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The Heart of America GCSA is doing its part to make a difference in the Kansas City area. On Nov. 15, chapter members went to Harris Park to help spruce up an area in Midtown, where Chris Harris is leading... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at From the desk of GCM
The PGA of America has announced it will contribute $100,000 over the next three years to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to support the work of the of the GCSAA. “We believe in the good work that golf course... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
Longtime turfgrass science professors Nick Christians, Ph.D., and Patricia Vittum, Ph.D., along with Brent Wadsworth, whose company has built more than 850 golf courses, have been selected to receive 2017 Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Awards from the GCSAA. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Florida Gateway College dedicated a monument Nov. 4 in recognition for 48 years of the golf and landscape programs on campus. The Golf Course Operations program developed a national and international reputation, and many alumni are still in states throughout... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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The significance of Veterans Day is highly visible where GCSAA Class A superintendent Steve Whipple works. At West Point (N.Y.) Golf Course, the granite tee markers on each hole feature a battle or conflict. For example, No. 1 depicts the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
Kathy Hauff is in her seventh year as the golf course superintendent at Eastermoreland Golf Course in Portland, Ore. She was named 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Golf Association, but in February she will attend her first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the comedic television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” will bring their improvisational style to the final day of the 2017 Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando, Feb. 4 through 9. GCSAA, host... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
Jacobsen will close its Charlotte, N.C., operations and move those functions to Textron's facilities in Augusta, Ga., according to a filing with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, as reported in a North Carolina Business News Wire story that appeared... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Scott Hamm, CGCS, started his job six months ago at Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C. In that time, he already has encountered a tropical storm and a hurricane named Matthew. Hurricane Matthew devastated five states along the southeastern... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Thomas Wheeler served in the military. He worked in a factory. Then he read the want ads. Sixteen years later, answering that want ad continues to pay off. Wheeler landed the job for that want ad as assistant mechanic at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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When the Ryder Cup comes to France for the first time in history, it will feature a Spanish flair. GCSAA International Superintendent Member Alejandro Reyes, from Almeria, Spain, oversees Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. The Albatros golf course there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Travis Fritsma was barely a teen-ager when it was announced in 2004 that Whistling Straits would host the 2020 Ryder Cup. Now 25, and if all goes as he hopes, Fritsma will have worked on the grounds crew at a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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When Rick Olson told people about his golf course experiences years ago at The Toro Company, it probably wasn't what they expected to hear. Nothing about birdies or bogeys. Nothing about which club he used on a particular hole. Nothing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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In a 24-hour period, Chris Tritabaugh has become even more popular. Based on his twitter handle, @ct_turf, the Hazeltine National superintendent added 135 followers, raising his total to 7,842 followers as of mid-afternoon Friday. Some of it may have to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Arguably nobody can compare homecomings with Jeff Schmidt this week. Schmidt grew up no more than a few fairways in length from Hazeltine National Golf Club. He served as an intern there for two years beginning in 1997, then worked... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Her country put in a bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup, but it was denied. That didn’t stop Sweden’s Boel Sandstrom, though, from participating in a Ryder Cup. You can find her here at Hazeltine National Golf Club as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Few people know this, but the Ryder Cup competition started more than a week ago. Hazeltine National Golf Club superintendent Chris Tritabaugh's staff and volunteers have developed their very own Ryder Cup scenario. It was initiated when the U.S. staff... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Tyler MacKenzie did not grant his father's wish to bypass this industry. That's the same father who used some of the proceeds from a business he launched to pay for part of Tyler's college tuition. The same father who shares... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Happy anniversary, Chris and Lindsay Tritabaugh. Today marks their 10th wedding anniversary. They will spend part of the day together at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Chris, you see, is a tad busy, helping prepare the course for this event you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Eddie the border collie chased geese and squirrels. He loved to run. And quite a run he had. A four-legged feature in the grounds department at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Eddie the border collie was there in 2002 for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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Mike "Red" Graves is a lot less red now. Graves, assistant superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club, donated nearly 14 inches of his red hair today for a worthwhile cause (above is the new look; below is the old look).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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All of these superintendents here in Minnesota for the Ryder Cup are honoring the son of a superintendent in their own special way. You may know that son best as The King. Legend Arnold Palmer, who passed away Sunday, is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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You should have heard the roars at Hazeltine National Golf Club. People took images on their phones. Others cheered. Some even looked a bit startled, inquisitive, here in Chaska, Minn., where something really big is happening this week. This long,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
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The Palm Beach Golf Course Superintendents Association has donated $5,000 to support the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. The gift boosts the Palm Beach GCSA to the Executive Club giving level, recognizing lifetime EIFG... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
Editor's note: This was submitted by Melanie Bonds, executive director, Alabama GCSA In 1992 the Alabama GCSA, a professional organization of golf course superintendents and others in the golf industry, decided they wanted to “give something back.” They established the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at From the desk of GCM