Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines!
Registration for the 2011 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Orlando — not to mention the GCSAA National Championship and Golf Classic — teed off this morning, which means it's a pretty darn big day around national headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., today.
The full news release announcing the opening of registration is reposted below, but here's the "Cliff's Notes" version: a visit to the official conference website will allow members to select their favorite educational seminars, make travel and lodging arrangements to and from Orlando, get signed up to play in the national golf tournament and much, much more.
Hope to see everyone in Orlando!
Field of candidates set for association leadership election
Registration open for 2011 GCSAA Education Conference
Registration is open for the 2011 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Education Conference, Feb. 7-11 in Orlando.
The GCSAA Education Conference, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show (Feb. 9-10), is the largest educational conference in the turfgrass management industry. Covering all ranges of golf course management, including agronomics, environmental management, communication and business management information, the conference includes more than 100 seminars, as well as numerous education sessions.
GCSAA members can register online at www.gcsaa.org/conference. Hotel and travel arrangements can be made through Golf Industry Travel. Registration is also open for the 2011 GCSAA National Championship and Golf Classic presented in partnership with The Toro Co., Feb. 4-6, in Palm Beach, Fla.
Media and non-member registration for the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show opens Nov. 4.
"The GCSAA Education Conference and the Golf Industry Show are recognized for their high quality," said GCSAA President James R. Fitzroy, CGCS. "These are must-attend events in the golf industry because the diversity and quality of attendees and exhibitors, the education and networking opportunities are not available at any other location."
One of the highlights of the GCSAA Education Conference is Celebrate GCSAA! presented in partnership with Syngenta, Feb. 8. GCSAA's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award, will be presented during the program portion of the event to World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price, who will also headline the event as a featured speaker. Other GCSAA top awards that will be presented at the event are the GCSAA National Championship Award, Leo Feser Award, Excellence in Government Relations Award, GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, President's Award for Environmental Stewardship, and the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award.
Other highlights of the GCSAA Education Conference include an environmental sustainability education track, economic solutions track, and the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition and Awards Ceremony presented in partnership with John Deere Golf on Feb. 10.
GCSAA will hold its 2011 election during the final day of the conference, Feb. 11. Voting members will elect three officers and three directors from the following individuals on the ballot:
- Robert M. Randquist, CGCS, Boca Rio Golf Club, Boca Raton, Fla.
For vice president:
- Sanford G. Queen, CGCS, City of Overland Park, Kan.
- Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, The Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.
- Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, Country Club of Little Rock (Ark.)
For director (electing three):
- Rafael Barajas, CGCS, Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif.
- Peter J. Grass, CGCS, Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont.
- John J. O'Keefe, CGCS, Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, N.J.
- Mike B. Wooten, CGCS, Cedar Ridge Country Club, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Bill H. Maynard, CGCS at Milburn Golf and Country Club in Shawnee Mission, Kan., will remain on the board with one year remaining in his two-year term. Fitzroy will serve on the board as immediate past president during 2011 and Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, will retire from the board.