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Link: Wynn Golf Club To Open In 2019 After Avoiding Massive Development On Vegas Strip

Golf Industry Insider - 3 hours 25 min ago
The Wynn Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip, which once commanded green fees as high as $500, will open again in 2019 after being spared from development on the valuable piece of land on which it sits. Erik Matuszewski has more here for Forbes.
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Weekend Leftovers: Lee Has Option To Stay Amateur, Ames’ Strong Finish, Q-Schools And More

Golf Industry Insider - 5 hours 29 min ago
After qualifying for LPGA Tour status just over a week ago, Calgary amateur Jaclyn Lee indicated she isn’t sure when she’ll turn professional, She does have the option of playing out the rest of her senior year at Ohio State, thanks to a new option provided by the tour. Lisa Mickey has more here for […]
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Golf Ontario Seeks Golf Services Leaders In Southern Ontario

Golf Industry Insider - 5 hours 41 min ago
Golf Ontario is currently seeking golf services team leaders for a couple of regions in Southern Ontario. For information on both, click here.
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2018 Products Spotlight A-Z

Golf Course Industry - 11 hours 8 min ago
Atlas Turf International Booth #1916Atlas Turf International is partnering with Pure Seed to showcase turfgrass varieties for new construction and renovation projects of every scope. Pure Dynasty Seeded Paspalum is a turfgrass solution from the tee to the green. As a combination of two high-performing varieties, Pure Dynasty delivers superior performance with turfgrass that is tighter, better, faster and stronger. PurePro is a new seeded bermudagrass on the market. 
Better Billy BunkerBooth #1413As 2018 draws to a close, Better Billy Bunker will once again kick off “show season” in Myrtle Beach at the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show. In addition to discussing success stories at the booth, the BBB team will be sharing details of its donation matching initiative it created after Hurricane Florence in support of the GCSAA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The commitment is to raise as many funds as possible to help others following natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence. 
Capillary ConcreteBooth # 2307Capillary Concrete is a strong bunker liner that saves money on labor and sand costs and has a 10-year Insured Financial Guarantee to protect a course’s investment. Capillary Concrete also now offers financing on projects. 
DryJect Booth #1117 Represented in the booth is Agritech Sports and East Coast Turf Solutions. Between the two service companies, DryJect is service provided from Washington D.C., to Jacksonville, Fla. DryJect is an aeration process which aerates and fills the holes in one pass with minimal disruption. Territory managers Craig Thompson, CGCS, Steven Ownings, Matthew Fitzgerald and Matt Sparta will be discussing the process in the booth.  
EcoBunkerBooth #115Synthetic bunker edge specialist EcoBunker is exhibiting at the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show as it continues its relaunch in the American market. EcoBunker was for several years represented in the United States by IVI-Golf, who sold and installed its patented product under the PermaEdge brand name. That exclusive arrangement came to an end in August and EcoBunker is now selling directly into North America as well as looking for distributors and agents across the continent.
GCBAA Booth #015The GCBAA is a not for profit trade association comprised of the world’s foremost golf course builders, leading suppliers and construction consultants. Members benefit from the collective representation of the construction industry. Visit the booth to learn more about members as a resource for construction or renovation projects or to join the only association representing the interest of the golf course construction industry.
Harper Turf Equipment Booth #1616Through product brands such as Turbo Vacs, Verticutters and Hillside Mowers, Harper Turf Equipment provides solutions aimed at saving time, cutting labor costs and improving efficiencies. Unequaled service and support, backed by a nationwide dealer network, is one of the advantages to the Harper difference. Contact a Smith Turf & Irrigation sales representative for inquiries or to schedule a demo.
Landscapes UnlimitedBooth #414Landscapes Unlimited has built or renovated more than 1,800 golf courses and currently operates/manages more than 60 golf courses. Landscapes Unlimited offers leading operations management, construction, irrigation and golf course maintenance capabilities through its family of companies, each with a specialized team of experts prepared to deliver integrated or independent customized solutions at every stage of a project’s life cycle.
MCI FlowtronexBooth #2211 MCI Flowtronex’s MPC Control System incorporates advanced hardware and software. The technology provides instant access to a complete control system while allowing remote updates and troubleshooting from the MCI Flowtronex technical staff. The nSite cloud solution provides automatic monthly emails and excel flow reports. MCI Flowtronex’s nAlert is the company’s next maintenance and operational tracking system, providing local and remote alerts.  
Oregon Booth #2901Offering improved productivity, commercial grade durability and a dedication to low noise, the battery-powered Oregon 120V Professional Series has up to 15 percent more power than 2-cycle gas equipment. Oregon has received the California Air Resource Board's Professional Level Zero Emission Equipment Certification. Business development manager Joe Amalfitano will be available at the booth to answer questions. Contact him at Joe.Amalfitano@blount.com to arrange a meeting. 
Pro/Angle Bunker SandBooth #1615Pro/Angle bunker sand is produced in Ohio and played in fine clubs across the United States and Canada. Pro/Angle is a 100 percent angular bunker sand created from pure natural quartz. Regarded as one of the highest quality bunker sands in North America, Pro/Angle provides playability, longevity, and design and maintenance advantages and is used by highly regarded clubs such as Atlanta Athletic Club, The Bears Club and Muirfield Village.  
ProPeat Fertilizer Booth #3505Carbon90Plus is a natural, extended release fertilizer which bonds nutrients to the carbon found in peat moss. Carbon90PLUS naturally binds nitrogen, potassium, phosphate, sulfur and other micronutrients to carbon until plants need them.
Pure SeedBooth #1916Pure Seed is a leader in researching, developing, producing and bringing to market proprietary turf grasses that solve problems and meet needs. Specialized turfgrass traits in: gray leaf spot, brown patch, stem rust, heat and drought, traffic, glyphosate tolerance, speed of establishment, salt, shade and turf quality.
Pursell Agri-Tech Booth #3415Pursell Agri-Tech is bringing the Pursell family back to the golf and polymer-coated fertilizer industry with the launch of its PurKote brand of coated fertilizers. PurKote is powered by the PurActive Technology. PurKote is available in different durations starting at just 30 days and up to two years across various materials. Visit the booth to learn more about the new product and the family involved with it as well as to enter a drawing for a cooler and other giveaways. 
Soil Tech Corp.Booth #3101 Soil Tech Corp. will be introducing its Liquid Aeration program for golf course turf. The program consists of two liquid products: Thatch Relief and Oasys Ultra organic wetting agent. The Liquid Aeration program reduces the need for mechanical aeration, is inexpensive and easy-to-use.  Visit the booth to enter prize drawings for two TLink GPS Golf watches.
Sunbelt RentalsBooth #2205

Sunbelt Rentals is a full-service rental company providing a broad range of golf course maintenance and construction equipment for irrigation, landscaping, turf reduction and clubhouse maintenance. With more than 775 locations and 24/7 service and support, Sunbelt is committed to delivering what customers need, when and where they need it.

Total Turf Golf ServicesBooth #502Organized in 1979, Total Turf Golf Services will be celebrating its 40th year of operation in 2019. A Certified Golf Course Builder specializing in golf course construction, renovation and restoration and irrigation allows Total Golf Course Services the ability to offer a turnkey operation for any size project. Core values of integrity, quality and safety along with attention to detail have led to customers receiving a product that exceeds expectations.  ]]>
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Stephen Ames Finishes T5 At Charles Schwab Cup Finale

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-11-11 19:24
Stephen Ames finished the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix with a one-over 72 on Sunday, leaving him in a tie for fifth at the season-ending PGA Tour Champions event. Ames finished all four rounds at 16 under. The leaderboard is here.
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Hadwin Finishes T10 In Mexico

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-11-11 16:00
Adam Hadwin shot his second consecutive three-under 68 to conclude the Mayakoba Golf Classic, where he tied for 10th. Hadwin finished all four rounds in Mexico at 16 under. The leaderboard is here.
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Will Rising Business Expenses Force Up Prices In 2019 Where You Work?

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-11-11 08:57
For the past couple of weeks, the GNN Poll has been asking readers about the rising cost of doing business and what effects it will have where they work in 2019. After all, carbon pricing will force prices up on anything that’s delivered. The Bank of Canada continues to raise interest rates and businesses are […]
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Brittany Henderson’s Collegiate Career Earns Her Hall Of Fame Induction

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-11-11 08:57
Brittany Henderson, sister Brooke’s caddie on the LPGA Tour, was honoured as one of nine inductees into the Coastal Carolina’s George F. “Buddy” Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame on the weekend. Henderson played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina, located in Conway, S.C., from 2009-2013. She finished her Coastal career ranked third in program history in […]
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PGA Of Canada Atlantic Names Its 2018 Award Winners

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-11-11 08:56
The PGA of Canada Atlantic announced its 2018 award winners last week at the PGA Atlantic Merchandise Show. Winners are below: Golf Professional of the Year: Rene MacKay, Ken-Wo Golf Club Junior Leader of the Year: Laura Reid, Ken-Wo Golf Club Teacher of the Year: Louis Melanson, Louis Melanson Golf Academy Coach of the Year: […]
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Golf Canada Seeks Member Services Coordinator

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-11-11 08:56
Golf Canada is seeking a coordinator for its member services department to begin in January. For full details, click here.
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Ames Fires A 61 At Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2018-11-10 19:18
Stephen Ames goes into the final round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship just one shot off the lead in Phoenix. Ames finished with an eagle as he posted a bogey-free, 10-under 61 in Saturday’s third round to tie the Phoenix Country Club course record. Through three rounds, Ames is tied for second at 17 […]
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Tour Roundup: Hadwin T8 With One To Go In Mexico

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2018-11-10 17:16
Adam Hadwin is T8 with one round to go at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico, where he fired a three-under 68 on Saturday, his only bogeys coming on two of his final three holes of the day. After three rounds, Hadwin is 13 under. The leaderboard is here. LPGA Tour Alena Sharp shot a […]
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Hadwin Fires A 67 And Remains Top 10 In Mexico

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2018-11-09 19:38
Adam Hadwin goes into the weekend at the Mayakoba Golf Classic tied for 10th at 10 under at the midway point. Hadwin fired a four-under 67 in Friday’s second round and is the lone Canadian to make the cut in Playa del Carmen in Mexico. He goes into the third round four shots off the […]
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Ames Moves To T8 At Midway Point Of Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2018-11-09 19:35
Stephen Ames fired a bogey-free, four-under 67 in Friday’s second round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to move into a tie for eighth in Phoenix. At the midway point, Ames is seven under. Click here for the leaderboard.
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Canadians Qualify For Web.com Tour Q-School Finale Through Second Stage

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2018-11-09 17:43
Three more Canadians are off to the final stage of Web.com Tour qualifying school after second stage events concluded Friday. In Brooksville, Fla., where the top 18 and ties move on to the final stage, Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., tied for sixth after he shot a three-under 69 in Friday’s final round. Gligic finished […]
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Championship camaraderie

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2018-11-09 17:17
Billy Lewis, the son of a small-town bricklayer, was a welder early in life until one-day a workmate got him out on the golf course. Intrigued, Lewis soon had himself a set of second-hand clubs. A few decades later, he stands at the head of a table in the dining room at venerable Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach and says: “I never ever dreamed I would be in a place like this.”  Lewis, golf course superintendent at Dormie Club near Pinehurst, N.C., is speaking as captain of the Carolinas GCSA team in the annual challenge against their counterparts from Virginia. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of what is known as the Virlina Cup, two days of friendly but earnest play-it-as-it-lies competition in the style of the Ryder Cup. The regions alternate as hosts. At the 2018 welcome dinner, Lewis, who played in the inaugural matches at Kinloch Golf Club, is giving first-timers a hint of what to expect.  “This is a memory that, while it won’t be like having your first child, or the day you were married, it is something that 10, or 15, or 20 years from now, you will remember fondly,” he says.  “You’ll make lifelong relationships with people you would never have met otherwise. Golf has taken me so many places. This is one of those experiences that, at some point in time, you will look back on and cherish.”  New relationships and great memories were two of the goals for the matches devised by former colleagues Matt Boyce and Paul Jett, CGCS. They worked together at Pinehurst over the period when Jett hosted the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens on No.  2. When Boyce took a job up north, at Princess Anne, and found himself on the Virginia GCSA board as well as the golf committee, he called his old boss. He had an idea for something they’d agreed in the past was dwindling – superintendent golf. It wasn’t simply a matter of not playing as much as they used to, it was that superintendents had so few forums to play with a purpose or, just as importantly, with any real presence.  Both excellent players – Jett is a four-time runner-up in GCSAA’s national championship – they enjoyed benefits as a result of that prowess. It earned them an added level of respect among good golfers, who are often well-represented in club leadership, on boards and green committees. Boyce and Jett saw value in extrapolating that experience. “As superintendents, we’ve always just wanted a seat at the table,” Boyce says. “That’s a seat at the table with the golf pro’s, the general managers, the members, the players, everyone who has a say in how we go about our work.”  That includes politicians, too. At the 2016 matches, at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va., U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, (R-NC) served as guest starter, shaking hands and posing for photos with players. “He was genuinely interested in the role of the golf course superintendent and asked a lot of great questions,” Carolinas GCSA executive director Tim Kreger said at the time. “It was an excellent start to what we hope will be a long-term relationship.” “I think golf is an excellent avenue for us to win that seat at the table,” Boyce says. “When people like a U.S. Senator, or my general manager, or other golf enthusiasts, see the folks who actually take care of the course also have a passion for the game, it just opens some doors, offers some platforms, that might not have been there otherwise.” Critical to the success of the eight vs. eight competition has been the sponsorship support of Syngenta, providing accommodation, uniforms, dinners – formal and informal – beverages and special touches such as a printed program with player profiles. Syngenta’s Virginia-based Steve Dorer, previously a superintendent in North Carolina, was Boyce’s first call in the search for a sponsor. “I love playing golf, but I also love watching competitive golf and I know how well many of you play,” Dorer told the two teams over dinner at Princess Anne in October. “So, for me it was a no-brainer. I didn’t think about how long it might go on, but this is the ninth year and it’s turned out very well.” Trent Bouts is a golf writer and editor based in Greer, S.C., and is a GCI contributor.]]>
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Carolinas superintendents ready to recharge and reboot at the show

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2018-11-09 09:31
Recharge and reboot will be underlying themes at the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Nov. 12-14. There is never truly an average weather year across the two states but 2018 has been particularly challenging for golf course superintendents. “Mother Nature certainly threw some curve balls,” the association’s executive director Tim Kreger said. “We’ve had big temperature swings at odd times, record rainfall in the mountains, winterkill over a wide region, and then two hurricanes. I think a lot of superintendents are ready to recharge and reboot amongst colleagues and friends.” Kreger praised the efforts of superintendents across clubs and courses large and small. In Greensboro, N.C., for example, Chad Cromer’s team at Sedgefield Country Club effectively saved the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship by hand-planting more than 135,000 2-inch turf plugs into greens devastated by winterkill. More than 2,000 man-hours went into that first stage of what was an intensive turf recovery project against the clock. “That kind of dedication played out across the region,” Kreger said. “There was heavy winterkill in Myrtle Beach too, hurricane devastation in Wilmington, N.C., flooding in many areas, and on and on. It was just a really tough year, and facilities of all budget levels were affected. I hope golfers understand and appreciate the efforts of their superintendents because many of them went way above and beyond.” The three-day Conference and Show, the largest regional gathering of superintendents in the country, already shapes as another highly successful event. Several days before showtime, the association has already matched or bettered numbers from last year in several key categories. One of the most encouraging is the number of exhibit booths sold on the trade show floor. More than 200 companies will occupy at least 413 booth spaces, the most since the Great Recession. Gross revenues are also ahead of the same time last year. To ensure adequate pace of play, the association capped entries for its annual championship – across three courses – at 325, selling out more than a week ago.  “Our members and many of our friends from neighboring regions have once again set the stage for a successful Conference and Show,” Kreger said. “We are grateful to them and of course to all those companies that invest their time and money to support us and do so much for the overall health and well-being of the industry in the Carolinas, not just superintendents.” In addition to exhibit space, another 33 companies – four more than in 2017 – are supporting the event will special sponsorships, providing everything from free parking for attendees to an end-of-show drawing with more than $12,000 in prizes. The golf championship Monday will be followed by education and trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday, the association will also elect the 2019 officers and directors at the annual business meeting. Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG from Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., is slated to become the new president. The association will also present its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Clemson University turfgrass expert Dr. Bert McCarty. On a somber note, association will also honor the memory of several members who died during the year including early secretary, Dr. Paul Alexander, who ran the first conference, and past-president, Steve Wright, CGCS, who died unexpectedly in Florida on Nov. 5.]]>
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Toro announces partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2018-11-08 17:33
Toro announced a new partnership with The National Golf Course Owners Association Canada. The company has become NGCOA Canada’s newest Platinum Partner as well as a preferred supplier within the Golfmax Purchasing Program. Through this partnership, Toro will provide manufacturer’s rebates on qualified purchases of new and used equipment, along with quarterly opportunity buys, exclusively to members of both the NGCOA Canada and the Canadian Golf Course Superintendents Association. “Toro is excited about our new Platinum Partnership with NGCOA Canada”, said Randy Harris, marketing director for Toro’s North American commercial business. “Trusting relationships are fundamental to Toro’s mission and past success, so we are thrilled to be building on our legacy of great relationships to drive future success in Canada and the golf industry.” The partnership also goes beyond member rebates. As a Platinum Partner of the NGCOA Canada, Toro will provide additional member benefits through the support of NGCOA Canada events and initiatives. “This is a great new partnership for everyone involved. Through the Golfmax Purchasing Program, NGCOA Canada and CGSA members will now have access to exclusive Toro manufacturer’s rebates providing savings and support for the majority of golf course owners and superintendents across Canada,” said Jeff Calderwood, NGCOA Canada CEO/CGSA executive director. “We thank Toro management for their progressive leadership and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship for years to come.”]]>
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Tour Roundup: Hadwin One Off The Lead After First Round In Mexico

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-11-08 17:22
Adam Hadwin fired a bogey-free, six-under 65 that included four birdies and an eagle to open the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen in Mexico on Thursday. Hadwin goes into the second round tied for fourth, but just one shot off the lead as part of a crowd at the top of the leaderboard. […]
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Link: Oakville Will Appeal Superior Court Decision On Glen Abbey

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-11-08 09:12
Oakville town council voted unanimously on Monday to appeal an Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision that ClubLink has the right to bring forward an application to demolish Glen Abbey. David Lea has more here for the Oakville Beaver.    
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