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For many generations golf has been a part of the patchwork of society. It has long since been a place where young and old, expert or beginner, could come together over the love of a game. Ask any of the nearly 24.8 million golfers in the United States what golf means to them, and you’ll find a passionate answer. Ask any of the 6.2 million new golfers in 2020 and you’ll probably rouse up the same passion. In 2020 golf’s value was proven. A year where more places were shutting down than staying open, golf courses still proved what they have always been, an escape. Many flocked to golf courses as a safe place they could recreate during the pandemic. It is uniting across all races, age, and abilities. What has golf meant to a society? Ask anyone who has ever picked up a club.
2021 has now brought about new challenges, namely the drought here in Utah. Though the state is annually in some form of drought, this year has been exceptional. Golf Course Superintendents have stepped up and are using what tools we have to do our part to protect one of our most precious resources, water. The demands of providing a playable golf course that is firm throughout, have superintendents constantly adjusting their practices. Though a reduction of water usage is the ultimate goal, superintendents are using their ingenuity to go about it in a variety of ways depending on what is available to them. Here are some of the many practices going on at your local golf course to save water.
In summary, though the state of the drought has increased in severity, western drought is an annual problem. Superintendents have been dealing with water issues since day one. They have been working tirelessly to be as efficient as possible, even in years where water is seemingly plentiful. Water conservation, especially in the west, is a top priority. These educated men and women are stewards of their environment, ensuring the sustainability of golf courses for future generations. Though golf courses only make up a small piece of the whole of water usage, the UGCSA and its members are dedicated to do as much as possible to ensure the future of the state of Utah and the game of golf are bright.
Salesperson of the Year - Phill Miller, Stotz Equipment
Phill started his career in sales in 2007 and has been with Stotz Equipment for almost six years. He has been in the golf industry his entire professional life and feels he has a lot in common with his customers. Some of his favorite calls are the ones where equipment barely comes up in the conversation. He believes long term relationships are the backbone of the industry and loyalty means everything to him. He strives to be available and responsive to his customers, organized, and to grow in his sales, relationships, and knowledge.
Assistant Superintendent of the Year - Colby Petrilla, Glenwild Golf Club & Spa
Colby has been an assistant for four season – three years as a second assistant and this year as a senior assistant. He’s been at Glenwild for five seasons, starting fresh out of college. He worked hard this year getting the crew cross-trained on all equipment which led to interchangeable positions, efficiency and less redundancy and burnout with the crew. He believes in strong leadership and their willingness and ability to grind alongside his crew. He strives for a clear and concise layout of the day and like to have everything organized and thought out beforehand to give the crew a straightforward approach with little guess work. Colby’s goal is to be a superintendent here in Utah before he turns 30 years old and then transcend to a general manager role. He hopes to one day bridge the gap between greens committees and superintendents.
Superintendent of the Year (Public) - Jampe Martinsson, Mountain Dell Golf Course
Jampe was born and raised in Osby, Sweden. Hockey was his main passion leading me to pursue a professional career in Division 1 Hockey. His future wife was the figure skating coach at thier local ice rink and after getting married, they decided to move to her hometown of Salt Lake City, UT. They moved to Utah in April 1990. The neighbor of his wife’s family happened to be the then Superintendent of Bonneville Golf Course and he offered him his first job as a greenskeeper. In 2004, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. In 2016, he was given the chance to become the interim Superintendent and soon after was officially named Superintendent of Bonneville GC. In 2019, he was asked to be the Superintendent at Mountain Dell. He has now called Utah home for more years than Sweden. Golfing, skating, family and loads of sunshine have kept us here. He loves working at a course where my neighbors are deer, elk, moose and an occasional prickly porcupine.
Superintendent of the Year (Private) - Brian Renschler, Talisker Club @ Tuhaye
Brian has been a superintendent for six years. Nine years at Tuhaye and one year at Promontory. He spent ten years in the Rocky Mountains at The Club at Cordillera where he was an intern, irrigation tech and assistant superintendent. He has a strong commitment to sustainability, safety, crew morale, and working toward less inputs. He aims to be a good steward of the industry by conserving water and working smarter, not harder. On a daily basis, he strives to keep his sanity and dealing with the non-golf course/agronomy aspects of the job. His yearly goal is to make the course better and improve things within his control. In the near future, he plans to complete his certification and survive building a short course at his facility.
Equipment Manager of the Year - Brack Crouch, Talisker Club @ Tuhaye
Brack has been an equipment manager on and off for the last 20 years and has been at Talisker Club at Tuhaye for eight. He has a high commitment to safety in the shop and on the course and he prides himself with precision, efficiency, and organization. He is always striving to better himself whether it be education, enlisting new techniques or working to grow the industry as it pertains to equipment managers. Brack is a member of GCSAA’s Equipment Manager Task Group working on relevant education tracts for the national conference and show, online webinars, narrowing down award nominations and scholarships, and finalizing the attesting guidelines for the Certified Turf Equipment Manager (CTEM) certification. He hopes to achieve GCSAA’s CTEM certification and grow interest in golf course equipment management as a viable career choice for future generations.
Distinguished Service Award - Gary Grigg, CGCS
Gary Grigg holds a B.S. in Agriculture and Entomology from Utah State University, 1964, and an M.S. in Agronomy from Michigan State University, 1966.
Gary's 53-year journey through the Golf Course industry has taken him from the potato fields of Idaho to dozens of golf construction sites worldwide, to the boardroom of one of the turfgrass industries most successful superintendent-driven companies as a co-founder and chief agronomist of Grigg Brothers – now owned by Brandt Consolidated, Inc. and simply known as GRIGG™.
He has built or helped build dozens of courses, maintained a bunch more, earned Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) status for 9 consecutive 5-yr terms from the GCSAA, honored by BIGGA with a Master Greenkeeper (MG) certification, served as president of GCSAA, spoken at a gazillion turf conferences, received numerous awards, served on countless association boards, and generally leads an interesting life. Gary is a respected Husband, father, grandfather, mentor, speaker, author, and friend. Further, Gary has played an instrumental role in the golf industry and continues to promote the profession and industry.