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While area golfers will soon enjoy a long Labor Day weekend on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, they will be helping flood victims in Louisiana. From Sat., Sept. 3 through Mon., Sept. 5, the RTJ Golf Trail will donate... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From the desk of GCM
At The Toro Company, water efficiency is a top priority. This is demonstrated by the company’s commitment to developing water-efficient products, expanding education outreach, and strengthening partnerships around the world. To help further awareness in water use efficiency, and support... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Olympic Golf Course superintendent Neil Cleverly hopes for an encore. As women get set to begin play tomorrow in their quest to win a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Cleverly says it would be wonderful to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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United Kingdom native Gary Walters feels as if he won a gold medal. As a volunteer for superintendent Neil Cleverly's crew that is taking care of the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Walters told GCM by phone this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Spencer Cox has an excused absence from his job. It doesn't mean, though, that he isn't working. And what a place to be doing some work. Cox, assistant superintendent at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, is in Rio de... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
John Deere announced today an extension of its commitment to The First Tee, the non-profit youth development organization that uses golf to teach life and leadership skills to young people. Deere’s support from 2017 through 2021 will focus on community... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Former Old Tom Morris Award recipient Annika Sorenstam, 10-time major winner and part owner of Capillary Concrete, has purchased a 50 percent stake in the company, significantly increasing her financial commitment. An investor since January 2015, Sorenstam officially acquired her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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For Jim Devaney and Nick Alley, it is business as usual on the Upper Course at Baltusrol Golf Club. Even if big business is happening on that other course at the New Jersey property. On the Upper Course, they are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Basil Lowell is getting an up-close view of what his life will be like one year from now. An assistant superintendent at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Lowell is on the volunteer crew at Baltusrol Golf Club for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Paul Dawson and Kane Pedler come from opposite ends of Australia, but they have a couple of things in common. Paul Dawson (left) and Kane Pedler First, they both are taking online education from Ohio State. Second, they are volunteers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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For golf fans, “Beef” is the nickname of Englishman Andrew Johnston, who begins his first round at 12:35 p.m. Thursday in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. But, for the grounds staff at the club, “Beef”... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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A mere mile separates Chris Carson and Mark Kuhns. Yet these two veteran superintendents, deeply devoted to their profession, rarely cross paths. One of those rare occasions occurred midweek during the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club when Carson, who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Geissy Felix Curet was one of the top baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic. But his hopes of playing Major League Baseball all but vanished in a motorcycle accident on Feb. 27, 2007, just a week before he was to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Janet and Mark Kuhns Janet and Mark Kuhns are a good team. Both at home and in the office. Janet has been the office manager at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., since shortly after her husband Mark took the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Kenny Meals arrives later than a midnight snack and before breakfast. As equipment manager at Baltusrol Golf Club, Meals' plate is really full this week. With the PGA Championship on site, Meals is staying until 10 at night and getting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Ian Kunesch Ian Kunesch calls himself a superintendent-owner. He always knew that he wanted to own his own business, but he could never walk away from the occupation that brought him the most joy and satisfaction. That is why the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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It only took major champion Jason Day’s thoughtfulness to get Rich Krok interested in playing golf. Rich (left) and Rick Krok The 15-year-old high school freshman remembers the day. And Day. “I was filling divots at The Barclays Championship a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Dan Kilpatrick planned to major in Political Science. Instead, he found his major calling at Baltusrol Golf Club. Dan Kilpatrick Kilpatrick's story begins north the border. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Kilpatrick dropped the political science possibility once he landed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Ken Kubik (left) and Mark Kuhns They first met 23 years ago. On a golf course, of course. Mark Kuhns, CGCS, was the superintendent at Oakmont Country Club. Ken Kubik was, and still is, CEO, of Grass Roots Inc. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Vanja Drasler has already made her mark as the only female head golf course superintendent in Slovenia. Now she is closing in on her “Superintendent’s Slam.” Mark Kuhns (right) and Vanja Drasler A former intern for Mark Kuhns, CGCS (who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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The 2017 U.S. Open is a year away, but John Jacques is already thinking about what it will take to pull off the first U.S. Open ever held in Wisconsin. Jacques is the young associate superintendent at Erin Hills Golf... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Ryan Avery Ryan Avery can be excused if his mind wanders during the most important week of his young work career. The 30-year-old Avery is in his third year as assistant superintendent on the Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Mark Fry of the United Kingdom gets his second chance at a PGA Championship. Fry is here at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., for this week's PGA Championship. How excited is he for the opportunity? "Absolutely over the moon,"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Mark Kuhns, CGCS, has assembled quite a crew to be on hand at the center of the golfing universe. Welcome to Baltusrol Golf Club here in Springfield, N.J. This week, the 98th PGA Championship is on the docket, the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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He made it. GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans (center, in black outfit) topped out right where he wanted to be early Thursday morning: At the summit of Mt. Rainier in Washington state. If you're counting, that's 14,410 feet. "There are certain... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at From the desk of GCM