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Tiger Woods has quite a history at Pinehurst Resort, where those folks along with the rest of the world wait and see whether he will be there in June. Woods, recovering from a microdisectomy for a pinched nerve in his... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From the desk of GCM
GCSAA President Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, did not have to go too far to find his next job. Ihms, who was elected the association's 78th president in March, has accepted a job as golf course maintenance manager at Bella Vista... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Sixty days ago, Gary Lezak had a pretty strong feeling this would happen today at the Masters. Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, closed the course mid-morning today for the remainder of the day during the practice round... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Before getting down to business this morning on the second day of the annual Spring Meetings of the GCSAA Board of Directors, they took a few moments to celebrate one of their own. Darren J. Davis, a member of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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In multiple ways, the golf course that once participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am rotation no longer exists. No, Poppy Hills never left. You could say, though, that it is back. The restored and renovated version of Poppy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The ongoing battle between Sharp Park Golf Course and environmentalists continued this week. Sharp Park prevailed in the latest encounter. Construction enhancements that include a new frog breeding pond, native plant restoration area, moving a golf cart path from a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Pinehurst technician Arlindo Lagunas Nambo vows to be absent Saturday of the men's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Vows is the operative word. Lagunas Nambo will be exchanging vows on June 14 of the championship with Maria De Las... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Torrey Pines landed another U.S. Open. The United States Golf Association (USGA) made it official today. Torrey Pines, site of the 2021 U.S. Open, last hosted the event in 2008 when an injured Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The PGA of America announced today that it has formed a 10-person team to develop and evaluate innovative concepts to drive participation in golf. Called the PGA Task Force, which will include golfer/TV analyst Dottie Pepper and Olympic ski standout... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation has had quite a week. It announced today that it received checks for $10,000 each from the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association and Georgia State Golf Association. The Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation is the philanthropic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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After hopping on his motorcycle with golf clubs in tow to make a several-hundred-miles journey from Illinois to Florida, veteran golf course superintendent Tom Robinson never got the opportunity to win the GCSAA Golf Championship on the 10-year anniversary of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Dr. Paul Rieke is being inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, it was announced today. Rieke, 79 and Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University since 1999 and affiliated with the university since 1960, is generally regarded as the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The GCSAA put a bow on this year's Golf Industry Show this evening but not until one last grand hurrah. This final act gave many of those in attendance a chance to kick up their feet, enjoy a beverage and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Ron Jaworski was part of the golf course management industry even before he was under center in a Super Bowl. Jaworski purchased Abington Club in Jenkintown, Pa., in 1979. A year later, Jaworski's football career reached its pinnacle. Jaworski, perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The GCSAA Golf Industry Show Opening Session feature a variety of emotional responses. Example: Laughter. It was supplied by Old Tom Morris Award recipient Annika Sorenstam. In her Q and A with Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman in front of a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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This is unprecedented in the history of John Deere Golf. Tomorrow, the world will see why. John Deere Golf, which has been around for more than two decades, announced today that it is rolling out its largest product launch ever.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The future of golf in Spain is in Orlando. The journey already has begun for Fernando Exposito Munoz, here this week at the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show. After taking seven courses in the fall to complete his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Plenty of informative, insightful nuggets could be mined this morning during the GCSAA education session titled "Innovative Superintendents: Cutting-Edge Idea from Your Peers." If you were not part of the packed house that showed up to hear it in person,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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As he drove up to work Dec. 1 at Orchard Hills Golf Club in Newnan, Ga., Craig Ketelsen, CGCS, witnessed something more than a tad unsettling. It was a For Sale sign. That experience alone made Ketelsen a perfect panel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Apparently nothing could stop Michael Wallace, CGCS, from coming to Orlando for the Golf Industry Show. The man, after all, has a history of not allowing something to sidetrack him for very long. Twice in the 1990s, Wallace lost election... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Kelly Parkins won't lie. She admits the possibility of Cal Poly Pomona walking away this week with the championship in the 20th Annual Collegiate Turf Bowl presented in partnership with John Deere Golf that begins here Thursday at the Golf... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Much is being made these days of the upcoming 50th anniversary when four lads from England best known as the Beatles made their U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964. In more modern times, there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Editor's note: This is an extended version of work that appears in the February issue of GCM. Billy Casper Golf may not look the same anymore. That’s by design. The company expanded its reach in 2013 by creating a new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
When golf returns to the Olympics in 2016, Neil Cleverly has the honor of preparing the course for the world's finest players. Cleverly, a 15-year GCSAA International Superintendent Member, was chosen to be the superintendent of the golf course that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Valent U.S.A. Corporation and Nufarm Americas Inc. announced today that Valent entered into an agreement that appoints Nufarm as the exclusive distributor of its branded products for professional turf, ornamental and aquatic uses in the U.S. The deal becomes effective... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at From the desk of GCM