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Superintendent Turned Scholar: #GIS16

The last couple weeks have been eventful for us. Not because of our on-premise events, considering the course & restaurant are closed for the season; but because 3 of our management team were out-of-state for educational conferences! Our Banquet Manager, Danielle, and Director of Marketing, Darcy, got the 4-1-1 on all things weddings at the 2016 WeddingWire World Conference in Washington, DC (if you missed the recap of their trip, click here). Our Superintendent, Thad, flew to the opposite side of the country, not only to escape the zub-zero temperatures, but for a scholarship he recently won!  
Our Superintedent, Thad, was awarded a scholarship by the National Golf Course Superintendents Association to attend the annual Melrose Leadership Academy in San Diego. Obviously he won the weather lottery with 80 degree temperatures and endless sun, but he also won the conference lottery. Winning the scholarship meant an all-expenses paid trip to California plus extensive education tailored to golf course superintendents.  
gcsaa pic The 2016 Class of the Melrose Leadership Academy. Of course our very own is the only one hiding (blue shirt, bald head, second row from the top).
As a golf course superintendent, you are required to attend annual continuing education seminars (at least in the State of New York). These seminars allow superintendents to keep their certifications in certain areas, like for example- pesticide usage. So while extremely useful, they cover the same topics year-to-year. For Thad, the Melrose Leadership Academy was an incredible opportunity to broaded his horizons, and learn about topics that aren't often touched upon. Some of the Melrose educational sessions lasted up to 4 hours, but he never once found himself losing interest. 
The Melrose Leadership Academy also coincided with #GIS2016 - the world's largest Golf Industry Show. So on top of a week's worth of educational seminars for superintendents, there were also hundreds upon hundreds of golf industry vendors. The show spanned 250,000 sq. ft, which would be a lot for any person to cover, and especially for Thad who hadn't been to the show in over 20 years. From the latest equipment, to the newest technologies, to turf expertise, to facility services, there was plenty to learn. 

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Thad (in blue) checking out the Trimax Snake (industry-leading mower dedicated to golf courses)
For more about the Melrose Leadership Academy, GCSAA, or GIS, click here
Have any questions for Thad about what he learned at the conference? Email them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or follow him on Twitter, @terryhillsmaint

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