August 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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Page 33 of 51 34 // August 2017 program off of the tests. The first one is to see where to start, the second is to see If the pitch is on target, and the third is to have a head start for the next season. This year I took three separate tests across the main pitch to see is the sun or the lack of it made a difference. ST: How are using social media at work? WHITE: I am not a person to post items but I do go to the STMA site and check out the pics. Sometimes I will pick something up and use it here at work. ST: How do you balance your family life with work demands? WHITE: To start out, it always helps to have a family that under- stands what you do and the time it takes. My wife of 31 years has always picks up the slack when I have become too busy, and now that I am working in the twilight of my career I try to take a more time off and relax a little more, especially when the snow is flying ST: How do you see the sports turf manager's job changing in the future? WHITE: I have not been around long enough to have seen where the sports turf manager has been but I do see the managers being asked to do more. Technology will become a bigger part, as will new grass varieties, as well as water management ideas and safety. After the past two and half seasons I can clearly say taking care of the grass on professional sports field is tougher than taking care of the grass on a golf course. Of course this is debat- able, but I spent 38 years working at a few differ- ent country clubs. Both sides present the good, the bad, and the ugly. The best way to compare soccer matches versus golf traffic: Imagine having your club championships, men and ladies, and team matches, plus your club's men and women invi- tationals, all in one day, and then ask your grass to do that 60 times starting all season long. Keep in mind the competition will be played out even if you have rain, sleet, snow or frost. I just cannot tell professional Soccer leagues to stop a game just because it is 27 degrees. Yes, that happened this year in Chicago; not only did they play the game I had to mow it so you could see mow pat- terns on the pitch to help referees see offsides. On a golf course you can shut things down, make Joel White on differences between soccer and golf turf management ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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