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Although my relationship with Michael Stachowicz is not extremely close or extensive, after reading his most recent blog post this morning, I felt immediately related to him.  Any one person that can write with that much emotion and put it all on the line for industry professionals to read welcomes you into just little a view of his daily thought process.  Someone of his stature, wisdom, skill, and work ethic offers this side of, “Hey, this is the real me and this is what I’ve dealt with” allows the reader to connect mentally.  So I called Mike.  I had never talked to him on the phone, but we talked for 30 minutes.  Knowing full well all of the topics we would have in common through the blogosphere and twitter land, the conversation was enlightening and educating.  After reading his post and then talking to him on the phone, I know this man is destined for continued and future success.  I feel as though his post demands publication in not just turf magazines, but clubhouse business and PGA magazines.  It’s the type of message that everyone that is invested in the game of golf should read.  It’s important, serious, emotional, and even a little psychological.  Please read the following, you will not be disappointed.

Greenkeeping and the Emotional Toll by mstachowicz

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Author: Jason VanBuskirk

I am the Golf Course Superintendent at Stow Acres Country Club located in Stow, MA. I am entering my sixth season as the course Superintendent. My staff and I are very excited to begin this season as we are continuing to make changes to this wonderful facility. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management. Before Stow Acres, I did an internship at one of the country's top 100 courses, The Stanwich Club located in Greenwich, CT. I worked as an Assistant Superintendent at Oakley Country Club located in Watertown, MA and Stow Acres Country Club South Course before becoming the Superintendent at Stow Acres CC. I am married to my soul mate and we have two incredible kids! My course counterpart, Kingston, loves riding shotgun in the cart. In my downtime I enjoy writing for and managing www.iturfapps.com. Hope you enjoy the blog!

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