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November/December 2013


Presidents Message By Josh Heptig

Inside this issue:

Simplify Your Operations 3 Meeting Schedule


Around the Green


From the Field


Charity Event Highlights 10

This is the time of year to look in the rearview mirror and review how our decisions impacted the bottom line over the past year. Mother Nature has been stingy with the moisture and our irrigation budgets and perhaps chemical budgets are reflecting this lack of water. Hopefully, your facility‟s revenues are reflecting the lack of rain as well with increased profits as compared to last year since we have had more days to play golf. „Tis the season to be thankful for the family and friends we have and to remember those that have

Official Publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Central California. The purpose of this publication is information and education for the membership. Published bi-monthly by GCSACC 5322 N. Leonard Clovis, CA 93619 Phone (559) 298-4853 Fax (559) 298-6957 Email Tennessee McBroom Newsletter Chairman Newsletter Editor

gone before us. I am very thankful to our superintendent members and hosts for supporting the various events and programs that our Chapter has hosted this past year. My thanks also go out to our Affiliate members for their ideas and financial support which provides us the ability to offer education, networking, and recreation at our events. Without the support and participation of everyone, our Chapter would struggle to survive. Additionally, I would like to express my thanks to the Board and Irene for the many hours that everyone puts forth to ensure that our

actions and decisions provide quality service and value to our membership. Regardless of what we are all thankful, this is also a time of giving. We all have our passions that compel us to provide our time, service, and financial abilities to worthwhile charities and institutions to help those that are less fortunate. I would encourage each of you to consider giving some of your time to our industry to provide assistance and insight to the profession that provides us our livelihood. We all owe a great deal to those superintendents who (Continued on page 2)

2013 Holiday Party By Mike Cline December 7, marked the annual Holiday Party for the GCSACC chapter this final month of the 2013. As we have done in the past few years, we held the event at “Windows on the Water” overlooking the harbor at

Morro Bay on the first Saturday of December. After years of trying, we finally got into position to book our event this first weekend of the month to correspond with the annual Christmas Lights Boat Parade which travels right by

our private dining room overlooking the parade route, unfortunately this year the parade was cancelled because of rain and high winds. We did however have a couple of boats that came by decorated to the fullest. (Continued on page 4)

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President’s Message-Continued from page 1 Josh Heptig GCSACC President

came before us and laid the ground work for our profession. I ask of you to think about how you can make a difference and provide those that will follow us some insight that will allow our profession to continue well into the future. There are multiple opportunities to do this whether it is locally, through serving as a board member within our chapter, or perhaps the National scene is more your style, serving on one of the many committees that help provide solutions to our industryâ€&#x;s problems. However you choose to serve our industry, I guarantee you will experience great satisfaction by sharing your thoughts and ideas to help strengthen our industry. These opportunities are not only great for helping your peers, but also help to increase your network of friends and personal resources. My years on the board and now as president have provided me with countless memories and friends that I would not have

been able to experience otherwise! I hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to seeing you at a meeting or two in 2014. Warm Wishes and Happy New Year!


2014 Winter Educational Symposium The Valley Club of Montecito January 6, 2014 Register Today. Educational Meeting Open to Non Members, Golf Open to GCSACC Members Only. Limited to 40 Players. 20 Superintendents and 20 Affiliate Members. This is a walking tournament only. Contact Association Office at 559-298-4853 for more details or go to Register on line at

The Valley Club of Montecito, Host Superintendent Roger Robarge, CGCS


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Simplify Your Operation by Tennessee McBroom The golf industry today-continues to require more time in all facets of business as we know it. Far more Tennessee McBroom Sandpiper Golf Club/ organizaRancho San Marcos Golf Club tion, business skills, daily expense management, and smart planning are needed to exceed member/guest and management expectations. Well thought out plans developed months ahead of the New Year and agreed upon by management/ownership will define what the expectations to be managed. The big „4‟ as it‟s known in our department, sets the bar for brand standard management. (1) Standards of Maintenance- the expectations of defined areas of the golf course; i.e. greens, fairways, bunkers. What are the determined cutting heights, consistent daily stimp speed, mowing cycles, and provides a common understanding with management of what is happening at our property daily, weekly, and monthly. (2) Staffing Plan- a plan to define the exact amount of hours dedicated to each required duty in the maintenance department, thus giving a clear picture of the amount of man hours and staffing required to operate the facility. This audit will assist in justifying why you need the total amount of staff that you‟re asking for in the labor budget. (3) Budget Forecast- the amount of labor and materials set forth to operate for a fiscal year, based off of the Standards of Main-

tenance and the Staffing Plan. (4) Maintenance Calendar- the daily/weekly/monthly events planned out for daily tasks, projects, and major cultural events as to define required maintenance and allowing other departments to coordinate and plan events/tournaments successfully. Once the table work is set in place, this will relieve many hours of weekly and monthly planning, providing time to fine tune the plan based on the current conditions, weather related events, and real time feedback from guest/members. This hard work and planning will give you more time to train staff members, additional focus on playing surfaces, capital improvement proposals, and educational opportuni-

ties. When a good plan comes together, it gives staff, management, and members an invested ownership in the facility, taking pressure off the superintendent to own it on his/her own. After the plan is devised it comes down to operations and execution of the plan, and ongoing review for success. This also will serve as a common goal for all staff members, department managers to work together as a team to strive for. Invest some time this fall season into your plan, share the information with members, management and ownership, and give yourself an opportunity at simplifying your operation! Cheers


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Holiday Party Continued from page 1 The evening began at 6:00 together for a night of holiwith a hosted cocktail party along day wishes and fellowship. with plenty of appetizers for everyMany of the participants one. These were sponsored by our who attended this event revendors, Wilbur Ellis, Bayer Environturn year after year, and sev- Josh Heptig & Christiana Schroeter mental, CPS, John Deere Landscapes, eral new attendees have DOW, Ewing, JacobsenWest, and added this to their annual Aquatrols. tradition as well. We were served an amazing Happy Holidays! three course dinner paired with wine donated by Barenbrug Seed. Just as dinner ended we started the annual “White Elephant Gift Exchange� with all the fun and laughter this seasonal Above are Randy & Peggy inspired tradition had to bring. PickHaines. At left Andy Cordova ing a gift from the pile, or stealing a & Sarah Odam gift from someone who had gone before you made for a lively gift exchange. At right are long time friends Our night ended with hugs Matt Pearce, Paul Barr, John and best wishes to old friends, new Allan and Andy Cordova friends, and everyone who had come

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Meeting Schedule January 6, 2014

March 31—April 1st, 2014

Winter Educational Symposium And Golf Tournament The Valley Club of Montecito Host Superintendent Roger Robarge, CGCS

Spring Symposium Dairy Creek G.C. Host Superintendent Josh Heptig

February 2014

California Room February 5, 2013 Rosen Centre Orlando 6:00—9:00

June 2, 2014 Al Glaze Memorial Scholarship Tournament Madera Golf & C.C. Host Superintendent Lowell Stone

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Around The Green by Mike Cline

Normally the end of year should be quiet, and for the most part it has been but we do have a few stories brewing around the Central Chapter. The Links @ Paso Robles was recently sold at auction to a local Central Coast Realtor. The 200+ acre property which is zoned industrial/Agriculture went for $1.8 million dollars according to Golf Course Superintendent Terry Wisler. Current plans are to keep the course open and to make improvements while developing the unused property around the perimeter, but as Terry says, these guys are developers so who knows. Speaking of developers, Riverbend Golf Course in Fresno was recently taken over by FTP Management on a 10 year lease, and their parent company Golden Bear Land Management may actually be lining up to buy the entire golf property according to acting golf course superintendent Jack Roth. Things are just now starting to unfold and I am sure much more will be reported within the next 30 days. Sunnyside Country Club will be shortly signing the contract for a new million dollar plus irrigation system reports Superintendent Joel Brinkman. Plans are done, money is in the bank, installer has been selected so only the contract to sign and get the ball rolling hopefully before years end. Speaking of Superintendent Joel Brinkman, we welcome Joel back to the Central Chapter after a nine year absence for his second

tour in the Fresno golf market. Joel began his golf career in California in May of 1996 as an intern for Bel Air Country Club in Los Angeles for 3 months. After returning to school to complete his degree, Joel return to Bel Air as the assistant superintendent in December of 1996 until taking on the head job at Belmont Country Club in Fresno in April of 2001. In November of 2003, Joel was off to Black Hawk Country Club where he stayed until 2004 before returning to the Los Angeles area and Calabasas Country Club until 2011. After a short stay at Coyote Creek Golf Course near Gilroy, Joel took over Sunnyside Country Club in 2012. Quite a tour of the country, but Joel is back now and moving forward on making Sunnyside Country Club a top flight course for years to come.

2. What was your first management job in golf?

Here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Superintendent Joel Brinkman.

5. If you could pick one meal, what would it be?


First job in golf?

My first job in golf was the summer of my senior year in high school, and I heard of a job working at Country Acres Golf Course in Kalida Ohio, so I jumped at it. I was planning to become a teacher/coach but the $5.00/hour in 1989 was hard to pass up so I took the job. I think I spent the entire summer weed eating Highway 49 in front of the course and I continued with that job ever summer until 1994.

My first management job in golf was around 1992 when I was promoted from weed eater to assistant superintendent. 3. What do you like to do when you’re not at work? When I’m not at work I love to hang out with my wife and daughter, maybe do a little traveling like Yosemite or the beach, that what I like. 4. Who is your favorite sports team and why? I forgot to ask Joel this questions but I am going to guess his favorite team is the Ohio State Buckeyes, since that’s almost his exclusive wardrobe display other than Sunnyside CC.

My favorite meal is a grilled Tri-Tip with Stubbs Marinade Sauce (Beef only) and a baked potato. 6. What’s your favorite part of being a golf course superintendent? My favorite part of the job is the freedom we have and not having to sit behind a desk, so outside with the ability to make something new happen every day.

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Around The Green

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Continued from page 6 ing to deal with the golfing public/ members who unfairly criticize you and the work you do. 8.

What’s your favorite band?

would like to hear about, just drop me a line and I‟ll get the word out, so until then, have a magical holiday season with your friends and family and I‟ll see you “Around the Green”.

My favorite band is probably Van Halen. I just remember the fun I used to have while listening to that band. 9.

What’s your favorite song?

My favorite song is “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Joel Brinkman, Sunnyside C.C.

7. What’s your least favorite part of being a golf course superintendent? My least favorite part of the job is working in 110 degree days and hav-


What’s your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Jaw’s, no hesitation that’s the one. Have a great Holiday Season as we finish the year out and if you have information you think the members

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From the Field Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region By the time you are reading this column, early registration for the 2014 Golf Industry Show, Jeff Jensen Education Conference and GCSAA Golf Championships will be moving full speed ahead. The events are scheduled for Feb. 1-6 in Orlando, Fla. While the event is being held across the country, GCSAA is expecting a great turnout from all of our California members. The Education Conference, with a new Monday – Thursday format, will feature over 75 seminars (including 16 new seminars), 40 sessions and over 450 hours of educa-

tion. Two new networking events have been added to the mix, including an Opening Night celebration that will be held on Feb. 4 and a Closing Ceremony that will be held on the evening of Feb. 6. The Golf Industry Show will feature over 175,000 square feet of exhibit space and 500 exhibitors highlighting the most innovative products and services in the golf maintenance industry. Numerous exhibitors will be offering show discounts and the floor is a great place to network with fellow superintendents and other GCSAA members. Conference and show registration for GCSAA members begins Nov. 5 and can be completed online

at: on. Both events will be held at the Orange County Convention Center. The GCSAA Golf Championships, presented in partnership with Toro, will take place Feb. 1-3 at six Orlando area courses. The Grand Floridian Hotel, on the grounds of the Walt Disney World Resort, will serve as the host hotel. The featured courses include Disney‟s Lake, Palm and Magnolia layouts, Hawk‟s Landing Golf Club, Marriott‟s Grande Pines Golf Club and Celebration Golf Club. The four ball event will be contested on Feb. 1 with the National Championship and Golf Classic taking place

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From the Field Continued from page 8 Feb. 2-3 and a fun-filled shamble for non-tournament participants on Feb. 2. The National Championship is a 36-hole stroke-play event open to qualifying members (Class A, Superintendent Member, Class C, A-Ret., Superintendent-Ret., Class CRet., and AA-Life) within a handicap index range not exceeding 5.0. The Golf Classic offers a more relaxed competition and is open to all GCSAA members with a verifiable handicap. The 36-hole event uses a point quota scoring system and is flighted by handicap with both a gross and a net competition available in each flight. Registration for all the golf events is currently open on a first come, first serve basis. Register a I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season and if you need anything, please don‟t hesitate to contact me at or follow me on Twitter at GCSAA_SW.

Tips to maximize your donation Donation description To make your donation as complete and appealing as possible, please include the following in your description:  Type of golf facility & number of holes.  The use of caddies or golf carts.  Inclusion of any food & beverage.  Overnight hotel accommodations.  Access to club amenities, such as the pool, spa or tennis courts.  For multi-course facilities, not which course the round will be played on  Blackout or restriction dates for redemption of the round. Redemption certificates Please provide us an official redemption certificate for the winning bidder to present at the course. If you do not have one, the EIFG would be happy to provide our official Rounds 4 Research redemption certificate, complete with the specific information you have provided. Facility logo and images Send electronic photos and logo of your facility to These images must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and in any size as long as they are 72 pixels per inch in resolution. Multiple donations Multiple donations that have the same value may be submitted on a single form. You can indicate the number of donations per year, and the years in which you wish to donate. If you are submitting multiple donations of varying value, please use a separate form for the each package.

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2013 Charities Event Highlights Madera Country Club The annual charity event held at Madera Golf & Country Club in October helped the Central California chapter raise funds for the 1st Tee programs of Central Coast and Central Valley. $2000 will be donated this year to those charities. This event has brought our total charitable contributions to over $35,000. This would not have been possible without the help from our host superintendent and founder of the event Lowell Stone, pictured at left with his good friends Bob Dalton, Joe Tompkins, and Chuck Talley. Below are some of our Board Members who helped organize and work the event. Mike Cline, Steven Showers, and Andy Cordova. Also pictured with this is Jon Christensen who helped round out their team for the day.

Pictured above is the team of Tom Johnson who has been a major supporter of this event since we started over 10 years ago. Tom helps round up players from all over the valley and these gentlemen help make our event a success. THANK YOU to all of them for their support. Pictured at right is the team from Rio Bravo C.C. in Bakersfield with superintendent and board of director Trini Hernandez, Jon Yu, Karlos Perez, who traveled from Bakersfield to help support our efforts for the 1st Tee Program.


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2013 Charities Event Highlights Madera Country Club

Pictured above are Chuck Talley and Russ Hendrichs from Turf Star. Thank You to you both for your support and generous donations. At right is Tom Johnson, who was on one of the winning teams

Pictured above are Andy Cordova, Lowell Stone, and Steven Showers. Below is Kevin Eppich, Derrick Stone, Gary Peters, and Steve Feaster

Above is the Belmont C.C. with superintendent Craig Johnson along with Matt Nesbit, Todd Hansen, & Richard Tompkins

This was the 11th anniversary of the Lowell Stone Charity Event and we are looking forward to next year which has been lined up for Sierra Meadows Ranch Golf Course hosted by Mike Best. October will be beautiful in the foothills above Fresno so be sure to look for information coming out soon.

Below Bob tries to convince Chuck that he can make the putt. OOPS!

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