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Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America
4th Quarter 2015
2016 Golf Industry Show & Winter Meeting set for San Diego The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Winter Meeting is scheduled alongside the annual Golf Industry Show (GIS) in San Diego the week of February 8, 2016. With snow falling outside the GCBAA headquarter office in Lincoln, Neb., your staff is anxious to welcome the warmer temperatures of San Diego. The Meetings and Fundraising Committees have been working diligently to ensure the 2016 Winter Meeting is one you’ll be talking about for years to come. On Tuesday, February 9, the GCBAA will host its much-anticipated Cocktail Reception prior to opening day of the Golf Industry Show. With over 500 industry professionals in attendance, this reception has become the signature event for opening night. If you are attending the Golf Industry Show, plan to be with us Tuesday evening! Don’t forget to head over early for the GCBAA General Membership Meeting scheduled from 5:00-6:00 p.m. As part of the Cocktail Reception, the evening will also play host to the Don Rossi presentation. This year, the GCBAA will honor Mr. Jim Moore of the United States Golf Association (USGA). Jim has been a dear friend to GCBAA for many years and has continuously supported our members and this association. For more on our Rossi recipient, see page 8.
PAST DON ROSSI RECIPIENTS 1991
Don A. Rossi 2003
Robert Trent Jones
Joe Jemsek 2005
Alice O’Neal Dye
Dr. Joseph Duich
Edwin J. Hunter
Geoffrey S. Cornish
Dr. Marvin Ferguson
Stanley Zontek 2009
Arnold Palmer 2010
Dr. James Beard
Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr.
Dr. James R. Watson
Jack Nicklaus 2014
Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan
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Perry Dye (right) accepts the 2015 Don A. Rossi Award on behalf of his father, Pete Dye. GCBAA President Rick Boylan makes the presentation
INSIDE 2 President’s Perspective 3 Executive Director Notes 4 Foundation Update 8 Don A. Rossi Award 16 Human Resources 17 Developer’s Guide 20 Allied Associations 22 New Members 23 Movers & Shapers 30 Advertisers
President’s Perspective I sit here today thinking back over the past two years and marveling at how quickly the time has passed. Everyone knows the old clichés that “time flies when you’re having fun” and “it feels like only yesterday”. It is hard to believe that my term of being President of the GCBAA is ending in February! It truly feels like only yesterday that it began.
Rick Boylan GCBAA PRESIDENT
CHARTER MEMBERS ACC GOLF CONSTRUCTION ADS/HANCOR, INC. ASPEN CORPORATION BOYD IRRIGATION, INC. BRYANT TAYLOR GORDON GOLF CAL OLSON GOLF ARCHITECTURE CATERPILLAR, INC. COLORADO LINING INTERNATIONAL, INC. DUININCK GOLF DYE DESIGNS INTERNATIONAL EAGLE GOLF & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS EWING IRRIGATION FLOWTRONEX FORWARD GROUP GLASE GOLF, INC. GREENMAN MACHINERY COMPANY HARCO FITTINGS HARTMAN COMPANIES, INC. HENDERSON & COMPANY, INC. HUNTER INDUSTRIES ISCO INDUSTRIES J L PIERMAN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES, INC.
Our Association has been through so much, especially in recent years as we all had to batten down the hatches and try to stand strong against the fierce economic storm. I stepped into the GCBAA Presidency keenly aware of the strength and ingenuity of the leaders who came before me, knowing I wanted to carry on their legacy by continuing to propel our Association on a successful path. As I reflect back over the last two years, I can’t help but think of the people who made an impression on me, who helped me grow, and who validated what being a member of the GCBAA is all about. This cast of characters includes Paul Eldredge, Steve Christman, Tommy Sasser, Phil Garcia, Tom Shapland, Mike Harrington, and Bill Kubly. Thank you gentlemen, for your wisdom and your contributions to the GCBAA. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Jim Kirchdorfer and Bob Pinson, who both taught me that life is short and precious. It has been a great honor to represent and lead our Association, and I would also like to extend a special thank you to our current Board and Executive Board, for their willingness to volunteer and serve our Association and membership. We have accomplished many positive things and have refocused our vision to keep us connected with many of our Allied partners. Because of the hard work and dedication of our Board, our Association is stronger than ever, and we look to end the year in a positive financial position and with participation in our annual and regional meetings on the rise. Now, more than ever, our great Association is active, thriving, and ready to take on whatever challenges lie ahead.
JACKLINGOLF LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC LANDIRR, INC. LASCO FITTINGS INC. LEEMCO INC. MACCURRACH GOLF MCDONALD & SONS, INC. MEDALIST GOLF MID-AMERICA GOLF & LANDSCAPE, INC. NMP GOLF CONSTRUCTION, CORP. PROFILE PRODUCTS LLC QGS DEVELOPMENT, INC. RAIN BIRD CORPORATION – GOLF DIVISION RYAN INC. CENTRAL RYANGOLF CORPORATION SHAPEMASTERS, INC. SITE ONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC. SPORTZMIX – WAUPACA SAND & SOLUTIONS SUNBELT RENTALS TDI INTERNATIONAL, INC. TEE-2-GREEN THE CART PATH COMPANY THE TORO COMPANY WADSWORTH GOLF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WEST COAST TURF
For many of us in business, we know and understand the importance of having key people and a good working staff. When you can provide these people with a good working environment and the tools to do the work properly, good things are bound to happen. Our team of Samantha Huff and Lori Romano led by Executive Director Justin Apel have the inner workings and business of our Association poised for great things in the future. Please join me in thanking them for their service and commitment to the GCBAA. I would also like to thank those who became Charter Members in 2015— Glase Golf, Henderson & Company, SportZmix Solutions, ADS/Hancor, and Hartman Companies, Inc. Our organization has remained strong, even through the difficult times, because of our members who believe in us and who are committed to both the GCBAA and to the golf industry. Thank you all for your continued dedication and support. As we look ahead to 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome President-Elect Scott Veazey. Having served with Scott on the Board and knowing him out in the working world, I am confident he is prepared to take the gavel and stay the course that strengthens our Association as we all continue to be successful in the golf industry. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
Executive Director Notes Valuable life lessons often come to us from the unlikeliest of places…places like the South Florida Regional GCBAA Meeting held in early December. I sat in a session, listening to manufacturers talk about a new technology in large diesel engines that allows the machines to run on more fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly exhaust systems. While the new engines are meeting the EPA mandate, some of the designs require a new step in the process that is causing serious issues. In some new designs, the operator must “purge” the system every now and then to continue operating efficiently. Because there are certain times when this purging is not ideal, manufacturers have created a system that allows operators to delay regeneration with a simple push of a button. The button is typically called a “Regeneration Inhibit Switch” or RIS. The issue lies in the fact that this delay is intended for only the most extreme circumstance, yet the convenience of delaying the procedure has quickly become a case of kicking the can down the road. Each delay chips away at the machine’s efficiency, eventually leading to catastrophic failure, significant downtime, and unnecessary repair costs. As the discussion continued around me, I realized how often this scenario played out in my daily life and I began to wonder, what is my RIS switch? How often do I delay something simply because it is a minor inconvenience, or because it would require a few minutes of my attention when I already feel like I have too many irons in the fire? And how often do my delays end up costing way more than they are worth? Times have fortunately begun to change and we are now finding more opportunities in the golf industry again. It may be a good time to ask yourself, what is your RIS switch? How often is it easier to hit delay and kick the can down the road rather than taking time to “control what you can control,” as our outgoing President Rick Boylan would say. That simple five-word phrase is a summary of Rick’s leadership the past two years. During his term as GCBAA President, the organization has taken some significant steps to ensure a viable future and continue to grow during a very difficult economic time. Rick and the Board of Directors rolled up their sleeves and (rather than leaving the Association RIS switch on Auto) faced challenges head-on, turning them quickly into opportunities. Rick helped the entire group understand the importance of controlling the organization in areas where it could be controlled. He never pushed the Delay button or allowed anyone else to consider it as an option. Even when a maintenance check would present itself at an inconvenient time, rather than waiting for a time the organization could pause, we controlled the decisions, maintained our momentum, and moved forward operating as efficiently as possible with no damage to the group. The expansion of membership categories, addition of staff, and headquarter office purchase all took place while maintaining membership growth and membership benefits. With all those association activities taking place, Rick ran our group at full throttle, and still paid close attention to the needs and best interests of the group. When we needed to back off, we backed off. When we needed to push harder, we did.
Justin Apel GCBAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Foundation Update Another year is already drawing to a close, and as we look back, there is much to be thankful for. Our industry continues to grow stronger and our Foundation is following suit. All in all, it was another very successful year for the GCBAA Foundation, and there are many great things yet to come.
Rick Lohman GCBAA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
The annual Sticks for Kids (SFK) Year-End Survey closed on January 8, and the data compiled from our active programs for the 2015 Foundation Status Report is exciting. In 2015, our Sticks for Kids Program served more than 52,000 children and disabled adults in 308 programs across the U.S., and we expect those numbers to be even higher for 2016 as applications for new programs are already arriving in the Executive Office. This year alone, the Foundation provided funding for 10 new SFK Programs, including new partnerships with an LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program in Florida, the Olympic Course in Brazil, and a non-profit called RevelationGolf which serves veterans, military children, disabled youth and adults, and at-risk youth. In addition, the Foundation also provided new equipment to 20 long-standing SFK Programs through the Maintenance Grant to help the programs replace worn out equipment and continue to grow and thrive. And you helped make all of this possible.
BOARD MEMBERS MARK ARRIMOUR TOTAL TURF SERVICES JOE DIRIENZO PAIGE ELECTRIC CO., LLP CHRISTINE FAULKS FAULKS BROS. CONSTRUCTION BILL KUBLY LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC KUN LI FORWARD GROUP RON STEPANEK COMMUNITY GOLF SERVICES TOM SHAPLAND SHAPLAND GOLF CONSULTANTS, LLC DENNIS WAGNER HUNTER INDUSTRIES
The GCBAA Foundation and Sticks for Kids would not exist without your continued support and generosity. The 2015 Harley Raffle and Foundation Auction were the most successful to date, thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, and to all of our GCBAA members who bid on items, purchased raffle tickets, and volunteered time. The Foundation also received several monetary donations throughout the year, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support, and for investing in the lives of the children we serve through our great industry. As we look toward 2016, we do so with great hope for the future and with even loftier goals. Ticket orders are coming in fast for the 2016 Harley Raffle, and we are already beginning to lay the framework for another great Summer Meeting and Foundation Auction next August. With all of this momentum and all of the positive changes in our Association and our industry this year, it became very important to me to make sure I was building upon that momentum as best I can, and that meant it was time for me to make a change. I’ve always believed that one person should never stay in one place or hold one position for too long. Change is inevitable. Change is good. Change is what keeps us moving forward in spite of anything trying to hold us back. It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve already held this office for four years, and while I have enjoyed serving as Foundation President these past four years, I also feel that it is time for me to hand off the baton and let the next capable member keep us going with a fresh set of eyes and a mind filled with ideas. We have so much positive energy and so much momentum, it is the perfect time for a transition and turn of the page to begin the next chapter of the GCBAA Foundation. As I make this transition, I hope you will all join me in welcoming Tom Shapland as our new Foundation President. Tom has served on the Foundation Board for a number of years and is ready to jump in and build on all of this great momentum. Thank you all for your unparalleled support. Your hard work and dedication has helped grow our Foundation and Sticks for Kids Program into what it is today. I am excited for the future, and I can’t wait to see where this new year takes us! Rick Lohman
GCBAA FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION
Note from Staff The GCBAA Staff would like to say a special thank you to Rick Lohman for his time and energy serving as President of the Foundation. Rick has always been an engaged leader, who has made several trips to Lincoln during his time serving the Foundation. Despite difficult decisions and challenging times, Rick always maintained a positive and supportive approach. Thank you Rick! We look forward to working with you in other capacities for years to come! Justin, Lori, and Samantha
President’s Perspective (cont.) In closing, I would like to thank you all for your trust, your unwavering support, and for giving us the tools to be successful. It feels like only yesterday that I wrote my first article, but time sure flies when you’re having fun! I hope you all had a joyous and happy holiday, and I look forward to seeing you in San Diego! Rick Boylan P.S. Remember to Buy From Within every chance you can!
Executive Director Notes (cont.) Rick’s leadership has positioned the GCBAA for a very smooth transition for incoming President Scott Veazey and incoming board members Joy Ramos, Mike Crone, and Mark Creighton. I would like to personally thank all members who participated in the election and all of you who took time to nominate and vote on our 2016 leadership. While we say goodbye to outgoing board members Kurt Huseman, Allan MacCurrach III, and Ed Eichmann, we are very excited for what is to come this year and look forward to working with you. The articles in this newsletter—highlighting our success with regional meetings, plans for the Golf Industry Show, and our continued growth and relationships with our allied organization—give you a taste of what is to come. Thank you to all of the sponsors in 2015 and again a very special thanks to our new Charter Members—Henderson Company, Glase Golf, SportZmix Solutions, ADS/Hancor, and Hartman Companies, Inc. And, finally, a very special thank you to Rick Boylan for his time and leadership both to me and to the GCBAA. Rick is a good friend and it has been a privilege to work with him as President of the organization. Remember, control what you can control and Buy From Within! Justin Apel
Platinum Level (OVER $100,000)
GOLF COURSE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (GCBAA) WADSWORTH GOLF CHARITIES FOUNDATION/WADSWORTH GOLF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Gold Level ($50,000 - $99,999)
CATERPILLAR, INC. LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC THE TORO COMPANY AND FOUNDATION UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION (USGA)
Silver Level ($10,000 - $49,999)
BANDON DUNES D.H.R. CONSTRUCTION, INC. DUININCK GOLF FORWARD GROUP GCSAA HERITAGE LINKS HYDREMA U.S. INC ISCO INDUSTRIES, INC. JACKLINGOLF JACOBSEN, A TEXTRON COMPANY JIM KIRCHDORFER SR. MEMORIAL JOHN DEERE LANDSCAPES MCDONALD & SONS, INC. MID-AMERICA GOLF AND LANDSCAPE, INC RYANGOLF CORPORATION SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC. SUNBELT RENTALS WEST COAST TURF
Bronze Level ($1,000 - $9,999)
ACC GOLF CONSTRUCTION AQUA AGRONOMIC SOLUTIONS, INC. ASI GOLF/KLAUS AHLERS ASPEN CORPORATION ATLAS TURF INTERNATIONAL LIMITED AUDUBON INTERNATIONAL BEST SAND CORP. BETTER BILLY BUNKER BOBCAT COMPANY/DOOSAN INFRACORE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CENTRAL FIBER LLC COURSE CRAFTERS, LLC DENNIS WAGNER DESERT REFLECTIONS, LLC DYE DESIGNS INTERNATIONAL EAGLE GOLF & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS EWING IRRIGATION FEDEX FINISH LINE YOUTH FOUNDATION FLEETWOOD SERVICES LLC FRONTIER GOLF GENESIS GOLF BUILDERS, INC. GLASE GOLF, INC. GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION, INC. GOLF COURSE INDUSTRY MAGAZINE GOLF CREATIONS HARTMAN COMPANIES, INC. HUNTER INDUSTRIES KEEPERS OF THE GREEN KINDER PORTER SCOTT FAMILY FOUNDATION LANDIRR INC. LASCO FITTINGS, INC. LEPANTO GOLF CONSTRUCTION INC. LES HILL MEDALIST GOLF, INC. MOTOR CONTROLS INC. NIEBUR GOLF PAIGE ELECTRIC CO., LP PGA OF AMERICA PRINCE PROJECT EVERGREEN SAM FERRO (FAIRMOUNT MINERALS FOUNDATION) SANDTRAPPER SCHILLER GROUNDS CARE, INC. SHAPLAND GOLF CONSULTANTS, LLC SMITH TURF & IRRIGATION SPORTZMIX SOLUTIONS - WAUPACA SAND & SOLUTIONS STAHLMAN ENGLAND IRRIGATION, INC. SUN GRO HORTICULTURE SYNGENTA TERRY & KAREN GWINN THE PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION THE TURF COMPANY THOMAS TURF SERVICES, INC. TOMMY SASSER TOTAL GOLF CONSTRUCTION INC. TOTAL TURF SERVICES, INC. TRIEST AG GROUP, INC. UNITED GOLF, LLC VM GOLF SERVICES WATERTRONICS, INC.
FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION PLATINUM LEVEL ($100,000 or more)
Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation/Wadsworth Golf Construction Company
GOLD LEVEL ($50,000 up to $99,999) Caterpillar, Inc. Landscapes Unlimited, LLC The Toro Company and Foundation United States Golf Association (USGA)
SILVER LEVEL ($10,000 up to $49,999)
Youth participants in Sticks for Kids in 2015
Sticks for Kids communities teaching youth the game of golf and its intrinsic life skills
Youth participants in Sticks for Kids from 2007 – 2015
Establishes a new Sticks for Kids program, with an average of 150 youth trained per program each year
New Programs launched in 2015, including partnerships with the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, the LPGA, and an organization called RevelationGolf that serves veterans, military children, cancer survivors, people with disabilities, and at-risk youth
Total GCBAA Foundation support for Sticks for Kids from 2007 – 2015
Total GCBAA Foundation support for education since 2007, including scholarships at partner universities assisting 175 students into the golf industry
Long-standing Sticks for Kids Programs receiving new equipment in 2015 through the GCBAA Foundation’s SFK Maintenance Grant
Bandon Dunes D.H.R. Construction, Inc. Duininck Golf Forward Group GCSAA Heritage Links Hydrema U.S. Inc ISCO Industries, Inc. JacklinGolf Jacobsen, a Textron Company Jim Kirchdorfer Sr. Memorial John Deere Landscapes McDonald & Sons, Inc. Mid-America Golf and Landscape, Inc Ryangolf Corporation Southeastern Golf, Inc. SunBelt Rentals West Coast Turf
BRONZE LEVEL ($1,000 up to $9,999)
ACC Golf Construction Aqua Agronomic Solutions, Inc. ASI Golf/Klaus Ahlers Aspen Corporation Atlas Turf International Limited Audubon International Best Sand Corp. Better Billy Bunker Bobcat Company/Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment Central Fiber LLC Course Crafters, LLC Dennis Wagner Desert Reflections, LLC Dye Designs International Eagle Golf & Landscape Products Ewing Irrigation FedEx Finish Line Youth Foundation Fleetwood Services LLC Frontier Golf Genesis Golf Builders, Inc. Glase Golf, Inc. Golf Course Construction, Inc. Golf Course Industry Magazine Golf Creations Hartman Companies, Inc. Hunter Industries Keepers of the Green Kinder Porter Scott Family Foundation Landirr Inc. LASCO Fittings, Inc. Lepanto Golf Construction Inc. Les Hill Medalist Golf, Inc. Motor Controls Inc. Niebur Golf Paige Electric Co., LP PGA of America Prince Project Evergreen Sam Ferro (Fairmount Minerals Foundation) Sandtrapper Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. Shapland Golf Consultants, LLC Smith Turf & Irrigation SportZmix Solutions - Waupaca Sand & Solutions Stahlman England Irrigation, Inc. Sun Gro Horticulture Syngenta Terry & Karen Gwinn The Pittsburgh Foundation The Turf Company Thomas Turf Services, Inc. Tommy Sasser Total Golf Construction Inc. Total Turf Services, Inc. TriEst Ag Group, Inc. United Golf, LLC VM Golf Services Watertronics, Inc.
INTRODUCING ELECTRIC AVENUE AT THE GOLF INDUSTRY SHOW The GIS in San Diego will feature a number of new offerings on the show floor. On one side of the convention center, you’ll see a main stage that will house a variety of programs and events. The other side will feature areas dedicated to live, hands-on demonstrations of electric equipment, carts, and turf utility vehicles. With the help of GCBAA members, the equipment section will be built on live turf and feature a green and fairway. The green will be approximately 3,500 square feet, large enough to accommodate greens mowers and rollers. The fairway is even larger at more than 10,000 square feet and will be designed to simulate a real world feel for fairway and rough mowers, sprayers, top dressers, and more. We’re excited to see this project come to life and want to thank those members who have volunteered their time, materials, and manpower to the success of this new show feature.
50 tickets will be drawn to win a $100 cash prize. You can’t beat those odds. This year’s drawing will be held at the closing of the Golf Industry Show February 11, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. You do not need to be present to win. Contact the GCBAA office at 402-476-4444 or log onto www.gcbaafoundation.org/harley-raffle to order your tickets today.
HEADQUARTER HOTEL INFORMATION The GCBAA headquarter hotel for the 2016 Winter Meeting & Golf Industry Show is the Hilton Bayfront. The housing form is web-based and must be booked through onPeak (formerly Travel Planners). To book your hotel, visit www.gcbaa.org/news-events/2016winter-meeting or contact the GCBAA office for assistance, (402) 476-4444. Rooms are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
HARLEY RAFFLE The 2016 Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle is officially underway! Last year, the GCBAA Foundation sold a total of 467 of 500 tickets and our goal this year is to sell all 500. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, don’t wait. They’re selling fast!
Tuesday, February 9 GCBAA Board of Directors Meeting GCBAA Board of Governors Meeting GCBAA General Membership Meeting (5pm) GCBAA Opening Reception & Rossi Presentation (6-9pm)
Wednesday, February 10 GIS Trade Show (9am-5pm)
Thursday, February 11 GIS Trade Show (9am-5pm)
GCBAA Booth #5541
GCBAA Booth #5541
Foundation Booth #5545
Foundation Booth #5545
Foundation Harley Raffle & Closing Celebration
Tickets are just $100 each. The grand prize winner gets the choice of a beautiful 2016 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic or $10,000 cash. An additional
Longtime USGA Leader to Receive GCBAA’s Prestigious Don A. Rossi Award LINCOLN, Neb.— The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) is pleased to announce James (Jim) Moore as its recipient of the prestigious Don A. Rossi Award. Over the course of the last three decades, Moore has worked for the United States Golf Association in a variety of roles aimed at refining and improving golf course construction practices and standards.
and standards. During this time he developed a wide variety of materials to help golf course superintendents and course officials complete successful construction and renovation projects. The first 12 years of his USGA career were spent as director of the Green Section’s former Mid-Continent Region, making more than 1000 visits throughout the region. Before joining the USGA, Moore was a golf course superintendent for seven years and completed his superintendent career at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco, Texas. During this time he served as President of the Texas Turfgrass Association.
“Jim is an advocate for the highest level of golf course construction and renovation standards for the industry and he has dedicated his career to moving the industry forward through education and training,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director.
The Don A. Rossi Award will be given at the 2016 Golf Industry Show to be held in San Diego, California, Feb. 9, during the GCBAA Opening Reception at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. For those interested in attending the award presentation, details will be available this winter by visiting www.gcbaa. org, or contact the GCBAA executive office at 402476-4444.
The Rossi award is given by the GCBAA to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the game of golf and its growth and who have inspired others by example. It is named for Don A. Rossi, who served as executive director of the National Golf Foundation from 1970 to 1983, was instrumental in forming the National Golf Course Owners Association and served as executive director of the GCBAA from 1984 to 1990. Moore is currently the director of the USGA Green Section’s Education Program, where he provides top quality golf course management related information to multiple segments of the golf industry. Previously, Moore served as director of the USGA’s Construction Education program for 16 years where he worked closely with golf course architects, builders, and soil testing laboratories to refine construction practices
Moore is also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Moore is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Agronomy and Turfgrass Management.
2015 Golf Industry Show - Rick Lohman, left, accepts USGA Grant from Jim Moore, right
2016 CHUCK CLOUD MEMORIAL RAFFLE
You do not need to be present to win!
2016 Heritage Softail Classic* sponsored by the GCBAA Foundation
Vivid Black Superior Blue Billet Silver Olive Gold Two-Tone Crushed Ice Pearl/Frosted Teal Pearl Two-Tone Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black Custom Color Purple Fire/Blackberry Smoke Custom Color Cosmic Blue Pearl
Includes Antilock Braking System Length: 94.7 in. Seat Height Laden: 25.5 in. Engine: Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B Displacement: 103.1 Fuel Economy City/Hwy: 42 mpg Transmission: 6-speed Cruise Drive MSRP: $17,749
$100 each FIRST TICKET ODDS OF WINNING ARE 1 IN 500. 1st ticket drawn - option of 2016 Heritage Softail Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at $17,749 OR cash payment of $10,000USD in lieu of vehicle. Before ownership of vehicle is awarded, the winner must pay all applicable federal, state, city, and local taxes. Winner must pay directly to the GCBAA Foundation the Federal withholding tax to be remitted to the IRS on behalf of the winner by the GCBAA Foundation. Approximately 28% of the vehicle value - $4970. Registration taxes are the responsibility of the winner and applicable to the state the vehicle is registered. GCBAA Foundation to provide winner IRS Form W2-G. Free shipping of the vehicle within the continental United Sates courtesy of the GCBAA Foundation. Winner and GCBAA Foundation to determine shipment details, winner must accept vehicle delivery at a facility capable of receiving freight deliveries. Cash payment in lieu of vehicle will be paid to the winner by check with the GCBAA Foundation withholding the Federal Income Tax amount of approximately 28% of the value or $2,800USD. GCBAA Foundation to provide winner IRS Form W2-G. NEXT 50 TICKETS DRAWN - $100USD paid to winner via check payment from GCBAA Foundation once winner is contacted and accepts award.
Drawing to be held Feb. 11, 2016 at the closing of the Golf Industry Show. San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. www.golfindustryshow.com
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Tickets will be available for purchase at the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 9-11, in booth #5545.
GCBAA Announces Board Election Results The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) has announced the results of its recent board election.
Newly elected to the board are Joy Ramos, D.H.R. Construction and Mike Crone, Landirr Inc. Also being appointed to replace outgoing board member Ed Eichmann is Mark Creighton, Ewing Irrigation. Remaining GCBAA board members include Ronnie Adkins, Aspen Corp.; Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf; Terry Gwinn, Best Sand Corp.; John McDonald, II, McDonald & Sons, Inc.; Frank Warden, The Toro Company; Rick Williamson, LASCO Fittings, Inc.; Tom Works, Landscapes Unlimited LLC; and Stephanie Zimmerman, ADS/Hancor, Inc.
“I am proud to welcome three incoming board members to the group of already strong leaders that help guide our organization,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director. “These directors will further prepare GCBAA for the next exciting chapter of growth and industry collaboration.” The board officers are Rick Boylan, Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc. (president); Scott Veazey, Southeastern Golf, Inc. (president-elect); Dennis Wagner, Hunter Industries (vice president); Ellen Davis, SportZmix Solutions/Waupaca Sand & Solutions (secretary); Pat Karnick, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company (treasurer); and Kurt Huseman, Landscapes Unlimited, LLC (immediate past president). The new board will convene its first meeting Feb. 9, 2016, in San Diego, California during the GCBAA Winter Meeting, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show. Association officers will be elected during this time to begin a two-year term. We would like to thank all candidates for running in the election; and welcome Joy, Mike and Mark to the Board. Additionally, we appreciate those who took time to cast their ballot in the first ever online election. We saw tremendous voter turnout with the new format and look forward to continuing it in upcoming elections.
GCBAA Represented at Carolina Golf Show By Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director For the second straight year the GCBAA attended and exhibited at the annual Carolina Golf Show held November 16 – 18 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Anyone who has ever attended this event will tell you it is a top 10. Tim Kreger and his team do not miss a beat when it comes to connecting exhibitors with attendees. There is not a corner of the hotel and convention center that does not carry a golf industry message; you know you are in like company. The GCBAA tracked over 40 members who were either exhibiting or walking the show floor. It was exciting to hear about fall projects wrapping up and plans forming for 2016. I enjoy the show for the simple yet aggressive tradeshow format. Day one the show floor runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It gives you a preview of the world series of shows; the Golf Industry Show. While most have not booked their airfare, the majority of those you visit with have their booths sketched out, booth staffing lists set and calendars filling fast with events. It is exciting conversation gearing up for next year. Signs of market improvement continue as well as the optimism for golf ’s future. The show hosted 400 exhibitors and 28 seminars. Nearly 2000 were in attendance with educational topics ranging from Agronomy to Tweeting Like A Rock Star! The GCBAA congratulates newly elected President David Lee from Hope Valley Country Club in Durham. David replaces outgoing Carolinas GCSA president Bill Kennedy. It is important for all organizations to continue to recognize those individuals who have helped the industry recover. The show was a perfect opportunity to start conversations about plans for 2016 with our membership. Several in attendance were excited for the upcoming December South Florida Regional Meeting. For those that could not attend, we were discussing other regional educational seminars for the next year. The association has been polishing our educational opportunities these past years and while there is new excitement in the air with the economy of golf improving, we are still hearing the membership request to continue the education. We hear you loud and clear and are excited for what is to come. Watch for 2016 Carolina Golf Show plans and again the GCBAA participating and supporting the show.
GCBAA Takes Strides Toward Completion of Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor Exam GCBAA established the designation of Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor in 2014, and serves to compliment irrigation contractor companies who specialize in GCBAA Members gather to review the Irrigation Certification Exam Questions irrigation installation on golf course construction projects. For the first year of the program, existing Certified Builders and Certified Renovation Builders were automatically included in the Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor category. However, to continue their listing, members must take an exam and submit their irrigation work to be considered for future recognition. GCBAA identified the need for an exam separate from Samantha Huff visits GCBAA Charter Member ADS/Hancorâ€™s booth during the that of the Certified IA show Builders; one that is geared more towards irrigation specific questions rather than a general overview of golf course construction topics. To accomplish this, GCBAA orchestrated a one-day review of the draft exam in early November in Long Beach, CA in conjunction with the Irrigation Association Show. GCBAA contractors, irrigation consultants and manufacturers joined staff for a thorough review of the exam, generously compiled by Bob Bryant of Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf and member of the GCBAA Board of Governors. The group shared their comments, agreements and even disagreements
on over 100 questions over the course of the day. Ultimately, exam questions will cover a broad range of golf course construction topics, with specific interest to irrigation best practices. While most of the questions were received by GCBAA Members GCBAA Member Chris Menno explains a new irrigation technology to GCBAA during a campaign Executive Director Justin Apel of suggestions, many specific questions were generated by association members who are specialists in their respective fields. We would like to recognize the following individuals who participated in the review: Bob Bryant, Nunzio Di Christopher, Tom Works, Vince Nolletti, Brian Vinchesi, Paul Roche, Manny Pina, Paul Granger, Jack McDonald, and Jim Barrett. Brent Harvey had an unexpected cancellation. Special thanks to the companies listed below for sponsoring the accommodations throughout the day.
Itâ€™s our intent to have the exam available as soon as possible and to administer the program as soon as the exam is complete. While many questions were finalized at this event, a number of subject areas were identified needing to be included in the final exam. A study guide and training seminars will be offered in conjunction with the exam.
Justin, left, takes a quick photo with GCBAA Charter Members Bob Bryant, Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf, & Nunzio DiChristopher, Leemco, Inc
GCBAA Flagship Regional Meeting a Success! By Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director This article just barely makes the deadline for the 4th quarter issue. We held space in advance because we knew there would be exciting news to report. The GCBAA launched its first Regional Meeting in December 2015, thanks to an idea sparked by the Strategic Planning Committee and a plan approved by the Board. South Florida was an obvious choice for the first regional event not only because of the concentration of members we have in the area, but more importantly because of a handful of GCBAA friends that are always willing to go above and beyond to support our organization. I want to personally thank Paul Cope who helped gather a similar group over two years ago to discuss specific issues facing the industry. Paul as well as others who gave support to that original meeting helped GCBAA orchestrate this meeting as well as create an agenda of local presenters addressing local issues.
All that is left of the full renovation of Riviera Country Club, Hole 18 approach and green
On December 8, I had the pleasure of joining GCSAA Charter & Certified Builder QGS Development, Inc. on their nearly completed renovation of Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables, Florida. Golf Course Architect Kipp Schulties joined GCBAA Members Paul Cope, Jimmy Armstrong, and GCBAA Certified Irrigation Contractor Mike Roach Inc. Project Manager Karl Interrante to visit the site. With only one green remaining, this complete renovation of the club showed obvious challenges as the layout of the course spread across several properties all within an established community. When breaks in the downpours allowed, Kipp and Paul showed me how the new design modified the original 1925 Donald Ross design. While keeping with those characteristics, Kipp’s design created new elevations and views for members when they tee off.
This will truly be unique as most courses are flat using hazards as obstacles. QGS Development was able to turn Kipp’s vision into a reality while Mike Roach Inc. installed a state of the art irrigation system. Kipp explained his approach to the many projects he has been a part of and shared how he uses working groups of club members and collects feedback on what they want from their golf course. While there is no doubt Kipp has a keen sense for detail in his designs, the approach of listening to the club members and collecting “what they want” rather than designing with an attitude of “what they need” can be heard from the entire team involved. Riviera CC Director of Agronomy Eric von Hofen managed a creative way to keep club members educated on the renovation. Not only did he and his team Mathew Dauphinais and Tim Williams provide weekly updates, they did so using video, drones, and social media. They collaborated with Kipp and the construction team to capture the entire renovation project. Members would anxiously await the weekly link to go live with the latest on what was happening to their course. Feedback from Eric showed by having these weekly updates they were able to head off a number of otherwise expected questions from the membership on progress. The archived of the videos is available on the YouTube Channel Riviera Reno. I encourage you to take time to watch some of the progress. This was a unique and successful way to capture the entire project and once complete, Eric says they plan to overlay finished product with pre-construction shots taken prior to the renovation. This was a relatively inexpensive marketing tool for the club that has benefited the entire project and those involved. The following day, we welcomed a group of 60 attendees at Fort Lauderdale Country Club Wednesday morning for a day of education and discussion. Marc Blatchley
Executive Director Justin Apel welcomes the regional participants
with the National Golf Foundation discussed updates to the state of the golf industry as well as golf in the south Florida market. Neil Dick with Freylit USA Inc. discussed tools available for golf courses to handle wastewater after cleaning their maintenance equipment. With growing regulations at Federal, State, and local levels the group learned about equipment available to help control runoff. BH Fraser and Warren Prescott are local turf suppliers and had an open conversation with questions from the group on sod availability in 2016. The key points shared are what we are hearing across the
GCBAA Member Wacker Neuson displays equipment during the event
country and that is to plan ahead and work with your local sod farms on your potential needs to avoid delays and shortages. TJ Swaford provided a quick update on Methyl Bromide availability; a very important topic for this area of the country. After lunch Eric von Hofren, Mathew Dauphinais, and Tim Williams provided a demonstration of the equipment they used to capture the weekly updates at Riviera. They even assembled an entertaining compilation of the â€œcrashesâ€? they had with their drone. Kipp Schulties, Kipp Schulties Golf Design, Inc. gave the group an update on projects he has been involved with. With nearly a dozen projects within a few hours of his office he has kept himself busy despite challenging times in golf.
Covering more challenges to the area, John Jacke with Tee Off Temps, Inc., discussed labor challenges for contractors and how temporary labor companies can help address the issue. Multiple equipment suppliers were in attendance to discuss best management practices for equipment meeting the new Tier 4 exhaust efficiency standards. Operation of these machines is different for operators and owners must be aware that if their operators are ignoring maintenance, costly repairs are needed that could easily be avoided. Wrapping up the day Steve Randall, GCSAA Director of Chapter Outreach gave the group an update on GCSAA activities at the chapter and national level. The event was a tremendous success by using association members and allied organizations to provide the content. We reached out to the area and identified local issues and concerns and provided education on what the members wanted, not what we thought they needed to hear. We plan to continue this effort in other areas around the country and work with our membership in those areas on what kinds of education we can offer. With the door swinging both ways, we will identify members who have education to provide as well as listening to members on topics they want to hear about. A very special thank you to all of our members and friends for presenting. Additionally the event would not have been possible without the support of our Eagle, Birdie, and Par Sponsors. Thank you to all those that attended and we look forward to future events. Surveys received so far are showing that we will be planning this event again next December in the same area around the same time.
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OSHA Fines Rise After 25 Years Of No Increases BY JACK L. SHULTZ - O’NEILL, HEINRICH, DAMKROGER, BERGMEYER & SHULTZ, P.C., L.L.O.
For the first time in 25 years, the penalties imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase due to language hidden deep in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (2015 Budget). Since 1990, penalties for violating most federal statutes have increased due to inflation every four years. However, violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act have been exempt from this inflation. That is all about to change. Section 701 of the 2015 Budget, titled the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Penalties Act) removes this exemption and now will require all agencies to adjust penalties annually. Companies who run afoul of OSHA regulations are in for a rude awakening come August of 2016, when these regulations are set to become effective. Not only are OSHA penalties indexed with inflation going forward, the 2015 Penalties Act allows for a “catch-up” adjustment based on the inflation from October of 1990 to October of 2015. The 2015 Budget does allow OSHA to not use the full inflation value from the last 25 years, but in order to limit this, OSHA must determine that increasing penalties by this maximum amount would have a “negative social impact” or that “the social costs” of increasing penalties “outweigh the benefits.” As of now, OSHA’s limits for “other-than-serious”, serious and failure-to-abate violations are $7,000, and repeat and willful violations are limited to $70,000 per violation. Assuming OSHA imposes the maximum rate increase, the small fines limit will jump from $7,000 to $12,600 and the repeat and willful violations limit will jump from $70,000 to $126,000. This is an increase of approximately 80%. Had these rate increases been imposed last year, OSHA would have increased its penalties from $143.6 million to $258.5 million. Now, more than ever, employers should be ready for potential costly encounters with OSHA. In order to attempt to limit exposure to these increased penalties employers should: ensure that safety programs are comprehensive and up to date, ensure that employees
receive all necessary safety training, can demonstrate that they understood the training, and that all training is well-documented, assess the workplace for hazards and address any identified hazards as quickly as possible, and talk with union representatives or employees at non-unionized facilities about their safety concerns and address any bona fide concerns. It is also important to know that OSHA determines the amount of penalties on a number of different factors including the severity of the alleged violation, the likelihood of injury, the size of the employer, and the employee’s demonstrated good faith efforts to comply. Keep these in mind as you review your safety and training programs trying to avoid a run in with OSHA. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who’s Got “Next”? BY HENRY DELOZIER, GLOBAL GOLF ADVISORS
What will 2016 bring for golf course builders? During the past several years, GCBAA members have focused on right-sizing their operations, targeting remodels and renovations for existing golf courses, and hoping for new golf courses to build. What is next?
Favorable Market Conditions According to the National Golf Foundation 2015 Golf Industry Overview, the on-going correction in supply and demand for golf indicates a 4% decline in supply since the beginning of 2006. For perspective, NGF notes that golf supply grew by a factor of 40% during the previous two decades (1986 to 2005). In its forecast, NGF noted 123.5 new 18-hole equivalents in development and renovation. Roughly two-thirds (82.5) of the projects were renovations leaving just more than 40 new golf courses (18 HEQs). Builders are wise to watch NGF data and to depend on the research being generated for its timely and reliable use. However modest a recovery in golf course construction may be, it will be modest by the heady standards of the 1986 to 2005 times. As such, builders can call upon other dependable indicators of future demand for golf courses. Two certain categories which will call upon new golf course construction are housing and hospitality. Ivy Zelman, principal of Ivy Zelman & Associates, is the person who correctly called the top of the housing market back in 2005 and the bottom of the market in 2012. Since 2013 Ms. Zelman has declared that housing will enjoy a four to six year run of favorable market conditions. These favorable conditions include stable demand, favorable home mortgage interest rates and limited (to lacking) supply in key markets. As before Ms. Zelman has proven accurate as the housing segment shows uneven growth limited largely by the supply of finished and market-ready lots for new homes.
Increasing Demand for Renovations Access to capital is the key. Clubs with ready access to capital – via member investment, new equity or
debt – have lead the way for most renovation work for GCBAA members. Generally, renovations have been situated in the category of traditional private clubs in need to improved facilities and upgraded golf courses. A recent study by Global Golf Advisors notes that a new round of renovations driven by the growth in hedge-fund investment in many long-standing golf facilities. As fund ownership within the category progresses, more renovation and remodel activity will be undertaken. Seeing a distressed asset category, these funds have seized upon golf courses and clubs as a category of opportunity. This market circumstance may represent opportunity for GCBAA builders as well.
Increasing Demand for New Builds Slowly and quietly, new golf courses are taking shape as regional developers and publicly funded homebuilders re-start new communities using golf courses as a central amenity. There are many communities in which golf is only one of several primary amenities. Updated and expanded fitness and training facilities rank at the top of other market-attractive amenities for communities. Previously reported here, new growth for golf courses is evident in housing projects in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. This trend will expand modestly during 2016. The hospitality category is another growing segment beneficial to golf course builders. Owners and investors in major hospitality brands have upped the ante with new resorts, which include golf courses, in the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and North America. Markets with dependable GDP growth will lead the way.
Who Will Win? GCBAA members who have ridden the bumpy road from 2010 through 2015 have evolved with the market. The capabilities of the winners are sure to be defined by flexibility, adaptability, low overhead and dependability. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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Flexibility is needed for established builders who may have developed long-standing methods, supply chains and capabilities. GCBAA members who will prosper in the cycle that Ms. Zelman suggests should run into 2018 will have changed to the needs of the market and its customers. Adaptability will be necessary for builders who must introduce new solutions for construction cycle, partial project scheduling and reallocated responsibilities. Those who adapt will be rewarded by large companies seeking to reduce risk and compress or accelerate amenity development. Low overhead is essential for the builders who must compete in an over-supplied category. GCBAA members need third-party supply chain that makes available manual labor, equipment and transport using an on-call approach. Think of Uber and apply the same approach to company overhead. Dependability is the constant. And, given that the most dependable builders remain active in the market category, dependability will be sorely tested for builders. Therefore, builders must implement systems that increase internal operational efficiency to the benefit of its clients. The question is, “What will win?” And not “Who?” The builders who have mastered flexibility, adaptability, overhead management and dependability in the new market will prosper. Henry DeLozier is a principal at Global Golf Advisors, the largest consulting company in the world specialized in golf-related businesses. www.globalgolfadvisors.com
After the Spring Executive Board Meeting held in Lincoln, members of the Executive Board enjoyed the chance to see the new office as well as host the meeting with all of the Association Staff present and able to participate in the meeting. It was suggested at that time that future meetings should consider the Lincoln office as the location. For the Fall meeting, October 21-22 were dates that worked. With a healthy agenda including continued strategic planning discussions the group held a daylong meeting and was able to plow through the discussion. We have had a number of visitors to Lincoln over the years, if you ever find yourself passing through please drop by and say hello. The only thing we ask is for you to be prepared for a “selfie” to be posted to our GCBAA Page!
GCBAA Welcomes New Charter Member Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. The GCBAA is pleased to welcome Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. as the association’s newest Charter Member. Founded in 1966, ADS grew rapidly by providing a durable, economic solution to agricultural drainage problems, making clay tile obsolete. Over the next two decades, ADS expanded into new markets including golf & sports field drainage, residential & commercial drainage, mining, and forestry. Through the years, ADS has made a name for itself with a number of high-quality, market-changing products. With the introduction of N-12® smooth interior corrugated pipe in 1987, ADS became a major supplier to the engineered construction market. The product’s strength, light-weight, and hydraulic efficiency provided a cost-effective alternative to traditional pipe materials. Today, specifying agencies are replacing concrete and metal piping with polyethylene in municipal storm sewers and highway drainage projects. ADS continues to lead the industry with new and innovative products including the recent introduction of HP Storm and Sanitary sewer pipe. HP combines advanced polypropylene resin technology with a highly engineered design for superior performance. HP has become the product of choice for demanding golf course applications including deep burial installations and lake interconnect pipes. With a product line that includes 2”-60” diameter pipe, AdvanEDGE® flat pipe, and Nyloplast® drainage structures, you don’t need to look further than ADS for the best in golf course drainage solutions all designed to ensure maximum playability after the storm. Since its inception, ADS products can be found on literally every golf course throughout the country. In fact ADS historians show the first order in 1967 was for two truckloads of 4-inch pipe to the Louisville Country Club in Louisville, KY.
With 61 plants and 30 distribution yards in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America, ADS can quickly deliver products when and where they are needed. ADS became a GCBAA Member in 2000, followed by Hancor in 2003. ADS acquired Hancor shortly after in 2005. With more than 40+ years combined service between them, Stephanie Zimmerman and National Golf Manager Mike Garbs represent ADS as members of the GCBAA. Stephanie is an active member of the Meetings and Fundraising committees, as well as serving on the Board of Directors since being elected in 2009. “At ADS, we are constantly striving for excellence— in our company, in our products, and in our contributions to the golf industry,” said Stephanie Zimmerman, National Golf/Recreation Sales Rep and long-time GCBAA member. “We are proud to be among the ranks of so many great companies as the newest GCBAA Charter Member.” Please join us in welcoming ADS as the newest GCBAA Charter Member. 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 2 (two) remain.
Flashback Golf Industry Show 2013 - left to right, GCBAA President Kurt Huseman, Foundation President Rick Lohman, Harley winner Stephanie Zimmerman, and GCBAA Vice President and Foundation Officer Dennis Wagner
ASGCA ASGCA & USGA Partner to Support Publicly Accessible Golf Courses The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and United States Golf Association (USGA) are teaming up to make a positive impact on publicly accessible golf facilities and improve the game for players of all skill levels – at no cost to select facilities.
executive director. “With the knowledge that the ASGCA and USGA can offer, more publicly accessible facilities will be able to strengthen this base, while promoting resource efficiency, a better golf experience and a stronger connection to the local community.
ASGCA and USGA have launched a collaborative program to help facilities improve the design and maintenance of their courses and deliver a better experience for their customers.
Canal Shores Golf Course, a community-owned and operated facility in Evanston, Ill., is the first course to receive a pro bono evaluation through the program.
Combining the expertise of ASGCA member architects and USGA agronomists, scientists and researchers, the program will provide pro bono consulting services to facilities that need assistance to achieve their goal of making their layouts more enjoyable and reducing their maintenance costs. “The ASGCA, along with the ASGCA Foundation led by John LaFoy, is pleased to partner with the USGA on this initiative,” said ASGCA President Steve Smyers. “Golf facilities have long benefited from the efforts of ASGCA members and USGA agronomists. Collaboration between our experts will have a positive impact on the facilities we support. ASGCA members are excited and proud to bring their expertise to this program.” Facilities can submit an application for the service, which will include an on-site evaluation, professional analysis and a report outlining recommendations for improvement. Recommendations can cover course design, agronomy, environmental stewardship and golf course operations, with the goal of lowering costs while also improving the golfer experience. Interested facilities must submit an application by one of three deadlines over the coming year: March 15, Aug. 15 or Dec. 15. The application can be found at asgca.org. “Course design and maintenance form the foundation of a golf facility’s operations,” said Mike Davis, USGA
“This has been an incredible opportunity,” said Jason Way, of the Canal Shores board of directors. “We have some great ideas about how to improve the course, but the assistance from the USGA and the ASGCA allows us to get past the initial planning process, and we can move forward with our vision for making Canal Shores a multi-use community green space that the maximum number of people can enjoy.” Selected facilities must express a willingness to carry out the recommendations from the USGA and ASGCA. Facilities will be expected to track and report the effectiveness of their improvements based on specific metrics. Questions about the program can be directed to Aileen Smith of the ASGCA Foundation via email (aileen@ asgca.org).
Asian Golf Industry Federation Links with CMAA Singapore: The Asian Golf Industry Federation [AGIF] – the region’s umbrella golfing organization – has entered into an historic agreement with the Club Managers Association of America [CMAA]. The tie-up enables the AGIF to utilize the CMAA’s acclaimed Business Management Institute [BMI] curriculum to deliver similar face-to-face classroom learning to club managers across the Asian region. Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said the signing of the agreement with the CMAA was a landmark moment for the club management industry. Lynge said: “The aim of this partnership with the CMAA is to ensure that the worldwide standard of club manager education is maintained, and tailor approve classroom courses for successful delivery in our territory. “Such a link is long overdue and will be welcomed not only by established club managers around Asia but also those who harbor ambitions of carving themselves a career in club management.” Jeff Morgan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the CMAA, said: “Since 1927, the Club Managers Association of America has been committed to advancing the profession of club management by fulfilling the educational and related needs of its members. CMAA provides its members with the necessary expertise to deliver an exceptional club experience.
CMAA’s curriculum materials will be used by the AGIF for the betterment of club management in the territory and with its full range of members and educational programs throughout the territory to deliver curriculum that will lead to a Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation. Lynge said that the BMI Asia Pacific will be the functional name of the AGIF-run CMAA education programs and that the AGIF will work with approved CMAA education staff member to develop five, fiveday educational programs – BMI I, BMI II, BMI III & BMI Food and Beverage and BMI Golf Management – that cover all 10 management competency areas as defined by CMAA’s Certification and Club Management Institute [CMI] Committees. Working in partnership with Jason Koenigsfeld, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Professional Development, CMAA, the AGIF will appoint appropriate tutors for each level of education being delivered. Koenigsfeld said: “The curriculum will mirror CMAA’s BMI programs but the content of each program may differ slightly from the CMAA’s programs, as the AGIF rearranges the subjects in an order it deems appropriate for clubs in the territory.”
“We are excited to embark on this relationship with the Asian Golf Industry Federation and look forward to making a positive contribution to club managers in Asia.”
Doing Things Differently
The Golf Business Conference marks the start of some innovative changes set to take place at the NGCOA
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Albert Einstein once quipped that the definition of insanity was doing something over and over again and expecting different results. True to that ideal, the NGCOA is shaking up its annual conference and doing things, well, a bit differently. We’d like to think Professor Einstein would be proud. Beginning with its name—which has been changed from the NGCOA Annual Conference to the Golf Business Conference—the industry’s largest gathering of course owners and operators will look decidedly (ahem) different than it has in years past. We’ve taken a fresh look at every educational session and put together a lineup that will not only provide the tools you need to grow rounds, increase revenue and operate more efficiently, but also challenge the way you think about the business—including your own. From panel discussions with everyday golfers (and non-golfers, too) offering their thoughts on what they truly want in an experience to hands-on training in revenue management to interactive sessions that engage the audience while delivering real-world, actionable ideas that are guaranteed to boost your bottom line, the Golf Business Conference isn’t the same ol’ type of business meeting you might expect. For proof, you need look no further than the closing session. We’re assembling constituents representing all segments of the industry who will debate what’s right—and wrong—with golf. Player development, third-party tee time resellers, traditions of the game—nothing will be off limits in this open, honest assessment of what’s moving the game and business forward. Or holding it back. So don’t let the opportunity to do something pass you by. If you haven’t already, make plans to attend the 2016 Golf Business Conference and Golf Industry Show (February 8-11, San Diego, California). It’ll be different. Innovative. Insightful. And, dare we say, fun. For more details, including a full listing of planned education, about the Golf Business Conference and Golf Industry Show, visit www.golfbusinessconference.com.
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MOVERS & SHAPERS Thank You GCBAA Steven and I would like to thank you all so much for all the thoughts, prayers, and wellwishes on the birth of our son, Henry. We welcomed the little guy just as you all were wrapping up and returning home from the Summer Meeting in Colorado Springs. I was bummed that I had to miss such a great meeting, but I was excited that I got to participate in some of the excitement from afar with Justin and Sam checking in with photos and broadcasting events on Periscope. It’s hard to believe that H-man is almost 5 months old already, and I just want to thank you all for keeping my family in your prayers and helping me transition back into the office after my leave. All the warm wishes and the messages mean so much. I am very blessed to be part of the GCBAA family!
UW-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Announced STEVENS POINT, Wis. The University of WisconsinStevens Point has announced the 2015 inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Dena (Zajdel) DiVincenzo of Faulks Bros. Waupaca Sand and Solutions is among this year’s honorees. Dena (Zajdel) DiVincenzo (Major: Communication, Dena’s Faulks Bros. family put German, 1995-98) Softball: together a shadow box full of DiVincenzo was a four-year memorabilia to congratulate her standout on the softball diamond and was a key part of the 1998 Pointers national championship team that is in the UWSP Athletics Hall of Fame and was the first WIAC team to win a softball national championship. She ranks fourth all-time in program history in batting average (.390) and is tied for fourth in triples (11). DiVincenzo also helped the 1996 UWSP team to the College World Series and a regional championship. She was a threetime All-WIAC performer and a Third Team All-American in her senior season. DiVincenzo also holds program records for games in a season (55 in 1998) and runs in a season (50 in 1996). Following her career, she was named to the WIAC All-Time Softball team in 2012. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point in 1998, Dena joined Faulks Bros. Construction. Dena’s hard work and dedication on the athletic field has translated into a long and successful career at Faulks Bros., where she is a valued employee.
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“Dena obtained her MBA from Lakeland College while working full time, and now leads Faulks Bros. Waupaca Sand and Solutions division, “ owner Bob Faulks said. “Dena is a consummate professional and has always emulated the company’s servant leadership philosophy. She is a great mentor and a terrific teammate.” Dena and daughter, Mary, pause for a photo at the induction ceremony
Congratulations, Dena, from the GCBAA and the entire Faulks Bros. team!
MOVERS & SHAPERS Profile Products Acquires Central Fiber’s Erosion Control & Landfill Cover Business Expands Profile’s Product Line, Resources to Support Golf Market Growth BUFFALO GROVE, IL (October 20, 2015) — Profile Products LLC, a charter member of the GCBAA and provider of environmentally friendly soil, water and vegetation management solutions, recently announced the acquisition of the erosion control and landfill cover businesses of Central Fiber LLC, a manufacturer of cellulose and wood fiber products.
Business Manager. “Dwight brings a ton of expertise to the company, terrific relationships, and great ideas to help us continue to be a great partner with this organization.”
The acquisition combines the resources of two companies that have had a strong history with the Golf Course Builders Association. Profile and Central Fiber have been the two largest manufacturers of hydraulically applied mulch, and have a suite of products that has consistently been expanded to meet the needs of golf course architects, builders, and superintendents alike.
“Profile has been a long-standing leader in the industry and has always been proud of its relationship with the GCBAA,” said Johnson. “I’m honored to be part of the effort to grow the association and support the golf industry.”
“Central Fiber has established a strong market presence with products, people and technology that fit well with our product portfolio and our corporate culture,” said John Schoch, President and CEO, Profile Products. “By combining our respective products and personnel, this acquisition advances our mission of delivering a full range of technologies and services to assist customers with their turf establishment and erosion control requirements.” The transaction includes Central Fiber’s Canton, OH production plant/distribution center, employees and sales team, furthering Profile’s ability to meet a wide variety of customer product and service needs. Profile’s Golf team has been strengthened with the addition of Dwight Johnson, longtime member and supporter of the GBCAA. Johnson will be one of the primary contacts for Profile with the Builders organization, and joins a team that includes Joe Betulius, John Maeder, Randy Hamilton, and Jeff Langner. “We are excited to have additional resources who will be focused on working with members of the GCBAA,” said Langner, who is the Profile Golf
Johnson, who is also a past board member of the GCBAA, expressed excitement about re-joining the Profile team.
The acquisition augments Profile’s product portfolio with Central Fiber’s Second Nature® and Enviro Fiber® hydraulic mulches, complementing Profile’s broad range of products including Flexterra HP®, ProMatrix® and Base mulch hydroseeding solutions for erosion control; and Central Fiber’s Topcoat® and Waste-Coat® landfill cover products, offering nontoxic and biodegradable solutions to comply with government landfill daily cover regulations. The new products join Profile’s extensive product line, which also includes leading technologies for vegetation establishment, landscaping, sports field conditioning, and golf course construction and maintenance that are used by customers around the world. Additionally, Profile gains new manufacturing and distribution capabilities in a key Midwest market with the acquisition of Central Fiber’s facility in Ohio; the addition of a new warehouse in Dallas to serve the Southwest market; and an expanded distribution network to service customers.
MOVERS & SHAPERS Tammy Hamilton-Harney Announces Retirement from Profile Products On October 15, 2015, Tammy Hamilton-Harney retired from Profile Products. “My time at Profile has been very rewarding, and I have met many wonderful people and developed incredible relationships all over the world,” Tammy said. Tammy and her husband, Herb, plan to enjoy beautiful weather year-round as they leave the cold and snow behind to spend the winter months in Florida and then return to enjoy the glorious Michigan summers. They are also looking forward to spending more time with family. Tammy is leaving her clients in excellent hands as she transfers her responsibilities. Here are the new contacts: • Wally Butman, VP of Sales will be taking over my accounts outside of China. email@example.com
VP Sales and Senior VP of Business Development Announced at LASCO Fittings, Inc. LASCO is pleased to announce the promotion of Jimmy White to the position of Vice President of Sales for LASCO Fittings. Jimmy joined LASCO in 2003 as a Regional Sales Manager and held the position through 2012. In 2012 he was promoted to National Sales Manager, directing a team of four regional sales managers increasing sales. As Jimmy moves into his new role, Bryan Juwig will become the Senior Vice President of Business Development for LASCO. In his new role, Bryan will help us facilitate our strategic position in markets, new product introductions, and focus on M&A opportunities.
• Joe Betulius, VP of Marketing j firstname.lastname@example.org • Jia Hu, China Manager will continue to support China. email@example.com • Derek Oosterhouse, Regional Manager firstname.lastname@example.org • Anita Marchan will continue to take care of processing your orders and shipping them. email@example.com “It has been a privilege and an honor to have served you over the years,” Tammy said. “I have greatly enjoyed not only assisting with your professional needs, but in many cases we have had the joy of building a friendship as well! Thank you so much for the trust you have placed in me for so many years. I encourage you to continue to trust those who will now be your connection at Profile. Each team member is committed to providing the same high level of service you have received from me over the years and I am confident you will be well taken care of. I wish you much success in your business today and for years to come.”
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FUTURE MAJOR GOLF EVENTS
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2016 Royal Troon Golf Club July 14-17 Scotland 2017 Royal Birkdale Golf Club July 20-23 England 2018 Carnoustie Golf Links July 19-22 Scotland
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Benson Construction, Inc. For almost thirty years, Benson Construction has been building and renovating golf courses and athletic fields around the southeast. Since its establishment in 1986, Benson Construction has worked to create close working relationships with its clients to provide them the quality craftsmanship they expect through a variety of different services and techniques. Benson Construction works year round, and is able to conduct multiple projects at a time; this ability to multitask has made them a preferred contractor for NAF Contracting. Benson Construction has worked on several courses, both on military bases and off, some of these include: Brazell Creek, Reidsville, GA Follow Me-Lakeside & Pineside, Ft. Benning, GA Summerglen Country Club, Ocala, FL Eagles Landing, Severville, TN Benson Construction blends experience with a desire to form relationships with not only the client business, but also those who work under them in order to promote working together. They also bring knowledge of construction equipment to provide the most efficient job. Benson Construction has worked with a variety of architects in the office and on the course with different styles and relies on clear communication to make the design a reality.
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2017 Quail Hollow Charlotte, NC – August – TBA 2018 Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, MO – August – TBA
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In Memorium: Keith Happ The USGA lost one of its best on Oct. 27. Keith A. Happ, former director of the Green Section’s Central Region, passed away in Columbus, Ohio surrounded by his family. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 7, 1957, to George W. and Joan Rae (Martin) Happ. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth (Lapa) Happ; sons, Christopher and Ian; brothers, George and Kenneth; sister, Pamela; and an extended family. Keith started his USGA career on Jan. 4, 1993, working as an agronomist in the Mid-Atlantic Region alongside Stan Zontek and Bob Brame, later joined by Darin Bevard. He opened a subregional office in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2000. After accepting the position of director of the North Central Region in April 2013 (name changed to the Central Region in 2014), he based his operations in Columbus, Ohio. Throughout his 22-year career he freely shared his agronomic expertise with the USGA and the golf industry. He authored numerous articles published in the Green Section Record magazine and he was an active member of the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Committee. “Keith set a standard of excellence for the entire Green Section staff. As an agronomist, he prided himself on keeping up with the latest research to share with golf facilities. He took his role as an educator and an advisor very seriously and always worked to provide the most thorough advice possible. As a colleague, he was the consummate professional with a dedicated work ethic. We all benefited from working alongside someone with such commitment, integrity and friendship that he offered,” said Kimberly Erusha, managing director of the Green Section. “Keith never failed to combine his outstanding intellect with a dry wit and unfailing consideration for the feelings of others.” Before joining the USGA, Keith worked at a number of Ohio golf courses and actively volunteered time with the Northern Ohio Superintendents Association. He was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University.
Ian Williams Named Rain Bird Golf Specification Manager TUCSON, AZ (Jan. 5, 2016) – Rain Bird’s Golf Division has named Ian Williams as its Golf Specification Manager for the U.S. market. In his new role, Williams will serve as a single point of contact for golf industry specifiers, including architects, irrigation designers, consultants and contractors. His knowledge base will help these professionals develop optimum irrigation solutions for courses across the United States.
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 MAY 18, 2016 National Golf Day Washington, D.C.
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