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Roger Meier already has his marching orders when the 96th PGA Championship is scheduled to conclude later today at Valhalla Golf Club. "I told Roger, 'Let's get it back to life for the members.' I know he and his staff... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The hole story: Fans got to pick the hole location for No. 16 tomorrow in the final round of the PGA Championship. Below is the official announcement from the results that were just released, courtesy of the PGA of America.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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A perk of hosting a major championship includes rubbing elbows with golf legends. Valhalla Golf Club superintendent Roger Meier got the chance to go beyond a simple meet-and-greet with arguably the greatest player of all time. Jack Nicklaus designed Valhalla,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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As Jason Newman approaches his 20-year anniversary at Valhalla Golf Club, he won't tell you that he has been around long enough to know it all. "I do enjoy being stumped occasionally," says Newman, who serves as equipment manager at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Following a delay, they are playing golf again this morning at the PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club superintendent Roger Meier's staff helped ensure it. That, however, was no small task. His crew was able to mow, roll greens and fairways... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Yes, that was an old fashioned push broom being used to smooth bunkers at the PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club superintendent Roger Meier decided to give that method a try recently. At first he had his crew experiment with push... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Patty Reedy looks all around her and sees plenty of familiar faces. It was designed to be that way. Reedy is superintendent for the South Course at Los Angeles Country Club, which right now for her is more than halfway... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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While his friends are at school today, 12-year-old Ryan Meier probably is enjoying his assignment more than they are. Meier gets to tag along as his father, golf course superintendent Roger Meier, oversees his very first major championship as the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Superintendent Roger Meier gathered his crew and volunteers for their Mexican-themed supper a few minutes ago. In time, they will get busy. Speaking of time, something extremely important is about to go down on their watch. It is the eve... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The Habich family has deep roots in Louisville, Ky. Chris Habich certainly is well established at the city's famed golf course. Habich, 33, is the lead assistant superintendent at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. If anyone knows Valhalla, or Louisville... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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They have quite a view from their perch that overlooks the No. 8 green at Valhalla Golf Club. Superintendent Roger Meier's crew and volunteers can catch glimpses of players hitting into the eighth green and stick around to watch them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Jason Sperring's home in Bardstown, Ky., is a 60-minute drive to Valhalla Golf Club. So you can imagine what it is like for him this week to walk 60 seconds to his office. "It's nice to get up and already... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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You can have a hand in the final round of the upcoming PGA Championship. For the second year in a row, golf fans can pick the hole location on No. 16 come Sunday of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Is something really bugging you at your golf course? If so, somebody wants to see it. WageningenUR, a university and research center based in The Netherlands, launched a worldwide search to find odd-looking bugs that they ask you snap an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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 Jul 25, 2014 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