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47 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
31. Career reflections with Dennis Lyon, CGCS
On this episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we chat with former GCSAA president Dennis Lyon, CGCS, about his long career in golf course management, his service to GCSAA and why retirement planning for superintendents is as important to long-term success as growing good turf.This episode is presented in partnership with Bayer Environmental Science.
46 minutes | May 28, 2021
30. Troy Flanagan on a very special U.S. Women's Open at The Olympic Club
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast features Troy Flanagan, the director of golf maintenance at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, the host course for this month's U.S. Women's Open. This will be a groundbreaking major championship for golf course maintenance as the volunteer crew will be made up largely of women turfgrass professionals, so we talk with Troy about this effort, overall preparations for the event and the club's new maintenance facility.
38 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
29. Brent LeBlanc and the Long Road Back from Hurricanes Laura and Delta
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast features a conversation with Brent LeBlanc, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at the Country Club at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, La., who helped lead recovery efforts at not just one, but two golf courses following the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Laura and Delta last year. LeBlanc spent a month working double duty at both the CC at the Golden Nugget and his previous course, Koasatti Pines Golf Course in Kinder, La., during clean-up from the storms that hit the Louisiana coast about five weeks apart last fall.
52 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
28. A Conversation with GCSAA President, Mark F. Jordan, CGCS
The latest episode of the GCSAA Podcast features a conversation with GCSAA's 85th president, Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, the natural resource leader at Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio. We talk about Jordan's path to a career in golf course management, his views on the state of the association and the golf course management industry, and his goals for the coming year as GCSAA and society maneuver their way through the waning days of the coronavirus pandemic.You can read more about Jordan in the cover story of the March issue of GCM, available now at https://www.gcmonline.com/profession/people/news/mark-jordan-cgcs.
37 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
27. Chris Ortmeier and the aftermath of a December major
In mid-December, Champions Golf Club in Houston played host to the U.S. Women's Open. The event was originally scheduled to be played in June, but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, making this the latest women's major in history. In this episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we talk with Chris Ortmeier, the director of agronomy at Champions GC, on what went into preparing for this very unusual event, and more importantly, how he and his team were managing the often-overlooked workload that comes with cleaning up after a major championship. To read more about the 2020 U.S. Women's Open, check out Howard Richman's story at GCMOnline.com.
41 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
26. Women in Golf Course Management
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast examines the growing role of women in the golf course management industry, and the obstacles and opportunities they face in finding a career in the business. GCMOnline.com editor Megan Hirt talks with guests in three different roles in the industry — Tami Jones, who is the head superintendent at DeSoto Golf Club in Hot Springs, Ark.; Miranda Robinson, the assistant superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Club in Victoria, BC; and Emily Braithwaite, a faculty research assistant in the turfgrass program at Oregon State University.
62 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
25. Christina Kim on life in the LPGA bubble and supporting superintendents
In this episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we talk with Christina Kim, one of the LPGA Tour's most colorful and outspoken players. We discuss life inside the LPGA's bubble, the steps she's taken to become a better player and a better person, the pluses and minuses of her openness and willingness to interact on social media and her burgeoning interest in agronomy and her respect for golf course superintendents.
46 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
24. Superintendent Alan FitzGerald on renovating during a pandemic
Alan FitzGerald in the only golf course superintendent the members at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton, Pa., have ever known, joining the club during construction 14 years ago. But that encyclopedic knowledge of the property and the club's members couldn't have prepared him for what took place earlier this year — a full renovation of the layout's par-4 17th hole during the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we talk with FitzGerald about his career, his background in golf course construction and renovation and this particular project, featured in the August issue of Golf Course Management magazine ("A very 2020 golf course renovation").
52 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
23. Giving back in golf with Justin Daigle and Jason Krogma
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast features stories of giving back in the golf course management industry during the coronavirus pandemic. First, we talk with Justin Daigle from Perry Park Country Club in Larkspur, Colo., who with his family spearheaded an effort to obtain and donate personal protective equipment to first-responders in their part of Colorado (see this related story on GCMOnline.com). Then, we speak to Jason Krogman from Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton, Wash., who found himself on the receiving end of some good deeds when members at his club began to show up and help out with basic day-to-day maintenance on the course when the club was forced to temporarily reduce its staffing levels because of the pandemic.
38 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
22. Golf writer Gary D'Amato on working with (and for) superintendents
In this episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we talk with award-winning golf writer Gary D'Amato, senior writer with Killarney Golf Media and the website Wisconsin.golf. A longtime golf journalist who has covered more than 75 majors — including every Masters since 1993 — D'Amato talks about his recent story that chronicled his day volunteering on the maintenance team at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, Wisc. ("Feeling super"), golf in the state of Wisconsin and how the coronavirus has impacted the industry there.
75 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
21. GCSAA's COVID-19 Online Town Hall Meeting
In this era of concern and uncertainty for both the golf course management industry and society in general, this episode of the GCSAA Podcast shares the audio from an online town hall meeting focused on the impact of the coronavirus on the industry which took place March 23. This is clearly a fluid situation and some information shared here may have changed by the time you listen to this, but we still felt it was important to share this in this format.
43 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
20. A Conversation with GCSAA President John R. Fulling, CGCS
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast features a conversation with 2020 GCSAA President John R. Fulling, CGCS. We discuss his career in golf course management, his volunteer service at both the state and national levels, his goals for his year in office and, of course, his love of music and his role as the drummer for the country rock band The Bronk Brothers. You can read more about Fulling in the cover story for the March issue of GCM magazine, available now. https://www.gcmonline.com/profession/career/news/john-fulling
25 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
19. Live from GIS 2020: Jeff Corcoran
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast — recorded live at the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando — features Jeff Corcoran, the manager of golf courses and grounds at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. Corcoran talks about his long affiliation with Oak Hill, a club that has hosted 12 previous major championships and will play host to the PGA Championship in 2023, his career path to Rochester and why mentoring future generations of superintendents is so important to him.
25 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
18. Live from GIS 2020: Gil Hanse
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast — recorded live at the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando — features golf course architect Gil Hanse. The lead designer on the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who also oversaw the renovation of the West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club, site of this June's U.S. Open, Hanse talks about how he got into a career as a golf course architect, some of his most notable projects and his working relationship with golf course superintendents.
76 minutes | Jan 11, 2020
17. GIS-apalooza! A Comprehensive Guide to the 2020 Golf Industry Show
In this very special, GIS-apalooza episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we go deep into the upcoming 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando (Jan. 25-30) with a host of GCSAA staffers closest to all the action. We talk with GCSAA's Jana Brown and Matt Brown about some of the changes and new innovations that will be front-and-center in Orlando (3:29). We dive into the more than 400 hours of educational opportunities with GCSAA's Shari Koehler (24:40). And we talk about the on-course action at the GCSAA Golf Championships with Jim Cummings (54:38).There is still time to register to join us in Orlando, so head over to www.golfindustryshow.com for all the details.
52 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
16. Thom Nikolai, Ph.D., the "Doctor of Green Speed"
Thom Nikolai, Ph.D. — the "Doctor of Green Speed" — is our guest on this episode of the GCSAA Podcast. The senior turfgrass academic specialist at Michigan State talks about his career path into golf course management, how he became interested in and established himself as an industry leader in putting green maintenance, green speeds and the benefits of lightweight rolling and his role in the annual Turfgrass Talk Show at the Golf Industry Show.GCSAA members can receive .08 education points for listening to this episode of the podcast, so stay tuned to receive the event approval code at the end of the podcast.
42 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
15. GCSAA's Grassroots Ambassador Program with Michael Lee and Kyle Barton
GCSAA's Grassroots Ambassador program is striving to match a GCSAA member with all 535 members of Congress (435 in the House, 100 in the Senate), and in this episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we talk about the program and the association's overall government affairs efforts with Michael Lee, GCSAA's manager, government affairs, and Kyle Barton, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Tam O'Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, Mich., who serves as a Grassroots Ambassador.
76 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
14. Curtis Tyrrell, CGCS, MG, and Bayer's Mark Clodfelter and Sean McNerney
Curtis Tyrrell, CGCS, MG, the longtime head of golf course maintenance at Medinah Country Club, leads off this episode of the GCSAA Podcast. Tyrrell discusses his career, his time at Medinah — which included hosting the 2012 Ryder Cup — and his newest foray into online video and podcasting. Also in this episode is a Partner Profile conversation with Bayer's Mark Clodfelter and Sean McNerney about the company's new FlexSolutions program.
61 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
13. MVT winner Greg Neill and Bayer's Paul Giordano, Ph.D., and Mike Hirvela
This episode of the GCSAA Podcast features an interview with the winner of this year's Most Valuable Technician Award — Greg Neill from Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Dallas at Las Colinas. It also features a Partner Profile conversation with Bayer's Paul Giordano, Ph.D., and Mike Hirvela about the company's Signature XTRA Stressgard line of fungicide products and a quick look into the crystal ball to see what superintendents might be facing for the rest of 2019.
38 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
12. Poa Is On The Way with Jim Brosnan, Ph.D.
In this episode of the GCSAA Podcast, we dive into the agronomic side of golf course management and talk Poa annua and control options available for superintendents in the Southeast and the transition zone with Jim Brosnan, Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Brosnan provides a primer on issues facing superintendents at this time of year and advice on the best control options for Poa. He also provides observations on other challenges facing superintendents in 2019 and what might be ahead as we move into the fall and winter months.This month's podcast is the first that offers GCSAA Education Points for association members who listen to the podcast. The approval code to receive the 0.05 education points is 999-22726-29999. You can record that code using the online Education Point Affidavit in the Submit Points area of the GCSAA website at www.gcsaa.org. By using the online affidavit, your education points will automatically populate your educational history. You can also call GCSAA at 800-472-7878 and submit the code by phone.
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