Golf News for Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | People

James R. Fitzroy elected president of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)

James R. Fitzroy, CGCS, director/superintendent at Wollaston Recreational Facility/Presidents Golf Club in North Quincy, Mass., was elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) at the association's annual meeting Feb. 12.

The annual meeting was held in conjunction with the GCSAA Education Conference (Feb. 8-12) and Golf Industry Show (Feb. 10-11) in San Diego. Fitzroy will serve until the 2011 annual meeting and election.

Fitzroy is a 43-year GCSAA member, and has been at Wollaston Recreational Facility/Presidents Golf Course since 1975. Previously, he was superintendent at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass., and Cazenovia (N.Y.) Country Club. He earned an associate's degree in turf management from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts in 1967 and a bachelor's degree in park administration from Massachusetts in 1970. Fitzroy serves on The Environmental Institute for Golf Board of Trustees and he is a member and past president of the GCSA of New England. He also holds membership in the Golf Course Managers Association of Cape Cod, as well as the Rhode Island GCSA.

Robert M. Randquist, CGCS, director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla., was elected vice president. Sanford G. Queen, CGCS, manager of golf operations for the city of Overland Park, Kan., was elected secretary/treasurer.

William H. Maynard, CGCS at Milburn Golf and Country Club in Overland Park, Kan., was elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors and Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance operations at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, was re-elected to another two-year term.

Peter J. Grass, CGCS at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., Keith A. Ihms, CGCS at Country Club of Little Rock in Little Rock, Ark., and John J. O'Keefe, CGCS, director of golf course management at Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, N.J., remain on the board with one year remaining in their two-year director terms. Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, director of grounds at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., will serve on the board for one year as immediate past president. David S. Downing II, CGCS, Signature Golf Group president, retires from the board after serving the last year as immediate past president.

The GCSAA Education Conference continues to be a vital resource for the golf industry as approximately 4730 seats were filled for 99 seminars. Content for the seminars focused on the professional development of attendees, including personal skills (finances, time management, quality of work/family life); leadership (teamwork, professionalism); communications (administration, management, scientific content, outreach); operations management (financial management, resource allocation, regulatory compliance); and resource utilization (staff, materials, equipment, golf course). More than 40 additional hours of panel discussions, sessions and forums that touched on such subjects as the nation's economy, diversity, media/public relations, environmental compliance, etc., were offered as well.

"The GCSAA Education Conference continues to be the best venue for golf course superintendents to keep abreast of the latest trends in golf course management," Fitzroy said. "I think it says a great deal about the passion our members have for education and their facilities that they travel from all corners of the nation to spend three days in seminar rooms."

One of the highlights from the GCSAA Education Conference was the 16th annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, won by the Iowa State University team of Nick Dunlap, Tyler Dykstra, Bryan Huinker and Caleb Swanson. It is the 10th title for Iowa State in the last 12 years, as the Cyclones take home the traveling trophy and a $4,000 first-place cash prize. Teams from Massachusetts (2nd), Purdue (3rd, 4th, 6th), Penn State (5th, 9th), Minnesota-Crookston (7th), Cal Poly Pomona (8th) and Rutgers (10th) rounded out the top 10, as 67 teams from 31 colleges and universities participated in the competition.

The Turf Bowl challenged students from universities/institutions to identify turfgrass species, diseases, weeds, and insects, as well as answer questions on mathematics, growth, and development. The exam also allowed teams to collaborate for the case study portion and submit an essay that addressed business management facets of the golf course superintendent profession, while emphasizing the importance of communication skills.

GCSAA member Adam Hess, assistant superintendent at Augusta Pines Golf Club in Spring, Texas, fired a two-day total of 1-over-par 145 to win a playoff victory in his first GCSAA National Championship at PGA West's Greg Norman Course in La Quinta, Calif., Feb. 7. The GCSAA National Championship and Golf Classic is presented in partnership with The Toro Co.

Simran Sethi, an award-winning environmental journalist and journalism professor at the University of Kansas inspired a large crowd at the opening session - Celebrate GCSAA! with Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, presented in partnership with Syngenta - with a keynote presentation about sustainability that framed a major point of emphasis from the week-long conference that featured an environmental session "Exploring Golf's Carbon Footprint" presented in partnership with the Propane Education and Research Council, and GCSAA's announcement of its sustainability initiative with The Environmental Institute for Golf, "Drive Toward Sustainability."

Hess was recognized at Celebrate GCSAA! along with the other annual award winners:

* Old Tom Morris Award (GCSAA's highest honor), awarded to World Golf Hall of Fame member Judy Rankin
* GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, presented in partnership with Rain Bird and Syngenta, awarded to:
o overall and national resort winner Terry Stratton, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Little River (Calif.) Inn Golf and Tennis
o national public winner Jim Brown, CGCS, Newport Dunes Golf Club, Port Aransas, Texas
o national private winner Roger Stewart, CGCS, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.
o international winner Brett Morris, Ph.D., GCSAA international superintendent member, Sea Temple Golf Club, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
* GCSAA Excellence in Government Relations Awards, awarded to:
o advocacy winner Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association
o advocacy winner Michael Crawford, CGCS, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
o compliance winner Richard Gagnon, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Segregansett Country Club, Taunton, Mass.
* GCSAA Colonel John Morley Distinguished Service Awards
o Robert A. Dickison, CGCS, Upper Montclair Country Club, Clifton, N.J.
o James C. Husting, CGCS, Woodbridge (Calif.) Golf and Country Club
o GCSAA Class A member Douglas W. Petersan, consultant with Austin Golf Club, Spicewood, Texas
* GCSAA President's Award for Environmental Stewardship, awarded to Anthony Williams, CGCS, Stone Mountain (Ga.) by Marriott
* GCSAA Leo Feser Award, awarded to Steve Hackmann, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Pryor Creek Golf Club, Huntley, Mont.

The 2011 GCSAA Education Conference is scheduled for Feb. 7-11, held in conjunction with the 2011 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 9-10 in Orlando.

GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 20,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. The association's philanthropic organization, The Environmental Institute for Golf, works to strengthen the compatibility of golf with the natural environment through research grants, support for education programs and outreach efforts. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org.

[CGCS designates Certified Golf Course Superintendent, which recognizes the achievement of high standards of professionalism through education, testing and experience.]