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GCSAA Class A superintendent Chip Caswell did not know Alan Dufur. It didn't take very long, though, for Dufur to find out what Caswell is all about. Caswell, who works at Gamble Sands in Brewster, Wash., was among the first... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From the desk of GCM
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It remains to be seen if Tiger Woods repeats at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in the British Open. Toro, on the other hand, seems to be a sure bet there every year. The 18-hole Hoylake course, site of the ongoing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
A Florida-based The First Tee program that counts a GCSAA member and his staff as their groundskeepers will see one of their own on TV tomorrow. Emily Valentine, a youth who participates in The First Tee at the Palm Beaches,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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This year marks the 40th anniversary that GCSAA headquarters chose Lawrence, Kan., as its permanent home. In 1974, GCSAA headquarters moved into a building at Alvamar Golf Club. In 1991, GCSAA built a larger place for its employees, approximately one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The first phase of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program showed a 7 percent increase compared to one year ago. GCSAA announced today that more than 600 rounds of golf were sold during the online auction from June 9-22,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
GCSAA superintendent Kevin Teahan's schedule just got a whole lot busier. Teahan, 4-year GCSAA member, works at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, where a major announcement came down 24 hours ago. The PGA of America, the PGA Tour and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Koch Agronomic Services, LLC, an affiliate of Koch Fertilizer, LLC, announced today it finalized the acquisition of the turf and ornamental assets, brands and product technologies of Agrium Advanced Technologies, a former business unit of Agrium Inc. Terms of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Maybe it is appropriate that a company in Missouri is getting such a kick out of the World Cup. Redexim, with offices in Fenton, Mo., is in the shadow of St. Louis, long considered a soccer hotbed. As the most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
If you think they are taking what probably should be a well deserved breather at Pinehurst No. 2, erase that thought. The break in the action is on hold. For a while. Now that they have hosted back-to-back major championships,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Like several others in his profession, Bob Farren, CGCS, is the son of a superintendent. In his role now, Farren kind of sounds like the proud father of nine superintendents. Pinehurst, which is in the midst of hosting unprecedented back-to-back... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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No. 1-ranked Stacy Lewis was among those who had issues about holding the women's U.S. Open on the same course the following week after the men played their U.S. Open championship. Lewis' main worry had nothing to do with wiregrass,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The inaugural recipient of GCM's Most Valuable Technician Award is in the house at the women's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Ramon Salas isn't here to work. He is here to watch his daughter work. Salas is on hand... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Pinehurst No. 2's Kevin Robinson, CGCS, could go down in history as being unlike any superintendent we have ever known. Unless the USGA changes its scheduling policy down the road, Robinson may be the only superintendent who ever got to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Alan Owen looked at his watch. Smiled. When work gets done on time, it brings a certain satisfaction. Today, it was imperative work got done on time. Owen, assistant superintendent at Pinehurst No. 2, said at 6:35 a.m. that preparation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Frogmore stew. Corn muffins. New Orleans bread pudding with bourbon butter glaze. That, my friends, is on the menu as the grounds course staff and volunteers partake in what amounts to their last supper on the eve of the Women's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The golf course grounds maintenance department at Pinehurst No. 2 doesn't need to pat themselves on the back. The USGA and a multi U.S. Open champion did the honors today in that department. During a news conference in the Media... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Kirk Adkins definitely falls into the it's-never-too-late category. Adkins (pictured) is a 53-year-old spray technician at Pinehurst No. 2. He is part of a crew that is preparing the golf course for this week's women's U.S. Open that starts tomorrow.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
For those of you who are old enough to remember the movie "10" starring Bo Derek, chances are you must be at least 40-something. Today, the world's No. 1 female player, Stacy Lewis, served up her own rating of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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In between back-to-back U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2, Arlindo Lagunas Nambo vowed to be with the love of his life. So he got married. That's right. Last Saturday, while the third round of the men's U.S. Open was playing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Dustin Bucher spent his pre-Pinehurst No. 2 years as a snowboard instructor. Nowadays, his job is simply being a proud papa. Well, kind of. Bucher, a spray technician (pictured), is overseeing a handful of the greens at Pinehurst No. 2,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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In no way is Danielle Kang the official spokesperson for the LPGA, but she certainly delivered a solid endorsement for Pinehurst No. 2's Bob Farren, CGCS, and Kevin Robinson, CGCS, and their staff and volunteers. "The course is in great... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The first time Brad Brooks stepped onto the hallowed ground of Pinehurst No. 2, he needed a coat instead of sunscreen, which is a necessity today. "When I was 11 or 12 I played in the old Donald Ross junior... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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One week down. One week to go. No time to relax. There is too much at stake. Take a deep breath, Pinehurst No. 2 golf course grounds crew. Round 2, so to speak, of this groundbreaking effort is underway. Pinehurst... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Those who can do some nifty things with their feet are under the microscope beginning today. Jacobsen is thrilled to have a hand in it. If there ever was a global interest in a sport, arguably this is it. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
If he were alive, Didier Primat probably would have endorsed Rounds 4 Research. Primat, a French-born billionaire, purchased land in 1977 in southwest Virginia that was available when a developer’s housing plan crumbled. An outdoorsman at heart, Primat proved to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM