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Kevin Doyle, GCSAA

 When I got my start in the industry there was no social media. There were no cell phones. The industry news was garnered through chapter meetings, newsletters, and the vendor network. Those in sales traveled the area, shared conversations, agronomic information, and jobs open or opening soon. I saw vendors as a critical tool to remain connected. Read More Here

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A Band of Brothers

Scott Dodson, CGCS and Brian Conn, CGCS- 

An inspirational story of unconditional sacrifice. By Guy Cipriano and featured in Golf Course Industry .

Colleagues and supervisors use words such as pragmatic, cerebral and methodical to describe Brian Conn. Until last year, reason dictated nearly every decision in his personal and professional life, making him no different than thousands of other golf course superintendents.  

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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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Update from GCSA of NY Board - 4/6/20

Today golf was designated as “non-essential” in New York State. We reached out to the Empire State Development Corp that’s gives guidance on these matters. The Finger Lakes office did confirm that golf in New York State is effectively closed as of today. They also confirmed that maintenance can continue to preserve the property, but no new projects, just maintenance. We will send any other updates as we get more information, but at this time that is our best understanding of the current guidance. Thank you.

Link to executive order 4/6/20:



 Link to GCSAA /USGA Minimum Maintenance for Golf Courses during COVID-19 Outbreak and Maintenence Strategies to Limit the Spread of Covid-19.




News from our Chapter Administrator

May 6, 2020

Well, we made it through to May, Golf has started and the coronavirus hasn't stopped the grass from growing! Most of you are back, with smaller crews and sanitation procedures and working harder than normal to keep the golf courses in the best condition possible. You all are "essential" and we appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the game of golf. 

I hope you had a chance to listen in or watch the webinars hosted by Frank Rossi from Cornell. We invited Doug Soldat and Ian Andrew, the original speakers from the cancelled Education Day, to join us in a three week webinar series. We had a pretty good turnout and hoping to continue working with Frank on having more webinars in the future. Of course, we prefer the face to face, on the course education but until we can, the association will work to bring you the most up to date information and education on what is going on in the golf course maintenance area. 

As soon as Gov. Cuomo allows, we will inform you about when our membership meeting will be to officially vote in the by-laws and the Board for the consolidated association. The consolidation board has worked hard and diligently to accomplish this and we are looking forward to celebrating this accomplishment. We hope you are just as excited for all the great things we have in store.  I want to thank our sponsors for partnering with us, I look forward to working with you all.

Our very first GCSA of NY newsletter will be emailed this month. I looking forward to hearing your feedback and would love any contributions to the issues that follow. Please contact me if you have something news worthy that is happening at your club. 

Registration for membership has started, so please take the time to register online. We added the credit card feature to make the process easier for you and please make sure to update your information. If you know other superintendents that have not registered please encourage them to do so. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or need help with anything. That is why I am here. 

I look forward to meeting you in the near future at an upcoming event. 

Spring is here and golf season has begun. Stay safe and healthy!

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