GCSAA Member Relief Fund
The recent flooding in Texas and West Virginia may remind members that they can donate to an emergency relief fund for fellow members. Contact GCSAA at (800) 472-7878 to make a donation. These funds are available to help GCSAA members with personal loss, and donations are tax deductible. Members can request GCSAA emergency help by contacting member services.
Results from nutrient survey show significant reduction in use
Superintendents have significantly decreased their use of nutrients and fertilizers, according to results from GCSAA’s recently released Nutrient Use and Management Practices Survey. The survey is part of the second phase of the Golf Course Environmental Profile and is compared to recent data from the 2006 survey. Highlights of the survey show a 53-percent reduction in phosphate use, a 42-percent reduction in potash use and a 34-percent reduction in nitrogen use. According to the survey, conservation practices accounted for 90 percent of the reduction use. The full report is now on gcsaa.org and will be featured in the July issue of GCM.
Wee One recipient battles rare disease
Forty-six-year-old James Keith, a 25-year GCSAA member and former superintendent, is battling the rare genetic disorder antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) with the help of financial support from the Wee One Foundation. Today, Keith is on oxygen 24 hours a day, and he is part of a national clinical study sponsored by the Alpha-1 Foundation. The Wee One Foundation supports golf course management professionals who incur overwhelming expenses due to medical hardship.
The Greenbrier Classic cancelled due to severe flooding
Member Josh Pope is the superintendent at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, one of the golf courses devastated by last week’s flash flooding. The PGA Tour event scheduled for July 7-10 has been cancelled due to the flooding. This is only the third time in 20 years that a Tour event has been cancelled. Pope will visit with Katrek and Maginnes at 6 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, June 29. For more on recovery efforts at The Greenbrier, read Pope's interview with GCSAA's Howard Richman on From the desk of GCM.