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Brian Milam

Brian Milam

This weekend’s event

Due to legal issues, the event Calcium Products has been planning (to be held March 30-31, 2012) will now be referred to as The Summit.

Pre-registration is no longer available. Tickets will be sold at the door. We will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Both days are scheduled to be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

All updates about the event will be posted right here. Please stay tuned.

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GCSAA members – the unseen heroes of many a golf course!

Golf Course superintendents’ work is often seen, but they are rarely seen or their work realized. It is not an uncommon practice for the maintenance staff at a golf facility to be up working well before the sun comes up.

As a PGA member since 1999, I certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to be in the golf industry, but I know it takes even more hard work and dedication to be in charge of the grounds and maintenance. More times than not, GCSAA members and their colleagues do not get the accolades they deserve. I consider golf course superintendents the unsung heros of the golf industry.

Next time you see your golf course superintendent keep in mind, their jobs are often 24/7 shifts. It takes time, patience, flexibility, and supreme organization to manage 100 acres or more of managed turf, not to mention their staff and their families.

Yes, it is true; superintendents do mow grass, rake bunkers and pick up trash but consider this:

 

YOUR GCSAA MEMBER IS ALSO:

An ambassador for your facility

An environmental steward

A mentor to their staff

An agronomist for the facility

A communicator to the membership

Facility manager for the ground department

Human resources director for their area

OSHA director

Financial planner managing the facility’s largest portion of the budget

Material scheduler and planner

Landscape and golf course architect

A certified, licensed applicator

An artist

A mechanic

An irrigation technician

Meteorologist

Public speaker

An educator

A political activist

ALL IN A SINGLE DAY’S WORK!

The next time you head out the golf course, be sure to spend a couple of minutes getting to know the golf course superintendent and thank him for all the hard work and commitment they provide for your golfing enjoyment!

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Oceans, glaciers, volcanos & giants…A look @ Iowa’s past

One of the many reasons Calcium Products has premium products is the extremely high-quality, pure limestone and gypsum we use. I thought it’d be interesting to share some of Iowa’s history that made our lime and gypsum so amazing. It also contributes to the rich Iowa farmland we hear lots about. Check out this article from IPTV about the land history. Below is an excerpt:

Iowa has been under water in one form or another for much of its history. Ancient seas covered Iowa while it was located near the equator. For millions of years, the continental plate on which Iowa sits has slowly wandered around the globe. At one time the plate split apart, creating a rift. Then it moved back together. Several other times, it crashed into other plates. These crashes caused parts of the land to get pushed up out of the water. These earth-quaking events often formed mountains. The oldest mountain remnants in Iowa are found as Sioux Quartzite in the northwest corner of the state. 

When the land was above water, waves and rain worked to wear away the rocks. When plates crashed together again, the land often got pushed back down. While underwater, the land became covered with layers of sediment. Each layer of sediment holds clues to the past. Some layers have fossil crinoids, trilobites or even tree pollen. Most of these layers are buried under newer rocks and soil. But the bluffs that line the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa are an exposed outcrop of ancient sea sediments.

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A new name in the golf game

I was excited to hear that Ferrari has launched a golf line. Clubs, shoes & accessories for sale July 1. This description intrigues me:

“The club’s shape is the result of input from Ferrari’s aerodynamic engineers, who made changes to reduce drag as the club is swung through the air. The net result is a higher club head speed.”

Can’t wait to see what that looks like! Read more here.

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