by Jason Pick, Instructor, Turf Management Program
The final quarter of the 2013 Olds College school year was an exciting one – we began the new year with a guest lecture from Mitch Davidson AGS, superintendent of Dinosaur Trail Golf Club who reminded us to “Invest in Ourselves” sharing how you can support your associations while advancing your communication skills. At the CGSA conference in Toronto, we saw our 2012 Applied degree graduate Andrew Krek win the $2500 scholarship, while Cody Inkster and Franz Unterberger both also collected scholastic grants from the WCTA.
St. Andrews Renovations by Greg Bond
As a graduating diploma student in the turfgrass management program at Olds College, this semester we are learning golf course design and construction. As one of many topics under discussion, the most recent media frenzy regarding renovations to the old course at St Andrews prompted me to offer my own observations and opinions.
from Jason Pick, Instructor, Turf Management Program
New Olds College Golf Team
Olds College began this year by energizing the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference with its new 2012 Golf team, filling the roster with nine team members among our turf diploma program students. Managed by golf course management instructors Ian Morrow (Head Coach) and Jay Leach (Assistant Coach), the new golf team was represented through three provincial qualifier tournaments. These inspiring students balanced full time classes with practice and competition, only narrowly missing the qualifying scores at Desert Blume Golf Club for national championships in Oshawa.
By Jordan Collins, Olds College Incoming Turf Club President
With summer quickly coming to a close, the 2nd year turf management “turfies”are getting ready to come back for another exciting year of school, and optimistically the most successful! I have found it has made a world of difference on the golf course having applied even just that first year of knowledge at work.
By Ian Morrow
Golf has long been thought of, as a “waster” of water but the reality is that the majority of water used is returned to the environment. The public perception is that the golf course industry has a negative impact on water quality in the environment. Since we are returning the water to the environment then the real question is; are we returning the water cleaner than we received it or not?
In September 20, the 2011 Olds College Golf Course Management Degree students were welcomed by Certified, Master Superintendent Bob Burrows, assistant Dan Nolan, and environmental coordinator Jennifer Heim, to tour the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club. The unique national park venue introduced students to those increasing environmental stewardship responsibilities commonly adopted by many courses across Canada.