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Jonathon Scott

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About Jonathon Scott

  • Birthday 07/05/1949

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    Jon Scott Golf Consulting
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    4254 County Road 489, Onaway, Michigan 49765

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  1. A good yarn needs a sliver of truth. Envisioning this one gave me a good laugh this afternoon. Keep them coming, Randy.
  2. This is a subject that deserves more discussion, Peter. Thanks for having the courage to raise it in your column.
  3. These are wise words to think about, Peter, and that comment coming from someone who ran that race for 40 years. In the 5 or so since, I probably could have slowed even more, but I chose to continue as a fast walker instead of a runner. I am walking very slowly these days, and look forward to the time when that will once again be a choice and not a mandate. I wish everyone to stay well and do the same.
  4. Those of us who have been around long enough have seen some tough times in our career as well as our personal lives. The good news is they all passed and made us stronger for the pain. Your words reflect someone who also has been there, and I thank you for them.
  5. Well said, Peter. We need more words of wisdom like your friend's. Life will go on for the vast majority, and while this is probably not comforting enough we need to refrain from closing the walls around us and those we love. It probably wouldn't hurt to turn off the TV news channels and watch a few recorded Webinars from Turnet. That is my personal plan for the coming week.
  6. I won't fault Toro for making this acquisition, and I note that you don't either. This is a solid addition to their equipment portfolio that will introduce a lot of superintendents to the versatility of the Ventrac. The Steiner tractor was way ahead of its time, and even now has no equal in holding on to steep slopes that are difficult and otherwise unsafe to mow. As to the impact on the industry, the script was written years ago when Jacobsen started closing and taking over long-time distributorships. We are now in the last act. Great editorial.
  7. I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy early in her career and have been a fan of hers ever since. She embodies the passion and professionalism of all great Golf Course Superintendents, Course Managers, and Greenkeepers.
  8. I can't believe I am the first comment here, Dave. There must be others in the que that have not been registered. You are not alone, and many, most, all, of your readers understand. I have been consulting now for over 30 years after having been a superintendent for 15. I have never seen such trauma in our profession as I do now. The expectations far exceed reality, and that translates to stress, anxiety, depression, and a feeling of failure or impending failure. We are at a breaking point in this profession. If something doesn't give, there will be many more superintendents for Ron to interview. It doesn't have to be this way. I am so proud to have been your friend all these years. Keep speaking out, and keep helping. We have that in common, and that is why I keep going. You do the same. Superintendents need you.
  9. This brings back a lot of memories, Dave. Thanks for sharing with a whole new generation of Turfheads. It sure hasn't gotten any easier, and not likely to do so. And Mike, we have all been there, haven't we? You had Dave, and I had Mike Giuffre. Thankfully they were there for us.
  10. As usual, spot on Dave. As a consultant, I am still a salesman in the eyes of the client. Even though I am selling myself, it is no different than if I am selling product. Bullshit doesn't sell in the long run. Find out what the client wants first, and secondarily what you think he or she needs. The latter will follow if you do it right. Well said.
  11. This is better than great advice, Dave. I've learned this the hard way more than once, I have to admit. I will cite one incident where I was at a BOD meeting at an unnamed Country Club trying to help a superintendent deflect some unreasonable demands for perfect golfing conditions year 'round in the desert. Now those of you who have been there know that you almost have to overseed in the Desert SW just to keep the much bigger number of winter members happy. The 12 month residents also want winter overseeding, but no transition because they don't go to summer homes. In this case, the most vocal BOD Member was a 12 month'er. He called into the meeting rather than be there, which in itself tells you something about his character. After I had meticulously explained to those present that it was not possible to have optimal winter and summer transition experiences in that area he proceeded to tell me and everyone listening that this was the biggest bunch of B.S. (my abbreviation) he had ever heard in his life. He went on to question my education, experience, character, and anything else he could think of during his rant. Now, if I had followed the points of your blog, Dave, I probably would still be consulting there. As it was, I was never asked to come back, even though everyone at the table knew I was right. My questioning his education didn't play very well, however. The good news is the superintendent is still there, almost 10 years later, and I still have lots of clients to replace this one. That said, I frequently have a bloodied tongue when I meet one of these people. Well done, my friend.
  12. Your points are all good, Dave, but one that really stuck out to me was Robotic Mowers. Personally, I hate to see this coming, but practically it is unavoidable. There simply are not enough good worker candidates out there anymore to even keep up with the reduced inventory of golf courses. If one person can do the job of three, it will be very hard to not take advantage of the technology. Jay Ervine is spot on, and so are you.
  13. Wish I had been there, Dave. Happy Belated..............
  14. When I went to PGA Tour Agronomy, I thought I knew how to cut a cup. It did not take long for a group of Champions Tour Rules Officials led by Brian "Bruno" Henning to show me the next level of perfection expected at every one of their competitions. It took awhile before they would trust me with the training session that was held before each and every event. When I earned that badge, I realized that the method that Dave is referring to is literally the ONLY way to insure precision and fairness in the cup placement and replacement process. I still get a chance to pass on that wisdom from time to time, and it never gets old. Well said, Dave, and yes you were very good at it.
  15. Spoken like someone who has been there, and there is no substitute for that. Visions of pastimes when I "should have" flashed through my mind as I read your text. And that's how you learn.
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