PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - MAY 2019
Well, Tiger did it again! Me personally, I do not remember being that excited about watching a golf event. Lets face it, Tiger Woods is golf....not because he brought me back to a four day stretch of appointment television, because since his departure; Rory, Dustin, Jordan, Brooks, Justin T., Ricky or Justin R. have not moved the needle like Tiger.
Thank you, Tiger. We certainly are seeing an increase in spring rounds vs. last season...no doubt, directly related. The buzz is up around here. Now all we need is to get the golf course in shape!
The season isn't really even in full swing yet and most of us are still feeling the crunch of declining or stagnant operating budgets and capital budgets. Throw in an unemployment rate under at 3% and a difficult labor market too. Talking with a few folks in the area, finding qualified, or any labor for that matter, continues to be a challenge. Thinking outside the box for employee recruitment as well as retention is the new norm.
For us at Sycamore, the past few seasons were particularly difficult to fill a staff. It has culminated this year. I have literally hired every individual who has interviewed with us. As of the first full week of May, we only have four hourly employees...budgeted for 10. We do have a few interviews scheduled, hoping something pans out.
I hate to say it, but hope is all I have at the moment. We are in regular communication with the Miami Valley Career Technology Center and the Warren County Career Center. Trying to tap into this market has helped us build a relationship, but not provided any potential employees yet.
This is where the importance of our turf community and association involvement has value to me. Whether it's getting a direct message on Twitter from a Superintendent across town talking about employee staffing services, or a text message from a peer discussing how incorporating plant growth regulators in his rough grass program has helped combat their labor shortage. It has been said before...this is what makes our community special!
Even though we're all seemingly fighting for the same limited number of golfers in the area, it does not stop us from sharing ideas and communicating some of the best practices that could potentially help a peer through a tough agronomic or operational issue. I encourage you to reach out, offer help or guidance to someone on your staff or in the area. It works.
President, Miami Valley GCSA
Superintendent, Sycamore Creek Country Club
Written by Shane Conroy, GCSAA Great Lakes Field Staff
Members continue to be the focus of GCSAA. In fact the first portion of the GCSAA mission statement reads: ‘GCSAA is dedicated to serving our members’. With that in mind, GCSAA has teamed with Meridian One, out of Alexandria, VA, which specializes in providing associations, chambers and other member organizations with best in class savings programs for their members. Meridian One has a family of affinity programs, which provide services and attractive discounts to GCSAA members and their families. By leveraging the buying power of GCSAA members, Meridian One is able to offer programs which allow members to reduce their business expenses.
Through Meridian One, GCSAA members can receive instant savings on products and services from UPS, the UPS Store, Lenovo, Office Depot, Avis, Budget and Member Freight.
GCSAA has also partnered with Hays Companies to bring options in health, vision, dental and other insurance offerings to GCSAA members. Hays is a leading national insurance and financial services organization, which is providing a variety of supplemental product and service offerings exclusively to GCSAA members. Additionally, GCSAA members receive discounts at TireBuyer, UniFirst and select Columbia Sportswear products. To see all of the GCSAA member discount offerings, please click here.
Another exciting recent announcement included the debut of the GCSAA Podcast. The podcast will be produced monthly and will feature pertinent association and industry content. Some of the information you can expect to hear will include information on educational offerings, updates on new and upcoming GCSAA programs, human interest stories, including interviews with some of the biggest names in golf course management, and content from golf events across the globe. Scott Hollister, editor-in-chief of GCSAA’s Golf Course Management magazine is the host of the podcast.
This first episode debuted in early October, with Scott Hollister opening the episode with an interview with GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. Additional content on the episode included information on the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, and interviews with GCSAA members who were selected to volunteer at the 2019 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.
“We are very excited to have another way to communicate with our 18,000 members,” Evans said. “However, the GCSAA Podcast also gives us the opportunity to share all the good things happening in the golf course management industry with a wider audience.”
Recent episodes included industry leader Matt Shaffer, an update on GCSAA’s new First Green program, an interview with Ohio’s own Lawrence Powell of the Powell family who received GCSAA’s 2019 top honor: the Old Tom Morris Award.
Thanks to everyone that was able to attend the 2019 Bowling Social! As usual, it was a great day of fun at Poelking Lanes.
The following are results from the event:
Bill Gilkerson & Scott Papania
Total score = 877
"Worstest Bowler" for 2019 goes to...
Gilberto Negrete, with a three game total of 250
Hornsby/Strieff - 874
Hartmann/Skorich - 823
Conley/Hill - 794
Payne/White - 789
D'Autremont/Pearson - 777
Brown/Koppin - 770
Lewis/McBride - 760
Collins/Taylor - 757
Sherwood/Stockelman - 742
Carroll/Pastor - 722
Gray/Perkins - 711
Ervin/Rowland - 565
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