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John J. O’Keefe, CGCS, became GCSAA’s 79th president at the association’s annual meeting today in San Antonio. “It’s a pleasure to serve you; now it’s time to get to work,” said O’Keefe, who is the director of golf course management... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Altogether, Steve Tyler, the national sales manager for Standard Golf, and David Slater, the owner of Plant Marvel, can claim 96 years of attendance at GCSAA's national trade show. Tyler, 67, remembers the first of his 48 consecutive years at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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News flash: managing turfgrass through the winter can be murder. Think back no farther than the winter of 2013-2014 and you get the picture: The perp? The Polar Vortex that stormed in and dipped as far south as the transition... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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More than 100 superintendents hit the road yesterday to take a look at the zoysia breeding and growing operation at Bladerunner Farms in Poteet, Texas. Later in the day, the three-bus road show moved to the Golf Club of Texas... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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It's not often that an employee's departure from staff at GCSAA headquarters is such a combination of bitter and sweet as that of Penny Mitchell, Sr. Manager, Certification. Penny, who has been with the association in some capacity for 28... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
Paul L. Carter, CGCS, has been selected to receive GCSAA's 2015 President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. Carter, who has been the superintendent at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Tenn., for the last 13 years, will accept the award Feb. 25... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
GCSAA learned yesterday that the EPA has granted its request for the extension of the end-use date for fenamiphos (Nemacur/Bayer). Golf course superintendents will now have until Oct. 6, 2017, to use existing stocks of Nemacur, an organophosphate-class chemical, which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 262-152 Tuesday to pass H.R. 5078, a bill to prohibit the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to almost any body of water in the U.S. GCSAA provided strong... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Bentgrass’s days are numbered on the greens at Pinehurst No. 2. Just nine days after the last ball drops into the last hole at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, June 9-22 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, the famed No.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Matt Ceplo, CGCS at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill, N.Y., and the winner of GCSAA's 2013 President's Award for Environmental Stewardship, has been elected as a member of the board of directors of Audubon International. He succeeds Dan Dinelli, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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GCSAA elected Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, (pictured at right in photo) as its president for 2014 at the association's annual meeting today. Ihms, who is the director of grounds maintenance at the Country Club of Little Rock (Ark.), received the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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It was only 1 p.m. on Day 1 of the Golf Industry Show, and the gigantic signature wall in The Toro Co.'s trade show booth already appeared to be nearly filled in with the names and well-wishes of its customers.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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The Irrigation Association's " Soil Moisture for Turf" event yesterday morning at the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show opened with a request for a show of hands from superintendents who are already using sensors at their facility. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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For Merion Country Club's Matt Shaffer (pictured), the good news was that his club wanted him to build a new, modern maintenance facility to replace the, well, less-than-beautiful setup adjacent to the members' parking lot. The bad news was the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Three superintendent "sore spots" — selling yourself, selling your budget, finishing your projects — were the timely topics of this morning's "Time to Talk Business: Communication and Leadership Skills for Superintendent Success" presentation. It's not always all about agronomics, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
By Dec. 1, 2013, employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the Safety Data Sheets (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDS). GCSAA's Aug. 22 live webcast, "Hazard Communication, the Globally Harmonized System... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
GCM just heard from one of its recent superintendent authors. Brian J. Stiehler, CGCS at Highlands (N.C.) Country Club, has filed as a candidate for mayor of Highlands in the upcoming November election. Stiehler, who is a 16-year member of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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GCSAA elected Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, as its president for 2013 at the association's annual meeting today. Finlen, who is the director of golf maintenance operations at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, received the gavel from 2012 GCSAA President... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
Emotions were running high as recipients of GCSAA's top awards stepped up to the podium at this morning's Opening Session, presented in partnership with Syngenta. One by one, the winners choked up as they thanked their families, friends and colleagues.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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"I'm just going to come out and say it. It's a man's world. That's the bottom line." This was five-year GCSAA member Renee Geyer's opening salvo during her presentation at this morning's Innovative Superintendents Session, and the audience -- 99.5... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
Perhaps no one has said it better than The Toro Co.'s Van Cline, Ph.D., who told the audience of superintendents assembled for this morning's "What the Tech? Technology Solutions for Your Turf" session, "In this industry, we work with some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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Everybody knows that movie stars have fan clubs. But Matt Ceplo, CGCS, has a fan club of his own that includes at least one star of film, television and stage: Aidan Quinn. The actor, who is currently featured as NYPD... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
GCM received word today that Audubon International, which administers the popular cooperative sanctuary program for golf courses, has named Ryan Aylesworth as the new executive director. AI says that Aylesworth will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day administration, budget, human resources... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at From the desk of GCM
Surely more than one GCM reader out there has fantasized about abandoning the stress and costly rigamarole involved in planning a wedding in favor of eloping to Las Vegas? GCSAA 2011 Watson Fellow Lindsey Hoffman took the chance to live... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at From the desk of GCM
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Sandy Queen, CGCS, manager of golf course operations for the city of Overland Park, Kan., became the association's 2012 president at the annual meeting and election today at the conclusion of the 2012 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at From the desk of GCM