VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 / SUMMER 2016
Official Newsletter of MVGCSA and COGCSA
2016 is turning into a great year for COGCSA! From the Memorial Tournament and US Open Qualifiers to the Upcoming US Senior Open and the Nationwide Children’s Championship. Not to mention all of the local tournaments held at facilities across the region. Congratulations our Superintendents, their staff and the businesses that support them. All of that hard work makes this a great community to be a part of!
Help Central Ohio win the Chapter Challenge and please join us at the Wee One Foundation outing held on June 20th at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club. DON’T WAIT - put together a team or register as an individual. For more information on the Wee One Foundation and how it has impacted superintendents, go to www.Ohiochapters.org. And while you’re there, don’t forget to register!
The Superintendents Report featured on Golf Zone has goten off to a great start! A big thank you to Brian Laurant for his time and effort in making The Superintendents Report a success. Also thank you to Mark Jordan, Dr. Karl Danneberger and Luke Cella for their time in the studio. I really enjoy the reports and know that it is helping golfers better understand what we do. Tune into the Golf Zone on Sunday nights at 8:00pm each week for new segments.
Get more information about topics covered in The Superintendents Reports and see what’s happening around our industry by visiting our website at www.COGCSA.org. While you’re there, fill out the Equipment Managers Info Sheet. It is located under the Forms menu option. Collecting this information will not only help build our database, but it is the first step in getting equipment managers more involved in COGCSA and promote more networking for their specialty.
Also on our website is a link to OPARR’s newsletters. This is an excellent resource if you want to learn more about the issues state legislators are working on that directly impacts our industry and facilities.
Hope to see you at future events and have a great summer!
Summer is here, whether we like it or not! I hope everyone had a productive Spring and have prepared yourselves for some good, old-fashioned summer heat! I know I haven’t! I know we are all really busy this time of year, so I’ll keep this message as succinct at possible.
By now, you’ve probably heard that the MVGCSA, along with the other Ohio Chapters, were able to secure a GCSAA outreach grant to purchase air time on a local golf program on Fox Sports Ohio. The grant is intended to help local chapters spread the word about the golf course superintendents’ profession and some of the good things that we do. Thanks to Brian Laurent and his team, we were able to reserve air time on the Fox Sports Ohio program “The Golf Zone with Jimmy Hanlin”. The Ohio Chapters have their own segment on the show titled “The Superintendent Report”. Each week we will have a different topic and will try to cover as much about our profession and how we impact the golf industry as we can. We have a committee established to come up with ideas for our segment, but we are always looking for any ideas that you think the general public might like to know about what we do or what we have accomplished. So if you would like to see an idea on the show, let Brian or I know and we will pass it on.
The show airs Sunday nights from 8:00 to 10:00 PM on the Fox Sports Ohio channel. It is estimated to reach 5.4 million viewers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New York.
I would like to give a big “Thank You” to Brian and the team at Propel for getting this accomplished! It’s going to be a great tool to shine a positive light on all that we do for the golfing community. Well done!
Finally, I just want to remind everyone of the remaining events we have planned for this summer.
On June 20th is the Ohio GCSAA Wee One Foundation Fundraiser at Wedgewood Country Club.
I encourage all of you to participate in this event. It should be a good time and it’s for a great cause. Even if you can’t make it for golf, please consider making a donation. Everything we can get will help!
On July 14th we will have our next Golf Event at Beavercreek Golf Club.
If you need to get away from your course for a while, which I’m sure you will by then, you can join us and talk about all of your problems! It’s good therapy!
Then on August 24, we will have another golf event at Yankee Trace. Yet another reason to escape your place for a while and solve all of your problems!
Detailed information and registration for these events can be found on the website.
I hope to see you at these events. May your summer be filled with cool temperatures and healthy turf!
Thanks for your time and participation.
TAKING A LOOK BACK
- Brian Laurent
I've grown up
It's been a major
part of my life.
TO LOOK FORWARD
An introduction to the Propel Solutions team
It is with gratitude and excitement that I’m writing you today. Myself and the rest of the team at Propel Solutions, are elated to have the opportunity to work with the board, members and partners of the Greater Cincinnati GCSA, Central Ohio GCSA and continue our work with the Miami Valley GCSA.
The turf community, especially the golf course side of it, is extremely special to me. My passion for the industry goes well beyond just having been involved with the management of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation for several years. I’ve grown up within this community. It’s been a major part of my life.
My father is a golf course superintendent. When I
say that this industry has given me everything that I have, I truly mean it! Some of my favorite childhood memories are rooted in turf (no pun intended).
My dad has always loved golf. He and my mother grew up in a small town in northeast Indiana where he worked on the local public course, Decatur Golf Club (now Cross Creek Golf Club). Decatur had an owner that served as superintendent from 5 am until 1 pm and then Class A PGA professional until dark. The owner, Luke Majorki, instilled an incredible work ethic within my father, and others that worked for him.
When my brother and I were born, my dad had left the golf industry to run his own drywall and painting business. It didn’t take him long to realize something was missing…he missed being on the course. So with the support of my mother, dad went off to Penn State to get his two-year turf degree, leaving mom who was a school teacher, home with six and four year old boys!
The sacrifice paid off! Dad was back in the industry he loved and he reached great heights within the profession, culminating in hosting multiple major championships.
Our family vacations revolved around wherever the Golf Industry Show was that year. While there, we would walk the floor and I would get to know some of his colleagues from around the country inclduding Mr. Mark Kuhns, Mr. Frank Dobie, Mr. Tim Moraghan and countless others!
I would hear stories about Dr. Duich, Dr. Watschke and some of the industry’s leading researchers and educators. I witnessed site visits from these individuals and began to understand the importance of having such resources available to the industry.
So why tell you all of this? Because these experiences have all shaped the values and philosophies that guide the way we manage our associations.
Our industry is much stronger when individuals and organizations embrace the following ideals that were subconsciously engrained into my belief system growing up:
Our ability to produce and exceed expectations is enhanced when we seek the advice from and work in conjunction with others.
I truly believe the day you stop learning is the
day you stop living. Breakthroughs in tools, technology and techniques happen every day
and can make an incredible impact in our lives
at work and at home.
Relationships make the world go ‘round, and it’s especially true in our industry! While there are many new tools out there to keep people informed (and I’m a huge believer in the use of those tools!), there’s no substitute for creating personal connections with your peers.
Though you may call someone a “friend” on social media, do you think someone you’ve had one or two conversations with online will let you borrow a fairway mower if yours breaks down?
Most in our industry have fully embraced the concept of creating new methods and products. I’m constantly amazed at the home-made tools that I see during my travels…these are products of identifying a problem and creating your own solution.
Along those lines, we strive to embrace and promote innovation, whether that means promoting the latest research or utilizing new technology to tell a story.
Sometimes failure is simply not trying. Understanding and accepting that to make a difference, sometimes you need to step outside of your comfort zone and give it a shot.
I thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your community and look forward to providing you with value for your investment in the association. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact our team.
Best wishes for a successful season!
Brian J Laurent
Association Advancement Director
Propel Solutions, LLC
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THE PROPEL SOLUTIONS TEAM
Office & Accounting
Programs & Membership
MVGCSA Golf Gathering
2800 New Germany Trebein Rd.
Beaver Creek, OH 45431
$30/golfer - food and beverage on your own
Available Tee Times: 9:00am
9:30am To register, please visit www.miamivalleygcsa.org
at Beavercreek Golf Club
Like the superintendent profession, the role of the equipment manager has evolved over recent years. Equipment managers play a crucial role in the golf course management team, and are vital to the success of the facility. With equipment technology changing and greater demand than ever from golfers for tournament quality conditions, it’s important for equipment managers to be up-to-date with the latest trends, techniques and education, and GCSAA is helping to do just that.
By offering an equipment manager classification within GCSAA, we are providing equipment managers all the value and benefits that come along with GCSAA membership. Creating a GCSAA equipment manager classification helps give the profession an identity within the association, and gives the equipment manager the resources available to perform their job at the highest level.
We all know the benefits of proper networking within our profession. Communicating with industry professionals gives us access to information and insight from some of the best in the business. Equipment managers have numerous responsibilities at their facilities: training employees, creating equipment budgets, communicating with vendors and forecasting future equipment needs are only a few of these tasks. With these responsibilities and more, it’s important for equipment managers to have access to proper networking opportunities. GCSAA allows the EM to reach out to other equipment managers in their area, but also gives them access to receive information from EMs across the nation. Not only will this benefit the EM in his day-to-day operation, it will benefit the entire facility and staff.
There are multiple education programs available for equipment managers through GCSAA. Webcasts, video links, GIS sessions and seminars are all available to GCSAA members. There are also certificate programs available to equipment managers which gives them access to the highest level of education. These certificate programs cover seven different areas: hydraulics, electrical, internal combustion, drivelines, chemical sprayers, cutting units and metal fabrication. EMs can earn their certificates by completing the courses and successfully passing the exam. Equipment managers also have access to the soft skill education programs GCSAA offers as well. Since many EMs are responsible for creating budgets and training employees, it’s important they have the proper training in business development, HR, and people management, all of which is offered through GCSAA.
Having an equipment manager involved in GCSAA will help streamline communication between equipment managers, the superintendent and the staff. The daily needs of the superintendent coincide with functioning equipment, working together on this effort saves multiple resources such as time and money. Having an EM who is tuned into what is happening on the golf course, and understands the art and science of maintaining the property will only benefit all involved. GCSAA membership allows the EM to better understand your role and demands as a superintendent, and in turn, gives you information on some of the issues and concerns the EM faces each season.
Superintendents, assistants and equipment managers have long been the back-bone of a successful golf course management operation. Adding your EM to GCSAA will provide more synergy and efficiency to all parties involved.
By Shane Conroy, GCSAA Field Staff
On May 18, 2016, the US Department of Labor released a new rule pertaining to overtime pay and salaried employees. Under current law, businesses are exempt from paying white-collar employees overtime as long as their salary is above $23,660. The new rule, which goes into effect December 1, 2016, will increase the salary threshold to $47,476. Employers will have several options in which they can be in compliance. First, employers can increase the salaried employee’s wage to at least $47,476. If employers choose not to do this, they may keep salaried employees below the new threshold and limit hours to 40 hours per week or less, or pay time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40. Employers may also choose to reclassify an employee from a salaried position to an hourly position.
The turf industry will see a dramatic impact under this new rule. Most entry-level to mid-management positions will be affected. Businesses need to take action now to ensure that they will be in compliance by December 1, 2016. It is estimated that roughly 4.2 million workers in the US and 134,000 in Ohio will be impacted by the new overtime rule. For more information, please visit the US Department of Labor website here.
Sunday July 17th
Voss Beach & Tiki House
6299 Cheshire Rd.
Galena, OH 43021
Schedule of Events
7:00am = Start
10:00am-2:00pm = Entertainment
12:00pm = Lunch
Join your peers for a British Open Viewing Party at the Voss Beach & Tiki House! Please bring your
beverage of choice and a side dish or dessert to share. COGCSA will provide main course.
The British Open will be shown throughout the day in the tiki house Stay for an hour or all day!
No registration required.
COGCSA BRITISH OPEN VIEWING PARTY
1-800 NO SWEAT
Thank you to Ryan D'Autremont, host Superintendent, event sponsors and all the golfers who participated in the May 31st Education & Golf event at Dayton Country Club.
Guest speaker Pat Jones, Publisher/Editorial Director for
Golf Course Industry Magazine, discussed his outlook for tomorrow's industry at the morning education session.
Then it was time to enjoy the beautiful course in a
challenging 6-6-6 style round of golf!
Congratulations to Terry Taylor and Justin Cron for winning
Register now for the next event on 7/14 at www.miamivalleygcsa.org.
MVGCSA Outing at
Dayton Country Club
The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) issue has been a hot topic in the
golf industry over the past year.
The issue has been talked about
at great length, but many superintendents are left wondering what they need to do. First, to be clear, WOTUS is not a new law. Rather, it is new rule, or definition, within the Clean Water Act of 1972. The U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers changed the definition of a WOTUS to “provide greater clarification” while protecting water quality.
In Ohio, golf course superintendents are currently covered by Ohio EPA General Permit OHG870001 that may provide coverage for the application of a pesticide to target a pest that is present in, over or near a WOTUS. As long as pesticide applications are covered by this permit, no additional permits or reporting is required. For most golf courses in the state of Ohio, all routine pesticide applications are likely covered. Superintendents should read through the General Permit OHG870001 and refresh their memory going into the new season. In addition, they need to evaluate their property to make note of any new areas that are considered to be a WOTUS under the new federal rule. The criteria of a WOTUS are:
Traditional navigable waters
Impoundments of otherwise jurisdictional waters
Enumerated regional feature with a significant nexus
Waters in the 100-year floodplain or within 4000 feet of a WOTUS with a significant nexus
The new WOTUS rule went into effect on August 28, 2015. However, a nation-wide stay was issued on the implementation of this rule shortly after it went into effect. On February 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit decided that it had jurisdiction and that it is the proper court to review the merits of the Clean Water Act. Additional updates will follow upon the ruling within the courts. Should you have any questions or concerns, please send me an email.
Need to Know
COGCSA Outing at
Thanks to Kyle Frederick, host Superintendent, and all the golfers who participated in the May 17th Education & Golf Outing at Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Club.
Attendees started the day with a presentation about from
Dr. David Gardner, Ohio State University. It ended with a
win from Team Century Equipment!
Join us at the Voss's for our next COGCSA gathering on July 17th! For info, visit www.centralohiogcsa.org.