The GREEN Breeze
An official publication of
Greater Cincinnati GCSA
President's Message 3
Upcoming Events 5
Message from the Editor 6
Scholarship Tournament 7
Hall of Fame Taylor Boyd 10
Association news 11
Results from Four Bridges 12
GCSAA roundup 13
Ohio Wee One 14
Useful links 15
Board of Trustees 16
Inside this Edition
I hope during my tenure as president that I don't need to utilize this column as a means to complain about the weather we are enduring every time. But so far this year we have had 80 degree days in February and frost delays in May. And now recently we have been experiencing rain events after rain events that have already challenged many of a crew to keep up with mowing schedules. My only real concern is mother nature tends to average herself out over the year so I wonder if a dry summer is in store for us; but lets worry about that situation if it arises.
Instead let us turn our attention to our next event planned June 5th at Kenwood Country Club. Kenwood Country Club has graciously agreed to host our annual scholarship and research fundraiser tournament, and we are looking forward to raising money for these worthwhile endeavors. I would encourage every member to try and attend this event, and if possible to secure a donation for the raffle after the round. Donations could be anything from golf equipment, rounds of golf, tickets to sporting events to even services or products from vendors.
I also would like to thank Joel Hanlon and his staff at Four Bridges CC for the great meeting they hosted for us in April. The insect education was beneficial and the golf course was a great test for our opening event of the year. I will say it was Tony's idea to play the ball down and thus my score suffered from some nasty lies. But all kidding aside, it was impressive the shape of the course was in that early in the season.
Appreciation should also be given for Century Equipment in their hosting of our 1st Equipment Managers meeting in April also. My EM commented how reassuring it was to hear how many of his daily practices were be done correctly and how he could improve on other things. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of this free event and strengthened your staff with this informative event.
In closing I hope to see everyone June 5th at Kenwood CC, and hopefully this rain will stop long enough for us to get back into a regular schedule.
Speaking of the weather and Kenwood CC this is dear departed Denny Warner getting his truck pulled out of the mud!!
Research and Scholarship Outing June 5th at Kenwood Country Club
Ohio Chapter State Championship benifitting the Wee One Foundation
June 12th at Oakhurst Country Club
On the Road
July 10th at Wildwood Country Club
Date TBD Ohio Valley Hops Farm Tour
OTF Research Field Day
Message From the Administrator
Just one of the many challenges we face every year as an association is finding superintendents and courses willing to host an event. There are a handful of courses who repeatedly step up and host time and time again, to all those courses and superintendents we are very thankful. If it wasn't for the generous few we would be conducting are meetings at the local driving range monthly.
If you never hosted or haven't in awhile, please volunteer to do so. What is holding you back? Worried that you will be judged harshly by your peers? That's nonsense, the entire point of our association is to help support each other through our knowledge and experience. Similar to serving on the Board, you only need to do it once. Unlike serving on the Board hosting only takes 1 day.
We are still in need of 2 additional hosts for this year. Please, please, please contact me and let me know that you will host a meeting, even if it is for 2018 or 2019.
The association is most effective when everyone participates. Sharing your knowledge, experience, and techniques with each other is how we elevate the experience for each other and our clientèle.
Scholarship Host Course
During the summer of 1929, after a long decade of unparalleled stock market advances, a group of 11 members of the downtown Cincinnati Club eagerly decided to create a golfing country club. The committee considered several tracts of land and called in Mr. Donald Ross, an outstanding golf architect with a national reputation, to review and give a written report as to his first choice in location. The committee, lead by Edward J. Hoff, Kenwood’s first president, soon acquired 341 acres of farmland northeast of the city. Soon after the initial purchase an additional amount of land was added to the club’s present course, which totals 482 acres.
One of the nation’s leading golf course architects of that era, Mr. William H. Diddel of Indianapolis, was soon engaged to lay out the original 36 holes. Mr. W. Taylor Boyd accompanied him to Cincinnati to supervise the work and stayed on to become one of only 4 golf course superintendents in our club’s history.
There are over 4,400 country clubs in the United States. Kenwood Country Club is one of only 39 clubs that is over 75 years of age and has 36 holes. Kenwood is one of only 20 of that group that has hosted a major national tournament. In 1963, Kenwood Country Club hosted the U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
Kenwood 's Agronomy department is led by Kent Turner. Kent began his tenure at Kenwood after the passing of superintendent Denny Warner in 2014. Kent Turner was born in Canton, Ohio and began working in the golf industry in high school. Working on the grounds crew through high school, and then in college, he decided that being a Golf Course Superintendent was the career to pursue. After graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Botany, he was offered a Superintendent’s job at Arrowhead Country Club, in North Canton, Ohio.
Prior to a career in the Turf Grass Industry, Kent spent 8 years in the United States Navy Reserves as a Construction Electrician. The skills he acquired in the military are those he uses on the golf course today.
In August 1999, Kent moved to Brookside Country Club, in Canton, Ohio as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. He accepted the Superintendent’s position in 2007.
When Kent arrived at Kenwood in 2014, the Club was in the process of installing a new range, short game practice facility, and 3 new golf holes. The work continues with course upgrades in cart paths, irrigation, and general course maintenance.
In his spare time, Kent enjoys spending time with his wife, Carolyn and 2 children, Andrew (17) and Abbey (13). He is also an avid fisherman, runner, and hockey fan. His 3-year old German Shorthair Pointer, Crosby, is often seen running the course herding geese away from fairways and greens.
Kent acknowledges that none of this would be possible without the dedication of the crew working for him. These include assistants Tim Glynn and Scott Phillips, foreman Mike Glynn, irrigation technicians Barry Marksberry and Bill Moyer, mechanics Kevin Obert and Wayne Catron, and spray technician Kinsey Brown, winner of last years Howard Dammel scholarship.
To register as a sponsor for the tournament or to play just go to GCGCSA.org or click on the link to download the trifold and send your registration in to:
P.O. Box 144
Maineville , Ohio 45309
HOF - Taylor Boyd
Taylor was an Indiana native who, at the age of 30, relocated to Cincinnati to oversee the construction of Kenwood Country Club. The year was 1929. Taylor recalled that there were as many as 800 men on the work site at one time. The men were paid $1.00 per day or, if they had a work horse, $2.00 per day as long as they could show proof of horse feed purchases.
Once construction was complete, Taylor remained as Kenwood’s Golf Course Superintendent until 1949. He then moved to Camargo Country Club where he was Superintendent until 1961. Taylor finished his career at Losantiville Country Club retiring in 1968.
Taylor was one of the founders of the Greater Cincinnati Golf Course Superintendent Association. He served as the very first President in 1931 and then again in 1957. Taylor was also the President of the Mid-West Turf Foundation in 1953 and 1954.
Taylor dabbled in Golf Course Architecture building the Frontier Golf Course for Kenton County. In1960 he built Eagles Nest Golf Course.
The Sourthern Group
Thank You to all our Scholarship Tournament Sponsors
The Hill Company
Results - Four Bridges
Steve Oberschlake - 2 skins for $72
Eric Skorich - 1 skin for $36
Dave Stang and Taylor Hause won $60 each
Nobody won the Superskin so $27 will carry over to our Wildwood Meeting
Superintendent Salaries up another 4.7%
Employers of golf course superintendents continue to reinforce the value they place in golf course facility leaders as the average annual salary for the profession climbed to more than $89,000 in 2017.
The average salary and additional data come from the latest biennial Compensation and Benefits Report from the GCSAA. The 2017 report showed that the $89,189 average salary was an increase of 4.7 percent over the 2015 report, continuing the trend of increases in every two-year period since GCSAA began tracking the data in 1993. Superintendents’ salaries have more than doubled in the last quarter century since that first report, when the average salary was $44,500.
National Golf Day
A golf course is not a massage parlor, hot-tub facility or tanning salon.
No one who has seen these respective establishments would ever confuse them, or worse yet, equate the former with the latter. And yet, since at least the early 1980s, the federal government and specifically the tax code has in fact done just that. There it is in Section 144, dealing with tax-exempt state and local bonds and what kinds of facilities are restricted from such funds. Specifically, the law of the land reads:
TURF IS WHAT WE DO.
FAMILY IS WHAT WE ARE.
Join us and support those from our turf family in need.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BENEFITING THE WEE ONE FOUNDATION
JUNE 12, 2017
Oakhurst Country Club
Grove City, Ohio
Individual & team stroke play within four divisions:
2-Person Best Ball Gross
2-Person Best Ball Net
Register To Play or Sponsor
11:00 AM - Registration, range and box lunch
12:00 PM - Shotgun start
After Golf - Awards and dinner
All member classifications of Ohio's GCSAA chapters are eligible to win prizes within the divisions. Official rules and eligibility coming soon. Event will be open to non-chapter members as well in order to support the Wee One Foundation, but not eligible for the state championship competition.
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Board of Trustees
Kenwood Country Club
6501 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45243
Contact: 513.368.9623 email@example.com
P.O. Box 144 Maineville Ohio 45039
Great Parks of Hamilton County
10245 Winton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
Tim Kelley Wetherington Country Club West Chester, Ohio
A.J. Jolly Golf Club
11541 Alexandria Pike
Alexandria, Kentucky 41001
Immediate Past President
6690 Heritage Club Drive
Mason, Ohio 45040