Another One in the Books!
Another golf season has come and almost gone and we now have a chance to pause, catch our breath, and reflect on the successes and learning opportunities of 2018. I truly love the Fall. The stresses of summer are gone, the days are shorter, and the changing leaves make for some stunning sunrises. It doesn’t always seem like it but, all things considered we have the greatest job!
Fall is a time to take an honest look at your course and determine what can be improved moving forward. It is not always within our control to make changes immediately (especially big ones) but planning for the future is an important aspect of our jobs. Does your club have a long range plan? If the answer is no, why not? Looking out ten years or more can really help organize the work and provide a roadmap of how to get the course where you want it to be. There are also changes that are easily within our control and these should be discussed and acted upon with the goal of constant improvement.
Another thing I love about fall is that I get to spend more time with family and friends. Once we reach Thanksgiving, there is a definite feeling of relaxation that comes over me. Roasting a turkey in the oven on a cool, crisp fall day is one of things I enjoy the most. Maybe it’s just me but Thanksgiving is the turning point where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, you also have something in your life that allows you to relax and recharge. Waking up a little later is a nice bonus as well.
As an association, we have been busy planning the upcoming conference at Blue Mountain, and of course executing our year end. Your continued support of the OGSA through membership renewal, sponsorship, and by attending our conference is the reason why we were able to have such a successful year. Two notable highlights are the joint meetings with the GCSAA which reinforced our historic partnership, and creating our video, “Today in Ontario” which champions environmental stewardship within the industry. Please continue to support the OGSA as we ensure that our mission statement and the superintendent profession remains in the forefront when we are establishing what initiatives we decide to direct funds towards.
This will be my last President’s message and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank each and every Board member for their hard work and for volunteering their time to make the OGSA better. And of course, Sally, Courtney, and Laura for their tireless efforts that go mostly unnoticed. We are truly lucky to have such a great group leading our Association – the future is bright! For the last time, I will ask you to consider serving on the Board in the future. It is a great experience with a wonderful group of people. As well, please consider writing an article for ONCourse. You will be glad you did. Lastly, thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged me in my role as President. See you in January at Blue Mountain.
President, Ontario Golf Superintendents' Association