Lawrence, Kan. (Oct. 18, 2016) – Membership engagement and growth, advocacy efforts and an upcoming best management practices guide were among the key topics of the 2016 Chapter Delegates Meeting. The 82 delegates from 84 chapters also heard from nominees for the 2017 GCSAA Board of Directors. The two-day meeting, held Oct. 11-12 in Kansas City, Mo., and at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., also offered delegates the chance to discuss issues and provide input in small group sessions and during a "town hall" session.
While one third of attendees were first-time delegates, many of the veteran delegates return for the opportunity to make a difference for the association and profession.
"It's good to come and meet new people," said Sean Wilson, CGCS at The Club at Falcon Point and delegate for the South Texas GCSA. "You feel like you are truly a part of changing things for the better."
For five-time delegate T.A. Barker, CGCS at Fore Lakes Golf Course and a member of the Intermountain GCSA, the annual delegates meeting allows him to hear about the different challenges and the common concerns superintendents face around the country.
"We are all a family," Barker said. "We come here facing different issues, but we are a family and we come together to help each other out."
The event opened with updates from GCSAA President Peter J. Grass, CGCS, and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans, as well as check presentations to chapters that participated in Rounds 4 Research in 2016. The second day offered staff presentations on key initiatives, including:
The business portion of the delegates meeting concluded with presentations from and breakout sessions with the candidates for the 2017 board. The election will take place on Feb. 9 at the GCSAA Annual Meeting in Orlando.
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president's signature achievements for boosting wages.
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, agreed with 21 states and a coalition of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that the rule is unlawful and granted their motion for a nationwide injunction. It was to take effect Dec. 1.
The rule would have doubled to $47,500 the maximum salary a worker can earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay.
The states and business groups claimed in lawsuits filed in September that were later consolidated that the drastic increase in the salary threshold was arbitrary.
Mazzant, who was appointed by President Obama, held that the rule runs counter to the federal law that governs who is eligible for overtime. The law does not allow the Labor Department to determine eligibility based only on salary levels, Mazzant said.
The 2016 Annual Meeting was held October 3rd at AJ Jolly Golf Course in Alexandria, Kentucky. President Tony Dierkers gave a brief rundown of the affairs of the association over the past year. Financially the association is in very good shape with the current bank and investment balances being in line with the past 10 years. At the meeting the 2 Board Trustee spots that were being vacated by President Dierkers and 3-year commercial representative Jeff Helvie of Harells needed to be filled. Those in attendance elected Jason Brown of Century Equipment to become the commercial representative. Filling the other trustee spot will be T.J. Collins of The World of Golf. Thanks to both of these gentlemen for stepping up to serve the association. The newly elected Board convened to nominate the officers of the board. Tim Mason of AJ Jolly was unanimously elected to be President for the upcoming year. Tim Kelly of Weatherington CC was pegged to serve as Vice President and Steve Ohl will continue as Secretary Treasurer.
At the conclusion of ‘official’ business, Greg Guynan was introduced to present the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees. Greg, whom had a very personal connection with this year’s inductees provided interesting recollections and information on all 4 of the inductees and their contribution to the profession. This year’s class included Jim Glazier, Cal Gruber, Dick Craig and Marion Mendenhall. The Hall Of Fame committee is headed up by Sean Walters and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank him yet again. I hope he and the rest of the committee realize how much their efforts are appreciated.
We were fortunate enough to have Mike Mendenhall, son of Marion, on hand to accept on behalf of his father. What this professional organization was on the local level and what it can be was evident in his gratitude for this honor. Listening to Mike talk it became apparent why attendance at the local meetings is important. Through this interaction and discussion with your peers, you get the best ideas on what can help you in both your professional and personal lives.
Following the annual meeting and lunch the attendees headed out for 18 holes of golf with a cash skins game. There were 7 skins out with Jeff Helvie and Tony Weaver each winning 2 skins with Scott DeLand, Tim Glynn and Sean Walter winning one each. Thanks to Harry Helsel for running the game.
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"For the love of the game"
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September 2016: Fast-Track Aeration
When labor is in short supply and time is limited, having the right tools for a major maintenance operation, such as core aeration, is crucial. Here are three ways golf facilities use specialized equipment to fast track aeration.
September 2016: Mega-Thatch
Creeping bentgrass fairways have the potential for excessive thatch accumulation where cool, wet weather during the growing season inhibits the natural microbial decomposition of organic matter.
August 2016: Sneaky Wilt
A break in the weather after a long stretch of heat and high humidity may spell relief for golfers, but a breezy day of mild temperatures and low humidity can cause considerable stress on a weak, shallow-rooted Poa annua putting surface.
August 2016: Break The Annual Cycle Of Traffic Damage
Some weak areas manage to fly under the radar during mild weather, but they become an eyesore when heat and high humidity arrive.
Another successful golf outing; this time at Miami Whitewater Forest! Thank you to host Superintendent, Andy Grau!
Affiliate Winners = John Mowat (73) & David Stang (82)
Superintendent Winners = Dan Francis (75) & Harry Murrison (86)
Skins Winners = Chris Shane, John Mowat, Harry Helsel & Scott Papania
Congratulations to the 2016 GCGCSA Scholarship Winners!
Charlie Tadge Service Award Scholarship - Alex Kincaid
Alex is a senior at Ball State University majoring in magazine journalism and minoring in political science and women's and gender studies. She was a senior editor for the award-winning, student-run magazine Ball Bearings for the 2015-2016 academic year. This year, she will serve as the magazine's editor-in-chief. Alex is spending her summer in Indianapolis where she is a fellow with Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Award was accepted by her father.
Marion Mendenhall Scholarship - Andrew Miller
Andrew is in his second year of the Rutgers University Professional Golf Turf Management program. He is currently an intern at Hyde Park Golf & Country Club. Andrew is heavily involved within the community and frequently serves at homeless shelters in downtown Cincinnati.
Howard Dammel Scholarship - Kinsey Brown
Kinsey Brown is a 4.0 student in the Turfgrass Management Technologies program at Cincinnati State. After working in social work for nearly five years, she decided to switch career paths and go into Turfgrass Management to work on golf courses. Kinsey is exceptionally grateful for the opportunity this scholarship allows.
Ohio’s five affiliated chapters of the GCSAA have combined to partner with FOX Sports Ohio’s popular golf show, The Golf Zone with Jimmy Hanlin, to highlight the role of the golf course superintendent.
The collaborative effort was made possible by the GCSAA’s outreach grant, where matching funds are available for programs focused on increasing awareness of the superintendent profession. The Golf Zone airs live from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm on FOX Sports Ohio and is accessible to 5.4 million subscribers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York.
This Sunday, May 22, the new segment titled, The Superintendent Report, will make its debut and will continue every Sunday through October. In the first episode, GCSAA director and superintendent at Westfield Country Club, Mark Jordan will appear in studio to discuss his recent visit to Washington D.C. for National Golf Day as well as Ohio Turfgrass Week which is May 22-29.
Over the next 20 weeks, the segment will be utilized to promote the golf course superintendent, the environmental benefits of golf courses, unique locations and much more. Guests will appear live in studio, by phone or in some cases, segments will be pre-recorded to give viewers an inside look at the role of the golf course superintendent.
Thanks to Jeff Reich and the team at TPC River's Bend for hosting our recent chapter event. A special thank you also to Jerry Lemons for providing us with tips to maintain quality bunkers on our courses.
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