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
It's August! The days are becoming shorter and we are thinking about what the rest of the year is going to look like after a crazy five months. Are the kids going back to school? Now that GIS is virtual, what will that mean for the future conferences? With golf being one of the activities we could easily social distance, golf courses have seen a lot of play and golf course superintendents are looking forward to some cooler temperatures and much needed time off. 2020 has not been a typical golf season. Amid all the social distancing, protective personal equipment, zoom conferences and employee daily temperature checks, GCSA of NY has moved ahead and on June 30th we had our official by-laws approval and Board of Directors vote. We needed to schedule a zoom meeting to get this part of the process completed but we are now officially running the association under the new by-laws and governed by our first Board of Directors. I want to thank all the members of the consolidation committee for all the hard work they put in to make this a reality. Now that we are a new consolidated association we need our members who still have not officially joined GCSA of NY to either contact me or go to the website to renew your membership. It is as easy as logging on to the website at gcsaofny.org and clicking on renew/join. We would like you to update your information and you can even pay via a credit card online. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help. You can contact me at email@example.com. Even though Covid-19 has cancelled many of our scheduled events for 2020, we are still planning on having our annual POA tournament on August 25, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. We currently have over 20 teams signed up to play and hoping to sign up more in the next few weeks. This event is always a fun time to relax, meet with other superintendents and vendors and enjoy a beautiful day of food and golf. Turning Stone is installing plastic shields in the carts to allow 2 players per cart and we promise to keep everyone safe as we enjoy a boxed lunch and outdoor dinner. This will probably be our only golf event for the year, so don't miss it! I look forward to meeting many of you at this event. Rounds 4 research is over and after the first round we raised $1,714.40. I'm sure the second round will bring in more dollars for turfgrass research. The association plans on donating the proceeds to Frank Rossi, Associate Professor of Horticulture from Cornell College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Frank and his associate Carl Schimenti. You will have many opportunities to start donating rounds for next years’ auction. I also want to thank FMC Corporation for their donation to our association. Many superintendents participated in the drive contest sponsored by FMC at the GIS in Orlando and we received $216.00. They also are having a promotion where our association can benefit from a 5% rebate on purchases of the SC and Rayora fungicide. We will keep you informed of other promotions as they come up. It's another way to support the association. I promise to keep you informed as we start scheduling events. I look forward to meeting all of you at an event in the near future and please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments that you may have. Stay safe and healthy.
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