EARTH SHAPING NEWS Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America
3Q | 2018
Past recipients of the Perry Dye Service Award celebrating with 2018 recipient, Dennis Wagner (far right) at the Summer Meeting.
Inside Issue the
Executive Director Notes
10 Foundation Update 14 Human Resources 15 Developer’s Guide 26 Allied Updates 30 New Members 30 GCBAA Meetings Calendar 31 Movers & Shapers
GCBAA HOSTS SUMMER
MEETING IN Music City What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but what happened in Nashville (AKA NashVegas) needs to be told! The GCBAA Summer Meeting...people shouldn’t be allowed to have that much fun. We are sorry if you could not attend; seriously, sorry you missed it! New town, new(ish) hotel, new format, new ideas, new people...not your dad’s root beer. During the April GCBAA Executive Board Meeting the group discussed the meeting format and the idea of offering a Premier Education Partner Program was vetted. The Board created a program that worked with fellow members to create a robust education offering for the Summer Meeting. This created a hands-on education opportunity as well as assisted with general education presenters. A few weeks later the idea took off when GCBAA Members ADS/Hancor and Wacker Neuson teamed up to present during our Dublin, Ohio Regional Meeting on proper trench compaction techniques. During the presentation the group had an open conversation on techniques as well as involvement with ASGCA PastPresident Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Charter Member Profile Products. The group brainstormed the idea and the stars aligned.
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Staff and volunteers spent the summer months working with Nashville Golf Course Operators to locate an area suitable for a live demonstration of proper trench compaction. Believe it or not the project landed at Hermitage Golf Course which was also the host course for our Sticks for Kids Golf Tournament. Course Superintendent Bobby Schultz had an issue with a possible collapsed drain line in one of his fairways. He knew the repair could be extensive as the depth of the pipe was thought to be over 10 feet. There was also the challenge of moving equipment to the location as the course has several water features and limited access points. Starting Monday of the Summer Meeting week volunteers from Course Crafters, ADS/Hancor, course staff, and the Premier Education Partners Sunbelt Rentals, Wacker Neuson, Profile Products, Southeastern Golf, and city host Better Billy Bunker began prepping the site for the Tuesday education.
Premier Partner Dinner at George Jones Museum.
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The course was not shut down and the repair was done in similar fashion to the realities of renovation work seen today in the golf industry. Challenges included the depth of the drainage pipe, deploying trench safety measures, and excavating near charged irrigation lines and wires. By Monday afternoon the area was exposed and ready for repair. That same evening, the Premier Education Partners hosted Builder Members for a reception and dinner at the George Jones Museum. This evening is traditionally held for the Board of Directors Dinner, however as part of the format change the Board welcomed a larger audience and experienced firsthand the Premier Partner offering. For dessert, the group was treated to a performance by #1 Billboard Recording Artist and NBCâ€™s The Voice star Meghan Linsey, along with record producer Tyler Cain. Tuesday morning Builder Members took a bus to Hermitage Golf Course where they received classroom education from Craig Ingram, Public Awareness
Manager with Tennessee 811 - Call Before You Dig representative, Wayne Gibbs, PE and Department Manager with Geotechnical Services, Intertek -PSI and OSHAâ€™s David Buckles. Dr. Hurdzan, Mike Garbs with ADS/Hancor, and Dwight Johnson with Profile Products also provided education throughout the day and on site during the repair, backfill, and hands-on demonstration using Sunbelt equipment and Wacker Neuson tools.
Opening Reception Tuesday evening the Opening Reception provided a great venue for over 200 guests to gather and network. Drinks and laughter echoed around the Omni Nashville Ballroom where 16 exhibitors and over 40 companies proudly displayed their support to fellow GCBAA Members. Check them out on page 7!
A PEEK INTO OUR WEEK!
While GCBAA members were taking part in the education, attending spouses were treated to what many thought was the BEST spouse event to date! More than 20 ladies and a couple brave men got to experience the magic of Music City with #1 Billboard Recording Artist and NBC’s The Voice runner up, Meghan Linsey and record producer and songwriter, Tyler Cain. They heard an intimate acoustic performance, learned the stories behind the songs and experienced the rush of recording with a real Nashville STAR! This was a once in a lifetime experience, and was complete with lunch at country artist Blake Shelton’s new restaurant, Ole Red.
Craps, Roulette, Poker and Black Jack! With “play money” and a hosted bar, all sorts of networking opportunities awaited GCBAA members who signed up for our first ever Casino Afternoon. It was a fun way to unwind after a morning spent in the classroom. The top three individuals with the most “cash” at the end received a voucher to use towards a purchase at the Foundation Auction that evening. Congrats to the following! 1st – Brenda Adkins, Aspen Corp. 2nd – Justin Stewart, Travelers Haven & Hotel Engine 3rd – Doug Myslinski, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company Cash prizes made possible by Murray Sod
Suppliers can best collaborate with ASGCA by simply being in front of their membership. Whether through joint education or hands-on training, we’ll continue to work closely with ASGCA to provide opportunities that benefit both memberships. Chad also shared results from their recent study that aimed to get a better understanding of the business issues at golf facilities. The online survey was distributed to more than 40,000 people, including ASGCA members and subscribers of By Design and Golf Course Industry magazines. Respondents included golf course architects, superintendents, general managers, facility owners/operators, golf professionals and industry leaders.
Wednesday morning, during the Breakfast with Vendors sponsored by LASCO Fittings, guests fueled up on caffeine to prepare themselves for a new and condensed set of morning speakers. Taking feedback from prior year surveys as well as understanding the old saying that “your brain can only absorb what your ass can endure” the education committee identified a diverse and over the top set of speakers. After GCBAA President Pat Karnick welcomed attendees, Executive Director Justin Apel gave a brief but informative Financial State of the Association prior to the education kicking off.
The Stand Up & Play Foundation was founded by Anthony Netto as a way to help wheelchair users and other people with impaired mobility have the opportunity to stand up and participate in golf and other sporting events. Anthony gave a very moving talk outlining his own personal circumstances that ultimately lead to what is now the Stand Up and Play Foundation. Joining him was Michael Thompson, former Army Green Beret who, while serving our country, was shot five times. As a result, Michael is wheelchair bound and is a beneficiary of the Stand Up and Play Foundation. Hearing his story and what the game of golf has done for his future was nothing short of inspiring.
Chad Ritterbusch A tough act to follow, Chad Ritterbusch, executive director of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, gave the group a behind the curtains peak at ASGCA’s membership, along with ways our members can help architects. To that end, GCBAA Builders and
Buy From Within Reception After a day of education, spouse events and gambling, it was great to change pace and clean up for the Buy From Within Reception at the Hotel. Throughout the year we emphasize the importance of doing business with fellow members whenever possible, and the reception reflected just that!
After a quick bite to eat, USGA’s Adam Moeller took the stage. Adam is the Director of Green Section Education for USGA, and gave an enlightening review of the “Key Updates to the USGA Recommendations for Putting Green Construction.” The USGA published the first edition of USGA method of green construction in 1960, with the Recommendations being updated about every decade to reflect updated methods, technology and techniques. While not drastically different from the previous version, the 2018 USGA Recommendations reflect advances in putting green research, technology, testing methods, and construction and maintenance techniques. A review team of scientists, laboratory technicians, golf course builders, architects, superintendents and USGA Agronomists worked together to revise the USGA Recommendations for a method of Putting Green Construction.
Corporal Megan Leavey One of the highlights of the education was hearing Retired Marine Corporal Megan Leavey. Megan shared an inspiring story to our members on being the
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change in the world that you want to see. Leavey grew up in Valley Cottage, New York and after September 11, 2001, she decided to leave college and join the Marines. Corporal Leavey graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina and from there completed a year of training which included Marine Combat training, Military Police School, and K9 School. Corporal Leavey was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA from 2004-2007 with the Military Police K9 section. Eventually, she was partnered with a Military Working Dog named Rex. Corporal Leavey & Rex completed two tours to Iraq beginning with Fallujah in 2005, and then Ramadi in 2006. Towards the end of their second tour, the duo were wounded in the line of duty. Insurgents watching from a rooftop detonated an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) as they watched Corporal Leavey and Rex in front of a patrol sweeping the area. With a full year left to her enlistment in the Marine Corps, Cpl. Leavey completed physical therapy along with Rex, and helped train fellow dog handlers preparing for their future deployments. Corporal Leavey was discharged in December 2007 from the Marine Corps. Unfortunately, she could not take Rex back home with her. Rex was unable to deploy anymore but was still able to work stateside at Camp Pendleton. Over the course of the next few years, Rex was assigned to 11 different handlers, for short periods of time. Rex was deemed “not adoptable” in his medical records, so toward the end of Rex’s service, it was unclear what his future would be. With a tip from a former colleague, and the help of Jerry Donnellan, her local Veterans Adviser, Corporal Leavey campaigned to adopt him which caught the attention of the media and, eventually, Senator Chuck Schumer. Although, military dogs are not generally candidates for adoption, Rex was granted his retirement and entrusted to Leavey on April 6, 2012. Megan & Rex’s story caught the eye of the Yankees President, Randy Levine & his wife Mindy in the media. Being huge animal lovers & military supporters, they graciously reached out to Leavey offering to take care of all expenses to fly Rex from California to NY & any medical expenses he needed. They also held a ceremony celebrating their reunion on the field at Yankees Stadium. Leavey and Rex were able to spend the last eight months of his life together at her home in New York. Rex was able to sleep on the bed, run free with Cpl. Leavey’s other dog Patriot, swim in a pool and bark at deer. Rex passed away on December 22, 2012 with Cpl. Leavey at his side. A movie titled “Megan Leavey” was made and released in June of 2017 based on the true story of Cpl. Megan Leavey &
Rex. After the Marine Corps, Leavey continued to work as a K9 handler in New York City with another explosive detection dog, a chocolate lab named Patriot. Patriot was retired in 2015, and now lives at home with Leavey and her two cats, Orange and Cali.
Awards Dinner & Auction Simply put, the evening activities on this final night were ELECTRIC! Mix together over 200 members and industry guests, a 2018 Perry Dye Service Award Recipient, a few refreshments and an abundance of incredible auction items…and the result is one heck of a party! Once the group settled into their seats for dinner, we recognized our partnership programs and those members who are seeing some serious savings by Buying From Within. The CAT Rent Program has been an all-star initiative for GCBAA members and this association, and members from Caterpillar were thrilled to acknowledge those Builder Member companies who went above and beyond this year to support CAT and in turn, the GCBAA Foundation. After a few bites of pie, the main event got underway. Dennis Wagner of GCBAA member company Hunter Industries, was honored in front of hundreds of his peers as the 2018 recipient of the Perry Dye Service Award. Dennis has been a champion for this organization and truly takes being a volunteer to the next level. The Perry Dye Service Award is given periodically by GCBAA to recognize an exceptional member of the association. The award is named after Perry Dye, who during the early development years of the GCBAA exemplified these characteristics when he provided financial assistance to stabilize the GCBAA during its inception and early years. Of the only five other individuals the award has ever been bestowed upon, all but two were in attendance to welcome Dennis into this distinguished group of GCBAA honorees. But that wasn’t all. With excitement running high, the GCBAA Foundation kicked off its annual live auction benefitting Sticks for Kids. Members and guests dug deep into their pockets and helped raise close to $100,000 to continue to grow the game. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to those who either donated or purchased an item that evening. And a special thanks to Dennis Wagner, Ellen and Jeff Davis, and Stephanie Zimmerman for auctioneering and catching bids all night!
Sticks for Kids Golf Outing As if the sport isn’t challenging enough, try throwing in a good rain shower. 80 die-hard’s tee’d it up at Hermitage Golf Course for the annual Sticks for Kids outing the next morning – putting an exclamation point on a tremendous week in Nashville! And while weather brought the teams in for a short delay, most all were able to squeeze in 18. It was a fun morning chasing after pin flags, low scores and the ultimate prize…the coveted Caterpillar Earth Mover Award – proudly held for the last place team. We appreciate those who had the courage to get out of bed and golf after a great (but long) night of food, fun and festivities.
On behalf of the GCBAA Board and Staff, we can’t thank you enough for your support in making this year’s Summer Meeting a success. We are incredibly humbled by our membership and those of you that have gotten involved with your association. TOP SUPPORTERS OF THE CAT RENTAL STORE NATIONAL ACCOUNT RENTAL PROGRAM IN 2017: Clarke Construction Frontier Golf Landscapes Unlimited, LLC MacCurrach Golf Mid-America Golf & Landscape Ryangolf Corporation
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Thank You PREMIER EDUCATION PARTNERS
WITH SUPPORT FROM
GCBAA SUMMER MEETING SPONSORS
EDUCATION BREAK SERVICE
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AUCTION RESULTS LIVE AUCTION
1,500SQFT POLYLAST BUNKER LINER
POLYLAST SYSTEMS, LLC
$4000 CATERPILLAR RENT PREPAID CARD
After the Auction, the following members graciously gave a $500 cash donation to the GCBAA Foundation. THANK YOU!
28-DAY SUNBELT RENTAL 1900# RUBBER TRACK SKID LOADER
9 YRD TRUCKLOAD OF CAPILLARY CONCRETE
BANDON DUNES GOLF RESORT GETAWAY
1,700SQFT OF BETTER BILLY BUNKER POLYMER
BETTER BILLY BUNKER
1,700SQFT OF BETTER BILLY BUNKER POLYMER
BETTER BILLY BUNKER
CHICAGO GOLF CLUB OUTING
FINE ART - LINDA HARDY FRAMED PAINTING
VM GOLF SERVICES
GCSAA 2019 GIS MARKETING PACKAGE
INSHORE FISHING TRIP
CRYSTAL & SILVER BEADED NECKLACE WITH BRACELETS
JOHN MCDONALD, II
SOUTH DAKOTA HUNTING, GOLF AND SIGHTSEEING TRIP
WEST COAST TURF BENTGRASS SOD
WEST COAST TURF
TOTAL GOLF CONSTRUCTION
CHICAGO GOLF CLUB OUTING
SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC.
PROFILE PRODUCTS PUTTER
STEEL WINGS DUCK CLUB
CLARKE CONSTRUCTION GROUP
STICKS FOR KIDS GOLF BAG
WAGS GRILLIN’ RUB
THE TORO COMPANY
WEST COAST TURF BENTGRASS SOD
WEST COAST TURF
$500 HOME DEPOT GIFT CARD
FLEETWOOD SERVICES LLC
AUTOGRAPHED GREG NORMAN HAT
WINTERBERRY IRRIGATION LLC SAM FERRO
FLAT ROCK CIDER
CIGARS (MACANUDO & PARTAGAS)
MCDONALD & SONS, INC.
2ND PLACE – JIM SPARKS, JEFF BINE, LEE MARSHALL
GOLF BUDDY LASER RANGE FINDER
PROFILE PRODUCTS, LLC
TROPHIES SPONSORED BY EAGLE GOLF & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS
ODYSSEY WHITE HOT PRO 2.0 V.LINE PUTTER
PROFILE PRODUCTS, LLC
DISNEY WORLD VACATION PACKAGE
FULL PAGE AD & OCTOBER MENTION ADVERTISING
STEEL WINGS DUCK CLUB
WINE COUNTRY GETAWAY
OMNI NASHVILLE (2) NIGHT STAY
WAGS GRILLIN’ RUB
SHINNECOCK HILLS MENS TIE SILENT AUCTION
THE TORO COMPANY
GOLF COURSE INDUSTRY
HERITAGE LINKS D.H.R. CONSTRUCTION, INC. OMNI NASHVILLE HOTEL
JOHN MCDONALD, II
JON O’DONNELL RICK SHRIVER
RYANGOLF CORPORATION MID-AMERICA GOLF & LANDSCAPE, INC.
MCDONALD & SONS, INC. FRONTIER GOLF BARBARON, INC. ASPEN CORPORATION GREENSCAPES SIX, LLC TOTAL TURF SERVICES
LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC
VM GOLF SERVICES DUININCK GOLF
GOLF OUTING WINNERS 1ST PLACE – DENNIS WAGNER, SCOTT DEBOLT, RILUS GRAHAM, BILL BARTELS
LAST PLACE – SHELLY URISH, MIKE PEREZ, CHRIS HILL EARTH MOVER AWARDS SPONSORED BY CATERPILLAR INC.
TURF & SOIL DIAGNOSTICS
COSTA DEL MAR SALTBREAK 580G SUNGLASSES
DAKOTA PEAT & EQUIPMENT, INC. RALPH WEBB
CUSTOM KNIFE WITH STAND
BENSON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY BARRY FERRELL
FRAMED ERNIE ELS AUTOGRAPHED FLAG AND MAGAZINE
ATLAS TURF INTERNATIONAL LIMITED JEFF BREWSTER
GREG NORMAN FRAMED DRAWING
HONEY CASK - BELLE MEADE BOURBON BOTTLES
#14 LONGEST DRIVE (STICKS FOR KIDS BAT) – DANIELLE SCARDINO #15 CLOSEST TO THE PIN ($500 CASH DONATED BY SMITH TURF & IRRIGATION) – AARON PERRY
(4) JACK NICKLAUS HATS SIGNED BY JACK, COLLECTORS EDITION
FRAMED JACK NICKLAUS SIGNED PHOTO & GOLF DIGEST MAGAZINE
BRIDGE BUILDERS USA INC.
JAKE OWEN & JOHN DALY AUTOGRAPHED SHIRT
TOTAL GOLF CONSTRUCTION INC. RICK LOHMAN
MAC KNIFE WITH SHARPENER AND CASE
DAKOTA PEAT & EQUIPMENT, INC. DREW MCGEEIN
PAYNE STWART FRAMED DRAWING
VINTAGE BOOT PURSE WITH BEADED HANDLE
KEMPKER GREENS MIX
WAGS GRILLIN’ RUB BASKET
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#3 CLOSEST TO THE PIN CASH) – CHRIS CLARKE
CHRIS DONATED HIS WINNINGS BACK TO THE GCBAA FOUNDATION!
#7 CLOSEST TO THE PIN ($500 CASH DONATED BY SMITH TURF & IRRIGATION) – JIM SPARKS JIM DONATED HIS WINNINGS BACK TO THE GCBAA FOUNDATION!
AARON DONATED HIS WINNINGS BACK TO THE GCBAA FOUNDATION!
#18 LONGEST PUTT (GCBAA TUMBLER) – MARK ARRIMOUR
STICKS FOR KIDS GOLF OUTING SPONSORS
PLAYER BREAKFAST & LUNCH
BLOODY MARY BAR
GOLF POLOS PIN FLAGS
TROPHIES & AWARDS
TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS
MOTOR CONTROLS INC.
EAGLE GOLF & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS
ATLAS TURF INTERNATIONAL
DURA PLASTIC PRODUCTS
GCBAA “BUY FROM WITHIN”
SEED RESEARCH OF OREGON
HYDREMA US INC.
Z LINE BUNKER SYSTEMS
BETTER BILLY BUNKER
ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE FOR GOLF (EIFG) FUSION GOLF GCBAA FOUNDATION GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT (GCM) GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (GCSAA) GOLF INDUSTRY SHOW (GIS) GLASE GOLF, INC. MCI FLOWTRONEX PROFILE PRODUCTS, LLC REGENCY WIRE SMITH TURF & IRRIGATION SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC. SPORTZMIX SOLUTIONS SUNBELT RENTALS WACKER NEUSON WATERTRONICS Z LINE BUNKER SYSTEMS
BETTER BILLY BUNKER
MOUNTAIN VIEW SEEDS PEAT INC. REGENCY WIRE SANDERS GOLF SITE ONE GOLF SMITH TURF & IRRIGATION SOUTH FLORIDA GRASSING SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC. SPORTZMIX SOLUTIONS
THE TORO COMPANY TOTAL GOLF CONSTRUCTION TURF & SOIL DIAGNOSTICS WADSWORTH FOUNDATION
WADSWORTH GOLF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
LASCO FITTINGS, INC.
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BOARD MEMBERS Ronnie Adkins Aspen Corporation Chris Caccavale Caterpillar Inc. Mark Creighton Ewing Irrigation Ellen Davis SportZmix Solutions (Vice President) Judd Duininck Duininck Golf (President Elect) Greg Hufner Total Turf Services John McDonald II McDonald & Sons, Inc. (Treasurer) Mike Perez VM Golf Services Joy Ramos D.H.R. Construction Bob Sylvester The Toro Company Jon Truttmann Hunter Industries Scott Veazey Southeastern Golf, Inc. (Past President) Ian Williams Rain Bird (Secretary) Rick Williamson LASCO Fittings, Inc. Tom Works Landscapes Unlimited, LLC
he Summer has come to a close and Fall is in the air. Everyone is scrambling to finish off this year’s projects or scrambling to start new work for the rest of this year and into next. Fortunately, it seems, there continues to be many opportunities in the market place to keep everyone busy. Throughout the year, I look forward to the Fall, thinking it will finally provide a chance to catch our breath. It never seems to be the case though, as the inevitable push to get more work completed before Winter sets in happens every year. Before that push sets in, I wanted to look back on the last few months of the Summer as we finish up the third quarter of the year. The Executive Board held a special meeting in Chicago in late June. We have implemented a new format to allow for a better working environment focused on Association goals. We want to continue our efforts toward steering the Association in the right direction for the future and ensuring we are working toward the goal of providing positive and tangible benefits to all our Members. In addition, we want to ensure we are maintaining the financial stability of the Association. We are continuing to revise and update our Strategic Plan as well. In mid-July, Justin and I attended the Multi Course Owners/NGCOA meeting in Chicago. This was a great opportunity to network with many of the golf industry decision makers and attend several informative education sessions related to the overall golf industry. We also had an opportunity to meet with Darren Davis and Rafael Barajas (current and incoming President of the GCSAA) to discuss future collaboration between our two associations. We are working together on several exciting initiatives for both groups. August brought us all together in Nashville for the Summer Meeting. It seems like it was only a week ago, but the time has flown by. It was great to see so many faces, both old and new, who took the time out of their busy summer schedule to be a part of this event. The Board decided to try a few new formats for some of the regular events just to change things up a bit this year. Our Monday night Board Dinner took place at the George Jones Museum just a few blocks from our hotel. This year’s dinner was sponsored by several of our key partners and offered an opportunity for all the Builder Members to join instead of only the Board of Directors. A great venue which included some outstanding entertainment. Tuesday’s events included the regular Board of Directors Meeting as well as some Field Education for the day. We are all continuing to learn how to provide better education at our Summer Meeting by trying new things. Wednesday’s education and speaker presentation
were well received. Along with presentations from Chad Ritterbusch from the ASGCA & Adam Moeller from the USGA, the membership was fortunate to have Anthony Netto from the Stand Up and Play Golf Foundation. Anthony gave a great presentation on his journey into adaptive golf and the development of his pattened single player Paramobile golf vehicle. Finally, former Marine Corporal and K-9 dog handler, Megan Leavey, gave a heartwarming presentation about her personal life experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan with her faithful dog Rex. Wednesday night’s award dinner and auction were the main event of the week. Long time GCBAA Board Member and great friend to the Association, Dennis Wagner, was presented with the Perry Dye Service Award. A worthy recipient to say the least. Upon receiving his award, Wags, the consummate auctioneer, stepped up to the microphone in his usual manner and proceeded to bring in nearly $100,000 for the GCBAA Foundation. Congratulations Dennis on another job well done! A great day of golf followed on Thursday at the Hermitage Golf Club and despite the weather, a great time was had by all. Thank You to all the event sponsors throughout the week. Your support of our Association is greatly appreciated! The staff is currently closing out from the Summer Meeting and all signs point to a positive financial year end for the Association. Staff is currently in the planning stage for the final Regional Meeting scheduled to take place December 10 through the 12th at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL. In addition, our staff is preparing for the upcoming Winter Meeting in San Diego for next February as well as for our next Summer Meeting, location TBD. Their efforts and continuous hard work for the benefit of the Association needs to be recognized and appreciated. Thank you, Sam and Justin! The Executive Board will be meeting in Minneapolis in October for their final meeting of the year. Finally, Board elections are scheduled for this November. There will be several open seats and this Board is always looking for new faces interested in being an active part of the Association. If you or someone you know within the Association has an interest in playing a bigger part in the leadership of the GCBAA, I encourage you to get involved. The rewards are in the results to the Association. So, with Fall here and Winter not too far behind, we will continue to do the work of the Association so that all our Members are continuing to benefit from our efforts. As always, if there is ever anything we can do to assist in any way, please feel free to reach out to me directly. Have a great rest of the year!
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NOTES
hether an agenda item during a meeting or a session during an education conference, the subject of the “Next Generation” and “Participation” are the buzz words. Every business, sport, and association are dealing with the complexities and theories that are floating around attempting to define the difference between someone from the Silent Generation, Baby Boomer, Gen X, Millennials or Gen Y, Gen Z, and we can only guess what’s to come next. While extremely fascinating and relevant for the golf industry to help educate operators and leaders on the various ways to engage each of the different generations, the GCBAA is taking the same conversation and using the information in our day to day operations and offerings. Regardless of your generation birth year or what silo you might be defined by sociologists, the common denominator is each member subscribes to an association for their own personal preferences. While you can categorize the member benefits into a few categories, we know that each GCBAA member has their own reason for wanting to fly the GCBAA colors. We see where many of the tenured members participate for the fraternal and networking connections as well as using their membership and participation to reinvest in their industry while others are looking for a hard return on their investment. Regardless, the GCBAA aims to offer an umbrella of options leaving no question on the benefit of membership while having enough tools and benefits to offset the subscription each year. As a member driven organization this is the most important discussion for our board as we formulate strategic plans and our direction moving forward. As much as the golf industry has changed, so has your association. Under the leadership of the Board of Governors, the Certification for Builders has evolved to recognize other specialty golf construction while our Membership Committee has simplified the process for categorizing builder members and streamlined the process to recognize those companies for the work and experience they have achieved. The GCBAA staff and board participate in several industry events and we listen to the industry on ways the GCBAA can collectively educate the industry on our members. Through this, we learned our membership categories were too cumbersome and confusing as well as where we created confusion on the different “types” of membership categories we offered. The result was
the change we have implemented – removing the term “affiliate” from our membership has created a system to manage multiple employees under the appropriate membership category. This summer and fall we have been working with several of our members and partners to promote the member benefit programs currently in place. We have audited each of the programs and identified which members are participating. This has given us an avenue to work with those using the programs to gain a better understanding of the benefits as well as collaborate with members who may not be quite as engaged to improve the offering. We continue to promote the “Buy from Within” program and are looking at creative ways to encourage more of our members to participate. We appreciate each of our members who took time to complete the Member Benefit Survey we sent in October and would still appreciate your help with a few items. 1. Take time to visit our GCBAA Member Benefits page on the website and review each of our programs and partners. We see companies save literally thousands of dollars each year by using these partners; whether shipping, office supplies, lodging or equipment…these companies are easily offsetting their membership costs with the savings being extended. 2. Is your company interested in being a GCBAA Partner? We welcome any conversation on offering to your fellow members any kind of member rate or discount – whatever might cater to your company needs. 3. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for partnership programs you would like your association to offer? Remember, the GCBAA is a member driven organization; one that continues to evolve and adapt to the changing construction industry. In short, this is an open invitation to be selfish and look at ideas and programs that can directly benefit you and your company. When our members are operating efficiently there is a direct benefit back to the golf industry. When each of you are finding success, so is your association; which in turn makes our Foundation successful and subsequently allows us to invest directly back into the golf industry.
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GCBAA FOUNDATION UPDATE
GCBAA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
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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he clubs have arrived! For the past year the GCBAA Foundation’s Sticks for Kids Program has been supporting the LPGA USGA Girls Golf Program by sponsoring golf clubs and teaching aids. This program specializes in providing a “girl-friendly” environment for juniors to learn and play the game of golf and the program has expanded to 420 sites across the United States, with more than 80 being added last year. Girls under the age of 18 represent the fastest growing sector in the U.S. golf population since 2010 and more than 70,000 girls were engaged in 2017 by the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf initiative. The GCBAA Foundation Board’s commitment to provide clubs to these programs will result in assisting up to 200 programs over the next two to three years. On behalf of the GCBAA Foundation Board of Directors, we cannot thank the membership enough
for the generous support they have given to our Foundation. Most recently at the GCBAA Summer Meeting in Nashville, the silent and live auction raised nearly $100,000. A special thanks to the Fundraising Committee, Ellen Davis, Stephanie Zimmerman, and our auctioneer Dennis Wagner. Please take time to review all the items, donors, and those that supported the fundraiser. As we wind down the year we will be working with our over 170 active Sticks for Kids sites as well as the 20 sites we supported this year with grants. Additionally, we will continue our mission to support high school golf programs around the country and ensure children at any age receive the tools to enjoy the game and have opportunities to transition from grade school to high school, and throughout their life.
Tom Shapland & Justin Apel
A LABOR OF Love... AND A LEGACY OF LOGOS
GCBAA FOUNDATION BENEFITS FROM ONE MAN’S PASSION BY JOHN “JAY” SMITH, III
GCBAA INDEPENDENT AFFILIATE
harles “Chuck” Vomastek started playing golf at a young age. As many young golfers did during that time, he did a short stint as a looper as well. Golf was a big part of his family’s life. His brother, Roy Vomastek, was the subject of Brian Mulvaney and Jay Lavender’s book Roy: The 78 Year Old Champion. The book is a timeless underdog story about Roy’s love for golf, a lifetime of luck, miracles, hard work, fatherhood, and friendship. That all came together one magical summer weekend. Chuck and his wife Corine lived in the MetroDetroit area; he as a purchaser for General Motors, and her as a full-time wife and mother to their five children. Chuck was also an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was diligent, dependable, and hardworking — blessed with an extremely kind heart, colorful sense of humor, and exuberant character. Chuck, originally from Escanaba, Michigan, was well acquainted with many people, from industry reps to PGA Tour players. A mid-80s scorer, Chuck was almost always able to keep it in the fairway off the tee. His accuracy often afforded him some time on each hole, while his playing partners were playing their shots or searching for their ball. To pass this time, Chuck began walking the woods and other hazards in search of golf balls. He had been an avid stamp collector for years, and it seemed as if this passion was beginning to evolve into a love for collecting logo golf balls. He began his collection during his rounds in 1982 and five
years later in 1987, he retired from General Motors. would then place the non-duplicates, alphabetically, From that point on, golf ball collecting became his on home-made wooden shelves he had installed occupation. Chuck’s eldest son Charlie Vomastek throughout his basement. His first display was made using door casement molding he bought describes, “It was truly a labor of love for my Dad!” Chuck and his friends would frequent many golf from the local hardware store. He drilled one-inch courses in the Metro-Detroit area. Their favorite was holes, roughly two inches apart, so each ball had its own resting place. He The Links at Whitmore spray-painted each shelf and Lake, now Whitmore Lakes Golf Links, a Bill mounted them on the walls of Newcomb signaturehis basement office. design, championship Chuck and his friend Jim CHUCK CARRIED course located about Thompsett once told Chuck’s PICTURES OF HIS ten miles north of Ann eldest daughter, Mary Beth Arbor. As Chuck played, Morris, that one out of every COLLECTION he would drop the balls eight balls found was a logo WHEREVER HE he had retrieved into ball that Chuck needed. one of the pockets of his TRAVELED, INCLUDING Accordingly, he would set duplicates aside for later bag. Some days, the bag A LAMINATED trading. “He would always would get pretty heavy, trade two duplicate balls for as he could find 100-200 PICTURE CLIPPED TO one he needed, and always balls while playing 18 HIS GOLF BAG. in the others’ favor,” Mary holes. Even then, Chuck would never allow his Beth says. She also recalls Jim extracurricular searching and Chuck telling stories of to slow the groups behind him, and would always how they would cross-country ski through a course, wearing backpacks and carrying ball retrievers to keep pace with the group ahead. Following each round he would go home, often rescue abandoned balls. Longtime friend and fellow covered in burs and mud. After cleaning himself, golfer Arlan Connell remembers ball hunting with he would head directly to the spare bathroom and Chuck. Arlan even went as far to purchase two pair of hand-wash each of his new golf balls in the sink. He hip boots for he and Chuck to wear in the early Spring,
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when the courses were extremely wet. Arlan also recalls their record to be 294 balls on one hole! “It was the thrill of the hunt for Dad,” says Mike Vomastek, the youngest of Chuck and Corine’s five children. Chuck loved to travel leisurely. He had seen places like Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, and on many occasions, China. For many years, Las Vegas was a frequent stop for him. In one of his journal entries, he describes a very humorous incident at the now closed Dunes Golf Course in Vegas. Chuck writes: “The girl in the pro-shop was most helpful. I showed her the picture of my collection of golf balls.” Chuck carried pictures of his collection wherever he traveled, including a laminated picture clipped to his golf bag. “I looked through the fishbowl of balls on the counter and found three or four balls I didn’t have,” he continues, “In all, we went through three buckets of balls, and I selected three dozen for my ball collection.” The young lady in the pro-shop had nothing but a paper bag for Chuck in which to carry his new additions. Knowing this probably wasn’t the best option, Chuck gave it a try. He continues with his entry, “Those of you who can remember the Dunes, remember that the front entrance slopes sharply down to Las Vegas Boulevard – solid concrete from the Dunes’ front door, to the busiest street corner in Las Vegas.” As you may have guessed, the thin paper bag gave way to the abundance of balls. Every ball went, “...cascading down the sidewalk to Las Vegas Boulevard,” as Chuck described! Fortunately, with the help of many generous Vegas-goers, Chuck was able to reclaim all 36 golf balls, and return them home. “What I really needed was a video camera to capture this crazy picture,” says Chuck, “I’m sure it would have won first prize in the funny home movies contest!” Chuck and his friends continued to play and search, his collection continually growing. He began losing space, finding it necessary to develop a more efficient way of displaying them. He redesigned his shelves, cutting toothpicks and gluing them onto the molding, then painting them. This method was far less messy and allowed him to get the collectibles closer together. He continued adding shelves, at first in the spaces between the original shelves, and eventually needing to move out of his office. Eventually, Chuck found himself installing additional shelves throughout the remainder of the basement. Every time more shelves were added, the balls had to be rearranged to keep their alphabetical order. For this task, he would save spent egg cartons, using them while taking down the balls and moving them throughout the basement, always leaving space on each shelf for future expansions. This was quite an undertaking and would often keep him busy for several weeks at a time. Kathy Vomastek, the fourth of
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the five children, recalls their mom telling their father, “When the balls move upstairs, I’m moving out!” His collection never made it up there. As Chuck grew older and his health declined, he became unable to walk downstairs. Still, very proud of his collection, he would have Kathy take guests down to admire his collection. In August of 2014, at the age of 83, Chuck passed, leaving his wife of 61 years, five children, and eleven grandchildren. Corine followed Chuck, passing in January of 2018. Their children estimate Chuck’s collection to be approximately 18,000 balls. Family and friends have taken a few of Chuck’s pieces for sentiment, and some to play with — many of which may be returned to the ‘wild’ where they were found by Chuck. “If it were up to me, I’d keep them all,” exclaims Kathy, “but obviously that’s not a realistic option.” Chuck and Corine’s children felt that donating the remaining balls to a charity that encourages kids to play golf, would be a perfect end to this story. They also knew Chuck would greatly support this charitable effort. “My husband searched for a charity that benefits the exposure of the game for children,” says Chuck’s daughter Mary Beth, whose husband John Morris found the GCBAA Foundation’s ‘Sticks for Kids’ program during an online search. Once John’s search was complete, the Vomastek family agreed to graciously donate the remainder of
Chuck’s collection to Sticks for Kids. Thirty-seven cubicfoot boxes, full of Chuck’s collection, were delivered to the GCBAA office in Lincoln, Nebraska — awaiting distribution to the wonderful kids and programs that the Foundation supports! On behalf of the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the GCBAA Foundation’s Sticks for Kids program, and thousands of kids nationwide, we are deeply grateful for your efforts, Chuck! We hope you can look down and see the impact you’ve made. Your donation has left a valuable and significant impression on the future of our game. The GCBAA Foundation would also like to sincerely thank the entire Vomastek family for their generous donation of Chuck’s collection. Because of you, the Vomastek name shall be synonymous with improving our great game, and we thank you for that. Many hearts are grateful for your contribution! The GCBAA Foundation believes the responsibility to secure the future of golf lies with those of us benefiting from golf today. So the next time you wander into the trees and stumble across an ‘ACME Plumbing’ logo ball, pick it up, serve a little chuckle for Chuck, and throw it in that spare pocket of your bag. Its future impact may be profound!
Jay Smith, III
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WHAT’S New IS Old – SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION TO REVIVE ITS SOCIAL SECURITY MISMATCH LETTER NOTIFICATION PROGRAM BY JACK L. SHULTZ AND KRAMER L. LYONS
O’NEILL, HEINRICH, DAMKROGER, BERGMEYER & SHULTZ, P.C., L.L.O.
he Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has announced that it will soon restart sending “mismatch” letters through its mismatch letter notification program. Formally titled “Employer Correction Requests,” the SSA will notify employers that have filed at least one Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, containing a mismatch between a name and a Social Security Number (“SSN”). Starting in March, 2019, the SSA is to notify employers that corrections are needed for W-2s with a mismatched name and Social Security Number. The notice will tell employers that the letter “does not imply that you or your employee intentionally gave the government wrong information” regarding the employee’s name or their SSN. The SSA acknowledges that there are a multitude of reasons that a name and SSN do not match such as typographical errors, unreported name changes, inaccurate or incomplete employee records. Employers who receive a “mismatch” letter will be encouraged to register for the Business Services Online (“BSO”) database, which will contain the Employer Report Status. This Employer Report Status will tell employers the names and SSNs that are mismatched. The SSA requires employers to correct the information within sixty (60) days of receiving the mismatch letter. As a first step, employers should check their internal personnel records regarding the affected employees to confirm that the information held by the employer matches that which is being reported by the SSA. Simple typographical errors due to the employer can be rectified quickly by submitting the corrected information directly to the SSA.
If the mismatch is not due to a typographical employee should inform you of any changes. error, the employer should notify the employee in The SSA website contains other instructions for writing that it has received a mismatch letter from the how to resolve the mismatched information which SSA. The SSA website provides a sample form letter can be found at: www.ssa.gov/employer/notices. which can be provided to the There are several other affected employees. It is then up links on the website to the employee to resolve the including instructions mismatch. However, employers regarding registering MANY BUSINESSES are still responsible for ensuring for the BSO, how to FIND THAT TELEWORK the process is completed. This use the Social Security PROGRAMS CAN may require employers to follow Number Verification HELP ATTRACT AND up in writing with each affected Service, how to find employee to confirm that steps errors on the BSO, RETAIN EMPLOYEES BY are being taken to remedy the a sample letter to BOOSTING MORALE employees and how situation. AND PRODUCTIVITY. to fix errors using tax The SSA website also contains a set of Frequently form W-2c. Asked Questions (‘FAQ”) that may Employers should assist an employer in several different situations. For not take any adverse employment action against an example, one of the FAQs is: employee (including discipline, termination or other adverse treatment) solely because the employer QUESTION: What should I do if my employee’s name received a mismatch letter regarding that employee. and Social Security number do not match Internal Employers should give each affected employee a Revenue Service records? reasonable time to resolve the issue. However, in ANSWER: Check to see if your information matches the event that a mismatch cannot be resolved or SSN the name and Social Security number on the misuse is confirmed, the employer should contact employee’s Social Security card. If it does not match, their legal counsel to determine the appropriate steps ask your employee to provide you with the exact necessary to deal with the affected employee. information as it is shown on the employee’s Social Security card. If the information matches the employee’s card, direct your employee to check with any local Social Security office to resolve the issue. Once resolved, the
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, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTENT MARKETING – USING Photography TO YOUR ADVANTAGE BY HENRY DELOZIER
GLOBAL GOLF ADVISORS
he first issue of the Life magazine rolled off the presses in November 1936. Life was a revolutionary picture-based periodical. That first cover told a visual story of the Fort Peck Dam and the photograph was the work of Margaret Bourke-White, a woman ahead of her time and one who understood the power of visual images. Builders and developers of golf courses can tap into that same motherlode of influential impact. However, a quick snapshot of five leading golf course builders’ and developers’
websites reveals only one with an impressive photo array. Why would people responsible for such immense beauty not let photographs tell their stories? It is important to understand that the power to influence lies within the stories that can be told of natural beauty, woodlands, deserts, and streams. The photograph is simply the story-teller. With prospective clients sorely limited on time for storytelling, visual images are such a fast, immediate, and impactful medium.
Use a professional photographer.
Keep your photographical library current.
Breath-taking visuals are unforgettable. The people who visit your websites or review your promotional materials will remember old or outdated photographs. Be your own curator and organize the photographs in a manner that is easy for interested parties to find and study. For example, collect the desert-course images in one place so that those planning desert golf courses or renovations can see your work quickly and conveniently.
Many of the best golf course photographers are generous with their time when time is available. Include them in your planning and process. Alert them to your construction schedule and to settings that may interest them. Too often, it is the golf course developer or owner who realizes at the completion of the project that quality photographs will tell an important story. Plan ahead of need and collaborate with imaginative and timeresponsible photographers.
Dramatic visual images require time, patience, and expertise. Very seldom do spontaneous shotit-with-my-camera-phone provide the shadows, spacing, and color-balance that a professional can achieve. Added benefit is accessible with an expert photographer who is a golfer or who understands the essence of the game. Builders and developers do well to cultivate a short-list of photographers and soul-touching photographs.
Some prospective clients may be curious about the process of golf course construction and most do not understand the vernacular that describes what is happening. From a technical standpoint, use photographs to explain what is being done. For example, show how lake edges are set and how proper drainage fits into durable sand bunker construction. Demonstrate desirable outcomes alongside unfavorable outcomes caused by improper construction methods. This is another opportunity for golf course builders and developers to show their unique skillset. Bear in mind that video is a very friendly and easy-to-consume visual option for showing process.
Building a photo library for your company and its projects requires foreplanning and inclusion of photography with the overall project plan and budget. The results are worth the effort. If a picture is worth a thousand words, invest in a generous outcome. The Fort Peck Dam was a poster-child of Roosevelt’s New Deal. Henry Luce, Life’s publisher, famously promised to enable the American people “to see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events…to see things thousands of miles away…to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed…to see, and to show…”
Henry DeLozier is a Principal at Global Golf Advisors, a worldwide consulting firm that specializes in golf-related businesses. GCBAA Earth Shaping News | 3RD Quarter 2018 15
WACKER NEUSON HOSTS GCBAA CERTIFIED BUILDERS FOR Voice of the Customer EXPERIENCE
hen it comes to collecting customer feedback, GCBAA Member Wacker Neuson goes above and beyond. Last fall GCBAA Certified Builders and board members Past President Scott Veazey; Southeastern Golf and Treasurer John McDonald, II; McDonald & Sons, along with GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel were given a sneak peak of a prototype “Dual View” dumper manufactured by Wacker Neuson in their Linz, Austria assembly plant. Earlier this year Wacker Neuson announced the specifications and release of the new machine and demonstration models arrived for customer reviews. With the numerous advantages of this machine for the golf industry, the Wacker Neuson marketing and engineering team members assembled in Dublin, Ohio along with association members from around the country. During the “Voice of the Customer” event, Wacker Neuson hosted GCBAA Members Randy Robbins, Landscapes Unlimited, LLC; Greg Korneta, Wadsworth Golf Construction; Ronnie and Donnie Adkins, Aspen Corporation. Wacker Neuson team members represented were John Dotto, Garrett Drury, Dave Murphy, Lloyd Hampton, Mark Deitsch, Markus Hierschlager, and Joe Miller. In addition to the “Dual View” cab version, the Wacker Neuson team showcased their excavator options with the Rototilt 360 degree knuckle bucket option, and their ride-on track dumpers as well.
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Wacker Neuson has become a familiar brand with association members in large part due to their support of GCBAA activities. As one of the Premier Education Partners at the GCBAA Summer Meeting as well as having an increased booth presence at the Golf Industry Show; be sure to visit with a
Wacker Neuson team member on their partner program that offers a National Discount to GCBAA Members. Contact Garrett Drury at (503) 250-2838 or email@example.com for more information.
GCBAA USHERS IN New CHARTER MEMBERS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THREE COMPANIES TO SELECT GROUP OF CHARTER MEMBERS CHARTER MEMBER: GREENSCAPES SIX
reenscapes Six is a diversified platform of solution-based resources transferable across the construction, landscaping, and commercial maintenance industries. The company is comprised of six operating divisions providing a variety of construction, renovation and maintenance services for golf courses, athletic fields, oil companies, municipalities, and school districts. Managing partners Mike Archer and Joey Taylor have over 40 years of experience in managing construction, renovation, and maintenance projects. Their experience and track record includes a wide range of successful projects completed on behalf of prominent facilities such as Sugar Creek Country Club, Barton Creek Resort and Country Club (Fazio and Crenshaw), and Bluejack National Golf Club. In addition to delivering premium results for prestigious golf clubs and resorts across the nation, Greenscapes renovation projects have also transformed numerous underperforming properties into strong market competitors capable of reaching their full potential and value. In addition to golf course construction and maintenance, Greenscapes Six also offers construction and maintenance services through its landscape, athletic field, concrete, and irrigation divisions. With six different divisions, Greenscapes employs a highly skilled work force capable of self-performing a wide variety of projects at a high level. Ranging from decorative rock retaining walls and recreation trails within the landscape division, to athletic field maintenance for school districts and the Houston Astros foundation, Greenscapes Six provides clients with efficient solutions for both simple and complex projects. The irrigation team at Greenscapes Six installs, maintains, and repairs systems for a variety of golf courses, commercial landscape properties, and athletic fields clients including the Houston Dynamo. Greenscapes Six has the knowledge and experience to manage systems in what has become a highly technical industry with advances in control systems. Greenscapes has recently expanded its concrete division as a result of explosive growth within sidewalk construction and maintenance services for municipalities. Greenscapes holds concrete contracts with a number of cities across the Houston area and looks forward to further expansion. Greenscapes has been a member of the GCBAA since 2012 and maintains the status of Builder/ Irrigation Contractor Applicant.
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CHARTER MEMBER: MOUNTAIN VIEW SEEDS
ountain View Seeds (MVS), Ltd. is one of the nation’s largest fully integrated seed companies. As part of an agricultural cooperative located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the grass seed production capital of the world, MVS leverages its unique geography with a locally operated network of blending, processing, distribution, agronomy, and turfgrass research, supplying close to 60 million pounds of elite seed annually to major domestic and international seed markets. Founded in 1998 by Troy Kuenzi (CEO) and Todd Bond (VP of Sales), Mountain View Seeds is committed to delivering the best university-proven germplasm
at consistent prices, produced by the respected and knowledgeable growers of our 320-farmer cooperative network. Today, MVS leverages its production, agronomy, and private breeding facility (Peak Plant Genetics) to release new seed varieties to market faster. This unique system, called Integrated Seed Management, streamlines that production, moderating seed pricing variables while delivering higher-than industry standard seed quality. MVS then relies on local, trusted distribution partners to market and sell our seed around the world. Within the golf markets, Mountain View Seeds has established a reputation for delivering superior
straight and blended seed solutions, and creating new turf solutions for day-to-day golf course applications in all climates. Our breeding work is highlighted by top-NTEP rated species, including named MVS Creeping/Colonial bentgrass, Tall Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Fine Fescue, and Bermudagrass varieties. A sample of some notable recent projects include:
A tall fescue/kentucky bluegrass mix used in the roughs at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. (Supplied by Corbin Turf Supply of Greenville, SC)
Inter-seeding Mountain View Seeds’ #1 NTEP rated bentgrass variety, Piranha, into the greens of the Chevy Chase Club in MD. (Supplied by Newsom Seed of Fulton, MD)
Inter-seeding the top-rated Piranha bentgrass into the greens of Oakley Country Club in MA. (Supplied by Atlantic Golf & Turf of Turners Falls, MA)
Mountain View Seeds remains committed to providing the golf industry with first-class grass seed and breeding expertise, and is proud to be a new member of the GCBAA.
CHARTER MEMBER: VM GOLF SERVICES, INC.
M Golf Services, Inc. was started in 2009 by Mike Perez. Mike had spent several years working for various contractors on multiple continents and after settling in Houston, TX, he began the VM brand. Concentrating most of its work in the state of Texas, VM has been involved in many different types of projects. Their work includes everything from new construction and complete renovations, to total irrigation installations
and other work. The VM brand has grown substantially over the last few years and now has a ready mix and heavy hauling brand. VM Golf takes pride in providing excellent construction methods while working hand in hand with owners, architects, and superintendents. Notable projects for VM include Landa Park, New Braunfels, TX, Sugar Creek CC, Sugarland, TX and Champions Golf Club, Houston, TX.
VM Golf Services has been a proud member of the GCBAA since 2011, with Mike currently serving on the Board of Directors.
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RENOVATION RUNDOWN THE BREAKERS (OCEAN COURSE), PALM BEACH FL BY JOHN “JAY” SMITH, III
GCBAA INDEPENDENT AFFILIATE
ALM BEACH, FL - With the Summer Meeting in Nashville behind us, and GCBAA’s South Florida Regional Meeting now in focus, we take a look into the renovation of The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, FL. The Breakers, whose Ocean Course is currently under complete renovation, will host the Association’s annual meeting on December 11th & 12th. CT Shaw, South Atlantic Regional Manager for Landscapes Unlimited, sat down with the GCBAA to discuss the project. In late April this year, ground broke on the full, 18hole renovation. The Breakers Resort has employed Steve Weiss with Rees Jones Inc., along with GCBAA charter member Landscapes Unlimited, to complete this extensive renovation. Mark Reid, CGCS, is the Director of Agronomy at the Breakers Resort. “He is extraordinary at what he does, and his cooperation has been exceptional,” says Shaw, who spoke very highly of Mark. CT also mentioned Eric Barnes, who has done a phenomenal job as the Construction Superintendent. Shaw describes this renovation as “tee to green — wall
to wall.” All course features, drainage, and cart-path have been redesigned by Weiss, with Dave Ragan spearheading irrigation design. Playability and sustainability are the priorities of this renovation, and these goals are sure to be met. Over the years, LU and Rees Jones Inc. have built a solid relationship — collaborating on a number of projects over the years! Other GCBAA members involved in this project are The Toro Company, Capillary Concrete, LLC, and Mark Rownd with The Cart Path Company. This is a true testament to “Buying From Within!” The Breakers and LU hope to have the renovation complete and the Ocean Course open for play sometime around the new year. We thank The Breakers for entrusting GCBAA members, and look forward to seeing the work done by Rees Jones Inc., Landscapes Unlimited, and all those involved. Be sure to mark your calendars for the South Florida Regional Meeting at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, December 11th-12th. We look forward to seeing you there!
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TRAVELERS HAVEN Gives Back TO GCBAA, HELPS MEMBERS WITH LODGING SOLUTIONS
uring a site visit to Colorado, GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel and Program and Planning Manager Samantha Huff had a chance to visit Drew McGeein and Justin Stewart with GCBAA Member and Partners Travelers Haven & Hotel Engine. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Travelers Haven is helping GCBAA members with housing for their out-of-town projects. The fullservice group has been saving members an average of 38% and helped companies save on their bottom line. Additionally, the partner program with Hotel Engine provides GCBAA members an average of 26% off public rates at 150,000 hotels worldwide. Whether all-inclusive resorts to budget-friendly inns this program offers members deeply discounted rates. Contact GCBAA Members Drew McGeein at (720) 833-5331/ firstname.lastname@example.org or Justin Stewart at email@example.com for more information. In addition to the savings youâ€™ll see directly back to your company, Travelers Haven & Hotel Engine are supporting GCBAA by giving back a percentage of business that is transacted by our membership. We truly appreciate the partnership along with their commitment and support at association events! ( TOP) Members from Travelers Haven & Hotel Engine exhibiting at the Summer Meeting. (BOTTOM) Executive Director Justin Apel and Program & Planning Manager Samantha Huff visiting Drew McGeein (L) and Justin Stewart (R) at the headquarter office of Travelers Haven & Hotel Engine.
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GCBAA MEMBERS SEEING SAVINGS FROM TRAVELERS HAVEN & HOTEL ENGINE! Aspen Corporation Casa Verde Golf Fleetwood Services LLC Frontier Golf Heritage Links MacCurrach Golf McDonald & Sons, Inc. Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc. Professional Golf Services Total Turf Services, Inc. XGD Systems, LLC dba TDI Golf Zline Bunker Systems
GCBAA MEMBERS Celebrate MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES Members of the Golf Course Builders Association of America represent the association around the world with exceptional projects, amazing business acumen and standards, ‘must-have’ products and first-class employees. The association is proud of our members’ accomplishments and the role they play within the group. Please take a moment to help us recognize the following companies and individuals for their many dedicated years to GCBAA.
INDIVIDUAL ANNIVERSARIES 5 YEARS
Ruben Becerra, Thomas Turfgrass Grass & Installation Brett Lacey, Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Curtis Bruton, Ewing Irrigation Bryan Jackman, LASCO Fittings, Inc. Mandy Heinen, Prinsco, Inc. Gene Fox, Fox Irrigation Mark Lunsford, Parker-Helac Corp. Wayne Capling, Capling Leveling Brian Habig, Sunbelt Rentals David Beyer, LASCO Fittings, Inc. David Drinard, Sunbelt Rentals John Washburn, Sunbelt Rentals
Brian Almony, MacCurrach Golf Lisa Murray, Murray Sod Farm, LLC Joy Ramos, D.H.R. Construction, Inc. Martin Moore, Flagstick Golf Course Construction Mgmt., Int. Paul Grose, King Ranch Turfgrass Scott McDougall, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company Todd Tilton, Medalist Golf, Inc. Maung Thaik Din, Forest Park Machinery (Thailand) Co., LTD Tracy Murphy, Lemont Paving Co.
Michelle Tanzer, GrayRobinson, P.A. Jeff Poling, Troon Golf, LLC Stuart Hackwell, Rain Bird Corporation - Golf Division Ali Marandi, Leemco, Inc. Mathew Hathaway, Hathaway Golf Development SA DE CV Warren Michaelsen, Environmental Solutions James Glase, Glase Golf, Inc. Jody Randall, ACC Golf Construction Joe Betulius, Profile Products LLC, International
Russell Mitchell, Russell D. Mitchell & Assoc. Inc. Stephanie Christman, Eagle Golf & Landscape Products Yves Brousseau, NMP Golf Construction Corp. Patrick Karnick, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company John Copeland, Superior Golf Concepts, Inc. Nick Scigliano, Frontier Golf Steve Sakurai, Ewing Irrigation Bob Faulks, SportZmix Solutions Waupaca Sand & Solutions Christine Faulks, SportZmix Solutions - Waupaca Sand & Solutions John Brauer, Sandtrapper John Murtaugh, MCI Flowtronex Liz Garrido, Ryangolf Corporation
Donnie Adkins, Aspen Corporation Joel Weiman, McDonald & Sons, Inc.
James (Jim) Glase, Glase Golf, Inc. Jeff Glase, Glase Golf, Inc. Ronald Despain, Troon Golf, LLC George Ley, George E. Ley Co. Erik McDonald, McDonald & Sons, Inc. John McDonald II, McDonald & Sons, Inc. Scott Veazey, Southeastern Golf, Inc. Mike O’Shea, Medalist Golf, Inc. Wayne Massey, Medalist Golf, Inc. Nunzio DiChristopher, Leemco, Inc. International Jon O’Donnell, Heritage Links Geoff Corlett, XGD Systems, LLC dba TDI Golf Steve Tate, XGD Systems, LLC dba TDI Golf Todd Armstrong, Smith Turf & Irrigation Shawn Connors, Horizon Distributors, Inc. Danielle Scardino, West Coast Turf
Klaus Ahlers, Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc.
Bryan Juwig, LASCO Fittings, Inc. Jeffrey Stein, Shapemasters, Inc. Steve Christman, Eagle Golf & Landscape Products Roy Wilson, Landscapes Unlimited, LLC K.P. Cloud, Formost Construction Co.
COMPANY ANNIVERSARIES 5 YEARS
Henderson & Company, Inc. Highline Products Access Boxes J.D. Hart & Associates Mottin Golf Course Renovations LLC Professional Golf Services
D.H.R. Construction, Inc. Florida Coast Equipment Forest Park Machinery (Thailand) Co., LTD GrayRobinson, P.A. Hathaway Golf Development SA de CV Lemont Paving Co. Murray Sod Farm, LLC Project EverGreen SMR Farms, LLC
Frontier Golf Russell D. Mitchell & Assoc. Inc.
Spears Manufacturing Company Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. Superior Golf Concepts, Inc.
Best Sand Corp. Course Crafters, LLC Creative Blending LLC Glase Golf, Inc. Heritage Links Horizon Distributors, Inc. Leemco, Inc. Medalist Golf, Inc. Southeastern Golf, Inc. Troon Golf, LLC XGD Systems, LLC dba TDI Golf
Shapemasters, Inc. SiteOne Landscape Supply Tee-2-Green Turf & Soil Diagnostics Watertronics, Inc. West Coast Turf
Formost Construction Co. Hunter Industries J L Pierman International Associates JacklinGolf Rain Bird Corporation - Golf Division Seed Research of Oregon TriEst Ag Group, Inc.
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2019 GCBAA BOARD ELECTION Underway
y now you should have received a nomination letter from GCBAA past president Scott Veazey, along with a nomination form and maybe even an election ballot, pending the release of this issueâ€™s newsletter. The GCBAA Board of Directors election takes place each fall, and voting members are encouraged to cast their ballot during the election period. There are currently three (3) open positions on the Associate side, with three (3) openings on the Builder side. The Board of Directors governs the activities of
the association and are responsible for the ultimate direction of the management of the affairs of the organization. GCBAA has a dedicated staff in Lincoln, Nebraska who make the boardâ€™s job as fulfilling as possible. They take care of managing GCBAA day-today enabling the board to focus on matters of strategic importance, which in turn improves the programs and services that we offer to our members. We look forward to sharing the results of the election with you this Fall! Current members of the Board include: Pat Karnick
(president), Judd Duininck (president elect), Ellen Davis (vice president), John McDonald II (treasurer), Ian Williams (secretary), Scott Veazey (past president), Ronnie Adkins, Chris Caccavale, Mark Creighton, Greg Hufner, Mike Perez, Joy Ramos, Bob Sylvester, Jon Truttmann, Rick Williamson, and Tom Works. New board members and officers will begin their two (2) year term at the Winter Meeting in San Diego, scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Please direct any questions to the GCBAA Office, (402) 476-4444.
UPCOMING GCBAA FLORIDA Regional Meeting
ur biggest Regional Meeting is headed back to The Breakers Resort this December! If your company is located in South Florida or nearby, please mark your calendar to join us. There will be great education and networking! Details of the event are being finalized with registration opening next month. In the meantime, get a head start and book your room in the GCBAA block. Hotel Information along with the Tentative Schedule can be found on the GCBAA website, www.gcbaa.org/Events/Regional-Meetings. If you have an idea for education or would like to be considered as a presenter, please call the GCBAA office at (402) 476-4444.
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GOLF INDUSTRY SHOW RETURNS TO San Diego IN 2019
he Golf Industry Show, which features the largest trade show in golf course management is returning to San Diego next February. The event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, equipment managers, owners/operators, general managers, builders and architects. Attendance at the 2018 Golf Industry Show is a cost effective way to reach qualified buyers. • Identify new customers and generate leads • Strengthen relationships with current clients and network with other industry professionals • Promote brand awareness • Expand to new/global markets The Golf Course Builders Association of America is a proud partner in the Golf Industry Show and will play an integral part of the anticipated “Inside the Shop” – an interactive maintenance facility on the show floor. If you are interested in supporting Inside the Shop, please contact the GCBAA office. TRADE SHOW HOURS Wednesday, February 6 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The GCBAA & Foundation will be exhibiting in the GCBAA Builder Pavilion in Booth 2739. GCBAA staff is busy making plans for the show. Tuesday, February 5, the Board of Directors will hold their annual Winter board meeting while various committee meetings take place. For those GCBAA members seeking upgrades, the Membership Committee will hold interviews as well as the Board of Governors for recertification. All of this is held
prior to the General Membership Meeting and CAN’T MISS GCBAA Opening Reception. GCBAA HEADQUARTER HOTEL Hilton Bayfront 1 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 CHECK GCBAA.ORG FOR MEETING UPDATES AND TO MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION!
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TEN SUPERINTENDENTS HEADED TO PARIS TO WORK RYDER CUP COURSE
en members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America were chosen to be part of the 42nd Ryder Cup maintenance team at Le Golf National in Paris. This unique opportunity, funded generously by Capillary Concrete in partnership with GCSAA, allowed the selected GCSAA members to work one of the largest tournaments in the world. The GCSAA winners were selected among 374 applications from both private and municipal courses around the country for the trip of a lifetime. The idea for the program began with a conversation between GCSAA members Martin Sternberg, CGCS, and Alejandro Reyes, golf courses and estates manager at Le Golf National. The GCSAA winners joined 10 members from the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association (FEGGA) to serve on the maintenance team for the course. “We were thrilled to send such a diverse group of GCSAA members to the Ryder Cup,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “These members show the thirst for knowledge and career development in the Superintendent profession and this program offers an unbeatable experience.” NaTalia Arlint, superintendent at Polson Bay
Golf Course in Polson, Mont., was one of the lucky attendees headed to Paris at the end of September. Before she could read, Arlint was playing golf with her grandparents. She attended Rutgers University for turf management and has been on the Polson Bay maintenance staff since 2010. “When I first heard, it was kind of a shock, didn’t really believe it, because I was like, ‘Well, didn’t really think a small-town golf course would get the chance to go,’” Arlint told Montana Sports. The GCSAA members selected for the Ryder Cup program include: • Brian Acosta, assistant superintendent at Spanish Oaks Golf Club in Bee Cave, Texas • Kyle Anderson, superintendent at Edgerton Towne (Wis.) Country Club • NaTalia Arlint, superintendent at Polson Bay (Mont.) Golf Course • David Eichhorn Jr., assistant superintendent at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Jason Ellis, superintendent at Villages at Country Creek in Estero, Fla. • Brian Gietka, CGCS at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, Md.
• Jeff Hacior, superintendent at Fort McMurray (Alberta, Canada) Golf Club • Steven Murphy, superintendent at Ole Miss Golf Club in Oxford, Miss. • Herminio Plata, assistant superintendent at Monarch Dunes Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif. • Ryan Walsh, superintendent at Woods Hole (Mass.) Golf Club “GCSAA is committed to bringing more opportunities like the Ryder Cup program to our members,” Evans continued. “We see the passion that our members have for their profession and want to provide as many learning experiences as possible. With GCSAA’s continued growth, we hope to offer our members more opportunities to grow in their careers and bring new knowledge back to their home courses.” 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.
CLUB SPA AND FITNESS ASSOCIATION TO BECOME CMAA SUBSIDIARY
lexandria, VA – The Club Spa and Fitness Association (CSFA) will officially become a subsidiary of the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) on November 1, 2018. The governing boards of both associations approved the decision this summer. CMAA assumed management of CSFA in the fall of 2017. Prior to that, the two associations had a history of collaboration dating back to 2009. CSFA will retain its existing governance structure as a subsidiary of CMAA. Members of both organizations will benefit from the collaboration in many areas including research, professional development, education, and communication efforts. CMAA President Bobby Crifasi, CCM, CCE, CPA, shared “The growth of spa and fitness amenities in the club industry has been increasing since 2000, with more than 61 percent of clubs offering this recreational opportunity for their members. 26 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | 3RD Quarter 2018
The addition of CSFA under the CMAA umbrella is a natural fit with our expanded role as the Club Management Association of America.” CSFA President John R. Porter explained, “This opportunity is a great next step to expand the relationship of our organizations, and we look forward to working more closely with the CMAA Board of Directors and team of professionals.” 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. Our 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. ABOUT CSFA The Club Spa & Fitness Association was established in January 2007 to provide support for fitness, spa and wellness professionals in the club industry. CSFA is committed to providing educational and networking opportunities to help members advance their careers. CSFA also seeks to establish and maintain high standards of ethics for industry professionals. Learn more at csfassociation.com.
WORKING WITH WEATHER
oping with the weather is one of the most challenging aspects of any golf course renovation project. While we cannot control the weather, careful planning and preparation can lessen its impact. Giving particular consideration to access and workability will help reduce the risk of weather-related issues. ACCESS Accessing work areas during a golf course renovation project can be challenging in the best of circumstances. Heavy equipment must move through the golf course while avoiding sensitive turf areas, irrigation equipment, course accessories and other important features. Weather can complicate matters further. Rain or snow can make it difficult to access certain areas and increase compaction, rutting and other turf damage. The key to limiting these issues is being aware of potentially challenging site conditions and planning the construction sequence and access plan accordingly. If certain areas are prone to wet conditions, it might be wise to schedule them for work early in the process. That way, if precipitation occurs, it is possible to move elsewhere while allowing wet areas to dry. Worksites that are close to hard-surface access routes can be scheduled for later in the process or during wet weather because they will likely remain accessible. The importance of having a sufficient amount of plywood or plastic boards for travel over turf and sensitive soil areas cannot be overstated. Plywood roadways can allow work to continue in conditions that would otherwise bring a project to a halt. Just remember to periodically shift the plywood around to avoid smothering turf. Cold temperatures can also impede construction access. Frost delays construction travel for the same reasons it prevents golfers from heading off the first tee. If frost is likely in the morning, it is best to get equipment into place at the end of the day and schedule work for the morning that can be done without having to travel across frost-covered turf.
WORKABILITY Even if access is not an issue, adverse weather conditions can render areas unworkable in a variety of ways. Planning and protective measures are necessary to avoid delays and negative impacts on the quality of work. Trying to work with wet or frozen soil often leads to poor results down the road. Having plenty of impermeable plastic covers on hand is invaluable during a golf course renovation project. These covers protect work areas and material stockpiles so that they remain dry during rain events. Maintaining piles of dry topsoil can allow a project to be successfully completed even when the subsoil remains damp and difficult to work with. If covers are not available, tracking over areas of loose soil or compacting stockpiles in advance of precipitation can encourage water to run off, preventing a muddy mess. Covering work areas can also be beneficial during cold weather. Some soils are prone to superficial freezing after a cold night, making them difficult to work with the following morning. Keeping critical work areas covered overnight can allow work to
commence on a cold morning when there might otherwise have been a delay. Installing drainage outfalls early in the construction process can also make a huge difference in workability following wet weather. If rainwater can be quickly directed into pipes, work areas such as bunkers and putting green cavities will dry much more quickly once the sun returns. Otherwise, muddy soil may cause extended delays or may need to be removed altogether and replaced, adding extra work to a project. If drainage outfalls cannot be installed in advance of a significant rain event, it is critically important to pump any standing water out of work areas as quickly as possible. Many golf course renovation projects occur during a facilityâ€™s offseason, which usually means that the weather will not be ideal. Being prepared for bad weather can make the difference between completing a project on time and on budget or running into extended delays and causing more damage than anyone is hoping for.
Covering turf and sensitive soil areas with plywood minimizes damage and allows work to continue in conditions that might otherwise delay a project.
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A BLUE WAVE ON NOVEMBER 6? 5 HOUSE RACES TO WATCH ON ELECTION NIGHT BY BRAD D. STEELE, ESQ.
ost political pundits are predicting that Republicans in the House of Representatives will lose their majority after this November’s midterm election. Democrats are likely to hold 202 seats, and Republicans seem certain to maintain 204 seats on their side, leaving 29 toss-ups races that will determine which party reaches 218 seats and the majority. The problem for Republicans is that 27 of those seats are in their hands and Democrats are far more enthusiastic about heading to the polls than Republicans, implicating a flip in the House. Here are two races that will likely tell the tale.
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1) Colorado 6 – Rep. Mike Coffman (R) vs. Jason Crow (D). In 2016, Hillary Clinton won this district by 9 points, but Rep. Mike Coffman won his race by 9 points, too. Coffman’s opponent, Jason Crow, is a former Army Airborne and Ranger officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, he was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and an adviser to the 2012 Obama campaign. Rep. Coffman has been a longtime public servant in the district and has had tough races in the past. In 2016, he defeated the former Colorado State Senate Minority Leader. However, he will not be able to look for help from the president or vice president in his district because such a visit could do more harm than good. If the Democrats are to have any chance of taking back the House, they must win this race. 2) Illinois 6 – Rep. Peter Roskam (R) vs. Sean Casten (D) In 2016, Hillary Clinton won this western Chicago district by 7 percent. Seeing an opportunity, Sean Casten, a molecular biologist, biochemical engineer and founder of several clean-energy producing businesses, decided to run. Though he has no
political experience, he has raised significant funds and has made this one of the toughest House races. Rep. Roskam won re-election in 2016 by 19 percent. Rep. Roskam is a friend of NCA and we have supported him this year and in years past. However, there is no doubt he is in for a fight—Vice President Pence has already made a trip to the district to help bolster his chances. It is widely expected that this race will be one of the most competitive in the country and will ultimately determine which party reaches the magic 218 number. ADDITIONAL RACES TO WATCH New Jersey 7 – Rep. Leonard Lance (R) vs. Tom Malinowski (D) If the blue wave does come, look for this seat to be one of the first to fall. Kentucky 6 – Rep. Andy Barr (R) vs. Amy McGrath (D) The Commonwealth of Kentucky usually provides its election results very quickly. As such, this race will give us a very good indication of just what color wave might be coming soon after the polls close. Texas 32 – Rep. Pete Sessions (R) vs. Colin Allred (D) Though there are other seats that have a better chance of flipping, if this seat changes hands then it will likely mean the blue wave has arrived. WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN NOVEMBER These races (and the 22 other Republican held tossup districts) shouldn’t be toss-ups—incumbents have a natural advantage in re-election campaigns. However, if excitement in this midterm election does not improve for Republicans, these seats may flip. Should that happen, a blue wave could leave many House Republicans looking for higher ground on November 6.
Brad Steele is NCA’s vice president of government relations & general counsel. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SETH WAUGH NAMED PGA OF AMERICA CEO
ALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Seth Waugh, a former Deutsche Bank Americas CEO, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America. Waugh will guide the business and overall strategy of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals into an exciting new era. An Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors, Waugh is completing a threeyear term of service, during which the Association focused on a long-term strategic plan to serve the PGA Member and grow the game. Since 2017, Waugh has served as a Senior Advisor and then a Managing Director at Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing. He will continue on as a Senior Advisor to the firm. In 2016, he was also appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Alex. Brown, following the sale of Deutsche Bank’s Private Client Services division to Raymond James. Waugh also served in the management of Florida East Coast Industries in 2014. “It is an honor and privilege to be invited to lead this remarkable Association into its second century,” Waugh said. “Like so many, I share a passion for the game that has given so much to me, and in the process, has somehow become a huge influence in my life. The opportunity to work with the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals and others in the game to give back and to help our beautiful sport evolve is a true gift. I look forward to getting into the field to engage with our Members, learn more about the issues that matter most to them, and look for ways to enhance their careers and lives. I am grateful for the trust that the Officers and the Board are showing in me. It will be exciting to see all the good that we can do together as an Association and an industry. “Leaving Silver Lake has been the hardest decision of my career, and I want to thank my partners for their support and commitment to excellence. There is a reason they are the best in the world at what they do. “I am also grateful to my predecessor Pete Bevacqua for leaving the PGA in such strong shape, with a long-term strategic plan that will be the road map for our planning. Because of Pete’s good work and the work of the leadership team, the PGA Staff, the Board and Officers, and our Sections, I take over at
a time that allows us to optimize our impact—and put particular focus on how to add value to our dedicated Members. I am truly grateful for the game of golf and this amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.” Previously, Waugh spent 13 years at Deutsche Bank, including 10 years as CEO of the Americas, overseeing an unprecedented time of growth for the Bank in the region. He also served as Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Americas Advisory Board, an external strategic advisory team conceived under his leadership. During this time, Waugh worked with the PGA TOUR to create the former Deutsche Bank Championship (now the Dell Technologies Championship) in Boston. “With Seth Waugh steering the PGA of America as our new CEO, we are gaining a leader who is respected across multiple industries for his vast strategic management experience and vision,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “Seth’s passion for PGA Members and the game of golf—as demonstrated by his service on the PGA of America’s Board—coupled with his global expertise in business, will serve our Members well.” Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Waugh was CEO of Quantitative Financial Strategies (QFS). He also spent 11 years in various leadership roles at Merrill
Lynch, culminating in serving as Co-Head of Global Debt Markets. Earlier in his career, Waugh managed the Corporate Bond and International Trading desks at Salomon Brothers. Waugh serves on the Board of Franklin Templeton Advisors and the Advisory Board of Workday, Inc. He also served on the FINRA Board of Governors until 2015. Waugh’s philanthropic endeavors have included serving on the boards of the: World Trade Center Memorial Foundation; YMCA of Greater New York; Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New York; Executive Committee of Partnership for New York City; St. Vincent’s Services of Brooklyn; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; and Harlem Village Academies, as well as President of the Board of the Lawrenceville School, and Trustee at Wake Forest University. Waugh holds a B.A. in Economics and English from Amherst College. Seth and his wife, Jane, reside in North Palm Beach, Florida. Together, they have five children, one of whom, Clancy, played golf at Wake Forest and SMU, and is now trying his hand in the professional game. Waugh succeeds Bevacqua, who was recently named NBC Sports Group President, and will officially start at the PGA on Sept. 24. John Easterbrook Jr., PGA will continue to serve as Interim CEO until such time.
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GCBAA MEETINGS CALENDAR December 11-12, 2018
South Florida Regional Meeting The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach FL February 5-7, 2019
2019 Golf Industry Show San Diego, CA May 1, 2019
National Golf Day Washington D.C.
January 28-30, 2020
2020 Golf Industry Show Orlando, FL
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MOVERS & SHAPERS
MID-AMERICA GOLF Welcomes NEW DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
ees Summit, MO - Mid-America Golf and Landscape is proud to announce and welcome Casey Hames as Director of Business Development for the Golf Course Division. Hames will be responsible for fostering existing and building new relationships with Golf Course Architects and Developers. He will also launch a “grassroots” campaign with Golf Course Superintendents and General Managers. Hames comes to Mid-America Golf and Landscape with 16+ years as a Project Designer with notable firms such as Cupp Design, Inc. and Greg Norman Golf Course Design. He has facilitated planning and consultation for fellow architects on over 60 projects. He has managed and oversaw installation of the Project Design from initial bid selection, through all phases of construction, including post construction consultation.
Since 1993, Mid-America Golf and Landscape has been dedicated to creating the total golf experience. Their stated mission is one of a unique hands-on approach that takes great pride in the commitment, hard work and meticulous attention to detail devoted to every golf course construction project they’ve been a part of.
NEW SEEDED BERMUDAGRASS DEVELOPED TO DELIVER Winning PLAYING SURFACES
ctober 4, 2018 – Pure Seed and Atlas Turf International are proud to introduce PurePro® Seeded Bermudagrass, a blend of the industry’s highest performing hybrid bermudas. With the goal of delivering the ultimate playing surfaces, PurePro combines the attributes of multiple varieties to produce a fine-textured, dark green, elite blend. The advantages of PurePro are evident from the beginning. Under optimal conditions, PurePro germinates in seven to 14 days. Quick establishment of a dense, hearty turf means sports fields and golf courses can be ready for play in as few as eight to 12 weeks. With performance being key, PurePro delivers strength. The deep-rooting, dense turf is extremely traffic tolerant and meets the demands of heavy play. PurePro recovers quickly from injury. Even the most challenging conditions are no match for PurePro. The blend offers excellent salt tolerance, performing well with all types of water quality. PurePro is also drought, disease, and heat tolerant, maintaining its vigor through extreme temperatures. To further extend play and performance, PurePro delivers early spring green-up and retains color late into fall. The blend can be overseeded for yearround color and play. When temperatures rise, its aggressive growth habit allows PurePro to transition quickly out of overseeding. In partnership with Pure Seed, we are proud to
Jebel Ali Golf Resort in Dubai, United Arab Emirates featuring PurePro® Seeded Bermudagrass.
bring to market a new seeded bermudagrass of unmatched quality,” said John Holmes, president of Atlas Turf International. “PurePro raises the level of performance sports field managers and golf course superintendents can expect from bermudagrass.” During its initial market release, PurePro is available in limited supplies. For more information about PurePro Seeded Bermudagrass or to inquire about availability, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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