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Where does superintendent Todd Bohn spend part of his Saturdays? Same place you find him Monday through Friday. "I hang out at the first tee," Bohn told a Kansas State University turfgrass class that was visiting GCSAA headquarters this week.... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at From the desk of GCM
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GCSAA past president Melvin B. Lucas, CGCS, and Cal Roth, senior vice president of agronomy for the PGA Tour, have been selected as recipients of the association’s 2015 Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award. They will be acknowledged at the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From the desk of GCM
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The ninth annual Green Start Academy is in the books. For many of them, it sounds as if it will be a memorable chapter in their careers. "I've had a ball," says Randy Gatlin from Turtle Point Yacht & CC... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From the desk of GCM
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Go ahead. Just ask Karen Rumohr what her future holds. "I'll be a superintendent," she says. You have got to love that attitude, don't you? Rumohr is the only female among the 50 assistant superintendents here at the Green Start... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From the desk of GCM
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GCM contributor Carol Rau had several assistants writing fast and furious this morning at the Green Start Academy. Those who are anxious, eager and hungry to take that next step in their careers intently listened to her words, advice for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From the desk of GCM
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Assistant golf course superintendent Trevor Thorp landed the first prize handed out today at the ninth annual Green Start Academy. Insider's knowledge helped. When Canadian superintendent Chris Dew asked attendees if they knew the name of the bright red stocking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Bryan Stromme, regional director of agronomy at Billy Casper Golf, asked attendees at the Green Start Academy to raise their hands if they have a checkbook. Stromme was one of few ... very few ... to raise their hand. That... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Be sure they are clear in their role. Be sure they know they can succeed. Ask them what they want from their job. Give and get feedback. Those are a few ways to keep the right people on your golf... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The ninth annual Green Start Academy begins today in North Carolina. An education and networking experience for 50 assistant superintendents that focuses on professional development, the event is a joint collaboration by John Deere Golf and Bayer Environmental Science. Tonight,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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What do Jim Ferrin and Sam Samuelson have in common besides being certified golf course superintendents and co-owners of Turf Eco-Logic Consultants? They share GCSAA’s 2014 Leo Feser Award. Ferrin (far left) and Samuelson were chosen to receive the award,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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David S. Moote, who was GCSAA president in 1964, died Oct. 5. He was 85. When he became president in 1964, Moote was the youngest GCSAA president in history (35). He also was the third Canadian to hold the post.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Baltusrol Golf Club joined elite company. This week, Baltusrol became only the fourth golf facility to achieve National Historic Landmark status. The others: Pinehurst; Merion Golf Club; and Oakmont Country Club. Past GCSAA president Mark Kuhns, CGCS, is director of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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As much as anyone, Frank Lamphier Jr. helped save and resurrect the GCSAA National Championship & Golf Classic. Today, he is being mourned. Lamphier passed away last Wednesday. Lamphier, 80, died at his home in Vermont. In 2013, Lamphier was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The Ryder Cup may be about to happen overseas, but America's team will take its best shot(s) on surfaces that have been aided by their own country's turf products. The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minn., has provided equipment and irrigation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Neither Rickie Fowler nor Rory McIlroy were present yesterday in the heartland, but their task this week is similar to what some Kansas State University students attempted. As Fowler, McIlroy and some other pretty familiar names get busy tomorrow in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that DuPont, maker of Imprelis, will pay more than $1.8 million in a settlement for penalties to resolve alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The settlement states that DuPont... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Ultradwarf bermudagass isn't the only thing that is new at Pinehurst No. 2. Bob Farren, CGCS, director of golf course and grounds at Pinehurst, tells GCM that two personnel changes have occurred. Kevin Robinson, CGCS, has been promoted from superintendent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Editor's note: The following is a news release provided for GCM. Bayer CropScience Accepting Applications for the Second Annual Plant Health Scholarship Program Two superintendents will each be awarded $2,500 to advance education in plant health RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Roger Meier already has his marching orders when the 96th PGA Championship is scheduled to conclude later today at Valhalla Golf Club. "I told Roger, 'Let's get it back to life for the members.' I know he and his staff... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The hole story: Fans got to pick the hole location for No. 16 tomorrow in the final round of the PGA Championship. Below is the official announcement from the results that were just released, courtesy of the PGA of America.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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A perk of hosting a major championship includes rubbing elbows with golf legends. Valhalla Golf Club superintendent Roger Meier got the chance to go beyond a simple meet-and-greet with arguably the greatest player of all time. Jack Nicklaus designed Valhalla,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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As Jason Newman approaches his 20-year anniversary at Valhalla Golf Club, he won't tell you that he has been around long enough to know it all. "I do enjoy being stumped occasionally," says Newman, who serves as equipment manager at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Following a delay, they are playing golf again this morning at the PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club superintendent Roger Meier's staff helped ensure it. That, however, was no small task. His crew was able to mow, roll greens and fairways... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Yes, that was an old fashioned push broom being used to smooth bunkers at the PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club superintendent Roger Meier decided to give that method a try recently. At first he had his crew experiment with push... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Patty Reedy looks all around her and sees plenty of familiar faces. It was designed to be that way. Reedy is superintendent for the South Course at Los Angeles Country Club, which right now for her is more than halfway... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM