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ISSUE 2: 2020 / VOLUME 54


Contents

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President's Message

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Member News

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Events

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13 Questions

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GCSAA Update

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Patron Directory

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ON THE COVER Essex Fells Country Club Mark Miedler, Superintendent

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Creating A Legacy Leo Barber shares New Zealand's rugby team's message in creating a well-lived life and legacy.

Take It Back to the First Tee A timeline of Glenn Miller's life and career.

Night Waterman The tales of the Night Waterman before the days of computerized irrigation systems.

The Ask What good has come out of COVID-19 for you or your course?

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Our Contributors Editor in Chief : Todd Raisch, CGCS Graphics Editor: Lance Rogers, CGCS Design & Layout Editor:  Maureen Sharples Photography Editor: Shaun Barry Contributing Writers: Leo Barber, Shaun Barry, Doug Vogel, Maureen Sharples Officers:  Joe Kinlin, President Jeremy Hreben, CGCS, Vice President Michael Tardogno, Treasurer Todd Raisch, CGCS, Secretary Russ Harris, Past President Directors: District II- Fred Parcells District III- Tom Higgins District IV- Jennifer Torres At-Large: Ken Anson Jonathan Heywood Lance Rogers, CGCS Commercial Representatives Rob Johnson & Tyler Otero Rutgers Liaisons Dr. Bruce Clarke & Dr. James Murphy Executive Director Maureen Sharples

GCSANJ Newsletter is published four times a year. © 2020 THE GREENERSIDE Opinions expressed in this Newsletter are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily express the opinions or policies of the GCSANJ Board and its membership. No part of this newsletter may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Joe Kinlin Chapter President Bey Lea Golf Course

Many of you know me and my love of golf. Everything about the game drives my passion for our industry. Since joining GCSANJ in 1998, I have had the pleasure of playing many of your facilities, whether in an association event that you are hosting, a Stanley or Leslie Cup match, or a charity golf outing. Each time I am amazed at what successes you have achieved, the playing conditions you create, and the pride you take in being a golf course superintendent. I leave your facility motivated to return to work wanting to be a better superintendent. As I play a golf course, I often notice the staff. I notice the broad range of nationalities that make up that staff. I see people from all over the world, working together toward one goal. Our team members often have vast age differences, language barriers, and varied experience, but we still work to achieve the same purpose while respecting and supporting one another. In such a polarized world, superintendents continue to create a workplace culture that welcomes diversity and allows people of all backgrounds to grow and learn. I had always felt that when I was at my golf course, the rest of the world and its issues didn’t matter, I was in a way insulated from all of it outside influences: the goals we set and the purpose we have brought us together. Others can learn from the golf industry by creating an opportunity for people of all backgrounds, coming together, and finding a purpose in our shared common goals. Perhaps your next assistant or mechanic will develop from your seasonal staff. Probably without even knowing it, you are making the world a little bit better place one team member at a time.

Stay well, JOE KINLIN Chapter President

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FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maureen Sharples

It is hard to believe that it is already the “Back to School” season. While the Spring lockdown seemed to last forever, the end of the summer and start of the school year is fast approaching. You cannot read or watch the news without seeing the discussion of school reopening plans, hybrid vs. virtual, and the range of emotions parents and educators feel.

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My husband and I have spent a lot of time mentally preparing to teach our children from home and help them feel secure in going back into the classroom even if it is part-time. We have decided to stop panicking and instead get creative, change our attitudes, and make a plan. When we present these changes and our new “normal” to the kids, we try to stay positive and enthusiastic, hoping they will embrace these changes. This got me thinking about all of you and your education plans for the Fall and Winter. As an industry, we are typically gearing up for a packed schedule of seminars, trade shows, Green Expo, and GIS. It has become one of my favorite times of the year. Unfortunately, this year is going to be different, and rightfully so. Our industry leaders need to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. This can be frustrating, but there are many different channels you can find the education and credits you need and camaraderie with your peers. Take some time to make a plan. Our golf events are still going strong. Sign up, and spend some time with your friends. There are countless virtual classes offered by GCSAA, and our generous sponsors. Our chapter will also be planning education opportunities, so stay tuned. If you need assistance navigating these tools, please feel free to contact me, I am always here for you!

MAUREEN SHARPLES Executive Director, GCSANJ

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MEMBER NEWS

GROWING FAMILIES Brandon Perrine of Deerwood Country Club and his wife Lauren welcomed their son, Mason on August 12th. Mason is their third child, pictured below with his big brother, Jaxson and big sister, Madison.

Dennis DeSanctis Jr. and his wife Vicky welcomed their second child on July 9th – of course, he’s another “Double D” - Daniel.

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TRIBUTE

In Memoriam Patrick Campbell, CGCS Patrick Kenneth Campbell, born October 2, 1952, passed away on April 29, 2020. Pat was a second-generation golf course superintendent following in the footsteps of his father. During his career, he served at many different clubs, but he was most recently the Superintendent of Grounds at Panther Valley Golf and Country Club, where he served for 17 years. He also served as the golf course superintendent at Basking Ridge Country Club, Suburban Golf Club, Tara Greens Golf Course, and Minebrook Country Club. Pat was a Vietnam War Veteran. He served on the GCSANJ Board of Directors as Club Relations Chairman and Secretary. He was a great friend to many of our members. He is survived by his children and grandchildren, including his son and our member, Michael Campbell, who is the Director of Golf Course Operations at Montclair Golf Club.

Miguel Ortega III Miguel Ortega III was born on December 11th, 1982 in Lompoc, California and passed away on May 29th, 2020 in Westwood, New Jersey. Miguel was the assistant superintendent at White Beeches Golf & Country Club and previously worked at Edgewood Country Club and Preakness Hills Country Club. He is survived by his children, parents, and his longtime girlfriend, Jaime. He will be missed by his fellow GCSANJ members.

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WE HAVE ALL LOST A GREAT FRIEND A tribute to Francis J. Owsik By Shaun Barry When we first heard that Fran Owsik had leukemia, it seemed impossible. Fran was a giant of a man who had never met a problem that he couldn’t solve. He said the “The Owsiks” never give up, and he spent his life living up to that belief. As a young man, he excelled in any sport that he tried. He was a great swimmer winning many competitions. He led his CYO basketball team to two state championships averaging 33 points a game. He played baseball, and he thought it might have been his best sport. He was a pitcher with a sidearm delivery. He would start his curveball outside the plate scaring right-handed batters while relaxing left-handed batters because the ball was way outside the strike zone until the ball would snap across the plate for a strike. He was hard to hit, but when he had a bat in his hand, the opposing pitcher had to treat him very carefully. Matt Dobbie shared an old newspaper clipping declaring that Francis Owsik had won the game for Metuchen with a 4 for 4 performance at bat. He took up golf because his dad Frank was an excellent golfer. Fran started as a caddie at Metuchen CC and eventually became an assistant professional at Metuchen CC. His dream of being a head pro did not

happen, but it wasn’t because his game wasn’t good enough. One year, he finished in the top ten in the New Jersey State Open. As many know, only really good golfers can do that, it doesn’t happen by chance. Fran started working on the maintenance crew at Metuchen CC., and he fell in love with his new job. This love affair lasted 40 years. He became the superintendent at Colonia CC, Tamarack GC, and Lakewood CC. He retired from Lakewood after 21 years because of his leukemia, but he never retired from being a superintendent.

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Fran wanted to give back and help whenever he could. He joined the GCSANJ Board of Directors and served on the Public Relations Committee. He wanted to promote our association. You may still see a GCSANJ tie or a GCSANJ coaster or a GCSANJ decal around, these all were his promotional ideas. Fran never stopped enjoying life. He had a memorable golf trip to Ireland with several friends and superintendents. Fran played in the Centennial Cup at Lahinch. This was a team event, and he made a 15foot putt on the last hole to beat a team that never lost. When the locals in the pubs found out what he had done, he became a celebrity. He couldn’t drink all THE GREENERSIDE |

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of the pints that his new admirers bought him. Though he traveled to Italy, Patagonia (where he actually played golf), and other parts of the world, the trip to Ireland was his favorite memory. Most of his industry friends know him for his excellent golf game. Fran and his cousin Joe were a formidable team. They won most of their matches in the Stanley and Leslie Cups. Fran, however, was much more than just a golfer. He graduated in 1980 from the Rutgers Turfgrass Program ( along with future GCSAA President Sean Hoolehan ). He could never say enough good things about the program and the instructors he had. He was a proud graduate who gave back as often as possible. When Joe Bianco asked Fran for some suggestions on how to build a golf green at Hort Farm, Fran shared his insights and then proceeded to bring some help and they built the green. Fran was given the 2010 Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Association’s “Achievement Award.” He also was the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Rutgers Turfgrass Awards Banquet and was surprised with their Award for Professional Achievement.

He left this world without seeing Chris’s triplets, but their pictures were all over his room. They would have loved getting to know their grandfather, but there are many family members and friends who have hundreds of great stories to tell. Fran passed from this world, knowing he was loved. If he were still here, he would ask me to send his sincere thanks to Keith Bennett. Keith would never say no to any chance to help. It is beyond belief what Keith did to help. Matt Dobbie was also very involved. His phone calls never failed to brighten his day, and Ken Krausz was there for anything that Fran needed when he was in Hackensack Hospital. He would also individually thank everyone who so generously donated to his GoFundMe Account and his Scholarship Fund. I won’t identify everyone here, but Dennis DeSanctis Sr. can thank Fran’s number one donor. Don’t let your memories of Fran fade because those memories will keep Fran alive in our hearts and minds. Once this world changes to allow gatherings, there will be a low key opportunity for us to meet and officially say goodbye. His family is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Fran also had a great need to keep learning. If you ever attended a seminar and Fran was there, you heard him asking questions. These questions were timely and well thought out. We all learned from his inquisitive nature. Fran tried to follow something that his dad told him. It was to “speak less and listen more.” We agreed that this was something both of us could do better. He ran out of time, but I will try to follow this good advice. Fran learned how to line dance, and he was excellent. Everyone wanted to dance with him. He also did a great job playing the accordion and was an excellent cook and baker. His apple pies were legendary. He wrote several articles addressing issues in the turfgrass industry. He read everything that he could find about turfgrass. He truly was a renaissance man. He was overwhelmed to find out that approximately 120 friends were always asking for updates. He couldn’t believe it. He was proud of his sons Brett and Chris, their families, and his ex-wife Sandy. Sandy was his choice to make medical decisions, and he chose well because she was his best advocate. THE GREENERSIDE |

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SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendar for our upcoming events!

Chapter Championship September 14th Plainfield Country Club Host: Travis Pauley

Nine & Dine

October 15th Mountain Ridge Country Club Host: Cliff Moore

Battle of the Bridges- Class C Championship October 28th Essex Fells Country Club Host: Mark Miedler

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GCSANJ GOLF MEETING SHACKAMAXON COUNTRY CLUB SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ

Tom Pepe & Don Asinski

Drew White, Curt Moore, Joe Kinlin and Nick Adams

Amando Aparicio, Rob Arnts, Freddy Carmona, and Tom Leon

Nick Alley, Ken Anson, Dan Kilpatrick, Ray DiMaggio

Scott McBane, Bill Cimochowski, Brian Bontemps, and Chris Boyle

Russ Harris, Rob Johnson, Jeff Weld, and Mike Weber

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CREATING A LEGACY BY LEO BARBER, GCS/GM PARAPARAUMU BEACH GOLF CLUB Like many youngVogel kids growing in New Zealand, I By  Doug Golfup Course Superintendent, was born with an aspiration to one day pull on the black jersey of our national rugby team the All Blacks and represent my country. The sport of Rugby in New Zealand is more akin to a religion and it’s almost with an inbuilt predisposition that kiwis enter this world, ready to worship. I played the game all through my youth and into my early adult years and upon hanging up the boots with the realisation that the ultimate status of becoming an All Black was unfulfilled, (in fact like most, I hadn’t even come close) my love for the game, as with many fellow New Zealanders, has never waned. For a small country of just five million situated in relative isolation at the bottom of the world, New Zealand has always prided itself in punching well above its weight on the global scene in all manner of disciplines, but it has been the All Blacks that have dominated the world of rugby for well over a century and in fact are arguably the most dominant team of any sporting code globally with an 86 percent win rate in the professional era. Caught up in the Netflix and smartphone generation, my once keen interest in reading had sadly fallen away in recent years, much to the detriment of my lifelong thirst for escaping in a good book. This year I set myself a modest target of getting back to turning some pages once again and having put in a request to the North Pole, on Christmas day, I was delighted to unwrap a book called “Legacy” – what the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life. It was the perfect way to reignite my interest. Written by an author that was given largely unfettered access behind the scenes of this mighty

Preakness Valley Golf Course

My first game of rugby as an 8-year-old – ironically wearing a black jersey. Sadly my physical ability didn’t match my passion for the game never getting the chance to wear the version that carries the silver fern insignia of New Zealand representative teams.

sporting dynasty, fifteen chapters have captured the valuable lessons learnt from the success of the All Blacks, that are easily transferable in their application to everyday life. It is a book that is practical and easy to read and while it draws upon stories about All Black culture it also lends examples from other sporting codes, coaching greats, business leaders and psychological theories to come to quite common-sense conclusions. In maintaining a high level of performance, the All Blacks created a culture where no one was bigger than the team – “A collection of talented individuals without personal discipline will ultimately and inevitably fail.” They developed an ethos built around work ethic and continuous improvement – “leaving the jersey in a better position than what you found it.” The book is extremely insightful. It is about leadership, decision making, and self-mastery. The lessons of this book I feel, are as adaptable to our personal lives as they are to our roles as turf managers. THE GREENERSIDE |

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THE FIRST XV

LESSONS FROM THE ALL BLACKS: 1. CHARACTER Character begins with humility and discipline. Even after a major win, the All Blacks finish their celebrations and “Sweep the Sheds — because no one looks after the All Blacks — the All Blacks looks after themselves.” Don’t be too big to do the small things. Your failures are the biggest opportunity to learn. The All Blacks created a culture in which players are accountable not only to their coaches, but even more to their teammates. Performance = Capability + Behaviour. Character triumphs over talent.

In a small country, everyone seems to “know” an All Black. My school has the proud distinction of producing two, John Schwalger and Brent Anderson who were good enough to attend a reunion I had organised for my own “First XV” as we call the schools rep team.

2. ADAPT Go for the gap — when you are on top of your game, change your game. Four steps to drive change: Make a case for providing a compelling picture of the future, sustain the capability to change and create a credible plan to execute. Culture is subject to learning, growth, and decline. This continuous improvement was able to lift the All Blacks to an even better win rate. 3. PURPOSE Play with Purpose, ‘ASK WHY?’ Understand the purpose for which you are playing. Better people make better All Blacks. Leaders connect personal meaning to a higher purpose to create beliefs and a sense of direction.

The All Blacks whilst being sporting giants for New Zealanders, remain accessible and easily approachable. We often have them visit our club for golf when a game is in town and true to their ethos, they are polite, grounded and always appreciative. L-R Damien MacKenzie, Beauden Barrett (World Rugby Player of the Year 2016 and 17) and his brother and fellow All Black, Jordie Barrett.

4. RESPONSIBILITY Be a leader, not a follower — pass the ball. Create a structure of meaning, a sense of purpose, belonging, teamwork and personal reasonability. Empower the individual by empowering them with the success of the team. Leaders create leaders by passing responsibility, creating ownership, accountability, and trust.

6. WHANAU (Family) The All Blacks stated policy of ‘No Dickheads’ excludes highly talented prima-donnas. One of the first steps in developing a high-performance culture is to select a character. Fly in formation, be of one mind, or as Maori mythology depicts whanau - follow the spearhead. Everyone works together towards the same goal. The strength of the wolf is the pack, the strength of the pack is the wolf.

5. LEARN — Create a learning environment. Leaders are teachers. By finding the 100 things that can be done just 1% better, you achieve marginal gain which creates an incremental and cumulative advantage in performance and results. The first stage of learning is silence, the second stage is listening.

7. EMBRACE EXPECTATIONS Aim for the highest cloud so if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain. The All Blacks are expected to win every time they play and embrace a fear of failure to lift performance. Successful leaders have high internal benchmarks, they set their expectations high, and try to exceed them.

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8. PREPARATION Train to win, practise under pressure. Practise with intensity to develop the mindset to win. Intensified training in preparation to win will condition the brain and body to perform under pressure and make peak performance automatic. It helps to develop the mindset of winning. Get out of your comfort zone. If you are not growing anywhere, you are not going anywhere. 9. PRESSURE Bad decisions are not made through lack of skill or innate judgement: they are made because of an inability to handle pressure at the pivotal moment. Know how to manage, deal and embrace pressure. Control your attention. Switch from ‘Red head’ — tight-inhibited, result-oriented, anxious, aggressive, overcompensating, desperate; to ‘blue head’ — loose, expressive, in the moment, calm, clear, accurate, untasked. 10. AUTHENTICITY Know thyself, keep it real. If you succumb to peer pressure and do things because others want you, you will be cut-off. Be genuine, stay true to yourself and be honest with your environment. Adopting the behaviours and values of others will often conflict with what got youthere in the first place. Leaders need to create an environment that encourages safe-conflict, honesty, and integrity, in which people genuinely know one another. 11.  SACRIFICE Find something you would die for and give your life to it. Do the above and beyond for a cause, activity or mission you believe in. Champions do Extra. Bleed on the field and know that your teammates will do the same for you. Be the first to arrive at the gym, be the last to leave. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. 12.  LANGUAGE Let your ears listen. Invent a language — sing your world into existence. A system of meaning that everyone understood. A language, vocabulary and a set of beliefs that bind the group together. Meaning, rituals, stories, heroes all bound together. An oral culture — a common story. Leaders are storytellers. All great organisations are born from a compelling story. The central organising thought helps people understand what they stand for and why.

Christian Cullen (pictured here alongside GCSANJ member Lance Rogers during a trip to NZ) is arguably the finest Fullback ever to play rugby for any country in any era. He certainly ranks on most lists amongst the top 3 All Blacks in any position of all-time. As well as being a member of my club, Paraparaumu Beach, my All Black “claim to fame” is that I once played school boy rugby alongside him at a local club in a position immediately beside him. Obviously “Cully” kicked on!!

13. RITUAL Ritualize to Actualize. Create a culture. A culture of continually growing and improving. Inspiring leaders establish rituals to connect their team to its core narrative, using them to reflect, remind, reinforce and reignite their collective identity and purpose. 14. WHAKAPAPA Be a Good Ancestor. Plant trees you’ll never see. Connect the past, present, and future. True leaders take responsibility for adding to the legacy. Ensure knowledge transfer. Leave the jersey in a better place. Know that you are standing on the shoulders of giants — live up to that expectation and know that you will be looked upon as one. 15. LEGACY Write your Legacy. This is your time. Be purposeful. Add to the ethos, make your mark.

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TAKE IT BACK TO THE FIRST TEE

At 14, Glenn became a caddie at Manasquan River Golf Club. Throughout high school he parked cars and cooked at the Sea Watch Inn.

Glenn Miller Through the Years

1979 Glenn started working part-time on the grounds crew for Jim McNally at Manasquan River GC. Jim would later become his mentor in the industry. He met his wife, Diane who was also working for Jim.

1977 At 19, Glenn enlisted in the United State Air Force. He was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base. He became a loadmaster for C141 cargo jets.

1989 He and his wife, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Diane.

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Glenn Miller and Bruce Peeples

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Glenn became the superintendent at Manasquan River Golf Club. Jim McNally urged him to join GCSANJ and become an active member. He traveled to GIS for the first time in 1986. Glenn volunteered his time to help Jim Gilligan with the Greenerside. Around this time, he also became good friends with Bruce Peeples, neighboring superintendent at Spring Lake Golf Club.

After hosting USGA Girls' Junior Championship, Glenn was called from the reserves to report for duty in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He had to leave immediately and had no contact with his wife or assistant, Jim Cadott. Two weeks had gone by before he could talk to Jim on the phone about the course. His wife often relayed messages for him. He served for nine months before returning home. Glenn was in the reserves for 17 years.

Glenn's brother Peter, took over as superintendent at MRGC, and Glenn became his assistant. He earned his Associate's degree in Civil Engineering, but enjoyed the turf industry and decided to enroll in the Rutgers twoyear course in the Fall of 1982. He was classmates with Kevin Gunn, Mike McBride, and Mike Mongan.

1992 Glenn was elected to the Board of Directors of GCSANJ.

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2002

2000 He and his wife, welcomed their second child, a son, Andrew.

Glenn was the recipient of the Member of the Year Award along with Michael Stachowski.

Glenn Miller, Albert H. Foster, Michael Stachowski

2011 1999

Glenn became a superintendent for the Monmouth County Park System. He started at Charleston Springs GC and later moved to Shark River GC.

Glenn was elected Chapter President. This was a trying time for our members due to the drought. It was declared a state of water emergency. Glenn and his fellow board members became very active in government affairs in order to advocate for our industry. He worked closely with Hal Bozarth of Chemistry Council of New Jersey. He helped unite our allied associations for support. These efforts helped form the NJ Green Industry Council, who we still support to this day.

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He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

2012 Glenn received the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School Award for Professional Excellence. He was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.

He was elected to the Board of Education in his town of Brielle. He served on the board for 18 years and was president for three years.

1994 Glenn began working with Tony Pavelec on construction projects. For 17 years, every Winter they would pick a different area of the course to renovate.

Present Glenn is still at Shark River GC and a board member of the GCSANJ Foundation. When he is not working, he enjoys traveling with his family. They take road trips with their 5th wheel camper. He is also an avid skier and hunter.

He also spent time traveling and golfing with MRGC's golf professional, Brent Studer. They visited Scotland, Ireland, Pebble Beach, and the Domincan Republic.

1993 Along with fellow members, Chris Carson, Dave Pease, Shaun Barry, and Marty Mantell the GCSANJ Foundation was formed to help our members in need and fund vital turf research.

Jim Cadott, Fred Parcells, Glenn Miller, Keith Kubik at the 2019 Green Expo.

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THE LEGEND AND LORE OF THE NIGHT WATERMAN By Doug Vogel

“Sprinkling at night is best for the turf and certainly for the golfer”

-Major Jones, Manager/Greenkeeper Baltusrol Golf Club 1924

Complaints about horrible playing conditions during the early 1900s led to the introduction of irrigation to the golf course. Complaints about performing irrigation during play to remedy the horrible conditions led to the introduction of The Night Waterman in the 1920s. Almost one hundred years later he is gone. Vanished into the night, the very night where he once performed his magic. The demise of the Night Waterman began with the introduction of the computerized irrigation system in the early 1970s. It was a slow death, with experts revealing that the position is now functionally extinct. Only a few remaining low-budget courses unable to afford automation or some courses by choice have kept The Night Waterman from complete extinction. The nightly routine of The Night Waterman was generally universal among those that were tasked with the job. Arrive before dusk, load up needed equipment, set out hoses and sprinklers, prime and start up the pump and take a ride around the course to check your progress. Adjustments were made depending on equipment, geography and intuition. Local nuances evolved and trade secrets developed and the fun always started when the night fell. The basic equipment for successful night watering consisted of a reliable vehicle, dependable sprinklers, sturdy hose, a fine-tuned pump and a six pack of beer. Common issues that needed to be addressed were flat tires, dead batteries, leaky hoses, clogged sprinklers, uncooperative quick couplers and six pack

procurement. These lists are far from complete and only paint a general picture as all night watermen developed routines unique to their own course and personality. Working under the cloak of darkness presented many obstacles for the night waterman to overcome. How many insects are waiting to attack you when the pump house door is opened? Where is the quick coupler located and will it explode when turned on? Are the critters that roam at night going to present a problem? How do you repair a sprinkler and the ensuing geyser in the dark? Will the boss be upset that the irrigation cart went into a pond? Is a second six pack warranted? Experiences with these issues caused night watermen to develop unique sensory systems which in turn lead to the development of special super powers. Night Waterman Hearing, Night Waterman Vision, Night Waterman Smell, Night Waterman Touch and the allimportant Night Waterman Intuition were unique to the position. An enhanced sense of hearing could detect a clogged sprinkler on a fairway 100 yards away just by the sound of an interruption to the cadence of the impact sprinkler. For highly developed night watermen, driving in pitch darkness was preferred over the use of a headlight. Headlights may have been used for repairs but not during transportation. And in the rare instance when a tap became elusive, the art of pacing off was used. After years of pacing off, the development of the Intuition superpower kicked in. Intuition found any and THE GREENERSIDE | 

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all quick couplers including those hidden by overgrown grass. Night watermen just knew where they were. When eyes peered out of the wood line, quick judgement was needed. Was it a coyote, fox, skunk, or raccoon? Or did they belong to an escapee from the mental institution up the street or a just a friendly nightwalker? The Night Waterman could tell. The heightened ability to smell danger worked hand in hand with other super powers to help detect the presence of copperhead snakes who loved to make their night time resting spots in the wooden below-ground valve boxes. Night visitors to the golf course-whether human or not; whether fully clothed or not; whether sane or insane; presented themselves on a nightly basis and were dealt with by the Night Waterman as the situation warranted. Sometimes law enforcement was needed but for the most part these situations worked themselves out. And while during the day ET meant evapotranspiration, to the night waterman it meant Extra Terrestrials. Night time on a golf course often played out like a script from a Twilight Zone episode. But lucky for us many of our senior greenkeepers have lived to tell of the unique experiences of watering a golf course by night. These real life accounts have not been embellished, in fact, they have been toned down for the reader’s safety. Bound by the code of ethics of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of New Jersey, our fellow members risk great consequences if found to be untruthful. The tales that follow are not tall, but true. Homestead Golf Club - Spring Lake, NJ circa 1940-1960 Greenkeeper Mel Lucas, Sr was his own night waterman at Homestead in the mid-1940s. The well-respected greenkeeper worked long hours to keep the popular Jersey Shore course in top condition. “He started to water at 7 PM which had some golfers dodging the sprinklers,” son Mel Lucas, Jr fondly remembered, “but he had to be back at 5AM the next day.” Every night nine greens would get watered with a WWII militarysurplus Willys Jeep providing the transportation of hose and sprinklers. “The biggest problem my dad had to deal with was the rust particles that flowed through old galvanized pipe which clogged the sprinklers.” Specialized tool fabrication was a hallmark of many greenkeepers of

years past and Lucas, Sr made his own tools to deal with the clogged sprinklers. “My Dad made a brass tool that enabled the unclogging without turning off the system saving a lot of unnecessary shut downs.” Mel Lucas, Sr passed the baton off to his son at an early age. “As I grew up living at The Homestead, I was recruited, for lack of better things to do at age 13, to help with irrigation. I learned how to drive the Jeep as Dad changed sprinklers. When I became of age to get paid for working on the crew, I automatically earned the title of Night Waterman which haunted me until the late 60s.” Young Lucas came face to face with night watering’s greatest hazard more than once. “I do not believe that any person that did night watering avoided being sprayed by a family of skunks. Once hit you were glad to have water nearby to run under.” “One other thing I recall was the number of people on the course at 9 PM hunting for nightcrawlers for fishing early the next morning on charter boats from Belmar and Point Pleasant. The other nocturnal occurrence, which by the nature of the Jersey Shore, I was always coming across couples that enjoyed running naked through sprinklers (pond water) and then found fornicating on the nice cool springy turf of a putting green. This was an education never taught at Spring Lake Heights Grammar School just across the street from the 11th hole!” “In the mid 50's across the street, Al Rathjens, Sr maintained the Spring Lake Country Club, which had just installed a new irrigation system throughout the course. How we envied the large arch of water from the fairway sprinklers as seen above the fence of privet hedge, their THE GREENERSIDE | 22


fairgreen a beautiful green in late July, opposed to the Homestead’s dusty hard brown fairgreen from the end of June until mid-September which required more nights of dragging hose.” Upper Montclair Country Club - Clifton, NJ circa 1960-1963 “To start with, the job of night waterman is a pretty lonely job,” remembered Bob “Red” Dickison. “You are there mostly in the dark alone, hopefully. The night waterman job at the time paid an extra ten cents per hour as I remember. We began the night watering process after most of the play had finished, usually around 5 PM.” To start the process a few sprinklers were set out, the system primed, the pump started, slowly opening of the main valve and boosting the pressure up. Then checking to make sure everything was working ok. At this point more sprinklers, max 10 – 12, could be added and the pressure regulated by the speed of the engine. At shut down the same process was used in reverse. Our water source was a ¾ acre stream- fed pond. At the time, the feed for the pump was an 8” pipe that went out on a twofoot-wide rickety dock and into the pond. With Upper Montclair Country Club being 27 holes, it took three nights to get all the fairways and tees watered.” “On many occasions a golfer would get wet when we started up the sprinklers. One minute the sprinklers would be just setting there the next the water would be coming out full force. Since the pump was on the far west side of the course and the other side was out of sight it tended to be a crapshoot.” “There was always the stuck snap valve that would get you right in the face. By the time you got it reseated there would be a flood. At times the whole system had to be shut down. Those were not fun nights.” “On one particular night it was dark, about 9:30 – 10:00 PM, when I noticed what appeared to be a far-off light. Then, as I turned around to set a sprinkler, a face pops up right in front of me! He has a miner’s helmet on with a weak light, which is why I thought it was far away. He then asks if it is ok for him to search for nightcrawlers. After my heart started back up I said sure. The worms think that the sprinkler water is rain and come to the surface for easy pickings."

“Late 1969 saw the beginning of automatic irrigation at Upper Montclair. It took two years to do the tees and greens. The whole system was a work in progress for the next 40 years. Single row, double row, expansion, additional pumps, new larger pumps, redo the pump station – three times. Add fertigation and enlarge the pumphouse.” Crestmont Country Club-West Orange, NJ circa 1965-1970s “Irrigating the golf course at night was at times fraught with adventure,” remembered Ken Kubik, former Assistant Superintendent whose night watering skills kept the Donald Ross layout in tip top shape. “You developed cat-like night vision as you raced around the course chasing snap valve locations. You were a solitary figure scampering from irrigating fairways to pump house pressure checks every half hour in the foreboding darkness of night. A drawback, especially on moonless nights, could be the bunker location you miss judged or a tree that jumped out at you in the dark.” “The benefit of manually watering at night was you did not have to contend with golfers,” revealed Kubik, but he still knew he wasn’t alone. “You would hope that you could spot intruders such as joggers, dog walkers, vampires, and lovers before they spotted you. Some of the intruders encountered were of the mammal version such as a stray cow, a fox or a skunk that if frightened would leave you smelling foul.” Working for legendary Golf Course Superintendent Pete Pedrazzi, Sr. presented Kubik with certain challenging issues. “Pete gave me permission to curtail the night watering if and only if a sudden rainstorm produced 1/4" of rainfall. This meant dodging lightning bolts and getting rather damp until you reached that rainfall total.” “The job of night watering man was not for the faint hearted. Having survived my years watering at night became my "Red Badge of Courage" of all my years in golf course maintenance.” Laurel Valley Golf Club-Ligonier, PA circa 1979 When Mark Kuhns took the reins at Laurel Valley Golf Club in 1979, it was probably the only course in the Top 100 that still had a manual irrigation system. “We ran around to three different pump locations to turn the THE GREENERSIDE | 23


system on and off,” Kuhns explained. “All our pumps were deep well turbines and we had decent pressure but we could only run 12 sprinklers at a time. We had the snap valves painted bright yellow for visibility. Living in the middle of the course made it a little better to balance time with job and family.” Early on in his career, Kuhns survived his first eyeopening event, although commonplace to a veteran Night Waterman. “I got a call on the radio one night at about dusk from one of my helpers. He said "boss you need to come up to #12 there is something strange in the middle of the fairway". I rode up on my threewheeled Cushman to meet with him on the tee end of the fairway. About 200 yards down the fairway was a big black blob and it was moving. We first thought it was a black bear as we were located in bear country. We decided to move closer very cautiously. We got to within 75 yards and the blob was moving vigorously. Suddenly the blob stood up and started running towards the club boundary. The black blob suddenly removed its cover and exposed a young couple in their birthday suits. They ran to the edge of the woods, jumped into a Volkswagen beetle and sped off to the main road in a hurry. Obviously, they were taking advantage of our soft lush fairways and dense upright growth to spend a little time star gazing.” “In those years I had very little help and my wife Janet and I did the watering. She would water the front nine and I would water the back. Ah, to be young and in love.” Culver’s Lake Golf Club-Branchville, NJ circa 1980 The Joe Kinlin story could very well be titled I Was a Teenage Night Waterman. Joe was indoctrinated into the ways of the Night Waterman as an eager, hardworking 17-year old looking to make a few extra bucks. He was charged with operating a piecemeal irrigation system that somehow got the job done. “We pumped our water out of the swamp next to the second tee. We ran electric from the clubhouse to a 15 HP trash pump. A 3” PVC main ran mostly above ground through a dry creek bed then connected to poly pipe. The poly was buried when it left the woods to go to a green or tee. The sprinklers were residential Rainbird pop-ups. I never ran the pump dry but the pond got pretty low at times and always clogged the bucket screen with frogs and turtles.”

“I had a Yamaha utility cart. I used to run around in the cart with a flashlight. The routine was to check in with the manager because the superintendent was gone for the day. On the way out of the clubhouse a stop in the downstairs bar would yield a six pack then I’d be off for three to four hours. Each zone ran 20 minutes. I would open three valves at different parts of the course to start, clean the screen out (a 5-gal bucket with holes drilled), prime the pump and crack the first beer. The routine lasted for three to four hours but mostly ended when the beer was gone. Twenty minutes a zone was the goal but was often a moving target based on liquid consumption. It was fun and the night was filled with nervous energy and responsibility.” A common bond exists amongst these night watermen that lived these stories. They are members of a great fraternity that will someday no longer exist. Those that got to experience the freedom, the anxiety, the danger and the sense of accomplishment of night watering are living history books and our link to the past. Reach out to them and hear their stories. If not a believer, just ask any night waterman about navigating a “one-eyed” Cushman Truckster, a Smithco Red Rider, or Willys Jeep through total darkness. It was nothing short of exhilarating. Ask Mr. Dickison of the necessity of using a 1954 International one-ton dump, on occasion, to get the job done. Ask Mr. Lucas about the relief of identifying an approaching silhouette as a wormer and not an inmate. Ask Mr. Kubik about dodging lightning bolts causing him to rethink his career working on a golf course. Ask Mr. Kinlin about the importance of setting manual pressure relief to a system without any pressure relief valves. And before passing judgement, ask Mr. Kuhns if balancing family life really meant enlisting your wife and have her navigate the dangers of night watering. Ask and you will believe. THE GREENERSIDE | 24


Where Are They Now? 1. Mel Lucas, Sr. served as President of the GCSANJ in 1955. 2. Mel Lucas, Jr. CGCS rose to the rank of GCSAA President in 1980. 3. Robert “Bob” “Red” Dickison CGCS served as President of the GCSANJ in 19831984 and spent over 50 years of dedicated service to the Upper Montclair Country Club.

5. Mark Kuhns, CGCS served the GCSAA as President in 2009. He is recently retired from the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ. 6. Joe Kinlin is the Golf Course Superintendent of the Bey Lea Golf Course in Toms River, NJ and currently serves as President of the GCSANJ. 7. Janet Kuhns has been happily married for 44 years.

4. Ken Kubik is the CEO of Grass Roots, Inc and the 1993 recipient of the GCSANJ Distinguished Service Award.

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QUESTIONS WITH JAY EWAN

INTERVIEW

By Maureen Sharples

Jay Ewan recently sat down with The Greenerside to discuss his career, family, and new position at Hidden Creek Golf Club. 1. Tell us a little about where you are from? I grew up in Waterford, NJ, which is about 40 minutes from Hidden Creek. Being from South Jersey, I always wanted to remain in the area since my family is here, and we are close to the shore. 2. How long have you worked at Hidden Creek Golf Club? In October, it will be one year that I have been at Hidden Creek. 3. What are the unique aspects of Hidden Creek’s course? • Coore & Crenshaw heathland-style design. • The course stretches over 750 acres of forestry. • The creek is hidden. 4. What is your favorite aspect of working on a golf course? One of my favorite aspects of working on a golf course is that you never know what the day could bring. There are always new challenges that need to be solved, and not every day is set in stone. You always need to adjust your plan, making each day interesting. I also enjoy having the ability to work outside every day.

 

5. What are your interests outside of work? Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. My wife and I are very fortunate to be 1530 minutes from our families, and in the summertime, we spend a lot of our weekends at their pools. Another interest I have is playing ice hockey. I have been apart of men’s leagues, and it’s great being back on the ice after college. I also enjoy fishing and crabbing whenever we have a chance to go down the to shore. 6. Why did you become a superintendent? I started playing golf at seven years old and immediately fell in love with the sport. When I was 16, I started working at Pine Valley and knew this was the right career for me. Being at Pine Valley was a great experience and showed me what it would take to be at the top as a Superintendent. 7. Tell us about your family. My wife and I will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary in December. We have a 10-month-old son named Brayden, and we will be welcoming our 2nd child in February. We also have two dogs that help out on the course from time to time. Stanley is a Yellow Lab, and Isaac is a French Bulldog. THE GREENERSIDE | 27


8. What are your biggest on-course challenges at Hidden Creek GC? One of the biggest on-course challenges we face at Hidden Creek would be cart traffic. The golf course was originally designed for walking only and not much room for cart traffic. With the pandemic and social distancing guidelines, we have allowed more carts out than before. During the off-season, our team will evaluate and look for ways to improve the traffic that way going into next year we have one less challenge ahead of us.

11. What has been the most trying experience of your career? I would say the most trying experience I have had so far in my career would be starting as the Director of Agronomy at a new course during a pandemic. Coming into a new course, you aren’t entirely sure what to expect, however, when you throw a pandemic into the mix right before the start of the season, it really tests you to see how you can rise above.

9. Who is your mentor in this industry and why? I have two mentors – Matt Shaffer and Paul B. Latshaw. I worked for Matt during my first four years at Merion, where I learned most of my management styles. Matt was big on the chain of command and had a great management structure in place. He taught us how to get the job done efficiently while also making sure we had a work-life balance. Also, Matt had a minimalistic strategy, where I learned essential thresholds and different IPM strategies. He was a second father figure to me as well as to the other managers that he mentored. For my last 3-4 years at Merion, I worked alongside Paul. Similar to Matt, I learned different ways to manage turf. Paul was very structured and had great chemical and fertilizer programs. He is continuously researching and striving to be the best at what he does. 10. You spent quite a bit of time moving up the ranks at Merion Golf Club. What did you learn from your time there? There are a few things I learned while at Merion Golf Club. The first would be how to be proactive instead of reactive. We always wanted to make sure we were taking the correct steps to be ahead of the game instead of reacting and being too late. While at Merion, there was a large amount of project experience I learned, including restoration. During these projects, it is crucial to have a steady team because, without proper teamwork, we can’t get the task done in a timely matter. The biggest lesson I learned at Merion would be to have patience. You can’t rush into things, and the harder you work, the bigger the end goal will be.

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12. It is no question that 2020 has been a tough year, between the pandemic and the challenging weather this summer, what have you learned from these trying times? The biggest thing I learned this year is that you can’t sweat the small things. Especially when the weather forecasts change into something you weren’t expecting, you have to learn how to roll with it and make the best out of the situation. You always need to have the flexibility in your plans and make those decisions on the fly. Another important thing is a good team morale. When your crew is on the same page with the game plan, it makes working enjoyable during those difficult times. 13. List four things we don't know about you? I played ice hockey at Rutgers University. I grew up on a farm in South Jersey. I caught a 6’ Golden Hammerhead shark. I had to get 16 stitches in my thigh from a men’s league hockey game.

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GOING THE DISTANCE FOR BMPS By Kevin Doyle, GCSAA Northeast Field Representative

As 2020 progresses, the 50 by 2020 Best Management Practices (BMP) goal is fast approaching. Most of the Northeast region closes in on the final stages of the document that you, your colleagues, our entire industry, and stakeholders of all types will benefit from. Please take the opportunity to thank your BMP committee for volunteering their time to develop such a great resource. Many of the successful concepts and practices used to build your document came from ideas the committee in New York developed. Superintendents and scientists in NY began their BMP initiative in 2012. The committee was led by a dynamic individual, Ken Benoit, CGCS, and then superintendent at GlenArbor CC, would be named the first Executive Director of the organization tasked with overseeing the state BMPs, The New York Golf Course Foundation (NYGCF). Not only was Benoit’s leadership critical to the success of the New York Golf BMP, his passion for the concept has gone miles, literally, since then. On August 14th, Benoit began a cross-country bicycle trek from Connecticut to Oregon to promote facility BMPs through his “Connect to Protect Tour.” An avid and accomplished cyclist, Benoit will be stopping at golf courses along his route to highlight current BMP practices in place and posting blogs and videos on his company website, Eco Turf Consulting. Benoit is also posting updates via his twitter feed. It is a fascinating follow with environmental information you and your facility could benefit from too!

Here is where you can find Benoit’s Connect to Protect Tour information to follow along during, or learn from even after his journey: Website: ecoturfconsulting.com/connect-to-protecttour/ Twitter: @kenbenoit1 Hopefully, you enjoy the blogs and videos of Benoit’s trip as much as I do. I am equally optimistic that BMP resources Benoit uncovers and shares from facilities across the country will benefit you and your environmental efforts! Be sure to connect with the Connect to Protect Tour in any way you can! Again, if I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me. Kevin Doyle GCSAA Field Staff kdoyle@gcsaa.org Follow me on Twitter @GCSAA_NE THE GREENERSIDE | 

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GCSAA WEBINARS

SEPT. 9 @ 10 A.M. LAS VEGAS UPDATE THE 2021 GOLF INDUSTRY SHOW IS GOING VIRTUAL Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, GCSAA announced that the annual education conference and trade show will be presented in a virtual format instead of the previously planned in-person event in Las Vegas. In addition to the education, trade show and special events that will take place live on the virtual platform the first week of February, attendees will also have the option to view or review all content from the show for an extended period after the event concludes. The theme of GIS 2021 — “Your space. Your pace. All in one place.” — not only reflects the ability of participants to attend the show from the safety of their homes or offices and consume the content when they want to, but also speaks to the convergence of industry experts that is a hallmark of GIS and will remain so in the virtual format.

Spring Dead Spot & Take-all Root Rot Prevention Lane Tredway, Ph.D., and Dean Mosdell, Ph.D.

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Benefits & Challenges of Sand Topdressing Programs Douglas Karcher, Ph.D.

SEPT. 22 @ 10 A.M.

How Your Spray Tank Water Can Impact Pesticide Performance Now Aaron J. Patton, Ph.D.

SEPT. 29 @ 4 P.M.

Benefits of Golf Courses: An Updated Case Study in Auckland Will Bowden

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WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED "My family has learned to live a simpler life and appreciate the outdoors, learning that most of the time less is more." -Jason Osterhoudt, Metuchen Golf & Country Club

"What good has come out of COVID-19 for you or your course?" "RCC has seen some progressive changes that would not have occurred without the seismic shift that Covid-19 has provided. We no longer mandate caddies. Push carts are now the norm. Carts are only allowed for those 60 years and older or with medical needs. We replaced water bottles with bottle fillers. All of these shifts are permanent changes. We are even discussing never returning rakes to the course. On a personal note, our family has saved a ton of money, most that has been redirected into home improvements. We are having more home cooked meals. Finally, and most importantly, we've been able to spend a lot more time together."

-Todd Raisch, The Ridgewood Country Club

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"It has helped teach my staff not to overstaff which in turn has made us more efficient in ways." -Joseph Scioscia, Spring Brook Country Club

"Monmouth County Park System has seen an influx of golfers to the park system. This is two fold, in that we have new players to the game of golf and our regulars playing more golf. Monmouth County has seen a 33% increase for the months of June and July compared to same months last year. With the excellent numbers comes the challenge of keeping grass on the tees with all the added play."

-Jeremy Schaefer, Monmouth Country Parks System

"Personally, a couple of months break during the quarantine was like a reset button. There were no travel sports for my Sophomore and 8th grader, which would typically encompass every weekend either on the softball field or volleyball court. They both took advantage of the downtime to learn the US state capitals, which you would expect school to teach them at their ages. I organized and cleaned out 18 years worth of clutter in my basement. There were many board game and card nights too. Professionally I was fortunate to continue to work even with courses closed. The entire staff too. We hope to eliminate forever certain course fixtures that cost us a fortune each year, and we are finding out that they aren't critical to the course, the operation, or conditioning. I also learned that bunkers are hazards and, hopefully, the days of putting almost as much maintenance money and time into bunkers as we do greens is over. I have very dedicated staff members and am very lucky!" -Darrell Marcinek, Somerset County Parks Commission


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The Greenerside- Volume 54  

Official publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey.

The Greenerside- Volume 54  

Official publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey.

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