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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.

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Superintendent Spotlight


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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Updated information from NY State for Sports and Recreation facilities.

 I want to thank the consolidation board for the opportunity to be The GCSA of NY Chapter Administrator. I have enjoyed the past 5 months, even though they started different than I expected. With events cancelled and the need to get on board via zoom meetings, it was definitely an interesting challenge, but one that was worth it.

I have had the opportunity to work on several items over the past 5 months and I hope you have seen an improvement in communication from the association. I have been making an effort to keep the membership up to date with the latest information. We also worked with Frank Rossi and Carl Schimenti from Cornell to sponsor the turf grass seminar in April. We had an average of 80 participants join us for that event. Of course, it was not how the association planned on “kicking off “the season, but we feel it was a success.

I thoroughly enjoyed putting together the first GCSA of NY newsletter. Thank you to Mike Tollner for his contribution in writing the superintendent’s spotlight and for his continued support to this newsletter. If anyone has something to contribute or any ideas, please reach out and we can work together to get it done. I hope to add a section that highlights what is going on in our lives personally. weddings, new babies, graduations, anything that you would like to share please contact me directly.

Going forward, I just want to encourage all of you to reach out to me with questions, comments or concerns that you may have. I will always do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Even if I do not have an answer, I will respond. If anyone wishes to receive an email copy of either the President’s consolidation report or my report, please email me directly and I will send it to you.

Thank you for this opportunity and as we continue to work toward re-opening our state, I look forward to meeting you in person.

Suzanne Mis

Chapter Administrator

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