GCSAA Field Staff Updates
Kevin Doyle, GCSAA
Think of how many times we need and use leverage in our jobs. Two that come to the forefront are those pesky irrigation fixes with no wiggle room or using heat and a pry bar to ask mower parts nicely to return to their original form. More importantly, superintendents often use a wet season to sell drainage or cart path projects and dry seasons — like this one so far — for significant upgrades to pumps and irrigation. COVID-19 and the resulting economic stress has delivered a significant blow to our industry but has perhaps offered areas for superintendents to use leverage of a different kind. Let us look at how you may have developed leverage and ways to benefit you and your facility by communicating these to your decision makers.
Superintendent Fulfills Course Ownership Dream
By Andrew Hartsock May 8, 2020
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.
Conference Comes to You
This fall, GCSA of New York is proud to partner with the Carolinas GCSA in an online conference to satisfy members’ ongoing education needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Known as Conference Comes to You, the program will deliver 30 distinct seminars scheduled - one a day - over 30 weekdays, starting November 2. There will be a one-week break over Thanksgiving.
Using a tailored Zoom platform, the two-hour seminars will be presented live each day at 1 pm EST by some of the leading researchers, scientists and experts in their field. All seminars will carry GCSAA education points and, where applicable in participating states, many will carry pesticide credits.
As official partners with the Carolinas GCSA in this effort, GCSA of New York members will receive designated member pricing for every seminar, discounted from $70 to $40.
In addition to first-class education, our members will also be eligible to share in $30,000 worth of cash giveaways. A total of 82 prizes – ranging from $100 to $2,500 - will be drawn, live on the Carolinas GCSA Facebook page at 1 pm EST on December 21. Each seminar you take qualifies you for one entry. The more seminars you take, the more chances you have to win. To validate your entry, you must watch a series of brief messages from our Industry Partners.
Our chapter benefits from your participation. A portion of each registration fee paid for by GCSA of New York member, will come back to the chapter. So, the more seminars you take, the more our chapter “wins.” Registration and complete conference information is available beginning at 10 am EST Friday, September 25 through a purpose-built website –
To date, more than three dozen chapters like ours, plus BIGGA, the British International Golf Greenkeepers Association, have become official Conference Comes to You partners.
“This platform benefits everyone involved, and the more people who participate the more benefit there will be for everyone,” Carolinas GCSA president, Brian Stiehler, CGCS, MG from Highlands Country Club in Highlands, NC, says. “We see many visitors from across the country and overseas at our traditional Conference and Show each year. So, in these extraordinary times, when we can’t be face to face, it made sense for our conference to go ‘see’ them.”
For more information: Tim Kreger, Carolinas GCSA Executive Director (800) 476-4272
GCSA of New York Members,
We are excited to provide you with world class education this year as we partner with the Carolinas GCSA.
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to register for seminars.
Seminars begin November 2nd and run through December 18th from 1-3 pm EST. No classes the week of Thanksgiving.
This is an ONLINE ONLY registration process.
ONLY CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
Your member discount code is: NEW2020
Happy November! Even though we are still under NYS restrictions for Covid-19, the GCSA of NY was able to hold several events. First of all, The POA Tournament was held at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on August 25th. There were a total of 33 teams that played and enjoyed a wonderful day of golf and fellowship. Due to the number of golfers, we decided to eliminate the dinner and presentation portion of the event. Even though it was a bit different from prior years, everyone had a really nice day. We were also able to put together a social golf event at Irondequoit Country Club. Special shout out to Frank Puccia, superintendent at Irondequoit along with the Pro Shop staff for helping us put this event together. It was a casual event with golf with a small gathering afterwards. A total of 32 members attended.
GCSA of NY is very happy to announce that we have partnered with the Carolina Association to offer additional educational seminars along with GCSAA and NYS DEC credits available. This season has been challenging and our hope was to give you this additional opportunity for educational resources. I would love to hear your feedback on the seminars. I am hoping this can be an ongoing partnership with the Carolinas, but I need to know what our members think. Along with the virtual GIS and the educational opportunities they are offering, I hope this gives our membership the tools they need to excel in the turf grass industry. Speaking of turf grass research, GCSA of NY will continue to partner with Dr. Frank Rossi and his team at the Cornell Turfgrass Program. We will be donating all the funds collected through the Rounds 4 Research auction. We feel they provide an invaluable service to the turfgrass industry and want to assist in any way we can to the research they are doing. We plan on hosting several events across the NYS area. This way, all our membership will have a opportunity to benefit from their wisdom.
As always, I love to hear from you. I am always available via email and would love to hear from you. If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to reach out. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always looking for volunteers to help serve on the board, committees for upcoming events or write something for the newsletter. we want you input!
Stay healthy and see you soon!
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