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The United States Golf Association (USGA), in partnership with American Express, invites golfers to participate in its second PLAY9 Day tomorrow. PLAY9 Day is an effort to rally golf industry stakeholders, facilities and golfers around the nine-hole round as a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From the desk of GCM
Golf icons Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino are collaborating for the first time on one golf course design. According to a news release sent to GCM, the proposed mountain course in West Virginia, with dramatic elevation... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From the desk of GCM
The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced sites for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 U.S. Open Championships via video on usga.org, naming The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club and Pinehurst Resort & Country... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
As a young boy, Alex Kicklighter struggled with leukemia. For a short time, Alex’s ill health even took his father, Hampton, away from his profession as a golf course superintendent. Today, however, Alex’s leukemia is in remission and his father... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
Jay Karen has been named CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). Formerly Director of Partner Relations and Membership of the NGCOA from 1997 to 2007, Karen returns to lead the organization that represents more than 3,000 member... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
The 2015 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program to support turfgrass studies, managed by the Environmental Institute For Golf (EIFG), sold more than 670 rounds and yielded more than $112,500 in its June online auction. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Dr. Jacqueline Applegate was appointed head of Bayer’s Environmental Science division. Most recently, Applegate was Senior Bayer representative and Bayer CropScience Country Head Australia and New Zealand. Applegate, who also becomes a member of the Bayer CropScience Executive Committee, is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Murray Calhoun knows the golf course at the Country Club of Columbus (Ga.) like the back of his hand. The 71-year-old member plays the Donald Ross-designed course three times a week, and he appreciates the work of superintendent William Smith.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Members of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GGCSA) have completed the latest phase of what is now a “first-class sports complex” for boys in the state’s foster care system. The sports complex at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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This will be one Father's Day that Josh Lewis and Eric Johnson probably will remember forever. Although both men (Lewis as superintendent and Johnson as director of agronomy) are rather busy today preparing Chambers Bay for the final round of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Renee Mitchell is back. The key word here is back. Mitchell is thrilled to be back at Chambers Bay as part of the grounds crew, which is doing its best to make the golf course that is hosting the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Of course the University of Oregon took a look at Darak Bigler. Bigler, after all, was 6-feet-1, 300 pounds, and a football force to be reckoned with at tiny Mullan, Idaho, High School in the mid-1990s. Mullan High was an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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As Bruce Murray carries on a conversation with a friend near the maintenance facility, director of golf Nicholas Pike cruises past in a golf car and shouts, "How are you doing, Mr. Chambers Bay?" Murray smiles. Actually, he seems a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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The Greek life takes on new meaning for grounds crew volunteers at Chambers Bay. More than 100 of them who are here for the U.S. Open are being housed at fraternity houses and a sorority house at the University of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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There were neither tears nor sense of relief for Chambers Bay superintendent Josh Lewis. Pride? You bet. When the first tee ball was struck this morning here in the opening round of the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Lewis... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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The art of preparation may have reached new levels at Chambers Bay. You all probably know by now that the 115th U.S. Open starts here tomorrow along Puget Sound in University Place, Wash. You also probably are very well aware... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Mark Braegelmann was at the height of his career with a large manufacturing firm in Tacoma. He was a plant manager in charge of 45 employees. But, at age 65 and after 45 years with the company, he gave his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Steve Henninger, meet Phil Mickelson. Henninger works on the Chambers Bay grounds staff, which is kind of busy this week. The U.S. Open has something to do with it. Anyway, Henninger (pictured) was repairing a stair in a bunker on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Rosie Odle is an original. Actually, she is so much more than that, Chambers Bay superintendent Josh Lewis believes. "She's the glue," Lewis says. Odle may not rake bunkers, mow greens or fill divots this week during the 115th U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Thomas Tannehill didn’t consider Phil Mickelson his favorite golfer. Until today. That is when he learned that the two shared the same birthday. Mickelson turned 45. Tannehill turned 25. “He might be my favorite player now,” said Tannehill, who is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Mike Davis, executive director for the USGA, visited the golf course maintenance facility on Monday and told the grounds staff and all of the 170 volunteers that they already had the Chambers Bay golf course in championship shape for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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The golf course grounds crew at Chambers Bay and Bandon Dunes are knitted together by more than the tight fine fescue grass that permeates the two nationally acclaimed golf destinations. There is a common bond among some staff members that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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On the verge of this monumental occasion, Eric Johnson fondly recalls two relatives that helped shape him for it. Johnson serves as director of agronomy at Chambers Bay, which is the center of the golfing universe this week. The golf... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Seated at a desk that looks like they were doing the nightly news, Mike Davis and Robert Trent Jones Jr. definitely were informative here this afternoon. Davis, executive director of the USGA and Jones, an architect who helped shape Chambers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Jerry Holcomb won’t win the U.S. Open this week at Chambers Bay, but he will play a big part in how the golf course plays and the condition it is in for the top players who will tackle the links... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at From the desk of GCM