2017 - First Edition
York Golf Club
J.T. Thompson, Superintendent
Official Newsletter of MVGCSA and COGCSA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Green Velvet Sod Farms
SiteOne Landscape Supply
Lake Erie Golf Cars
Advanced Turf Solutions
Target Specialty Products
The Hill Company
Reynolds Golf & Turf
Great Lakes Turf
Course & Club Golf Outfitters
Bold indicates partners of both chapters
3 GCSAA LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM RECAP
6 A MORNING DRIVE TO PUT YOUR MIND AT EASE
7 LOCAL COMPANY, BIG STAGE (Advertorial)
9 UPCOMING EVENTS
10 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
11 CHAPTER UPDATES
12 MVGCSA SCHOLARSHIP OUTING
13 GLENN B. HUDSON SCHOLARSHIP OUTING
14 MEET MARCO
15 THE ROLE OF THE DELEGATE
GCSAA LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM RECAP
- Brian Laurent
Continued on next page...
Old Tom Morris greets visitors to the home of the GCSAA in Lawrence, Kansas.
Written by Matt Doran
COGCSA Vice President
This past March, I had the opportunity to visit the GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas for the Chapter Leader/Executive Symposium with our Chapter Executive, Brian Laurent.
The symposium is designed to provide leadership training, development, and support to chapters. It also highlights the programs and services available to the chapters through GCSAA, and provides an opportunity for chapter leaders and executives to network with their peers from around the country.
The entire event was a great experience from start to finish. The accommodations and travel plans were precisely organized by GCSAA’s, Leanne Cooper, and the two days of presenters were inspiring and motivating.
Day one began at full speed with a welcome from GCSAA’s CEO, Rhett Evans. In addition to his thoughts on leadership, Rhett introduced us to, “Admiral McRaven’s Keys to Leadership and Success.” If you have not already watched Admiral McRaven’s commencement address to the University of Texas, I strongly recommend you do. You may even find it worth sharing with your management team and or staff.
Throughout the two-day session, we were also introduced to many of the other integral people within the GCSAA staff. Like, Shelia Finney, Chava McKeel, and of course, Steve Randall; all names which we are all familiar with, but it was even better to meet them in person to hear their accountants of serving our association first hand.
The two days of presenters were highlighted by a keynote speech by Paul Long on “Fundamism”. As described by Paul, fundamism is a leadership style which encompasses a fun and optimistic approach.
My take-away from his presentation was that to be successful with personal, departmental, or organizational goals, you have to make them visible. Meaning that you need to announce and explain your goals to others so that you can be held accountable.
As with most things in our industry, there was more to my stay in Kansas than just sitting in a classroom or behind a desk. Part of the program was to tour the GCSAA headquarters, in short, I underestimated everything that goes into making our association a success.
The building was packed with busy offices and people willing to share about their roles and projects. Amazingly only a few weeks removed from the 2017 GIS in Orlando, a team was diligently planning the trade show floor for next year’s GIS in San Antonio.
We also had several round-table sessions and presentations by a few of the chapter executives which gave us the opportunity to share successes and failures experienced within our chapters.
Although many of our struggles are similar, I learned that there is more than one way to try to improve our chapter, and in the end, it always starts with strategic planning.
In closing, I’d like to thank Brian Laurent for encouraging me to attend and securing me a position for the symposium.
I took a lot of valuable things away from the trip, not only for my chapter, but for my facility and my personal self as well. I met a lot of great people over the three-day event (even reconnected with a former colleague…it only took a day and a half to recognize each other).
I also learned that Brian is held in high regard amongst his chapter executive peers along with the GCSAA staff, and that we are very fortunate to have him as Central Ohio’s GCSA executive.
If you find yourself on the board of directors for COGCSA, or any of the other chapters, and you have the opportunity to attend this event, I highly recommend it. Or if you happen to be passing through Kansas and have a few free hours, I encourage you to visit GCSAA’s headquarters.
You will be warmly welcomed by the staff and not be disappointed by the tour and interaction you have with the people that make our industry’s association well worth being a part of.
Paul Long of Kansas City, MO brings his message of Fundamism to GCSAA headquarters.
Leadership Symposium Recap continued...
GCSAA headquarters features historical items dating back to the beginning of the organization and the profession.
A pre-dawn tour of a golf course can yield valuable information to help plan the day's maintenance schedule. Utility vehicles can be easily modified with high-intensity LED lights that transform night into day, making it much safer to navigate a golf course before sunrise.
Here are just a few of the valuable observations that can be made during an early morning scouting session:
As average nighttime temperatures and humidity increase, so does the potential for disease activity. The mycelium of fungal diseases like dollar spot and Pythium blight are fairly easy to see early in the morning when there is dew on the turf.
There is cause for concern if you hear water splashing under your vehicle tires and it did not rain the previous night. The most likely source is an irrigation system malfunction, such as a leaky pipe or a sprinkler that failed to rotate or turn off.
A patchy dew pattern across a green or fairway is easy to see at dawn because of the low sun angle. Inconsistent dew is often associated with the early development of localized dry spots.
A drive at dawn after a windy or stormy night is especially helpful at heavily wooded courses to assess how much debris cleanup is necessary before mowing operations and play can commence.
Most scouting sessions will be fairly routine, but some may yield a few surprises that will significantly impact the day’s maintenance plan. For example, turning a corner to find a family of skunks foraging for grubs can have a major impact on your day.
A MORNING DRIVE TO PUT YOUR MIND AT EASE
Written by Zachary Nicoludis, United States Golf Association
Article originally featured in the Green Section Record
LOCAL COMPANY, BIG STAGE
Written by Will Haskett
Did you know the best golf flags
come from right here in Ohio?
When Justin Rose tapped in for an historic win as Olympic gold medalist in the summer of 2016, nobody was looking at what was in the hands of his caddy, Mark Fulcher, standing nearby. Nobody, except for Mike Grabeman of Course & Club Golf Outfitters. He recognized the 14x20 white nylon rectangle from a hemisphere away. The 18th hole flag was one of his.
Like thousands of courses around the world, Course & Club Golf Outfitters supplies many of the unique products that give courses and tournaments their edge.
“Believe me, we use those samples when we go out,” Grabeman says. “When you are holding our flag and looking at our flag, and then you look at our competitor, you can absolutely tell whose flags are whose.”
Born from the spinoff of a housing developer, the company has evolved from a custom signage company to a one-stop shop for golf courses, fields and parks when it comes to unique accents, including a primary supplier of flags to most major golfing events. It has taken less than a decade to reach the top. The recession was a big motivator.
“Our customers were all closing and the private courses started going out of business,” Grabeman said. “We branched out at that point.”
How does a company evolve in the face of a financial crisis? The economics were as simple as a supply and demand chart. Course & Club Golf Outfitters found the demand and became the best at meeting it. “Nobody had any money to spend,” Grabeman remembers. “We picked a couple of areas that were absolutely necessary. You can’t go year to year without buying something.”
Bunker rakes and flags became their signature products, ones that courses around the country could not live without on an annual basis. Once survival was assured, being the best became the next charge.
Course & Club Golf Outfitters pride themselves in customer service and quality control. With only three full-time staff members (there are more representatives in the field) that manage thousands of clients throughout the country, the company committed to no advertising. Mike and his team have grown thanks to relationships and reputation. That includes partnering with associations, like the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, to promote the business.
“What we made sure was our products lasted longer and looked better than our competition,” Grabeman said. “And when you call, you get the same person.”
Excitement is buzzing over a new product that allows clients to grow and maintain grass in inhospitable areas. It’s a crossover to benefit the turf industry in a variety of ways far greater than aesthetics. It’s also another example of a small company continuing to stay relevant and helpful.
“We are always looking for new ideas,” Grabeman adds. They will survive.
Made of DuPont "SolarMax" material known for its UV protection
Durable single piece molded plastic tube prevents top breakage
Tube, grommet and soft tube mounting styles available
All edges are double-needled, lock stitched with outdoor thread to prevent puckering
Corners are over sewn five times to prevent fraying
Thanks to Course & Club Golf Outfitters for providing our chapters with custom flags in 2017!
FIELD DAY & OPEN HOUSE
A new look to an established event
SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTING
Tartan Fields Golf Club
SUMMER STRESS BUSTER
Casual gathering at J's on Lake Voss!
HICKORY HILLS GOLF CLUB
Speaker: Pat Jones, GCI Magazine
DISEASE DAY (NEW EVENT!)
Learn about Joe & Todd's research
DETAILS COMING SOON
Golf and gun/bow raffle drawing
Registration coming soon!
The relaxing atmosphere at J's is sure to re-charge you for the rest of the season!
Pat Jones brings his opinions and data to the July 10th COGCSA meeting!
Written by Zach Wike, Beavercreek Golf Club
GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador
Bee City USA at WPAFB
Recently, Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton celebrated becoming the first military instillation nationwide to be declared a Bee City USA. They held a pollinator expo with over 30 booths devoted to pollinator health. This event made its way into the national news.
EPA Head Praises Great Lakes Program
Scott Pruitt, director of the US EPA, is not on board to cut programs that directly affect the Great Lakes. Pruitt defended programs created to protect the Great Lakes from harmful algae blooms, Asian carp, and overall efforts to protect drinking water.
On Thursday, June 15, he testified before the House Appropriations Committee in an effort to save these programs from being cut from the Administration’s budget. These Federally funded projects play a big role in protecting Lake Erie and improving drinking water for much of the State.
Around the Nation
EPA Extends Timeline on Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule
The EPA recently announced that they will be delaying, for the third time this year, the implementation of a rule that would require states to tighten their standards for issuing licenses to pesticide applicators.
The main rule changes would require applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides to be at least 18 years of age, along with specialized license requirements for fumigant and aerial application methods. For a summary of changes when the rule goes into effect, click here. This rule, which was finalized in January 2017, will not go into effect until May 2018.
Central Ohio Receives an Outreach Grant
Miami Valley Earns Nearly $1,000 from Rounds 4 Research
The Central Ohio GCSA applied for and received approval for a chapter outreach grant to create, produce and distribute photo books highlighting golf courses of central Ohio. The final product would serve as a "coffee table book" which will be sold online and through other distribution channels such as member facilities and other retail outlets.
The book will serve as a way to promote our industry while showing the beautiful landscapes of central Ohio golf courses.
The GCSAA raised more than $219,000 to fund important projects to support our future through the Rounds 4 Research auction.
Locally, the Miami Valley GCSAA earned $770.40 from the auction. Special thanks to the following courses who donated rounds to the auction:
Country Club of the North
Shelby Oaks Golf Club
Springfield Country Club
Golf Club at Yankee Trace
Special thanks to Mike Gafjken and Zach Wike for hosting us!
MVGCSA Scholarship Outing at
Beavercreek Golf Club
Putting Contest Winner
GLENN B. HUDSON SCHOLARSHIP TOURNAMENT
Thanks to Chris Haunty and the staff at the Lakes Golf & Country Club for hosting us!
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Meet Marco, member of the turf team at NCR Country Club. Marco's primary role at the club is as to keep moral high among the crew, but he also check's bluebird boxes, samples dew and serves as a greeter for staff and members.
Like many course dogs, Marco loves his role! In fact, each morning, he will spin and bark out of excitement for several minutes as he heads out of the shop with the crew.
Golf Course: NCR Country Club
Dog Breed: Bracco Italiano
Age: 2 years
Favorite Treat: Bill's Donuts
THE ROLE OF THE DELEGATE
Written by Shane Conroy, GCSAA
With the GCSAA Chapter Delegates Meeting coming up in a few short months, I thought this would be a good time to provide everyone with further information regarding the meeting’s activities.
The Chapter Delegates Meeting takes place each fall at the Hilton Kansas City Airport, and at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas. Representatives at the meeting include one voting member from GCSAA-affiliated chapters, the GCSAA Board of Directors, GCSAA board candidates, GCSAA department leaders, as well as select staff. The role of the delegate is to represent the opinions of their chapter. This can be on a variety of matters, including key programs and initiatives affecting the industry, GCSAA and its members, or topics related to the individual chapter.
Along with the Delegates Meeting, this also rings in the new election year. Each delegate has the opportunity to meet GCSAA board candidates, and discuss their campaign platforms in small group, and individual settings. All affiliated chapters must comply with GCSAA’s affiliation agreement, which Section IV.G states:
‘A Chapter representative shall attend the annual Chapter Delegates meeting unless otherwise approved by the Chapter Relations Committee. If an affiliated chapter fails to send a representative, who is a member of the chapter, to the Chapter Delegates Meeting for two consecutive years, the chapter delegate’s right to vote at the next annual meeting shall be suspended. A letter will be sent to all eligible voting members of the chapter, notifying them that their chapter lost its privilege to vote on behalf of its members at the annual meeting.’
This has not been an issue with either the COGCSA or MVGCSA, as each chapter has had regular representation at the meeting each year. Responsibilities of the chapter delegate are widespread and include the following:
Meet with your predecessor to learn about the roles and responsibilities of the chapter delegate
Identify and use the most effective methods for communicating information with your chapter leaders and members throughout the year. Examples include: presentations at chapter meetings and events, newsletter articles, website postings and/or special e-mail communications.
If you are a first time delegate, it is important for you to participate in a chapter delegate webcast and/or orientation session to help acclimate yourself to your role as chapter delegate.
Openly express your chapter members’ viewpoints and ideas during the meeting discussions. Meet the GCSAA board candidates, ask questions and take that information back to your chapter.
Synthesize the information learned at the Chapter Delegates Meeting and present it in a concise format to chapter leaders and members. You may wish to print an article provided by GCSAA in your chapter’s publication that captures the outcomes of the meeting. GCSAA also provides full meeting outcomes for your reference.
Participate actively on the delegates listserve throughout the year and share the views and concerns of your chapter’s leaders and members with GCSAA board members or staff.
Along with attending the Chapter Delegates Meeting itself, the delegate is also responsible for voting in the election at GCSAA’s Annual Meeting, held each year at the Golf Industry Show.
GCSAA voting members will elect a new association president, vice president, secretary/treasurer and directors at the meeting. The offices of president, vice president and secretary/treasurer are one-year terms, whereas the directors serve two-year terms.
Other voting items may include bylaw amendments, which require a two-thirds majority vote, and proposed dues increase where a majority vote is required to pass.
One of the most important roles of the delegate is to ensure each chapter’s voting roster is up-to-date. This can be done by working with myself and GCSAA’s Sr. Manager of Chapter Services, Leann Cooper. While working with us, you will be able to make additions/deletions to your roster, and determine who is on file as your voting delegate and alternate.
All GCSAA Class A, B, AA, A-Retired and B-Retired in good standing are eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting. GCSAA Bylaws specify that any GCSAA voting member has the choice of casting a ballot in one of the following ways:
By proxy (vote cast by another individual member)
With affiliated chapter (vote cast by chapter delegate as part of the chapter voting block)
Please make sure you check your voting status, and determine if you are voting individually, or with your affiliated chapter.
If your voting status is set to individual, and you do not attend the Annual Meeting, please ensure you update your voting status to be part of your affiliated chapter.
As always. If you have any questions on anything related with the association or industry, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Best of luck as the season continues.
TIm Dunn, Zanesville Country Club
Ryan D'Autremont, Dayton Country Club
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