THE PULSE is designed to keep members updated on current events related to the industry and membership. Members can post information on "this web page" FREE of charge. Simply email your information to email@example.com at HAGCSA. Your submission will be posted within forty-eight business hours and will remain on the site for forty-days. For additional questions, please contact Kim Weitzel at 816-561-5323.
Your Vote Is Needed: Vote for Kurt Lading, Equipment Manager at Indian Hills Country Club for Most Valuable Technician Award
Our very own, Kurt Lading, Equipment Manager, Indian Hills Country Club, has made the finalist stage for the GCSAA Most Valuable Technician Award. Please follow the link to cast your vote today! https://www.gcsaa.org/gcm/most-valuable-technician
Voting Closes on Friday, June 9.
Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan.
A U.S. Navy veteran who picked up a lifetime of real-world experience during his service, Kurt Lading has taken those experiences and applied them to his job as the equipment manager at Indian Hills in suburban Kansas City. According to superintendent Jeff White, CGCS, the shop at Indian Hills reflects that military precision, and Lading has been diligent in pursuing educational opportunities to further his skill sets, both through networking with fellow equipment managers and formal training with industry manufacturers and GCSAA. “He goes the extra mile to make sure the fleet is operating safely and performs his duties exceptionally well,” White says of the GCSAA member.
Changing of the Guard
As many of you have already heard, I have taken a new job in the golf industry, starting March 13th. Since I will no longer be a “Superintendent” Member with the Heart of America Chapter, I will not be able to continue serving as your President. This decision was made for personal reasons and will be a better opportunity for myself and my family.
The Heart will not skip a beat through this transition. Current Vice President, Tim Nielsen, will be taking over as President for the remainder of 2017; in accordance with your bylaws.
Section 4: Vacancies
(a) Should the President not be able to continue in office, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of President.
The Executive Board and Board of Directors will continue in their current roles and I will remain as Heartbeat Editor going forward. Our board has made great strides this year and I have no doubt they will continue to represent our association in the best way possible.
Serving on the board these past 6 years has been a very rewarding experience and it is something I will be forever grateful for.
Thank you for the opportunity. I will still be working in the Industry and look forward to seeing everyone at Heart events!
Andy Klein, CGCS
Colbert Hills Golf Course Superintendent Strengthens Business Skills with Colleagues Across U.S.
- Colbert Hills Golf Course superintendent participates in eighth annual Syngenta Business Institute
- Competitive three-day educational program provides superintendents with key tools for business management
GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 24, 2017- Matt Gourlay, golf course superintendent at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas was one of 26 superintendents across the country to graduate from the Syngenta Business Institute™ (SBI). SBI is an exclusive professional development program for golf course superintendents hosted by Syngenta and the Wake Forest University School of Business in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
While agronomic expertise is critical to superintendent success, Syngenta also recognizes the need to provide superintendents with business management skills.
"We offer this program to 26 superintendents as a commitment to our customers and their development in the industry," says Stephanie Schwenke, golf market manager, Syngenta. "At the Syngenta Business Institute, we focus on the business aspect of superintendents’ responsibilities, rather than agronomics, and really work to hone their skills in leadership and management, which is just as important as managing turf quality."
During the three-day educational program, participants gained knowledge in financial and human resources management, negotiation skills, effective communications techniques, managing generational differences and more. Classes were led by professors from the School of Business at Wake Forest University, who provided ideas and tools to assist superintendents in their daily management and long-term planning.
Gourlay was selected from a talented pool of superintendents across the country based on an application process that reviewed their educational background, professional achievements and an essay that demonstrates why they should be selected for the program.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
2016 ATTENDANCE CONTEST!
The Tournaments and Meetings/Programs Committee is excited to roll out the “HAGCSA ATTENDANCE CONTEST”. Eligibility is based on the number of qualifying events attended by the HAGCSA Member. All HAGCSA Members are eligible. Those Members with the highest attendance record will be entered into the drawing for the following prizes. The HAGCSA Member must be present at the New Year Party to win.
Ø Platinum Prize - HAGCSA Logo Yeti 45 cooler (valued at $450)
Ø Gold Prize - GO PRO Hero camera. (valued at $150)
Ø Silver Prize - HAGCSA Logo Yeti Coffee Cup. (valued at $50)
Total value of prizes is estimated at $600.00.
There will be a sign-in sheet at the registration table that must be signed to prove registration and attendance at each event. The Tournament and Meetings/Programs Committee will be responsible for keeping records of attendees that are eligible for the award. The HAGCSA board of directors will attest the eligible candidates prior to the drawing at the New Year Party. The eligible HAGCSA Members will be drawn from a hat at the New Year Party. The first person drawn will win the platinum prize, the second person drawn will win the gold prize, and the third person drawn will win the silver prize.
This award will be presented January 13th at the Annual HAGCSA New Year Party.
Qualifying Events for the HAGCSA ATTENDANCE CONTEST:
Ø Feb 23 - Bowling Event at College Lanes
Ø March 8 - Shop Talk at Deer Creek Golf Club
Ø May 4 - Wee One at Tiffany Greens Golf Club
Ø May 16- Footprints in Fairways at Ironhorse Golf Club
Ø May 23 - Joint meeting at Falcon Ridge Golf Club
Ø July 11 - S&R Tournament at Kansas City Country Club
Ø August 25 – Past Presidents Fall Classic Event at the T-Bones Ball Field
Ø September 15 – Vendor Appreciation at Twin Peaks in Olathe.
Ø November 2 - Annual Meeting
Ø December 12 & 13 - Common Ground at Olathe Conference Center
Ø Jan 13 – New Year Party
We Need Your Help!
Over the next few months we are presenting seminars at a few Industry shows on the topic of the “skills” that it takes to be a Golf Course Superintendent and Equipment Manager. The basis of this data collection is to get the top 10 skills that you feel are the most important or desirable or needed to be an effective Golf Course Superintendent or Equipment Manager. We are collecting this information from a few different perspectives, so there are separate surveys.
Please make sure you only fill out the survey that pertains to your position.
In order for us to collect an appropriate sample size we ask that you forward these links along to others at your Club and as many other Equipment Managers, Golf Course Superintendents and General Managers in your contact list.
We thank you for your participation, keep an eye out for the seminar offerings and have a great Holiday!!!
Tranquillo Golf Club
Pat Finlen CGCS
The Olympic Club
John Cunningham CGCS
Golf Course Superintendent
Bellerive Country Club
Equipment Manager (complete both):
Top 10 Skills for Equipment Managers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22PB6RQ
Top 10 Skills for Superintendents: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMH92GP
Golf Course Superintendents (complete both):
Top 10 Skills for Equipment Managers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2VWVYDH
Top 10 Skills for Superintendents: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXYCDV3
Top 10 Skills for Equipment Managers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXGTYWF
Top 10 Skills for Superintendents: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NNKYV89
Follow Us On Twitter Without a Twitter Account
Do you want to get tweets from @HAGCSA but don't want to create a Twitter account? YOU CAN DO IT! Just turn on your mobile phone, create a new text message, in the recipient space type 40404, type the following in the message body "follow @HAGCSA", hit send. You will now be following us via the text message service provided by Twitter. Any tweets we send out will come to you via a text message. Standard text message rates apply.
HAGCSA Unveils New and Improved Website
The HAGCSA has officially launched a new, more updated website. Though the new website may look different, the same content is available that was on the old website. Features that are being discussed at the board level before implementation include online event registration and credit card processing. These two features will give the HAGCSA a more streamlined and efficient way for members to conduct HAGCSA business. An added feature of the new website is also the "Upcoming Events" page where viewers can see all scheduled events that have already been planned for the year. If an event is not on the page, it is because the event does not have a date or location yet. As of right now, once clicking on an event, you will be able view the event details and download the registration form. You will also see on the left side of the page links to add the event to your Google calendar and/or your iCal. You will also notice, if using your mobile device when viewing the site, it is very mobile friendly and looks very similar to a well designed app. You are able to see and do everything on the mobile site you do on the desktop site. Concerning mobile devices, it is possible on all "smart phones" to add the website to your phone's "home page" by adding it as a shortcut. All phone's browsers are different so if you need help doing this go to this site for help. The website also features a viewable and downloadable HAGCSA roster. This is a page meant to viewed by HAGCSA members only. If you do not have the password, please email Kim Weitzel. Please be looking for updates to the entire site in the future. If you have questions, comments, or feedback concerningthe site please contact Tim Nielsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an effort to keep member dues and event costs as low as possible, the HAGCSA Board of Directors has instituted a new policy regarding collection of past due accounts. This policy applies to delinquent membership dues, PRP commitments and meeting/event charges. The newly adopted policy is as follows:
“Any member with an outstanding balance that is greater than 90 days past due will not be allowed to participate in any association activities (meetings, tournaments, programs, conferences, etc.) until the outstanding balance is paid in full.”
Please also keep in mind that as a member of HAGCSA, you are responsible for full payment of any event that you register to participate in (even if unforeseen circumstances have caused you to miss the event and cancellation is not provided within a timely manner). This policy is necessary as the association is responsible for on-time payments to the booked event facilities based on committed registrations.
Thank you for your help and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Weitzel at the association office (816-561-5323).
HAGCSA Board of Directors