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The USGA today announced several major changes in its Green Section department. Effective Dec. 1, the Green Section regions will be realigned, reducing the current eight regions to four. In the news release from the USGA, the realignment is "to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From the desk of GCM
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Dr. Charles Sifford, the first African American PGA member to successfully break through racial barriers and compete professionally on the PGA Tour, is being awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 24 by Barack Obama. The award is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From the desk of GCM
Interested in Bayer's Plant Health Academy? The application process is now open. Twelve superintendents will be selected to attend the academy in 2015. Below is the news release from Bayer, including how to apply: RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Nov. 11,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Pinehurst No. 2 has received Golf Digest's 2014 Green Star Award for outstanding environmental practices. Host of both the women and men's U.S. Opens in June, Pinehurst No. 2 earned the honor because it has "implemented water reduction programs in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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David Feherty is back. Feherty, the often hilarious TV golf commentator for CBS and The Golf Channel, is the scheduled featured speaker for the Golf Industry Show Closing Celebration presented in partnership with John Deere Golf. The event takes place... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Forty turfgrass schools responded to a GCM survey that appears in the November issue of the magazine along with a feature story about the state of turfgrass schools throughout the U.S. The schools were asked to respond to a variety... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The only superintendent to have hosted a men's U.S. Open championship in Georgia is among three men who are being inducted into the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Hall of Fame. Bobby McGee, who passed away in 2005, prepared Atlanta Athletic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Mike Fabrizio, CGCS, is receiving the highest honor bestowed by the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association. Fabrizio, a 30-year member of GCSAA from Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., is being presented with the Distinguished Service Award. A past president... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Legendary writer and author Dan Jenkins is the recipient of the 2015 Old Tom Morris Award from the GCSAA. Jenkins, 84, is one of only a handful of writers who has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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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 Oct 24, 2014 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 Oct 21, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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