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Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America

3rd Quarter 2015

A Look Back at the 2015 GCBAA Summer Meeting In the fall of 2013, GCBAA narrowed down a few select cities to host the 2015 Summer Meeting knowing it was a breakaway year from the PGA Championship. In comparing both the appeal and challenges of each potential location, Colorado Springs had an overwhelming number of opportunities that the Meetings Committee felt would complement the GCBAA very well. One particular attraction was the charm of The Mining Exchange Hotel, and more importantly the staff. When the Meetings Committee was prospecting (no pun intended) hotels, not only was their staff very capable, but they made an exceptional effort to understand our group and provided a welcoming that was second to none. When you fast forward to July 2015, we hope you felt the same with regards to their staff and the effort they put forth to show their appreciation for our group. Post-event, our office fielded countless member requests asking for emails and phone numbers for their General Manager and staff to commend them for a job well done. In turn, we were asked by the Hotel to give all attendees a big pat on the back and THANK YOU for being so cordial and kind to their staff throughout the week. To have the entire hotel booked by GCBAA and our special guests was a real treat for both ends!

GUESTS FROM GCSAA In getting to the meat and bones of the 2015 Summer Meeting, we would be remiss to not start by thanking our friends at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) for joining us that week. GCSAA concurrently held their quarterly board meeting on site and were able to join GCBAA members for receptions and other events. The GCBAA & GCSAA GCSAA Director Rafael Barajas, CGCS & GCBAA Treasurer Pat Karnick at the Sticks for Kids Golf Boards had a working lunch Tuesday with Tournament many new initiatives underway as a result! Without question, hosting GCSAA under the same roof was a benefit not only to our association members, but to the growing partnership we hope to continue with their organization.

IRRIGATION SYMPOSIUM This year’s Irrigation Symposium paved the way for a great start to the Summer Meeting. Close to 60 members gathered for classroom education on Tuesday morning at the Hotel. We’d like to thank GCBAA members Boyd Rose (Watertronics) and John Inman (Inman Interwest) for their presentations to the group, along with Camille Rubeiz, PE (Plastic Pipe

Camille Rubeiz, PE – Director of Engineering with the Plastics Pipe Institute


Hotel staff giving Justin Apel a hand with the last of the Summer Meeting packing

INSIDE 2 President’s Perspective 3 Executive Director Notes 4 Foundation Update 12 Auction/Raffle 16 Human Resources 18 Developer’s Guide 21 New Members 26 Allied Associations 33 Movers & Shapers 38 Advertisers

President’s Perspective



As I write my second to last article as President of the GCBAA, I can honestly say I have enjoyed serving the GCBAA as the President of the Association. I have been so encouraged by the progress we have made with our Staff, Foundation, Board and of all of you our valued members. With a long list of accomplishments and an even longer list of new priorities, there is a lot of work yet to be accomplished, but I am confident, under incoming President Scott Veazey direction, that we are all up to the challenge. Looking back, one of the highlights of my presidency is honoring one of our great industry friends, Tommy Sasser, with the Perry Dye Service Award. Many of us have had the pleasure of working with Tommy over the years. Through all of the discussions and debates, there has always been one common theme with Tommy—his dedication to and support of the GCBAA. In all seriousness, the honorary “covey” salute will always be for you, Tommy.



In the interest of space available for this article, I will just say that the Summer Meeting in Colorado Springs was one for the record books. On behalf of the GCBAA Board of Directors, we thank all of you who attended, our special guests, GCSAA Board Members, Executive Staff, and all of the sponsors, bidders, and donors. Most importantly, we would also like to thank The Mining Exchange Staff, who helped make this such a memorable event. I can say with all confidence that we look forward to returning to Colorado Springs in the future. Every corner of the property made it obvious that you were at a GCBAA event! I was also very excited to see the rebranding of the Opening Reception for the Awards Dinner and Auction. It is time for the GCBAA and its members to walk the walk when it comes to “Buy From Within”. I know we have all been guilty of looking outside the organization for support on our projects. I ask you to think about the network and relationships you have made over the years through the GCBAA. Collectively, we have built this organization into what it is today. We have made tremendous strides in gaining the recognition as professionals in this industry as well as building relationships with allied organizations to improve and grow the game. The only way this has been accomplished is through the support of the membership. We all need to think of our associates, suppliers, and consultants when we are kicking the dust up. The decision to select a GCBAA member should not always be an accounting choice. Instead, think about the long term investment many have made in the industry and the knowledge and experience they can bring to your project. It’s hard to believe we are gearing up for fall projects and looking at 2016. The organization is busy finalizing plans for regional trainings that will provide education to members who are not able to attend national events. Additionally, look for the GCBAA at the upcoming Irrigation Association and other regional events as we continue to promote our important brand and you as members. The GCBAA Board Election ballots will be coming CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Executive Director Notes Another meeting is in the books for GCBAA and we are immediately making plans for our next event. Your staff loves to set the bar high each meeting and as much as we appreciate the many kind words we receive in the surveys, we have always focused our attention on ways we can improve the experience. As much as we agree that we need to extend the bar hours, there are only some suggestions we can really focus upon. Colorado Springs did the GCBAA good. We enjoyed great weather and a spectacular venue. As unique as The Mining Exchange Hotel was, we learned that the real value and most memorable moments come from the hotel staff. They certainly put the GCBAA first in all aspects and we cannot thank them enough for their hospitality. The staff echoes the same sentiments for all of you who attended the meeting this year. Your positive attitudes, smiling faces, and generosity made this year’s event a huge success, and we thank you for your continued participation and support. We were excited to offer another irrigation symposium to kick off the meeting. The event was well-attended once again, and it captured real issues facing the golf irrigation industry, using our membership as a resource to provide current and hands on education. The Opening Reception this year was standing room only! It was great to welcome the GCSAA Board of Directors and Executive Staff. The Education Committee did a fantastic job in selecting a diverse group of presenters with valuable information. We hope you noticed a new theme at this year’s meeting, one that we hope to continue growing in the future. The GCBAA has promoted a “Buy From Within” tagline for many years. President Rick Boylan and the GCBAA Board want this to be more than just a logo at the bottom of the newsletter. We see Buy From Within and the Member Driven Association as one in the same. The GCBAA looks to its members for education content, ideas for events, in-kind and monetary support because we know we are working with a group of professionals dedicated to the golf industry. There is significant wisdom and experience when you work with a member of GCBAA. While the game of golf can be traced back as far as the 14th century, the art of construction and the technology of the products used in course design and construction today are ever-changing. The entire industry looks to GCBAA as the leader in construction around the world. You are all part of this group. Each day, you face challenges that your association membership can assist you with. Buying From Within is more than calling upon a fellow member to purchase products; it is more about the network of experience and support you have at your fingertips. The program does not necessarily mean the best prices or deals for your everyday needs, but it is a guarantee of a dedicated individual and company that will stand alongside of you to achieve your goal. There are endless thanks that need to be said to all of you for the support of the meeting and auction. The meeting program was full of member sponsorships, silent auction tables double-stacked with items, and auction CONTINUED ON PAGE 5



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Foundation Update It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already more than halfway over. And what a year it’s been already! We just wrapped up another very successful Summer Meeting, our annual Auction and Raffle raised over 60,000, our industry is continuing to bounce back, and our Sticks for Kids programs are thriving. The funds raised will provide countless opportunities to so many young kids, and I can’t thank you enough for the support.



We found ourselves in a transitional year—maintaining support to our existing programs while experimenting with new partnerships and adding to our inventory of programs. Our Sticks for Kids program continues to make an indelible impact in the lives of the children and the communities we serve. We just received a thank you from the director of a brand new SFK Program in Gig Harbor, Washington. Launching a SFK Program this year allowed the already successful junior golf program at Gig Harbor Golf Club to reach 30 children who would otherwise have been turned away, simply because they could not afford their own equipment. Be sure to check out the next issue of the Foundation & SFK e-newsletter for more information about this new program. Stories like this are great reminders of why we do what we do! The success of the annual Summer Meeting Auction and Raffle gives us the opportunity to keep growing our initiatives. There have only been a few times in the past that I have had to miss a GCBAA Summer Meeting. This year, a family conflict kept me away from what I hear was a fabulous meeting and venue. I kept in touch with the office in my absence, and was excited to hear about the success of the meeting and all of the support for the Foundation. The generosity and support of our members will allow us to continue supporting our successful SFK Programs, as well as exploring ways to expand our reach in the industry. On behalf of the GCBAA Foundation Board, I would like to recognize the efforts of the Fundraising Committee and staff in organizing another very successful event this year, and to thank those who either donated items or purchased items for this year’s meeting. All of you working together is what makes our programs and events so successful. Thank you so much for your hard work and your continued support! History has proven the symbiotic relationship between the GCBAA and Foundation— when one organization succeeds so does the other. We are continuing to work together discussing our strategic plan. The Foundation Board is very excited to help support initiatives of the GCBAA, and we are now in a position to discuss ways we can support other allied organizations on broader initiatives. The industry is seeing great strides being made in cooperative efforts to help programs like Get Golf Ready, We Are Golf, and Drive Chip and Putt engage and retain the next generation of golfers. There is no quick fix to the challenges our industry faces, but we do feel that working together on multiple programs will help grow the game. It is hard to believe we are nearing the 4th quarter of 2015 and planning for 2016. Be sure to watch for details of the Golf Industry Show in San Diego, and ways you can win a 2016 Harley Davidson in our annual Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle. You’ll want to stop by the Foundation booth #5545 while you’re at the show to see what your Foundation is working on. We welcome you to volunteer in any way you can—selling raffle tickets, connecting with a local SFK program in your area, or sharing your ideas of how the Foundation can support the game. See you in San Diego! Rick Lohman



President’s Perspective (cont.) out in September and we ask you to give a little extra time to consider either serving as a board member or getting involved in one of our many committees. Finally, I would like to thank my fellow board members and committees members for volunteering countless hours to the organization. I would also like to thank the staff in Lincoln for their dedication and support to growing the GCBAA. Congratulations to Lori and her family on the birth of their son, Henry Wayne Romano. We missed Lori at the Summer Meeting but are looking forward to meeting the newest addition and seeing you in San Diego!




Rick Boylan Award Dinner attendees giving Tommy Sasser the honored “covey” salute


Executive Director Notes (cont.) lists that needed condensed in the interest of time—all good problems to have! We thank you for your feedback on our recent survey to help us finalize plans for 2016. I am personally excited to get to experience Jersey City, home of the 2005 GCBAA Summer Meeting that is still talked about to this day. Your feedback helped us create a new format that hopefully utilizes your time efficiently while allowing time for a little site seeing and the PGA Championship.


Thank you all for your support. Please recommend a friend or competitor to join GCBAA and do not ever hesitate to get involved. We are always looking for help and your feedback is needed to continue the success of GCBAA.


Justin Apel

Samantha Huff, Justin Apel & Courtney Barr taking a break from the excitement during the Awards Dinner




Institute) and Warren Shafer (Growing Solutions) for traveling in to address attendees. The abovementioned presenters covered everything from HDPE and Pump Station Planning, to Filtration and Injection. Please check the education library on our website for many of the Summer Meeting presentations at news-events. At noon, participants shuttled to Patty Jewett Golf Course where they enjoyed lunch and an afternoon of hands-on learning, with specific interest to grounding techniques. We’d like to thank all the representatives from our member companies for helping orchestrate another successful Irrigation Symposium. A big thank you to the following companies that sponsored the event: • Caterpillar Inc. • ISCO Industries, LLC • John Deere • Landirr, Inc. • LASCO Fittings, Inc. • Rain Bird Corporation – Golf Division • Southeastern Golf, Inc. • The Toro Company

Justin Apel and Pat Karnick welcoming back past GCBAA Members Matt and Mark Rownd (The Cart Path Company) & Greg Solomon (Bridge Builders USA Inc.)

activities to contact our office any time! The evening played host to the Opening Reception outdoors on the Hotel’s courtyard. Along with reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, guests enjoyed appetizers, drinks and tastings from one of the Springs’ local breweries.

EDUCATION Wednesday’s all-day education kicked off with our Breakfast with the Vendors, sponsored by LASCO Fittings, Inc. We appreciate everyone waking up early to take part in this event as it gives attendees yet another opportunity to network with our loyal tradeshow vendors. After breakfast, GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel welcomed more than 150 attendees to Colorado Springs, and after a few

SPECIAL GUEST & OPENING RECEPTION An afternoon rain shower cleared up just in time for the Tuesday evening festivities, beginning with our Special Guest Reception. The Board of Directors expanded this reception as a way to continue welcoming new members and special guests as well as thank the weeks’ speakers; but also Past Foundation Harley winners Stephanie Zimmerman (2013) to invite current GCBAA and Stephanie Christman (2010) members to network and enjoying the Opening Reception become more involved with GCBAA activities. This was a great opportunity to visit with some individuals who have recently changed companies within GCBAA as well as those who have rejoined the organization. We look forward to continuing this event in future years; however encourage anyone who is hoping to become more involved with GCBAA


Education & Tradeshow area – GCBAA Summer Meeting

housekeeping items and an epic group “selfie,” we were in for a great day of education. In an effort to capitalize on the social media offerings available, GCBAA captured all presentations on the social media app, Periscope. A quick Periscope 101 for the curious minds…Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. For anyone that couldn’t attend the meeting, if they had a Periscope account, they could view all the presentations in real time from their office, couch or beach chair. GCBAA will continue using Periscope and other social media avenues to push our education.

Syngenta updated the group on the “Operation Pollinator” program. For more information on this great program visit

Live streaming the GCBAA Education using social media app Periscope

Make sure to give us a follow -- @GCBAA. We were spoiled right off the bat with a great presentation from J.J. Keegan with Golf Convergence. Mr. Keegan was able to make the short drive down from Castle Rock before needing to catch a flight out to a club to provide consulting work. The group learned about a proven formula that can help identify the success of the club prior to entering into construction contracts. By looking at golf around the globe and vulnerabilities that affect the game along with other matrixes, J.J.’s company Golf Convergence, Inc. has been able to consult clubs and help with long term planning.

Justin Apel taking a group selfie to kick off the GCBAA Education Seminars

Next up was a fascinating presentation from GCBAA Charter Member Caterpillar, Inc. and GCBAA Certified Builder Frontier Golf. The two companies collaborated to build a mobile driving range made entirely of moving equipment at Tinaja Hills, AZ. In just three days, they constructed a mobile green, a mobile green with a bunker, and even a mobile waterfall … all out of Caterpillar dump trucks! Check out our website to see the full length video of two Japanese golf pros trying to tackle the course. As a follow-up to a presentation given last year in Louisville, GCBAA Member Walt Osborne of

Attendees then heard from Chava McKeel, Director of Government Relations for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). One of the many challenges the golf industry faces comes directly from our leadership in Washington D.C. Chava was able to share the industry collaboration on educating decision makers of the benefits of the golf industry as well as the negative affects certain legislation can have on the industry. Examples included the Waters of the United States amendments along with EPA decisions on pesticides used by the industry. A great way to end the morning education was with a presentation from Karen Reutter, Executive Vice President of Willis North America. Back by popular demand from last year’s Summer Meeting, Karen lead an eye-opening discussion on all things insurance and risk management. Today, more than ever before, contractors need to know their responsibilities working state to state along with the risks associated with hiring or being sub contractors on jobs. Karen went on to discuss a number of ways to assign risk and position your company to be protected during projects and tools available in the industry to minimize risk. Over lunch, meeting attendees were treated to an appearance from Olympic hopeful, Stephen Garbett. For anyone unaware, Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Training Center; and with that in our backyard, the Education Committee couldn’t pass up the opportunity to invite an athlete to visit with the group. Stephen didn’t disappoint as he shared his story of becoming a Bobsled and Skeleton representative for the US Olympic Team. Truly inspiring! Switching gears, our next presenter came highly recommended to us. Herb Stevens represents Grass Roots Weather, the only private weather forecasting service dedicated exclusively to golf course professionals. He shared with the group how to help manage Mother Nature’s challenges, and why the weather shouldn’t have to be a mystery. Next at the podium was a dear friend of GCBAA’s – Rick Phelps, member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). Much of Rick’s discussion centered around the water issues facing our industry today, with specific interest to the shortage taking place in California. While golf will always be a


conspicuous user of water, he challenged the group to spread the word of golf ’s water conservation methods and best practices by those in the industry. Last but not least, meeting attendees heard from a few of our allied associations of golf. Representing ASGCA was Executive Director Chad Ritterbusch, GCSAA represented by Executive Director Rhett Evans, and Eddie Ainsworth, Executive Director of the Colorado PGA, on behalf of the PGA of America. Each shared valuable messages and initiatives that are underway at their headquarter office, and stressed the importance of growing the game.

BUY FROM WITHIN RECEPTION After a full day of presentations and continuing ed, it was nice to get out of the ballroom for the evening events. And what better way to start than with the newly branded Buy From Within (BFW) Reception. GCBAA logo shining over silent auction items during the Throughout the year, we stress Buy from Within Reception the importance of doing business with fellow GCBAA members whenever possible, and the reception was a reflection of just that!

Shannon Christman capturing Rick Boylan and Steve Christman introducing Tommy Sasser

Perry Dye recipient Tommy Sasser accepting the award

AWARDS DINNER & FOUNDATION AUCTION More than 150 members and guests gathered together Wednesday night for the annual Awards Dinner and Foundation Auction. First, the Awards Dinner… and what a special event this was! The association had the distinct pleasure of honoring a dear friend and GCBAA supporter, Tommy Sasser, with the Perry Dye Service Award. Before receiving a standing ovation, GCBAA President Rick Boylan and 2013 Dye Recipient Steve Christman, gave exceptional introductions and speeches to pay tribute to Tommy. This truly set an electric atmosphere for the rest of the evening! In the weeks leading up to the Summer Meeting, there was an outpouring of support from generous donors and sponsors. Combined, the Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Raffle raised more than $60,000 for the Foundation and Sticks for Kids Program. We would like to thank the Fundraising Committee and our auctioneer, Dennis Wagner, for their tireless efforts to make this year’s event such a big success. For a list of auction sponsors and winners, please see page 11.

A trio of Perry Dye recipients – Steve Christman (2013) Rick Elyea (2010) and Tommy Sasser (2015)

GCBAA Charter Members Bryan Juwig, LASCO Fittings, Inc. and Bob Bryant, Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf


Food is served during the GCBAA Awards Banquet

Justin Apel & Samantha Huff with Olympic hopeful Stephen Garbett

VIP (and most rowdy) table at the Awards Dinner

Tommy and Cindy Sasser enjoying the evening

STICKS FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT After a few hours of sleep from the festivities the night before, it was up and at ‘em for the annual Sticks for Kids Golf Outing at Pine Creek Golf Club. Enjoying the breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and playing a round of golf was a perfect way to spend the morning. For the fourth year, the All In 4 Sticks for Kids initiative helped raise additional funds for the Foundation with 100% team participation. For $99, each team received four team mulligans, four raffle tickets, permission to “Tee It Forward” on #2 and #15, and a chance to win a $300 cash prize on the Par 3, Closest to the Pin contest. After the tournament, players gathered in the Clubhouse for the awards luncheon and announcement of our raffle winners.

Dave Taylor and Dan Hilderbrand receiving the annual Caterpillar Earthmover Award from Charter Member Scott Wozniak, Caterpillar Inc.

Thank you to Shannon and Steve Christman with Eagle Golf & Landscape Products for 20 years of presenting golf trophies for the annual outing

1st place team photo – Greg Solomon, Barry Ferrell & Bill Thornton. Not pictured Jeff Brewster

2nd place team photo – Kevin Scott, Jeff Forsberg, Klaus Ahlers, & Dwight Johnson

Xavier Apel getting ready to help draw raffle tickets


TOURNAMENT WINNERS Closest to the Pin #8 ($300 cash sponsored by the GCBAA Foundation) Mike Hummel – Leemco Fewest Putts ($400 cash sponsored by LASCO Fittings) Barry Ferrell – Hydrema U.S. Inc., Bill Thornton – Watertronics, Greg Solomon – Bridge Builders, Jeff Brewster – Total Golf Construction *Greg donated his winnings back to the Foundation

Bryan Juwig, LASCO Fittings, Inc. giving instructions on the Fewest Putts Contest

Last Place Team with the legendary Earthmover Award sponsored by Caterpillar Tom Works – Landscapes Unlimited LLC, Dan Hilderbrand – Dura Plastic Products, Dave Taylor – Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf 2nd Place Team (Trophies sponsored by Eagle Golf & Landscape Products) Jeff Forsberg – Central Fiber, Dwight Johnson – Central Fiber, Klaus Ahlers – Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Kevin Scott – Ewing Irrigation 1st Place Team Pine Creek Golf Course – Pikes Peak and the Colorado Rocky Mountains on the (Trophies sponsored by Eagle Golf & Landscape horizon Products) Barry Ferrell – Hydrema U.S. Inc., Bill Thornton – Watertronics, Greg Solomon – Bridge Builders, Jeff Brewster – Total Golf Construction

John Murtaugh, Jeff Bine, Rick Phelps, Jeff Croll

Ahren Habicht, Mike Friedman, Willie Slingerland, Sam Ferro

Kurt Huseman, Dan Gregg, John Marman, Paul Granger

Mike Perez, Curtis Bruton, Ed Eichmann, Todd Tilton


Chris Caccavale, Mike Harrington, Pat Jones, Rick Boylan

Mike Garbs, Shannon Christman, Ellen Davis, Steve Christman

Summer Meeting Sponsors The ongoing success of GCBAA events is contingent upon the continued involvement of our members. Members who attend are not only supporting the Association, they are also educating themselves on current trends, business practices, new products and services, and other industry news. Working together, we continue to build a stronger Association and support for the golf industry as a whole. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who attended the GCBAA Summer Meeting, especially those companies that took part in sponsoring the 2015 GCBAA Summer Meeting. MEETING & EDUCATION SPONSORS Caterpillar Inc. Colorado Lining International Inc. Dura Plastic Products Ewing Irrigation HARCO Fittings Hunter Industries Hydrema U.S. Inc. ISCO Industries, LLC John Deere Landirr, Inc. LASCO Fittings, Inc. Motor Controls Inc. Peat, Inc. Profile Products, LLC Rain Bird Corporation – Golf Division Southeastern Golf, Inc. Sunbelt Rentals Syngenta The Toro Company BANNER ADVERTISERS ADS/Hancor, Inc. Best Sand Corp. Bridge Builders USA Inc. Caterpillar Inc. Colorado Lining International Inc. Doosan/Bobcat Dura Plastic Products Ewing Irrigation Flowtronex HARCO Fittings Horizon Hunter Industries Hydrema U.S. Inc. ISCO Industries, LLC John Deere John Deere Landscapes LASCO Fittings, Inc. Paige Electric Peat Inc. Rain Bird Corporation – Golf Division Reed Exhibitions Regency Wire & Cable Sandtrapper Smith Turf & Irrigation Southeastern Golf, Inc. Sunbelt Rentals The Toro Company Watertronics, Inc.

TRADESHOW EXHIBITORS Caterpillar Inc. CMF Global Colorado Lining International Inc. Dura Plastic Products Growing Solutions HARCO Fittings Hydrema U.S. Inc. ISCO Industries, LLC John Deere LASCO Fittings, Inc. Motor Controls Inc. Reed Exhibitions Sunbelt Rentals

Caterpillar equipment on display during the golf tournament

GOLF HOLE SPONSORS (1) Eagle Golf & Landscape Products (1) SportZmix Solutions – Waupaca Sand & Solutions (2) Central Fiber LLC (3) Syngenta (4) Paige Electric (5) West Coast Turf (6) ACC Golf (6) Hydrema U.S. Inc. (7) The Toro Company (8) GCBAA Foundation (8) Caterpillar Inc. (9) Horizon Distributors, Inc. (10) Sunbelt Rentals (11) M otor Controls Inc. (11) John Deere (12) ACC Golf (12) Central Fiber LLC (13) LASCO Fittings, Inc. (14) Colorado Lining International (15) Dura Plastic Products (16) HARCO Fittings (17) ISCO Industries, LLC (18) ACC Golf (18) Rain Bird Corporation

GCBAA Summer Meeting Sponsor Sunbelt Rentals, Kevin Grieder with GCBAA President Rick Boylan

GCSAA Government Relations update from Chava GOLF TOURNAMENT McKeel SPONSORS ADS/Hancor, Inc. – Beverages Caterpillar Inc. – Earthmover Team Awards Eagle Golf & Landscape Products – Trophies (20 Years) Forward Group – Golf Jackets Mid-America Golf & Landscape – Player Breakfast Prestwick Golf Group – Pin Flags


Generous Donations Help Make 2015 Auction & Raffle a Success One of the biggest challenges facing the golf industry is finding ways to grow the game. The GCBAA Foundations’ Sticks for Kids Program was created to break down the barriers and make golf more accessible to children by proving them with the equipment and program materials they need to learn the game. In 2014, more than 46,000 children and disabled adults were given the opportunity to play, thanks to Sticks for Kids. The Annual Foundation Auction and Raffle is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year. The event, held in conjunction with this year’s Summer Raffle items on display after the golf tournament Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, proved once again to be a huge success. With more than $60,000 raised in the live auction, silent auction, and raffle, the Foundation can continue its mission of bringing the game of golf to the next generation. The Executive Staff and Fundraising Committee would like to thank all of the generous donors and meeting attendees who helped us enjoy another successful year. Please help us recognize the following sponsors:

RAFFLE iTunes Gift Cards GCBAA Foundation Lululemon Golf Attire Rain Bird Corporation – Golf Division Odyssey Versa 90 Saber Tooth Putter Central Fiber LLC Remote Control Drone Golf Course Industry GCSAA Polos, Jackets, and Umbrellas GCSAA Pro V Golf Balls ISCO Industries, LLC Tailgate Package Turf & Soil Diagnostics

Bobcat 1mm T650-24 1/24 Scale Model Bobcat Company/Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment Bobcat 1mm S650-24 1/25 Scale Model Bobcat Company/Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment Stihl FS 56 R Weedeater Greenville Turf & Tractor GoPro Camera Turf Materials Whiskey Package Kempker Soil Blenders Apple Watch Best Sand Corp. Kurt Huseman checking his bids on silent auction items

Wags Grillin’ Rub Basket Dennis Wagner Bobcat RC T190 Remote Control Unit Bobcat Company/Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment


Ronnie Adkins & Les Hill looking for the price tag on the bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon

Please help us recognize the following sponsors of the Live and Silent Auctions: Auction Item Donated By (2) Ryder Cup Tickets PGA of America Scotty Cameron Future X5 Putter Central Fiber LLC (2) Chicago Golf Club Outing Shapland Golf Consultants Disney World Vacation Package The Toro Company Michael Kors Prize Package Sungro $2,000 CAT Gift Card Caterpillar, Inc. ArborLinks Golf Getaway Landscapes Unlimited Sod Prize Package West Coast Turf (2) Luxury Spa Package The Mining Exchange Pump Station Discount MCI Franchi Instinct SL Shotgun Southeastern Golf, Inc. (2) Kansas Upland Game Bird Hunt Mid-America Golf & Landscape Liberty National Golf Outing Heritage Links Historic Wisconsin Getaway SportZMix Solutions/ Waupaca Sand & Solutions Moselem Springs Golf Club Outing Aqua Agronomic Solutions, Inc. 28-Day Tracked Skid Steer Rental Sunbelt Rentals Shadow Ultra-Lite Crossbow ACC Golf South Dakota Getaway Duininck, Inc. Bandon Dunes Golf Getaway Bandon Dunes CAT NASCAR Weekend Caterpillar, Inc. CAT Barclays Golf Caterpillar, Inc. Dinner Party Package McDonald & Sons Vera Bradley Purse McDonald & Sons Thirty-One Purse McDonald & Sons Golf at The Children’s Course First Tee of Greater Portland in Gladstone, OR Golf at Twin Lakes Golf Course Salt Creek Park District SFK in Palatine, IL 2004 Vintage Dom Perignon Eddie Clark Tiger Woods Grand Slam The Cart Path Company Golf at Manteno Golf Club Manteno Golf Club SFK in Manteno, IL The Way of the Shark book Great White Shark Enterprises signed by Greg Norman Greg Norman Collection Straw Hat Great White Shark Enterprises signed by Greg Norman Greg Norman Collection Ball Cap Great White Shark Enterprises signed by Greg Norman Greg Norman Autographed print Great White Shark Enterprises Golf at Glendoveer Golf & Tennis Glendoveer Golf & Tennis Club in Portland, OR Replica 1986 Masters Scorecard Nicklaus Companies, LLC signed by Jack Nicklaus 1961 Jackie Gleason/Arnold The Cart Path Company Palmer at Shawnee Hill (2) Rees Jones print Southeastern Golf, Inc.

Purchased By Rick Elyea, Walt Osborne Rick Boylan Pat Karnick, Joe Neibur Mike Perez Pam Fleetwood Jeff Hartman Rick Elyea Kurt Huseman Cindy Sasser, Stephanie Christman Kurt Huseman Les Hill Chris Menno, Les Hill David Zipps Judd Duininck Kurt Huseman Pam Fleetwood Rick Elyea Rick Boylan Rick Elyea Mike Roberts Chris Daigle Pam Fleetwood Stephanie Zimmerman Mark Arrimour Heather Elyea David Zipps Les Hill Jeff Brewster Warren Shafer Kurt Huseman John Murtaugh Kim Fox Jeff Brewster Jeff Bine Jon O’Donnell Craig Carter

Dennis Wagner collecting bids at the golf tournament (Left Picture) and Awards Banquet (Right Picture)

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Wednesday, August 3 Irrigation Symposium & Board of Directors Meeting





The Next Endangered Species: Independent Contractors BY JACK L. SHULTZ - O’NEILL, HEINRICH, DAMKROGER, BERGMEYER & SHULTZ, P.C., L.L.O.

On July 15, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation regarding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The DOL targets an industry and audits employers to determine whether they have correctly classified their employees and independent contractors. In 2014, out of all of the businesses audited for misclassification, more than 80% were in one of the priority industries identified by the DOL. This year, the DOL has identified the construction industry as one of its priorities. Misclassification occurs when an employer improperly classifies an individual as an independent contractor when the individual should have been classified as an employee. This allows the employer to avoid the expenses associated with employees. Employers found in violation could face potential fines, as well as be held liable for back payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance premiums, and minimum wage and overtime payments. None of which are owed to independent contractors. The DOL is also concerned about some employers intentionally misclassifying their workers as a means to cut costs and avoid compliance with labor laws. This results in lower tax revenues for the government and an unfair advantage over employers who correctly classify their workers. In order to make a determination as to whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), courts use the multi-factorial “economic realities” test, which focuses on whether the worker is economically dependent on the employer or in business for himself or herself. The definition of employ under the FLSA is “to suffer or permit to work.” Thus, applying the economic realities test in view of the expansive definition of “employ” under the FLSA, most workers should be labeled as employees under the FLSA. While courts have described independent contractors as those workers with economic independence who are operating a business of their own, the DOL’s interpretation indicates that they are a dying breed. The DOL states that the factors of the economic realities test should not be applied in a mechanical fashion, but examined and analyzed in relation to one another. Further, no single factor is determinative. These factors include: (A) the extent to which the work performed is an integral part of the employer’s business; (B) the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss depending on his or her managerial skill; (C) the extent of the relative investments of the employer and the worker;


(D) whether the work performed requires special skills and initiative; (E) the permanency of the relationship; and (F) the degree of control exercised or retained by the employer. The ultimate inquiry under the FLSA is whether the worker is economically dependent on the employer or truly in business for him or herself. If the worker is economically dependent on the employer, then the worker is an employee. If the worker is in business for him or herself (i.e., economically independent from the employer), then the worker is an independent contractor. Each factor of the economic realities test is discussed below to provide a general overview of the factors and give some examples to help illustrate whether a worker would be classified as an employee or independent contractor. 

A. Is the Work an Integral Part of the Employer’s Business? If the work performed by a worker is an integral part of the employer’s business, it is more likely that the worker is economically dependent on the employer. For example, a carpenter is integral to a construction company’s business because the company is in business to frame homes, and carpentry is an integral part of providing that service. This situation would indicate that the carpenter is an employee. However, the same construction company may contract with a software developer to assist the company in tracking bids, scheduling project and crews, and tracking material orders. The software developer is performing work that is not integral to the construction company’s business, which is indicative of an independent contractor.

B. Does the Worker’s Managerial Skill Affect the Worker’s Opportunity for Profit or Loss? This factor focuses on whether the worker’s managerial skill can affect his or her profit and loss. The ability of a worker to work more hours and the amount of work available from the employer have nothing to do with the worker’s managerial skill and do little to separate employees from independent contractors. This factor should not focus on the worker’s ability to work more hours, but rather on whether the worker exercises managerial skills and whether those skills affect the worker’s opportunity for both profit and loss. For example, a worker providing cleaning services to corporate

clients performs assignments only as determined by the cleaning company. The worker does not schedule assignments, solicit work from other clients, or advertise the worker’s services. The worker regularly agrees to work additional hours to earn more money. In this situation, the worker does not exercise managerial skill that affects the worker’s profit or loss. However, if this worker produces his or her own advertising, negotiates the contracts, and decides what jobs to do, the worker is exercising managerial skill that affects the opportunity for profit and loss which is indicative of an independent contractor.

the worker’s own business initiative. A worker’s lack of a permanent or indefinite relationship with an employer is indicative of independent contractor status if it results from the worker’s own independent business initiative. For example, a situation where an editor who has worked for a publishing house for several years and only completes edits in accordance with the publishing house’s specifications, using its software indicates permanence to the relationship and therefore an employment relationship. But where an editor works for several publishing houses and chooses and negotiates his or her own contracts the worker may be an independent contractor.

C. How Does the Worker’s Relative Investment Compare to the Employer’s Investment?

F. What is the Nature and Degree of the Employer’s Control?

The worker should make some investment (and undertake at least some risk for a loss) in order for there to be an indication that he or she is an independent business. The worker’s investment should not be relatively minor as compared to the employer. The Tenth Circuit determined that rig welders’ investments in equipped trucks costing between $35,000 and $40,000 did not indicate that the rig welders were independent contractors when compared to the employer’s investment in its business. Baker v. Flint Eng. & Const. Co., 137 F.3d 1436, 1442 (10th Cir. 1998).

As with the other economic realities factors, the employer’s control should be analyzed in light of the ultimate determination whether the worker is economically dependent on the employer or truly an independent contractor. The worker must control meaningful aspects of the work performed such that it is possible to view the worker as a person conducting his or her own business. Some employers assert that the control that they exercise over workers is due to the nature of their business, regulatory requirements, or the desire to ensure that their customers are satisfied. However, control exercised over a worker, even for any or all of those reasons, still indicates that the worker is an employee.

D. Does the Work Performed Require Special Skill and Initiative? A worker’s business skills, judgment, and initiative, not his or her technical skills, will aid in determining whether the worker is economically independent. A highly skilled carpenter who provides a specialized service for a variety of area construction companies may be demonstrating the skill and initiative of an independent contractor if the carpenter markets his services, determines when to order material and the quantity of materials to order, and determines which orders to fill. However, if a carpenter is told what work to perform, when to perform such work, and does not make any independent judgments, this factor would point to the carpenter being an employee.

E. Is the Relationship Between the Worker and Employer Permanent or Indefinite? Permanency or indefiniteness in the worker’s relationship with the employer suggests that the worker is an employee. A worker who is truly in business for him or herself will avoid a permanent or indefinite relationship with an employer. The Second Circuit has stated that the key is whether the lack of permanence or indefiniteness is due to operational characteristics intrinsic to the industry (for example, employers who hire part-time workers or use staffing agencies) or

Conclusion Under the FLSA’s definition of “employ” most workers should be classified as employees. No single factor listed above is controlling over the other and the factors as a group should be analyzed to determine whether the worker is really in business for him or herself (and thus and independent contractor) or is economically dependent on the employer (and thus an employee). Employers who fail to correctly classify their workers could face fines, back payroll taxes, insurance premiums and possible overtime pay. It is important to note, however, that this article summarizes a DOL interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA is a set of federal statutes. This analysis does not necessarily apply to any state or other regulatory set of statutes or rules. 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 author 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 author of this article, Jack L. Shultz, 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, jshultz@




Smaller. More nimble. Trusted relationships. And capable. These words describe the golf course construction company of the future. When asked what sort of golf course construction company he would launch for today, Tommy Sasser, former GCBAA President and long-time builder executive, is straight to the point. “I would develop a loyal and trusted small technical crew that can be supported by contract labor and sub-contractors. The idea is to keep the overhead as low as possible.” Drawing on more than four decades’ experience, Tommy added “I don’t think I would try and “build” a huge construction company, but develop a smaller company with emphasis on renovation. Right now, most contractors are very busy with renovation work. I would look at developing a list of potential client relationships that know me and know my previous work. So much of the work being done today is relationship driven and that will continue in renovation.”

Sea Pines was a starting point. Sea Pines Plantation was a harbinger of a development cycle that changed second-home and retirement living in America. Working with the legendary Charles Fraser, Tommy had a front-row seat. “Charles was the “father” of recreational community development and it included golf courses. The purpose of the amenities was to enhance the life experience and that included golf. The golf courses were the amenity that gave frontage to homesites in a totally wooded environment. I learned that golf courses could be marketed in a community as much more. They were open space, they were wildlife habitat, and they were places where people could enjoy the outdoors via the view corridors and the wide expanses of “green” in a heavy wooded environment.” The Sea Pines project demonstrated that the golf course could be used as a primary amenity for marketing the lifestyle of the community. Referring to the iconic lighthouse at Harbour Town Golf Links, Tommy says, “You think of “Lighthouse” and you think the Heritage (PGA Tour tournament).”


Such innovative times and opportunities was a treasuretrove of learning. Tommy recalls, “Charles believed (and rightfully so) open space was a key element of the communities that we were working on and golf was an integral portion of that open space. Nature preserves, bike and walking trails, wildlife habitat, and golf courses helped reach the required set aside acreage that was becoming a requirement of zoning and of Planned Unit Development (PUD). Those elements are still being required both by zoning and by the homeowners who move to these communities. Go out any early morning in one of the communities and count the number of “walkers’ that you see.” There were many other important lessons learned in those formative years at Sea Pines. Budgets and reliable financial planning were absent mostly and “seat of the pants design” as Tommy calls it, “I remember working on a site plan for a “dune” house at Amelia Island. We had a contour map with this very large woodland dune that was perfect for a home cut into the dune. Preliminary design was done and with plan in hand, we went to the site to stake out the house. The dune did not exist.” Carefully engineered projects which balance environmental concerns and development efficiencies are the future of golf course planning and development, Tommy says. “When I first started, the development of a golf course was a sketched design with a little engineering. Over the years, that has changed where engineering is a critical element of developing a golf course. This will continue to be the case. Today’s golf courses are used for water storage and retention. Nearly every golf course being designed and built or renovated today has this requirement. And this requirement is for the community, not just the golf course, but the storage invariably will ALL be on the golf course. That means low water holding areas and lakes as part of the plan that has to be a function of the design and strategy of the golf course.” In addition to water storage and management, utilizing water is a primary concern for future projects, “Water for irrigation is and will be a critical design constant for golf course development. I am sure every designer and contractor has faced an owner who wants to do a golf course, and has no idea the amount of water is needed

for maintaining a golf course or where it is going to come from. Water availability will continue to and increase impact of golf course design in grassed areas, types of grass, and water sources.” Another important constant for most golf course projects will be the planning and design to accommodate adjacent land-use projects such as residential and resorts. “The golf corridor continues to be a constant, but an ever changing element of design and construction because of the distance that the golf ball travels today. The widths of the corridor continue to become wider for safety concerns and the length continues to get longer because of the development of the equipment.” Golf course builders have broken through with a number of significant improvements for golf courses being renovated and those to be built. “There has been a lot of development in improving how bunkers should be built to ease maintenance repair cost. I don’t think there is one style of bunker construction that can be the “standard”. Different types of soil, weather conditions, types of play, and construction and long range maintenance budget constraints will dictate the method of construction.”

Tommy has been a very devoted participant in recreational planning and thinking at Urban Land Institute for many years. How should ULI lead the next generation of planners and developers for making golf-related development more effective economically and environmentally? “The next generation needs to finally determine that a golf course should be built for the average golfer. Marketing requirements for a “championship” 7,500 yard golf course that can be used for tournament play should be redefined. Today, marketing should say that they want a playable fun golf course that does not take all day to play. They should look at routings that allow you to play 3-6-9, and 18 holes. Golf has to be a family affair. So, playing golf should not automatically be a 4 – 5 hour outing, but an outing that can be anywhere between an hour upwards and be fun. Environmentally, the biggest concern for golf and any other type of development today is the EPA water regulations that continue to hinder the ability of working in conjunction with the land. ULI should be very active with all in this as all stakeholders should be.” Henry DeLozier is a partner in the international consulting firm called Global Golf Advisors ( with offices in Dublin (Ireland), Phoenix (US) and Toronto (Canada).

What is the future for golf course construction? Looking into the future, Tommy observes, “Although irrigation systems are becoming more and more exact in the use of water, it does have a major impact on construction cost. I think you are seeing that availability of water and the cost of these systems, are impacting the amount of turf that is being irrigated and this will continue.” Having built more than 100 golf courses across the globe, Tommy has worked with many developers who have sought his guidance and counsel. Usually the keys go to funding and access to capital, water supply and engineering expertise. What questions are most often asked by the development community? •

Who should I use for design?

Who should I use for construction?

What will the golf course cost?

Where are my problems?

How long will it take to build it?

“They should be asking, what are ways that we can decrease the cost of developing a golf course? What should we be building that increases the use of the facility? Is golf the answer?” Tommy advises.

GCBAA MEETINGS CALENDAR 2016 Summer Meeting August 1-3, 2016 Hyatt Regency Jersey City Jersey City, NJ

Future Golf Industry Show Sites February 10-11, 2016 San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA

February 8-9, 2017 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL February 7-8, 2018 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, TX


GCBAA Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) members represent the Association around the world with exceptional projects, amazing business acumen and standards, and ‘must-have’ products and employees. The Association is proud of our members’ accomplishments and the key role they play within the group. Please take a moment to recognize the following companies and individuals for their many dedicated years to GCBAA. INDIVIDUAL ANNIVERSARIES




Jim Barrett, James Barrett Associates LLC

Desarrollos y Contratas

Ted Fist, Capillary Concrete, LLC

Bob Bryant, Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf

Desert Mountain Club

Charles Graham, Profile Products LLC

Scott DeBolt, JacklinGolf

Regency Wire & Cable

Mike Kalman, TDI International, Inc.

Louis Miller, Golf Development Construction

Ultimate Services Professional Ground Management

Rob Lawson, ISCO Industries, LLC Jim Lohmann, Golf Creations Matthew Mikucki, Rain Bird International Dave Moore, Dura-Line, Inc. Duane Otto, Turf & Soil Diagnostics Gary Peterson, American Golf Construction Bruce Pettingill, Formost Construction Co.

Mike Roach, Mike Roach, Inc. Bill Thornton, Watertronics, Inc. Brian Vinchesi, Irrigation Consulting, Inc.

EC Design Group Ltd. 25 YEARS

Hartman Companies, Inc.

John McDonald Sr., McDonald & Sons, Inc.

Orag Slovakia S.R.O.

Kent Podobinski, Caterpillar Inc.


Oscar Sandoval, O & J Golf Construction, Inc.


Hans Stewart, Flowtronex Gary Wieseler, Landirr, Inc.

Beijing Rundu Environmental Science & Tech. Co., Ltd.

Doug Zak, CMF Global, Inc.

Classic Golf International, LLC

American Golf Construction

CourseCo, Inc. 10 YEARS

Double Eagle Golf Works, Inc.

Mike Cambron, Ewing Irrigation

Dura-Line, Inc.

Kevin Crowe, Sub Air Systems/TurfBreeze Fans

Fore Front Construction Corp.

Brian Hurley, HARCO Fittings

J2 Golf Marketing

John Maeder, Profile Products LLC John Schoch, Profile Products LLC 15 YEARS Mike Cordell, Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc. Jack Daugherty, Ryangolf Corporation Joseph Di Rienzo, Paige Electric Co., LP Sam Ferro, Turf & Soil Diagnostics George Fisher, Smith Turf & Irrigation Mike Garbs, ADS/Hancor, Inc. Kirk Grego, Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc. Jeffrey Hartman, Hartman Companies, Inc. Martin Munka, Orag Slovakia S.R.O. Dennis Wagner, Hunter Industries



Green Tee Golf, Inc. LASCO Fittings, Inc. International Lyman-Richey Sand & Gravel Company Prinsco, Inc. Profile Products LLC, International Rain Bird International Stahlman England Irrigation, Inc. The Toro Company – International Business York Building Products Company Inc.

20 YEARS ACC Golf Construction Club Car, LLC Greg Norman Golf Course Design Hunter Industries Irrigation Consulting, Inc. James Barrett Associates LLC Mike Roach, Inc. Morgan Golf Design, Inc. 25 YEARS Golf Development Construction McDonald & Sons, Inc. Sun Gro Horticulture

new members 2016 Golf Industry Show & Winter Meeting With fall in full swing, it’s time to start making plans to attend the 2016 Golf Industry Show (GIS) in San Diego, CA. The GCBAA Winter Meeting is scheduled alongside the GIS the week of February 8, 2016. The GCSAA Education Conference is the largest education event in the industry and covers all aspects of golf course management, including agronomics, environmental management, communication and business management. We encourage you to use this platform not only to earn GCBAA continuing education hours, but to stay ahead of the latest industry trends and technologies. Tradeshow hours are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 10-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. GCBAA events will be held on Tuesday, February 9 starting with our General Membership Meeting. The evening will conclude with the highly anticipated GCBAA Opening Reception from 6:00-9:00pm. The Don A. Rossi award presentation will again be featured as part of the Reception at approximately 7:00pm. Stay tuned for an announcement on the 2016 recipient! The GCBAA headquarter hotel is the Hilton Bayfront. Watch for hotel and registration material, along with promotion of the GCBAA Foundation’s annual Harley Davidson raffle in the coming weeks. Additional details can be found on the GIS website –

Tradeshow Hours


John Inman

Inman Interwest, Inc. 5800 Franklin Street, Suite 102 Denver, CO 80216 Phone: (303) 421-7885 Email: Website:

Manufacturer’s representative representing pipe, valve and fitting products.



5555 N. Grand Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: (405) 416-8121 Contact: Bryan Durbin Email: Website:

Guernsey is an Oklahoma based architecture and consulting firm that has provided exceptional design services for over 87 years. Our clients include federal, state and local government, military entities, professional sports franchises, universities, Fortune 500 companies, both nationally and internationally.


Fleetwood Services LLC

4558 Steeplechase Lane Rockwall, TX 75032 Phone: (469) 865-4721 Contact: Robert Fleetwood Email: Website:

Golf course construction – new and remodel (all aspects of work)

Wednesday, February 10 – 9:00am – 5:00pm Thursday, February 11 – 9:00am – 5:00pm GCBAA Booth - #5541 GCBAA Foundation Booth - #5545



San Diego Convention Center I February 6-11, 2016

The Golf Course Builders Association of America and Foundation will be located in Booth #5541 & #5545.



SportZmix Solutions – Waupaca Sand & Solutions Becomes Newest GCBAA Charter Member The GCBAA is pleased to welcome SportZmix Solutions – Waupaca Sand & Solutions as the association’s newest Charter Member. SportZmix Solutions was founded in 1985 as a division of Faulks Bros. Construction, Inc. Since its inception, SportZmix has become one of the largest custom soil blending companies in the world. The company has helped develop and promote modern soil blending techniques and pioneered many of the quality control methods employed in the industry today. SportZmix company owners Bob and Christine Faulks joined GCBAA in the early 1990s. Christine served on the Board of Directors, and as Secretary and Treasurer of the Executive Committee. Ellen Davis has been a member of GCBAA for over 20 year and has served as Secretary of the Executive Committee since 2008. During her term on the GCBAA Board of Directors, Ellen served as the Chair representative for both the Rules & Resolutions and Fundraising Committees. She is especially proud to have been a part of the Fundraising and Meetings Committee’s outstanding efforts to raise funds for the GCBAA Foundation and its Sticks for Kids Program during her tenure with the GCBAA. In 1996, Christine, Bob and Ellen along with other GCBAA board members, established the GCBAA “Auction of Champions” to help the organization get on more stable financial footing. “Since joining GCBAA in 1992 our company has made many business relationships and, more importantly, friends along the way. We cherish those relationships and welcome all of the new members to the organization as it grows each year. Through the years there have been countless companies that have become our partners which have led to our company success. The network and opportunity this association has provided us is the reason we continue encouraging others to join today. The golf industry has had as many challenges as successes and without a network like GCBAA our company would not have otherwise had the chance to grow and prosper to the level that we have.” – Ellen Davis For three generations, this family-owned company has stood for servant leadership, excellent people, innovative ideas, and quality sand and soil products. SportZmix operators are proud to have brought their soilblending expertise to 44 states in the US, Mexico, Caribbean, Pacific Rim and the United Arab Emirates.

Noteworthy Projects: • Bluejack National Golf Club, a Tiger Woods design in the Houston, Texas area. SportZmix worked closely with Eric Bauer the Golf Course Superintendent and Medalist Golf Inc., the contractor that built the course, to blend the custom mix for the greens. • SportZmix worked with Wadsworth Golf Construction and Curtis Tyrell, the golf course superintendent to provide the greensmix for all three course renovations at Medinah Country Club, home of the 2012 Ryder Cup & multiple PGA Championships. • Erin Hills is a natural course occupying rolling terrain left by glaciers in Erin, Wisconsin. Chosen site for the 2017 US Open and host for the 2008 US Women’s Amateur Event, SportZmix worked closely with Landscapes Unlimited during renovation of this beautiful site and project. • The turf at Lambeau Field, the hallowed home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, and the Packers’ practice fields, are grown in rootzone blended by SportZmix. FIELDS, Inc. was the contractor for this project. • Flight 93 Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. SportZmix blended the growing media for the groves and plantings honoring the heroes of Flight 93 who died on September 11. • SportZmix worked with Mid America Golf and Landscape to provide the rootzone mix for the Salt Lake City Regional Athletic Complex. The new complex is a 140 acre field featuring 16 soccer/multi-purpose fields, Soccer, rugby, lacrosse, and youth football can be played at this outstanding complex. In addition, SportZmix has blended greens construction mix for construction of six TPC Courses, and several Major League Baseball stadiums and practice complexes. Charter Membership is reserved for GCBAA members who demonstrate a strong interest in continuing the success and growth of the organization and express their support by making a one-time minimum contribution of $10,000 in addition to annual membership dues. With a cap of 50 Charter Members, only four (4) remain.

Asia Golf Congress Postponed When the idea of the Asia Golf Congress was conceived to be launched at Mission Hills in Dongguan, the golf industry was anticipating that the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) was preparing to issue new regulations that would assist the golf industry in charting a path towards the re-start of golf course development in China. Unfortunately, there is no clear date as to when these regulations will be released for implementation. This delay has caused those who are involved in the design, development and construction of golf courses to make the decision to put on hold efforts to promote their products and services in the China market. In light of this situation, Reed Guanghe has decided to do the following: 1) The portions of the Asia Golf Congress program that have been have prepared and are designed to deal with golf course operations maintenance, environmental standards and water conservation will be added to the program of the China Golf Industry Expo in Beijing in March 2016. 2) While new golf course development remains on hold in China, it is well underway in other markets in Asia, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. In order to serve the market and Reed’s vendor partners especially those involved in golf development master planning, golf course design and construction, the decision has been made to postpone the Asia Golf Congress, gather further feedback from our customers, partners and key stakeholders, and launch in another market where the golf course activity is currently robust. Reed Guanghe thanks all of its industry partners including the PGA of America, GCBAA, GCSAA, R&A, ASGCA, AGIF, GEO and Mission Hills for their support and looks forward to announcing a new site and dates for the Asia Golf Congress in the coming months.�


GCBAA Website Hosts Upcoming Projects Directory As an added benefit for GCBAA Members, the Executive Office is pleased to announce a new directory hosted securely on the website. Members of the association can securely log into their membership portal and view upcoming projects listed by the office. Over the past few years a number of municipalities, designers, and architects have sent the GCBAA office notice of an upcoming project along with bidding qualifications. The office has simply forwarded the information to active members. The newer website features the ability for members to log into the site securely and preview upcoming projects. The GCBAA is working with allied organizations to encourage project listings and has plans to offer incentive programs for those that send their projects to be listed. For more information contact the GCBAA Office, or (402) 4764444.

Watch for the October Issue of Golf Course Industry Magazine Golf Course Industry Magazine, in partnership with the Golf Course Builders Association of America, is conducting research about recent and upcoming construction and renovation projects. Watch for survey results to be published in the October issue of GCI! Data collected will help the industry understand what future renovation and construction projects might encompass along with potential budgets.

Plan Ahead for Your Seed Supply Needs By Rick Elyea, JacklinGolf Last fall started out like normal— there was a good amount rain, but the temperatures were warmer. Ski resorts didn’t open or had a very short season Normal Production Year Field – Photo due to lack of snow Credit Jacklin Seed and warm temps. For golf courses, it was good as play was up. With the warmer winter, the ground never froze and herbicides in production fields didn’t have the desired results. June and July brought record heat during pollination. Grasses matured two to four weeks earlier than normal due to the warmer weather. The bad news was yields were down from 25% to 80% depending on species and varieties. One grower I talked to said he would normally get 2,500 lbs/acre on his perennial ryegrass. This year, he felt he would be lucky to get 500 lbs/acre, even though the field was irrigated. Another farmer I talked to felt good about 175 lbs/acre because he thought he would only get 50 lbs/acre. I went by two bentgrass fields in the Willamette Valley that had over 30% Poa annua in the field. Many people have called this the “Perfect Storm” for a crop failure. Personally, I have not seen something like this for almost 30 years, when seed prices almost doubled. Other agriculture crops, like wheat, suffered as well with yields off 30%. One of the only crops that will not be tight is Tall Fescue, as there was some carryover from last year’s harvest and yields look like they were down only 25%.

If you have projects that will be grassed next year I recommend placing the order early to ensure you get the seed and quality you want. At Jacklin, we are working with our distributors to make sure the projects we are involved with get the seed required for orders placed this fall. Next spring, seed will be tighter, maybe even nonexistent for clean seed. If anyone tells you that seed will be available from the 2016 harvest for projects grassing in the fall, don’t believe it. Perennial ryegrass will be cleaned first in August and shipped to the overseeding market through early September. Fine and Tall Fescues will be cleaned next, followed by Kentucky Bluegrass and Bentgrass. I tried that once early in my career and got burnt—lesson learned. The current forecast is calling for a warmer, drier winter. I guess we will have to wait and see what Mother Nature holds for us. In a nutshell, don’t wait till the last minute to order seed for projects grassing next July and August.

GCBAA Member, Rain Bird, Gives to Sticks for Kids The GCBAA and GCBAA Foundation would like to thank Rain Bird and their distributors for a recent donation to the Sticks for Kids Program. Rain Bird recently held and internal customer service survey for their distributors and as a token of appreciation for those that took the survey Rain Bird offered donations to charitable foundations on behalf of the distributors. Many distributors chose the Sticks for Kids Program and $725 was donated. With more than 300 active Sticks for Kids Programs in the United States these generous contributions have helped continue the growth of the program along with support to existing programs. Thank you Rain Bird and your distributors! You exemplify our Association’s “Buy from Within” model!

2015 Drought Year Production field – Photo Credit Jacklin Seed



ASGCA The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ASGCA, has debuted its first-ever website, www. A 501(c)(3) organization, the ASGCA Foundation helps those planning greenspace for recreational purposes understand how golf course architecture can increase player enjoyment, benefit the environment and grow the game of golf. “We are excited to add this communication tool to the Foundation,” said ASGCA President Steve Smyers. “For more than four decades, the ASGCA Foundation has made a positive impact on the game and those who play it. As we focus on expanding our programs, this site will help us communicate to supporters about the work the Foundation is doing.” The site provides detailed information on a number of Foundation initiatives, including scholarship opportunities – in partnership with The First Tee – and a number of publications to assist those seeking information about building a new golf course or remodeling an existing one. Two additional areas of focus for the ASGCA Foundation are the “First Links” program and Internships.

First Links The ASGCA Foundation/USGA “First Links” program is for golf course owners/operators interested in reconfiguring their layouts and/or devoting open land to smaller scale facilities to allow new players to ease into the game.

Hurdzan’s “Building a Practical Golf Facility,” which recognized dozens of affordable, accessible courses in the U.S. and Canada as leading the way in attracting players, and which described how to develop such facilities. “First Links” complements this well-received work. To date, more than two dozen golf courses across the United States have taken advantage of this free opportunity to bring an ASGCA member on site to tour their facility and provide detailed feedback on possible areas of improvement and growth. Grants may be awarded to any type of golf facility (public, private, municipal, etc.). Grant selection is based on a variety of criteria, including how many applications are submitted and overall program resources (financial and availability of participating architects). Complete “First Links” information can be found at by clicking on “First Links” on the navigation bar, or email Aileen Smith at aileen@

Internships The ASGCA Foundation continues its commitment to golf ’s future by funding summer internships for up and coming design students in the design studios of ASGCA members. Many ASGCA members got their start in the offices of practicing golf course architects, and the ASGCA Foundation offers today’s aspiring architects the opportunity to learn on the job.

“First Links” was launched by ASGCA Foundation in 2012 with the PGA of America and now continues with USGA. It provides grants to applicants to pay for visits by ASGCA members to evaluate golf facilities for their potential to develop a short course or practice area, or to otherwise modify their existing layouts in a way to welcome new players. ASGCA member consultants will follow up their one-day visits with a site evaluation report describing ideas for layout or open land reconfiguration.

“This is an exciting way for today’s ASGCA members to connect with the future of golf course design,” said ASGCA Foundation President John LaFoy, ASGCA. “Those who were mentored early in their careers remember the great impact it had on them to work with a professional and learn both the art and the business of design. The ASGCA Foundation is providing a chance for today’s young architect to gain that same experience.”

The ASGCA Foundation has a long history of promoting golf courses to welcome new players to the game. More than a decade ago, the Foundation published Dr. Michael

For more information about internships, email Aileen Smith, And to learn more about how to support these and other grow-the-game programs, visit www.


NGCOA As details are forthcoming on the 2016 Golf Industry Show in San Diego watch for important details on a new area of the show floor featuring live test drives of equipment as well as a possible construction of a golf course feature. Show Partners are currently discussing options for a living classroom feature to take the classroom education onto the show floor for more interactive learning opportunities. GCBAA volunteers will be needed as this project is finalized. Contact the GCBAA or GCSAA for more information, www.

Jay Karen Named CEO of National Golf Course Owners Association Formerly Director of Partner Relations and Membership of the NGCOA from 1997 to 2007, Karen returns to lead the organization that represents more than 3,000 member golf course owners and operators worldwide. He will assume his new position in October 1. An ambitious and energetic executive, Karen holds a deep knowledge of and passion for the golf industry. To bolster NGCOA relevancy and increase membership, his strategy includes strengthening chapter relations, expanding member services, modernizing online curriculum and other educational resources, and amplifying legislative advocacy. Karen replaces Michael Hughes who, after 25 years leading the NGCOA, in January announced he would step down from his CEO post. “The bedrock of the golf industry is the golf course owner,” says Karen. “Therefore, I’m eager to aggressively build on Mike Hughes’ remarkable accomplishments of helping owners and operators run more successful businesses.” With deep roots in the hospitality industry, Karen was most recently CEO of Select Registry, a collection of more than 300 fine inns, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels. For seven years prior, as CEO of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, his creation of the widely lauded “A Better Way to Stay” promotional campaign and a strategic partnership with TripAdvisor elevated the organization’s prominence and revenues. “Jay Karen brings fresh, new ideas, motivation and a profound love of golf to the NGCOA,” says Matthew Galvin, President of the NGCOA. “While we look forward to a smooth transition and exciting changes, we are grateful to Mike Hughes for his legendary and expert leadership as he’s leaving the organization at a high point.” Under Hughes, the NGCOA significantly increased membership and raised the statures of the organization and golf courses owners across the industry. He also led the formation of the Golf Industry Show, the second-largest and fastestgrowing trade show in golf. Hughes’ indelible impact on the golf industry is highlighted by his service as Chairman of the Executive Committee of GOLF 20/20, a member of the Board of Governors of the National Golf Foundation, an Advisory Board member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Chairman of WE ARE GOLF. With more than 15,600 courses, country clubs and resorts in America, golf is a $69 billion industry and generates nearly two million jobs. Its $4 billion charitable impact is greater than Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League combined.



Chicago Classics Olympia Fields Country Club and Kemper Lakes Golf Club to Host Consecutive KPMG Women’s PGA Championships in 2017 and 2018 KOHLER, Wis. (Aug. 12, 2015) – Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club and Kemper Lakes Golf Club of Kildeer, Illinois, have been named hosts of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June of 2017 and 2018, respectively, as the PGA of America showcases this major championship in the Chicago area over two consecutive years. The Championship is a collaboration between KPMG, the LPGA and the PGA of America, that focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. “Our commitment to our partners at KPMG and the LPGA remains strong, as is our resolve to share this Championship with the nation’s finest golf courses and their local communities,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “Both Olympia Fields Country Club and Kemper Lakes Golf Club are well-versed in major championship golf. We believe that both will build off each other’s momentum and deliver two magnificent championships befitting a world-class destination like Chicago.” The 2017 and ’18 KPMG Women’s PGA Championships bring LPGA major championship golf to the Chicago area for the first time since three U.S. Women’s Opens were conducted in the region between 1974 and 2000. “KPMG is committed to continuing to expand opportunities for women, in business and in golf,” said KPMG Global Chairman John Veihmeyer. “These two world-class venues further elevate the Championship and what it represents for women on and off the course.” KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie said, “We also will build on our efforts to inspire new generations of women leaders in business to advance into the C-suite through the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be held on site the day before the Championship each year.” The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, bringing together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders. “We are excited to bring the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to Chicago in back-to-back years at two great venues – Olympia Fields Country Club and Kemper Lakes Golf Club – which will both provide an excellent major championship test for our players,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “The Chicagoland area has always been a strong supporter of the LPGA and that was on full display back in 2009 when we hosted a successful Solheim Cup. With this announcement and the UL International Crown taking place at Rich Harvest Farms in 2016, the great fans in Chicago will now have an opportunity to see the best female golfers in the world in each of the next three years.” The two Championship venues are less than 60 miles apart. While Olympia Fields anchors Chicago’s Southland communities, Kemper Lakes is a gem of the Windy City’s northern suburbs. “As we begin our second century of championship golf, the members and staff of Olympia Fields Country Club could not be more excited to welcome the PGA of America, KPMG and the finest women golfers in the world


to our facility,” said Jon Dye, President of Olympia Fields Country Club. “Olympia Fields has always taken pride in presenting the best in golf to the great sports fans of Chicagoland.” Designed by two-time Open Champion Willie Park Jr., the North Course at Olympia Fields features a rolling terrain and Butterfield Creek makes its presence felt on seven holes. Olympia Fields was the site of the 2003 Men’s U.S. Open, which was won by Jim Furyk. In 1925, Walter Hagen claimed the first of two PGA Championships played at Olympia Fields, which has also hosted the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Senior Open during its storied history. Kemper Lakes was designed by architects Ken Killian and Dick Nugent. A recently completed three-year renovation project by Rick Jacobson provides new challenges to a course that features expansive lakes, pristine meadowlands and historic stands of oak. In 1989, Payne Stewart’s PGA Championship victory at Kemper Lakes secured the first of his three major championship wins. “In addition to Payne Stewart’s historic win, having hosted the 92nd U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and 45th U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship, there is a special connection between the best players in the game, Kemper Lakes, and sports fans throughout Greater Chicago,” said Kemper Lakes Golf Club Owner Steve Jouzapaitis. “We anticipate the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2018 will yield one of the most memorable weeks in women’s golf.” The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship continues its rich tradition of the LPGA Championship, and will celebrate its 2016 Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, June 9-12. The Championship offers a purse among the highest in women’s golf. Past Champions of the event, which began in 1955, include legendary players Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sörenstam and Se Ri Pak. Inbee Park has won the Championship three straight years (2013-15) to share the all-time record for consecutive titles with Sörenstam (2003-05).

Golf ’s Pathway to Innovation Golf has never had a reputation as a cutting-edge or envelope-pushing industry. Still, the industry has embraced product innovation and experience-driven technologies that over the years have advanced golf businesses and the very way the game is played while remaining true to its long-standing traditions. Consider some of the most impactful innovations in golf ’s history: The replacement of water watchmen with programmable irrigation systems; formalized club fitting that eliminated the guesswork in club purchases; investment casting that made golf clubs more precise; yardage confirming distance measuring devices that live on smartphones and fit on wrists; game tracking hardware such as Arccos and GameGolf that have made golfers more knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of their games; and metal woods that have eventually given way to big-headed titanium drivers that launch the ball further than Donald Ross could have ever imagined. These innovations have made the game more playable and enjoyable while adding new dimensions to the sport that appeal to various participants of all skill levels. Still, golf, like many pay-for-play activities, is increasingly challenged by scarce recreational time and discretionary income. Those factors, coupled with a pervasive perception of the game as staid and outdated (contrary to the aforementioned advancements), has placed well documented pressure on participation and the overall popularity of the sport. While the game itself is perfectly fine, a fresh look at how it’s presented, experienced and enjoyed should be encouraged at the golf course level, where opportunities for change may be less obvious. Earlier this year, NGF partnered with Doblin, the unit of Deloitte Consulting specializing in the discipline of innovation, to provide a fresh perspective on golf ’s opportunity for innovation. Though not golf-industry specific, Doblin’s “10 Types of Innovation” platform CONTINUED ON PAGE 30



encourages a unique approach to change through the examination of all aspects of an organization, including customer engagement and experience. Applying that framework to golf, Doblin found that the industry can most effectively innovate by challenging long standing orthodoxies (pervasive beliefs that have gone unstated and unchallenged) that may be stunting the game’s efforts to broaden its appeal among a changing customer base and economic environment. These orthodoxies reach across many aspects of the actual golf environment ranging from onboarding programs, gamegrowth initiatives, emerging products both on and off the golf course to the very way the game is marketing to new and existing players. Admittedly, it sounds like a lot to take in. But if one looks at golf facilities as the engines of the sport, we’re really just talking about a timely tune up that will make the car a little more appealing, efficient and competitive.

Embracing the non-traditional pursuits of the game The emergence of golf-related activities that take place on and away from the golf course can provide the traditional game with a needed shot in the arm and lower barriers of entry to the sport. Take for instance, Topgolf, which has successfully combined entertainment with the fundamental aspects of golf in a social and lively bar environment. Many operators are adopting this concept at their course through Topgolf-like events on the range, practice greens and chipping areas. When combined with food and beverage, these events can transform practice facilities into social hubs that attract golfers and non-golfers alike to the facility. FootGolf, a non-traditional use of a golf course, is now played at more than 400 facilities across the country. Though the sport is played more like soccer than golf, the facilities embracing this new activity attract an entirely new customer to the course, and create new revenue streams in the process. The jury is still out on whether or not players will transition to traditional golf, but operators willing to think outside the box will recognize these FootGolf participants, who are now far more comfortable at their facility, as viable candidates for learning the traditional game.

‘Build it and they will come’ doesn’t work We’ve already established the increased competition golf faces for recreational time, and there’s no arguing that golf is a buyer’s market. So like most products, golf needs to be sold. Simply ‘being there’ no longer cuts it. Additionally, while traditional marketing and advertising to current customers and golfers is effective in terms of branding, facilities that proactively reach out into the community (both online and offline) to recruit and attract customers, will get a leg up on the competition. Rather than stand idly by, the Southern California Golf Association is taking its membership programs that are intended to grow golf participation among young adults directly to the many college campuses located in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. The SCGA is appealing to former junior golfers and potential newcomers to the game by creating specific golf outings, discount programs and instructional events and promoting those to academic organizations, sororities, fraternities and intramural programs. Golf ’s leading organizations are taking leadership roles by reaching out into the community to encourage players of ages and abilities, including juniors and young adults, to get involved in the game through proper instruction and exposure to golf

Challenging the traditional golf experience The traditional concept of golf as an 18-hole, four-plus hour round doesn’t work for everybody like it used to.


National Golf Day 2016 Set Increasingly, time- (or cash-) strapped golfers are embracing 9-, 6and even 3-hole rounds of golf. Operators are responding by offering condensed rounds on a more regular basis by crafting standard routing that usually begins and ends close to the clubhouse and doesn’t interfere with 18-hole groups. One such course is Blue Sky Golf Club in Jacksonville, which sends out abbreviated rounds of golf alongside traditional rounds throughout the day. The Hampton Golf-owned facility has seen a stark increase in play, especially among young professionals that are drawn to the shorter and more affordable rounds of golf. When one thinks about getting around the golf course during a round, thoughts of walking or riding in a golf car are the two options that immediately come to mind. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but what if that convention was challenged? Well, investments in alternative ways to move golfers around the golf course are becoming more prevalent. New products such as golf bikes and golf boards are appealing to some golfers looking for more physical activity or adventure as part of their recreational pursuits. While these additions might not improve scores, they are making the experience more fun and, as a result, better positioning golf to compete with other activities. NGF research says that beginners and non-golfers are often intimidated by the traditional golf environment. Dress codes, formal clubhouse atmospheres and cell phone restrictions place these customers out of their comfort zones. To combat this, operators are creating a more welcoming environment at the golf course. Many facilities are relaxing dress codes and reinventing experiences both in the clubhouse and on the course. Many courses are allowing cell phones, and some are even encouraging their in-round use through course-related apps and photo contests. Other facilities are renting speakers so golfers can listen to music. Likewise, fun and inviting group instruction programs are replacing potentially intimidating one-on-one experiences. The industry’s product innovators will continue to deliver meaningful advancements to golf. Yet there’s little reason to expect facilitybased innovation to lose influence as operators continue to broaden the sport’s appeal and alter the way it’s sold to current and future customers. Creative events and outings will attract more players to the golf course, and further inclusion of emerging products and on-course entertainment will modernize the game’s image.

Photo Credit – World Golf Foundation – We Are Golf - 2015 Industry Leaders

Mark your calendars for the 2016 National Golf Day, scheduled for Wednesday May 18. Golf industry professionals and leaders will once again converge on Capitol Hill in Washington for the ninth annual National Golf Day. GCBAA works with allied organizations to schedule meetings with congressional leaders to discuss the benefits of golf and challenges facing the industry. We encourage any of you who would like to attend to contact the GCBAA Executive Office and join our group in this event. Watch for more information in upcoming newsletters and email blasts as grassroots efforts and social media blasts will also be scheduled around the event.

Judd Duininck, Rick Lohman, Congressman Collin Peterson MN, Bill Brown & Scott Hines at the 2014 National Golf Day

By embracing these possibilities and challenging outdated conventions, golf ’s leadership will once again prove the game can modernize while protecting its long-standing traditions. As a result, golf will continue to captivate its committed base while appealing to new groups of players over time.



Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA 2016 – April 7-10 2017 – April 6-9 2018 – April 5-8

2016 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, PA – June 13-19 2017 Erin Hills Erin, WI – June 12-18 2018 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton, NY – June 14-17

British Open 2016 Royal Troon July 14-17

2017 Royal Birkdale Golf Club July 20-23 England 2018 Carnoustie Golf Links July 19-22 Scotland

PGA Championship 2016 Baltustrol Golf Club Springfield, NJ – July 28-31

2017 Quail Hollow Charlotte, NC – August – TBA 2018 Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, MO – August – TBA



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Benson Construction Company, Inc. based in Tifton, Georgia RT I F I E E has recently completed the application process and interview to become the latest Certified Renovation Builder. Vice President Rick Benson applied for upgrade during the 2015 Golf Industry Show and was interviewed by the committee. Once he successfully completed his testing and references the board approved his upgrade.



GCBAA Certification Committee upgrades Benson Construction Company, Inc. to Certified Renovation Builder

Benson Construction Company, Inc. has been constructing and renovating golf courses and athletic fields throughout the southern states since 1986. Projects Include: Brazell Creek Golf Course, Reidsville, GA - Denis Griffiths & Associates Follow Me Golf Course- Lakeside- Ft. Benning, GA Willard Byrd & Associates Summerglen Country Club, Ocala, FL - Karl Litten Eagles Landing, Severville, TN - D J Devictor Kingsland Naval Base, Kingsland, GA - Ault, Clark and Associates Country Club of Brevard, Coco Beach, FL Azela City Country Club, Mobil, AL - Earl Stone Follow Me Golf Course - Pineside, Ft. Benning, GA Willard Byrd & Associates Sugarhill Golf Course, Sugarhill, GA - Willard Byrd & Associates

MOVERS & SHAPERS GCBAA Staffer, Lori Romano, and Husband Welcome 2nd Child

offerings and service delivery. “By working together with our suppliers and customers we can achieve great things for all stakeholders,” said Black.

It is with much excitement that Lori and her husband, Steven, welcomed a healthy baby boy to the world this summer. Henry Wayne Romano was born July 27, weighing in at 8 lbs., 7 oz. and full of cuteness. Congratulations to Lori and her family!

The extensive rebranding effort began shortly after the purchase of John Deere Landscapes by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. SiteOne performed an extensive 18-month branding process, which included gathering input from associates, suppliers, customers and key stakeholders. The brand roll out will be completed by December. “We have an exciting new look, with the same exceptional associates who will continue to deliver the high quality products and services our customers know and trust,” Black said. About SiteOne Landscape Supply LLC

John Deere Landscapes Unveils New Name as SiteOne Landscape Supply ALPHARETTA, Ga. (August 14, 2015) – John Deere Landscapes LLC today unveiled its new name and logo as SiteOne Landscape Supply LLC, effective October 19. The new brand represents the next step for SiteOne as an independent company after its acquisition by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in December 2013. With over 460 locations in the U.S. and Canada, SiteOne is the largest wholesale distributor of landscape supplies for green industry professionals in North America, including irrigation supplies, fertilizer and control products, landscape accessories, nursery goods, hardscapes and outdoor lighting, along with a broad array of services designed to help green industry professionals operate and grow their businesses. SiteOne will formally introduce customers to the new brand at the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky. “As a market leader, our vision is to make our customers the most successful landscaping professionals in the green industry—and that’s what our new brand represents,” said Doug Black, SiteOne’s chief executive officer. “We have over 2,500 passionate and knowledgeable associates across North America, all focused on the success of our customers. The new brand reflects our unique position as the only national full-line provider of landscaping products which, along with the deep knowledge and state-of-the-art solutions that we offer, will form our foundation for future growth.” SiteOne’s tagline, “Stronger Together” defines its partnerships with customers, associates, suppliers and communities, and its commitment to excellence in product

SiteOne Landscape Supply (formerly John Deere Landscapes) is North America’s leading wholesale distributor of landscape supplies for green industry professionals including irrigation supplies, fertilizer and control products, landscape accessories, nursery goods, hardscapes, and outdoor lighting, along with a broad array of services designed to help green industry professionals operate and grow their businesses. With over 460 locations in the U.S. and Canada, the broadest product and service offerings, and over 2,500 knowledgeable associates, SiteOne is committed to making its customers the most successful landscape professionals in the green industry.

Rich Abbott Joins GCBAA Member Company, Total Turf Golf Services Total Turf Golf Services, a Pennsylvania based Certified Golf Course Builder through the GCBAA, is pleased to announce the addition of Rich Abbott, as their new Director of Golf Operations. Rich will assume the position on August 1st and will be responsible for oversight of all Golf Course Construction and Renovation Operations throughout the US. “Rich comes to TTGS with over 26 years of Golf Course Construction and Renovation experience. His wealth of knowledge with not only planning but executing both large and small scale projects will be a great asset as our company” states Mark Arrimour, President of Total Turf Golf Services. A native of Boca Raton, Florida, Rich began his career in Golf Course Construction working as Crew Foreman for several small golf course construction companies. He then went on to work for several Certified Golf Course Builder CONTINUED ON PAGE 34


MOVERS & SHAPERS in various positions including Project, Operations Manager and President overseeing a region of the country.” Rich is excited about the opportunity to join TTGS and be part of the company’s growth. “We are fortunate to add someone with Rich’s character and experience to our staff ” adds Greg Hufner, Vice President of Total Turf Golf Services “Over the past couple of years we have grown from a company whose worked has focused primarily between the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast Region of the country, to completing projects up and down the East Coast and out to the Midwest. As we continue to grow, Hufner states “adding someone with Rich’s experience and having him work alongside our talented group of Project Managers, Shapers and Operators will only help to insure that all customers experience highest level of quality and customer satisfaction.” Total Turf Golf Services has offices locations in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania and Winter Park, Colorado and is currently working on projects in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Herb Kohler to receive Old Tom Morris Award from Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Executive chairman of Kohler Co. works for environmental good in world golf landscape

Lawrence, Kan. (Aug. 4, 2015) - Herbert V. Kohler Jr., who served as CEO of the Kohler Co. for 43 years and led the company into golf and hospitality, will be the recipient of the 2016 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The award has been presented annually by GCSAA since 1983 to an individual, who through a lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris. Morris, a four-time British Open winner, was the longtime superintendent at St Andrews in Scotland until his death in 1908. Kohler was notified as being the 2016 award winner at St Andrews during the 2015 British Open. “I am particularly honored and I sincerely thank the

GCSAA for this award,” said Kohler. “I am delighted. Old Tom was an entrepreneur, an influence in the creation of the Open Championship, a designer of golf products and some of the best courses in the world to this day. He nurtured the environment as the first official keeper of the greens.” Some of the past winners include Arnold Palmer, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Byron Nelson, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Ben Crenshaw, Ken Venturi, Nancy Lopez, Peter Jacobsen and Annika Sorenstam. Kohler will receive the award Feb. 9 at the Opening Session of the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. The Opening Session will again be presented in partnership with Syngenta. “We are indebted to Herb Kohler for what he has done for this association and for what he has meant to the game over the past four decades,” said Rhett Evans, chief executive officer of GCSAA. “He has made an indelible mark in golf with his focus on the importance of environmental stewardship, both now and for the future.” Kohler, 76, brought world caliber golf to the company that bears his family name and is most synonymous with manufacturing of leading-edge products for homes around the world. An avid golfer, Kohler hired famed architect Pete Dye to build four courses at two championship venues -- Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis., and Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis., which will host its third PGA Championship this month. In 2004, Kohler ventured into the birthplace of the game when the company bought the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort and Spa in St Andrews. Five years later, he expanded the Kohler presence in St Andrews with the purchase and development of Hamilton Grand. The historic landmark sits behind the 18th hole of the Old Course and has 26 private residences. He has also given back to the game, serving two three-year terms (1999-2002, 2007-2010) on the board of trustees for the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, and was board chairman in 2001-2002. He was instrumental in renaming the fundraising organization as EIFG to show that money raised would be focused on golf ’s environmental future. “Like Old Tom Morris, Herb Kohler has succeeded in many disciplines and is dedicated to the game of golf,” said John J. O’Keefe, GCSAA president. “Mr. Kohler has said that this award was a highlight of his life with golf, so I am proud that GCSAA can honor him with an award so fitting to his personality and contributions to the game.”

MOVERS & SHAPERS A graduate of Yale University, and a designer/inventor with more than 200 product patents, he is also an active philanthropist outside of golf. Kohler chaired the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., where he was a former student. There he built the Kohler Environmental Center, the first teaching, research and residential environmental center in U.S. secondary education. He has also been a trustee of Outward Bound, Lawrence University, the Kennedy Center, and the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art.

Groundbreaking Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman Named Recipient of the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award PGA of America’s Highest Annual Honor to be bestowed Nov. 13

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2015) – Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, the guiding force in elevating the profile of the tour professional while expanding golf ’s global charitable reach and interest in the game, has been named the recipient of the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award. Beman, 77, will receive the PGA of America’s highest annual honor on Nov. 13, at a ceremony in conjunction with the 99th PGA Annual Meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A native of Washington, D.C. who attended the University of Maryland, Beman became one of the country’s foremost amateur golfers. He won the 1959 British Amateur before capturing the 1960 and 1963 U.S. Amateur Championships. He competed in 11 USGA international events, including four Walker Cup Teams. He turned professional in 1967 and went on to win four times on the PGA TOUR. Beman succeeded Joe Dey in 1974 as the TOUR’s second commissioner, beginning a 20-year term that took professional golf to new heights in popularity. He nurtured television’s connection to the game, which resulted in increased tournament purses; and ushered in the creation of the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) and the Ben Hogan Tour (now Tour) to develop tomorrow’s stars and contributing to playing opportunities for PGA Professionals.

Through the course of his tenure as Commissioner and to this day, Beman is a true friend to the PGA of America. He worked closely with the PGA to grow the game and benefit the membership. Beman also remains a vocal supporter of the key role the PGA member plays in serving as the tangible connection between the game and those who play it in the United States. “Deane Beman’s vision and leadership helped drive professional golf to the forefront of the sporting public’s consciousness and become a staple for viewers throughout the world,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “Deane’s leadership extended the careers of Tour professionals and benefited PGA members as well, while also ensuring that golf remains one of sports’ leading catalysts for charitable endeavors. For his career of remarkable achievement in our industry, the PGA of America takes great pride in presenting Deane Beman with the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award.” Under Beman’s watch, the PGA TOUR’s board instituted a policy requiring all tournaments to support a charitable initiative. During Beman’s two decades at the TOUR helm, charitable contributions grew from less than $1 million to than $30 million in 1994. Today, the golf industry generates an estimated $3.5 billion annually to charity. “I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award. The PGA Professionals in my golf life have been the bedrock of the development of golf in America,” said Beman. “I have enormous respect for those individuals who nurture the enthusiasm for those who quest for the ultimate challenge of becoming an accomplished golfer.” Beman also was called by some “the Father of Stadium Golf,” a concept that became a standard in a spectatorfriendly golf experience. His vision took bloom in 1982 as designer Pete Dye opened the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In 1998, Beman also saw another of his dream projects reach fruition, with the opening of the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida, which is the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame and where he was inducted as a contributor in 2000. Prior to stepping down as commissioner in 1994, Beman capped his legacy with the PGA TOUR by opening the Presidents Cup, a biennial international competition matching the best American golfers and international players outside Europe. Beman and his wife, Judy, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.


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