Quick hits from the PBGCSA meeting

By |  January 16, 2014
Photo: Golfdom Staff

Photo: Golfdom Staff

It was a great meeting to attend this week at the Rees Jones course at Breakers West. Superintendent Mark Reid and his staff do a great job out there.

Some quick observations:

— PBGCSA prez Steve Wright, CGCS, (Boca West CC) asked all in attendance to stand up, introduce themselves and state how much rainfall they had last week (the area got hit with a major overnight rain event.) Rainfall amounts varied from 22 inches to zero inches… in a relatively close geographic area.

— Curtis Tyrell III, CGCS, MG, director of grounds at Medinah (pictured), gave a great presentation. It was similar to what he did at the Golfdom Summit two years ago but not identical. Perhaps most interesting was the renovation work they took on as soon as the Ryder Cup ended. No rest for that crew!

— I gave the guys a sneak preview of our January issue, along with some results from this year’s Golfdom Report. I also told the guys I wouldn’t be able to return to the area for a couple seasons, as I’ve got a lot of other chapters I need to visit before I get back down there again.

— Funniest moment of the meeting… and it was a doozy: After Wright asked for the guys to give their rainfall totals, the first superintendent (who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) stands up and reports that he had “a light three inches.” A heartbeat later, a monotone voice came from the back of the room. “That’s what she said.” The entire room busted up. It took us a while to get back on track after that one. Definitely the best use of ‘That’s what she said’ I’ve witnessed in a long time.

A great meeting. Thanks to the PBGCSA again for inviting me down!

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at sjones@northcoastmedia.net.

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