Bradley S. Klein (@BKleinGolfweek), the longtime architecture editor at Golfweek magazine and a staunch supporter of golf course superintendents, has been selected as the recipient of the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
A former caddy, Klein is recongnized as a leading expert on golf course design with numerous writing credits to his name. He is the 40th recipient of the Donald Ross Award.
“Brad has traveled the world studying and reporting on golf course architecture,” ASGCA President Lee Schmidt said in a news release. “His articles and books have informed golfers and non-golfers alike, telling the story of courses and those who design them."
The full news release from the ASGCA is posted below:
Tomorrow, GCM is getting an inside look at Chambers Bay just outside of Tacoma, Wash., which in June will play host to the U.S. Open in the ultimate example of the changes that have come to that venerable major championship. We'll have updates both here and via our Twitter account (@GCM_Magazine) from our visit with Director of Agronomy Eric Johnson and Superintendent Josh Lewis throughout the day. But while you wait, enjoy this GCSAA TV video from their most recent trek to the course.
Pinehurst No. 2 has received Golf Digest's 2014 Green Star Award for outstanding environmental practices.
Host of both the women and men's U.S. Opens in June, Pinehurst No. 2 earned the honor because it has "implemented water reduction programs in startling and intuitive ways." This year, Pinehurst No. 2 will use about 73 percent less water than in 2009, which is the last full year prior to the launching of a major restoration project that eliminated Bermuda rough and reintroduced sand and native wiregrass.
"We're thrilled to receive this honor from Golf Digest," says Bob Farren, CGCS, Pinehurst's director of golf course and grounds management and a 34-year member of GCSAA. "We didn't set out for this, but I think it shows that we've brought Pinehurst No. 2 back to the way it was meant to be played, with firm and fast conditions that reflect the natural terrain of the North Carolina Sandhills."
Golf Digest, which wrote that Pinehurst No. 2 let nature dictate course conditions, added: "Pinehurst No. 2 proved it's a championship test, even when its grass is yellow."
Previous recipients of the Green Star Award include Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Kiawah Island Resort and Madden's on Gull Lake.
Feherty, the often hilarious TV golf commentator for CBS and The Golf Channel, is the scheduled featured speaker for the Golf Industry Show Closing Celebration presented in partnership with John Deere Golf. The event takes place Feb. 26 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Feherty (on the right, speaking with GCM associate editor Howard Richman) first presented at GIS in 2012 in Las Vegas.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Feherty now lives in Dallas. He won 10 times worldwide and collected more than $3 million for it. Some of his victories include the Scottish Open, Madrid Open and South Africa PGA.
In 1997, Feherty retired from professional golf when offered a position as a golf commentator for CBS Sports. Known for his sharp wit and colorful personality, Feherty has authored six books. He is active in supporting injured U.S. troops and has held several events in their honor.
Forty turfgrass schools responded to a GCM survey that appears in the November issue of the magazine along with a feature story about the state of turfgrass schools throughout the U.S.
The schools were asked to respond to a variety of questions such as how have enrollment numbers in their programs changed over the past 10 years; factors causing the increase or decrease in enrollment; are online courses offered; and how do they see their turf programs changing in the next 10 years.
The only superintendent to have hosted a men's U.S. Open championship in Georgia is among three men who are being inducted into the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Hall of Fame.
Bobby McGee, who passed away in 2005, prepared Atlanta Athletic Club for the U.S. Open in 1976. McGee is being inducted along with William Shirley, CGCS, at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta and Ron Sinnock, who retired in 2005 after a nearly 40-year career in the business.
They will be honored Dec. 8 at the Georgia GCSA's annual awards banquet at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island.
McGee, who was a 37-year member of GCSAA, began his career as an assistant at East Lake GC. After going to Atlanta Athletic Club, he also served on the Georgia GCSA Board of Directors and was president in 1975-76. McGee also served on the USGA Green Section committee for more than two decades.
Shirley began his career at Newnan CC in 1980. He was working in the pro shop at the time when club leaders encouraged him to take the superintendent position, which opened that year. He did. In 2011, Shirley was named Superintendent of the Year.
Sinnock served as a Georgia GCSA director during his years as a superintendent at Chattahoochee Golf Course and Coosa CC. He was a pioneer of bentgrass in the state, converting both courses from the coarser bermudagrasses of that era.
Editor's note: This post is the “Verdure” column by Beth Guertal, Ph.D., as seen in the October 2014 issue of GCM.
Foliar fertilization is widely used in the green industry to apply a small amount of nutrients directly to the leaf surface. One of the problems, however, in studying foliar fertilization is the methods by which we can measure nutrient uptake into the leaf. A long-used method (specifically for nitrogen) uses labeled nitrogen (15N), which provides a tracer that enables the scientist to follow the path of the nitrogen through the plant. The problem with 15N is that it is very expensive, it’s often hard to find labeled product, and it requires specialized equipment not lying around everyone’s laboratory. Regardless, it is a pretty accurate and standard method for measuring nitrogen uptake by plants, and it is also an excellent way to keep a Ph.D. student occupied for a great part of his or her academic student experience.
For this research, that student was a member of a group headed by Bruce Branham, Ph.D., at the University of Illinois. The objective was to answer some of the questions often posed by superintendents about foliar nitrogen fertilization: How quickly is the applied nitrogen taken up (absorbed) by the leaf? How does spray volume affect this uptake? And what happens when I add other things to my spray tank?
These questions were answered via a series of studies conducted on a stand of Pennlinks creeping bentgrass that was maintained at a cutting height of 0.5 inch (1.3 centimeters). For most of the studies, 15N labeled urea was the nitrogen source, but in two cases, labeled ammonium sulfate and calcium nitrate were also added to the studies.
Mike Fabrizio, CGCS, is receiving the highest honor bestowed by the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association.
Fabrizio, a 30-year member of GCSAA from Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., is being presented with the Distinguished Service Award. A past president of the Carolinas' association, Fabrizio will receive the award Nov. 17-19 during the Carolinas GCSA's annual Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
In 1989, Fabrizio was working at Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms when Hurricane Hugo devastated the property. He had helped in the construction of Wild Dunes in 1980. Nine years later, Fabrizio played a major role in restoring it.
Scott Ferguson, CGCS, came to Wild Dunes after Fabrizio but he knows him well and appreciates what he has meant to himself and the industry.
"Having known Mike for many years, it wasn't until 1996 that I really got to understand his dedication and passion for our profession," Ferguson says. "It was then that Mike reached out to offer assistance and support, eagerly sharing his knowledge and experience. I believe this was for no other reason than to help me succeed."
Legendary writer and author Dan Jenkins is the recipient of the 2015 Old Tom Morris Award from the GCSAA.
Jenkins, 84, is one of only a handful of writers who has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to writing for Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest, Jenkins authored multiple well-known books. "Semi-Tough" eventually was turned into a movie that starred Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson. He also authored "Dead Solid Perfect," which was used in a made-for-TV movie. So was his book "Baja, Oklahoma." Jenkins is known for his humor and wit in his writing.
Jenkins, who resides in Fort Worth, Texas, will receive the Old Tom Morris Award on Feb. 25 at the Opening Session of the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas. The award has been presented annually since 1983 to an individual, who through a lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris. Morris, four-time British Open champion, was superintendent at St. Andrews in Scotland, until his death in 1908.
"I'm honored to win this award, especially for a guy who I'm almost as old as," Jenkins said. "It's terrific. I didn't know a lot about grass, but I knew a lot of greenskeepers all around town. The profession has made a lot of progress. Courses nowadays are so consistently wonderful with all the things they can do with them."
Jenkins began covering major golf championships in 1951, In all, he has covered 223 of them. He befriended golf great Ben Hogan. Jenkins not only wrote about Hogan; he got to play golf with him. Jenkins was the team's top golfer when he was in college at Texas Christian University.
Previous recipients of the Old Tom Morris Award include Arnold Palmer, Sherwood A. Moore, CGCS, Dinah Shore and Tom Fazio.
A pair of social media posts directed at professional golfer Ian Poulter have cost Ted Bishop his position as the president of the PGA of America.
Bishop was removed from office today by a vote of the PGA's board of directors. Derek Sprague was appointed as interim president. You can read more on this story here, and the full release from the PGA is posted below:
PGA OF AMERICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTES TO REMOVE PGA PRESIDENT TED BISHOP FROM OFFICE PGA Vice President Derek Sprague Named Interim PGA President
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (October 24, 2014) – The PGA of America Board of Directors voted today to remove Ted Bishop, the 38th PGA President, from office for insensitive gender-based statements posted yesterday on social media. The Board deemed the remarks to be inconsistent with the policies of the PGA.