GCBAA 2018 Q4 Earth Shaping News

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

4Q | 2018

The start of the “Inside the Shop” build for the Golf Industry Show. In partnership with GCSAA, GCBAA built a replica maintenance shop that will be featured on the trade show floor.

Inside Issue the


President’s Perspective


Executive Director Notes


Foundation Update

13 Human Resources 14 Developer’s Guide 16 Allied Updates 22 New Members 23 Movers & Shapers 25 GCBAA Meetings Calendar

SAN DIEGO SET TO Welcome Back THE GOLF INDUSTRY SHOW Each Golf Industry Show brings more opportunities for GCBAA members! We are excited to be honoring Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in the first ever dual Don A. Rossi Award to be held during our Opening Reception on Tuesday, February 5. 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. Read more about both recipients on page 12. With an expected 500 guests in attendance, this has become the signature event for opening night. Still need to purchase a ticket? Call the GCBAA office and we’ll get you squared away, (402) 476-4444. The GCBAA and Foundation have expanded its footprint in booth #2739 along with the sold-out Builder Pavilion. To handle the growth, the area will feature a business lounge for networking and private meetings. We have several new members exhibiting in our area and look forward to hearing about 2018 successes and plans that are already underway in the golf industry for 2019. New this year, the Inside the Ropes build from previous years has transitioned to Inside the Shop!

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GCBAA staff and a few hardworking volunteers building the bones of “Inside the Shop” that will be featured at the Golf Industry Show.

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This 2,400-square foot build is designed to help superintendents make improvements to their own shop, regardless of budgetary or space constraints. It’ll be the hub for educational opportunities, networking, contests, hands-on demonstrations and even a Husky Toolbox / Workbench giveaway! This project is bringing a new audience of suppliers and exhibitors that can share innovative products; some featured on Discovery Channel Garage Rehab, that can be solutions for superintendents and equipment managers that help day to day operations be more efficient, safer and economical. If you’re going to the GIS, be sure to check it out in Booth #5929…you literally can’t miss it! The Foundation’s annual Chuck Cloud Memorial Harley Raffle is back for another year! It’s been a tremendous fundraising avenue to continue to give back to the golf industry through Sticks for Kids. Check out pages 8-9 for how to purchase a ticket and have your chance at a 2019 Heritage Softail Classic or $10,000 cash. We look forward to seeing many of you at this year’s Golf Industry Show. It’s sure to be an exciting week and if there’s anything the GCBAA staff can do to make it more enjoyable for you, please let us know.





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Patrick Karnick


BOARD MEMBERS Ronnie Adkins Aspen Corporation Chris Caccavale Caterpillar Inc. Ellen Davis SportZmix Solutions (Vice President) Judd Duininck Duininck Golf (President Elect) Greg Hufner Total Turf Services John McDonald II McDonald & Sons, Inc. (Treasurer) Jon O’Donnell Heritage Links Mike Perez VM Golf Services Manny Pina Ewing Irrigation Bob Sylvester The Toro Company Blake Thomas Regency Wire Jon Truttmann Hunter Industries Scott Veazey Southeastern Golf, Inc. (Past President) Rick Williamson LASCO Fittings, Inc.

t’s hard to believe that another year came to a close so quickly. We have already had several snow storms in the Midwest and the late Fall temperatures seem more like mid-February. The quick change of seasons certainly makes a trip to San Diego for the GIS much more appealing. I’m sure many of you are already booked with plans to attend. Let me wrap up 2018 with a review of the last few months and a look ahead into this year. The Executive Board held its final meeting of the year in Minneapolis in mid-October to close out the year and set plans for the many upcoming events. Member Benefits continued to be a major topic of the meeting and the Executive Board and staff are continuing to develop and research areas that will give all our members reasons to be part of the GCBAA. Final plans were being made for both the Carolinas GCSA Trade Show in Myrtle Beach and the South Florida Regional Meeting, held once again at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Registrations and sponsorships were very encouraging with strong education and networking opportunities. Thank you to all our member companies for your generous support of these regional education opportunities. We could not offer these events without your support. Read more about the South Florida Regional Meeting on page 10. The Board Election took place in November and we are glad to welcome our newest members Jon O’Donnell (Heritage Links) and Manny Pina (Ewing Irrigation) as well as re-elected board members Greg Hufner (Total Turf Golf Services), Tom Works (Landscapes Unlimited), Chris Caccavale (CAT), and Rick Williamson (LASCO Fittings). We would also like to recognize and thank several GCBAA members for participating in the election including Jim Glase (Glase Golf), Chris Hill (Course Crafters), Chris Clarke (Clarke Construction) and Blake Thomas (Regency Wire). And while Blake was not initially elected, he will be filling the vacancy of Ian Williams. We look forward to his involvement on the Board and I thank Ian for his service to the association. The GCBAA is a member driven association and active participation is always welcome. We are constantly looking for members with an interest in serving on one of the many committees that help provide benefits to our

membership. Also, a very special note of thanks and appreciation goes out to Joy Ramos (DHR) and Mark Creighton (Ewing Irrigation) for their past service on the Board of Directors. Both will be missed for their individual contributions to the Board and our membership, and for their friendship along the way. Justin, Samantha and I, along with Mike Garbs and Stephanie Zimmerman from ADS/Hancor, met with executive staff members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) in mid-December to review the current GCBAA contract with the GCSAA related to our participation in the annual Golf Industry Show (GIS). The GCBAA has had a long standing, positive relationship with GCSAA and we look to bolster that relationship to benefit both of our associations for many years ahead. Stay tuned for good things to come. Plans for the upcoming GIS and Winter Meeting in San Diego are all but executed. Staff has been working diligently behind the scenes for several months to put together another great gathering for GCBAA Members. We are excited to honor Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw with this year’s Don Rossi Award. The GCBAA Cocktail Reception is always one of the best attended events of the GIS and usually a highlight of the week. If you’re attending the GIS, be sure your RSVP is in for the Reception. We will also be holding the annual GCBAA Foundation Harley Davidson Raffle during the GIS so be sure to buy your tickets while they’re still available. Advance purchase of the raffle tickets is available through the GCBAA office or www.gcbaa.org/Foundation. With the holidays just behind us, I hope everyone had an opportunity to reflect on the good things that happened during the past year and spent time with family and friends. The year ahead looks promising and there will certainly be great opportunities for all our Members to benefit from their participation in the GCBAA. If there is anything we can do to help, feel free to contact me directly. Look forward to seeing everyone in sunny and warm San Diego! Sincerely, Patrick Karnick

Tom Works Landscapes Unlimited, LLC



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s I stand here (thanks to #Veridesk) typing this year-end message I cannot even think to look back at prior year notes. I feel like that much has changed. Having no idea how you should keep track of emails, I use literally hundreds of folders to try to keep subjects separated. If you can judge progress or change based on the number of new folders, 2018 set some serious records. Having had the opportunity to work with so many more of you this past year, we have come up with a new line of opportunities based on your ideas and feedback and you have really ignited our energy to keep GCBAA a “Member Driven” organization. We have welcomed some great new partners and expanded existing relationships. We are at a point where we do not even know what to call some of you: members, partners, premier partners, family! I gave a tough report at our General Membership Meeting last winter and Summer Meeting concerning the financial state of the association. On paper it has been a tough few years for the GCBAA as a business alone. Income vs. expense is not something that shareholders would celebrate, however many of you understand that the investment the organization has been making is going to pay off in our future. We have invested in several “stocks” of our allied organizations, ideas, and initiatives that will help secure the golf construction market and, in the end, payoff to all of our members. When you are successful, your association becomes successful. You all have proven to us that you understand that in distressed times the last budget line to cut is your marketing and you have trusted your association to help promote your profession. After these difficult reports many of you have approached staff and board members with ideas on ways to help. That is how we know we are successful! When you combine your association efforts with the support you have given to the Foundation, now we can pop some bottles; but we would rather give it to the programs. The 2018 association report to the membership in San Diego is going to be bitter sweet. While we are excited to share the news of the Foundation initiatives with the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program as well as strides in board strategic initiatives with our partners, we are still going to have to explain the financial status of the organization and not yet ready to break open Champaign and “make it rain” with our net income. Honestly, I do not see

that report coming anytime soon and hope the members can understand that might be a good thing. We are running a not for profit in the sense of spending what we make each year and in the case of the Foundation, are taking some of those rainy day funds and investing them today to help secure tomorrow. Some tough decisions have been made. We are running extremely lean as staff and as proud as we are of being as efficient as possible with Sam and I running the day to day, we have partnered with some solid support companies to help us continue to make you proud. A significant sacrifice when you are cook, server, and dish washer is you miss what you pride yourself in most – the details. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the “extra” your staff have tried to achieve. There are two instances for me this year end where I personally missed the “extra” and it affected two good friends. First, I made a significant mistake to a good friend who has been nothing but a worker for this association. As much as I have been impressed at members who step up and give time to volunteer, I will never put anyone above Chris Hill and his willingness to step up and help GCBAA and GCSAA clean-up a long shot project years ago in San Diego. Our Electric Avenue build was a last second idea that pulled together all kinds of resources to introduce a new trade show concept that us desk jockies felt could work. When it came to the leg work we needed some raw labor, positive thinking, and outside of changed flights, missed holidays, and everything you hate to ask for in unpaid professionals Chris rose to the occasion. Since then he has been a behind the curtains resource that has helped elevate the respect and appreciation of GCBAA and its members. You take that and then it is tough to ask members to step up and serve on the board of directors which he was willing to do. I alone made the epic mistake in my calculation of the certified results and shared news that he had been elected to a third and non-existent seat. I appreciate how much Chris has understood this inadvertent mistake and has let the fall out go unnoticed as you would expect from any southern gentlemen. I learn more and more from guys like this on how to be in my professional and personal life. Number two must be on one of the most respected and notable architects I have ever had the pleasure to have met; Mr. Rees Jones and his talented design team, including Greg Muirhead, Steve Weisser and Bryce Swanson. We provided a


Justin Apel



ACC Golf Construction ADS/Hancor, Inc. Aspen Corporation Boyd Irrigation, Inc. Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf Cal Olson Golf Architecture Caterpillar, Inc. Clarke Construction Group Duininck Golf Dye Designs International Eagle Golf and Landscapes Products Ewing Irrigation Fleetwood Services LLC Forward Group Glase Golf, Inc. Greenscapes Six HARCO Fittings Hartman Companies, Inc. Henderson & Company, Inc. Heritage Links Hunter Industries ISCO Industries Jacklin Golf Landirr, Inc. Landscapes Unlimited, LLC LASCO Fittings Inc. Leemco Inc. MacCurrach Golf McDonald & Sons, Inc. MCI Flowtronex Medalist Golf Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc. Mountain View Seeds NMP Golf Construction Corp. Profile Products LLC QGS Development, Inc. Rain Bird Corporation - Golf Division Raven CLI Ryangolf Corporation Shapemasters, Inc. Southeastern Golf SportZmix - Waupaca Sand & Solutions Sunbelt Rentals Tee-2-Green The Cart Path Company The Toro Company United Golf, LLC VM Golf Services Wadsworth Golf Construction Company West Coast Turf XGD Systems, LLC DBA TDI Golf

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short teaser in our past issue priming the pump for our upcoming South Florida Regional Meeting and the renovation taking place at The Breakers Resort Ocean Course. I failed to catch a few important details that included the proper spelling of Mr. Steve Weisser as well as recognizing the team approach I have hypocritically tried to promote of the architect, builder and superintendent combination that makes these projects a success. Without the collaboration of the Architect, Builder and Superintendent, this industry would not be where it is today and where it will be in the future. That project is a testimonial to what opportunities lie ahead for our industry and how we can marry hospitality like we enjoyed at The Breakers Resort to our industry giving the end user and incredible and memorable experience.

Finally, I need to pull my head out of my shell and remind all of you that we need to realize that business is not as usual and will probably never be. My perspective comes from literally days into my professional carrier when the largest catastrophic event on American soil ever took place (9/11) resulting in one of the worst financial situations in our history ever taking place. When you have always been around people who can talk about “good times” you can have a unique perspective. If you get an email about the opportunity that cannot be too good to be true; it isn’t… When you are asked to subscribe to a list of potential customers brought to you by the association that is out there fighting for you; it is fake. When you are offered a better hotel stay than the block being offered by the event package; it is fake. When you are not hearing about

an upcoming event and it is not on our association “events” page, we messed up; otherwise you are not getting our emails. Please help us help you and be sure to bookmark our calendar and check in periodically to see our upcoming events. When you get a nonsense email leading you to think that we sold your data to an Arab prince who just wants you to have the latest and greatest product at a onetime only price; hit delete and move on. The strongest will survive and avoid these people who are out there trying to make a fast dollar at your expense. Your association, specifically Samantha and myself, are always looking out for your best interest when it comes to the Golf Course Construction Industry.

Justin Apel



Tom Shapland


BOARD MEMBERS Mark Arrimour Total Turf Services Ellen Davis (Board Liaison) SportZmix Solutions John Holmes Atlas Turf International Limited Jimmy Kirchdorfer ISCO Industries Bill Kubly Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Rick Lohman The Toro Company Allan MacCurrach III MacCurrach Golf Chris Seiberling LMC Insurance & Risk Management Doug York Ewing Irrigation

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our Foundation continues to work diligently toward its goal of growing the game and supporting its institutions. Its ability to contribute to these goals is due solely to your continued support. I personally appreciate that support both in terms of time volunteered and money. I believe the overall industry does as well. We are currently active in pursuing our goals on four fronts. Our Sticks for Kids programs continue to help initiate young golfers to our game at virtually no cost to the participants. While the overall program has not grown much in the past few years, we continue to add new programs that replace less active programs. This past year we added 16 programs in the cities listed to your right. We have continued to provide financial support to Golf 20/20. You can learn more about the good work they do by visiting their website. Our partnership with the LPGA is blossoming. We have been instrumental in the addition of 65 Girls Golf programs, directly affecting the golf opportunity for more than 2,800 young ladies. The LPGA has proven to be an excellent partner by providing very qualified volunteer instruction and management of the programs. Finally, our initial effort to get golf clubs into high schools is thriving in southwest Texas border area. The schools offer a Physical Education section in golf, they allow the clubs to be checked out like library books when not being used in school, and they are used by some students on the golf teams. Ping has been instrumental in supporting this endeavor, so I hope you will consider their products strongly when purchasing your next set of clubs. We are now in the exploratory process of expanding our high school program into schools

in Omaha, Nebraska. GCBAA staff is working on developing a partner who may provide matching funds and it could be the start of a major expansion program for the Foundation. I hope all of you had a most enjoyable holiday and are dreaming of touring the country on your new Harley this Spring. Raffle tickets are available through the Lincoln office.


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ach winter, the GCBAA Foundation raises money for Sticks for Kids and other programming by orchestrating the Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle, with the winner receiving their choice of a brand-new Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic or $10,000 at the Golf Industry Show. This winter is no different, but

there’s more excitement than ever! With the success of the Harley raffle and annual Summer Meeting auction, the GCBAA Foundation is doing some great things these days. Not only are there more clubs in our youth’s hands, but a new partnership with LPGA*USGA Girls Golf was forged

with Sticks for Kids. There’s tremendous excitement for this industry’s future, but we must continue to feed the next generation and provide them with the tools and opportunities to learn the game of golf. To purchase raffle tickets, please visit gcbaa.org/ Foundation/Raffle or call the office, (402) 476-4444.



he GCBAA and Foundation Board of Directors are pleased to announce a new partnership with GCBAA Charter Member Sunbelt Rentals. Sunbelt Rentals has agreed to make a donation to the Foundation based on the rental volume of GCBAA members for 2019. This charitable donation is available even if you have a separate agreement with Sunbelt Rentals. If you are a current customer or would like information on becoming a customer of Sunbelt Rentals and help support this program you can either contact the GCBAA Executive office or Sunbelt Rentals primary contact Kevin Grieder, kevin. grieder@sunbeltrentals.com.

Sunbelt Rentals is constantly advancing the idea of what an equipment rental company can do for its customers, through unmatched solutions, uncompromising safety, and continuous innovation. Armed with the support and strength of 12,000+ empowered team members, our U.S. and Canadian network of rental locations is poised to quickly deliver ready-to-work equipment when and where you need it. We offer a broad range of specialty solutions, working hard to make rental easy through a one-stop process supported by highly trained staff and projectspecific expertise. It’s all part of our commitment to make it happen for you.



n support of the Buy from Within program, Prestwick is offering GCBAA members a 10% discount off of their products. Please contact Prestwick’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Steve Syrjala to start saving! ssyrjala@prestwickgolfgroup.com / (800) 505-7926 x1214. Shop at prestwickgolfgroup.com. For a list of all GCBAA partner programs, visit gcbaa.org/Membership-GCBAA-Partner-Programs

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You do not need to be present to win! Tickets will be available for purchase at the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 2–7, in Booth #2739.

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Bike will be shipped to any location within the continental United States at no additional cost n Odds of 1st ticket selection - 1 in 500 (based on 500 tickets sold) n

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FIRST TICKET ODDS OF WINNING ARE 1 IN 500. 1st Ticket Drawn – Option of 2019 Heritage Softail Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Vehicle Value $20,694. Before ownership is awarded of the vehicle, the winner must pay all applicable federal, state, city and local taxes. Winner must pay directly to the GCBAA Foundation the Federal withholding tax to be remitted to the IRS on behalf of the winner by the GCBAA Foundation. Approximately 28% of vehicle value - $5,749). Registration taxes are the responsibility of the winner and applicable to the state the vehicle is registered. GCBAA Foundation to provide winner IRS Form 1099. Free shipping of the vehicle within the continental United States courtesy of GCBAA Foundation. Winner and GCBAA Foundation to determine shipment details, winner must accept vehicle delivery at a facility capable of receiving freight deliveries. OR Cash payment of $10,000USD in lieu of vehicle. Paid directly to the winner by check with the GCBAA Foundation withholding the Federal Income Tax amount of approximately 28% of the value or $2,800USD. GCBAA Foundation to provide winner IRS Form 1099. Next 50 tickets drawn -- $100USD paid to winner via check payment from GCBAA Foundation once winner is contacted and accepts award. *Not a photo of the actual bike to be used in the raffle.

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outh Florida in December is something GCBAA staff could get used to. As tough as it was to leave the frigid temps and snow on the ground in Nebraska, 65 and sunny is just what Santa ordered for our week at The Breakers last month. The model of every regional meeting we host is to bring members, allied associations and industry professionals together under one roof to provide networking and business opportunities. It has proven to be a great alternative to our annual events (Winter and Summer Meetings), where time out of the office, coupled with airline, hotel and registration costs can quickly add up. With close to 100 bodies in attendance, the week started with a Networking Reception generously supported by GCBAA Charter Member Caterpillar along with Kelly Tractor and Ring Power. The following morning kicked off with breakfast and a chance for attendees to visit with companies who had booth space in the ballroom. A special thanks to GCBAA Charter Member Sunbelt Rentals for sponsoring the breakfast along with their overall support of the regional meeting.

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Maybe the biggest treat for members was the walking tour at the conclusion of the classroom education. Rees Jones (Rees Jones, Inc.) and Mark Reid (The Breakers) led the group to the Ocean Course on property and shared the intricacies of the complete renovation, designed by the team at Rees Jones, Inc., performed by GCBAA Certified Builder Landscapes Unlimited, and overseen by Mark Reid and his maintenance crew. Several GCBAA members played a part in the renovation work, including The Toro Company, Capillary Concrete LLC, CMF Global, and The Cart Path Company. We’re excited to invite members back to The Breakers next December, with the Ocean Course open for play! To end the week, a brave group of GCBAA fisherman hit the Atlantic for a morning fishing charter. With 7’ waves, we’ll simply say there was a lot of chum for the fish! On the following page, check out all the member companies that sponsored the South Florida Regional Meeting. It never ceases to amaze us the support we get from our membership to continue providing member benefits like this. THANK YOU!

EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS: • GCBAA Partnership Programs – Operating your Business more efficiently • Alternative Construction Solutions – Victaulic, New GCBAA Associate Member • ASGCA Forward Tee Symposium Update – Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA • Golf Industry Outlook with Greg Nathan, National Golf Foundation • Latest Design & Development Trends – Panel Discussion with representatives from Rees Jones, Inc., Nicklaus Design, Sanford Golf Design, Kipp Schulties Design, Inc., Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design, Inc., Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Brightview Golf Maintenance • The Breakers (Ocean Course) Renovation – Rees Jones, Rees Jones, Inc., Mark Reid, CGCS, Director of Golf & Grounds Maintenance at The Breakers, Eric Barnes, Landscapes Unlimited, LLC

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he Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) is pleased to announce the results of the recent Board of Directors election. Newly elected to the board is Jon O’Donnell, Heritage Links and Manny Pina, Ewing Irrigation. Their two-year term will begin in February at the 2019 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Remaining GCBAA Board of Directors are Ronnie Adkins, Aspen Corp.; Chris Caccavale, Caterpillar Inc. (re-elected); Mark Creighton, Ewing Irrigation (outgoing); Greg Hufner, Total Turf Golf Services, Inc. (re-elected); Mike Perez, VM Golf Services, Joy Ramos, D.H.R. Construction, Inc. (outgoing); Bob Sylvester, The Toro Company; Jon Truttmann, Hunter Industries; Rick Williamson, LASCO Fittings, Inc. (re-elected); and Tom Works, Landscapes Unlimited LLC (re-elected). Board officers are Pat Karnick, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company (president); Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf (president-elect); Ellen Davis, SportZmix Solutions/Waupaca Sand & Solutions (vice president); John McDonald II, McDonald & Sons, Inc. (treasurer); and Scott Veazey, Southeastern Golf, Inc. (immediate past president). The secretary position will be voted on at the next board meeting as former secretary Ian Williams has stepped down. Blake Thomas of Regency Wire will fill Ian’s seat as a director. The new board will convene its first meeting Feb. 5, 2019, in San Diego, California during the GCBAA Winter Meeting, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show.




n early January, new board members elect Jon O’Donnell and Manny Pina flew to Lincoln for a day and a half of orientation. During their time with staff, the group went over the day-to-day operations of the GCBAA office, events hosted throughout the year, membership categories, partner programs, financials, GCBAA bylaws, and other items that the Board of Directors oversees. Our hope was to give them a behind the curtains peak into how the association operates, and better equip them for their two-year term on the Board. We’re excited to have both Jon and Manny on the Board and look forward to their continued involvement with GCBAA!

Jon O’Donnell, Heritage Links

Manny Pina, Ewing Irrigation




he prominent architectural duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw will be honored with the Don A. Rossi Award, given annually by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) in recognition of their significant contributions to the golf industry. “Bill and Ben bring their own unique perspective and style to design, but together have resurrected the timeless design of golf course architecture,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director. “Both have earned the respect of not only our membership but the golf construction industry and as a team, are most deserving of this award.” Established in 1986, Coore & Crenshaw Inc. forged their firm to demonstrate an admiration and respect for the classic golf courses. The GCBAA recognizes that the courses Coore & Crenshaw have designed as a team are considered by many to be the best in the world, offering unimaginable opportunities to those in the golf course construction industry. A 1968 graduate of Wake Forest University, Coore began his professional design and construction career in 1972 with the firm of Pete Dye and Associates. Under the Dyes’ guidance, Coore was introduced to the elements of creative design and physical construction. It was also the Dyes that first introduced Coore to the written classics of golf architecture -- the same books 12 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | 4TH Quarter 2018

that Crenshaw was then collecting and studying. The information within these books essentially formed the foundation for the Coore and Crenshaw partnership. Ben Crenshaw has long been recognized as a historian and traditionalist. With nineteen PGA Tour victories to his name, including the 1984 and 1995 Masters, competition has taken Crenshaw to many of the world’s most renowned golf courses. By analyzing the design and construction techniques of these facilities and many others, his entry into the golf architecture business along with the ability to create quality golf courses in the classical style was soon realized. “As golf course architects, Bill and I know when we are chosen for a job it is critical to create a team to produce a course that will provide enjoyment to golfers for many years. We value the work of the golf course builders and construction companies we have worked with over the years and we are humbled that the Golf Course Builders Association has chosen to honor us with the Rossi Award in 2019.” 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

Left to right: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw

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 2019 Golf Industry Show to be held in San Diego, California, Feb. 5 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.






mployers often desire to run an employee’s FMLA leave concurrently with other paid leaves. This practice attempts to prevent employees from stacking different leave periods back-to-back. While many employers’ FMLA policies require employees to use earned vacation, sick leave or PTO during their FMLA leave, some policies overlook certain FMLA regulations which prohibit employers from requiring employees to use paid leave during FMLA leave under certain situations. Under the FMLA regulations, FMLA leave is generally unpaid leave, and employers can require employees to substitute accrued paid leave for unpaid FMLA leave. The term substitute means that the paid leave provided by the employer, and accrued pursuant to established policies of the employer, will run concurrently with the unpaid FMLA leave. Accordingly, the employee receives pay pursuant to the employer’s applicable paid leave policy during the period of otherwise unpaid FMLA leave.

The FMLA regulations further provide, however, that if during an FMLA leave, an employee is also receiving payments from a disability plan or workers’ compensation benefits in any amount, the FMLA leave is not unpaid. Because leave pursuant to a disability benefit plan or a workers’ compensation absence is not unpaid, the provision for substitution of the employee’s accrued paid leave is inapplicable, and neither the employee nor the employer may require the substitution of paid leave. However, employers and employees may agree, where state law permits, to have paid leave supplement the disability plan benefits, such as in the case where a plan only provides replacement income for two-thirds of an employee’s salary. As an example, in a situation where an employee is receiving disability benefits replacing 60% of the employee’s income, the employer may not require that the employee use PTO or any other paid leave to make up for the 40% of income that is not covered

through the disability policy. The employer can, however, require the use of paid leave during any waiting period where a disability policy has not yet begun paying benefits to the employee. In Repa v. Roadway Express, Inc., 477 F.3d 938 (7th Cir. 2007), the Plaintiff suffered an injury requiring a six-week absence from work. During the absence, the Plaintiff received a weekly disability benefit of $300 through a third-party disability policy. While she was on her FMLA leave, her employer required her to use accrued vacation and sick leave. The Plaintiff brought a successful lawsuit against her employer seeking to have her sick leave and vacation leave restored. The Court held that while plaintiff could have elected to use her paid leave at the time she was receiving disability benefits during FMLA leave, it was unlawful for her employer to require the use of her accrued leave.

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

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n the 1987 film, Wall Street, young Bud Fox – played by Charlie Sheen - has made a Faustian bargain with Gordon Gecko – played by Michael Douglas. Fox was making big money in his deal with the devil when his mentor warned him, “You’re on a roll, kid. Enjoy it while it lasts…because it never does.”

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Busy with remodel and renovation work, many golf course builders on a roll these days too! Just in case your roll doesn’t last, here are five steps you can take to keep it going:

Use Content Marketing

Builders generate loads of content – photographs, sketches, and field notes – which keep your brand-recognition active and working for your benefit if you use them to tell people about you. Share your content with your existing clients through direct communications, such as newsletters and online links, and with prospective clients within a small and manageable e-brochure that can be produced cost-effectively and quickly.

Tell Stories

One of the most fun parts of GCBAA meetings are the unbelievable stories that are shared of snakes dropping into dozer cabs, gas lines severed by scrapers, and remarkably talented operator / artists creating beauty in the field. For golf course builders, these stories are common-place; and to the uninitiated golf enthusiasts these stories are fascinating.

Build your own visual portfolio of photographs and videos which show what you have created. Before-and-after presentations are an excellent way for greens committee members to become interested in your company’s capabilities. Videos are the new generation of contentheavy newsletters.

Good story-telling requires consistency and an ability to get to the point. These stories can become parts of your client-clubs’ lore and history while maintaining your brand-recognition in the process. Remember history was made through story-telling long before man could write.

Harvest What You Have Planted Most GCBAA members have been around through good times and bad. In the process, you have made many friends and acquaintances. Do you harvest those relationships to keep your company alive with past clients? Three reliable ways for harvesting your markets are (a) maintaining regular contact with managers, golf course superintendents and greens

Curate and Educate

It is remarkable how easily well-meaning volunteers go wrong with golf course projects. They do not know what they are doing…even if they talk a pretty good game. Teach them. Share your expertise. Show that they will learn, grow, and succeed while working with you.

Use Relationship Marketing

Most GCBAA members have developed careers-full of relationships – friendships, handshakes, and emails exchanged. Calling upon the relationships you have built through the years pays dividends. Some examples of relationship marketing are (a) calling upon qualified golf course photographers to add to their portfolios while

committee chairs; (b) inviting prospective clients for field tours of projects on which you are currently working enabling prospects to observe the dedication and efficiency of your team; and (c) aggressively managing you customer relationship management programs to keep your company front-of-mind.

Show photographs and diagrams that teach how you work and how certain systems and processes work in the field. Here, again, real-life stories from other projects are instructive and real to them.

photographing your projects; (b) informing editors you know about your project list and sharing some insights – that you are allowed to share – to promote new and interesting assignments; and (c) maintaining trustworthy strategic alliances with land planners and golf course designers.

One does not necessarily need to make a deal with the devil to keep on a roll. Doing so requires vigilant planning and process management. Encourage your field teams and administrative staff to produce and maintain powerful outreach which can take you through good times and bad. Henry DeLozier is a principal at Global Golf Advisors, the largest international consulting firm that specializes in golf-related businesses. Henry is a friend to GCBAA members and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Audubon International. Contact Henry at hdelozier@globalgolfadvisors.com. 14 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | 4TH Quarter 2018

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GCBAA Represented AT CAROLINAS GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW networking and quality of professionals in attendance is extraordinary. And while GCBAA exhibits on behalf of the membership, it was great to see so many GCBAA members have a presence at the Show.

GCBAA executive director Justin Apel (right) with GCBAA member Nick Mazzella of The Mazzella Partnership, LLC enjoying the Carolinas Show.


or the past few years GCBAA has attended the Carolinas Show, known by many as the second largest golf industry conference behind the Golf Industry Show. Not only does the conference offer over 100 hours of formal education, but the

GCBAA MEMBER EXHIBITORS: • Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. • Better Billy Bunker • Buy Sod, Inc. • Capillary Concrete • Club Car • Dura Plastic Products, Inc. • EcoBunker • Freylit USA Inc. • Golf Agronomics • Greenville Turf and Tractor, Inc. • HARCO Fittings • Huntsman Tree Supplier, Inc. • ISCO Industries • IVI-Golf

• Landscapes Unlimited, LLC • Links Bridges Inc. • MCI Flowtronex • Pike Creek Turf, Inc. • Pro/Angle Bunker Sand • Rain Bird Corporation • Shapemasters, Inc. • Smith Turf & Irrigation • Southeastern Golf, Inc. • Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. • Syngenta • Total Turf Golf Services • TriEst Ag Group, Inc. • Tripp Davis Golf Course Architecture • Watertronics • Winterberry Irrigation, LLC • ZLINE Bunker Systems Mark your calendar for the 2019 Carolinas GCSA Conference & Trade Show, November 18-20 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.




he 2019 Golf Industry Show, presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), will be held in San Diego in February and offers unparalleled continuing education programs for golf course management industry professionals. In conjunction with the Golf Industry Show, GCSAA will hold its annual Education Conference beginning Monday, Feb. 4. Led by the industry’s most renowned researchers and industry experts, the GCSAA Education Conference seminars and free sessions teach techniques, strategies and solutions that you can immediately apply at your golf facility. “The GCSAA Education Conference is the premier event for continuing education in the golf course management space,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “Broadening our horizons and constantly seeking new information is critical in our industry. GCSAA is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to grow the golf course management profession for everyone, from students to seasoned veterans.” Specific education tracks include:

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Includes “Gadgets and Gizmos: How to Best Use Measurement Technology”, “Communication Skills to Get You to the Top and Keep You There!”, “Keep Moving on Up: A Guide to Career Success in the Golf Industry” and more. ENVIRONMENTAL Includes “Better Together: Building a Community through Golf”, “Launching a First Green Field Trip Program at Your Own Golf Course”, “Initiating Key Management Practices for Success” and more. WATER Includes “Irrigation Strategies for Troubleshooting and Renovation Projects”, “Golf Course Irrigation Water Quality”, “Water and IPM Practices: Important for Your Course, the Profession and the Industry” and more. EMOTIONAL HEALTH Includes “Mindfulness and Millennials: Using Both to Get Results and Keep Your Sanity”, “Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout” and more.

“We invite golf course management professionals of all disciplines, regions and experience to continue their education at GIS,” Evans said. “There’s no other event in the industry that offers this kind of opportunity to network and learn from others.” The 2019 Golf Industry Show will be held Feb. 2-7. To register or to learn more, visit www. golfindustryshow.com. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is dedicated to serving its members, advancing their profession and enhancing the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. To learn more, visit www.gcsaa.org.




unker renovations are currently being planned at golf courses across the United States. Some facilities are interested in making design changes, while others are focused on improving playability or reducing the cost of bunker maintenance. Regardless of the reasons behind a bunker renovation, the subject of bunker liners inevitably becomes part of the conversation. Liners are intended to improve playability, reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of bunkers – which are all worthwhile objectives. Unfortunately, deciding which liner to use is not always straightforward and if golfers are dissatisfied with the performance of renovated bunkers, the liner could be blamed even if it was installed correctly and is functioning properly. The key to a successful renovation is recognizing that liners are just one part of a larger bunker system, and all the components must work together to get the best results. Many golf facilities look to bunker liners as a way to reduce sand washouts. Reducing washouts can save a significant amount of maintenance time and money. Fewer washouts also mean that a course will be ready for play sooner after a rain storm, reducing potential revenue impacts. Most liners have a texture that helps sand adhere to bunker faces and some liners also create a consistent layer of enhanced drainage that removes excess water from bunker sand. This helps to reduce washouts because as sand becomes saturated it is more prone to slumping down a bunker face. However, a liner alone cannot fully address washout issues if significant quantities of surface water are allowed to flow directly into bunkers. Shaping the area around bunkers to direct water away from the sand is a critical part of reducing washouts, as is installing an adequate subsurface drainage system. Bunker liners are also used to reduce bunker sand contamination, with the goal of ensuring the best possible performance from the sand for

as long as possible. How well a liner will reduce contamination depends on the liner and the sources of contamination. Most liners create a barrier between the sand the subsoil, but their durability varies. If a liner becomes damaged, the risk of contamination increases. Liners also cannot prevent contamination that enters from outside the bunker. For example, if there is exposed soil along the edges of the bunker, soil and stones may fall into the sand and alter its performance. Similarly, if surface water is allowed to flow into bunkers it can carry soil, stones and other debris that will contaminate the bunker sand. If reducing sand contamination is a priority, all potentially significant sources of contamination must be identified and addressed. Improved playability is another benefit that

facilities hope to gain from bunker liners. However, as many have discovered, it can be very difficult to satisfy everyone when it comes to the subjective matter of bunker playability. It is important to recognize that there is a complex interaction between liner, sand, maintenance practices and the local environment that influences bunker playability. A liner that delivered excellent results at one course may not be the best solution for another. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that a facility test different liner options in a few demonstration bunkers prior to beginning a large-scale bunker renovation. It is invaluable for golfers and decision-makers to experience bunker playing conditions over a period of time to ensure that they will be satisfied with the performance of a given liner at their facility.

Bunker liners can improve playability and reduce maintenance costs, but they will not solve all bunker issues on their own.

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or the past 15 years, leaders of the private club industry have gathered from across the • Howard Milstein — Chairman and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and partner with country at the National Club Association’s legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus as Executive (NCA’s) National Club Conference to learn about Chair of the Nicklaus Companies. Milstein is the most important issues and best governance also Publisher of GOLF Magazine and Chairman practices impacting clubs today. The Conference of GolfLogix, Miura Golf, True Spec Golf, and presents a unique opportunity for club managers, Club Conex. presidents, board members, and other industry professionals to connect with their peers and • Tucker Carlson — Host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. learn from experts from across the business, legal, and media spectrum. The 2019 National Club • Justin Firestone — Founding Partner of the private aviation company Wheels Up. Conference will be April 28-30 at the new Conrad Washington, DC, recently ranked America’s top • Michael Mondavi — Pioneer of the Napa Valley wine industry and founder of Michael hotel design for 2019 by Architectural Digest. Mondavi Family Estate. During the past few years, the National Club Conference has blossomed. It has always been the • David Rubenstein — Co-Founder and CoExecutive Chairman of the Carlyle Group, one of industry’s best event for connecting with peers across the world’s largest private equity firms. the private club community, but in recent years NCA has focused more intensely on meeting the needs of Effective governance is essential to the success clubs’ C-Suite. The Conference agenda is more robust than ever, providing a wider array of presentations of any club, and NCA is offering presentations that and events that will appeal to club presidents and will provide invaluable information and tips to club managers, presidents and board members. board leaders, as well. There will also be education One of the highlights sessions focused on workforce, of the 2019 National Club economic and environmental Conference will be a onceissues specific to private clubs in-a-lifetime lecture in the as well as breakout sessions for courtroom of the United THE CONFERENCE board leaders. States Supreme Court by AGENDA IS MORE ROBUST Finally, the Conference retired Supreme Court THAN EVER, PROVIDING will, for the first time, present Justice Anthony Kennedy. a special panel program of the The lecture will be followed A WIDER ARRAY OF winners of the 2018 Excellence by a reception with Justice PRESENTATIONS AND in Club Management® Awards Kennedy in the Court’s EVENTS THAT WILL APPEAL chronicling their successes. Great Hall. And that’s far from TO CLUB PRESIDENTS AND Founded in 1997, this annual award recognized private club the only highlight. The BOARD LEADERS, AS WELL. general managers, managers Conference will feature a chief operating officers who variety of speakers with have exhibited outstanding specialized experience skills in managing their clubs. on business issues and lifestyle topics that impact club managers and leaders The National Club Association co-sponsors these every day. These speakers will offer best practices awards with McMahon Group and Club & Resort for operating their clubs, experiences from issues Business Magazine. In addition to these exciting education programs, and situations they’ve addressed successfully, and thoughts about the most important elements of club there will also be several opportunities for attendees to visit some of Washington, D.C.’s iconic clubs, governance. Speakers will include:

including the Cosmos Club, the Sulgrave Club and the Capitol Hill Club. Attendees will also attend a VIP reception and dinner at the historic Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, just steps from the White House. Of course, not all Conference events will take place indoors. The Conference will also offer a number of optional outdoor activities. For golfers, an outing at the legendary Chevy Chase Club will give attendees a chance to demonstrate their prowess on the fairways and greens. Also, a VIP tour of Washington will offer the opportunity to partake in private tours of the United States Capitol, The Library of Congress, the U.S. Botanic Gardens and Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as lunch at the Capitol Hill Club. Conference sponsors include Condon, O’Meara, McGinty & Donnelly LLP, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Peacock + Lewis Architects and Planners, LLC, Studio JBD and Jefferson Group Architecture, UHY, LLP, ClubCar and Private Club Radio. The National Club Conference isn’t a typical conference. Rather than have a single keynote, we prefer to create a schedule that’s full of keynote-level presentations. This year’s speaking roster shows that NCA has met that standard. For more information on the 2019 National Club Conference and to register, visit nationalclubconference.org.

Henry Wallmeyer is president and CEO of the National Club Association. He can be reached at wallmeyer@nationalclub.org. 18 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | 4TH Quarter 2018




lexandria, VA – The Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is celebrating 30 years of service to the club industry and the development of club management professionals. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $8 million in scholarships, grants, and research funds. In 1988, the Club Managers Association of America’s Board of Directors determined that a charitable foundation could support educational pursuits in perpetuity. The Foundation was created to fund training and continuing education opportunities tailored directly to the needs of both the novice and the practicing club manager, sponsor research on

topics of practical interest to the management of clubs and the overall hospitality field, and establish scholarships to aid managers in their pursuit of advanced training and to aid students in studying the profession, ensuring the next available and welltrained generation of managers. The first campaign was the Campaign for Excellence, with a lofty $3 million foundation fundraising goal. Ten years later in 1999, the Foundation had achieved major milestones with assets exceeding $3.6 million, grants and scholarships totaling more than $100,000 in one year, the establishment of a distance learning program, and operating under a Strategic Plan.

Today, The Club Foundation is shaping the future of the industry by providing grants and scholarships for up and coming students, early and mid-career club managers seeking their certification, and tenured professionals who want to give back. Jim James, CCM, Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Club Foundation, shared “I’m delighted to celebrate 30 years of giving back and making a difference in the club industry with national staff, vendors, and our donors. And, here’s to 30 more!” In honor of the Foundation’s anniversary, a new website has been unveiled at http://www. clubfoundation.org/.


The Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established by the Club Managers Association of America (now the Club Management Association of America) 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 clubfoundation.org.


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ROOKFIELD, Wis. – The seventh annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees have been named. Projects from 11 courses have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges. Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to renovations to new and updated practice facilities. The 2018 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The recognized courses are: • Banyan Cay Resort & Golf, West Palm Beach, Florida/Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow, Chris

Cochran, ASGCA, and John Sanford, ASGCA • Baylands Golf Links, Palo Alto, California/ Forrest Richardson, ASGCA • Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida/ Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA • Braemar Golf Course, Edina, Minnesota/ Richard Mandell, ASGCA • City Park Golf Course, Denver/Todd Schoeder, ASGCA Associate • Golf Learning Facility at Harris Park, Kansas City, Missouri/Todd Clark, ASGCA • The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Addison, Illinois/Greg Martin, ASGCA • Sunset Valley Golf Club, Highland Park, Illinois/Rick Jacobson, ASGCA • The Nest at Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil,

Ontario, Canada/Doug Carrick, ASGCA • The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, Michigan/Dana Fry, ASGCA, and Jason Straka, ASGCA • Waters Edge Golf Course, Fremont, Michigan/Raymond Hearn, ASGCA “This is an impressive group of golf facilities, and I congratulate them and the architects they worked with on these projects,” ASGCA President Jeff Blume said. “Each year, the Design Excellence Recognition Program illustrates the art and science of golf course architecture that leads to facilities better-serving their communities and golfers. I have so much respect for what is shown in these projects.” For more information on each honoree, visit http://www.asgca.org.


Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry. For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, log on to the ASGCA website at http://www.asgca.org or call (262) 786-5960.

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CASA VERDE GOLF Completes BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT AT TIJERAS CREEK GOLF CLUB Course-wide overhaul employs cutting-edge Capillary Concrete™ bunker liner system


ANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – GCBAA member Casa Verde Golf completed a comprehensive bunker renovation affecting all 76 bunkers, totaling more than 90,000 square feet, at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The scope of the project, which began in early June, included the extraction of existing sand, replacing or repairing drainage, recapturing original bunker edges, installing GCBAA member Capillary Concrete™ bunker liner system, and installing new “Wedge White” bunker sand. “Bunkers are notoriously expensive and labor intensive to maintain over time,” said Jeff Schwinkendorf, vice president of Casa Verde Golf. “They flood when drainage becomes clogged; the sand washes away with heavy rain and gets contaminated with soil; they get dried out and crusty in hot weather; it’s always something. Capillary Concrete allows us to remedy those issues to improve playability, aesthetics, and long-term maintenance in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way.”

This innovative product, made of light-weight aggregates and polymers, is mixed much like traditional concrete, poured and smoothed-out over the native soil. Once dry, bunker sand is filled over the top. In wet conditions, Capillary Concrete allows water to drain through to the ground instead of pooling in the sand. Conversely, it pulls moisture up from the soil into the sand during dry conditions. The unique two-way action of draining and wicking helps to maintain the ideal moisture level for consistently good sand in all weather conditions. It virtually eliminates wash-outs, soil contamination, plugged ball lies and other bunker maintenance problems. To date, Capillary Concrete™ has been installed at hundreds of golf courses on five different continents, with excellent results in all climates. To further enhance the outcome of the project, the new bunker sand was upgraded to “Wedge White” to create a vivid contrast aesthetically in addition to much-improved playability. “Feedback has been great,” said Tom Horaney,

general manager of Tijeras Creek Golf Club. “It’s really a win-win situation for golfers who benefit from increased playability. Plus, it lessens the time needed by our maintenance team to keep the bunkers up to our standards. It’s well worth the investment.” “We knew the renovation would create a buzz in the Orange County golf community,” said Schwinkendorf. “Pacific Life, the property owner, challenged us to elevate the quality of the golf course without closing down during construction. So, we worked with the club’s staff to facilitate golf traffic with minimal disruptions. Despite logging nearly 200 daily rounds during construction, we completed the project in less than four months.”

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GCBAA STAFF Announcement


hese days if you call the office, you just might have the pleasure of speaking to Jeff Madsen…Owner and Trainer of Right Foot Forward Fitness here in Lincoln, Nebraska. We know, that doesn’t sound right…right? For the last couple years over the noon hour, staff has worked out at his gym located directly behind the GCBAA office. Knowing we were shorthanded, coupled with his unique training schedule, Jeff answered the call and started helping us a few hours in the afternoons. He’s been a tremendous asset and works incredibly hard to ensure Association and

Foundation tasks are completed both in a professional and timely manner. On a personal note, Jeff and his wife Tracy just celebrated 30 years of marriage. Together they have three children, one handsome grandson and two lively dogs. Feel free to drop him a note at foundation@gcbaa.org or spend a few minutes with him at the Golf Industry Show where he’ll be running ragged with staff!

Welcome JEFF!



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Tour as the wall-to-wall turfgrass at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club hosting the Saudi International. Semillas Fitó has an extensive background in turfgrass distribution. Based in Barcelona and founded in 1880, the company has offices and representation throughout the Mediterranean. Semillas Fitó’s experience in the turfgrass industry includes multiple paspalum projects. “We are proud to add Semillas Fitó to the Pure Dynasty team,” said John Holmes, President of Atlas Turf International, who manages international sales and marketing of Pure Seed warm season turfgrasses. “With their turfgrass expertise and experience in

the Mediterranean region, they are well-equipped to assist golf courses and sports fields with the introduction of Pure Dynasty.” “Pure Dynasty is an excellent option to complement the Semillas Fitó catalogue,” said Josep Cirera, Turfgrass Director of Semillas Fitó SA. “We appreciate this opportunity that adds an awesome product to the turfgrass industry in the Mediterranean region.”



ilkeston, Missouri – GCBAA member, Regency Wire, has announced Jimmy White will lead the company’s overall sales efforts effective December 1, 2018. He will be responsible for the continued growth of Regency in the irrigation and water well markets as well as new business opportunities. Jimmy will succeed long-time Regency Sales Manager, Bill Branum, who will be transitioning towards retirement, effective April 30, 2019. White joined Alan Wire earlier in 2018 following a 15-year career with LASCO Fittings, where he held positions as Regional Sales Manager, National and

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International Sales Manager, and Vice President of Sales. “We are very excited to have someone with Jimmy’s industry background join the Regency sales team and works towards a successful transition of leadership with Bill Branum,” said company CEO and founder, Alan Keenan. White graduated from Middle Tennessee University and is married with three children.




reg McLaughlin, a golf industry veteran most recently in charge of the PGA Tour Champions, has been tapped to oversee a trio of the game’s key stakeholders. On Wednesday, he was named World Golf Foundation CEO and president of The First Tee in a consolidated position that will also include management of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “We are thrilled to welcome Greg to this important new role,” said Jay Monahan, World Golf Foundation chairman and PGA Tour commissioner, in a press release. “I’m not sure we could have asked for a more qualified, passionate leader, considering his deep level of experience and executive leadership success within the golf world and beyond.” McLaughlin had been in charge of the PGA Tour Champions since 2015 after spending 14 years at the helm of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Prior to that, he had been involved in running the PGA Tour’s Genesis

Open, Honda Classic and BMW Championship. Monahan said that McLaughlin’s experiences in sports, business and non-for-profit endeavors will help him further the WGF’s mission and build upon the vision of The First Tee as the restructured organizations work more closely together. “As a member of the greater golf community for more than 30 years, I have always been proud of what the collective efforts of our sport have done and continue to do to inspire communities and change lives, especially for young people who can learn and grow through the values of golf,” McLaughlin said. “This is an exciting time in the evolution of the World Golf Foundation and, specifically, The First Tee, and I am humbled by and excited for the opportunity to lead our industry’s efforts to increase participation and global awareness of golf as a sport that is welcoming to all.” McLaughlin inherits the position at The First Tee

after Keith Dawkins stepped down as CEO in October only a year after taking over for long-time chief Joe Barrow. Before retiring in 2019, Steve Mona, WGF CEO for the past 10 years, will help McLaughlin in the transition, serving as executive director of WE ARE GOLF, the industry-wide coalition in place to lobby for the game in Washington, D.C. Jack Peter, president of the World Golf Hall of Fame, who has been in St. Augustine, Fla., since 2001, is set to retire at the end of this year. Assisting McLaughlin in the day-to-day operations of the Hall of Fame will be Brodie Waters, the WGHOF vice president of business affairs. Miller Brady, a 19-year veteran of the PGA Tour, will take over McLaughlin’s responsibilities with the PGA Tour Champions. Most recently he worked with McLaughlin as the senior VP and chief of operations for the tour.


National Golf Day Washington D.C. August 6-8, 2019

GCBAA Summer Meeting Colorado Springs, CO

Visit the Events page at gcbaa.org to stay up to date!


2019 Golf Industry Show San Diego, CA

January 28-30, 2020

2020 Golf Industry Show Orlando, FL

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STEVEN WRIGHT, CGCS Steven Wright passed away unexpectedly on November 5 at the age of 61. A golf course superintendent at Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach, Florida and a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Steve was a dear friend to GCBAA and held many meaningful friendships with our members. He is survived by wife Sheree and children Bayley, Casey and Pierce. A memorial service was held November 11 in Boca Raton.

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MR. KIYOSHI INAJI It is with regret we share news of the passing of Mr. Kioyshi Inaji, of GCBAA International member company Inaji Landscape and Construction Co., Ltd. Mr. Inaji was Chairman of the Board and passed away on October 18, 2018 at the age of 91.

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