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GCSAA Field Staff Updates

Kevin Doyle, GCSAA


Hopefully at this time of year you are enjoying some much-needed time off, followed by a stretch of workload that falls well below the typical summer stress line.  The nature of this profession allows us to build a seasonal quality of life that often leads to a matching imbalance.  Experienced superintendents and industry workers have developed a network of supporters and a system of routines to deal with the nature of the job.  How did you accomplish those tasks?  If you are like me when I was new to the industry, you worked hard for a very long time to adjust, and those closest to you, friends and family, needed to adjust with you to strike that balance.  What about your new employees, who is assisting them to find a balance?  What steps are being taken to at your facility to help employees be as successful outside of the workplace as they are within?  How are you recognizing those successes?

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Superintendent Spotlight


Superintendent Fulfills Course Ownership Dream

By Andrew Hartsock May 8, 2020

Family business: Scott and Missy Howard with their sons, Zak (left) and Jake, at Attica’s 10th Hole and Golf Course in Attica, N.Y. Scott was the superintendent at the nine-hole layout in western New York for 10 years, and the Howards have been the proud owners of the course and its accompanying restaurant since January. Photos courtesy of Scott Howard

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Rick Holfoth, CGCS Country Club of Rochester

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Rick Holfoth, CGCS at The Country Club of Rochester. In the past when writing this column, I have always met with the superintendent I'm writing about in person, usually over lunch, or in their office, or by taking a tour of their course. In the age of Covid-19 however, so much has changed, and so Rick and I decided that a phone conversation would be the most appropriate way to conduct his interview. This was a bit disappointing, but it is the reality of the situation that we have all been thrown into since March. 

The Covid-19 outbreak has had an incredible impact on all of our lives, both professionally and personally, no doubt. It has also had a big impact on our newly formed association. Rick is the chairman of the consolidation committee that helped to lay the groundwork and get the association started. He, along with so many members of the newly formed GCSANY, were looking forward to an exciting year full of events bringing together many more people to discuss turf related issues, play golf, and network with a much wider range of industry folks from upstate N.Y. The plan had been to start things off with Rick hosting us at his club for an early spring education day in late March. This was scheduled to be the first official meeting of the GCSANY, and there was a great level of excitement around this day. As everyone knows, this had to be postponed, but hopes are high that we will still be able to get together in the near future. 

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The GCSA of NY Board of Directors would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a  Happy New Year. We look forward to 2021 and have begun planning for educational, golf and social events.

Stay safe and healthy.

We are always looking for volunteers to assist in planning events or submitting content for our quarterly newsletter or serving on the board.  If interested please feel free to contact me via email at gcsaofny@gmail.com at any time. 

Suzanne Mis, Chapter Administrator

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