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From the CEO: A win-win competition


Peak golf season is still in full swing, but I know many superintendents are already looking forward to this fall, when the work will slow slightly for many and it will be their turn to hit the links with friends.

Our first international superintendent golf tournament, the Can Am Cup, will take place Oct. 22-24 at two beautiful New Jersey venues: Baltusrol Golf Club and Canoe Brook Country Club. Not only does this event offer members of GCSAA and the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) the opportunity to play at these world-renowned venues and participate in first-rate education, but it also furthers our mission and upholds a tradition as old as the associations themselves: to advance the profession through collaboration and unity among professional turf managers.

I have seen countless examples of how valuable this collaboration can be, from mentorships of those just starting out in the profession to informal discussions at the annual GCSAA Golf Championships and Golf Industry Show, to superintendent-presented education via webinars, conference sessions and chapter meetings. Knowledge sharing is truly a daily practice for superintendents, who recognize its importance in maintaining the golf facility’s most valuable asset, protecting the environment, and providing optimal playing conditions.

Our industry partners also recognize the importance of these opportunities. We are thrilled that Bayer Environmental Science and The Toro Co. have joined us as sponsors  of the Can Am Cup — Bayer as presenting sponsor and Toro as a platinum-level sponsor. We also appreciate the support of everyone at Baltusrol and Canoe Brook.

These two championship clubs will each host a day of the point-quota competition, which will pair two Canadian and two U.S. players in each foursome according to USGA or Golf Canada official handicaps. But before they tee off, superintendents can choose from several can’t-miss education events that qualify for GCSAA and CGSA education points.

On the first day, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the maintenance facility at Baltusrol, hosted by former GCSAA president Mark Kuhns, CGCS. Participants are sure to gain valuable insights from Mark as they tour offices, the irrigation room, shop area, chemical and fertilizer application buildings, and more. Attendees will also have the option to hear from renowned golf course architects Rees Jones and Douglas Carrick in a casual session focused on what superintendents need to know about design and renovation. 

On the second day, Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., and Paul Giordano, Ph.D., will cover epidemics, efficacy and the economics of disease management in 2018. In addition, Laura Katen of Katen Consulting will present a session on how superintendents can maximize their professional potential through the development and mastery of four critical “soft skills.”

This type of world-class, custom education followed by fun and competitive golf with your peers is truly a rare opportunity. You can learn more about the tournament, the education lineup and how you can register by visiting Space is limited, and will be capped at 120 players from each country. 

If your schedule won’t allow you to attend, I still want to emphasize that this event represents an important step forward for both GCSAA and CGSA on our path to collaboration and information sharing to better maintain every golf course and grow the game we all love. Be sure to look for similar opportunities in your region and nationally. You’ll quickly come to appreciate the knowledge you gain and the lifelong friendships you make along the way.

I am proud to represent such a dedicated group of professionals as the CEO of GCSAA — professionals who are leading the way in uniting our industry and the game of golf as a whole. So, if I engage in a little good-natured heckling of our opponents from the CGSA as the event approaches, know that it’s done in the spirit of fun and the pride I have in our members. I hope I’ll see many of you in New Jersey this October.

J. Rhett Evans is GCSAA’s chief executive officer.