In winter, course superintendents' thoughts turn to grass seminars

January 02, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

One of the most necessary components of any successful operation these days is the area of continuing education.

Modern technology appears to be relentless in its building of better mousetraps, and, as a result, the need for keeping up becomes more critical all the time.

For the golf industry, this becomes especially visible during the winter months, with workshops, seminars and conferences aimed at golf professionals and course superintendents.

One such program -- the annual meeting and educational sessions of the Maryland Turfgrass Council -- will begin a three-day run tomorrow at the Marriott Inner Harbor.

It seems reasonable that this is one area of vital importance to the sport, for its enjoyment is usually in direct proportion to the setting and condition of courses played.

In addition to updates and reports on research programs from the University of Maryland, there will be two golf course management sessions, as well as one for pesticide recertification, an annual requirement.

Speakers will include professors from Cornell University, the University of Georgia, Kansas State University, University of Massachusetts, Penn State University and Virginia Tech.

Among the things golf course superintendents will hear are some of the latest ideas about water management, including ponds and wetlands; one approach to regrassing greens; identifying diseases; and a panel discussion on practice tees: natural turf vs. artificial alternatives.

And you thought all a superintendent had to do was turn on the automatic watering system (providing there is one) and cut grass.

Cindy Davis a VP

Cindy Davis, a former winner of the women's amateur titles of the Maryland State, Middle Atlantic and Women's District associations, has been named to the newly created position of vice president of the LPGA.

Davis, who joined the LPGA two years ago as executive director of its teaching and club professional division, will continue this leadership and oversee the marketing and communications departments.

In making the announcement, commissioner Charles Mecham Jr. said: "During a two-year period, she has done an outstanding job, one that has been acknowledged industry-wide. As women's golf continues to grow, the opportunities for the LPGA to realize its potential becomes evermore apparent.

"Cindy's performance as executive director has clearly proven that she has not only the talent but also the vision to help take women's golf to a new level."

Crofton team best

A Crofton CC team of professional Bill Sporre, the club's director of golf, and amateurs Jake Dillon, Rob Bailes and Jerry Robb combined for a 54-hole total of 243 and first place in the eighth annual Rums of Puerto Rico National Club Pro-Am last month at the Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort.

The 46-team field competed over three days, using a different course and format each day -- scramble, one-net bestball and two-net bestball on courses at Cerromar and Dorado East. Crofton won with 55 (one net), 60 (scramble) and 128 (two net), beating a team from Pennsauken (N.J.) CC by a stroke, 57-60-127244.

Crofton's scores placed it first in one-net, third in the two-net and fourth in the scramble.

Other Middle Atlantic area teams involved were Shenandoah Valley, fourth, 60-60-128248; Twin Shields, fifth, 57-61-131249; Holly Hills-A, tie for 13th, 66-56-134256; CC Woodmore, tie for 13th, 60-63-133256; WestWinds, tie for 18th, 60-61-136257; Holly Hills-B, tie for 18th, 59-62-136257; Chesapeake Hills, tie for 28th, 62-64-136262; Hunt Valley, tie for 37th, 61-69-139269.

Holly Hills joined Crofton as a one-day winner, placing first in the scramble for the second straight year. The team of head pro Mike McGinnis and amateurs Jim Parker, Richard Hough and Lou Fisher teamed for a 56.

PGA Tournament Series

The latest results included several players with Middle Atlantic ties: Regular division -- at the Breakers West in West Palm Beach, Fla., tie for sixth included former Maryland Open winner Larry Rentz, now from Mamaroneck, N.Y., 69-70139; at Ballenisles CC in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., tie for fourth included Wheeler Stewart, head professional at Oakland CC, 71-70141.

Senior division -- At Club Med CC, Port St. Lucie, Fla., tie for 11th included former MAPGA president Herb Rose, now living at RTC Singer Island, Fla., 72-75147; at St. Lucie West CC, Port St. Lucie, Fla., tie for sixth included Barry Fuhrman, head professional at Woodholme CC, 75-71146, and tie for 11th included Rose, 77-73150, and David Jimenez, formerly at Wintergreen, Va., now playing from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 76-74150.

Miscellaneous

The annual meeting and election of officers of the Maryland State Golf Association will be held Jan. 14 at Baltimore Country Club. David Fay, executive director of the USGA, will be the principal speaker. . . . The 1994 "Rules of Golf" booklet ($1) and its companion reference work, "Decisions on the Rules of Golf" ($15), are available from the USGA's Order Department (800) 336-4446.

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