For those of you interested in virtual education, we are excited to partner with the Carolinas GCSA and dozens of other chapters across the country, as well as the British International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), to bring you virtual education this fall and winter. Conference Comes to You is a series of 30 talks over 30 weekdays beginning November 2nd (taking one week off for Thanksgiving).
More information about the program, including how to register and get our chapter discount, will be emailed to our members very soon.
Visit conferencecomestoyou.org for more information!
Pick up some stylish apparel and support your chapter at the same time! Check out the MVGCSA store which is open now through June 1st!
Click here to visit the store
GCSAA knows your lives and businesses have been affected by the global COVID-19 Pandemic. While there is no lack of general information about the virus and its widespread impact, we wanted to provide you with resources specific to golf and business operations to assist you as golfers get back on the course. Check back as resources will be added regularly.
Many GCSAA members have had their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund is now providing financial assistance to those affected by the crisis.
GCSAA will provide up to $500 to members who have experienced the loss of their jobs, layoffs or have been unable to work due to the effects of COVID-19. Funds can be used for items such as, but not limited, to groceries, medication, fuel, personal bills and childcare.
Any GCSAA member is eligible for this assistance, excluding the Friend of the Golf Course Superintendent classification.
GCSAA's goal is to provide financial assistance as quickly as possible.
Donations made to the fund are an opportunity for those in the golf industry to directly assist their peers and are tax deductible. The fund is administered through GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf. You can donate today at https://environmental-institute-for-golf.snwbll.com/disaster-relief-fund-giving-portal or by texting Disaster to 785-693-2593 and following the link in the response.
Visit https://www.gcsaa.org/about-gcsaa/gcsaa-disaster-relief-fund for more information.
In response to yesterday’s Stay at Home Order issued by the Ohio Governor’s office and Ohio’s Department of Health, we have been seeking clarification on whether golf courses can remain open for play. Today, we received confirmation that golf courses may remain open for play under Section 5, Part C of the Stay at Home Order, as long as they can comply with Social Distancing Requirements as outlined in Section 15.
To view the Stay at Home Order in its entirety, click here.
Social distancing requirements as outlined by the Director’s Stay at Home Order include:
Maintaining a distance of at least six feet between individuals
Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers
Implementing separate hours for elderly and vulnerable customers
Posting online whether a facility is open and how to best reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely (applicable to tee time reservations and checking in)
Additionally, maintenance for golf courses can proceed under Section 12, Part K as they are providing services necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of an Essential Activity as previously outlined (Section 5, Part C).
While we are pleased to be able to provide a bit of clarity to this situation, please do not take this as an endorsement or requirement for courses to open. We believe that a course should make its own decision as to whether or not they would like to operate during these uncertain times. Courses should only open for play if they are certain that they can provide a safe environment for their employees and customers by complying with the social distancing requirements and proper sanitation of their equipment and common areas.
If you would like additional clarification regarding the Stay at Home Order as it relates to your business, we would encourage you to contact your counsel or local health department.
We hope that you will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of your health and the health of your employees, customers, friends, and family.
Be safe out there!
Meet Ryan D'Autremont
Golf Course Superintendent, Dayton Country Club
Currently the Golf Course Superintendent at Dayton Country Club. This is my 8th year as Superintendent and 9th year overall at DCC. Previously I spent 10 years at NCR CC as an Assistant on the North and South courses. I am a proud Purdue Boilermaker, Boiler UP!!! I also did an internship at NCR as well as internships at Pine Needles & Mid Pines resorts in NC and Bent Brook GC in Birmingham, AL.
My first ever golf course job (and first ever job in general) was at Penn Terra GC in Lewisburg, OH which is now closed (RIP). Some of my fondest memories are from Penn Terra and that course is the reason I enjoy the turf industry so much. I have never had a job that wasn’t in or around the turf industry!
I was born and raised in Brookville, OH and went to Brookville High School. Currently I live in Oakwood, OH with my son Luc. He is a 14 years old and in the 8th grade. Most of my free time is spent with Luc and his extra curricular activities. A lot of basketball, football, and most recently he has picked up wrestling.
We also like to attend Purdue football and basketball games. I also enjoy spending time and traveling with my girlfriend Jenny. Occasionally I play golf, poorly, but am going to try to get out there more often this season as are the rest of you, I’m sure!
In March of 2012 I came to Dayton Country Club with the task of cleaning up, modernizing, and making the entire process more efficient. We have made great strides including; modernizing the equipment fleet, cleaning and organizing our facility to make our maintenance process more efficient, aggressive planning on the course to improve consistency, large scale tree removals to improve overall agronomics, a full bunker renovation, a new master plan to take us into the future, and most importantly, building a team to make it all seamlessly work together. I would be nothing without my staff. They are highly skilled and provide a phenomenal product for our membership.
2001 US Women’s Open - Pine Needles Lodge and Resort
2005 US Senior Open - NCR Country Club
2013 & 2016 Women’s Wester Amateur - Dayton Country Club
Special thanks to all of our attendees, speakers and sponsors for another successful Annual Meeting! Nearly 70 members gathered at Beavercreek Golf Club for a day of learning and networking. Another big thank you to Mike Gafkjen, Eric Conley, and the entire staff at Beavercreek for serving as hosts for this annual event.
During the Annual Meeting, the association was pleased to recognize three individuals for their commitment to their profession and the Miami Valley GCSA. Congratulations to our award winners:
2019 Superintendent of the Year - Terry Taylor, The Golf Club at Yankee Trace
2019 Chris Fullmer Assistant of the Year - Noah Ervin, Moraine Country Club
2019 Industry Representative of the Year - Jim Dillard, Harrell's
Scott Parker accepting on behalf of Jim Dillard
The next meeting of the Miami Valley GCSA will take place February 20th at Poelking South Bowling for the annual bowling event. Click here to learn more.
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
Miami Valley GCSAPO Box 422Powell, Ohio 43065