Earth Shaping News 4th Quarter 2016

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Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America

4th Quarter 2016

2017 Golf Industry Show Returns to Orlando It won’t be long before we’re in Orlando with Mickey, Minnie, and 12,000 of our closest friends celebrating the 2017 Golf Industry Show. GCBAA members and Show attendees will be treated to a number of networking and education opportunities throughout the week that are sure to drive your business. Mark your calendar for the GCBAA Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, February 7 as an anticipated 500 members and industry partners will rub elbows and swap ideas at the Hyatt Regency. While there won’t be a shortage of cold refreshments and tasty finger foods, we’re most looking forward to the 7:00 hour, when GCBAA will honor its 2017 Don A. Rossi recipient, Mr. Deane Beman. As you’ll learn, Deane’s playing accomplishments and role as commissioner of the PGA TOUR are impressive on their own, but his contributions to the game of golf go far beyond these highlights. For more on our Rossi recipient, see page 6.


Don A. Rossi


Karsten Solheim


Robert Trent Jones


Doyle Jacklin


Joe Jemsek


Gary Player


Alice O’Neal Dye


Ed Seay


Dr. Joseph Duich


Edwin J. Hunter


Geoffrey S. Cornish


Dr. Marvin Ferguson


Stanley Zontek


Byron Nelson


Arnold Palmer


William Kubly


Dr. James Beard


Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr.


Brent Wadsworth


Dr. James R. Watson


Jack Nicklaus


Rees Jones


Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan


Pete Dye


Karsten Solheim


Jim Moore

INSIDE THE ROPES As you may recall, last year GCBAA partnered with the Golf Industry Show and many GCBAA members to build Electric Avenue, an area dedicated to live, hands-on demonstrations of electric equipment, carts, and turf utility vehicles. With the help and generosity of GCBAA members, the equipment section was built on live turf and featured a green and fairway that spanned nearly 13,000 square feet. It was designed to simulate a real world feel for fairway and rough mowers, sprayers, top dressers, and more. We’re excited to share that GCBAA is partnering with the Show to offer this once again… with a few modifications to make this feature even more dynamic and user-friendly. The project has been renamed to “Inside the Ropes” and will be prominently located in the middle of the Convention Center. Surrounded by exhibitors, Inside the Ropes will feature hands-on demos of the industry’s newest and greatest products on a live, 15,000+ squarefoot fairway and green. Show attendees can drive electric carts and turf utility vehicles on a test track while also checking out new products debuting at this year’s show. We’re excited to see this project come to life and want to thank those members and companies who have volunteered their time, materials, and manpower to the success of this new show feature. If your company would COVER STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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President’s Perspective Executive Director Notes Foundation Update Human Resources Developer’s Guide Allied Associations New Members Movers & Shapers Advertisers


President’s Perspective



This fall offered a humbling reminder of the challenges that we can still face in the golf industry. As the construction market showed signs of improvement in eastern Georgia, we received a four-inch rain gusher to start September and then went without a drop until December 5. For over 90 days we were reminded of the importance of water conservation efforts implemented in our region from the droughts we experienced over five years ago. Fortunately, water conservation efforts have been a priority for many of the golf courses we have worked with and more efficient irrigation designs, drought tolerant grasses, and reduced playing areas minimized the effects of the drought. In October, the GCBAA Executive Committee traveled to the Executive Office in Lincoln for our fall meeting. It makes me very proud to see our office and the growth of the organization. On the main wall is a Charter Membership Plaque that once had open spaces. Thanks to all of you, this is now full!


The office also created a “Friends of the Foundation Wall” recognizing those who have contributed substantially over the past several years. It is always encouraging to see the diversity of the names on the wall and the ways in which our allies have supported our Foundation over the years. Stephanie, Samantha, and Justin have sticky notes and piles of projects on their desks and shared endless reports of their activities. It has always impressed me how they are able to collect ideas from the membership and create member benefit programs. Your staff and board have never prided themselves as being the creative thinktank for the organization; we truly are a member-driven organization and your feedback and comments are greatly appreciated. Many of you had a chance to interact with the office with our presence at the Carolina Golf Show in Myrtle Beach as well as a South Florida Regional Meeting held in December. These regional education programs that gather the members around the country have been extremely successful and we plan to keep the momentum going. The office hosted meetings in 2016 in Texas, Arizona, Myrtle Beach, and finally Port St. Lucie. I was able to attend the event in conjunction with the Carolina Golf Show that focused on irrigation installation. I am so impressed by our membership and their willingness to provide the education at these events. I also enjoy seeing the GCBAA Booth during the Golf Industry Show where staff visit nonstop with our members as well as other show attendees. The GCBAA brand continues to grow and be recognized around the world. We were pleased to support the HSBC Golf Business Forum held in December. As a partner, our membership qualified for discounted pricing and we were asked to moderate a panel discussion. Our GCBAA International Committee members John Holmes, Jon O’Donnell, and guest Rob Whaling attended along with Justin. This was a great opportunity to stay connected with friends we have built relationships with around the world. Happy New Year and we look forward to 2017! Be sure to read all of the upcoming activities planned for this year and please consider volunteering for our committees or seeking out other ways to get involved.


Finally, I would like to thank Mike Crone and Terry Gwinn for their time on the GCBAA Board, and welcome Chris Caccavale and Greg Hufner. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can support your good work in any way! Scott Veazey


Executive Director Notes Happy New Year! It hardly seems possible that we are into 2017 already! November and December were a blur for the GCBAA Staff. We ended the year the way we began 2016 and that was ambitious and active, launching new membership benefit opportunities and working with our allied associations in the golf industry. Pay close attention in this newsletter to all of the programs your association was involved with last year… it’s pretty astonishing! I was honored to moderate a Renovation, Restoration, and Reinvention panel at the HSBC Golf Business Forum this past December. To sit with golf legends Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Dana Garmany and entrepreneurs Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mohan Subramanian was an unforgettable experience. I am happy to see the relationships GCBAA has gained over the past several years; because of our international travels and events, our organization is now recognized around the world. The HSBC Forum was sandwiched between two of the organization’s newly launched and successful initiatives: our regional meetings. From Irrigation Contractor education held in conjunction with the Carolina Golf Show to our South Florida Regional Meeting that hosted over 80 attendees, these meetings have allowed us to reach more of our membership and partners while working with our supplier and consultant membership to educate attendees. Looking ahead at 2017 and watching our calendar fill quickly, please help us with your ideas on education that you would like to see. We plan to host regional meetings again this year with locations still to be determined. We need your suggestions on where, when, and what to talk about! Additionally, we are always looking for volunteers for our Winter Meeting held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, as well as our Summer Meeting in Charlotte this August. Our organization continues to grow but we need your help to remain successful. Please think about others you work with who could benefit from joining GCBAA. We’re eager to welcome new members in any category and can offer benefits to make their decision easy. Also, please consider bringing someone new from your company to one of our events in 2017. These valuable new partnerships further our mission of advancing and improving the profession of golf course construction while serving the interests of its membership. I would like to personally thank outgoing board members Terry Gwinn and Mike Crone who have spent countless volunteer hours serving the organization. I would also like to thank Dave Munkvold, who served as a Past President and on the Board of Governors, and was my mentor and friend during my transition to Executive Director of the organization. He was always willing to go above and beyond for the organization and we wish Dave and his wife Jan all the best as they retire. Thank you for answering the calls when we send out office notes for the election, look for volunteers, or ask for input. Keep connected and let us know what we can do to help you in 2017!



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Foundation Update The golf course industry is continuing to evolve and grow. Our Foundation is following suit.


The annual Year-End Survey went out to our Sticks for Kids Programs on December 1. We will be collecting data through mid-January and plan to have a preliminary report available for the GCBAA’s annual meeting at the Golf Industry Show in February. As a baseline, Sticks for Kids served more than 46,000 children and disabled adults in 300+ programs across the country in 2015, and we expect those numbers to be even higher for 2016. This year alone, the Foundation funded 13 new SFK programs, including a partnership with the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association. We also provided new equipment to 14 existing programs through the Maintenance Grant, which helps programs replace worn out equipment and continue to grow and thrive.


The GCBAA Foundation and Sticks for Kids would not exist without your continued participation. The 2016 Harley Raffle was the most successful to date, raising more than $27,000 after expenses. The Summer Meeting auction, thanks to generous donors and the aggressive bidding by GCBAA members, raised more than $60,000. Between the raffle and foolishly optimistic betting at the golf outing, we raised an additional $20,000. The Foundation also received several monetary donations throughout the year. 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 and our great game. We look toward 2017 with great hope for the future—with loftier goals for existing programs and plans for new initiatives that will expand our game and support our industry. Ticket orders are already coming in fast for the 2017 Harley Raffle in anticipation of another very successful drawing. (I have already purchased my tickets and leathers in anticipation of victory – note the aforementioned “foolishly optimistic” comment). The staff and Meeting Committee are already beginning to lay the framework for another great Summer Meeting scheduled for Charlotte next August. When dinosaurs ruled the earth, we builders re-tooled and repaired our equipment during the winter in anticipation of the coming construction season. And even took some time to rest. Even though the business has become a twelve-month endeavor, I hope all of you took time to enjoy friends and family during the holiday season. Tom Shapland



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 2016


Sticks for Kids communities teaching youth the game of golf and its intrinsic life skills


Youth participants in Sticks for Kids from 2007 – 2016


Establishes a new Sticks for Kids program, with an average of 150 youth trained per program each year


New Programs launched in 2016, including an organization called WATSON 9 that offers financial aid to families in need


Total GCBAA Foundation support for Sticks for Kids from 2007 – 2016


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 2016 through the GCBAA Foundation’s SFK Maintenance Grant

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 McDonald & Sons, Inc. Mid-America Golf & 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 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 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 Scott Family Foundation Landirr Inc. LASCO Fittings 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 Pittsburgh 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.


Deane Beman to be honored with GCBAA’s Don A. Rossi Award LINCOLN, Neb. – The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) is pleased to announce Deane Beman as its recipient of the prestigious Don A. Rossi Award. A two-time All-American on the varsity golf team at the University of Maryland, Deane logged a number of amateur victories, to include the British Amateur in 1959, the U.S. Amateur in 1960 and 1963, the Trans-Mississippi Amateur in 1960, Porter Cup in 1964, and four-time Eastern Amateur champion. Deane continued his playing career on the PGA TOUR, winning four times between 1969 and 1973 (Texas Open Invitational, Greater Milwaukee Open, Quad Cities Open, and Shrine-Robinson Open Golf Classic). While a renowned playing professional, Deane sought to contribute more to the sport and served as the second commissioner of the PGA TOUR from 1974 to 1994. Under his watch, The Players Championship concept was formed along with the Senior PGA Tour, now known as the Champions Tour. During his time as commissioner, Deane advocated that Tour tournaments support a charitable initiative, and saw contributions grow from less than $1 million a year in 1974 to more than $30 million in 1994. “While Deane’s list of accomplishments with the Tour and his playing career are impressive, what speaks most about him is his passion to grow the game,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director. “We are humbled to honor Deane, someone who has given so much to golf, with our Rossi award.” Referred to as “the Father of Stadium Golf,” Deane was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000 and was awarded the seventh PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. And in 2015, was the recipient to the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. 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 2017 Golf Industry Show to be held in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 7 during the GCBAA Opening Reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. For those interested in attending the award presentation, details will be available this winter by visiting, or contact the GCBAA executive office at (402) 476-4444.

Please join us for the Annual

GCBAA Cocktail Reception & Don A. Rossi Award Presentation Award to be presented to

Deane Beman

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 Hyatt Regency • Plaza G&H Ballroom Orlando, Florida Reception • 6:00-9:00pm Award Presentation • 7:00pm Attire: Business 6


GCBAA Announces Board Election Results The Golf Course Builders Association of America has announced the results of its recent board election. Newly elected to the board is Chris Caccavale, Caterpillar Inc. Also being appointed to replace outgoing board member Mike Crone is Greg Hufner, Total Chris Caccavale, Caterpillar Inc. Turf Golf Services. The remaining GCBAA board of directors consists of Ronnie Adkins, Aspen Corp.; Mark Creighton, Ewing Irrigation; John McDonald, II, McDonald & Sons, Inc.; Joy Ramos, D.H.R. Construction, Inc.; Frank Warden, The Toro Company; Rick Williamson, LASCO Fittings, Inc.; Tom Works, Landscapes Unlimited LLC; and Stephanie Zimmerman, ADS/Hancor, Inc. “Chris and Greg are welcome additions to the Board,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director. “Both of them, along with the existing directors, are well-respected in the golf industry and bring a wealth of experience that will benefit our members.”

The board officers are Scott Veazey, Southeastern Golf, Inc. (president); Pat Karnick, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company (president-elect); Dennis Wagner, Hunter Industries (vice president); Ellen Davis, SportZmix Solutions/Waupaca Sand & Solutions (secretary); Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf (treasurer); and Rick Boylan, Mid-America Golf & Landscape (immediate past president). The new board will convene its first meeting February 7, 2017, in Orlando, Florida during the GCBAA Winter Meeting, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show.

Greg Hufner, Total Turf Services

We would like to thank all candidates for running in the election; and welcome Chris and Greg to the Board. Additionally, we appreciate those who took time to cast their ballot.

Rick Boylan Joins GCBAA Board of Governors With years of service under his belt on the GCBAA Board of Directors (he’s been Treasurer, President-Elect, and President,) Rick Boylan is wearing a different hat for the association these days. We are excited to announce that Rick has joined the Board of Governors, serving alongside Tommy Sasser (Chairman), Fidel Garcia, Bob Bryant, and Mike Harrington. Rick fills the seat of GCBAA Past President Dave Munkvold, who is retiring from the Board. The GCBAA Board of Governors oversees the certification program, which identifies competent and experienced golf course builders to ensure uniform quality standards in the industry. The group meets annually at the Golf Industry Show to review (and hopefully recertify) those members and address other housekeeping responsibilities. There are currently 31 companies in the Certification Program, including Certified Builders, Certified Renovation Builders, and Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractors. To learn more about the Certification Program, visit


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like to get involved, contact the GCBAA office (402) 4764444.

CHUCK CLOUD MEMORIAL RAFFLE The 2017 Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle is officially underway! Tickets have arrived and it’s time to get your order in before they sell out.

GCBAA Represented at Carolina Show The east coast in November—especially Myrtle Beach—is a great location for another GCBAA Regional Meeting. We had an opportunity to attend one of the best regional tradeshows and events for golf course superintendents and GCBAA members. In partnership with the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, the GCBAA held an Irrigation Education Training near the convention center at the Horry Georgetown Technical College. The education was provided by GCBAA members and included contractor “gotchas!” related to installing pump stations, understanding irrigation plans, thrust block and joint restraints, calculations for designing irrigation systems, scheduling and ending the day with precipitation rates. The GCBAA then participated in the afternoon tradeshow with 25 other member exhibitors. It was exciting to hear from attendees about the recovery they are seeing in the golf construction industry. It was also humbling to hear from those living along the Atlantic coastline, where Hurricane Matthew had threatened to wreak havoc just a few weeks earlier. While the coast avoided a direct hit, the damage Matthew caused required extensive clean-up stretching hundreds of miles. It is always difficult to hear about the destruction from natural disasters, however we are always encouraged to hear from communities that come together to rebuild. We look forward to future participation and partnerships with the Carolina Golf Course Superintendents Association and future participation in their trade show and meetings.

Each year, the raffle helps the GCBAA Foundation raise money for Sticks for Kids, the Foundation’s junior golf development program that provides equipment and learning materials for children who may otherwise never have the opportunity to learn the game of golf. Today, there are more than 308 SFK programs in the U.S., impacting the lives of more than 52,000 children and disabled adults. Tickets are just $100 each, and only 500 tickets will be sold. The grand prize winner gets the choice of a 2017 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic or $10,000 cash. An additional 50 tickets will be drawn to win a $100 cash prize. How about those odds? The drawing will be held at the closing of the Golf Industry Show February 9, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. You do not need to be present to win. Contact the GCBAA office at (402) 476-4444 or log on to to order your tickets today.

Golf Industry Show Schedule Tuesday, February 7 GCBAA Board of Directors Meeting GCBAA Board of Governors Meeting GCBAA General Membership Meeting (5pm) GCBAA Opening Reception & Rossi Presentation (6-9pm) Wednesday, February 8 GIS Trade Show (9am-5pm) GCBAA Booth #2134 Foundation Booth #2132 Thursday, February 9 GIS Trade Show (9am-5pm) GCBAA Booth #2134 Foundation Booth #2132 Foundation Harley Raffle

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GCBAA Hosts South Florida Regional Meeting It seems like just yesterday that a group of Irrigation Contractors gathered together in Sarasota, Florida to talk about issues affecting the industry. GCBAA was pleased to be invited to the meeting that eventually helped create our Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor Category. We have continued this tradition by hosting smaller regional meetings in south Florida in 2015 and again in early December 2016. We cannot thank the PGA Championship staff enough for helping us secure the Hilton Garden Inn and PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida to host the event. GCBAA Members gathered Thursday evening for an informal reception at the hotel. Many laughs were shared as our members and guests talked about the adventures from the previous year. The next morning over 80 attendees were greeted in the parking lot by shiny equipment displayed by GCBAA Charter Member Sunbelt Rentals and GCBAA Associate Member Herc Rental. The morning began with an association update from GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel. A group of irrigation consultants then took questions from the audience. We appreciate Larry Collins, Paul Granger, Sean Hyduk, Mike Pignato, and Dave Ragan for tackling some tough questions. GCBAA Associate Member Scott Pool with GreenScan 3D then previewed golf course construction technology for the 21st century! Next up, local golf course architects and designers discussed trends they are seeing in the market. Jan Bel Jan, Jeff Danner, Dave Ferris, and Kipp Schulties answered questions from the audience and shared what the future looks like for design trends, as well as ways the industry can help retain players and attract the next generation of golfers. GCBAA Member Martin Sternberg detailed a new tee construction process he is studying that conserves CONTINUED NEXT PAGE


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water. Finally, GCBAA Member Kevin Grieder with Sunbelt Rentals shared trends the rental industry is seeing, as well as purchasing trends for equipment. Probably the most memorable part of the day was when each participant had a chance to introduce his or herself and share the number of years they have been involved in the golf construction industry. Loud applause was shared between veterans Paul Cope and Paul Granger who proudly admitted they are into their 50th years in the industry! While there were a few newbies in the room, the majority of those that attended were in the 15+ years category!



Just as surely as seasons change, so does the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) I-9 Employment Verification Form. The new form was released on November 14, 2016, and you must begin using the new form by January 22, 2017. You may continue to use either the old form dated March 3, 2013 or the new form until January 21, 2017, at which time only the new form may be used. You should continue to retain all completed forms on file for your current employees. As you are aware, all employers must maintain for inspection a completed I 9 form for all employees hired after November 6, 1986. An I-9 form must be prepared for each employee within three days of hire. The I-9 forms must be used for new hires, rehires and for reverification. The new form is intended to offer the user a clear set of instructions. Further, in pursuit of greater electronic entry of data, the new form contains drop down lists and calendars for ease of data entry. USCIS contends that greater accuracy of completed forms should result. The accuracy of your forms is likely to get greater scrutiny moving forward in light of the high profile position immigration was placed in the presidential election. The paper version may be printed from the USCIS website. There are also instructions on how to download the .pdf version directly to your work computer. You may obtain either the paper version or the .pdf download by visiting www.

Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to our readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert our readers to new and developing issues and to provide some common sense answers to complex legal questions. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how these legal standards may apply to their particular circumstances. The 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,



Are You Fully Protected? The construction industry is complex and challenging, requiring interpretation and compliance with many laws, codes, and regulations. In the past, many contractors protected their business by purchasing broad insurance policies, but as the insurance landscape becomes more complicated, these options are no longer effective for managing risk.

Understanding Risk as a Subcontractor

What Is Risk Management?

Subcontractors face numerous risks, but the top three are:

Risk can be defined as any exposure to possible loss. Because every project is different, every project offers a multitude of varying risks. Simply stated, risk management involves taking steps to minimize the likelihood of things going wrong.

General contractors transfer risk to subcontractors they use by including indemnification and hold harmless provisions, as well as additional insured requirements in their construction contracts. This transfer of risk involves shifting the risk of loss for injury or damage among the parties of a contract.

Financial risk. Because subcontractors first purchase materials and perform labor – getting paid after completion of the work – they have a financial risk of not getting paid on time or at all, and being liable for trade credit, payroll or other expenses that have already been fronted on the project.

Safety risk. There is always a risk of something happening on a project that affects the safety of workers, participants, or bystanders.

Performance risk – Many things may put the subcontractor in a position where it cannot perform or finish a job. No matter who is at fault for the performance challenge, the subcontractor shoulders that risk.

Golf course builders face a number of risks, including: •

Equipment damage. Without your equipment, the job simply can’t get done. Some tools can be easily replaced, but for those that can’t, a Property Insurance policy will help. Injuries to third parties and workers. No matter how hard you strive to create a safe work area, a construction site is a dangerous place full of potential hazards. This can be especially true for people unfamiliar with safety rules, such as clients visiting the worksite. Even industry veterans can be hurt on the job, including your employees.

To minimize the risk of injury, always enforce safety regulations and train your crew on worksite safety. If an accident happens, your business can be liable for covering medical expenses and court fees. General Liability Insurance can help protect you in case a third party is injured, but if one of your employees gets hurt, you’ll need Workers’ Compensation Insurance. •

Faulty work. Your business may be liable for finished projects that are structurally unsound, not up to code, or faulty in some other way. If your work doesn’t comply with local, state, and federal regulations, your client could lose money and look to you for reimbursement. Complying with industry regulations and safety standards is the best way to prevent this. A License and Permit Bond demonstrates that your business follows building regulations. If a mistake slips past you, your client can make a claim on your bond, and your surety provider can cover the damages. However, unlike other insurance policies, you must pay back any amount your provider pays toward the claim.


How Do Contractors Protect Themselves? Every injury, accident, or property loss, no matter how small, has a negative impact on your bottom line. But with the proper training, foresight, and insurance protection, your company can successfully navigate risks and continue to grow. Discuss risk management with your insurance provider. The ideal insurance partner will be one that can integrate claims management, quality assurance, and loss control solutions to better manage the total cost of construction risk, and do it for the long term. For more than 150 years, LMC Insurance & Risk management has been an industry leader. As one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the United States, we have the experience and resources to address your risk management challenges and tailor solutions to meet your company’s unique circumstances. For more information on LMC’s risk management capabilities, contact Chip Bryant at or 800677-1529.



This can be a good year for many golf course builders. To seize the best opportunities and build advantage for your company, though, many GCBAA members need to embrace further change. In fact, there are trends and tools available to help!

Provide useful metrics. Most planners nowadays perform certain advance-work before contacting a builder. Provide reliable rule-of-thumb metrics for unit costs and construction units themselves. For example, one can begin to build a budget we told of typical costs for cart paths on an 18-hole golf course built within a residential community. Typical costs per square foot and per acre are examples useful to many planners. Planners who have knowledge and experience will know what you should astricize as disclaimers.

Demonstrate cost efficiency. Uber is alive and well in construction. Show how your company controls project costs by sharing resources with a broader segment. Demonstrate your efficiencies.

Trends to Watch Housing starts are increasing steadily. According to the Nation’s Housing Report from the Joint Center for Studies of Harvard University, household formation with the Millennial age cohorts will be 2 million households per year, reaching 40 million by 2025. That is a great many people who will want homes near golf courses. Travel and hospitality metrics are growing steadily. Occupancy rates for hotels and resorts with golf amenities increased to 65% in 2015 - up from 59% in 2012. Steady growth in average daily rate is evident in markets not experiencing above-normal supply growth. Current forecasts indicate continued growth into 2020, barring economy-jolting world events. Inflation will grow in 2017 and, in doing so, increase costs for new course construction goods and services. To be ahead of the inflationary curve, golf course builders will benefit from increasing efficiency and productivity in remodels, renovations, and new construction.

Tools to Use Use new tools to grow your business. Here are a few suggestions to put to work: 1. Leverage the “Sharing” Economy – Even a cursory review of builder’s websites shows updated destinations filled – sometimes over-filled – with information. See that your information is useful to your website’s visitors. •

Golf is a visual experience. Provide great interactive images of your crews at work. Show people – in addition to beautiful golfscapes. Make it easy for visitors who are becoming acquainted and reacquainted with you to see your capabilities and resources.

Word-of-mouth is the only promotion that matters. Provide quotes from complimentary letters (with permission), testimonials and easy-touse reference contacts. Let your clients share their satisfaction with future customers.

2. Expand Your Reach – Many decisions are being made before anyone contacts golf course builders. The internet is your highway and portal. Use the media options that enable your company to show its values, people, and methods. Consider these tools for example: •

Pinterest shows ideas. Many master planners need guidance concerning creative solutions for merging open space, drainage requirements, and recreation. Use sites like Pinterest that rely on visual support to “explain” ideas.

Houzz shows “how to” ideas. Landscape solutions for open space perimeters and community property sites like pocket parks and streetscapes will distinguish your company. Post images and explain how your company is a problem-solver.

You-Tube shows your crews at work. Post quality videos that show how golf course construction is done. Think of these videos as an online version of the GCBAA “how to build a green” project at the Golf Industry Show. Consider time-lapsed examples of how you took bare ground to a finished golf hole growing in.

3. Show Your Core Values – Golf course builders put a lot of heart into their work. See that prospective and repeat customers understand what makes your company tick. Trust. Expertise. Knowledge. Experience. Do more than simply listing them. Let your past projects prove the values that drive your work.


Use Testimonials. Do more than simply posting copies of letters. Emphasize important points that are made concerning your reliability and problemsolving talents. Describe enough of the project so that the testimonial takes flight and brings perspective.

Enable Ready-Reference. Encourage people getting acquainted with you to call references without pre-screening. Every prospective customer of yours wants an “off the record” conversation about you. Make it easy for your most supportive customers to brag on you.

Tell Your Stories. Tribal histories reflect the values of the tribe. Look at sites like Humans of New York ( for examples of the stories that interest people. Be prepared to tell what you enjoy most and include the best stories from your tribe. Tell “War Stories”. Stories - like the flood that washed out a project and how you rallied up your resources to help your customer recover – resonate with people who want to trust you. Most people who have never been on a golf course construction sites will be fascinated by your experiences with wildlife and forces of nature. And, most of all, tell of the dedication that you and your people use as a wellspring to serve.

This may not be the best of times and it certainly is not the worst of times. Builders can use 2017 to keep rebuilding their own workflow and preparing their tools and talents for future growth. 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).


Executive Board Comes Together for Fall Meeting in Lincoln The GCBAA Executive Board joined the staff in the Lincoln office for their annual Fall Executive Meeting October 17 and 18. Typical fall agendas focus on yearend reports and activities held in months prior, however this year’s agenda needed to cover the final months of 2016 and divide and conquer all of the opportunities the GCBAA is involved with. We were pleased to share your Summer Meeting survey results and revisit the excellent event held in Jersey City. Additionally, plans were nearly finalized for the November Carolina Golf Industry Show in Myrtle Beach as well as the GCBAA Carolina Regional Meeting. Finally, the group worked on committee assignments and schedules for December activities at the HSBC Golf Business Forum and Port St. Lucie Regional Meeting. Final touches are being placed on the new GCBAA website and mobile directory. The group also appointed GCBAA Certified Builder Pat Karnick with Wadsworth Golf Construction to the ASGCA Design Excellence Recognition Program Committee. The group plans to keep tackling initiatives identified by our Strategic Planning Group, and we are excited for what 2017 will bring.

SAVE the DATE and


in Orlando! February 4-9, 2017


The Golf Course Builders Association of America and Foundation will be located in Booth #2134 & #2132




CMAA Unveils Generational Research on Club Membership Contact: Melissa Low • • (703) 739-9500 Alexandria, VA – November 14, 2016 – In conjunction with the Center for Generational Kinetics and The Club Foundation, the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) has unveiled new research uncovering generational attitudes about club memberships, specifically the Millennial demographic. This landmark national study was conducted in the summer of 2016, and provides valuable insight into what potential club members are seeking.

indicate that spreading out the initiation fee to two to three installments would make them more likely to join a club.

CEO Jeff Morgan, FASAE, CAE, shares “CMAA embarked on this research to quantify the effect of the millennial generation and how they are transforming the world of club membership. It challenged a lot of assumptions that we had about Millennials and interest in club membership. This research is groundbreaking for the club industry, and will generate many conversations in our CMAA community, as well as within club boardrooms.”

For further results, visit to access the Exploring the Millennial Outlook on Club Membership infographic and Uncovering Generational Attitudes About Club Membership white paper.

“Now ages 21 to 39, Millennials are poised to shake up the club industry. It turns out that many of the intangibles that Millennials say they want are exactly what clubs already can and do offer. But, like nearly everything Millennials do, they want it to be customized to their specific needs and life stage,” explains Jason Dorsey, Co-Founder, The Center for Generational Kinetics. Key findings from the report include: • Forty-one percent of Millennials say that personal recommendations are most important when considering club membership. • Millennials are twice as likely to be seeking childcentered club activities. • Thirty-seven percent of Millennials do not view financial obligations as a barrier to membership. • Only 23 percent of Millennials cited lifestyle fit as a top objection to club membership. • Across all generations, approximately 80 percent


• Millennials see personal and professional value in club membership, with 41 percent viewing club membership as beneficial to their career and 31 percent seeing a connection between club membership and a person’s marital prospects.

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

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.

Underground Essentials: Tips for Golf Course Drainage Drainage is essential to the success of any golf facility. Without it, playing conditions and golfer satisfaction are sure to suffer. Soft conditions, muddy golf balls, cart restrictions and dead grass are common problems associated with poor drainage that negatively impact playing quality and revenue. The first step in addressing golf course drainage issues is correctly identifying the problem. The most common causes of drainage problems on golf courses are inadequate surface drainage, impermeable soils, side-hill seepage and high water tables. Drainage issues can also be caused by inadequate, clogged or failing drainage systems. To successfully diagnose drainage issues, it is best to observe problem areas when the course is wet and the problems are clearly visible. As the old adage says, “Plan when it is wet and install when it is dry.” Once the drainage problem is diagnosed, the next step is to create a plan and implement the solution. There are many ways to address drainage issues and it is important to consider the course as a whole when planning drainage projects. This ensures that drainage improvements occur in a coordinated fashion and that extra effort and cost is avoided. Some drainage problems can be solved by simply regrading an area. Other problems require complex pipe networks and even pump systems. Regardless of the problem, the best solution will always be site specific.

Successful drainage projects improve playing conditions, reduce maintenance costs and enhance the golf experience.

Installing drainage is an art unto itself. While each project is different, here are a few basic tips for success: •

Work with the golf course superintendent to identify underground pipes in the area. If pipes cannot be precisely located with a map or wire tracker, some exploratory digging by hand can save a lot of headaches down the road.

Use plywood to protect turf from traffic and spillage. Plywood limits damage to the playing surface and makes cleanup much easier.

Single-wall pipes should be buried a minimum of 20 inches deep to prevent crushing. Double-wall corrugated pipe can be safely buried 12 inches deep.

Sand is the preferred backfill material for most subsurface drainage because it filters fine particles and resists settlement better than gravel.

Gravel can perform well as a backfill material if it is sized to ensure that trenches remain stable and fine particles will not migrate into the drainage system. A physical soil testing laboratory can determine the appropriate gravel size for a specific site.

Using GPS technology and GIS mapping software to create as-built maps of drainage work can make future projects and maintenance much easier.

Drainage projects may not be glamorous, but the benefits are significant. Successful drainage projects improve playing conditions, reduce maintenance costs and enhance the golf experience. For more information on golf course drainage, refer to the USGA Green Section Collection “Drainage on Golf Courses.” Additional resources on golf course drainage and other topics can be found on the Course Care section of



NGCOA Next Generation Marketing with Technology Marketing is fundamentally different today. This much we know. From email to web, mobile to blogging, and even social media, the entire landscape of marketing a business has changed. Perhaps you’ve found that you’re a bit lost in an overwhelming sea of technology solutions. Or maybe you feel like you haven’t gotten what you really need out of the technology you’ve already bought. If so, make plans to attend the 2017 Golf Business Conference’s pre-conference workshop, “Next Generation Marketing with Technology” (February 7; 11 am-3pm). In this four-hour event, participants will gain an understanding of how marketing has changed, and how technology is helping businesses market faster, better and with deeper insight into customers than ever before. This hands-on, interactive session will examine technology that enables demand generation and customer conversion, address the biggest mistakes business owners make with marketing, and analyze which technologies you should be using to reach new customers. The event will also feature an overview of email and content marketing practices and the technologies that enable them, and provide a deeper understanding of social media tools and social marketing. Finally, participants will learn how to look at web analytics, as well as social media and email marketing metrics, to separate the numbers from those insights that actually help move your business forward. Host Robert Rose, chief strategy officer for the Content Marketing Institute and author of “Experiences: The 7th Era of Marketing,” will walk attendees through how technology can help you get more out of the marketing you’re already doing—and enable you to do some of the marketing that you haven’t tried. Register online for this inaugural event at Individual tickets are $150, but the fee is included when purchased as part of a bundle package.



With a remarkable final run, Donald Trump (R) broke through in states that have not gone for a Republican presidential candidate in decades and will soon become the 45th President of the United States. For the private club industry, that result could be extremely meaningful. In addition to the presidential result, club industry champions in the Senate also won major victories that will help move much needed club-friendly legislation. Sens. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) won their re-election races. All of those candidates, as well as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) who lost a very tight race, were supported by NCA’s political action committee—ClubPAC. With their victories, the majority in the Senate will stay in pro-growth, pro-club hands. In addition, the House of Representatives also has maintained its pro-growth, pro-club majority. Indeed, that chamber lost far fewer members from the majority than was first expected and the same strong club policies that have emanated from the House will continue moving into the 115th Congress in January. After the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017, we expect a more robust engagement on our issues from the incoming administration and Congress. Working together, we anticipate good things on the horizon for private clubs, including major activity to repeal the Affordable Care Act, removing the National Labor Relations Board’s rules supporting unions, and a re-evaluation of DOL’s employee/ independent contractor classification guidance. These are the immediate concerns for our industry, and NCA is prepared to work with the new administration to make these changes a reality. In the near future, issues like tax relief, immigration reform and growing the economy will also be priorities for NCA. After the November 22 victory when the Federal District Court ruled that the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule should be stopped, DOL decided to file its notice of appeal. There is very little chance the appeal will make any difference. The appeals process will take many

NEW MEMBERS ASSOCIATE MEMBERS months—concluding well after the inauguration of the new administration. The greater likelihood is that the new administration will remove the appeal soon after Jan. 20, 2017. However, be prepared for some changes to the minimum weekly salary threshold over the next year or so. The Trump Administration will not likely propose an increase to $913/week that was issued by the Obama DOL, but there may be some increase to the current $455/week threshold. Former President George W. Bush increased the minimum weekly salary threshold in 2004, so there is a good chance we will see such a change again. Over the next few months, NCA and our allies will be working on what that number should be and how it should be phased-in. In the end though, this election has provided us the opportunity to make Washington work better for private clubs. All of us at NCA look forward to doing just that as we move forward.

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GCBAA MEETINGS CALENDAR 2017 GCBAA Summer Meeting August 8-10, 2017 Omni Charlotte Charlotte, NC

Future Golf Industry Show Sites February 8-9, 2017 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL

February 7-8, 2018 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, TX

National Golf Day April 26, 2017 Washington, D.C.

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MOVERS & SHAPERS Thank you Mike Crone GCBAA Staff would like to say thank you to Mike Crone for his service on the Board of Directors. His commitment to building a strong organization can be seen through his countless hours spent volunteering behind our GCBAA Booth and other events. We wish him luck with Clarke Construction Group, Inc. and will continue to welcome his input and participation in our organization. Justin, Samantha and Stephanie

Terra S. H. Waldron, CCM, CCE 2016 Club Executive of the Year Alexandria, VA - October 19, 2016 – Club Management magazine has named Terra S.H. Waldron, CCM, CCE, the 2016 Club Executive of the Year. A member of the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), Waldron serves as Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of the Desert Highlands Association, in Scottsdale, AZ. Her professional career has earned her several opportunities to develop highly effective leadership teams. She recently oversaw a $4 million clubhouse renovation project. Desert Highlands has been recognized as a five-star platinum club, a distinguished Emerald club and one of America’s healthiest clubs. Additionally, Desert Highlands is an HOA community encompassing 600 luxury homes of which Waldron serves as Property Manager. As described by Theresa Klingensmith, Director of Human Resources at the Desert Highlands Association, “Waldron leads by example; she instills the values of Desert Highlands in her interactions with staff and members.” Waldron has been recognized in Forbes Magazine as one of the female leaders in the Southwest, and other publications as one of the most influential women in the private club industry. She mentors many men and women in the industry and believes in education advancements for her staff. She demonstrates authenticity, enthusiasm, passion and breadth of knowledge for the club industry. Her influence on the members and treating her staff


professionally has made her reputation as an outstanding manager in all facets of her career. Waldron’s belief is that walking around the property and being available to members has truly earned her this award. The award is sponsored by Global Golf Advisors, Inc., a CMAA Silver Alliance Partner. Henry DeLozier, a principal, shared, “Waldron is a most deserving recipient of the award and the second woman to be so honored. Global Golf Advisors believes in club managers and Terra is an excellent role model for all of us.” Each year, Club Management recognizes the best in club leadership with the Club Executive of the Year Award. This prestigious honor is presented to the club executive who most embodies the values, vision and professionalism of CMAA. Originally known as the Club Manager of the Year, this distinction was created in 1985 by Club Management magazine to honor an individual who by his or her achievements best represents the qualities found in all hard-working, dedicated club management professionals. In 2008, the award was re-titled to mirror the evolution of the role of a club management profession. Waldron is the 31st club executive to be honored through this award. The complete list is available at The full cover story on Terra Waldron, 2016 Club Executive of the Year can be seen in the Winter 2017 issue of Club Management magazine.


Aspen Bolsters Southwest Operations Dallas, Texas - With the addition of two new bunker renovation projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Aspen Corporation will conclude a strong 2016 which will see them complete renovation projects at several private country clubs in the state of Texas. Over the past three years, Aspen has completed more than fifteen Construction, Renovation and Irrigation projects for golf courses west of the Mississippi River. “An increasing number of our clients in recent years have come from the southwestern part of the country”, said Donnie Adkins, President of Aspen Corporation, “We feel like growth in this region is a logical expansion of our operations and will allow us to build on our 35-year history of serving golf course superintendents, architects and owners.” Aspen opened its Southwest office – based in Dallas, Texas - in 2015. Operations there are under the direct control of 20+ year industry veteran Jason Lewis who serves as Aspen’s Operations Manager. “Jason joined our team in 2014 and immediately made an impact” says Adkins, “Jason’s a Texas-guy and over the past two years, he’s proven he can strengthen our brand in the West including the Southwest” In 2009, Aspen had a similar expansion when it opened a Southeast office based in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Although we historically have had success across the country from our home office in West Virginia, we feel like it’s important to have Aspen representatives in the regions of our busiest target markets,” Adkins continued,

“relationships are incredibly important in this business and we’ve got some great ones including those we’ve forged through the Southeast office and those that are coming out of our new Southwest office.” Aspen is currently working on an 18-hole greens renovation at the historic Sewickley Heights Golf Club in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “Over the period of about 10 weeks, we will strip existing poa annua putting surfaces from 19 greens, rebuild the greens using USGA recommended methods and relay the poa annua sod” said Richard Hagy, Vice President of Golf and Irrigation at Aspen, “We’ve had great weather and a client partner that has been all-in since we broke ground in August, and we can see the finish line on another successful project” In addition to the considerable renovation work at Sewickley Heights, Aspen’s golf and irrigation division will complete more than 22 projects in 9 states in 2016; including two 2017 major championship venues. Contact: Nicholas Mazzella Aspen Corporation 9935-D Rea Road #208 Charlotte, NC 28277 (704) 650-4859



Withers to Leave Jacobsen David Withers, president/CEO of Jacobsen, says he is leaving the company at the end of this month (December) after 24 years of service. In an email response to GCM, Withers says he decided the timing was right to step away after it was announced earlier this year that Jacobsen and Textron Specialized Vehicles would integrate operations and move from Charlotte, N.C., to Augusta, Ga. The completion of merging operations is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. “As such, my role would have moved to Augusta, and I decided that this was not something that I wanted to do and felt that the timing was right for us to start looking at a move back to the UK,” Withers wrote. “I also think that the merger of the two brands will work better if it is truly integrated, and I think that integration will be easier and more complete without there being an incumbent president of Jacobsen in the mix.” Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles, will have the same title now at Jacobsen. Withers says the future is bright for Jacobsen. “I think there will be opportunities to build on what we have achieved these last years and also to leverage the two brands together to win more business,” he says. “What I mean by that is there will be the ability to leverage the E-Z-Go (a Textron brand) and Jacobsen brands into the customer base. If a golf course or group are purchasing a lot of Jacobsen equipment but also a buggy fleet competitive to E-Z-Go, then maybe in the future it will make sense to buy it all from one company and get additional advantages due to the increased volume of business going to one vendor.” The philosophy that Withers says he brought to his role at Jacobsen was based on what he calls the 3 Bs: Building relationships with customers the most important thing we can do; build a great machine that makes the customers’ lives easier; and back products for the whole life of the machine, which is key to a customer’s success.

“I think that if Jacobsen stays true to these tenets, the company will only continue to grow and succeed as it has these last years, and I wish the company and all its wonderful employees and customers every success for the future,” he says. Withers joined Jacobsen in 1992 as a regional sales manager in the UK. In 2011, he became president and was stationed in Charlotte. As for the future, Withers is exploring it. “I am hopeful that I can stay in this industry, as I have so many friends and relationships that it would seem sad not to continue to build them in the future, albeit with another company,” he says. Read more about the plans for Textron Specialized Vehicles and Jacobsen in Augusta in the January issue of GCM.

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MOVERS & SHAPERS Finchem’s retirement has been speculated for months and Monahan is not a surprise successor, as he was was named deputy commissioner in the spring of 2014 and COO earlier this year.

Finchem Announces Retirement PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem officially announced his retirement from his position Monday night. Deputy commissioner Jay Monahan has been announced as his replacement, and will take over on January 1, 2017. The appointment was unanimously approved by the PGA Tour Policy Board in a Monday meeting. “I am greatly honored by the trust the Policy Board has shown in me to succeed Tim Finchem as Commissioner,” Monahan said. “Under Tim’s leadership, the PGA Tour has made remarkable progress, even in the most difficult economic times. We are now entering a very important time in our organization’s history, and I know our executive team and I will draw upon and be inspired by the invaluable experience of working with Tim as we take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities, as well as face the challenges, that are ahead for the tour.”

Finchem took the commissioner reigns from Deane Beman in June 1994. Under his tenure, the PGA Tour purse has grown substantially; in 1994 the league’s purse was $56.4 million; that figure will be well north of $300 million in 2016-17. He navigated three TV deals, was part of the creation of the Presidents Cup and FedEx Cup playoffs, and played an integral part in the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee initiative. “I have the highest regard for Jay and have total confidence in his ability to lead the PGA Tour well into the future,” Finchem said. “He has been a key member of the executive team since joining the tour and has worked closely with me on all business matters since becoming deputy commissioner. Jay is well respected throughout the PGA Tour family and the golf industry. I know he will do a tremendous job for the players and all constituents of the PGA Tour.” Monahan becomes just the fourth commissioner in PGA Tour history. Prior to deputy commissioner, Monahan served a number of roles for the PGA Tour, including executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He joined in June 2008, serving as executive director of the Players Championship. Monahan played college golf at Trinity, where he was named a Division II Academic AllAmerican. Source: Beall, J. (2016, November 7) Golf Digest

Sunbelt Rentals Opens Sioux Falls, S.D., Branch Sunbelt Rentals has opened a new branch south of Sioux Falls, S.D., the Sioux Falls Business Journal reports. North America’s second largest rental company has a new 11,000-square-foot facility on two acres south of the city off Interstate 29. Sunbelt’s division manager Roland Nifong told the SFBJ that the customer base includes commercial construction and industrial contractors, industrial facilities, property-maintenance contractors, and warehousing and distributing facilities. Sunbelt Rentals has seven employees in the new branch and expects to add up to five more in the next year, Nifong added, including additional mechanics, delivery drivers and inside sales staff. Nifong told the paper that the reception in the community has been “fantastic”, adding that the company is hiring local people to run and staff facilities, helping the company to be a strong member of the community. Based in Fort Mills, S.C., Sunbelt Rentals is No. 2 on the RER 100.


MOVERS & SHAPERS Golf’s Health Benefits Source: World Golf Foundation (ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – World Golf Foundation (WGF) – the non-profit organization developing and supporting initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values – announces the launch of the Golf & Health Project, academically researching and highlighting how the game can benefit peoples’ lives. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, led by Dr. Andrew Murray and under the supervision of leading international academics, Professor Nanette Mutrie and Professor Liz Grant, have conducted the largest, most comprehensive study of golf and health, with the results shown in a Scoping Review published in the world’s leading sports medicine and science journal, The British Journal of Sports Medicine. In total, 5,000 papers were reviewed to provide a comprehensive view on the impact of the game on health, illness prevention (and management) and associated injuries (infographic). Key benefits include improvements in life expectancy and quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits. Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer. Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity. The Project launches with support from all of golf’s major organisations, along with an initial eight ambassadors from around the world with more than 30 majors and 350 wins between them - Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Gary Player (South Africa), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Ryann O’Toole (USA), So Yeon Ryu (South Korea), and Zach Johnson (USA). “I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the Golf & Health Project and wholeheartedly support the work they are doing to prove the health and wellbeing benefits of golf,” explained Gary Player, nine-time Major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member. “The systematic and academic confirmation of the physical and mental benefits golf gives people will be of great use to us all to spread the word to institutions, governments and the entire world!” Current information from the Scoping Review and future research findings will continue to be available through the Golf & Health website – This information is designed to be practical and usable by golf’s stakeholders to help develop the sport around the world. 26

The project also aims to show existing and future benefits that are identified are applicable to individuals of all ages throughout society, not just a specific sub-section of the population. The WGF and the major golf organizations represented on its Board of Directors, along with partners such as the PGAs of Europe and the University of Edinburgh, academic collaborators and supporters from the University of California at San Francisco, and various other organizations, are working together on the Project with a view to sharing its work around the globe. “The importance of the Golf & Health Project in the development of the sport is vital, not just for the WGF’s partners, but everyone involved with golf around the world,” said Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation. “This Project is something we can all get behind, as it is universally agreed that golf is good for you. It is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more - all to the sport’s benefit.” The Project is planning various research-led activities to further prove areas of interest and also expand into currently under-researched areas such as the mental health benefits of golf, physical benefits in older players and the positive effects of spectating. “For a number of years we’ve felt we’ve underplayed the likely benefits of golf on peoples’ health,” added Golf & Health Project Executive Director and European Tour Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roger Hawkes. “Over the last two or three years, there seems to be an interest from various bodies and we’ve been able to bring together that interest to actually study this area.” Further information, news and features on the Golf & Health Project:, @GolfAndHealth on Twitter and ‘Golf and Health’ on Facebook. Watch the interview with key Golf & Health representatives and ambassadors at XIpzLd6e2dc. For queries relating to the Project, contact info@ and for media queries contactmedia@ About Golf & Health The Golf & Health Project, supported by the World Golf CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

MOVERS & SHAPERS GCBAA Past Rossi Recipient Brent Wadsworth to Receive 2017 DSA from GCSAA Longtime turfgrass science professors Nick Christians, Ph.D., and Patricia Vittum, Ph.D., along with Brent Wadsworth, whose company has built more than 850 golf courses, have been selected to receive 2017 Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Awards from the GCSAA. The three will be recognized during the Opening Session, presented in partnership with Syngenta, on Feb. 7 at the 2017 Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando. The award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advancement of the golf course superintendent profession. The award was renamed in 2009 in honor of Col. John Morley, GCSAA’s founder and first president. He was the first to earn the Distinguished Service Award in 1932, and he received it again in 1940.

since 1983 and has been a member of the association for 22 years. Vittum, 65, joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1980, becoming a professor in 2000. She currently teaches classes on the use of pesticides and turfgrass management. She was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch, in 2004. She also received the USGA Green Section Award in 2015 for her work with turfgrass. “I wasn’t expecting this,” said Vittum, the first woman to receive the award. “This one really snuck up on me. When I look at the list of winners, it reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of golf course management. I am humbled to have my name added to the list.”

“These three embody what the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award represents,” said GCSAA President Peter Grass, a certified golf course superintendent (CGCS). “They have made significant contributions to the game through research, teaching and golf course construction. In a variety of ways, these individuals have dedicated themselves to the broader advancement of the superintendent profession.”

A native of western New York who studied at Cornell University, where she earned a Ph.D. in entomology in 1980, Vittum has conducted significant research on the biology and management of turfgrass insects, especially the bluegrass weevil, and the effectiveness of biologicalcontrol methods. An 11-year GCSAA member, she has been an instructor at GIS since 1988 and has traveled worldwide to deliver her expertise to others in the turfgrass management field.

Christians, 67, has taught horticulture and turfgrass management at Iowa State University for the past 37 years, encouraging more than 1,000 students to consider careers as golf course superintendents or in related fields. Eight of his former students are also currently college faculty members in the field of study, including one at his alma mater of The Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D.

Wadsworth, 87, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in landscape architecture. He soon turned his interest in golf course architecture into his own company that has helped construct and renovate hundreds of golf courses over the past 55 years. His company has worked on remodeling projects at Augusta National, The Greenbrier, Castle Pines in Denver and Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.

“I am very pleased to receive this award. It was a surprise,” said Christians, who was a golf course superintendent in Colorado from 1972-74 before going to graduate school. “I would like to thank my former students who nominated me for this award. Working with students has been a joy. I still love my job and enjoying coming to work every day.”

“I am deeply honored and very appreciative of this award,” said Wadsworth. “I have been a great supporter of GCSAA for as long as I can remember.”

Christians has done important research on turfgrass fertility, weed control and natural herbicides, and he has been recognized with numerous industry awards. He has received the Iowa State Horticultural Society Honor Award, the Fred Grau Turfgrass Research Award from the Crop Science Society of America, the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa GCSA and the Meritorious Service Award from the Iowa Turfgrass Institute. In addition, he has supported GCSAA as an instructor at GIS

A 58-year member of GCSAA, Wadsworth has been recognized previously for his contributions to the game and his alma mater. He is a member of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He also earned an Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Illinois. And his Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, established in 1997, has made numerous gifts and grants to help others less fortunate. Read more about the three DSA recipients in the January issue of GCM.


MOVERS & SHAPERS West Coast Turf Preserve Golf Course Turfgrass Conversion CARMEL, CA - The Preserve Golf Club, a prestigiously ranked Golf Digest list of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses, has completed its turfgrass conversion project. In addition to improving course conditions at the Tom Fazio designed course, the switch from cool season turfgrass on fairways and the driving range to warm season turfgrass, is expected to decrease water use by as much as 35 million gallons a year. The cool season fairways were replaced earlier this year with West Coast Turf’s Santa Ana hybrid bermuda. The course was closed for just four months. This warm season turfgrass is not the standard for this region, but it is the ideal solution for water savings while not sacrificing quality of golf course play. “Our members are ecstatic with the firmer, faster and consistently superior playability coupled with significant reductions in fairway water requirements. Our golf course is vastly improved and both our environment and community benefit. A win-win-win,” said James Student, chairman of the club. Santa Ana hybrid bermuda, while drought tolerant and resistant, pushes the northern boundary of the transition zone at this location. It has an ability to stay greener longer going into winter, and green up faster in spring than other bermudagrasses. It also will use between 30-50% less water than the cool season grass. Rough areas were also changed out to other water saving native grasses. “We’re quite pleased with the Santa Ana bermuda, especially its ability to tolerate cooler temperatures along with shade and still look very green,” said golf course superintendent Tim Taagen. “We’ve already had a few frosty mornings and yet it continues to look as green and healthy as it did when it was hot. The membership couldn’t be more pleased with the choice and working with West Coast Turf was fun. They made it easy and their top quality workmanship shows. The most exciting thing is that the turf doesn’t require nearly the water we used on perennial ryegrass at a much lower cutting height,” Taagen said. The Valley Club of Montecito in Montecito, CA and on the Golf Digest list of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses, and Montecito Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Santa Barbara, CA, also converted their cool season turfgrass to West Coast Turf’s Santa Ana hybrid bermuda. They similarly wanted an exceptional environmentally responsible water saving product without sacrificing excellence of play. The Valley Club transitioned in two phases in 2012 and 2013, and Montecito Country Club is


set to re-open in 2017. Here are a few things to know about warm season grasses: •

They require significantly less water than cool season grasses

They provide drier, firmer playing conditions during hot summer weather

They tolerate traffic and drought better than cool season grasses

Divots recover quickly on fairways and tees during the summer months

Converting from cool season to warm season grasses often yields a significant savings in pesticide use

About West Coast Turf West Coast Turf is a full-service sod, field resurfacing, stolonization and hydroseeding company with farms throughout California and Arizona, and headquarters in Palm Desert, CA. West Coast Turf grows more than 30 varieties of natural turf, and is the West’s largest grower of drought tolerant warm season turfgrasses. Clients include: •

The San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, Oakland A’s, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball

The San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, and Oakland Raiders of the National Football League

The National Football League for eight Super Bowls

The San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy soccer clubs

BIGHORN Golf Club, Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Riviera, TPC Scottsdale, Desert Mountain, Spyglass Hill, Los Angeles Country Club, Bel-Air Country Club, Sherwood Country Club, Cypress Point, Madison Club, Olympic Club, Hideaway, Tradition, and Pebble Beach

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MOVERS & SHAPERS Paul Levy Elected 40th President of the PGA of America Delegates at 100th PGA Annual Meeting Vote Suzy Whaley as Vice President, Jim Richerson as Secretary NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2016) – Paul Levy, of Indian Wells, California, was elected the 40th President of the PGA of America today at the Association’s 100th Annual Meeting. Levy is President of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise Company, and also is the CEO and General Manager at Toscana Country Club. Prior to being elected PGA President, Levy served as PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary. PGA of America President, Paul Levy, PGA of America Vice President, Suzy Whaley and PGA of America Secretary Jim Richerson. Photo courtesy of Preserve Golf Club

Now a member of the Southern California PGA Section, he is the fourth person from the Section to ascend to PGA President, following Joe Novak (1949-1951), Pat Reilly (1989-1990) and Tom Addis III (1995-1996). Levy previously was president of the Southern Texas PGA Section from 1998-2000, and earned the 2000 Southern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. He is a three-time Southern Texas Section PGA Junior Golf Leader recipient; the 1999 Section Bill Strausbaugh Award winner; and the 1997 Section Merchandiser of the Year for Public Facilities. Succeeding Levy as Vice President is Suzy Whaley of Cromwell, Connecticut, who served the past two years as Secretary. Whaley is the first woman ever to be elected as an Officer of the Association. Jim Richerson, of Kohler, Wisconsin, was elected to succeed Whaley as PGA Secretary. A former member of the PGA Board of Directors, Richerson is General Manager & Group Director of Golf at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Also, Derek Sprague, of Jersey City, New Jersey, who served as the 39th PGA President, assumes the role of PGA Honorary President. He succeeds Allen Wronowski, who completed his second two-year term. In addition, six new members of the PGA Board of Directors and one Independent Director were sworn in: Noel Gebauer, of Schenectady, New York; Tom Henderson, of Greenwich, Connecticut; John Lindert, of Lansing, Michigan; Kelly Williams, of Lexington, Kentucky; Patrick Richardson, of Savannah, Georgia; Don Rea, Jr. of Mesa, Arizona; and Independent Director Christopher Liedel, President of Smithsonian Enterprises in Washington, D.C. PGA President Paul Levy earned PGA membership in 1986, and has served in a leadership capacity at both the

Section and National levels for nearly 25 years. From 20072012, Levy was elected as an Independent Director on the Southern California PGA Board of Directors. From 19992004, he served as General Manager and PGA Director of Golf at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, and was Senior Vice President of Club Operations for Sunrise Company, the developer of Royal Oaks Country Club. In 2004, Levy moved to Southern California to oversee the development of Toscana. Four years later, he became president of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise. In 1992, he founded PKL Golf Group Company, a golf management and development company, and served as its president and CEO. Levy still operates that entity today. Levy is a 1983 graduate of LSU, where he was a member of the golf team. PGA Vice President Suzy Whaley is the PGA Director of Instruction at Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell. Having served as PGA Secretary from 2014-2016, Whaley was also a member of the PGA Board of Directors from 2011-13. She has also served on the Connecticut PGA Section Board of Directors and as Section Vice President at Large. A dual PGA and LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Member, Whaley was also an LPGA Tour member in 1990 and 1993. She famously competed in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for a PGA Tour event. PGA Secretary Jim Richerson is responsible for managing all aspects of the day-to-day golf businesses for Kohler Co. While on the PGA Board of Directors, Richerson served on the PGA Budget Committee, Investment Committee and as Chair of the Golf Properties Committee. The 2013 and 2016 Wisconsin PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year, Richerson also previously won the Section’s Horton Smith and Bill Strausbaugh Awards. His career has taken him to a variety of facilities—daily-fee, semiprivate, private, and full-service resorts—and given him an opportunity to work alongside PGA Professionals in nine PGA Sections. The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association’s President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President and 17 Directors. The Directors include representatives from each of the PGA’s 14 districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour. New District Directors are elected by their representative PGA Sections. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA. org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter, and find us on Facebook. Contact: Jamie Carbone PGA of America 561/624-8446


MOVERS & SHAPERS Walne Assumes Asian Golf Industry Federation Presidency Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Richard Walne has been confirmed as the new President of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF). One of the original Board members when the AGIF was inaugurated in 2009, Walne is among the region’s most respected industry figures. For more than three decades he has worked with The Toro Company, holding sales and marketing positions in Europe and the United States and, from 1991, within the Asia region. He was based in Singapore for more than 10 years during this time, taking up his current role as Managing Director, Australia & Asia Pacific. Additionally, Walne has acted as Chairman of the AGIF’s Education Committee. British-born Walne took over the reins from Tim Trinka at the Federation’s annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur. He will hold the post for a two-year term. Walne said: “I’m honoured to assume the role of President of the Asian Golf Industry Federation. “Under the Presidency of Tim Trinka these past four years and with Eric Lynge as Chief Executive Officer, I have seen the organization progress considerably and become an ever-more important player in the Asian golfing industry. “It is my hope that this upward trend will carry on with the AGIF’s influence as the umbrella organization for the

golf industry in this part of the world continuing to grow.” A not-for-profit regional organization, the AGIF has a distinguished member roster representing leaders in the Asian golf industry including golf course and club suppliers and professional support services, and golf course architects to golf real estate and development companies. Walne said he is keen to see the AGIF develop strong relationships with key global and regional golfing bodies. “It is necessary for the AGIF to collaborate with established golf associations and organizations for the benefit of the Asian golf industry.” Paul Burley, Senior Vice President and Global Head – IMG Golf Course Services – will remain as Vice President of the AGIF. Chuck Greif, Managing Director Asia Pacific for Ransomes Jacobsen, takes over as Treasurer while Rain Bird Corporation’s Chris Gray becomes Secretary. Pacific Links International President Rudy Anderson, TPC Kuala Lumpur Chief Executive Steven Thielke and Riverside Golf Club General Manager Wee Peng Siong all retain their places on the Board. Troon International President Bruce Glasco and Syngenta Asia Pacific’s Sowmya ‘Shoumo’ Mitra were re-nominated for a further term. Three new faces to the Board are Sid Bardwell of John Deere, Bruce Williams of Brandt Consolidated and a Past President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and Seiichi Daita, President and Chief Executive Officer of IHI Shibaura.


Foundation, is working to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of golf, aiming to help drive an increased interest and participation in golf, and to improve the public image of the sport. It also aims to show that existing and future benefits that are identified are applicable to individuals of all ages and in all areas of society, not just a specific sub-section of the population. Key benefits include improvements in life expectancy, quality of life, as well as physical and mental health. The Project will see the health benefits communicated and disseminated to policy makers and members of the public to increase awareness of golf’s positive influence on health and wellbeing. 30

For more information: About the World Golf Foundation The World Golf Foundation develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values. The Foundation, which was founded in 1993 and is supported by major international golf organizations and professional Tours, provides oversight to World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20 and other industry initiatives in support of its mission. For more information:

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