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3rd Quarter 2017
GCBAA Members Weather Hurricane Harvey “Here in Texas, we say, ‘Cowboy Up,’” chuckled Paul Cope, Manager for QGS, Inc. “Everybody is still devastated, but they’re also very helpful. They’re trying to be as positive as they can. Everybody’s smiling that Texas smile. There’s good people here, everywhere you look.” Cope sounded surprisingly cheerful as he shared stories of riding out—and then cleaning up from—Hurricane Harvey. But if you know Paul, there’s nothing surprising about his positive spirit and can-do attitude. Despite having had a foot of standing water in his house, Cope manages to see the silver lining that followed Harvey’s storm clouds. Chris Lineberger, Vice President of VM Golf Services, also managed an admirable amount of optimism in the days following the hurricane.“I will admit it’s been pretty neat to see,” Lineberger noted. “There’s so much work going on, we’re all sending people to help each other out. A lot of the contractors are in communication with each other, and our goal is just to help get everybody back up and running as fast as we can.”
VIEW FROM THE HOME OF GCBAA MEMBER PAUL COPE AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY
That process—of righting things both in individual homes and on golf courses in the Houston area—is going to take time. One course on the north side of town had several feet of sediment washed onto its green from a nearby river. Another course lost 99 percent of its bunker sand, and its clubhouse and equipment storage space flooded. “You have to understand, for a city that averages 55-60 inches of rain a year, we had our annual rainfall in one event,” Lineberger explained. “It was the damndest thing you’ve ever seen. Nonstop water. You’re glued to the news and radar. There were tornado warnings INSIDE going off around the clock. The water levels were rising and you’re just in awe of 2 President’s Perspective what’s going on in the city. And you’re trying to figure out, what do I do? What should I do?” 3 Executive Director Notes For Lineberger, the ultimate answer to those questions was simple: evacuate. He and his wife have three kids, ages ten, eight and two. His children were “100 percent of the reason why we left,” Lineberger said. “We could be those people on the news being rescued by a boat, or we could just get out of town for a couple days. So, we moved the important stuff upstairs and tried not worry about the rest of it.”He added, “It puts a lot of things in perspective for you. We are very blessed and very fortunate. A friend of mine, another contractor, lost everything… house, cars, belongings, everything went under water. It’s been really sad to see.” Like Lineberger, Cope was impressed with the heroic acts of ordinary people. His oldest daughter was involved with caring for displaced pets. One of her friends assisted with ongoing rescue efforts with his airboat; he told Cope it was the most dramatic thing he’d ever done in his life. (At one point, his airboat broke down, and he found another one and kept working.) Even their twin seven-year-old granddaughters worked to help. More stories of hope included a man Cope and his wife met in Kerrville, Texas, who showed them photos of people that set up tables COVER STORY CONTINUED ON PG 29
4 Foundation Update 13 Human Resources 15 Developer’s Guide 18 Allied Associations 23 New Members 25 Movers & Shapers 34 Advertisers
President’s Perspective I first want to thank everyone who attended and sponsored our Summer Meeting in Charlotte and all of those that advertised in the Association’s show issue of the newsletter. If you did not have a chance to read the issue, please take time to do so. It was the best way to capture that great event, and I couldn’t agree more with the member testimonials that were included in the issue. It should give us all encouragement at what lies ahead for the industry.
Scott Veazey 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 FLEETWOOD SERVICES LLC FLOWTRONEX FORWARD GROUP GLASE GOLF, INC. HARCO FITTINGS HARTMAN COMPANIES, INC. HENDERSON & COMPANY, INC. HERITAGE LINKS HUNTER INDUSTRIES ISCO INDUSTRIES J L PIERMAN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES, INC. JACKLINGOLF
A special thank you goes to our friends at Wacker Neuson. Not only have they supported our members with the launch of the new National Accounts Discount Program, they also invited fellow board member John McDonald, II, our Executive Director Justin Apel, and myself to their factory in Linz, Austria. They were tremendous hosts to us and we were proud to share more information about our organization and the golf industry in the United States, as well as discuss the construction market around the world. The office is busy gathering information for our upcoming election for seating our 2018 Board of Directors. I want to thank Dennis Wagner for his tremendous support to our board, committees, and Foundation. We are also going to miss Frank Warden, Stephanie Zimmerman, and Rick Boylan as they transition off the Board. We are encouraged by the number of nominations we have received from the membership to be considered for the election. With numerous open seats we will be seeing some new faces and with that new ideas coming for the association. I encourage all of our members to consider joining a committee or volunteering time with the office staff. A silver lining amidst the numerous natural and man-made disasters we have experienced over the past few weeks has been how our members have come together to help one another. While we are all constantly battling for business against one another, there is never a hesitation to offer support to one of our fellow members when they are in need. We cannot thank you enough for all of your generosity.
JOHN DEERE LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC LANDIRR, INC. LASCO FITTINGS INC. LEEMCO INC. LEPANTO GOLF CONSTRUCTION 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. SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC. SPORTZMIX – WAUPACA SAND & SOLUTIONS SUNBELT RENTALS TDI INTERNATIONAL, INC. TEE-2-GREEN THE CART PATH COMPANY THE TORO COMPANY UNITED GOLF, LLC WADSWORTH GOLF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WEST COAST TURF
As we start wrapping up 2017 and make plans for 2018, I want you to know how proud I am of our organization. Our board, members, and staff have done an outstanding job of raising awareness of the GCBAA and continue to add member benefits by working with one another on new initiatives and ideas. I am grateful to have been a part of the group as we launched innovative programs and continued to foster relationships with our partners. It has been my honor to have represented our organization at allied association events and look forward to working with new board members and incoming President, Pat Karnick. I cannot say it enough; please consider getting involved. It is a fulfilling experience to volunteer for such a great group and you make new friends along the way. Finally, please join me in remembering our friends and members, Mike Roach and Harvey Henry Lundershausen. Their unexpected passing was a shock to all of us. Mike was instrumental in the development of our Certification Program for Golf Course Irrigation Contractors and was a proponent of the education programming that has been a part of our past meetings. We will miss Mike at our events but he left a lasting impression with many of us as a leader and friend to our industry. Scott Veazey
Executive Director Notes I feel like we just did an Executive Director update…oh wait, we did! It’s amazing how much can happen in just a few short weeks. Since our special edition show issue of the Earth Shaping Newsletter we have a lot of new items to share and report on. This is the last report you will receive in 2017 so we will try for a theme of past, present, and most importantly, future items. The new and improved GCBAA website (gcbaa.org) is something to be proud of. Launched earlier this year, Samantha and Stephanie did an outstanding job of listening to the needs of our members and incorporating those needs along with ideas and options available by the latest technology to create a great clearinghouse of information as well as plenty of areas for GCBAA to expand in the future. We appreciate the support from the Communications Committee throughout the process and for their countless hours to help refine and polish the final product. The member search option is much more user friendly and allows for mobile access as well as unique query searches. We know this must be working because we are not receiving nearly the phone calls to the office requesting contact information as in years past. Don’t get us wrong, we love to hear from you, but helping you be more efficient will always be our ultimate goal. Regional meetings are a daily discussion in our office. We find ourselves closing out conversations and ideas from past meetings as well as undertaking plans for upcoming events. We are extremely proud of the calendar from this year for education options. We ran a board report of continuing education hours dating back to 2011 to present and found that GCBAA has gone from offering on average 14 hours of continuing education a year to this year recording nearly 40. The most impressive part is reviewing the sign-in sheets and certificates that we issue. While many of you are “required” to attend at least some of our meetings annually to maintain your certification requirement, we are very pleased with the number of members not needing certification credits who are taking advantage of this member benefit. We are still enjoying momentum from the Summer Meeting. We hope you enjoyed the special issue of the newsletter and cannot thank all the sponsors enough and those who submitted testimonials to capture the event. Please share the newsletter with everyone in your office as well as help us spread the news by sharing the links on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tinder, or SnapChat accounts. One of the best ways to summarize the Summer Meeting is simply reminding everyone of one of the greatest accomplishments GCBAA has ever achieved – $100,000 raised for Sticks for Kids! Another shout out to the Fundraising Committee and Auctioneer, Dennis Wagner for making all of this possible. Be sure to take time to read this issue from front to back. I know I say that with every issue but this is the best way for us to communicate what is going on with your organization. It is extremely difficult to keep everyone up-to-speed on every activity so we try to use this as a communication tool to help you keep track of our activities and ways we’re working for you. The website calendar is something you should
Justin Apel GCBAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Foundation Update The 2017 Summer Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina was an absolute success, thanks to the support of our members, volunteers, sponsors and donors. The GCBAA Team was delighted to see new and familiar faces gathered under one roof for a good cause. The Annual Auction was equally as successful! Just like last year, openhanded donors came in droves and as always the bidding was fierce! The auction raised over $100,000 that will go to supporting our current programs, the start of new ones, and initiatives that will continue to support the Foundation mission.
Tom Shapland GCBAA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
Sticks for Kids serves over 52,000 children and disabled adults all over the country. Many of the Sticks for Kids program leaders have reported how golf has had a positive effect on many children in their community. They’ve also managed to make golf an inclusive sport with the help of our Sticks for Kids program. This is all being done because of you and your generosity. Without the members of GCBAA, we could not continue to influence so many junior golfers that are keeping us all in this business that we love so much. We hope to see you all in February at our Winter Meeting in San Antonio! May you have a fruitful construction season.
BOARD MEMBERS MARK ARRIMOUR TOTAL TURF SERVICES JIMMY KIRCHDORFER ISCO INDUSTRIES BILL KUBLY LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC KUN LI FORWARD GROUP RICK LOHMAN THE TORO COMPANY DENNIS WAGNER HUNTER INDUSTRIES DOUG YORK EWING IRRIGATION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NOTES CONT. be looking at each month to see what might be coming up in your area. We are well underway with plans for the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio as well as our 2018 Summer Meeting next August in Nashville, AKA #NashVegas. We have two upcoming events to close out the year; the Carolina Golf Show in November and our South Florida Regional Meeting in December. Stay tuned for some exciting news from the GCBAA Foundation. We are working with the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program and hope that we can continue to advance one another’s missions through a partnership. Finally, please help us recruit new members. Whether you help make an introduction email or send me their contact information, we would like your help to grow membership in 2018. We feel we have a lot to offer and have plenty of room to bring more members into the GCBAA family!
We are humbled to think of our diverse membership as we approach year-end and will be asking you to renew your membership soon. While the economy still has room for improvement, we also feel very confident in asking you to not look at the renewal package as a membership but more-so a subscription. “Dues” can harbor an ugly connotation for some when you have to question the return on the investment. We have many programs to prove the ROI on membership of GCBAA, that is the easy part. Our challenge is to continue to show all of you how your membership is a fraternal subscription to an organization that you help direct. We appreciate all of your support and look forward to engaging more of you in 2018! As we enter the holidays please keep in touch with us – we want to help you make plans for 2018 because if it is as busy as 2017, it will become a blur. 4
GCBAA Members Tested Again by Mother Nature FLORIDA COURSES AND GOLF COURSE BUILDERS DEAL WITH HURRICANE IRMA AFTERMATH
Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana resulting in more than 60 deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irma was ready to leave its mark. And it did. Luckily, the storm blew itself out before living up to its status as the storm of a lifetime for the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. But with more than 72 fatalities and an economic impact that will be debated for some time to come, it has grabbed the immediate attention of many golf course construction companies in the area. One company in particular is GCBAA Member Clarke Construction Group, based in Fort Myers, Florida. In speaking with Mike Crone, VP of Business Development for the company, Mike confirmed the repair work that is taking place at several courses as a result of Irma. Most of the courses Clarke Construction Group has been contacted by are needing assistance with tree removal and washed out sand bunkers. Bear’s Paw Country Club in Naples had significant bunker issues and silt problems from the overflowed canal, however the Club’s staff tended to the damage. The Florida-based construction company spent two weeks repairing bunkers at the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, getting it playable once again. It’s well known that October is peak season for private country clubs in Florida, resulting in an expedited response to the hurricane damages on the course. And while some are open for play today, many were not spared by Irma’s clutch of destruction. With over 39 years of experience in the golf industry, Mike explained the process of tending to those courses that are anxious to reopen for business. “The immediate priority is to get the golf course open and playable. That means removing trees that are down in fairways and working on bunkers that have been washed out. The challenge after a hurricane such as Irma comes from the heavy equipment needed to do the work not being conducive to the conditions of most courses after so much damage. The concrete paths take a beating with the bigger pieces, and you end up having to use smaller equipment that slows down the process.” GCBAA is encouraged by the many members that have stepped up to assist in the relief efforts, not only for construction projects but for their employees and those families. It’s been humbling to hear about and we couldn’t be more proud. Please call the GCBAA office is there is anything we can do to assist, (402) 476-4444.
CLEAN UP UNDERWAY AT ESTERO COUNTRY CLUB AFTER HURRICANE IRMA
BUNKER DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE IRMA AT BEARS PAW COUNTRY CLUB
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GOLF COURSE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA 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 DUININCK GOLF FORWARD GROUP GCSAA HERITAGE LINKS HYDREMA U.S., INC. ISCO INDUSTRIES, LLC JACKLINGOLF JACOBSEN, A TEXTRON COMPANY JIM KIRCHDORFER SR. MEMORIAL JOHN DEERE LANDSCAPES MCDONALD & SONS, INC. MID-AMERICA GOLF & 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 ATLAS TURF INTERNATIONAL LIMITED AUDUBON INTERNATIONAL BEST SAND CORP. BET TER BILLY BUNKER BOBCAT COMPANY/DOOSAN INFRACORE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CENTRAL FIBER LLC COURSE CRAFTERS, LLC DENNIS WAGNER DESERT REFLECTIONS, LLC DYE DESIGN INTERNATIONAL EAGLE GOLF & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS EWING IRRIGATION FEDEX SERVICES 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 SCOT T FAMILY FOUNDATION LANDIRR INC. LASCO FIT TINGS 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 (FAIRMONT 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 PIT TSBURGH FOUNDATION THE TURF COMPANY THOMAS TURF SERVICES, INC. TOMMY SASSER TOTAL GOLF CONSTRUCTION, INC. TOTAL TURF GOLF SERVICES, INC. TRIEST AG GROUP, INC. UNITED GOLF, LLC VM GOLF SERVICES WATERTRONICS, INC.
GCBAA Tours Wacker Neuson’s Assembly Factory in Linz, Austria
GCBAA BOARD MEMBER JOHN MCDONALD II GIVING EQUIPMENT A TEST RUN
GCBAA Member, Wacker Neuson, has been heavily involved in GCBAA activities since joining in 2014. We previously announced a new member benefit program where members in the Builder categories, as well as Associate members that may qualify, can benefit from a National Accounts discount program through the over 160 Wacker Neuson distributors around the United States. Sign up is easy, simply contact the GCBAA Executive Office (402) 476-4444 or GCBAA Member Jonah Yezzi at Jonah.email@example.com or (585) 7382228. Wacker Neuson offers specialty machines for renovation work as well as new construction. Earlier this year, GCBAA Executive Director, Justin Apel toured the Wacker Neuson Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin factory. Other members also spent time with the Wacker Neuson team at CON-EXPO in Las Vegas in March. From those meetings GCBAA Certified Builders McDonald & Sons, Inc. and Southeastern Golf were invited to tour their assembly factory in Linz, Austria.
In late September, GCBAA Board Member, John McDonald, II, and Shop Foreman, Tom Terrell of McDonald & Sons, Inc., GCBAA President, Scott Veazey, and Justin Apel flew to Munich, Germany and then traveled to Linz, Austria where they spent time with Wacker Neuson CEO, Martin Lehner, Managing Director, Gert Reichetseder, Engineers, Stephan Kurzmann and Andreas Gstoettenbaum, and Market and Business Developers, Markus Hierschlager and Jonah Yezzi. In addition to touring the assembly lines for their excavator line and site dumper, the group was able to visit about the golf industry in the United States and around the globe. The group spent time testing the equipment in the “proving grounds” of the facility and gained first hand experience witnessing the process of taking engineer’s ideas and creating a final product. An additional day was spent visiting local contractors in the area who operate Wacker Neuson equipment. The group also visited with shop foremen on maintenance practices and dependability of the machines. The group scheduled plenty of time for sightseeing in the area (and sampling local, traditional foods and drinks). In addition to manufacturing exceptional equipment, the Wacker Neuson team was a first-class host to the Association and its members. The event allowed for the Association to expand its reach and keep the relationships around the globe growing while helping members network with one another. We appreciate our members and their willingness to share a behind the curtains look at their operations. Congratulations to the Wacker Neuson team!
WARM WELCOME TO THE GCBAA BY WACKER NEUSON AT THEIR LINZ, AUSTRIA ASSEMBLY FACILITY
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GCBAA Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries Members of the Golf Course Builders Association of America represent the association around the world with exceptional projects, amazing business acumen and standards, ‘must-have’ products and first-class employees. The association is proud of our members’ accomplishments and the role they play within the group. Please take a moment to help us recognize the following companies and individuals for their many dedicated years to GCBAA.
5 YEARS Terry Plagmann, Tee-2-Green Kevin Stieneke, Leibold Irrigation, Inc. Chris Hill, Course Crafters, LLC Michael Fryatt, Prestwick Golf Group Bill Lakel, Watertronics, Inc. International Gene Bates, Bates Golf Design Group Chuck Hutton, Sandtrapper Eric Wadsworth, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company Mark Slugocki, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company Greg Hufner, Total Turf Services, Inc. Matt Lohmann, Golf Creations
10 YEARS Bill Wantiez, Double Eagle Golf, LLC Ty Arndt, Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Mike Crone, Clarke Construction Group Tom West, Hartman Companies, Inc. John Swaner, Golf Agronomics Matt Goecker, EP Minerals, LLC Tony Pavelec, Pavelec Brothers Golf Course Construction Co., Inc. Jimmy White, LASCO Fittings, Inc. Carrie Yearwood, LASCO Fittings, Inc. Jack McDonald, MATCO-NORCA
Individual Anniversaries Jeff Hollembeak, Hollembeak Construction, Inc. Frank Warden, The Toro Company Justin Jones, Jonesplan, LLC Joseph Fernandez, CMF Global, Inc. Kevin Grieder, Sunbelt Rentals Butch Soto, NMP Golf Construction Corp. Jim Armstrong, QGS Development, Inc. Thomas Barnes, QGS Development, Inc. Donald Thomas, QGS Development, Inc. Lee Habrich, Tee-2-Green Bruce Hammers, ACC Golf Construction
15 YEARS Stephanie Zimmerman, ADS/Hancor, Inc. Mark Grundman, JacklinGolf Boyd Rose, Watertronics, Inc. Paul Granger, Aqua Agronomic Solutions, Inc. Mark Creighton, Ewing Irrigation Jill Moore, Timberwolf Irrigation Consultants Mario Poirier, NMP Golf Construction Corp. Henry DeLozier, Global Golf Advisors Larry Hughes, Ryangolf Corporation
Company Anniversaries 5 YEARS
Flowtronex PSI LLC Leemco, Inc. Prestwick Golf Group Watertronics, Inc. International Bates Golf Design Group Tee Off Staffing Shapland Golf Consultants, LLC
Hertz Equipment Rental Aqua Agronomic Solutions, Inc. Timberwolf Irrigation Consultants Benson Construction Company, Inc. Links Land, LLC United Golf, LLC Global Golf Advisors
YRC Steele Golf LLC EP Minerals, LLC BTL Lining Pavelec Brothers Golf Construction, Inc. Hollembeak Construction, Inc. Jonesplan, LLC CMF Global, Inc. Greenville Turf & Tractor, Inc.
Profile Products LLC QGS Development, Inc. PGA TOUR Design & Construction Services, Inc. MacCurrach Golf
25 YEARS DL Siemens Inc. Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Burnside Services, Inc.
Rick Benson, Benson Construction Company, Inc. William Walton, Links Land, LLC Mike Webb, United Golf, LLC Dale Forrest, United Golf, LLC
20 YEARS Howard Barnes, QGS Development, Inc. Dave Munkvold, Duininck Golf Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf Ricky Maher, ACC Golf Construction Allan MacCurrach, MacCurrach Golf Jeff Bine, Hunter Industries Stephan Crain, The Toro Company
25 YEARS Dale Siemens, DL Siemens Inc. William Kubly, Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Tommy Burnside, Burnside Services, Inc. Jimmy Kirchdorfer, ISCO Industries Mark Kirchdorfer, ISCO Industries Tommy Sasser, Recreational Community Consultants
Golf Industry Show Returns to San Antonio in 2018 The Golf Industry Show, which features the largest trade show in golf course management is returning to San Antonio next February. The event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, equipment managers, owners/operators, general managers, builders and architects.
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The Golf Course Builders Association of America is a proud partner in the Golf Industry Show, and will have a tremendous footprint with the anticipated “Inside the Ropes” – an interactive “outdoor” demo area showcasing new products such as bunker liners and irrigation methods. This area allows show exhibitors to move away from their booth carpet onto real turf to give participants and potential customers a more lifelike opportunity to test products. If you are interested in supporting Inside the Ropes contact the GCBAA. Trade Show Hours Wednesday, February 7 – 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8 – 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. The GCBAA & Foundation will be exhibiting in the GCBAA Pavilion in Booth 5041, near Inside the Ropes. The GCBAA staff is busy making plans for the show. Tuesday, February 6, the GCBAA Board of Directors will hold their annual Winter Meeting as well as various committee meetings. For those GCBAA Members seeking upgrades, the Membership Committee will hold interviews as well as the GCBAA Board of Governors Meeting. All of this is held prior to the General Membership Meeting and the CAN’T MISS GCBAA Opening Reception featuring our 2018 Don Rossi Award Recipient, Ken Melrose. GCBAA Headquarter Hotel San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk 889 E. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205 Check gcbaa.org for meeting updates and to make your hotel reservation.
Industry Leader Ken Melrose to be Recognized with GCBAA’s Don A. Rossi Award
2018 ROSSI RECIPIENT, KEN MELROSE
The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) is pleased to announce Ken Melrose as its recipient of the prestigious Don A. Rossi Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to the golf industry.
Melrose was named president of The Toro Company in 1981, and was elected CEO in 1983. Under his leadership, the company furthered its position and growth in the golf industry with innovative products and service support, along with its enduring commitment to many philanthropic and research efforts. Melrose was also instrumental in helping establish The Toro Foundation, which continues today in supporting many community and industry causes around the world. Following his retirement from Toro in 2005, Melrose formed Leading by Serving, LLC, whose mission is to advance the principles of servant leadership in organizations. He also remains an active supportive of the golf industry and its future growth. In 2012, he established The Melrose Leadership Academy with the Environmental Institute for Golf to help support the professional development of GCSAA member superintendents providing scholarships to attend the Golf Industry Show. Throughout his Toro career, Melrose was a fierce champion of the golf business and industry, and remains so to this day. “Ken embodies exactly what the Don Rossi award represents,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director. “He has given so much to our industry, and is most deserving of this recognition.”
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. The Don A. Rossi Award will be given at the 2018 Golf Industry Show to be held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6 during the GCBAA Opening Reception. 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 (402) 476-4444.
GCBAA MEETINGS CALENDAR Carolinas GCSA Conference & Trade Show November 14-15, 2017 Myrtle Beach, SC GCBAA Booth #015
South Florida Regional Meeting December 13, 2017 The Breakers Resort Palm Beach, FL
2018 GCBAA Summer Meeting Week of August 13, 2018 Omni Nashville, Nashville, TN
Future Golf Industry Show Sites
February 7-8, 2018 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antionio, TX February 6-7, 2019 San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA
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GCBAA’S SAMANTHA HUFF PICTURED WITH THE 2017 CAST OF 40 UNDER 40 HONOREES
GCBAA Executive Director, Justin Apel, along with Program & Planning Manager, Samantha Huff, recently attended Connect Marketplace in New Orleans, Louisiana. Held the week of August 21st, Connect Marketplace is a highly respected annual education conference and that brings together the most active meeting planners and suppliers for three days of general sessions, boot camps, roundtables, workshops, pre-set appointments and networking. The appointment-only trade show is the business marketplace, where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business. GCBAA staff has attended Connect Marketplace the last six years and uses the meeting as a resource for future planning of events. Without question, the reverse trade show format is the most beneficial platform as it aligns GCBAA staff with potential meeting destinations. Each of GCBAA’s combined
90 pre-scheduled, one-on-one appointments were a legitimate opportunity for GCBAA. Connect Marketplace is known for bringing in featured speakers and 2017 was no exception. Years past have featured the likes of NBA legends Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, along with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. This year’s lineup showcased actor Neil Patrick Harris and Molly Fletcher, one of the first female sports agents and now successful entrepreneur. Connect Marketplace is truly a fantastic event and a can’t miss opportunity for anyone in the meeting planning business! While in New Orleans, Samantha was also recognized as a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree. The 2018 Connect Marketplace is scheduled for next August in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Why Your Employment Application May Not Help You! BY JACK L. SHULTZ AND KRAMER L. LYONS O’NEILL, HEINRICH, DAMKROGER, BREGMEYER & SHULTZ, P.C., L.L.O.
Employment applications are a useful screening tool for employers. However, keeping up with federal, state and local laws can be difficult, especially if you hire employees in several different states. Periodic review of your application and keeping up with the changes in applicable laws can help keep your application in compliance. Part One of this Article will discuss some of the federal requirements and general issues that employers and human resource managers must consider with their employment applications. Part Two of this Article focuses on laws that differ from state to state and may require employers who hire in different states to use different employment applications. Part One A mistake employers commonly make on their employment applications is asking questions related to whether a possible future employee has any medical conditions or is disabled. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) prohibits asking whether an applicant is disabled during the application stage, as this type of question runs afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). It is also inappropriate for employers to ask what year an applicant graduated from high school or college. The concern is that employers are attempting to discover the applicant’s age, and therefore may be found to have discriminatory intent on the basis of age under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). This is particularly true if the applicant’s graduation date is not relevant to the position or required qualifications. Lastly, employers should not ask for a photograph, ask about the marital or familial status of an applicant, or ask about an applicant’s citizenship on an employment application. While there are several inquiries employers should not ask on their employment applications, there are several other items that employers should make clear on their applications. Employment applications should include a statement that the position is at will and indicate there are no contract rights or guaranteed employment if the applicant is hired. Employers should make sure that the disclosure of their intent to obtain a background check is in a “stand-alone” document separate from the application in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Also, employers should consider including language informing applicants how to request a reasonable accommodation in order to apply or participate in the interview process. Part Two Ban the Box regulations have become a popular issue on the state and local levels. These regulations generally prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history on employment applications. Over half the states and a large number of cities and counties have adopted some form of Ban the Box regulations. It is important to note that many of the Ban the Box regulations differ, and what may be an acceptable practice in one state may make your application illegal in another. For example, some states allow inquiries into criminal histories after the employee has been granted an in person interview, or a conditional offer of employment has been extended, while others never allow this type of questioning. Some states, such as New York, have passed laws prohibiting employers from asking about an applicant’s salary history during the hiring process. In New York, it was already illegal to discriminate against a person in compensation or in terms of employment on the basis of gender. Now, it will be illegal to ask about an applicant’s salary history. Employers may still, without inquiring into salary history, discuss the applicant’s expectations regarding salary, benefits and other compensation. Employers hiring employees in different states should review each relevant state’s Ban the Box law, as well as any CONTINUED ON PG 14 13
city or county in which they will be hiring employees. Employers should also consider whether other laws, such as the prohibition against inquiring into salary history, are applicable to the state in which they are hiring. You should also be aware that some local ordinances and state laws may offer a broader array of protected categories such as marital status. Some ordinances and state laws specifically protect applicants of the LGBT community. The federal EEOC deems discrimination based on LGBT status to be sex discrimination. Conclusion Employers that are hiring in one state have both that state and federal law to deal with. When employers start hiring employees in multiple states, compliance becomes more complicated but the employer has a few options on how to proceed. Employers could design an employment application for each state they hire employees, or they could design their employment application to comply with the strictest law from any location in which they will hire employees. Even after an employee is hired, laws regarding minimum wages, payroll direct deposit, medical leave and certain employee notification requirements vary from state to state. Employers and human resource managers should carefully review their applications for each state and discuss with their attorney options on how to avoid lawsuits stemming from their employment application. Remember, your employment application form should assist in your hiring practice, not be the source of unwanted claims.
Editorâ€™s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to our readers. Rather, this article is intended
to alert our readers to new and developing issues and to provide some common sense answers to complex legal questions. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how these legal standards may apply to their particular circumstances. The author of this article, Jack L. Shultz, can be contacted at 402/434 3000, or at Oâ€™Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O., P.O. Box 82028, Lincoln, NE 68501-2028, jshultz@ohdbslaw. com
Is Your Company Ready to Innovate? BY HENRY DELOZIER, GLOBAL GOLF ADVISORS
The world’s first electric traffic signal is put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914. And, that was a game-changer. As golf course builders find a growing market for renovations and “redos”, the time is right for similarly game-changing innovation. As described by A & E Network’s History.com, when it comes to traffic signals there are several claims and counter-claims. A device installed in London in 1868 featured two semaphore arms that extended horizontally to signal “stop” and at a 45-degree angle to signal “caution.” In 1912, a Salt Lake City, Utah, police officer named Lester Wire mounted a handmade wooden box with colored red and green lights on a pole, with the wires attached to overhead trolley and light wires. In America, the inventor Garrett Morgan has been given credit for having invented the traffic signal based on his T-shaped design, patented in 1923 and later reportedly sold to General Electric. According to an article in The Motorist, published by the Cleveland Automobile Club in August 1914: “This system is, perhaps, destined to revolutionize the handling of traffic in congested city streets and should be seriously considered by traffic committees for general adoption.” It is possible to become more innovative. Jack Zenger, a contributor to Forbes magazine, wrote that there are three steps one can take to become more innovative:
3. Surround yourself with creative teammates. Where you plant yourself makes a difference. Keep the company of imaginative and innovative people who enjoy problem-solving and finding sew solutions. They will make you more innovative just by hanging out with them. A handful of changes every builder can make in the company and its people are: •
Implement widespread change. Change the locations of offices. Relocate furniture. Conduct stand-up meetings that are short, too-the-point, and over in 15 minutes. Use meetings to cover the matters that cannot be reduced to an email message. That means matters of the heart, like appreciation, gratitude, and enthusiasm. Make change your ally.
Eliminate “can’t” and make finding new and better solutions a brand standard. Make yourself an educator who is regularly teaching customers, club leaders, and golf superintendents. To teach such capable people, one must be constantly learning and innovating.
Flip your assumptions. At the GCBAA Summer Meeting, one builder noted that “It still comes down to the low bid.” That assumption is terrific for clients and customers and tough on the “winning” bidder. When one prices to the bottom of the market, there is a tendency to stay there.
Be more curious. Create task teams within your company and ask them to solve certain problems that hold your company back or create competitive disadvantage for you. You’ll be amazed how creative the people around you are. Ask from the bottom of your organization up. Sometimes, it’s the guys with mud on their boots who have the best answers.
Embrace “failing” so that you can learn from the lessons to be learned there. Thomas Edison is famous for his success and it was his many failures that informed his defining success.
1. Develop a willingness to change. Many of the most respected golf course builders have been in the business for years and have tried-and-true methods on which they rely. While effective – and even successful in many cases – the triedand-true solutions make one stale and enable competitors to out-hustle them. 2. Not settling for “good enough”. Innovation usually involves finding fresh solutions. In golf course construction, innovations for labor sourcing and efficiency will be significant competitive advantages. So, too, will be fresh solutions for irrigation system installation, drainage, and high-traffic turf wear area. Recent advances in construction and drainage of sand bunkers are an ideal example of not settling for the same old fixes.
Finding solutions to growing problems or difficulties is at the heart of innovation. It may be as simple as figuring out who should have the right-of-way. Henry DeLozier is a partner at Global Golf Advisors, the largest consulting firm in the world that specializes in golf-related businesses from offices in Dublin (Ireland), Phoenix (Arizona) and Toronto (Canada). 15
2018 GCBAA Board Election Underway By now you should have received a nomination letter from GCBAA Past President, Rick Boylan, along with a nomination form and maybe even an election ballot, pending the release of this issue’s newsletter. The GCBAA Board of Directors election takes place each fall, and voting members are encouraged to cast their ballot during the election period. There are currently three (3) open positions on the Associate side, with four (4) openings on the Builder side. The Board of Directors governs the activities of the association, and are responsible for the ultimate direction of the management of the affairs of the organization. At each GCBAA summer meeting, the Board of Directors makes plans for the upcoming annual election of board officers. A nominating committee chaired by the Immediate Past President works with the office on the timeline for members to nominate candidates as well as the process for reviewing nominations, creating the voting ballot and biography packet and finally executing the election. As part of the discussion the board reviews the number of open seats. There are 15 officers on the board and one (1) past-president. Associate members have seven (7) positions and Builders eight (8) as directed by the organization’s by-laws. Each board member’s term is two (2) years so on an average election cycle approximately half of the seats are open. Unique this year, several incumbents have elected to end their term and not seek reelection. This created the potential for a significant shift in the number of new board members entering the board. To help maintain a level of continuity and experience on the board the association by-laws allow for a procedure where the board can approve a “draw of lots” where board members who are up for reelection can receive a one year extension to their term to avoid a significant shift in directors during an election cycle. After discussion, the Board approved a “draw of lots” for one (1) position on the Associate side and one (1) position on the Builder side. Once the official drawing was completed, Joy Ramos and Ellen Davis received a one year exemption. Current members of the Board include: Scott Veazey (President), Pat Karnick (President Elect), Dennis Wagner (Vice President), Ellen Davis (Secretary), Judd Duininck (Treasurer), Rick Boylan (Past President), Ronnie Adkins, Chris Caccavale, Mark Creighton, Greg Hufner, John McDonald II, Joy Ramos, Frank Warden, Stephanie Zimmerman, Tom Works and Rick Williamson. New board members and officers will begin their two (2) year term at the Winter Meeting in San Antonio, scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2018. Please direct any questions to the GCBAA Office, (402) 476-4444.
Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 National Golf Day WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of golf’s leading organizations, is set to host its 11th annual National Golf Day on Wednesday, April 25 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Last April’s event saw more than 100 golf industry leaders participate in a community service initiative on the National Mall, focusing on beautification, preservation and helping the National Park Service with turf deferred maintenance. The following day featured a record 175 Congressional meetings with nearly 200 attendees. National Golf Day continues to grow along with the collective voice of golf to share the importance of the industry on Capitol Hill. Despite the tremendous strides National Golf Day has taken, legislative and regulatory issues still affect golf and we must continue to communicate the positive role golf plays in communities. Please contact the GCBAA office if you are interested in attending next year! 16
NATIONAL GOLF DAY ATTENDEES BRAVING THE WEATHER TO POSE FOR A QUICK PHOTO ON THE NATIONAL MALL
GCBAA Regional Meeting Hits Ohio For years, GCBAA has wanted to support the annual Keepers of the Green Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, but because of scheduling conflicts with the Summer Meeting requirements, it was never feasible. Chaired by former Hurdzan Senior Designer David Whelchel, ASGCA, and in collaboration with ASGCA’s Michael Hurdzan and his team, Keepers of the Green donates each year to the Special Forces Association Family Support Fund. It’s a fantastic cause and one that the golf tournament financially supports. GCBAA took a different approach to this event and thought to host a Regional Meeting alongside the Keepers of the Green tournament. Doing so would not only help MEMBERS RONNIE ADKINS AND KEVIN GRIEDER SANDWICHED BETWEEN GCBAA STAFF PRIOR TO THE draw in some additional players for their outing, but with KEEPERS OF THE GREEN TOURNAMENT the field of players it attracts, could also help with some presenters for GCBAA’s meeting. The turnout was terrific and the GCBAA appreciates the Golf Club of Dublin hosting the group. Thank you to those who presented at this Regional Meeting! Grass Varieties and Availability – Rick Elyea, Jacklin Golf Trends in Golf Course Design – Dr. Christopher Hurdzan, Dr. Mike Hurdzan, Steve Forrest, ASGCA GCBAA Partner Update – Caterpillar Inc., Profile Products, LMC Insurance & Risk Management, Sunbelt Rentals Executing a Successful Golf Renovation Project – Bob Becker, Scioto Country Club The Ohio State University Global Intern Program – Mike O’Keeffe, Ohio State University Golf Course Industry Update – Pat Jones, Golf Course Industry Allied Updates – ASGCA, Ohio Turf Foundation Technology & Equipment: Making the Job Site Safer & More Efficient – Matt DelMonaco, Caterpillar Inc. After the meeting, attendees met back at the hotel for a closing reception which served as a great way to end a successful day. While some members departed, many stuck around the next morning to play in the 17th annual Keepers of the Green Golf Outing at the Golf Club of Dublin. And before the morning shotgun, GCBAA Executive Director, Justin Apel, and Program and Planning Manager, Samantha Huff, were surprised with a $1,000 donation to the GCBAA Foundation from Keepers of the Green. It was a tremendous gesture and one that will go towards opening a new Sticks for Kids program in 2018. Maybe the highlight of the time spent in Ohio was the BBQ at the Hurdzan Office after the tournament. Dr. Hurdzan is not only a well-known architect, he’s also an avid collector of golf memorabilia. So much so that their offices have been described by many as a functional museum. Their shrine includes a functioning hickory golf club repair shop, a library of golf history, artwork, autographed memorabilia, and so on. If you’re a golf fan, a field trip to the Hurdzan office needs to be added to your bucket list. GCBAA began hosting regional events in 2015 in hopes of pulling together members and allied friends for a day of education and networking. Undoubtedly, these meetings wouldn’t go on without the support from our sponsors. If your company is ever interested in attending, sponsoring, presenting education, or even hosting a regional meeting in your backyard, we encourage you to contact the GCBAA office.
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CMAA Assumes Management of the Club Spa & Fitness Association Contact: Melissa Low • firstname.lastname@example.org • (703) 739-9500 Alexandria, VA – The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) will assume the management of the Club Spa & Fitness Association (CSFA). The governing boards of both associations approved the decision this summer. Both organizations are moving to implement this change as soon as practical. CMAA is the largest professional association for club management professionals, with 6,700 members throughout the US and internationally. Established in 2007, CSFA provides support for more than 300 fitness, spa and wellness professionals working in the club industry, and is committed to providing educational and networking opportunities to help members advance their careers. CSFA also seeks to establish and maintain high standards of ethics for industry professionals. CSFA President Kevin Caldabaugh explained, “We are excited by this partnership with CMAA. CSFA is celebrating our ten year mark. This is the next logical step in our organizational development to better serve CSFA members and their clubs. We believe this change will propel CSFA to new organizational heights in member service and allow members in both organizations to benefit from the combined synergy. As we enter this new phase in the growth of CSFA, we want to thank the Signature Group for all of their support and contributions over the past two and a half years. Through their steadfast management, we have been able to expand our reach and membership to become the premier national association of private club fitness and wellness professionals.” The two associations have a history of collaboration, and began working together officially in 2009 when CSFA became a recognized allied association. The growth of the spas and fitness in the club industry has been sustained since 2000, with more than 61 percent of clubs offering this recreational amenity.
CMAA Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morgan, FASAE, CAE, shared “Beyond the operational efficiencies of management, CMAA and CSFA members will benefit from this collaboration, increasing the value of their memberships in many areas including research, professional development and education opportunities. It is an exciting time for CMAA members as this new structure allows us to better serve our members in new ways and in concert with how clubs are expanding their spa, fitness and wellness offerings for club members.”
About CMAA The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,500 members throughout the US and internationally. Our managers operate more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town and yacht clubs. The objectives of the association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for club managers to operate efficiently and successfully. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 44 professional chapters and more than 45 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at www.cmaa.org.
About The Club Foundation The Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established by CMAA in 1988. The Foundation seeks to fund the life cycle of a club manager’s career, providing financial support for five key areas: students, faculty, club managers, CMAA chapters and the club industry at large. It supports the advancement of club management professionals, funding industry education programs through scholarships and grants. Learn more at www. clubfoundation.org.
From the Ground Up: The Drainage System and Gravel Layer in a USGA Green Successful moisture management is essential for providing high-quality putting surfaces. In a USGA green, the drainage system and gravel layer help ensure that turf has enough water to be healthy while allowing excess water to drain quickly from the root zone profile. A subsurface drainage system is required in all USGA greens. Drainage lines should be laid out according to the unique contours of each green. Main drainage lines should be placed along the line of maximum fall. Depending on the contours of a green, it may be necessary to have more than one main drainage line. A perimeter drain – sometimes called a “smile drain” – should be installed wherever main drainage lines exit a green. It is essential that perimeter drains be installed against the cavity wall; if the pipe is even a short distance away from the edge of the green it may not provide adequate drainage and could cause serious turf issues in the future. The gravel layer in a USGA green helps the root zone mix retain sufficient moisture
Lateral drainage lines should be placed across the for healthy turf while allowing rapid drainage of excess water. slope of the subgrade and spaced no more than 15 feet apart. All lateral lines must extend to the edge of the green cavity to capture any water that may gather near the cavity wall. Lateral lines should always be laid out in a way that best captures water, which means that the pattern of lateral lines will vary from green to green. A “herringbone” design is not appropriate for all greens.
Drainage trenches should be at least 6 inches wide, 8 inches deep and must maintain a minimum slope of 0.5 percent to the outlet point. Each drainage trench should be filled with at least 1 inch of gravel before installing drainage pipes. After the pipes are installed and completely embedded in gravel, grade stakes should be placed at frequent intervals throughout the subgrade and marked with the height of the gravel layer and root zone mix. The gravel layer must be installed to a minimum depth of 4 inches. Greater depths can also be used without adversely affecting performance. Using some extra gravel to finalize putting green contours can be easier than performing this detail work in the subgrade. Keep in mind, however, that the final surface of the gravel layer should exactly mirror the proposed contours of the putting surface. The gravel layer serves several important functions in a USGA green. It creates a perched water table that helps the root zone mix retain sufficient moisture for healthy turf. It also allows for rapid drainage of excess water from the root zone profile and helps protect drainage pipes from being clogged by small particles. The USGA is currently updating its Recommendations for a Method of Putting Green Construction and the associated “Tips for Success” document. The revised Recommendations will account for current scientific research, modern construction techniques and technology, and current material testing methods. The revised USGA Recommendations will be released in early 2018.
GCSAA’s Magazine Launches New Website GCSAA debuts GCMOnline.com, featuring news updates, information from the golf course management industry and content from the awardwinning publication. Golf course superintendents have a new one-stop shop for the latest news and information from the golf course management industry — GCMOnline. com, the new website of Golf Course Management (GCM) magazine. The official publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), GCM has long been an industry leader, with research, industry trend information, and news from GCSAA and across the golf course management industry. With the launch of GCMOnline.com, the magazine is now able to expand and strengthen its reach with an improved, dynamic online property to go along with its already strong social media presence. “The new GCMOnline.com is an exciting new product that we believe will further GCSAA’s mission of serving members and advancing their profession,” said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. “Powered by our award-winning magazine staff, we’re confident that the site will become a daily mustvisit for superintendents looking to stay in touch with their careers and the industry in which they work.” At GCMOnline.com, readers will find a wide array of news and information covering every corner of the golf course management industry, with daily reporting and the latest breaking news. Topics featured will range from agronomic and research information, to business and career reports, to profiles of GCSAA-member superintendents, their
golf courses and the jobs they do on a daily basis. Developed in partnership with Blue Ocean Consulting, a Lenexa, Kan.-based software and website development firm, GCMOnline.com is a fully responsive website, meaning it can be viewed successfully on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers alike. The site will feature regularly updated video content powered by GCSAA TV, social media connections and interactive features that will engage readers with the site and its content. “We have always been extremely grateful and thankful for the connection that the print version of GCM has made with our readers and GCSAA members,” said Scott Hollister, editor-in-chief of the magazine. “Now with the launch of GCMOnline. com, we’re excited to further strengthen that connection and give our readers a tool that will allow them to connect with GCSAA and GCM daily, the same way they connect with the print magazine each and every month.”
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The final plan achieved the desire of a world-class golf experience, while also accomplishing the following environmental objectives: By implementing a thoughtfully designed program, increased the total acreage of rare, “Sandplain Grassland” and “Coastal Heathland” vegetative communities No net loss of wetlands A “Secondary Rough” component, comprised primarily of native grasses, was created to buffer the routinely maintained and “in-play” areas of the golf course, from the undisturbed, adjacent grasslands and wetlands. An on-site, “rare plant nursery” was developed to accommodate transplanting of “State – Listed” rare plant species during construction, as well as to promote future propagation of rare plant seeds. An Integrated Golf Course Management Plan was developed to reduce reliance on chemical methods of disease and weed control, as well as to establish appropriate thresholds dictating future use of herbicides and pesticides on the golf course. Groundwater monitoring wells were established throughout the project site. The golf course architect and golf course builder worked together to achieve the desired design intent and meet the environmental objectives for the project. During construction of the project, the golf course builder was diligent in maintaining delineation and protection of the sensitive environmental areas. Over 80 acres of the site were protected by fencing and remained in a completely undisturbed condition.
NGCOA Names Golfzon as Official Golf Simulator Partner Charleston, S.C. (May 10, 2017) - The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) has named GOLFZON as the “Official Golf Simulator Partner” of the NGCOA. GOLFZON, established in South Korea in 2000, is a global leader in the golf simulator business with more than 30,000 simulators in operation in over 40 countries. In May 2017, GOLFZON was recognized by Golf Digest with the prestigious “Editors’ Choice Award” winner in the Best Gear & Gadgets area as the “Best Simulator.” “GOLFZON is excited to partner with the National Golf Course Owners Association as we introduce our simulators to more golf courses in the United States,” said Tommy Lim, the CEO of GOLFZON America Inc. “With our recent entry into the U.S. marketplace, the NGCOA offers expert advice and connections to show the excellence of GOLFZON simulators and how they can become a new and vital part of business for golfers and clubs. The relationship with the NGCOA is also the continuation of our company philosophy of making golf more enjoyable for everyone.” “The goal of this partnership is to help stimulate revenue generation and deliver value to our members and the industry through the promotion of golf simulator play,” said Jay Karen, NGCOA CEO. “We believe simulators, and GOLFZON in particular, offer the perfect combination of amazing technology, skill development, fun and food and beverage opportunities for course owners and operators. I am highly encouraged by this technology, and hope to see it thrive in the United States.” One key strategy of the NGCOA GOLFZON partnership is to recruit showcase facilities which are interested in purchasing a simulator. The purpose of the showcase location is to demonstrate revenue-generating value to the participating facility, pilot simulator best practices and allow other area industry professionals the opportunity to also demo the simulator. Golf simulators can help courses overcome the barriers of entering the game and expand the number of golfers, by providing another fun way to enjoy the golf experience. Golf courses in colder climates can utilize simulators to create revenue during winter months through lessons, practice, leagues and outings. Private clubs can enhance member value by adding a simulator to their amenities and simulators at resorts can provide innovative guest programming and activities. If interested in learning more about the GOLFZON simulator showcase opportunity, contact Hollie West, NGCOA Director of Commerce, email@example.com. If interested in learning more about the GOLFZON simulator, please visitwww.golfzonsimulator.com
Golf’s New Trendsetters BY HENRY WALLMEYER
America’s private clubs are undergoing a transformation. They are more diverse, family-oriented and devoted to health and wellness and more reflective of the values and interests of active Americans than ever before. Today’s private club is leading the way in promoting the sport, inclusive and family-oriented activities, and health and wellness. And clubs are doing all of this in a number of creative ways. One of the ways in which America’s private clubs are leading the way is by introducing new programming 22
designed to make the game more fun for all golfers. Medinah Country Club’s Golf for Life program is an example of the innovation private clubs are demonstrating in promoting the sport. Medinah’s Golf for Life program is designed to benefit all golfers, from novice to low-handicap, by giving golfers specific targets to work toward, while allowing them to improve within the confines of their skill sets. As part of the program, Medina has restored Course No. 2, with a number of upgrades, including an unusual feature: seven new tees to accommodate every different skill level in Medinah’s golfing community. Each of the seven new tees is designated by a color and corresponds to a skill group, sorting golfers by a number of criteria, including handicap, age, gender and level of play. What’s the most common reason people give for not wanting to golf? “I’m not any good.” This system is designed to make golf more enjoyable for everyone, and keep them from quitting because “they aren’t any good.”
in golf. Today’s private club reflects our society’s values: family, health and wellness, sustainability and social interaction. And private clubs are leading the way when it comes to finding creative ways to introduce the next generation of golfers to the game and to foster love for the game among people who already golf. Henry Wallmeyer is president and CEO of the National Club Association. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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why clubs are working to become more family-friendly Buildertrend is a construction management software that by offering more social activities for families, children provides real-time 24/7 access to construction scheduling, change orders, documents, photos warranty management, and much and guests. They are also offering more activities for more. kids to enjoy while their parents golf, and for those families that want to play together, many clubs are Jerry Pate Company oriented toward full family participation through a 301 Schubert Drive wide range of activities. Clubs have always provided recreational outlets for active members through golf, tennis, boating and other activities. However, today’s private club is more committed than ever to promoting members’ fitness as well. That may include exercise rooms and private trainers, and it extends to the clubhouse menu, with many clubs offering healthier, more nutritious food choices. And for golfers who aren’t satisfied to play only when it’s warm and dry, many clubs have added indoor simulators and performance centers offering club fitting, lessons and practice opportunities so members can always get their golf fix. Sustainability is important to many Americans, and private clubs are playing their part. One study showed that nearly three out of every four private clubs use sustainable practices, including water conservation, energy efficiency initiatives, and setting aside large areas of land to remain undeveloped. The very nature of golf revolves around green practices, and private clubs are leading the way in promoting sustainability
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The GCBAA was extremely shocked and saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of friend and member, Clyde “Mike” Roach. Mike’s company, MRI, Inc. was one of the first Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor members and Mike was instrumental in the creation of this category Mike also helped on committees to plan irrigation-themed education and with other membership categories. Mike was a leader in the golf irrigation industry and worked on countless projects around the US. Mike passed away October 6, 2017. A native of Oconee County, SC, Mike was the son of the late Clyde Willard “Sonny” and Mildred Haulbrooks Roach. He was owner and operator of Mike Roach, Inc. (MRI). In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons: Chris Roach (Jenny) and Zack Roach (Kerrie); step daughters: Eden Andes, Alicia Andes and Ariel Russell; brother: Gregory J. Roach (Michelle) of Jasper, TN; sister: Kay R. Ownes; four grandchildren: Emily, Ethan, Zander and Emerson Grace Roach; and nephew: Colby J. Roach. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 13 with a number of his friends and fellow GCBAA members in attendance.
Harvey Henry Lundershausen We are extremely saddened to share the news that a long-time member and supporter of our association family passed away on July 9, 2017. Harvey Henry Lundershausen with Continental Golf, Inc. was a valued member of the association for nearly 20 years.
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Raven Industries Announces Acquisition of Colorado Lining International August 22, 2017 – Earlier today, Raven Industries signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Colorado Lining International, Inc. with the intent to close the acquisition in September 2017. Raven Industries, Inc. was founded in 1956, and through its Engineered Films division, has established a well-known reputation for manufacturing and supplying high performance film and sheeting to major markets across the United States and abroad. Raven’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and proven product expertise offer the most innovative and targeted product solutions in the industry. This acquisition will strengthen Colorado Lining International’s product offerings and expand their value proposition within the geosynthetic industry by joining forces with one of the most advanced geomembrane manufacturers in the nation. Raven will become a full-service geosynthetics provider offering product design, manufacturing, fabrication, and installation services. In addition to this internal installation capacity, we will continue to work with proven installers across the country to provide exceptional service. Being closer to the end user will allow Raven to develop better solutions and more innovative products for our customers. As a customer, you will have more choices of specialty geosynthetic materials, fabrication, and installation options than ever before.
Colorado Lining International and Raven will now have custom fabrication facilities located in four states including SD, CO, TX, and CA, with headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD. You can continue to work with the Colorado Lining International sales team. You can expect to receive the same comprehensive service as we integrate this acquisition, with additional product offerings coming soon. Raven’s advanced product development capabilities will allow you access to new custom design film and sheet solutions. Colorado Lining International’s approximate 90 fabrication and installation team members will become part of Raven Engineered Films effective on day of close. Raven plans to integrate the Colorado Lining International team into their Engineered Films group, combining the fabrication capabilities and product selection. We will operate the installation services segment of Colorado Lining International under Raven Engineered Films. This will extend our sales and service reach in the geosynthetics industry and serve as a comprehensive source for our customers from initial product design and development, to fullscale manufacturing, fabrication, and installation. Sincerely, John Heap
NGF’s New Golf Industry Report The National Golf Foundation will introduce a new Golf Industry Report in the spring of 2018 – a comprehensive state-of-the-industry overview covering an expanded set of key industry metrics. The report will include the NGF’s comprehensive research on golf participation and engagement, and golf course supply and development. In order to provide the broadest possible view of the health and vitality of the game and business, the report will also include third party research and consolidated sales and customer data from leading golf companies. The timing of the report will also be new. The NGF, which for 81 years has been the leading independent
source of golf industry metrics, has in the past released facility supply data very early in the year, and its findings on golf participation around mid-year. This will change in 2018 as the inaugural Golf Industry Report is currently slated for a March publication date. “Having a single, independent voice for this depth of research and data from the National Golf Foundation is a terrific benefit for the golf industry,” said PGA Tour Superstore CEO Dick Sullivan, a member of the NGF’s Board of Directors. “And the opportunity to have all these key metrics together in one comprehensive state-of-the-industry report is exactly what businesses in golf need.” CONTINUED ON PG 26 25
MOVERS & SHAPERS The Golf Industry Report will cover a broad range of topics: Golf participation and engagement: oncourse (green grass) and off-course (range, Topgolf and simulator) participation, rounds-played, customer segments such as beginners and committed golfers, and latent demand (interest in playing golf among non-golfers.) Golf course supply: details on golf course openings and closings, net change in supply, courses in planning and under construction, financial health, conversions, renovations and trends in third party management. Golf retail supply: both the number of individual doors and the estimated square footage of all offcourse dedicated golf retail. Golf equipment sales: Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) reported sales of equipment. Golf media consumption and reach: the overall consumption and reach of golf through broadcast, print and digital channels. Supporting the broadening of content will be an expansion of the sources of data upon which the report will be based. In addition to consumer surveys and database analysis, the report will benefit from access to selected third party research, OEM sales data and customer relationship management (CRM) data from golf industry businesses. “We are thrilled that the NGF has taken the lead to consolidate key industry data to better serve our business and the game golf,” TaylorMade CEO David Abeles said. “The NGF has been a trusted source for our industry for decades. This new approach will further provide a comprehensive and objective perspective on the state of golf; in turn, enabling organizations across all market segments to make more informed decisions.” The new early-year timing of the report is made possible by adjustments to timing of certain research – an increased investment in frequency and methodology. In addition to its participation in the Physical Activity Council’s (PAC) research, which is now conducted in the spring and fall of each year,
NGF has recently launched a new proprietary study of golf participation and engagement. The new study, based on monthly collection of data from nationally representative samples, represents a meaningful improvement in the breadth and depth of information available on the sport’s consumer base. “We’re excited to present a single state-of-the-industry report, encompassing golf’s key metrics, on behalf of our members and the industry we serve,” NGF President Joe Beditz said. “This information is enhanced and driven by a significant increase in our investment in consumer research.” The independent surveys complement the PAC studies by offering more depth to explore different aspects of participation, including the perceptions of golfers and non-golfers alike. In addition, the monthly frequency will provide better recall from respondents on measures such as spending, roundsplayed and media consumption. The new Golf Industry Report represents the latest evolution in the NGF’s approach to providing the most holistic view of the business of golf to the game’s stakeholders, the media and, ultimately, the public. Earlier this year, the NGF for the first time factored in off-course activities – from Topgolf facilities and indoor simulators to traditional driving ranges – to better measure participation and the sport’s overall consumer base. Now, golf’s most notable data will be compiled and released in a single report. “2018 will be the beginning of a new era for golf metrics -- one in which we will review all aspect of growth measurements at one time, and in one location,” says LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, who is also chairman of the World Golf Foundation. “For too many years we tended to make broad-scale decisions and assessments of our sport based solely on overall participation and golf course numbers,” Whan adds. “Finally, we can assess our sport from numerous angles, with golf-specific detail, and discuss -- as an industry -- how these indicators impact our future efforts.”
We would like to wish our most sincere congratulations to GCBAA Program & Planning Manager, Samantha Huff for being elected the new Marketing Director on the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) Board of Directors of the Omaha, NE Chapter.
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Total Turf Golf Services, Inc. Welcomes New Member Todd Busch Total Turf Golf Services, Inc., a Pennsylvania based GCBAA Certified Golf Course Builder, is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Busch as its newest Golf Operations Manager. Todd will be based out of Total Turf Golf Services new Southeast office location near Jacksonville, FL and will oversee all golf construction and renovation projects within the southern part of the U.S. including Florida and southern Georgia. With over 20 years of golf course construction experience, Todd joins the team at Total Turf Golf Services having previously worked for two other GCBAA Certified Golf Course Builders as well as a Design Associate and Project Superintendent for McCumber Golf Design. Todd’s previous experiences have allowed him to be involved in all aspects of golf course construction and renovation including project management, estimating and budgeting, as well as new business development. “Anytime you can add someone to your team with the level of experience and character that Todd possesses, it makes an immediate impact on your company” states TTGS Vice President, Greg Hufner.
The addition of Busch as well as the opening of an office location in Florida allows TTGS to continue to expand their base of operations outside of their Corporate Office in Huntingdon Valley, PA. “With office locations in Colorado, Pennsylvania and now Florida, we will be better able to service our clients’ expectations and needs to the west and up and down the east coast” added Hufner. For company information and updates on current projects visit TTGS website at www.totalturfservices.com. Todd can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via cell phone at (904) 838-8939.
James Cramer is Named New World Golf Foundation’s Vice President of Communications World Golf Foundation is pleased to announce that James Cramer, a longtime member of the PGA TOUR’s communications team, has joined the World Golf Foundation staff as Vice President of Communications, effective September 18. In his new role, James will be working closely with Stephen Mona on both GOLF 20/20 and WGF communications matters, along with interacting with many of the external groups with whom they have a relationship, including Buffalo.Agency and Forbes Tate Partners, among others. James brings nearly 30 years of communications experience to the WGF, having begun his career with the PGA TOUR in February, 1989, before advancing through several roles, leading to his current position as Vice President of Communications. James will be interacting with many of the WGF members in the near future as he begins to immerse himself in his new duties. In the meantime, I invite you to join me in welcoming James to the WGF team and in wishing him well in his new position.
Congratulations to GCBAA Member Christopher Menno on his move to CMF Global as the Technical Service & Sales Representative. He can be reached at (239) 571-0678. 27
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Golf Canada Appoints Laurence AppleBaum as New Chief Executive Officer TORONTO NATIVE AND GLOBAL SPORTS EXECUTIVE TO ASSUME DUTIES LEADING CANADIAN GOLF’S NATIONAL SPORT FEDERATION AND GOVERNING BODY ON JULY 10, 2017
OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Following a comprehensive search, Golf Canada has announced the appointment of Laurence Applebaum as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Applebaum, most recently the Executive Vice President of the Florida-based Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), will assume his new role as of July 10, 2017. “Laurence Applebaum’s hiring marks the beginning of a new era for Golf Canada,” said Roland Deveau, President of the Golf Canada Board of Directors. “After an extensive search, Laurence stood out because of his previous leadership in sports organizations, proven senior management skills and visionary thinking. His drive and energy are infectious. We are so pleased to repatriate this outstanding Canadian leader to take Golf Canada forward.” With a career in sports spanning more than 20 years in Canada, Europe and the United States, the senior executive and Toronto native is proud to return home to lead the national sport federation and governing body for golf in Canada. “I am both honoured and humbled to be given the chance to lead Golf Canada at a crucial and exciting juncture in the organization’s history,” Applebaum said. “Throughout my career, I have had the chance to work with teams made up of great athletes, passionate partners and engaged stakeholders. I am eager to apply the lessons and experiences from past roles to this new challenge. Golf is such a passion for so many Canadians including myself, and I know the sport in this country is well positioned for growth and success going forward. As much as anything, I am also elated to be returning home with my family.” Applebaum joins Golf Canada after serving in an extensive array of sports management roles around the globe. For the past five years, he has been Executive Vice President of the WTA in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he oversaw a variety of strategic and operational initiatives. During his tenure, Applebaum was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the women’s global professional tennis circuit, including tournament operations, on-site competition, player 28
relations and development, sports science and medicine, broadcast operations and new business development. Prior to joining the WTA, Applebaum served as the Toronto-based Vice President of Salomon Canada from 2006-2011. Previously, Applebaum served in a variety of progressively senior roles at Wilson Sports and the brands of its parent company, Amer Sports, including Atomic, Suunto and Precor, based in Europe. After starting his career at Wilson Sports Equipment Canada, Applebaum was the Sales & Marketing Manager at Nike Golf Canada from 19971999. Married with two children, Applebaum is a 1994 graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University where he received an Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree. Golf Canada President Roland Deveau also recognized the work of Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer, who has managed the day-to-day affairs of Golf Canada for the last several months as interim CEO. “I would like to thank Jeff for his steady hand during this transition. We look forward to Jeff’s continued contributions as our Chief Sport Officer,” said Deveau. Deveau added: “I would like to acknowledge all of the dedicated volunteers, staff and partners who work diligently every day to deliver programs and services across Canada to help grow the game of golf. Golfers from novices to elite athletes benefit from the efforts of, and collaboration between, many stakeholders and I know that Laurence is looking forward to meeting them.” Reporting to Golf Canada’s Board of Directors, Applebaum will lead the organization in the ongoing development and execution of its strategic plan.
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covered in food and clothes. Displaced people could “shop” for free relief items. “Three brothers set up a BBQ pit and cooked for people for two or three days, for free,” Cope said. “It really shows that there are good people out there. Our neighbors were helping everyone. This just pulled people together.” Cope also felt extremely supported by his colleagues QGS who offered to send supplies or volunteers—whatever Cope and his family needed. The spirit of cooperation is alive and well in the golf industry too, Lineberger noted.“One contractor used big, off-road dump trucks to carry people out of high water areas,” he explained. “The most frustrating part to me, when we decided to evacuate, was that I’d rather be helping. We had some guys on our crew who volunteered whenever we weren’t working; they went to some shelters to pitch in, so we could keep them working as well as do a good deed for the community. “I was a golf course superintendent for a long time, and I’m still president of our Houston superintendents association. Several different chapters reached out and wanted to help our chapter directly. We started a fund to aid anyone in the association who might have been affected…from a guy who mows greens right on up the line. We’re just trying to find anything and everything that we can to help people out.” Post-Harvey, there is plenty of work to go around. GCBAA Builder members are replacing a lot of irrigation controllers, cleaning up debris and fielding requests from across the fourth largest metro area in the country. Their phones are ringing nonstop. Lineberger has developed a new appreciation for the power of water, which is on display in the wreckage in myriad ways; on one golf course, flooding picked up a building and crushed it against a tree.“This storm, what happened here, you don’t realize how powerful of a force water can be until you see it firsthand,” Lineberger said. Even as Cope provided this interview, he was keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma, which threatened his office in Pompano Beach, Florida. It seemed likely he would be a victim of two natural disasters in the space of a month. Yet, there was nothing victim-like about Cope’s attitude. “We count our blessings,” he emphasized. “People have lost their lives. You’ve just gotta take it one step at time. I’m blessed. I have wonderful family and friends. I’m lucky.”
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It’s official: PGA Championship, Players dates changing Aug 08, 2017|The PGA of America| Originally posted on PGA.com – In a joint announcement, the PGA of America and the PGA Tour today announced that beginning in 2019, the PGA Championship will be played in the month of May, while The Players Championship will be contested in March at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
“The calendar for the PGA Tour season is among the most important and challenging aspects of our business, and the changes we’re unveiling today give significant flexibility to create a schedule including the FedExCup Playoffs that is in the best interests of players, fans, tournaments, communities and our partners, from start to finish.
“In weighing the complex evolution of the golf calendar, the PGA of America’s key objectives were to promote the best interests of our signature spectator Championship, do what is best for the game and its great players, and find the most advantageous platform to fulfill our mission of serving our nearly 29,000 PGA professionals and growing the game,” said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. “Our analysis began in 2013 and included an extensive list of factors, including having to shift the date every four years to accommodate the Olympic Games. In the end, we determined that playing the PGA Championship the week prior to Memorial Day in May, making it the second major championship of the golf calendar, will achieve those three objectives.
“The Players Championship has grown in stature since we moved to May in 2007 and, regardless of the date, is clearly one of the premier events in all of golf — the best players in the world, a premier venue in The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, an unmatched fan experience and a significant charitable component that benefits the Jacksonvillearea community. The Players moving to March in 2019 will enhance an already strong Florida portion of our calendar and play a significant role in an overall improved schedule.”
“The golf calendar is dramatically different, especially in the latter portions of the schedule, than it was in the 1970s when our PGA Championship took up residence in August. We are excited about this move to May. It provides our PGA Championship a strong landing spot on the calendar and a consistent major championship rhythm that golf fans can embrace. For nearly 85 percent of our membership, May is also on the front-end of the golf season. This date change will allow them to engage new players and introduce various Growth of the Game initiatives entering the heart of the golf season across much of the country.” “We are thrilled to announce these two significant changes, which will greatly enhance the professional golf calendar starting in 2019,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Our thanks to the PGA of America for its partnership in what will allow both organizations to meet our short- and long-term objectives, while delivering incredibly compelling golf to our fans around the world. 30
From May 16-19, 2019, Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., will host the 101st PGA Championship, which will be the first conducted in May since Sam Snead’s triumph in 1949. A total of four PGA Championships have been held in May. Ben Hogan claimed the second of his two PGA Championship victories in May of ’48. Denny Shute also hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy in May 1937, as did Snead for the first time in May ’42. Since its inception in 1916, the PGA Championship has been played in nine different months. It has been the final major championship of the year from 1959 through 1970, and from 1972 through 2017. After being played at three different venues in Georgia, Texas and Florida starting in 1974, The Players moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977. Five years later, in 1982, the PGA Tour’s flagship event found a permanent home at TPC Sawgrass, with Jerry Pate taking home The Players trophy. Played in March until 2006, the event moved to May in 2007 and has remained there for the past 11 years, with Korea’s Si Woo Kim becoming the youngest-ever winner of The Players earlier this season.
Upcoming GCBAA Florida Regional Meeting The Golf Course Builders Association of America is once again planning their December South Florida Regional Meeting. This event brings together members and guests in the area to discuss new technologies and trends in the construction industry with fellow GCBAA members, architects, designers, and other industry experts. Beginning on Tuesday, December 12th the office is working with the family of the late Mike Roach to host an event to remember Mike and all that he contributed to the golf industry and the association. Wednesday, December 13th, the meeting will begin in the morning with education throughout the day will give participants a chance to learn about various technologies and trends affecting the industry. Unique to the meeting with be group discussions and interaction with the audience from area architects, superintendents, and irrigation designers. The education committee is also working on other important topics to help our members with business decisions and updates on the entire industry. At the conclusion of the event and for those that can stick around, a networking reception will be hosted on Wednesday night along with a fishing outing on Thursday morning. The meeting location and headquarter hotel is The Breakers Resort, One South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida. Visit the GCBAA website for more information, www.gcbaa.org.
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