Dr. Jack L. Eggens ( 1936 – 2013 ) – The Great Communicator – 2013 08 26

 

Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (17)

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jack Lambert Eggens passed away suddenly on August 26th, 2013, at Guelph General Hospital in Ontario.

 

He was 77-years-old.

 

Dr. Eggens was a legendary and iconic trailblazer and hero of the modern turfgrass maintenance industry.

 

He was an accomplished teacher, lecturer, and professor.

 

Dr. Eggens was also a renowned consultant and a meticulous researcher.

 

He was, without a doubt, a great unflinching advisor, jocular friend, and unwavering supporter for thousands turfgrass managers across the nation.

 

Dr. Eggens was also a mentor for thousands of students who aspired to become great turf managers.

 

He made a great difference in thousands of people’s lives, and earned the reputation as THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens

 

Royal Military College Of Canada

 

 

Dr. Eggens graduated from Royal Military College Of Canada ( RMC ) in the Class of 1960.

 

On July 7th, 1962, Dr. Eggens married is beloved life-long wife Patricia.

 

During the wedding ceremony, he was dressed in a full military uniform.

 

The RMC is the military college of the Canadian Forces, and is a degree-granting university creating well educated officers like Dr. Eggens.

 

The RMC is the only federal institution in Canada with degree granting powers, and is located in Kingston, Ontario.

 

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (15)

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens

 

University Of Guelph

 

 

Dr. Eggens graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario in 1970.

 

Next, he was appointed as teacher and lecturer in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Guelph, and founded the HIGHLY-REGARDED and EXTREMELY POPULAR Turf Managers’ Short Course.

 

Dr. Eggens also co-founded the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

 

Dr. Eggens conducted METICULOUS RESEARCH on cultural practices and thatch control, and on the competitive ability of Annual Bluegrass with Creeping Bentgrass and Kentucky Bluegrass.

 

At the end of his career, he was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Horticulture, Ontario Agricultural College ( OAC ), at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, University of Guelph, Ontario.

 

Dr. Eggens’ contribution to the turfgrass industry has made a tremendous impact that will live on for generations, since he was a MENTOR for THOUSANDS of STUDENTS who ASPIRED to become Great Turfgrass Managers.

 

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (5)

 

 

 

 

 

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The Eggens

 

Legacy

 

 

 

 

Dr. Eggens was ―

 

A founding father of the modern golf course superintendents industry.

 

A gifted and prolific writer.

 

A great supporter of the golf course superintendent.

 

A great unflinching advisor for thousands turfgrass managers across the nation.

 

A jocular friend for thousands turfgrass managers across the nation.

 

A legendary and iconic trailblazer of the modern turfgrass maintenance industry.

 

A mentor for thousands of students aspiring to become great turf managers.

 

A meticulous researcher.

 

A published and renowned author.

 

A renowned consultant.

 

An accomplished teacher and lecturer who expended boundless energy, wit, and humour.

 

An unwavering supporter for thousands turfgrass managers across the nation.

 

The greatest communicator of information about the maintenance of turfgrasses.

 

The known expert in turf management.

 

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (11)

 

 

 

 

 

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Cultural

 

Practices

 

Research

 

 

 

 

1980

 

Dr. Jack L. Eggens

 

Selected And Adapted Excerpts

 

 

 

Turfgrass CULTURE is the science and practice of establishing and maintaining turfgrasses.

 

CULTURAL PRACTICES include core aeration, disease control, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, TOPDRESSING, and vertical mowing.

 

TOPDRESSING is defined as the distribution of a thin layer of selected soil or prepared soil mix onto a turfgrass area.

 

For the maintenance of golf course putting greens, the primary reasons for TOPDRESSING are  ―  ( a ) thatch control, ( b ) surface smoothing, ( c ) surface soil root zone improvement, ( d ) increasing the putting speed.

 

Beginning in 1980, studies by Dr. Eggens scientifically demonstrated that TOPDRESSING is one of THE MOST EFFICIENT PROCEDURES AVAILABLE FOR THATCH CONTROL.

 

In Dr. Eggens’ experiments, TOPDRESSING was done monthly with the soil indigenous to the site at a rate of 0.1 m3 per 100 m2.

 

The data was recorded after 10 TOPDRESSING operations over two years.

 

Although cultivation reduced the depth of thatch, Eggens found TOPDRESSING ALONE WAS MORE EFFICIENT FOR THE CONTROL OF THATCH than any of the cultivation procedures ( a.k.a. core aeration and vertical mowing ), which are more costly and time consuming.

 

Substitution of TOPDRESSING for turf-damaging core aeration and vertical mowing has the additional advantage of not opening up the turf sward to allow the germination of weeds like ANNUAL BLUEGRASS.

 

Dr. Eggens’ studies demonstrated that ANNUAL BLUEGRASS, considered as a grass-type weed, was NOT AS PREVALENT IN TOPDRESS ONLY PLOTS, and when compared to plots where some form of cultivation procedure was used.

 

The next five segments summarize Dr. Eggens’ METICULOUS RESEARCH. 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  The Meticulous Researcher  ―  1980

 

Evaluation Of Cultural Practices On Golf Course Putting Greens  ―  Core Aeration, Winter Injury, & Thatch Thickness

 

Operation

AERATION ONLY

Thatch Thickness

8.1 mm ( 0.32-inch )

Winter Injury

7.2 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

27 Per Cent

 

Operation

AERATION + TOPDRESSING

Thatch Thickness

4.9 mm ( 0.19-inch )

Winter Injury

9.7 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

26 Per Cent

 

Operation

NONE ( CONTROL )

Thatch Thickness

11.5 mm ( 0.45-inch )

Winter Injury

5.7 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

26 Per Cent

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  The Meticulous Researcher  ―  1980

 

Evaluation Of Cultural Practices On Golf Course Putting Greens  ―  Effects On Winter Injury & Thatch Thickness

 

Operation

TOPDRESSING ONLY

Thatch Thickness

4.2 mm ( 0.17-inch )

Winter Injury

7.9 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

23 Per Cent

 

Operation

VERTICAL MOWING
+ TOPDRESSING

Thatch Thickness

4.0 mm ( 0.16-inch )

Winter Injury

7.5 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

25 Per Cent

 

Operation

AERATION + TOPDRESSING

Thatch Thickness

4.9 mm ( 0.19-inch )

Winter Injury

9.7 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

26 Per Cent

 

Operation

NONE ( CONTROL )

Thatch Thickness

11.5 mm ( 0.45-inch )

Winter Injury

5.7 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

26 Per Cent

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  The Meticulous Researcher  ―  1980

 

Evaluation Of Cultural Practices On Golf Course Putting Greens  ―  Vertical Mowing, Thatch, Winter Injury, & Annual Bluegrass

 

Operation

MONTHLY VERTICAL MOWING

Thatch Thickness

9.4 mm ( 0.37-inch )

Winter Injury

4.9 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

41 Per Cent

 

Operation

WEEKLY VERTICAL MOWING

Thatch Thickness

9.1 mm ( 0.36-inch )

Winter Injury

3.8 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

46 Per Cent

 

Operation

MONTHLY VERTICAL MOWING
+ TOPDRESSING

Thatch Thickness

4.0 mm ( 0.16-inch )

Winter Injury

7.5 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

25 Per Cent

 

Operation

NONE ( CONTROL )

Thatch Thickness

11.5 mm ( 0.45-inch )

Winter Injury

5.7 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

26 Per Cent

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  The Meticulous Researcher  ―  1980

 

Evaluation Of Cultural Practices On Golf Course Putting Greens  ―  Mowing, Brushing, & Thatch Thickness

 

Mowing Height,
No Brushing Prior To Mowing

5 mm
( app. 3/16-inch )

Thatch Thickness

4.5 mm ( 0.18-inch )

 

Mowing Height,
No Brushing Prior To Mowing

8.0 mm
( app. 5/16-inch )

Thatch Thickness

10.2 mm ( 0.40-inch )

 

Mowing Height,
With Brushing Prior To Mowing

5.0 mm
( app. 3/16-inch )

Thatch Thickness

2.5 mm ( 0.10-inch )

 

Mowing Height,
With Brushing Prior To Mowing

8.0 mm
( app. 5/16-inch )

Thatch Thickness

6.0 mm ( 0.24-inch )

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  The Meticulous Researcher  ―  1980

 

Evaluation Of Cultural Practices On Golf Course Putting Greens  ―  Fertilization & Annual Bluegrass Invasion

 

 

Rate Of Nitrogen

4 POUNDS OF NITROGEN PER 1000 SQUARE FEET PER SEASON

Thatch Thickness

7.5 mm ( 0.30-inch )

Winter Injury

6.8 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

15 Per Cent

 

Rate Of Nitrogen

8 POUNDS OF NITROGEN PER 1000 SQUARE FEET PER SEASON

Thatch Thickness

7.1 mm ( 0.28-inch )

Winter Injury

6.1 ( 10.0 = No Damage )

Annual Bluegrass Invasion

28 Per Cent

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  The Meticulous Researcher  ―  1980

 

Evaluation Of Cultural Practices On Golf Course Putting Greens

 

 

 

REFERENCE  ―  THATCH

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (13)

 

 

 

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (2)

 

 

 

 

 

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An Afternoon

 

With Jack

 

 

 

2003

 

Dr. Jack L. Eggens

 

Selected And Adapted Excerpts

 

 

 

The retired Professor from the University of Guelph, Dr. Jack Eggens, is very well known for his expertise in turf management.

 

in 2003, Dr. Eggens spoke to a group of eager turf enthusiasts about sports turf cultural practices.

 

He enlightened us through his wit and humour, and above all, his knowledge of the subject.

 

After a very nice lunch break, we took a walk down to the sports fields where we began the second half of our day.

 

We were broken up into several small groups and asked to do a field assessment.

 

After we critiqued the field ( to death ), we gathered around Jack where he questioned us on our findings.

 

After an intense discussion about the field and its current condition, Jack led us in the direction of what we should be looking for and in the proper order.

 

This discussion moved onto the many facets of cultural practices, schedules, maintenance programs, and other main components associated with turf management.

 

One main point that should be noted is that when over-seeding, Jack recommends 20 pounds per thousand of perennial ryegrass.

 

Another notable quote of his  ―  

 

If it's already working for you, stick with it !

 

Overall, a very worthwhile afternoon for everyone.

 

Thanks, Jack !

 

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (4)

 

 

 

 

 

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The Turf

 

Summit

 

 

 

 

January 13th, 1998

 

Dr. Jack L. Eggens

 

 

 

In 1998, Dr. Eggens was the MAJOR HIGHLIGHTED LECTURER for The Turf Summit.

 

In a meeting to inform GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS and Green Space Professionals, Dr. Eggens EXPENDED BOUNDLESS ENERGY speaking about CASE STUDIES and SUMMER STRESS.

 

 

 

REFERENCES  ―  THE TURF SUMMIT

 

 

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FORCE OF NATURE — HERO — 2013 08 26 — JACK L. EGGENS — 1936-2013 — THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR — THE TURF SUMMIT ADVERTISEMENT ( Reference )

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (9A)

 

Photo Courtesy of André Langlois.

 

 

 

 

 

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Foreman Or

 

Superintendent ?

 

 

 

 

May 4th, 1972

 

Dr. Jack L. Eggens

 

Selected And Adapted Excerpts

 

 

 

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One of the MOST PROFOUND AND NOTABLE ARTICLES by Dr. Eggens was written at a very early stage of his career, in 1972.

 

Here is THE WISDOM OF DR. JACK L. EGGENS  …

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Identity Of The Superintendent

 

 

As with many other professionals, GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS are currently experiencing the heart rending throes of self-examination in an effort to determine their IDENTITY, their place among professionals, and the means by which the RECOGNITION they deserve can be achieved.

 

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS are beginning to RECOGNIZE that the QUALITIES REQUIRED TO BE A SUCCESSFUL GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT are quite similar to those qualities that the President or Chairman of a large company or corporation requires, if that firm or operation is to be successful.

 

The SUPERINTENDENT is also aware that, for some reason, he is missing out on the limelight, the RECOGNITION, and commensurate REMUNERATION that other similar professionals are achieving with apparent ease.

 

The Club Members are quick to tout the qualities of the Chef, the Manager, and the Golf Professional, to their guests, but rarely is the GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT discussed or even RECOGNIZED to exist for that matter.

 

Something is wrong, but what is it ? 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Convert Wishes Into Action

 

 

To quote an article by Mr. Jerry Claussen, The Complete Superintendent, in the August 1971 Golf Superintendent Trade Magazine  ―

 

The fault lies with the Superintendent himself, according to several Club Green Chairmen recently interviewed.

 

Mr. Claussen ends his excellent article by stating  ―

 

A Superintendent seeking a higher status, more RESPECT, increased job REMUNERATION and a better job will get nowhere by merely wishing.

 

He must CONVERT HIS WISHES INTO ACTION.

 

What is more, he’ll have the Club Members on his side.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Qualified Superintendents

 

 

Is it possible that it is our own fault that we do not receive the RECOGNITION we deserve ?

 

Is it possible that, in the last 20 years, the number of golf courses has increased so rapidly that the industry has not been capable of FILLING SUPERINTENDENT POSITIONS WITH QUALIFIED MEN ?

 

It is certainly true that our educational institutions have been slow in providing instruction, research, and extension in turfgrass science.

 

It is likely true that the fault does not rest on any individual, group of individuals, or institution in particular, but rather the growing pains of an evolutionary process from gardener to GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT.

 

The upgrading of the technical competence of a group of individuals is a time-consuming process.

 

The process has been further complicated by the tremendous increase in available information.

 

Associations such as the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association ( C.G.S.A. ) have accomplished tremendous feats in a short time.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Recognition And Remuneration Of The Superintendent

 

 

The emphasis on NAME CHANGE from FOREMAN or green-keeper to GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT has certainly had its impact.

 

The LACK OF APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION AND COMMENSURATE REMUNERATION for the GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT is due primarily to the fact that the improvement of the technical competence of the green-keeper or FOREMAN did not take place as quickly as the change in name.

 

To be RECOGNIZED and REMUNERATED as a Professional GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT, the individual must be WORTHY OF THE RECOGNITION.

 

Society will not honour the FOREMAN with the RECOGNITION due a PROFESSIONAL GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT. 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Classifying The Superintendent

 

 

Are you a FOREMAN or a GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT ?

 

The dictionary defines a FOREMAN as a « principal workman superintending others ».

 

Whereas a SUPERINTENDENT is defined as « officer or official having control, oversight or direction of business, institution, etc … ».

 

In other words, the SUPERINTENDENT formulates decisions or courses of action, whereas the FOREMAN carries out the decision and directions formulated by someone else.

 

Human beings are notorious CLASSIFIERS.

 

We have developed various systems whereby plants, animals, types of architecture, etc …, can be CLASSIFIED and placed into neat little slots.

 

These CLASSIFICATION systems are not always as effective as we would like them to be, but they satisfy, in part, our craving for rule and order.

 

Those involved in the Turf Industry, being no exception, automatically CLASSIFY their fellow members into one slot or another.

 

A mechanic, lead hand, casual labourer, summer student, or mower operator, is slotted into his respective CLASSIFICATION, and awarded the RESPECT and REMUNERATION, due to his relative position.

 

The CLASSIFICATION of an individual such as a FOREMAN or SUPERINTENDENT is less easily accomplished since there are gray areas between the two that are difficult to clarify. 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

The Foreman And The Superintendent

 

 

Two individuals, each responsible for the operation of a golf course, might be known to the Golf Course Executive and Club Membership in two different ways.

 

One is known as the FOREMAN, and the other is known as the GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT, and each receive REMUNERATION accordingly.

 

There are those who call themselves FOREMEN, but are actually SUPERINTENDENTS, while some call themselves SUPERINTENDENTS who are in fact FOREMEN.

 

A man can be an excellent FOREMAN, but poor SUPERINTENDENT.

 

Since both FOREMAN and SUPERINTENDENT are honest, hardworking, dedicated individuals, there must be other qualities which differentiate one from the other.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

The Foreman Versus The Superintendent

 

 

Some suggestions by C.G.S.A. members are as follows  ―

 

1.   A SUPERINTENDENT is an innovator or idea man, always after something that will provide better playing conditions for the golfers, while the FOREMAN follows only familiar or accustomed programs or routine.

 

2.   The SUPERINTENDENT attends every possible association meeting, short course, or conference, in search of ideas and answers, while the FOREMAN rarely attends.

 

3.   The SUPERINTENDENT actively elicits tours, comments, and criticisms of his golf course by his peers.  The FOREMAN discourages comment on his golf course, and is openly antagonistic to anyone who might want to tour his golf course.

 

4.   The FOREMAN wants to do everything himself or with his men to ensure that the job is done right.  The SUPERINTENDENT does everything to ensure that his men know what to do and how to do it and have the freedom of action to do the job their way as long as it is done correctly.

 

5.   The FOREMAN retains all control for the operation of the golf course in his own hands.  The SUPERINTENDENT astutely delegates his authority to his key men.

 

6.   The SUPERINTENDENT presents well-reasoned arguments to the Club Executive for approval of the type and direction of necessary programs for the Golf Course.  The FOREMAN is told what to do.

 

7.   The SUPERINTENDENT actively promotes good public relations and communications with the Club Members.  The FOREMAN leaves that problem to the Green Chairman. 

 

8.   The SUPERINTENDENT seeks assistance and guidance from his peers when problems arise.  The FOREMAN hopes that, if ignored, the problems will disappear.

 

9.   The SUPERINTENDENT has a clean-shaven, heads-up, and shoulders-back attitude with just a trace of arrogance.  The FOREMAN can rarely be distinguished from his workers.

 

10.   The SUPERINTENDENT occasionally plays golf with the Green Chairman and other Club Executives.  The FOREMAN does not play golf.

 

11.   The SUPERINTENDENT always has some bright young man that he is training and promoting.  The FOREMAN is afraid that the bright young man will take his job.

 

12.   The SUPERINTENDENT is visible and available around the Club House at least once a day when he is on the course.  The FOREMAN confines himself to the maintenance shop or course.

 

13.   The Club Members go out of their way to greet the SUPERINTENDENT.  The FOREMAN goes out of his way to avoid the Club Members.

 

14.   The Club Members brag to their friends and acquaintances about their SUPERINTENDENT.  The Club Members are not aware that the FOREMAN exists.

 

15.   The SUPERINTENDENT wants everyone to know of a new technique he has just developed.  The FOREMAN keeps information to himself. 

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Certification Scheme

 

 

To achieve professional RECOGNITION, the GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT must be a professional and belong to a professional association, not just an association of people involved in the same industry, but a professional association where rigorous standards for membership exist.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America ( G.C.S.A.A. ) now has an EXCELLENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM where a member can become a CERTIFIED GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT.

 

There can be no argument against the fact that the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association ( C.G.S.A. ) requires a similar CERTIFICATION program where the CANADIAN GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT can gain PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Advantages Of Certification Scheme

 

 

There are many ADVANTAGES for the GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT to become a RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONAL.

 

A summary of the arguments put by SUPERINTENDENTS in favour of such a CERTIFICATION PROGRAM include  ― 

 

1.   Higher salary levels for all Turf Managers.

 

2.   Professional RECOGNITION by other professional groups.

 

3.   A RECOGNIZED training sequence to become QUALIFIED.

 

4.   An available register that the Hiring Committee of Golf Clubs could consult to ensure that they obtained the best SUPERINTENDENT available.

 

5.   More job stability.

 

6.   The strength and authority of a professional body to  …

 

a)   establish a professional code,

 

b)   promote more teaching, research, and extension in turfgrass science,

 

c)   influence legislation in the SUPERINTENDENT’s area of interest.

 

7.   Make the profession more attractive to bright young people.

 

8.   Provide an esprit de corps for SUPERINTENDENTS.

 

9.   Promote a larger, more viable C.G.S.A.

 

10.   Markedly improve playing conditions for golfers.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Fear Of The Unknown

 

 

If such a program of CERTIFICATION for GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS is to be effective it must be initiated, formulated and implemented by the members of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association ( C.G.S.A. ).

 

In order to ensure the fullest participation by SUPERINTENDENTS in the CERTIFICATION SCHEME, there must never be allowed to exist even the slightest suggestion that the program exists because the nebulous « THEY » want it.

 

Each individual member of the C.G.S.A. must know that it is his program, qualifying rules and examinations established by him and graded or assessed by him or his approved representative body.

 

The C.G.S.A. member must make the rules and be prepared to abide by them.

 

Gathering from my conversations with a large number of SUPERINTENDENTS and C.G.S.A. members, it would appear that the greatest stumbling block to such a CERTIFICATION SCHEME will be the FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.

 

What if I fail ?

 

I’m not a college graduate.

 

I did not have the opportunity to attend school when I was younger.

 

I’m too old, too slow, too young, too stupid, gosh if these chaps ever found out how little I do know, I’d lose my job.

 

Who in this audience is not concerned about at least one of these aspects regarding a possible CERTIFICATION SCHEME ?

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Features For Certification

 

 

Again, presenting a summary of the feeling of C.G.S.A. members, it would appear that the following FEATURES would be desirable  ―

 

1.   A minimum number of years of experience in the industry.

 

2.   Membership in the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association ( C.G.S.A. ).

 

3.   C.G.S.A. sponsored study courses, short refresher courses and workshops.

 

4.   Some consideration for age.

 

5.   Active employment in the field.

 

6.   Formal examination and re-examination which would provide an evaluation of professional qualifications.

 

7.   Results to be secret if the applicant has failed.

 

8.   Examinations can be repeated without limit if failed.

 

9.   Professionally organized and administered a long-range C.G.S.A. effort to provide uniformity and continuity.

 

10.   Some form of appeal.

 

11.   Some mechanism whereby those who have QUALIFIED can receive RECOGNITION for the achievement.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Advantages Of Certification

 

 

So what ?

 

What will I, as a C.G.S.A. member, or non-member for that matter, get out of CERTIFICATION ?

 

Suppose I go along with this CERTIFICATION SCHEME and become a RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONAL GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT.

 

What advantages can I expect from such CERTIFICATION ?

 

Obviously, the answer is that you will receive the same advantages in your job as members of other professional associations receive in their jobs.

 

Receiving the RECOGNITION that you feel you deserve may require a good deal of effort and responsibility on the part of everyone involved.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Achieving Recognition

 

 

Suggestions by C.G.S.A. members as to how RECOGNITION might be achieved include some, or all, of the following possibilities  ― 

 

1.   Official RECOGNITION by the Royal Canadian Golf Association ( R.C.G.A. ), Professional Golf Association ( P.G.A. ), and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America ( G.C.S.A.A. ), and other related associations, that the standards established truly reflect professional status.

 

2.   Stipulation that RECOGNIZED NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS can only take place on golf courses which are managed by CERTIFIED SUPERINTENDENT or have the approval of the professional SUPERINTENDENT body.

 

3.   Provincial or federal legislation regarding the RECOGNITION of such a body.

 

4.   A publicity campaign which makes golfers aware of such a CERTIFICATION SCHEME.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Taking The Bull By The Horns

 

 

It must be remarked that almost every C.G.S.A. member that I have spoken to views this CERTIFICATION SCHEME as an exciting opportunity to gain the RECOGNITION that he feels he truly deserves.

 

Most C.G.S.A. members remarked that we must cease feeling sorry for ourselves because we are not receiving our due RECOGNITION, and this is high time we took the « BULL BY THE HORNS » and did something about it.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jack L. Eggens  ―  Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  The Great Communicator  ―  1972

 

Foreman Or Superintendent ?  ―  1972

 

 

REFERENCE

 

 

FORCE OF NATURE — HERO — 2013 08 26 — JACK L. EGGENS — 1936-2013 — THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR — ARTICLE — FOREMAN OR SUPERINTENDENT ? ( Reference )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Force-Of-Nature-Hero-2013-08-26-Jack-L.-Eggens-1936-2013-The-Great-Communicator-ARTICLE-FOREMAN-OR-SUPERINTENDENT.pdf

 

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L -- GREEN BACKGROUND (8)

 

 

 

 

 

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Hero -- EGGENS, Dr. Jack L (4)

 

 

 

 

 

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FORCE OF NATURE, and its various incarnations, was the brainchild of William H. Gathercole (now retired) and his colleagues. 

 

Here is a brief summary of Mr. Gathercole’s career  ―

 

Fields of study   ―   Horticulture/Agriculture, Mathematics, Physics

 

Alma mater   ―   McGill University   •   University of Guelph   •   the first person ever to obtain university degrees and contribute to both the professional lawn care and golf maintenance industries

 

Expertise in   ―   environmental issues and anti pesticide terrorism   •   turf and ornamental maintenance and troubleshooting   •   history of the industry   •   sales and distribution of seeds, chemicals, fertilizers, and equipment   •   fertilizer manufacturing and distribution 

 

Notable activities   ―   worked in virtually all aspects of the green space industry, including golf, professional lawn care, tree & shrub care, distribution, environmental compliance, government negotiations, public affairs, and workplace safety   •   supervisor, consultant, and, programmer for the successful execution of hundreds of thousands of management operations in the golf and urban landscape, as well as millions of pest control applications    •   advisor, instructor, and trainer for  thousands of turf and ornamental managers and technicians   •   pesticide certification instructor for thousands of industry workers   •   founder of the modern professional lawn care industry   •   prolific writer for industry publications and e-newsletters   •   first to confirm the invasion of European Chafer insect in both the Montreal region and the Vancouver / Fraser Valley region   •   with Dr. Peter Dernoeden, confirmed the presence of Take All Patch as a disease of turf in Eastern Canada   •   with Dr. David Shetlar, confirmed the presence of Kentucky Bluegrass Scale as an insect pest in South Western Ontario, and later, in the Montreal and Vancouver regions   

 

Special contributions   ―   creator of the exception status that has allowed the golf industry to avoid being subjected to anti pesticide prohibition   •   creator of the signs that are now used for posting after application   •   co-founder of annual winter convention for Quebec golf course superintendents   •   the major influence in the decision by Canadian Cancer Society to stop selling for profit pesticide treated daffodils   •   the only true reliable witness of the events of anti pesticide prohibition in the town of Hudson, Quebec   •   retired founder of A LOOK AT and FORCE OF NATURE reports

 

Notable award   ―   the very first man of the year for contributions leading to the successful founding of Quebec professional lawn care industry, which served as a beach-head against anti pesticide activists in the 1980s and 1990s

 

Legacy   ―   Mr. Gathercole and his colleagues   …   designed and implemented strategies that reined anti pesticide activists to provide peace and prosperity for the entire modern green space industry across Canada   •   orchestrated legal action against anti pesticide activists in the town of Hudson, Quebec   •   launched the largest founding professional lawn care business in Canada   •   quadrupled the business revenues of one of the largest suppliers in Canada

 

Mr. Gathercole is now retired, although his name continues to appear as founder of FORCE OF NATURE reports.

 

For The Complete Library of reports from FORCE OF NATURE, and PESTICIDE TRUTHS, go to the following archives  …

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/

 

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For the original copy of this Force Of Nature Report, go to the following link  …

 

 

FORCE OF NATURE — HERO — 2013 08 26 — JACK L. EGGENS — 1936-2013 — THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Force-Of-Nature-Hero-2013-08-26-Jack-L.-Eggens-1936-2013-The-Great-Communicator-pdf-300-dpi1.pdf

 

 

 

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Here are previous reports about HEROES, just in case you missed them  …

 

 

DES RICE — 1949-2011 — THE GREATEST LAWN CARE BUSINESSMAN ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Force-Of-Nature-Hero-2011-04-14-Des-Rice-1949-2011-Greatest-Lawn-Care-Businessman-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

 

DOUG MEYER — THE LAST GREAT TRADE ASSOCIATION LEADER — BEACONSFIELD GOLF CLUB — AUDUBON STATUS ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Force-Of-Nature-Hero-2011-02-18-Doug-Meyer-Positive-Waves-Beaconsfield-GC-Audubon-Status-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

 

GORDON WITTEVEEN — 1934-2010 — CANADA'S GREATEST SUPERINTENDENT ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Force-Of-Nature-Hero-2010-12-22-Gordon-Witteveen-1934-2010-Canadas-Greatest-Superintendent-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

 

GORDON WITTEVEEN — 1934-2010 — UNFLINCHING SUPPORTER OF GOLF SUPERINTENDENTS — CGSA ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Force-Of-Nature-Hero-2010-12-16-Gordon-Witteveen-1934-2010-Unflinching-Supporter-CGSA-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

 

 

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Background Information From An Independent Perspective

 

More information on The Pesticide Truths Web-Site  …

 

 

THE PESTICIDE TRUTHS WEB-SITE  –  ARCHIVE OF REPORTS ( Home Page )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/

 

 

PESTICIDE BANS ARE A FARCE ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2012/05/25/pesticide-bans-are-a-farce-killex-for-sale-to-everyone-2012-05-25/

 

 

BEE-KEEPERS ARE KILLING BEES, AND NOT INSECTICIDES

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/bee-colony-collapse-disorder/

 

 

REAL TRENDS AGAINST PESTICIDE BANS ( Web-Page )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/victories-against-terrorists/

 

 

NEW

 

ENEMIES LIST IN THE 9|11 ERA OF ANTI-PESTICIDE TERRORISM ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2013/09/13/on-the-anniversary-of-911-do-anti-pesticide-basterds-celebrate-the-success-of-their-terrorist-colleagues-the-architects-of-anti-pesticide-prohibition-enemies-lists-2013-09-11/

 

 

CARNAGE CREATED BY CATASTROPHIC ANTI-PESTICIDE PROHIBITION  –  MAIN WEB-PAGE

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/carnage-caused-by-catastrophic-anti-pesticide-prohibition-main-web-page/

 

 

THE EXORBITANT COST OF PESTICIDE BANS ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/carnage-leading-to-stunningly-exhorbitant-costs/

 

 

ATTACKS AGAINST GOLF FACILITIES ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2013/03/25/the-golf-industry-collision-course-examples-of-attacks-against-golf-facilities-2013-03-25/

 

 

MYTHS ABOUT BANNING PESTICIDES  –  LEADING SCIENTIFIC HEALTH AND POLICY EXPERTS ( White Paper )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2012/11/15/the-myths-about-banning-pesticides-part-2-white-paper-report-on-pesticide-bans-2012-11-15-reports/

 

 

2,4-D HERBICIDE ( Web-Page )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/24-d/

 

 

COMPLAINT CHANNELS  –  COMPLAIN ABOUT THE ANTI-PESTICIDE LUNATICS ( Web-Page )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/complaint-channels/

 

 

PESTICIDE LINKS ( Web-Page )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/pesticide-qa-links/

 

 

THE COMPLETE LIBRARY OF REPORTS & REFERENCES ( Web-Page )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/table-of-contents/

 

 

 

 

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