Last Update :12/5/2008

GCSAA This Week 12/2

 News | Education | Reminders | Member Benefits
Dec. 2, 2008

Founding father to receive association’s highest award posthumously. Col. John Morley will be honored with the 2009 Old Tom Morris Award in long-overdue recognition for the association’s founder, first president and president emeritus. From the first meeting of the National Association of Greenskeepers of America, held eighty-two years ago at Sylvania GC in Toledo, Ohio, Morley guided the organization into what would eventually become GCSAA, now with more than 20,000 members in 70 countries. The award will be accepted by attending past presidents of the association at the Opening Session of the 2009 GCSAA Education Conference Feb. 5. Read more about Morley’s dedication to the game of golf, the superintendent profession and the association in the December issue of Golf Course Management.

GCSAA chief operating officer sought. GCSAA is seeking candidates for the newly created chief operating officer (COO) position. The position will report directly to the chief executive officer, Mark Woodward, CGCS, and will direct key aspects of the association’s operations, including policies, objectives and strategic initiatives. Resumes will be accepted until Dec. 31. View the complete, detailed position description on ERS Job Postings or at

Dec. 10 deadline: Take time to fill out member survey. GCSAA recently e-mailed the Member Needs Assessment, a survey focusing on awareness and understanding of programs and services, as well as the effectiveness of those programs and services. Your feedback is needed to help ensure the association is meeting members' needs for career and golf course facility success. Data will be used for strategic planning and the creation of the annual plan and budget.

National Alliance for Accessible Golf awards GAIN grants. The National Alliance for Accessible Golf announced it has awarded more than $50,000 to expand the GAIN (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) program nationwide and has extended the deadline for 2009 grant applications to Jan. 16. GAIN couples community programs and other resources to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to become involved in the game of golf. GCSAA is a founding member of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and holds a seat on the board of directors.

Donors support research and education. The Environmental Institute for Golf would like to recognize recent generous donors for their support. The Institute is committed to strengthening the compatibility of the game of golf with our natural environment. View the list of October donors, and learn more about the work of The Institute and the programs funded.

Web sites feature GCSAA news, offer free electronic publications. Several golf Web sites are now including GCSAA news and encouraging members to visit their sites, contribute news items and sign up for free publications. Check out Boomer Golf News, which targets baby boomers and often features stories of environmental stewardship on the golf course;, a community-driven and social-networking site with a daily newsletter; and Universal Golf, a free digital magazine featuring stories and videos from the golf world.




Webcast: PGR Use on Golf Courses


Tarrytown, N.Y., regional seminar: Thinking Your Way Through Problem Solving in Turfgrass Management and More


New Orleans regional seminar: Operations Management


Webcast: Herbicide Resistant Poa annua - Real or Imaginary?


Fond du Lac, Wis., regional seminar: Operations Management


Webcast: Managing Nutrient Budgets in the Face of Rising Prices


Oklahoma City regional seminar: Cutting Edge Disease Identification and Management for Cool-Season Grasses


Webcast: Bringing More Golf to Your Community


Tis the season for education

GCSAA has packed the first two weeks of this month with webcasts twice a week and regional seminars around the country. With this variety of options, you're sure to find something to further your facility and career goals. Expert instructors will be covering topics ranging from PGR use to disease identification, to operations management and how to bring more golf to your community.

Get complete details on all the live events by following the links in the education calendar above.

As always, you can schedule education at your convenience and set your own pace with GCSAA’s many online courses, self-study courses or ON DEMAND webcasts.

GCSAA education programs are funded by The Environmental Institute for Golf. Webcasts are presented in partnership with Syngenta Professional Products.

Still time to register for GCSAA golf tournament: Registration for the 2009 GCSAA National Championship & Golf Classic has been extended to Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. (Central). Don’t miss this one-of-kind opportunity for golf, good times and networking in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Budget planning: View a complete price chart outlining the costs of registration, seminars, hotels and transportation.
Career sessions: On Thursday and Friday, Feb. 5-6, the GCSAA Answer Zone will feature Career Hot Topic sessions covering issues such as how to market yourself and your facility, resumes, networking, employment contracts, managing workers and more.
The Changing Face of Golf Forum: Join us 11 a.m.–noon, Feb. 5, as Renee Powell, LPGA Tour professional, shares her experiences in golf and insights on how the game can be brought to more diverse audiences. Powell got her start at Clearview GC, which was built by her father after World War II and is the only course in the world designed, built, owned and operated by an African American.
International Resource Center: If you’re attending from abroad, stop by the International Resource Center to network with peers and enjoy light refreshments. This area will be located near registration and staffed with a multi-lingual interpreter.
Networking parks: These three parks will be easy to spot on the trade show floor – each will feature one of the host cities of the annual Golf Industry Show: New Orleans, Orlando and San Diego. With internet kiosks, concession vendors and ample seating, they are the ideal place to meet with your facility team, peers and exhibitors, or to simply relax without leaving the show floor.


Deadline to register for National Championship & Golf Classic


Deadline to return Member Needs Assessment (e-mail survey)


Deadline to guarantee conference hotel rates


Deadline to register and receive conference credentials by mail


Deadline for advance conference registration rate

Green Links highlights proactive water conservation. This month’s column features Treesdale G&CC, an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary that took the initiative to develop a water reduction plan a plan that paid off when drought hit. Green Links host Bob Farren Jr., CGCS, and guest columnist Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist at Audubon International, share how being prepared for drought or water reduction requirements can help maintain course quality when difficult conditions arise.

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