GCBAA Earth Shaping Newsletter - Spring Edition

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


GCBAA Staff and GCBAA Member Sam Duininck of Duininck Golf take on the Health in Action 5K. Sam received 3rd place overall!

GCBAA Staff and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans prior to Health in Action 5K

Inside Issue the


President’s Perspective


Executive Director Notes


Foundation Update


Developers Guide

12 Human Resources 14 Allied Updates 24 Movers & Shapers 30 GCBAA Meetings Calendar

GCBAA Staff Team Finish

2022 Winter Meeting SAN DIEGO, CA


oving Forward was the theme for the newly named GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, and at a time when pandemic restrictions were causing challenges, Moving Forward Together made the week successful! We fielded countless questions leading up to the show and did our best to communicate how the week would go. The registration process and checkin followed protocols to ensure the health and safety protocols were followed. Education seminars bookended the week, and the GCBAA set a record for the number of seminars we hosted. We appreciate all of the ideas suggested by the membership and those that provided content during the show. Please submit ideas for future shows and events! With the show's format and many of our board members involved in the education on Monday, the regular Winter Board Meeting was condensed into a half-day in-person meeting. In the weeks leading up to the show, the GCBAA and Board were able to use virtual meetings to handle the association business and allow for the in-person meeting to be focused on the show, spring activities, and the election of board officers. With Judd Duininck moving to Immediate Past President, President-Elect John McDonald, II took over the board's leadership. The board elected Tom Works as President-Elect, Jon O'Donnell as Treasurer, Jon Truttmann as Vice President, and Chris Caccavale as Secretary.

The traditional GCBAA Board Dinner that hosts special guests, members of the Board of Governors, Foundation Board, Past Presidents, Incoming and Outgoing Board Members, spouses, and the staff was modified to a President's Reception held just before the Don Rossi Opening Reception. Outgoing President Judd Duininck thanked retiring board members Kevin Grieder and Blake Thomas for their service to the association and welcomed new board member Mike Garbs. Additionally, we were able to celebrate the years of service of Tommy Sasser as Chairman of the Board of Governors. Tommy is passing the torch to Rick Boylan, who will lead the committee. Fellow members of the Board of Governors include Chairman Rick Boylan, Brian Vinchesi, Phil Garcia (Phil could not join), John Marman, and newly appointed Scott Veazey. Judd was also able to recognize and congratulate newly appointed President Ellen Davis to the Foundation. We were honored the 2022 Don A. Rossi Award recipient Steve Mona and his wife Cyndi could join the group and celebrate his accomplishments. Steve has been an impactful leader in the golf industry for 41 years. He first served as tournament director of the Northern California Golf Association and then became assistant manager of press relations for the United States Golf Association (USGA). From there, Steve became Executive Director of the Georgia continue on pg. 2

State Golf Association and then became the Chief Executive Officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA). In March of 2008, after 14 years at GCSAA, he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of the World Golf Foundation (WGF). In March 2019, he became the Executive Director of We Are Golf (formerly Golf 20/20), which is one of the three divisions of the World Golf Foundation, and in January 2020 became Senior Advisor to WGF CEO Greg McLaughlin, a role he holds today. In his tenure, he has fostered industry relationships, as well as an ongoing global focus. He has promoted, encouraged, and supported the GCBAA and its members. Steve noted his "huge affinity" for GCBAA and is "humbled and honored" to be recognized by the Association. GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel introduced GCBAA President John McDonald, II to the 300 guests. John welcomed attendees, thanked the sponsors of the evening, and then introduced Steve and Cyndi's daughter Meredith Bowers to say a few words about Steve. Education continued on Tuesday morning, and the GCBAA Board of Governors was able to meet.

Justin and John represented GCBAA at the Opening Ceremonies. The last-minute set-up of the trade show took place Tuesday afternoon, with the Trade Show Tee Off beginning at 5pm. The GCBAA area was filled with fellow member exhibitors, and the Association booth hosted Partners Yellow Transportation and Travelers Haven/Hotel Engine. The booth set-up allowed for networking and a place to sit and relax. We also were thrilled to host special guests of FlyAway-Geese as we puppy-sat for Rebecca and Josh while they performed demonstrations. A noticeable change to our booth was missing the traditional Harley Davidson Motorcycle raffle for Sticks for Kids. A number of logistical issues has paused the program. Another obvious change to the booth was the partnership with fellow GCBAA Member Capillary Bunkers. Their generous support provided a drawing for two Titleist Golf Bags; congratulations to Joseph Pantaleo with Pine Tree Golf Club & Andrew Miller with Montreux Golf & Country Club! Wednesday morning started early for approximately 140 runners who participated in the Health & Action 5K Run presented by Syngenta. Leading up to the show, GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans

invited industry allieds to join him in running. Scott Kmiec represented the PGA of America, Paul Vermeulen with the PGA TOUR, Jay Karen and his President Tom Brooks with the NGCOA, Jeff Morgan with the CMAA, and representing the GCBAA Mychelle Thompson, Tyler Kinzie, Natalie Potrzeba, and Justin Apel. The day remained busy with the trade show, additional education, and the annual GCBAA General Membership Meeting. Board Members were introduced, incoming, outgoing, and current officers, as well as introducing Board of Governors and Foundation Board Members. President John McDonald, II provided remarks and Meetings Committee Members Jon Truttmann and Matt Lohmann on upcoming summer meeting plans. GCBAA Foundation President Ellen Davis updated the membership on Sticks for Kids and received rebate contributions from GCBAA Partners Caterpillar, Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, and Travelers Haven/Hotel Engine. GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel provided the State of Association Address. Thursday, the trade show concluded as well as afternoon education sessions.



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BOARD MEMBERS Chris Caccavale Caterpillar Inc. (Secretary) Wayne Deker The Toro Company Judd Duininck Duininck Golf (Past President) Mike Garbs Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. Chris Hill Course Crafters LLC Greg Hufner Total Turf Services Matt Lohmann Wadsworth Golf Construction Company Jon O’Donnell Heritage Links (Treasurer) Manny Pina Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Rick Shriver HARCO Fittings Jason Sloan Frontier Golf Jon Truttmann Hunter Industries (Vice President) Tom Works Landscapes Unlimited, LLC (President-Elect)

t is an honor to be sharing my first “President’s Perspective” article and I hope you take a few short minutes to read the glimpse of recent and upcoming events from my perspective. The GCBAA Board of Directors and Staff are here to serve you as the Association and are grateful for a busy 2021 given all that we still had to endure. Golf continues to grow in almost all aspects and our collective businesses should be benefiting from that. The Association is strategically aligning the membership within this industry as we move ahead during my term as your GCBAA President. Spring weather is moving in for us cold-weather states, and we certainly welcome that! It was great to see so many of you at the recent GCSAA Conference and Trade Show (CTS) in San Diego. The turnout numbers were down slightly because of Covid-related regulations. For those that were able to come, it was quality over quantity, and we had a great time. Thankfully, the weather in San Diego was perfect and gave many of us a break from the cold and dreary winter we had been dealing with. Now, getting into the business. After holding a virtual GCBAA Board of Directors meeting before the show, the week kicked off with a short in-person GCBAA Board meeting. During that meeting, it was my pleasure to have the gavel passed to me by Judd Duininck of Duininck Golf. Judd did a fantastic job of leading the association during a very interesting and challenging time. As you know, the pandemic started shortly after Judd took the reins in 2020. After the early uneasiness of Covid regulations affecting our industry, golf construction and maintenance stabilized and remained strong and continue to remain that way. In working closely with the GCBAA staff, Judd helped the GCBAA maneuver through these unchartered waters. I am pleased to have Judd’s leadership on the Board as he continues to serve as Past President through my term. In San Diego, we elected our Executive team for this upcoming term, so please join me in congratulating Tom Works, Landscapes Unlimited (President-Elect), Jon Truttmann, Hunter Industries (Vice President and Foundation Liaison), Jon O’Donnell, Heritage Links (Treasurer), and Chris Caccavale, Caterpillar Inc. (Secretary). I am excited to continue working with each of these individuals in leading the GCBAA. Once the Board of Director’s meeting concluded, the Board, Foundation Board, Past Presidents, and special guests met for a President’s Reception. After that event, the doors opened for the GCBAA Cocktail Reception/Don A. Rossi Award Presentation to Steve Mona. We had a very well-attended reception with approximately 300 guests in the room. I was eager to get behind the microphone to help surprise our honoree by bringing his daughter, Meredith Bowers, to the stage. While we’ve both shared the privilege of knowing and being impacted by Steve Mona, his “grouping of topics into three points”, and his humble personality, it was incredible to have her help us present this award and share stories, memories, and other heartfelt sentiments of our award recipient. The GCBAA nomination committee chose wisely. Congratulations again to Steve Mona! The week was filled with networking, fun, and education. The GCBAA conducted 7 in-person seminars and 5 virtual seminars at the GCSAA Conference & Trade Show. I want to personally thank each of the presenters and sponsors for their support of our education. The amount of

work that goes into setting up an education session should not go unnoticed. These sessions help our alignment with the GCSAA as well as solidify the GCBAA’s partnership with the CTS. It would not have been possible without their dedication, commitment, and knowledge. I think the GCBAA Staff even learned some new, innovative information on what our members are doing within this industry. I concluded my week at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a real treat to be able to attend the event as a guest of GCBAA Charter Member Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply. From the great weather of San Diego to the equally great weather of Phoenix. If you have not been to that event, it is worth trying to go to someday. I think I described it this way “It is like going to a tailgate party and a golf tournament broke out”. The hospitality was great. It was a true industry event with many golf course superintendents there from all over the country. It was also fun to hang out with Judd and his wife Shelly there. The course is beautiful and was in great shape. I want to say a special note of “Thanks” to my family, my queen, Mary Robyn, and my boys, Jack and Dom. Family means a lot to me, and our family truly is a team. I could not have been on the board and end up becoming President without your support and love along the way. Being part of a family business built with family values gives me immense pride and the help along the way from Mom, Dad and Erik helped me continue as a Board member. Our family extends to our McDonald & Sons crew as well. Thank you to those that were able to attend the reception in person, as well as those that stayed back to hold down the fort. The support our team gives the company and to our family is always humbling. Day in and day out, you show up, rise up and get the job done professionally, with quality and pride. It has meant so much to have you by my side as the GCBAA gavel was passed and to celebrate this milestone alongside me. I’m not fully famous yet but making my way there. I had the opportunity to participate in a TurfNet Podcast. If you are interested in listening to the “Renovation Report”, check out this link: https://www.turfnet.com/podcasts/renovation/ mcdonald/ The Executive Committee has chosen to have our Spring meeting in Tulsa, OK in conjunction with the PGA Championship. We long ago moved away from our meetings aligning with the PGA Championship, for several very valid reasons. As an association that works hard at continuing the relationship with other allied golf associations, the PGA is one we want to stay in contact with. As the timing worked out it made sense to set our meeting up for the early part of PGA Championship week, allowing several of us to attend a few days of the tournament, which GCBAA Certified Builder Member Heritage Links has already been keeping busy at the course in Tulsa. No doubt we will be seen and heard along with being able to communicate with several other high-profile attendees. This may not always work out in timing or location but this one did, and I am happy it did. The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will be the site of the 2022 GCBAA Summer Meeting. Mark your calendars for August 29 - September 2, 2022, and watch for more information to come from the GCBAA Staff. Be sure to check the GCBAA events page at the back of this newsletter and website for other upcoming industry events as well. This is going to be a premier event and a premier location. I am sure the staff is going to make this one to remember so be sure to attend this event. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the members of the GCBAA Board of Directors with questions or comments. We welcome your feedback and look forward to serving you this next term. Sincerely,

John McDonald II The McDonald Family: Jack, Mary Robyn, John II, Dominic, Chip, Betty, and Erik

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he virtual GCSAA Conference and Trade Show just wrapped up, and the in-person event in San Diego is in our rearview mirror. Almost every day, in conversation with those that attended, we reminisce about the success and appreciation of getting back together. Those that were there will tell you that although numbers were down, those that were able to attend were energetic and ambitious, making the networking and interactions some of the best. A new name, adjusted format, different events, and a global pandemic could have been a recipe for disaster; however, that was not the case! We appreciate everyone who supported and attended the events. There were countless success stories and events to think back on that week, but one that stands out the most was when I arrived at the San Diego Airport. Anyone that has traveled in the past few months knows the patience that is needed as everyone returns to work. Everything takes a little longer, and the Uber line is no different. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to land a driver, and our interaction was unforgettable. The driver immediately thanked "us" for coming to their city. "Us" meaning after he learned we were the Golf Course Builders Association of America and presenting partners of the event that was about to bring thousands of attendees to their city. It was more than words; he was genuine and appreciative. He wasn't complaining about any government restriction, blaming anyone for the limitations; it was a simple gesture that set the stage for the entire week. The positive attitude and appreciation hit home for me. When we wear our meeting planner hats, our goal is to ensure our members and guests have an enjoyable experience. Years ago, I had the pleasure to hear former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young talk about his experience when the city was in contention for the Olympics. In short, he had learned after the fact that a group of international businessmen had flown into Atlanta to look at a blighted area to invest. The travelers intentionally arrived in incognito to see firsthand the atmosphere and what they could expect if they invested. Before the taxi driver was able to drop the group off at

the area, the unwelcomeness caused the group to turn around and return home. Word of the lost opportunity and issue with the cab driver crossed Mayor Young's' desk, and realizing the importance of the first impression visitors might experience arriving at one of the largest airports in the world at a time when they wanted an international event; the city created a Cab Ambassador program that helped train drivers to be more welcoming and hospitable to guests. As a meeting planner, that is an important lesson. All aspects of an event have to have everyone involved being ambassadors. The show was no exception. Our headquarter hotel, Marriott Marquis, was our group's most amazing host. Everyone did their best to provide a positive environment, from the bellman, front desk, housekeeping, banquet managers, and servers. Yes, there were delays when getting a drink, or lunch, and even a few shops closing up early. It was clear that was not the desire of those working. It was simply a shortage of good help, causing everyone heartache. Despite the labor issue, those involved were genuinely appreciative that we put on the mask, followed the rules, and took the step of getting back to business. We are excited as we see more and more of you as ambassadors for the industry. On so many levels, our members continue to step up and support the organization. The welcoming and respect given to our Don Rossi Recipient Steve Mona and his family was amazing! The ballroom was a roar of noise and excitement as many were seeing each other for the first time in over a year, and the room quickly came to attention when needed. Staff tends to be sprinting around working on final details, and as we were in and out of the crowds, we continually knew there were smiles behind the masks, firm handshakes, fist bumps, or nods; we were all happy to see one another. As we make plans for 2022, we are excited at the momentum we see in the golf industry. We know calendars are full, crews are busy, and despite labor and material shortages, our members continue to be craftsmen and resilient to overcome any challenge. The importance of the


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Justin Apel

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR association is more important than at any time in our history. The ability to network with one another and utilize the resources and programs we offer to the industry provides the tools to overcome the challenges we all face. Stay tuned for our upcoming events, and please consider volunteering for one of our committees, education opportunities, and countless ways to get involved. We welcome your ideas for education topics as well as your willingness to help provide content. Finally, I’d like to recognize the staff. Mychelle continues to do a fantastic job and adds ideas and input as we get back to in-person events. As she approaches her 3rd year with GCBAA, we are excited to have her part of our family. Shortly after the pandemic, our “go-to” Tyler who had been helping out at Winter and Summer Meetings filled a desk in the office in a full-time capacity. His willingness to learn and jump in on any project we would throw at him made for an ideal member of our team. He was able to assist committees on updating our Cost Estimating Guide, helped us produce virtual education and webinars, expanded our partnerships and added new members, and helped us place the recent Sticks for Kids club order. Tyler recently took a more permanent full-time position with a large commercial construction material company. While we will still see him around Lincoln, we will need to find a new set of hands to pitch in and help us with our day to day projects.

Justin Apel



Ellen Davis


BOARD MEMBERS 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 Jon Truttmann (Board Liaison) Hunter Industries Tom Shapland Shapland Golf Consultants Doug York Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

xciting news ahead…as we have entered Spring, and the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to announce that we finally have clubs. The 1,700 sets of youth golf clubs have arrived in Nebraska! GCBAA Staff has been busy unloading trucks, storing, and sending out the first shipments to programs throughout the US. As many of you know, Siam Cutler with Clover 4 Sports attended our reception in San Diego, where many of you were able to meet her. During that week, we were hopeful that the clubs would have made it to the port and we could announce the celebration together, but they ended up being offshore in Hawaii and did not arrive at the port until after we departed. It has been an incredible process over the course of the last year working with staff to get to this point. On behalf of the GCBAA Foundation, I personally am thrilled with the clubs and their new look. I was able to join staff on many Zoom calls with Siam to discuss quality assurance and quality control processes that were put in place to get to the final, unapparelled product that we have in hand today. Staff has loaded and already deployed over 400 sets of golf clubs to programs that submitted early applications or were on hold awaiting our inventory. When notifying applicants of the approval, staff reached out to inquire if these programs would be willing to cover the shipping cost of the 5 sets of clubs to their facility and/or host a Club Donation Drive in partnership with 2nd Swing/GCBAA Foundation. The Club Donation Drive includes asking for the support of their club members and community by donating gently used golf clubs, bags, new apparel, and range finders. The items collected are then sent off to our partners at 2nd Swing to be re-purposed. The staff has advised that there has been an overwhelming response

from most to cover the cost of shipping and others willing to host a Club Donation Drive. Some have even offered and are willing to do both. A huge “Thank you” goes out to all of you for making this possible! The contributions, donations, memorials, and support of partner program rebates is truly because of you all. This membership should be very proud! We are also grateful to our partner Yellow Transportation (YRC) for helping transfer these clubs from the port to Nebraska. We are extremely appreciative of Sunbelt Rentals for providing a telehandler and pallet jacks to lighten the burden of unloading the shipments. Another generous and rewarding partnership is with our PGA representatives. They graciously connected us with FedEx, who in turn extended a significantly increased discount for shipping services, as it pertains to Sticks for Kids and the #MakeGolfYourThing movement. Your GCBAA Staff continues to never disappoint and has worked tirelessly to ensure we purchased the highest quality clubs and managed costs and timelines every step of the way. They have gone above and beyond their call to duty from the very first moment they were tasked with this monumental goal. There was no detail left to chance, and it is why we are where we are today. On behalf of the entire Golf Course Builders Association, I extend a heartfelt thank you to Justin, Mychelle, and Tyler! I am honored to represent the GCBAA Foundation and continue to uphold the mission of Sticks for Kids. These new clubs will enable children to learn life lessons such as etiquette, integrity, sportsmanship, safety, and respect for themselves and others. The Sticks for Kids programs are alive and well and we are proud to be continuing to expand and develop the next generation of golfers.

Ellen Davis

GCBAA Foundation President Ellen Davis with Siam Cutler of Clover4Sports, the company that sourced the Sticks for Kids Clubs.

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he members of the GCBAA Education committee hope you found the education seminars we put together for the GCSAA Conference & Trade Show (CTS) Education in-person and virtual seminars of value to your company. We believe the topics drew quality attendance and cast good visibility on the GCBAA’s ability to offer knowledgeable and professional education to our industry. This committee’s primary goal is to provide informative and valuable content to the GCBAA membership and those we work with within the golf construction industry. Providing good educational programs to our members is a rewarding, but difficult task. The most challenging aspects of assembling an 8 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Spring Edition

informative program are choosing topics that are valuable, current, and important to our audience to draw people to the program. The committee hosts educational programs at least twice a year, CTS and the GCBAA Summer Meeting, as well as some Regional meetings. The Education committee made up of GCBAA member volunteers wants to continue to offer programs that bring value to our member companies, but we need help from members like you. We need your input regarding topics that you would like to see presented at our events. If you have a topic or speaker that you feel your fellow GCBAA members would benefit from please send us the relevant information so that we can pursue that

opportunity. Technology also creates an opportunity to capture educational seminars and discussions using virtual meetings that can be hosted and held on-demand for future viewing. If you or your company have ideas or suggestions on content that you would like to share in a virtual event, we are open to those ideas as well! The committee welcomes your ideas for future education. Planning is already underway for the 2023 CTS, Orlando, FL, February 4-9, 2023. Deadlines are quickly approaching, so act fast and contact us today! GCBAA Education Committee Members, Jason Sloan, Manny Pina, Tom Works, Bob Sylvester, and Judd Duininck.





Bunkers: Everything you Ever Wanted to Know and More

Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf Jerry Lemons, ASGCA Adam Moeller, USGA

How to Prepare for a Golf Course Renovation (Basic)

Jason Sloan, Frontier Golf Darryl Bartlett, NMP Golf Construction

Trends and Advances in Modern Golf Course Construction

Matt Lohmann, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company David Hunsucker, The Drone Co.

Golf Course Irrigation Renovation Making the Decision

Brian Vinchesi, Irrigation Consulting Inc. Tim Fredericks, Fredericks McGuire Ltd.

How to Prepare for a Golf Course Renovation (Advanced)

Jason Sloan, Frontier Golf Darryl Bartlett, NMP Golf Construction

Greens Construction - Solutions for any budget. From top to bottom and what you need to know.

Kyle Trzaskos, McDonald & Sons Inc Dave Linngren, Landscapes Unlimited LLC

Sequencing of your Renovation; Understanding the Process and Timeline to your Finished Project

Doug Wright, Heritage Links Chris Lineberger, VM Golf Services

Emerging technologies to speed the recovery of worn areas and golf course renovations and establishment.

John Martin III, Profile Products

Rent, Lease or Buy - Determining the best investment for your needs and understanding equipment contracts.

Melanie Collado, Caterpillar Inc.

Toot your own Horn! Helping Builders tell their success stories.

Sarah Hunter, Lundmark Advertising Brant Kunze, Lundmark Advertising

Understanding Golf Course Construction General Conditions and Contracts

Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA Adam Robertson, Andrews Myers PC Wesley Walker, Andrews Myers PC

What to Expect with the Unexpected; adjusting to the unforeseen to improve the grass and seed on your course

Austin Fricker, Pure Seed Crystal Fricker, Pure Seed Lucas Solis, Pure Seed



Dates Confirmed


olumbus, Ohio – In partnership with the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the Keepers of the Green (KOTG) Charity Golf Outing will return to the Golf Club of Dublin in Dublin, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 8th. The event will be held in tandem with the GCBAA Regional Education Meeting to be held in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 7th. Continuing the legacy of charitable giving set forth by its founders, Mr. David Whelchel and Dr. Michael Hurdzan, the 2022 Keepers of the Green Charity Golf Outing has set a goal of raising $25,000 to award from proceeds of this year’s event. Multiple charities have been identified, including the GCBAA’s Sticks for Kids Program. The GCBAA Foundation will serve as a primary partner

for the 2022 KOTG Charity Golf Outing. Additional information, including registration and partnership opportunities will be available in the coming weeks and will be available at keepersofthegreen.org. CONTACTS:

Joe Enciso 614-282-3444 joeenciso@aol.com Brian Laurent 614-989-2445 blaurent@propelsolutionsllc.com

Justin Apel GCBAA 402-476-4444 Justin_apel@gcbaa.org

Mychelle Thompson GCBAA 402-476-4444 mychelle_thompson@gcbaa.org

Rebecca Brown rbrown@dancorsolutions.com

Doug Zak 740-953-0589 dzak@demtech.com

Jason Bucci 614-440-6223 jbucci@aklinsurance.com

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olf course builders – from large nationwide companies to small regionally focused concerns – share a key concern these days…supply chain management. Here are three important considerations that will help you to manage your supply chain and its capabilities: UNDERSTAND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT Many GCBAA members are experienced hands who have led their companies through thick and thin times. Few have experienced such limitations on supply of such golf course construction necessities as labor, irrigation system components, and field equipment. Tommy Sasser, a former GCBAA president who has built more than 75 golf courses worldwide in his years, offers several important observations: 1. “During bidding and/or negotiation, the Builder has to ensure - both verbally and in signed contracts - that the construction schedule and cost can be impacted by supply of materials outside of the Builder’s control, and the Builder will be entitled to adjustments in project cost and schedule. It is critical that all aspects be outlined in the contract documents, as much as possible. 2. There is so much work at the moment that a Builder has to understand his limits regarding staffing and project scheduling and try to plan his workload accordingly. 3. Keep exact records of the elements of work that is being performed including materials (both used and wasted), labor, and equipment hours. It will help in determining profit margins and the pricing of future work. The more information you have on a

completed project, the less is left to chance.” BUILD FROM YOUR CORE Given that most builders are now inundated with work and pending projects, it is easy to lose focus on your company’s capabilities. Focus is a key. Follow these steps: 1. Right-size your internal resources to address the primary needs of a golf course construction company in good times and bad. Key departments like business development, accounting, bidding, and logistics are primary needs. 2. Add external resources on an “as needed” basis until the need for enlarging the core is confirmed and sustained. 3. Understand how your near-term needs can be met through contracted third-party resources. 4. Hire a veteran experienced in supply-chain management and logistics management. Many mustering out of military service have benefited from substantial training and experience. Sasser advises that regional builders focus on their regional opportunities, “With the volume of work that is available today, regional builders should concentrate on their close markets because expanding out of these areas require more time and additional cost.” ENGAGE LOGISTICS EXPERTS Given the stakes currently on the table, GCBAA members are well advised to update their tactical

knowledge of process planning. According to the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply, an international think tank wrestling with these issues, there are four key requirements for supply chain: connectivity, integration, visibility, and responsiveness. Study the demand growth trend as influenced by consumer confidence, new member enrollments in private clubs, and capital reserves for golf course owners. Some builders will say the reason they worry about supply chain is simply…more business. There are five points of focus when building a dependable supply chain: 1. Reducing waste and eliminating activities that do not add value. 2. Maximize customer responsiveness. 3. Improving the speed, accuracy, and volume of communication. 4. Reducing cycle time. 5. Improving coordination disciplines.



Builders who attend to supply chain management will be rewarded in reduced stress, increased profit margins, and personal satisfaction. Henry DeLozier is a Principal and Partner at GGA Partners, a trusted advisor to private clubs, resorts, and residential communities since 1992. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Audubon International. Contact Henry at hdelozier@ globalgolfadvisors.com.

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t seems like ages ago when we started hearing rumblings about a foreign virus. Then, in an instant, our lives were turned upside down with COVID-19. For a moment, it seemed like our lives would always include donning masks, awkwardly measuring six feet from the closest stranger, and working from home. But as quick as the pandemic came, things began to return to what we know as “normal”. Of course, masks still exist, people understandably still want their space, and many employers adapted to provide work from home options. So, as people begin to relax their personal safety protocols, the question turns to whether employers can too? As discussed below, when it comes to potential OSHA violations, maybe? Last November, OSHA announced a new federal regulation that required employers with 100 or more employees ensure its workers were either vaccinated or wear a mask and undergo weekly testing. This mandate came with a potential $14,000 fine for each violation. Without surprise, immediately lawsuits were filed claiming the mandate went too far. In January this year, the United States Supreme Court sided with those lawsuits and temporarily blocked enforcement of the mandate. In its opinion, the Court wrote, “Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly.” The Court went on, “Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category.” Relying on this reasoning, the Court strongly signaled that if the mandate were fully litigated, the Court would overturn it. Shortly after, the Biden administration withdrew the mandate. So, that ends that, right? Not necessarily. After the Supreme Court’s ruling and the withdrawal of the mandate, US Secretary of

Labor, Marty Walsh, issued a statement, which is summarized in the below four points: 1. OSHA stands by the mandate as the best way to protect the nation’s workforce from COVID-19; 2. OSHA urges all employers to require workers to get vaccinated or tested weekly; 3. OSHA has comprehensive COVID-19 guidance to help employers satisfy their obligations; and 4. OSHA will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers, including any authority it has under the COVID-19 National Emphasis Program and the General Duty Clause. Dissecting this statement is somewhat tricky, especially considering the Biden administration withdrew the vaccination and testing mandate. Still, a key takeaway from this statement is OSHA’s ability to issue citations under the General Duty Clause and its willingness to use this clause as a basis for issuing citations for COVID-19 safety. Under the General Duty Clause all employers must provide a work environment free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Under this definition, COVID-19 is likely considered a recognized hazard. While some may disagree, most scientific and judicial authorities see COVID-19 as a hazard. Whether COVID-19 is likely to cause death or serious physical harm is another question that turns on a subjective interpretation. With that said, based on the Secretary of Labor’s statement, employers should assume OSHA’s position is that it is a hazard that is likely to cause serious physical harm.

So, what does this practically mean? In short, it is still too early to tell. But until there is clarity on the matter, employers should be cautious in how they move forward with implementing and enforcing their own COVID-19 protocols. On one end, implementing the strictest protocols may not be the most practical or affordable. On the other end, completely removing protocols may expose employers to OSHA citations, especially if another strain evolves and causes a surge in cases. Most likely, something between the two is appropriate. For example, creating and enforcing policies that mirror the CDC guidelines could be a good option. Certainly, employers want to make sure that employees who test positive for COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 are handled in a manner consistent with the CDC guidelines. Additionally, employers should consider their work environments and determine if it exposes workers to increased chances of exposure to COVID-19. For example, employers whose businesses require their workers to frequently work with the general public may want to consider slightly stricter policies, including indoor masks. Conversely, employers whose workers are isolated from the public may not need to implement stricter policies. Ultimately, while personal preferences with dealing COVID-19 may begin to relax, employers need to continue to make sure they are protecting themselves. This should be done through the implementation and enforcement of COVID-19 policies. What those policies say and how they are enforced should be determined on a case-by-case basis. As time goes on, employers should evaluate and re-evaluate their protocols to make any necessary changes, especially if there is a spike in cases or a high-transmission alert. But in the end, who really knows? Maybe one day, things can truly go back to “normal”. Only time will tell.

Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert readers to new and developing legal topics and promote critical thinking about hypothetical legal issues. 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 the matters discussed in this article may apply to the reader’s particular circumstances. The authors, Adam L. Robertson and Wesley M. Walker, can be contacted at (713) 850-4200, or at Andrews Myers, P.C., 1885 Saint James Place, 15th Floor, Houston, Texas 77056, arobertson@andrewsmyers.com and wwalker@andrewsmyers.com.

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A newly renovated community golf course in Chaska, Minnesota, aims to break down barriers that keep people from taking up golf or sticking with the game. (Barrier Free Golf)


or years now, golf industry analysts have been concerned about the barriers to entry that deter newcomers from taking up the game. In response to these issues, a ninehole short course is taking shape in the Minneapolis suburb of Chaska that could redefine accessibility in golf. Golf is hard enough to learn, and all too often expensive, but how courses are designed can also be a barrier to entry. The general culture of a conventional, full-blown golf facility is also problematic when it is assumed that folks know their way around a course and can keep pace. Things get even more difficult for those with physical limitations who are often confronted by extensive hazards and steep slopes. For them, the course can seem as if it’s surrounded by an impenetrable wall. For those seeking to grow the game, there is increasing recognition that standard golf course setups can be very intimidating. Welcome to The Loop at Chaska, a renovation that is converting a 50-year-old municipal layout into a truly welcoming golf experience that anyone can enjoy – whether you are a first-timer, a wheelchair user, or a veteran of the game looking for a fun onehour golf experience. When it reopens for play in

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the middle of 2022, it will be open to all at a very reasonable rate – with no bunkers, no inaccessible slopes, and with only two water hazards that are easily avoided. The new design will also be totally amenable to different cart options for disabled players to use throughout the course – even on the putting greens themselves. Plans call for a total of 2 acres of putting surface for the nine greens on the course plus a 6,000-square-foot practice green and an additional 25,000-square-foot “Himalayas-style” putting course. The greens are built with 10 inches of sandbased rootzone mix, no gravel layer, and plenty of drainage underneath. They will be planted with ‘007’ bentgrass and maintained at a height that will allow for average speeds between 8 and 9 feet on the Stimpmeter. That will allow the layout’s intense putting surfaces to retain their playability. “The greens are the hazard,” said superintendent Mark Moers during a course tour. By combining dramatic putting contours with low-mow bluegrass surrounds, Chaska Loop manages to feature short grass everywhere and dispenses with the standard array of punitive framing or cross hazards that make so many golf courses today difficult to play and more expensive to maintain.

Plans call for the greens to be mowed with a triplex unit. Everything else out there will be mowed at one uniform height with modest gang units. This will greatly simplify maintenance and make it easier for people to play and move through the course. Plans call for reopening the course in late summer 2022. What had been a par-30 course with a length of 1,723 to 1,531 yards will now measure as a par 28 that ranges from 1,234 yards to as short as 930 yards. For everyone involved, this project represents the culmination of years of work that, it is hoped, will encourage people to rethink what golf is all about. The four key pillars of the project – accessibility, economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and fun – will breathe new life into an old facility and make the game more welcoming for more people. This article is a selection from the full version that first appeared in the February 4, 2022, issue of the USGA Green Section Record. Brad Klein is a veteran freelance journalist whose biography, “Discovering Donald Ross,” won the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for 2001.

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ROOKFIELD, Wis. The upswing in all areas of the golf industry since June 2020 is impacting facility decision making, from architects leading Master Planning and course renovations to facility owners and operators adjusting to attract and maintain staff. Those are the top-line results of the latest “Golf Facility Market Trend Watch” report, commissioned by the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and conducted by Sports & Leisure Research Group (SLRG). Results are being shared publicly for the first time at the 2022 PGA Show and 2022 GCSAA Conference & Trade Show. The online study, conducted and analyzed in late 2021, was distributed to more than 35,000 people, including ASGCA members, and subscribers to “By Design” and “Golf Course Industry” magazines. Respondents included golf course architects, superintendents, general managers, facility owners/operators, golf professionals and industry leaders. The complete Market Trend Watch results may be found at https://tinyurl.com/nmmw2f2r.

time more than twice as many respondents see facilities accelerating timetables for these improvements.” More than 80 percent of ASGCA members have worked on a Master Planning project in the past two years, practice area improvements and green complex renovations are also prevalent projects. Architects have also never been more optimistic about expected renovation work. Nearly 90 percent expect their work volume to maintain current levels or grow in the next two years, with more than 50 percent anticipating a significant increase.

ARCHITECTS BUSY, OPTIMISTIC “The impact COVID-19 has had on golf compared to other industries has been extraordinary,” said Jon Last, SLRG founder and president. “Last year’s Trend Watch indicated facilities displayed moderate enthusiasm in moving forward on capital projects, while this

ASGCA BACKGROUND 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 North America. ASGCA members

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LABOR PRESSURES PERSIST This year, the Market Trend Watch also took a deeper dive into facility maintenance staffing. More than 80 percent of public and private facilities have raised the minimum hourly wage for staff members since 2020, with 42 percent of private clubs and 20 percent of public facilities now paying at least $15/hour. At the same time, two-thirds of facilities report significant drops in the number of applicants for job openings

are 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, visit http://www.asgca. org or call (262) 786-5960. SPORTS & LEISURE RESEARCH GROUP BACKGROUND For the past 15 years, Sports & Leisure Research Group has played a pivotal role in providing marketing professionals with the most extensive customized research and consulting services available. The principals of the firm are each former national presidents of the U.S. Marketing Research Association (MRA), coupling an acute understanding of the sports, travel and leisure markets with a classical marketing research background approach to combine market insights with actionable strategies. The firm’s expertise allows its clients to take a more creative and strategic approach to advertising research, brand optimization and ROI assessment, product development testing, target market analysis and sales support research. SLRG offers capabilities including focus groups, online surveys and one-on-one interviews. SLRG clients include leading brands and retailers in the sporting goods industry, professional leagues and governing bodies, as well as global agencies brands and media that focus on and activate around professional sports.




n the 10 years since the turfgrass fundraising effort known as Rounds 4 Research came to a national audience, the GCSAA Foundation has raised more than $2 million to address a critical shortage of funding for ongoing, university-based agronomic research, education, advocacy programs and course operations. The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Rounds 4 Research, presented in partnership with the Toro Co., uses a simple formula where golf facilities can support the effort by donating rounds of golf and other items that will be auctioned off online on www.biddingforgood.com to generate funds. Rounds 4 Research allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fundraising partners with the vast majority of proceeds going back to those organizations. More than 70 GCSAA affiliated chapters and turfgrass organizations assisted with the effort in 2021 and received proceeds from the auction to support turfgrass research at the local level.

The 2022 R4R auction will take place April 25 - May 1. “Rounds 4 Research benefits the future of the game and golfers alike,” GCSAA Foundation Executive Director Ryan Flickinger said. "Golfers get the chance to play on courses they may have otherwise not had the opportunity to, and they can also find great deals on their local favorites. Plus, they know their purchase will help sustain the game for years to come.” In addition to supporting applied turfgrass research, funds raised have also been used by chapters to create their state’s best management practices, hire university faculty for education programs and more.

In 2021, the auction raised $336,500, and the 2020 auction, which was delayed several months due to the pandemic, sold out of all rounds. This year, rounds have already been donated in more than 40 states and in several international destinations. You can support R4R in one of two ways. First, you can donate a round using the easy online form found at www.rounds4research.com. Donations are accepted through the end of the auction. Second, you can bid on rounds, or encourage your friends to do so, when the auction opens on April 25 at https:// www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/browse. action?auctionId=341698828. The auction site is already open to preview the rounds up for bid. For more information about Rounds 4 Research and the GCSAA Foundation, visit www. rounds4research.com.

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ast October, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking input from the regulated community on protocols to protect workers from exposure to heat in the workplace—both indoors and outdoors. OSHA’s comment period ended in January and the National Club Association (NCA) weighed in with the agency with respect to the potential impact of establishing a heat exposure standard on clubs. Our comments focused on the implications of establishing a standard for outdoor workplaces due to the unique situation golf facilities find themselves relative to other outdoor workplaces. The comments urged OSHA to acknowledge the existing protocols and mechanisms that protect club workers from injury and illness related to exposure to heat and emphasized the shared interest between employees and employers in protecting from hazards in the workplace. The comments further asserted that many clubs have adopted commonsense measures to protect and educate employees about potential heat-related hazards. Among those protocols are administrative controls such as scheduling heavier workloads during off-peak hours and alternating shifts to allow employees with opportunities to rest and recover from exposure to elevated temperatures. While the main thrust of the comments was to dissuade OSHA from establishing

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a standard, we also urged the agency to avoid adopting a rigid and prescriptive approach in favor of one that encourages collaboration between employees and employers with an emphasis on education and training. OSHA is in the process of reviewing submitted comments and may not have an announcement on a potential proposed rule for some time. NCA will keep an eye on this issue in the coming months.

2022 National Club Conference

Charleston, S.C.

May 15-17

2022 National Club Conference Goes to Charleston, May 15-17 The private club industry’s most exciting conference will be held May 15-17 in Charleston, S.C., featuring a full slate of superior speakers and extraordinary events. NCA’s 18th annual National Club Conference offers club leaders and vendors an intimate environment to build meaningful

connections while learning from business leaders across multiple industries. This year’s speaker lineup is our most robust, including Keith Wandell, president/CEO (ret.), Harley Davidson; Bert Thornton, former president/ COO, Waffle House; Mike Veeck, co-founder and author, “Fun is Good!”; Roger Warren, president, Kiawah Island Golf Resort; Kristin Graziano, Charleston’s first elected female sheriff; and many more leaders. Social events highlight the best of Charleston, Travel+Leisure’s No. 1 City. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy sailing, a wine and cheese workshop, exquisite shopping and dining, a suite experience at a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game, and other fun activities to enjoy and socialize. Additionally, for the first time, the Excellence in Club Management® Awards Dinner comes to the National Club Conference, highlighting the club industry’s top managers in a red-carpet environment. Hosted at the beautiful Riviera Theater, the experience will be something you won’t want to miss. Learn more about the Conference and register by visiting nationalclubconference.org or contacting John Good at good@nationalclub.org. Joe Trauger is NCA’s vice president of government relations. He can be reached at trauger@nationalclub.org.




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Platt to Serve as 2022 Chairman MEDIA CONTACT: MELISSA LOW, MELISSA.LOW@CMAA.ORG, 703-739-9500


lexandria, VA — February 28, 2022 — The Club Management Association of America (CMAA) announces its elected 2022 Officers and Board of Directors. The CMAA Board of Directors is comprised of 13 club management professionals who work collaboratively with the membership, National Committees and Task Forces, Partners, and the National Headquarters team, to advance the profession and the greater industry.

John Dorman, CCM, General Manager, The University Club, New York, NY;

The 2022 Board will be led by the Executive Committee including:

Directors continuing to serve on the CMAA Board are:

Chairman Mitchell Platt, MCM, CCE, General Manager, Cosmos Club, Washington, DC;

Eric Dietz, CCM, CCE, PGA, Chief Operating Officer, Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, FL;

Vice Chairman Michael Seabrook, CCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, Belle Meade Country Club, Nashville, TN;

Joseph Krenn, CCM, CCE, General Manager/ Chief Executive Officer, Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, VA;

Secretary-Treasurer Joe Mendez, CCM, CCE, General Manager, Riverton Country Club, Cinnaminson, NJ; and

Richard LaRocca, CCM, CCE, General Manager/ Chief Operating Officer, Beechmont Country Club, Cleveland, OH;

Immediate Past Chairman Brian Kroh, CCM, General Manager, John’s Island Club, Vero Beach, FL.

Casey Newman, CCM, Club Manager, River Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX; and

Newly elected or re-elected as Directors are:

Michael S. Wheeler, MCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta, GA.

Janine Budzius, CCM, CCE, General Manager/ COO, Philadelphia Country Club, Gladwyne, PA;

William Shonk, CCM, CCE, General Manager, Princess Anne Country Club, Virginia Beach, VA; and Jack Slaughter, CCM, CCE, General Manager/ Chief Operating Officer, Carolina Country Club, Raleigh, NC.

The CMAA Board of Directors is committed to ensuring the existence and growth of a thriving club industry led by CMAA-educated professionals, through the adoption and implementation of CMAA's Strategic Plan. CMAA members participated in the elections process both online and in-person. The official election results were announced at the Closing Business Session of CMAA’s 2022 World Conference and Club Business Expo in San Diego, CA. About CMAA Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 members throughout the US and internationally. CMAA members contribute to the success of 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 efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 42 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at cmaa.org.

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LPGA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2022 LPGA Leadership Academy Schedule


AYTONA BEACH, Fla.– The LPGA Foundation, whose mission is to empower, inspire and transform the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf, announced today a four-event LPGA Leadership Academy schedule for 2022. The schedule will cover the breadth of the United States with two-day academies taking place in Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington. Each LPGA Leadership Academy will host 40 girls aged 13-18. "The 2022 LPGA Leadership Academy schedule is fully funded by donations from our sponsors, enabling us to offer each two-day academy at no cost to those selected to participate," said Nancy Henderson, President of the LPGA Foundation. "We are committed to empowering, inspiring and transforming the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf, and we are very excited about the impact that the LPGA Leadership Academy has already had on those who have participated in the program." The LPGA Leadership Academy uses the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to:

Michigan in 2022. This two-day leadership forum continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from the young women who completed the 2019 and 2021 programs, and the impact the experience had on their self-esteem and confidence in facing life’s challenges,” said Chris Chandler, Executive Director, Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “We look forward to empowering a whole new class of future female leaders as we bring this opportunity to the Great Lakes Bay Region again this summer.”

Teach girls how to become better decision-makers Overcome and let go of setbacks Take calculated risks and embrace opportunities Develop skills to accomplish specific goals Play their own game and find their own voice

July 19-20 – Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., presented by Christina & John Zacamy

This is the LPGA Leadership Academy schedule for 2022: June 22-23 – Saginaw Country Club in Saginaw, Mich., presented by the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational “The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is excited to team up with the LPGA and Saginaw Country Club to host our third LPGA Leadership Academy in

July 13-14 – USGA Campus in Liberty Corner, N.J., presented by the USGA “I believe that the USGA gets as much, if not more, out of hosting the Leadership Academy than the participants do because of the benefit that comes from being around these remarkable girls and young women,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA. “If you spend just a little bit of time around LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, you’ll quickly understand that investing in a female future for golf is in the best interest of everyone who loves the game.”

“It is a privilege to partner with the LPGA Foundation to inspire and support young women from diverse backgrounds as they begin their leadership journeys,” said Christina Zacamy, former Chair of the LPGA Foundation Board. “During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to invest in a program for young women that promotes self-confidence and develops leadership skills that will last a lifetime.”

“Giving young women a chance to stretch themselves and grow through the game of golf fits right in with our mission to help people break barriers,” said Kim Phipps, Senior Director, Global Marketing & Brand for Acer. “We’re thrilled to help the LPGA provide future leaders with this opportunity.” In addition to attending the Academy, each participant will be eligible to apply for the LPGA Foundation Scholars Program, which includes invitations to an LPGA event, mentoring programs and a $5,000 college scholarship. Details about the LPGA Leadership Academy, the locations and applications for participation can be found on the LPGA Foundation website at https://www.girlsgolf. org/events/leadership-academy The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with a framework for young women to develop their confidence, communication and leadership skills. With activities on and off the course, attendees discover their unique strengths through group exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling and interactions with female executives. Key priorities include: LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to the LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386274-6200 and on the web: https://www.girlsgolf. org/donate-foundation.

Aug. 1-2 – The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wash., presented by Acer

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T. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- (Jan. 24, 2022) – Today, the organization formerly known as “We Are Golf” announced that it has rebranded as the American Golf Industry Coalition. Representing a partnership among golf’s leading organizations, the coalition is committed to addressing the collective interests of the industry. A primary area of focus centers around helping to facilitate the industry’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiative, known as Make Golf Your Thing. Through those efforts, the coalition also provides support to the six cross-industry work groups dedicated to making golf accessible to all (education & skill development, talent acquisition, procurement, human resources, youth & adult player development, and marketing/ communications). Additionally, the coalition contributes to advocacy efforts for legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the industry.

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“The golf industry is comprised of more than two million people who wake up every day giving their all to a game that is growing and evolving,” said Rhett Evans, Chairman, American Golf Industry Coalition Executive Leadership Committee & CEO, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. “I am proud of the platform and vision the newly-branded coalition provides for addressing golf’s collective issues on behalf of the industry it represents.” For more than a dozen years since its founding, the American Golf Industry Coalition has become a banner under which golf’s collective priorities can be addressed. The coalition assembles industry representatives annually in Washington, D.C., to meet with elected officials and advocate on behalf of golf’s $84 billion economy, $4 billion charitable impact and two million jobs throughout the U.S. The industry came together virtually for ‘National Golf Day’ in 2021 due to the

coronavirus, and details on 2022 National Golf Day will be made available soon. The coalition also works to amplify tangible examples of key initiatives at both the grassroots and industry workforce level and advocate in support of issues that impact the industry at the state and federal level. About the American Golf Industry Coalition The American Golf Industry Coalition (formerly “We Are Golf”) advocates on behalf of golf’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; environmental and sustainability initiatives; contributions to the economy (local and national); health and wellness benefits, as well as charitable giving. The organization unites the golf industry in pursuit of goals designed to enhance the vitality and diversity of both the business and recreational levels of the sport. The American Golf Industry Coalition is a division of the World Golf Foundation. To learn more, visit www.golfcoalition.org.

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Judd Chatelain


INCOLN, NE – Landscapes Unlimited, the leading golf course developer and construction company, has promoted Judd Chatelain to Senior Construction Estimator. A 22-year Landscapes Unlimited veteran, Chatelain is widely regarded as one of the golf industry’s most experienced and respected project estimators. In working closely with golf course architects, vendors, property owners and Landscapes Unlimited field managers, he constructs budgets and workflows for high-quality builds and renovations of

golf courses, country clubs, resorts and communities as well as sports fields. Scheduling the economics of projects from $20,000 to $20M, under public and private ownership, Chatelain weighs in on myriad aspects of Landscapes’ project management framework including activity and resource planning, organizing and motivating project teams, monitoring time management and progress, cost estimating and budget development, analyzing and managing project risk, and ultimately realizing client satisfaction. “Without detailed roadmaps, budget development and project look-ins by our estimating core, our field teams would have to rely on gutfeel during the execution phase, which would’ve been arduous given weather volatility and supply chain challenges nowadays” says Chatelain. “The involvement of our estimating team from project inception through close-out lends stability and reliability to precise execution and Landscapes Unlimited’s ecosystem as a whole. “What also makes me proud are the relationships cultivated with our Construction Superintendents and suppliers which help to manage costs, increase efficiencies and overall quality – all key to exceeding client expectations.” “Internal collaboration between our estimators and regional field teams builds tight-knit relationships and breeds outstanding execution,” says Jake Riekstins, Chief Development Officer of Landscapes. “And in a business where impeccable communication helps us manage within tight margins of error, Judd’s leadership and involvement shine time and again.”


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GCBAA Member SOX Erosion Solutions would like to introduce you to our newest addition to our team! Please welcome Alexis Page! Alexis lives and works out of her home in Houston, TX. Alexis will be covering Texas along with Louisiana as her primary territory as well as the surrounding states. Alexis joins the team with over 5 years of project management and sales experience in the commercial and industrial construction 24 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Spring Edition

industries. She has a strong understanding of the importance of erosion prevention and restoration as well as the construction cycle. Alexis will be able to meet you onsite, evaluate your property and assist you with your erosion repair needs. Alexis Page SOX Regional Technical Expert Contact info: 281-799-3902 alexis@soxerosion.com

Much of Chatelain’s immersion is on the west coast where he is integral to the success of projects at Rancho Santa Fe Country Club (CA), San Luis Obispo County Club (CA), The Reserve Club (CA), The Vintage Club (CA) and Red Rocks Country Club (CO). He also played a key forecasting and facilitation role in Landscapes Unlimited’s work for the City of San Diego around its Torey Pines South Course for the 2021 U.S. Open. Testament to Landscapes’ Unlimited’s “culturefirst” mantra, Chatelain is community minded. He is heavily involved in civic projects and coaches youth sports teams in the Lincoln, Neb. area. About Landscapes Unlimited Forty-five years young and family owned-andoperated, Landscapes Unlimited is the recognized leader in golf course development, construction and renovation. This claim is backed by its regionalized experts implementing modern-day best practices and technological advancements though trained expertise, fiscal prudency and a culture promoting unwavering success. Completed projects number in the thousands and include famous golf courses that host major tournament and PGA Tour events as well as revered local layouts of various shapes, sizes and budgets. Landscapes Unlimited’s involvement with four First Tee chapters demonstrates a strong commitment to grow the game and business of golf. It also excels at building sports fields for professional teams, colleges and municipalities. Sister company Landscapes Golf Management is one of America’s largest and most trusted operator of golf courses and country clubs across 20 states. More information: www.landscapesunlimited. com, 402.423.6653.

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Kirk Grego, Mid-America Sports Construction



orest Hill, MD – The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced its officers and directors for the coming membership year. The new slate took its place at the conclusion of the ASBA’s Technical Meeting, held virtually this year. David Clapp, CTB, CTCB, of Baseline Sports Construction in Knoxville, Tennessee, took office as the Association’s new Chairman. Clapp, a longtime member of the Association’s Board of Directors, as well as a volunteer on numerous projects and publications, previously served as Chairman-Elect. (Mark Heinlein, CFB, of The Motz Group, Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Association’s current Chairman, moves to the position of Immediate Past Chairman). Kirk Grego, CFB of Mid-America Sports Construction in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was reelected to the position of Fields Division President. Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP, of Activitas, Inc., Dedham, Massachusetts has taken office as Secretary/Treasurer, having previously served as Secretary-Treasurer Elect. Jordan Fisher, CTB of Fisher Tracks in Boone, Iowa, was re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors representing the Builder Division. Anthony Graham of MAPEI in Deerfield Beach,

Florida, was elected to the Board of Directors as a member of the Supplier Division. Continuing their terms on the Board of Directors are Randy Resley of Sport Court of the Rockies, LLC, Highlands Ranch, Colorado (Courts Division President), Craig Honkomp, PE, PS, LEED AP of Sportworks Field Design in West Chester, Ohio (Professional Division President) and Paul Nagle, CTB, of Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc., Syracuse, New York (Track Division President). Remaining in office as members of the Board of Directors are Fred Kolkmann, CTCB of Fred Kolkmann Tennis & Sport Surfaces, LLC, Grafton, Wisconsin (Builder Division-Courts), Jameson Sheley, CFB-S, CTB, Byrne & Jones Sports Construction, Bridgeton, Missouri (Builder DivisionFields), David Painter, Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc., Clarksburg, West Virginia (Supplier DivisionTracks), Tim Gerrits, ASLA, of GMB Architecture + Engineering, Holland, Michigan (Design Professional Division), David Burke, NGI Sports, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Supplier Division President-Courts), Todd Dettor of Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. & 10-S Tennis Supply, Pompano Beach, Florida (Builder Division-Courts); Dale Hendrickson of TD Sports, Inc.– Sport Court of Southern California, in Simi Valley, California (Builder Division-Courts) and Chris Sullivan, RLA of Verde Design, Inc., Folsom,



anto Irrigation, LLC welcomes Mr. Cameron to its management team to oversee the service aspect of the business after having spent the last 16 years as golf course superintendent at Country Club of Waterbury in Connecticut. Chase was born in Austin, Texas, later moving to Raleigh, North Carolina where he would eventually earn his turf degree from North Carolina State University. Post graduation, Chase spent time honing his

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turf and irrigation skills as assistant superintendent at both Pebble Beach Golf Links and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, prior to making the move to Waterbury in 2005 as golf course superintendent. Mr. Cameron joins Tanto as a proven leader and is tasked with helping steward the future of the Tanto Service Department as a member of its 3rd generation of irrigation professionals. Please join us in welcoming Chase to the Tanto family.

California (Design Professional Division). The ASBA is a non-profit association comprised of nearly 500 designers, builders and suppliers in sports facility construction. The ASBA sponsors informative meetings, publishes newsletters, books and technical construction guidelines for athletic facilities, and keeps its members aware of the latest developments in the industry. It also offers voluntary certification programs in tennis court, running track and sports field construction. Available at no charge is a listing of all publications offered by the Association, as well as the ASBA’s Membership Directory. For information on the ASBA, as well as on its publications, activities and upcoming meetings, please contact the Association at 2331 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill, Maryland 21050. The toll-free phone number is 866-501-ASBA, the local number is 410-7309595. The ASBA also may be reached electronically via its website: www.sportsbuilders.org, or via e-mail at info@sportsbuilders.org. American Sports Builders Association 2331 Rock Spring Road Forest Hill, MD 21050 866-501-ASBA www.sportsbuilders.org

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MAVRIK 31 Treescape Circle The Woodlands, Texas 77381 Website: https://www.mavrik-sales.com/ Phone: (832) 537-2777 Andy Heller – andy@mavrik-sales.com Cory Morris – cory@mavrik-sales.com

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CHARTER MEMBERS ACC Golf Construction ADS/Hancor, Inc. Aspen Corporation Boyd Irrigation, Inc. Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf Caterpillar, Inc. Clarke Construction Group Duininck Golf Dye Designs International Eagle Golf and Landscapes Products Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply Fleetwood Services LLC Forward Group Glase Golf, Inc. Greenscapes Six HARCO Fittings Hartman Companies, Inc.

Henderson & Company, Inc. Heritage Links Hunter Industries Hydrema U.S. ISCO Industries 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

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