculated. In the construction industry, claw-back agreements can be vital in retaining qualified, skilled employees, but only if they actually deter employees from leaving. A good way to strengthen a claw-back agreement is to incorporate a withholding clause for the final paycheck, similar to the one discussed above. And if the cost of training is more than one paycheck will cover, companies can withhold a certain amount from multiple paychecks until the total amount withheld would cover any potential claw-back reimbursement. Note, however, as the potential reimbursement amount reduces over time companies should release an equal amount of withheld funds back to the employee. In the end, withholding agreements serve as financial deterrents to employees, but they also serve as insurance for employers.


Having enough workers on a construction project is essential for meeting project deadlines and reducing liabilities. As such, it is crucial to have a stable workforce. In today’s construction industry, the lack of workers and high turnover rates has caused some instability. However, construction companies are not without options. The three employment contracts discussed above are just some tools companies can use to try to stabilize their workforces. There is no guarantee these contracts will always be enforceable, but at a minimum they will serve as a deterrent for some, which could have a significant impact. On a final note, these types of contracts are not cut-and-paste and every jurisdiction has different laws regarding these types of contracts. For this reason, anyone considering using these contracts should contact an attorney to discuss further. Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert readers to new and developing legal topics and promote critical thinking about hypothetical legal issues. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how the matters discussed in this article may apply to the reader’s particular circumstances. The authors, Adam L. Robertson and Wesley M. Walker, can be contacted at (713) 850-4200, or at Andrews Myers, P.C., 1885 Saint James Place, 15th Floor, Houston, Texas 77056, arobertson@ and

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awrence, Kan. (August 31, 2021) Vince Romo of Oregon State University, is the first winner of the Allan MacCurrach Jr. Award of $10,000 from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) through the GCSAA Foundation. Previously part of the GCSAA Scholars Competition, the Allan MacCurrach Jr. Award was revamped in 2021 as a stand-alone award to recognize an outstanding non-traditional student seeking a career in the field of golf course and turfgrass management. Applicants needed to be majoring in a field related to golf course management, planning a career as a superintendent or related profession, be 23 years of age or older and be a GCSAA member to be eligible. The Allan MacCurrach Jr. Award is funded by Allan MacCurrach III and the PGA Tour. It is named in honor of the late Allan MacCurrach Jr., who became the PGA Tour’s first staff agronomist in 1974 and was the GCSAA Distinguished Service Award winner in 1994. He was a member of GCSAA for 31 years and was one of the first to become a certified golf course superintendent. “Winning this scholarship will help me graduate

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sooner and start my dream career,” said Romo, student member of the Oregon GCSA and president of Oregon State University’s Turf Club. Immediately following high school, Romo attended community college, where he played baseball. After graduating with his associate’s degree, he continued playing competitive baseball

while also working with his parents managing a water delivery route for the Reno and Lake Tahoe area. At the completion of his competitive baseball career, Romo dove right into playing golf. After a summer working on a course in Northern California, he realized his dream job in golf course management. Since relocating to Corvallis, Ore., to attend Oregon State University, Romo has been a member of the Mallard Creek Golf Course grounds crew in Linn County, Ore. under current superintendent Doug Hubert, a 36-year GCSAA member. In addition to being a non-traditional student, Romo is also Hispanic, and he is grateful for GCSAA’s support. “Allowing and including people with different backgrounds, cultures and life experiences can bring so many ideas to the table and opens up so many doors for ideas and suggestions to problems,” said Romo. “Diversity and inclusion are so important in the golf industry. Golf is a game that needs to be shared no matter what your background is and with encouraging and promoting diversity and inclusion, it can only help promote the sport for years to come.”




Renovations at Bethlehem Golf Club delivered huge improvements in playing conditions and aesthetics. A USGA Course Consulting Service visit contributed to the project’s success.


favorable green fee and pleasant-enough conditions assured a steady stream of play at the popular municipal course, Bethlehem (Pa.) Golf Club. Time was taking a toll, however, and management was concerned about the long-term competitiveness and economic viability of the course in a crowded local golf market. The course was not operating profitably, and significant changes would be needed to turn the tide. USGA agronomist Paul Jacobs toured the course with the superintendent to assess course conditions, infrastructure challenges, and become well-versed on the resources available for course maintenance. After the full-day site visit, Jacobs wrote in his USGA Course Consulting Service report that Bethlehem needed to address five major issues: 1. Cart Paths: Poor placement and subsequent deterioration from traffic and tree roots were leading to bumpy rides as well as turf thinning on adjacent areas. 2. Bunkers: Bunkers were suffering from sand contamination, structural breakdown, poor drainage and sand buildup on faces. There also seemed to be more bunkers than necessary in

some areas. Reconstruction was recommended, along with a suggestion to reduce the overall number of bunkers to save maintenance costs. 3. Fairways: Fairways had become narrow over the years and could easily be widened out to the full extent of coverage provided by the single-row irrigation system. 4. Teeing Grounds: The teeing grounds were too small on many holes, especially on par 3s. Realignment was needed on other tees to improve playability. 5. Trees: Trees negatively affected agronomics, aesthetics, playability and traffic flow through the course. Most of the problematic trees were also non-indigenous species that had been planted over the years. Once the CCS report was delivered about a week after the visit, it did not take long for general manager Larry Kelchner to convince municipal officials that the course needed more than the standard turf-related work like aerating fairways and reducing thatch in the greens. Armed with a renovation budget of $875,000, Kelchner got to work immediately by securing multiple contractors

to perform the construction. Tree work and initial drainage began in the fall of 2018. Golf course architect Mark Fine began his work in the fall of 2019. What started as a bunker renovation program quickly extended into a green expansion project. Decades of sand accumulation on the greenside bunker faces had raised the surfaces by a foot or more, and many greens had shrunk from their original size. The greens expansion work enabled the average putting surface to reach 7,200 square feet with much more area for hole locations than before. The new bunkers were also a significant improvement. The course used to have 39 bunkers totaling 117,000 square feet. Now, Bethlehem Golf Club has 29 bunkers totaling 81,000 square feet. That’s economy in both design and maintenance. Fine’s design also ensured that each bunker had multiple entry points for mechanical rakes – thus providing for efficient maintenance. Cleaning up the cart paths and removing them in certain areas has created a simpler look to the golf course. Drainage across the site has also been improved, primarily through the installation of 1.5 miles of drainpipe. Once opened for play following the renovation, the tee sheet quickly filled up as word spread about the improved golf experience. Bethlehem Golf Club registered just as much play (36,700 rounds) in the seven months it was open in 2020 as it did in the nine months it was open in 2019. The course started returning a profit to the town two years ago. In 2020 its profit increased by $79,000. The newfound look and playing conditions ensure that in coming years the golf course will be able to draw golfers from the immediate area and beyond. Bethlehem Golf Club has come a long way. The USGA Course Consulting Service visit produced the intellectual leverage for convincing the town to make a long-overdue investment in the course’s future. The benefits have been clear to see.

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WRITTEN BY: LPGA COMMUNICATIONS “The right leader to guide the LPGA’s next chapter of growth, impact and achievement”


AYTONA BEACH, FLA., May 25, 2021 – The Board of Directors of the LPGA has unanimously elected Mollie Marcoux Samaan as its next Commissioner. Marcoux Samaan, currently Ford Family Director of Athletics at Princeton University, will become the ninth Commissioner of the LPGA since its formation in 1950. She will succeed Commissioner Mike Whan who notified the LPGA Board late last year of his intent to step down in 2021. Whan was recently announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of the USGA. Marcoux Samaan will be working with the LPGA Board and the University to transition to her new role in the months ahead. “Our selection of Mollie Marcoux Samaan as the LPGA’s next Commissioner is the outcome of an extensive and deliberate search process. The position attracted a diverse group of outstanding internal and external candidates, all passionate about the LPGA. We concluded that Mollie is the right leader to guide the LPGA’s next chapter of growth, impact and achievement,” said Diane Gulyas, Chair of the LPGA Board of Directors and the Search Committee. “Mollie understands the power of golf to change the lives of girls and women. As a values-centered leader, she’s known for her skills in collaboration, managing through complexity and building a winning team culture. In every role, she’s had an outstanding record of performance in navigating change, forging lasting partnerships, and seeing – and seizing – new opportunities,” Gulyas said. “Our search process was disciplined and thorough. We were impressed and honored by the large number of quality of leaders interested in the LPGA. But in the end, Mollie stood above the rest. We were impressed by her track record working with athletes; with her ability to forge new and innovative partnerships; and with her personal passion, authenticity and proven persistence for excellence,” said Juli Inkster, World and LPGA Hall of Famer and a member of the Search Committee. “The LPGA Commissioner role is one of the best jobs in sports today and the opportunity of 20 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition

a lifetime. I’m passionate about the game of golf and have been an LPGA fan since I was a little girl. I appreciate the LPGA’s history and the tenacity of its 13 Founders. I’m truly inspired by our Tour players and teaching professionals. I’m excited to dive into the LPGA initiatives to impact women and girls in the game at every age and ability. And, to learn about and contribute to all aspects of the LPGA’s business,” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “I believe passionately that sports have the power to change the world. And in this moment in time – with the positive energy around women’s sports, women’s leadership and society’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – I believe the LPGA has an incredible opportunity to use our platform for positive change. ‘I’ve devoted my career to developing character, confidence and opportunities through sports. My mission and the LPGA’s mission are fully aligned: providing women and girls the opportunity to achieve their dreams through golf. “Under the leadership of Mike Whan and the executive team, the LPGA is strongly positioned for continued growth and impact. I’ll look forward to working with Mike and the leadership team to meet the many people and organizations that have been so integral to the LPGA’s success. With its committed sponsors and fans, talented players and members, and exceptional staff and Board, my role will be to continue the positive momentum and increase opportunities, awareness, impact and respect for the LPGA worldwide,” Marcoux Samaan said.

About Mollie Marcoux Samaan: Mollie Marcoux Samaan was a passionate multi-sport athlete from the moment she was introduced to sports as a young girl. After watching the LPGA and seeing her older brother play golf, Marcoux Samaan convinced her parents at age 11 to allow her to spend her summer days playing at Newman Golf Course, a public course in Ithaca, N.Y. At 14, she was runner up in the women’s city championship, losing in a playoff. She is a five-time club champion at the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue, N.Y. Marcoux Samaan graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1991. A history major, she wrote her senior thesis on “The Social Construction of Sport and Gender: A History of Women’s Golf from 1895 to 1955.” She was a two-sport varsity athlete, earning four letters each in soccer and ice hockey. In addition to being named First Team AllIvy in ice hockey all four years, Marcoux Samaan was named to the collegiate women’s ice hockey Team of the Decade in 1990. As a senior, Marcoux Samaan was awarded the C. Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Year Award, honoring the University’s top female athlete who also displays high scholastic rank and sportsmanship. Following graduation, Marcoux Samaan served as assistant athletic director, assistant dean of admissions, and coach of girls' ice hockey and soccer at the Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J).

ALLIED UPDATES She then began a 19-year career with Chelsea Piers Management, the company that owns and operates two world-class amateur sports complexes, Chelsea Piers New York and Chelsea Piers Connecticut, when its first facility opened in 1995. Marcoux Samaan progressed into senior management positions throughout her time at Chelsea Piers, becoming executive vice president of Chelsea Piers' 400,000-square-foot multi-venue sports complex in Connecticut, a facility with over 300 employees, including professional athletes, Olympians, former collegiate coaches, former Division I athletes and sports industry leaders. In these roles she developed extensive and cuttingedge sports programming for athletes of all ages and abilities. She also founded and served as executive director of the Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund, which offers scholarships to provide athletic opportunities to children in need. In 2014, she was recruited back to Princeton as the University's Ford Family Director of Athletics. In her seven years as Director of Athletics, Marcoux Samaan has overseen a department known for achievement and excellence, on and off the field. During Marcoux Samaan’s tenure, Princeton teams won a league-leading 65 Ivy League Championships and finished as high as 30th in the prestigious Learfield IMG Cup standings, which measures overall athletics success of all Division I Athletics programs. Marcoux Samaan initiated Princeton Tiger Performance, which focuses on the optimal performance of the University's nearly 1,000 varsity athletes each year, putting in place programs that

enable them to reach their fullest potential as athletes, students and citizens. She crafted a strategic plan for athletics that has continued to evolve and improve Princeton Athletics, including major improvements in facilities, recruiting and retaining talented coaches and staff, creating effective fundraising and revenue growth strategies and increasing marketing and exposure. In 2020, Marcoux Samaan’s greatest leadership challenges were off the field: navigating the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the flashpoint in race relations and social justice. With both challenges, she demonstrated the ability to navigate complexity and uncertainty, putting people first, demonstrating empathy and taking constructive action. Her calmness and focus kept the athletic department functioning with resilience, growth and optimism and gave the teams, athletes and coaches a rallying point and direction during the most trying times. This year, Princeton Athletics has proudly celebrated 50 years of women’s athletics, highlighting the extraordinary competitive legacy and the profoundly positive impact so many Princeton female student- athletes have had after graduation. Marcoux Samaan and her husband, Andrew Samaan, are the parents of three children: Maddie (17), Catie (15) and Drew (12). About the LPGA Board of Directors and Search Committee The LPGA’s 2021 Board of Directors is comprised of the Commissioner, eight LPGA Members and six Independent Directors.

LPGA Members: • Vicki Goetze-Ackerman – President, LPGA Tour • Marvol Barnard – President, LPGA Professionals • Lydia Ko – Player Director • Pernilla Lindberg – Player Director • Amy Olson – Player Director • Alena Sharp – Player Director • Kris Tamulis – Player Director • Michelle Wie West – Player Director Independent Directors:

• Diane Gulyas, Board and Search Committee Chair, former President and Chief Marketing Officer at DuPont, LLC

• David Fay, former Executive Director, USGA

• Jon Iwata, retired Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, IBM • Tom Schoewe, retired Executive Vice

President and Chief Financial Officer, Walmart

• Madeleine Kleiner, retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Hilton Hotel Corporation • John Veihmeyer, retired Chairman, KPMG International

The Search Committee was comprised of four LPGA members and three independent directors: Diane Gulyas, Vicki Goetz-Ackerman, Marvol Barnard, Juli Inkster, Jon Iwata, Alena Sharp and John Veihmeyer. Spencer Stuart assisted with the search process.


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Talking to the Nation’s Influencers



n recent years, the National Club Association’s (NCA’s) Vice President of Government Relations Joe Trauger has interviewed several of the nation’s most influential leaders in NCA’s flagship magazine Club Director to talk about the issues they are fighting for and how clubs fit into that vision as well as to build stronger relationships with them. Since 2019, Trauger has talked to Representative and Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Representative Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), U.S. Delegate to the Virgin Islands Stacey Plaskett (D) and her Operations Director and Founder of the Congressional Golf Association (CGA) Lewis Myers. This article takes excerpts from their most impactful responses. NCA: The National Club Association represents private clubs around the country, including golf, country, city and athletic clubs. Clubs face many of the same issues any small business wrestles with every day: health care costs, taxes, labor policy and environmental issues. What’s your view on the government’s role in fostering a healthy business climate? Rep. Adrian Smith: This past year especially, we have been reminded of how crucial small businesses are to our communities. Small businesses are the foundation of main street America, and I am pleased with the unprecedented, bipartisan work we did last year to keep as many small businesses as possible open with workers on their payrolls. Every entrepreneur has taken risks to get to where they are, and as a government our goal should be ensuring reasonable, consistent rules of the road for every business while fostering an environment which rewards hard work and skill appropriately. NCA: The CGA website says the association is dedicated to advancing the game of golf through innovative programming and strategic partnerships. Tell me more about it.

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Lewis Myers: Programming includes, but is not limited to, volunteer work in the golfing community with organizations such as The First Tee and Golf. My Future. My Game. We have regular CGA golf outings to promote bipartisanship and networking. We recently introduced a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) component for our members to better understand the agronomy and science behind the game. We’ve also partnered with City Swing to allow members to have their swings broken down and analyzed by professionals. NCA: Golf can be intimidating for beginners, what does CGA do to help folks who are just starting out? Myers: We have designed programming for all levels. For our newer members, we offer private range sessions along with a dedicated swing coach that helps ease our beginners into the game. Once members feel comfortable in their growth, they have the ability to sign-up for more of our advanced activities NCA: Private clubs face many of the same issues as small businesses and one of the biggest concerns is health care costs. You serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over health care. What sorts of things are happening this Congress to address this issue for individuals and small businesses?

Rep. Dan Kildee: I believe that health care is a fundamental human right and that all people deserve access to quality, affordable health care. Our current health care system relies, in part, on employers providing health coverage, and Congress needs to make sure that it is affordable for small businesses to do so. It also benefits employers to have healthy employees, since healthy individuals are more productive, motivated and focused on their work. NCA: Let’s say you’re going out for a round of golf or sailing for the day. Who makes up your ideal group? One Democrat, one Republican and one celebrity and why? Del. Plaskett: If I had an ideal foursome to play a round of golf with, for my democrat, I would select Rep. Andre Carson, who as a former DJ, would have a fantastic play list or Rep. Yvette Clarke who also grew up in Brooklyn and whom I bond with musically. As for a Republican, it would of course be my Caribbean sister, Jennifer Gonzalez Colon of Puerto Rico or Rodney Davis of Illinois, who I sat next to in Agriculture as a freshman and shared whispered jokes. And though she is no longer with us, my celebrity fourth would have been my “Shero,” Shirley Chisholm; for all she did to advance women’s rights both in and outside of the Congress. Club Director is only available through an NCA membership. To learn more about NCA and to join, please contact Katina Cavagnaro at Visit to learn more about the club and golf issues NCA is fighting for.


Florida’s Largest Kubota Dealer ANNOUNCES




est Palm Beach, FL – Despite national labor and inventory shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Florida Coast Equipment, a family-owned and operated full service Kubota dealership, will add 35 high paying jobs in just the first 12 months as part of its expansion deal to purchase two Gulf Coast Turf & Tractor Kubota Dealerships, the company announced Wednesday. The move brings Gulf Coast Turf and Tractor dealerships in Land O’Lakes and Plant City to the Florida Coast family making Florida Coast Equipment the largest Kubota Dealership in the Southeast Region and one of the top 5 largest dealerships in the nation while many businesses across the country are struggling to make ends meet.

Florida Coast Equipment President Todd Bachman credited Florida’s political leaders for putting people over politics by working to keep Florida’s businesses open during the pandemic. “Many states across the country were quick to shut things down during the pandemic,” said Bachman. “Our governor fought to keep Floridians working and ensure Florida is open for business.” Bachman was quick to note that while the business is growing, it would remain committed to it’s family-focused, community driven approach that has made the company Florida’s premier Kubota dealership. “We are excited to grow and bring new jobs to the great state of Florida,” said Bachman. “But no matter how much we grow, it’s our tradition of delivering impeccable customer service and unrivaled product

support that makes us who we are and that will never change.” Florida Coast Equipment detailed that it would be hiring new drivers, technicians, sales positions and other high paying positions as well as contracting major facility improvements as part of the expansion. Founded in 1985, Florida Coast Equipment has grown from a single dealership with two employees to locations in West Palm Beach, Naples, Mims and Fort Pierce. Today’s announcement will bring the total to 6 locations by adding Land O’Lakes and Plant City. Florida Coast Equipment has been named an Elite Dealer 7 years in a row and awarded the Top Volume Dealer award 6 years. To learn more about Florida Coast Equipment and their rental company, Big Orange Rental, visit

WE BRING MORE “YES” TO YOUR PROJECT When it comes time to build a new golf course or renovate an existing one, renting equipment is a cost-effective and efficient solution. Sunbelt Rentals has a full line of tools and specialty equipment including Helac PowerTilts, turf tire tractors, and Pronovost hydraulic dump trailers for shaping fairways and bunkers. With 24/7 support, online account management, and over 900 locations in North America, we can arrange what you need, when you need it. Visit or call 800-667-9328 to bring more “Yes” to your project.

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t GCBAA Charter Member, Mountain View Seeds, we believe keeping our customers informed about the Oregon seed crop is a priority. As many of you know there are significant issues affecting seed availability. Late last week the Oregon Seed Association sent out a release (https:// detailing the hurdles currently facing the industry. We wanted to take the time to share that release with you and add some further information. While the OSA release paints a dire picture for this crop year we believe many of these factors will continue to hamper production into the future. More permanent crops like hazelnuts and blueberries are being planted and the weather patterns that have caused drought conditions will likely not change soon.

Being owned by a farmer co-op means that MVS can weather these types of storms better than other seed providers. Being primary in production allows for greater control of the crop. While MVS and PRATUM Coop can control certain production factors others, such as competition for acres and mother nature require more planning and adaptability. MVS recommends that as you plan your spring you take these factors into consideration. Early orders of products and moves to proprietary varieties will help ensure needs are met. While these challenging times require more management and communication, we also believe they offer significant opportunities for success. We are working to increase production across all species and partnering with farmers that have a proven track record

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Duininck Golf Expands REACH



tlanta, Georgia - Duininck Golf Construction – Duininck Golf promotes Sam Duininck as Director of Business Development and establishes an office in Atlanta as part of its strategic growth plan. Duininck Golf, one of the most recognized golf course builders in the United States, recently announced the promotion of Sam Duininck to Director of Business Development and opening a new office in Atlanta, GA. These moves follow a successful year for Duininck Golf in 2020 and align with the company’s strategic growth plan and core values to promote from within. From humble beginnings in 1926, Duininck Companies started as a heavy civil construction

company in Prinsburg, MN and has grown into a familyowned business that has completed projects across the United States with now, many of the 4th generation family members involvement. Duininck Golf was brought to life in the early 90’s and today is one of the most recognized golf course builders in the country with expertise in new construction, course remodeling and irrigation system installation. “As a family-owned company, we’ve always believed that developing young talent and promoting from within is paramount to our success,” said Judd Duininck, General Manager of Duininck Golf and President of the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA). “Sam has been in the field working on projects the last several years and this experience will be invaluable in his new role.” Offices in Minnesota, Texas, and now Atlanta, GA allows Duininck to leverage its expertise in all facets of golf course construction with expanded regional resources to provide uncompromised service and attention to detail to its growing list of clients. “One of Duininck Golfs core values is Mind the Gap. We must have the mindset of continual improvement along with striving daily to be the best in our industry,” added Judd Duininck. “We at Duininck Golf are excited about Sam’s new position. With Sam’s experience in the field and his passion for customer service this new role

aligns with the Duininck value of servant leadership.” “It’s an honor to take on these new responsibilities and I am excited to help expand the Duininck Golf footprint and serve Georgia and the southeast,” said Sam Duininck. I’ve spent the last several years in the field and look forward to working closely with golf course superintendents, architects, consultants, and other industry professionals.” Sam Duininck earned a BA degree in marketing and an MBA from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. For more information about Duininck Golf, visit About Duininck Golf Duininck Golf is part of the Duininck Companies established in 1926 based in Prinsburg, MN. A member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), Duininck Golf has completed new course, renovation and irrigation installation projects throughout the United States working alongside many well-known golf course architects, many who are members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). With offices in Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, Duininck Golf has the resources and regional expertise to provide uncompromised service and attention to detail to its clients. GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition 25




AN DIEGO, CA. – June 29, 2021 – Pizá Chamblee Golf Design, a recently formed partnership between award-winning architect Agustin (Augie) Pizá and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, proudly introduces a completely original and imaginative golf course concept, referred to as the “Butterfly Effect.” “The ‘Butterfly Effect’ refers to the innovative layout but also to the Chaos Theory where one small change in a system can result in a large difference. This thought process and concept could change golf course designs, create a movement, and ultimately grow the game. A golf courses like this asks the average golfer to have fun and think and the low handicap golfer to think and have fun. We are elated that the ‘Butterfly Effect’ concept is in development,” said Pizá.

The “Butterfly Effect” concept and golf course is in development and located in the rustic hillsides of Mexico, in Cuatro Cienegas, within a master planned community and resort. The layout resembles the wings of a butterfly from above with four diverse quadrangles. Within these sections are six-hole golf loops creatively positioned within the rural landscape and surround an inventive multi-purpose short course. One of the specific loops will host a professional women’s golf tournament. “Augie’s concept is ingenious. The four-six-hole loops were designed to meet the ever-changing demands on time and to create a golf experience for different skill levels. A new or beginning golfer as well as an avid golfer will enjoy the layout. Six holes is the new nine and 12 holes is the new 18. I am thrilled he invited me to participate on this special project,” said Chamblee. The Pizá Chamblee signature project features loops or circuits designed to provide an incredibly unique and different golfing experience and can be played in seven different combinations, up to 24-holes. Play as many holes as time permits. The circuits in the conceptual stage are named after colours -- green, red, blue, and purple and will be named as the project progresses. About Pizá Golf Founder – Arch. Agustin Pizá, MSc: Award winning architect Agustin has earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from ITESM and a Master’s Degree in Golf Course Architecture from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He is a proud member of both the European Institute and the American Society of Golf Course Architects. For 22 years, Pizá has worked with legends of the game and world class golf developments. His designs are known for delivering quality, aesthetic, and strategic golf courses. Pizá Golf has been recognized with many

international accolades and has garnered a reputation for “Re-defining Golf Facilities” with their concepts – Wellness Golf and Lounge Golf. Agustin Pizá was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 creative minds from Mexico and Golf Inc. Magazine included him in their Power 2020 issue as an up-and-coming superstar. Pizá and the company have worked and have been involved in more than 60 projects on three continents. About Brandel Chamblee: Brandel Chamblee joined Golf Channel in 2004, and currently serves as a studio analyst for Golf Central, as well as an analyst for the network’s Live From programming, airing on-site from the game’s biggest events. Chamblee also is an occasional analyst for Golf Channel’s PGA Tour tournament coverage. Chamblee has earned a reputation for being one of the most intellectual and well-researched personalities on Golf Channel and is known for his outspoken opinions on the game’s biggest stars. A PGA Tour winner, Chamblee enjoyed a 15-year professional playing career that included more than $4 million in earnings. His career highlights include victories at the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open on the PGA Tour and the 1990 Ben Hogan New England Classic on the Tour. He also shared the first-round lead at the Masters in 1999 and finished within the top-100 on the PGA Tour money list for seven consecutive years. A three-time All-American at the University of Texas, Chamblee graduated in 1986 with a BS in Communications. A father of three, Chamblee lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information on Pizá Golf, please visit the company website:

Keepers of the Green Charity GOLF OUTING WILL CONTINUE


olumbus, Ohio – With the blessing and continued involvement of its founders, David Whelchel and Dr. Michael Hurdzan, the Keepers of the Green Charity Golf Outing is set to return with new leadership in 2022. Keepers of the Green began in 2000 as a way for Whelchel and Hurdzan to raise money for various charities of importance to the pair. For more than 20 years, the event has drawn support from individuals and companies from the golf course community, including builders, architects, superintendents, and more. Whelchel and Hurdzan leave big shoes to fill and it’s going to take a new team of four individuals to meet 26 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition

the expectations set over the last 21 years. Fortunately, the individuals taking over the reins understand the legacy that’s been created. The new group consists of Joe Enciso, Doug Zak, Jason Bucci and Brian Laurent. Each of these individuals has a long history with the Keepers of the Green scramble and within the golf community. Future Keepers of the Green events will closely resemble those from previous years. Charity will be at the center of each event with a continued focus on supporting multiple causes including military charities. Additionally, the group intends to continue to operate the event in Central Ohio during the beginning of June.

The team has created a new website to keep participants, sponsors, and friends of the Keepers of the Green informed. will be the home for updates regarding the event. Enciso, Zak, Bucci, and Laurent have begun planning for 2022 and are excited about the opportunity to continue the traditions of the Keepers of the Green Charity Golf Outing and look forward to introducing a few more. Contacts: Brian Laurent: Joe Enciso: Jason Bucci: Doug Zak:

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July 5, 1949 - May 23, 2021

Arthur Wright Hills, of Sylvania OH, passed away on May 18, 2021, at the age of 91. Arthur is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Pilkington Hills; his sister, Sue Weston; six children, John S. Hills (Michelle), Lee A. Hills (Lisa), Julie H. Tucker (John), Joseph Q. Hills (Mary), Benjamin E. Hills, and Jenny H. Kraus (Eric). Arthur is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Arthur was preceded in death by his sons, Steve and Stan; and his parents, Edwin and Marjorie. Arthur lived most of his life in Toledo and Sylvania, except for a brief period when he lived in Dexter, Michigan, where he graduated from high school. Arthur graduated from Michigan State University and later earned a landscape architecture degree from the University of Michigan. Arthur originally supported his young family as a landscape contractor. At the age of 36, in a somewhat whimsical career move, he designed a golf course - the first of several hundred designs and renovations over the next 45 years. Arthur Hills and Associates would go on to be recognized as one of the top golf course design firms in the world, but Arthur was always more gratified with his clients' successes, rather than his own. This earnestness garnered a special place in the hearts of those with whom he worked, those who played his designs, and many others in the world of golf. Besides working, Arthur enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf, walking in the Metroparks, eating his wife's cooking, raking autumnal yard leaves into innumerable piles, watching St. John's basketball, fundraising for worthy causes, and going to bed early. Arthur left an enduring mark on the world, and he will be missed by his family and all those whose lives he impacted. In lieu of flowers, Arthur's preference would have been a donation to a Catholic school, Metroparks Toledo, or other charity of the donor's choice. Visitation will be at Reeb Funeral Home on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania, on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Tributes or memories of enjoying Arthur as a friend, playing, or working on an Arthur Hills golf course, or working with Arthur Hills himself, may be made at www.

We are saddened to share with you, our fellow GCBAA Members, the news of the passing of Jon Scott. Jon's leadership will be greatly missed by the entire golf industry. May he rest in peace. It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Jonathon Lee Scott passed from this world on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, in Traverse City, Michigan, after a one-year battle with pancreatic cancer in his home surrounded by his family. He was 71 years old. On July 5th, 1949, Jon was born in Scottville, Michigan, to Robert and Lois Scott and later graduated from Michigan State University, where he remained an avid Spartan fan for life. In his over 40-year career in Golf Management, he became one of the top leaders in the field of agronomy consulting and assisting in both golf course design and operation with companies such as The PGA Tour and Nicklaus Design. Throughout his career, he is remembered as being an advocate for perfection as well as people. He retired in 2014 but remained active in his consulting firm with clients all over the world. When not working, Jon was an active pilot and could be seen flying his 1965 Cessna 172F over northern Michigan and soaking up the outdoors boating on Black Lake with his family. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Anne (Schell) Scott; daughter, Brenda (Brian) Wlazlo; stepsons, Joel and Tom Krause; sisters, Jan and Ed Wagner and Jyl and James Gaskin, as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Please join us for his interment on Saturday, June 12th, 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Onaway, MI 49765 to remember his life. The family asks that anyone attending and not vaccinated kindly wear a mask. A small reception will follow at the Scott Family home: 4254 County Road 489, Onaway, MI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jon’s honor to First Tee ( international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids and teens, or Folds of Honor ( ways-to-give/) to benefit the children of killed and injured U.S. Military soldiers.

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PERRY O’NEAL DYE 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 8th in Denver, Colorado

Perry was born September 21st, 1952, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Alice and Pete (Paul) Dye. He grew up in Indianapolis, attending the Orchard School and spending summers in Culver, Indiana on Lake Maxinkuckee. After attending the The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Massachusetts, Perry moved to Denver to attend the University of Denver where he met the love of his life Ann (Hibbard) Dye who he married in 1974. After a brief stint in Real Estate, Perry decided to follow in his parent’s footsteps and become a golf course designer. Over the decades Perry has not only been an integral part of Pete and Alice Dye's design team, part of the inner circle and 'brain trust,' but he's also gone on to great acclaim with dozens of solo projects around the world. Starting in Colorado, where he's made his home for many years, Perry’s earliest creations include TPC Plum Creek, Riverdale Dunes and Glenmoor Country Club, all located in the Denver suburbs. He spent his career working all over the world building dozens of renowned courses through the western United States, Europe, the Far East and Latin America. With over 80 courses to his credit, Perry was truly dedicated to golf: he promoted the growth of the golf course industry by cooperating with and supporting industry and professional groups, civic organizations, and the general public. He has spoken at conferences held throughout the world on various topics affecting golf course design and construction. A past president and member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America, in 2004, Perry received the inaugural Perry Dye Award, which honors "exceptional individuals who have unselfishly contributed their influence to foster positive changes for the association and have continually endeavored to make it better.” Perry gave so many a hand up in their lives and careers, helping them attend college and find jobs in the golf industry. He will be lovingly remembered for his adventurous spirit, unwavering kindness, dependability, big personality and easy-going disposition. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met and demonstrated compassion, integrity and an unwavering loyalty and generosity to those he held close. Perry lived his life to the fullest. He was known for throwing the best parties and always making weddings, birthdays and holidays for his friends and family the most memorable of celebrations. He was a supporting, loving husband, wonderful father and the ultimate “Pop-pop” to his grandchildren, whom he adored. Perry enjoyed playing golf and was also an avid fisherman, first learning to bonefish in the Bahamas with his Grandmother Lucy. He also loved spending summers at his cottage in Culver, Indiana with his family, teaching his children and grandchildren how to play golf, waterski, sail, fish and to treasure the amazing Maxinkuckee sunsets. Perry is survived by his wife Ann, children and their spouses Lucy (Erik) Bowman and Lilly (Ross) Harmon, grandchildren Brooks and Margaret Harmon and brother Paul Burke Dye (Jean). As Perry would say “Keep it in the fairway.” In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation at 6040 South 58th Street Suite D Lincoln, NE 68516 (information@ or The International Circle of Friends, Inc., 12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 208, Wellington, FL 33414 (

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