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GCSAA Field Staff Updates

Kevin Doyle, GCSAA


With autumn passed by and the agronomic practices in the rearview mirror, the frosty and snowy mornings are the norm and staff numbers have lightened.  Planning projects may be part of a larger master plan for the facility.  These are great tools to ensure the projects undertaken by the club are done in a fiscally responsible manner and keep progress moving forward on a schedule.  A very beneficial undertaking for the facility, but what impact does that have in your department?   While budgeting offers a chance to plan for equipment and staffing numbers, have you done any planning specific to the grounds team at your facility?

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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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Supertendent Spotlight

Meet The President- Brian Conn

Having just begun our second year as the GCSA of New York, recently

elected association president Brian Conn, CGCS, has his sights set on new

goals for himself and for the association. After working on a golf course since

high school, Brian has recently turned the page on a new chapter in his

career, and has outlined specific goals for the association as it enters its

second year.

Brian and I had the opportunity to discuss these goals and many other things

during a recent phone conversation. While the general synopsis is that the

inaugural year of the newly consolidated association was a success, it was

also met with great challenges. Brian, along with the board of directors and

the chapter administrator, has outlined some specific goals for 2021 that will

set our sights on addressing the challenges we faced last year, and help

develop a plan for the future of the GCSANY.

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Letter from the Chapter Administrator, Suzanne Mis

I hope everyone had a happy, and blessed holiday season. Winter is here and I hope you have some time to relax and enjoy time off before the weather breaks and the golf season starts. Although we are still dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, I am hopeful that by the spring we can get back to a more normal life.

I have been busy this winter working on increasing membership and partnership sponsorships. GCSA of NY offers many types of memberships and partnership opportunities. We are so very thankful to our founding partners. At the Platinum level we have Andre and Son, First Turf and Ornamental, Grassland and Harrell’s. Our Gold founding partners are BASF, Finch Turf, MTE and Pump Irrigation Technologies. Our founding Silver partners include Ewing, DryJect, Syngenta, Turf & Soil Diagnostics and Weaver Golf. So far, we have 2 additional Gold partners and 1 new Silver partner for 2021. We are happy to announce Club Car and Helena as new Gold partners and Bayer as a new Silver partner.

In the next few months, I will be reaching out to the membership to introduce myself, update contact information for an upcoming membership directory and solicit donations for Rounds 4 Research. If you have time, please go to our website, and update your membership information so we have the correct information for our membership directory. Also, if you are interested in donating to Rounds 4 Research shot me an email and I will reach out to get the remaining info to fill in the online form. The auction dates are April 26-May 2nd. All donation received by our association are donated back to the Cornell Turfgrass Science Program. This is a great opportunity to help ensure golf’s future.

Since our last newsletter, we had our annual business meeting. At that time, we said goodbye to a few board members and welcomed a few others. Thank you so much to Drew Thompson and Scott Winkelman for serving on the both the consolidation committee and the first GCSA of NY Board of Directors. Thanks to Rick Holfoth, the outgoing President for all the work you have done for the association over the last few years. Rick will continue to serve on the board as a special director and advisor for the new President, Brian Conn. We want to welcome Andy Eick, Chris Richter, and Michael Tollner as new directors on the board. I look forward to working with you all. According to the by-laws, the board can appoint 2 additional special directors, a Class C Assistant Superintendent, and an affiliate member. I am happy to announce that Jim Frey, Assistant from Park Country Club and Greg Gagen from Andre & Son will be serving in those positions.

Finally, the Board has several committees formed to give our members the best possible service. We are looking for volunteers to help serve on these committees. If you are interested in serving please contact me and I will provide you with the information you need. The committees are Membership, Education, Meeting/Tournaments, Scholarship/Research and Government relations/Environment.

As always, if there is anything, I can do to assist you please feel free to contact me. Questions and comments/suggestions are always welcome. Take care and be healthy!

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