GCSAA Field Staff Updates
Kevin Doyle, GCSAA
It seems like every year I am asked by a member to consider writing about a health-related item specific to our outdoor profession. Recently one member addressed an issue he had at his facility and inquired if I would help spread the word about proper hydration. Keeping hydrated is an extremely important health concern, and despite my personal efforts to encourage my athlete/golf course employee daughter to drink plenty of fluids, I am no expert. So here are some tips for you and the staff from those in the know. Some tips to stay hydrated, and equally important (as the above member pointed out) concerns to look for regarding dehydration.
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Steve Kurta, Tuscarora Golf Club
written by Michael Tollner, Bellevue Country Club
As the GCSA of NY heads into its third year, the association has elected a new president, one who has a strong vision for growth and development. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Steve Kurta, golf course superintendent at Tuscarora Golf Club in Camillus, NY, over lunch recently to discuss what he sees as his main goals for 2022 and beyond. Steve is someone I’ve gotten to know over the past few years, so the opportunity to learn a bit more about his past, his interesting career path to where he is today, as well as to sit down over a common interest for both of us, craft beer, was one I jumped on with excitement.
Steve has been heavily involved with GCSA of NY since its inception and was a key player in the consolidation process. He was one of three representatives from the former Central NY GCSA that served on the consolidation committee. He believes that as the association continues to grow it’s important to not lose sight of the founding chapters' regional identity and to try to honor that when possible. He believes one of the main goals of the association is service and that members need to see value in their membership. Doing that will require seeing things from the viewpoint of a prospective member and not just as the board president. As a former president of the Central NY GCSA, Steve brings a vision to this association that will help guide it for years to come. He’ll use that experience to reinforce the framework of the association for future presidents and directors.Read More Here
Message from our Chapter Administrator
I hope everyone has had a joyful and safe holiday season. 2022 ended with a bang or should I say blizzard! Where I live, in Western New York, our holiday season was interrupted by a snowstorm that kept people banished in their homes and spending Christmas shoveling drifts of snow so they could get out of their homes. I pray for the families that lost loved ones as a result and I hope all our members, friends and family are well.
I have started looking forward to planning the events for 2023.
The season will begin with the GCSAA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Our association has joined with the MET, GCSA of New England, CAGCS, LIGCSA and several other associations for the Nor’Easter night on Wednesday February 8th from 6:30-9pm at the Blue Martini Lounge, which is in Pointe Orlando within a short walk from the convention center. This event will include a call brand open bar, passed appetizers and food stations. It will be open to all GCSA of NY members for free. It gives you the opportunity to meet up with other superintendents in the area. Please consider attending this event while in Orlando.
Dr. Frank Rossi has so kindly offered to grace us with his wisdom with the Walk and Talk events again this year. They have been very popular and seem to work well with our members busy schedules. We plan on spreading the venues out, so hopefully everyone will have a chance to experience at least one. We also hope to add a shop tour and/or social golf event to a few of the dates scheduled. I will try to get the dates and venues published as soon as I can work out the details with all involved.
The POA event will take place at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Tuesday August 29th. We had a terrific turnout despite the heavy rain last year. The tournament committee is working on the details, and we will get it out to you as soon as we can. Save the date for another fun golf tournament.
As you can see the association has been busy getting started on the upcoming events, because we know spring will be here soon. Enjoy the winter and I hope to see some of you in Orlando.
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