Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Golf Course Superintendents Association of Southern California hosts 25th annual Duff Shaw Classic

Event raises over $70,000 for benevolent fund to assist association members

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Southern California (GCSASC) hosted the 25th annual Duff Shaw Classic at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif. on Dec. 12. 
The event honors late North Ranch Country Club superintendent Duff Shaw who passed away from cancer in 1994 at the age of 32.  At the time of his death, Duff left behind his wife Kristi and a 15-month-old daughter Erin.  

Erin spoke to the participants during this year’s event in a tear-jerking speech that highlighted the importance of carrying on her father’s legacy through helping others in times of need.  Erin is a 2015 graduate of Tulane University where her education was funded in part by GCSASC and North Ranch.
190 players participated in the silver anniversary of the event over North Ranch’s 27-hole layout and more than $70,000 was placed directly into a benevolence fund that benefits GCSASC members facing medical or other financial hardships.  

“The Duff Shaw continues to grow yearly and allows us to expand our benevolent outreach,” said GCSASC executive director Cyndy Neal who along with the tournament committee provides much of the heavy lifting required for putting together the event.  “Our sponsors, vendors and volunteers continue to step up and provide us with the financial resources and tools we need to run a first class fundraiser.”  

Funds raised come from a number of sources including entry fees, raffles, sponsorships and a live auction that follows play.  

John Pollok serving as auctioneer

The auction features numerous product and golf packages from vendors and golf facilities in Southern California.  John Pollok, Southwest agronomist at Ewing Irrigation and Landscape serves as the auctioneer.  Pollok was a close friend and classmate of Shaw’s at Penn State University.  “It’s an honor to raise funds in Duff’s memory and ensure that his legacy will live on forever,” said Pollok.  “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss or think about him.”  

The 2016 tournament committee was made up of Dave Geery, Mary Harmon, Speedy Lipari, Scotty McBeath, John Pollok, Michael Sommer, Steve Sinclair, James Ward and Bill Wrinker.  Each member of the committee has participated in all 25 years of the Duff Shaw.  

The Duff Shaw has raised more than $1 million since its inception in 1992 and is one of the largest GCSAA affiliated chapter fundraisers in the country.  “We have already scheduled next year’s event for Dec. 11 and look forward to continued success in the future,” said Neal. 

For more information on the event or to sponsor, contact Cyndy Neal at cyndy@cmnsupt.com.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Golf industry economic impact study now available for the state of Arizona

State’s golf courses have an estimated total economic contribution of $3.9 billion and directly employ 18,750 full and part-time employees

The Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association, with cooperation from the Club Managers Association of America and the Southwest PGA Section, released the “The Contribution of the Golf Industry to the Arizona Economy” study on Dec. 13, 2016 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.   

The study, conducted by the Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics and Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona utilizes the results of a statewide survey, secondary data and an economic contribution analysis using the IMPLAN model to determine the game’s contribution to the Arizona economy as well as its influence on the environment.  

“The study indicates the importance of the golf industry to the state of Arizona and its residents,” stated Rory Van Poucke, Cactus & Pine GCSA president and general manager/Class A superintendent at Apache Sun Golf Club in San Tan Valley, Ariz.  “Golf in Arizona has a total economic impact of $3.9 billion, directly employs 18,750 full and part-time employees and generates $72 million in state and local taxes. These numbers substantiate golf’s contribution to the economic vitality of the state.”  

The state’s over 300 facilities played host to 11.6 million rounds of golf in 2014.  “Over 32 percent of those rounds were played by out-of-state and foreign visitors accounting for $1.1 billion in total sales”, said Cactus & Pine GCSA executive director Carmella Ruggiero. “The golf industry continues to be one of the primary drivers of tourism to Arizona.”

In addition to the economic contributions, the study also highlights the industries conservation and management practices.  Golf uses only 1.9 percent of Arizona’s total freshwater withdrawals and courses have reduced the average number of acres overseeded from 89.3 in 2009 to 75.8 in 2014. “The study demonstrates our industries continued efforts in the area of water conservation and sustainable environmental practices,” said Desert Mountain director of agronomy Shawn Emerson. “We are proving that you can balance the use of natural resources while achieving bottom line results.”

Access the full report here.

The Cactus & Pine GCSA is recognized as a unified voice for the turfgrass industry in Arizona and is dedicated to enhancing the professional recognition of its members through education, leadership, collaboration, government relations and environmental stewardship.  For more information, visit the Cactus & Pine website.