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Industry Voices: Kevin Thistle On Tee Talks Live And New Canadian Golf Industry Show

Golf Industry Insider - 1 hour 20 min ago
PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle will be off to Halifax next week for Tee Talks Live, an event that will become part of the new Canadian Golf Industry Show next year in Vancouver. Click Play below as Thistle discusses both events with Hutch.
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Canadian Finishes T5 At Q-School To Earn European Tour Status

Golf Industry Insider - 5 hours 9 min ago
Aaron Cockerill of Teulon, Man., put the finishing touches on a successful six rounds at the final stage of European Tour Q-school in Tarragona, Spain, on Wednesday. Cockerill has just one bogey in posting a two-under 69 in the final round. That left Cockerill tied for fifth at 16 under after earlier rounds of 73-66-69-67-68 […]
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GreyHawk Golf Club Seeks Assistant Superintendent

Golf Industry Insider - 7 hours 24 min ago
GreyHawk Golf Club, a ClubLink course located in Cumberland in the eastern part of the Ottawa region, is looking for an assistant superintendent for the 2020 season. The career goal is to one day lead the turf maintenance department at a golf club. The successful candidate will assist in managing the maintenance of all aspects […]
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Industry Notes: Henderson’s Aces Benefit Children’s Hospital, Tee Times And More

Golf Industry Insider - 7 hours 24 min ago
Brooke Henderson was the leading money-maker for a children’s research hospital the benefitted from a program in which CME Group, the title sponsor of this week’s CME Group Tour Championship, donates $20,000 for every hole in one on the LPGA Tour this season. Henderson led the tour with two this season, resulting in $40,000 going […]
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2019 Products Spotlight Z-A

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:51
YaraBooth No. 3414YaraMila Turf Royale provides N, P and K in the right way — ammonium and nitrate-nitrogen, 100 percent available phosphate, and potassium and sulfate-sulfur in every prill. Turf Royale is delivered in a homogeneous, dust-free prill with the ideal 3-1-2 ratio of N, P and K, feeding your accurately and uniformly with no segregation of nutrients. Wittek Golf / Eagle OneBooth No. 2014Wittek Golf and Eagle One are proud manufacturers of laminate signs, aluminum signage, recycled plastic products and golf flags. With the recent acquisition of Southern Golf Flags, they have manufacturing facilities in Georgia, Illinois and California. This enables the quickest turnaround times for golf course needs.   Winterberry Irrigation Booth No. 1016Winterberry Irrigation has serviced the East Coast for 30 years and is one of the leading providers of irrigation installation, consultation and service. Winterberry Irrigation provides expertise, reliable service and individual focus. WiedenmannBooth No. 3501Wiedenmann is a leader in natural and artificial turf maintenance equipment and we’re excited to feature our Triple V 375 tri-gang verticutter in Myrtle Beach. With three independent floating heads, it's able to follow the undulations of a fairway and the turnable A-frame allows it to follow the contours and turns. The Triple V 375 is also superb on greens, tees and collars. VereensBooth No. 2016Vereens has focused on custom-blending fertilizers that change the game for superintendents. Through its Capture technology — carbon and microbials — and Energy line, Vereens has been able to provide a more efficient fertilizer, reducing the amount of total nitrogen use and overcoming disease and nematode pressure with better turf quality. Vereens partners with Joel Simmons of Earthworks and Lara Hickman of LLH Ag and Research Services to provide customers with answers to issues. United Fertilizer TechnologiesBooth No. 3521United Fertilizer Technology is launching a new e-commerce platform for its Protene line of granular fertilizers. Superintendents, sod producers and landscape customers will be able to order fertilizer and soil amendments directly from the manufacturer. Protene organic and sustained release fertilizer products save time and money while protecting ground and surface water from nutrient loss through our patented granulation processes. Tru-TurfBooth No. 3214Tru-Turf is proud to display its new RE50 Lithium Powered Roller. Among the benefits of using a Tru-Turf roller in place of a greens mower: it provides a fast, flawless playing surface, no creases, no irregularities, far less soil compression, a healthier sward and leaves behind no clippings. Tru-Turf rollers are the only roller officially endorsed by the PGA Tour. True Surface by TurflineBooth No. 1007With more than 20 years in the industry True-Surface by Turfline develops quality turf maintenance equipment that lasts. They will be represented by Terry Plemons, a director of worldwide sales. He will display the product lineup, including our Vibratory Roller, Flex Brush and our complete line of Grounds Care Collection. Whether a superintendent is looking for a product to dethatch, remove morning dew or true the turf, True-Surface by Turfline is a one-stop shop to achieve all tasks. TETACBooth No. 1111Turf Equipment Technicians Association of the Carolinas is a dedicated group of golf course technicians put together almost 20 years ago. TETAC is focused on furthering the knowledge and expertise of the golf course technician. The goal is to keep equipment managers in touch with the changes in technology and network to make the best product we can for the golf industry. We will be holding our classes and seminars during the Carolinas GCSA at the Grand Strand Horry Georgetown Technical College campus. SportsTurf IrrigationBooth No. 2316SportsTurf Irrigation repairs and rebuilds Rain Bird and Toro golf course irrigation sprinklers and parts. SportsTurf Irrigation is a great source for older model sprinklers and hard to find parts. Everything is repaired or sold reconditioned and comes with a one-year warranty. They also purchase old sprinklers.   Sipcam AgroBooth No. 2501Sipcam Agro is introducing Coastal Herbicide, the most all-encompassing and easy-to-use herbicide for southern turf available today. With three active ingredients combined in one jug, the broad-spectrum Coastal Herbicide can be used safely on all four major warm-season turf grasses without the need to tank mix. It outperforms the current industry leader on hard-to-control weeds, including crabgrass and Poa annua.  Seago InternationalBooth No. 1113Seago International will have all its product lines on display, including both F-15 and F-19 from Air Force Hover Mower and the Atom Cart Path Edger. Seago will also show the PortaPump Spyker Spreader and Masport Rotarola mower, as well as all three items from the Seago Attachment Group — the Power Rotary Scissor Head, the Hover Trimmer and PortaPump Junior. RW Sidley Pro/AngleBooth No. 1616Pro/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. Pro/Angle is used by many highly regarded clubs including Atlanta Athletic Club, Capital City Club, The Bears Club, Medinah and Muirfield Village. Progressive Turf EquipmentBooth No. 3417With more than 30 years of experience, Progressive Turf Equipment is a recognized industry leader of pull behind rotary mowers, including the industry’s most popular contour mower, the five-deck Pro-Flex 120B. The new TDR-X contour roller mower and its 10-foot, 6-inch-wide cut will also be on display. With three independently floating decks, the TDR-X will closely follow the contours of championship courses, producing a professional quality cut. PondHawk by LINNE Industries Booth No. 2204PondHawk solar powered pond and lake aeration system delivers an innovative and cost-effective way to eliminate the harmful effects of stagnant water. Where clean energy technology meets water quality, PondHawk is an automated solution that is like delivering a water treatment facility to the pond edge regardless to how remote. PondHawk does not require special permitting, electricians, or solar energy skills to install. PondHawk is serving golf courses water assets across the U.S. and aboard. Polylast Bunker Liner Booth No. 202Polylast Bunker Liner improves water flow through your bunkers by becoming an extension of a drainage system. The porous material allows water to percolate down into the soil at any point of contact, helping to prevent washouts. The liner keeps sand clean from migrating rocks and dirt from the native subsurface. Made domestically and prefabricated from 100 percent recycled rubber, the flexible material allows for easy contour to bunker curves and dips and is strong enough to withstand migrating animals and machine rakes.  Montco Products Corp. Booth No. 3718Montco Products is the manufacturer of Surf Side 37, the longest selling wetting agent on the market. Surf Side 37 has been a favorite among superintendents for decades. Stop by Booth 3718 to discuss Surf Side 37 and the various forms in which it is offered, such as pellets, jumbo pellets and Granular. Montco Products is also the manufacturer of the Zap! Defoamer, highly concentrated for excellent performance.  Mirimichi GreenBooth No. 3713Mirimichi Green is a developer of next-generation biotechnology for soil amendments, bio-stimulants, fertilizers and pesticides that are sustainable and effective — including CarbonizPN, a professional blend of premium organics and USDA-certified biobased carbon that remains in the soil to increase fertility and water absorption while decreasing nutrient leaching. Visit the booth to receive a 10 percent off coupon for the new water-soluble microbial powder product ByoSpxtrum. mesur.ioBooth No. 1107mesur.io’s Earthstream Platform combines real-time localized data, tracking thousands of variables and providing advice for cultivation decisions from irrigation to pest and disease prevention. The models allow accurate extrapolation of the conditions on a specific site, examining and factoring in microclimates. We also have the capability of collecting information from any weather stations or sensors already in use on a site. Earthstream is the first platform to provide optimal predictions for pre and post emergence control of goosegrass through work with Rutgers University.
MCI FlowtronexBooth No. 1011 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.   MacLean HighlineBooth No. 802MacLean Highline manufactures a complete line of plastic and polymer concrete underground enclosures. Also spotlighted are the Roadway Valve Boxes and Curb Service Boxes. These replace concrete and cast-iron enclosures for valve cut off extensions. JRM, Inc.Booth No. 1004JRM, Inc. is excited to announce its new Liquid Fertility line. Utilizing cutting-edge technology and leveraging multiple methods of action to rapidly improve turf quality, JRM’s fertility line was designed to meet the same exacting quality standards they are renowned for in hard goods. Visit the booth to see the full fertility line, plus all new innovations in JRM’s aerification tines and bedknives line, Golfco Rollers, Oregon products, Greenleaf Nozzles, Nordic Plow Core collector and more.  ISCOBooth No. 213ISCO is an innovator in HDPE piping for golf course irrigation with nearly three decades of experience and expertise. When you work with ISCO, you’re getting a network of ISCO locations throughout North America as well as McElroy certified fusion technicians using best in-class maintained McElroy equipment to join the pipe and fittings for a leak-free performance that will last — plus the commitment of local support, from training to fusion equipment rental to service throughout the 25-year warranty period and beyond. GCBAA Booth No. 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. GeoponicsBooth No. 1905 Geoponics is an industry leader in manufacturing top of the line blendable pigments for all landscaping/turf needs. Visit the booth to view concentrated liquid colorants for mulch and pinestraw available in black, brown, cypress red and Georgia pine, all sold in individual to commercial size packaging. These unique solutions are ideal for everyone from homeowners up to large-scale applicators. A finished product is available for viewing. FreylitBooth No. 2314Freylit designs, manufactures and distributes environmental systems and solutions to treat and control polluted water throughout North America. The closed loop systems reuse the same water, promoting conservation. The Wash Water Recycling Golf Wash Stations Systems feature technology developed over 30 years of field testing and offers a two-year warranty.  FAIRWAYiQBooth No. 414As the leader in GPS live location and task tracking for Superintendents, FAIRWAYiQ is excited to participate in its first Carolinas GCSA Conference & Show. Alongside its partner ASB taskTracker, FAIRWAYiQ is giving superintendents the ability to create a culture of accountability and dial-in task efficiency day-to-day. As a result, they provide superintendents with the amount of time and money they spend on tasks throughout the year which helps them defend their budgets to committees and GMs. Corteva AgriscienceBooth No. 3416Corteva Agriscience has launched four new products in the Turf & Ornamental industry since August, including GameOn, NativeKlean and Crew specialty herbicides, plus XXpire insecticide. Corteva Agriscience also sponsored the inaugural Corteva Putt-Championship Monday night at Captain Hooks Adventure Golf. Cool Terra Biochar-Based Soil Amendment Booth No. 3103Cool Terra is a biochar-based soil amendment that is engineered to improve soil health, optimize water consumption and fertilizer use while sequestering substantial amounts of carbon. The highly porous, long-lasting physical structure of Cool Terra makes it a great input to reduce compaction and facilitate drainage channels in greens, tees and fairways. The Cartpath CompanyBooth No. 102The Cartpath Company specializes in all types of concrete installations using hand form or machine forming methods. The company also has full-service cart path renovation abilities, for complete tear-out, removal and replacement of existing cart paths for requiring improvements and updates. Carolina Soil Inject / Byo-GonBooth No. 1718Carolina Soil Inject/Byo-Gon provides exclusive Air2G2 rentals, contract services and sales throughout the Carolinas. The Air2G2 is an innovative tool that offers non-disruptive improvements in turf compaction, porosity and respiration, as well as biostimulation and nanobubble technology for lake and pond algae management, spray water enhancement systems and irrigation oxygen injection to enhance soil oxygen levels and promote plant health. Capillary ConcreteBooth No. 2802Capillary Concrete is the most advanced bunker liner system for the best performance. After installing in more than 600 courses and 34 countries worldwide, Capillary Concrete has proven to save time and money on bunkers. Come learn about how Capillary Concrete can reduce washouts, plugged lies, sand contamination, flooding and keep your bunkers perfect year-round. The company is also preparing to launch its revolutionary Capillary Hydroponics System for turf maintenance.  BrandtBooth No. 2508BRANDT Organiplex is a new sustainable foliar nutrient line for greens and fairways. They contain a high concentration of amino acids, which are natural complexing agents that improve plant nutrient absorption, translocation and metabolism. The formulations are OMRI listed and a great choice for sustainable fertility. Betty Billy BunkerBooth No. 14142019 has been another tremendous year for Better Billy Bunker and it looks forward to seeing friends in Myrtle Beach to begin the show season. 2020 promises to be an exciting year as several major championships will be conducted on courses featuring Better Billy Bunkers. Learn more about the fastest-draining bunker construction method in the industry, currently in use on more than 1,000 courses worldwide. Armorex T&OBooth No. 3101Armorex T&O is a biochemical formulation used to control pathogenic nematodes in golf course turf. Armorex is OMRI listed for use in organics. Armorex is a unique blend of essential plant oils including extracts of sesame, clove and horseradish, all of which are effective pest suppressants. 2019 trials showed significantly reduced counts of damaging lance nematodes and rapid recovery of damaged turf areas.  American Wick DrainBooth No. 3717American Wick Drain manufactures geocomposite subsurface drainage products, crafted with geotextiles and specially designed drainage cores, delivering a more cost effective and efficient approach to drainage than traditional French drains. AWD products have more than 60 percent open area for water collection, compared to 3 to 5 percent for traditional perforated pipes, allowing you maximum collection with minimized clogging potential. No heavy equipment is required, saving you time in equipment, materials and manpower. All Charged UpAll Charged Up has been providing golf courses with Motorola Solutions two-way radios for years at affordable prices. Whether you need communication for your clubhouse, event staff or course, All Charged Up can provide a solution fit for your needs. They strive to provide unmatched service, offering product demos, custom programming and technical assistance. Air2G2Booth No. 1307Air2G2 will showcase its award-winning Air2G2 324, the only machine capable of aerating non-disruptively. The Air2G2 reaches depths of 12 inches while laterally injecting air that spans 3-plus feet outward from the probe at both 6-inch and 12-inch depths. The air injections fracture compacted layers, force a gas/air exchange, and create a profile capable of moving air and water more efficiently. Air2G2 will also have their Air2HP and Air2GO-Shuttle on display.]]>
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A Cinderella story

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:37
Yes, the Horry Georgetown Technical College Turf Bowl team captured another championship at the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show. That result proved familiar, identical on the surface to eight of the previous 19 trivial pursuits at the annual gathering. But the challengers were unexpected and their strategy provided what can be best described in hindsight as a rope-a-dope.

Oh, and the final question — the winning question — was far more goofball than curveball.

The Fighting Mole Crickets B team — Chase Garvey, 23, Harry Robishaw, 30, Josh Rownd, 33, and Alex Zaner, 25, three of them Turf Bowl rookies still in their first months of turf school — raised the championship trophy with 1,050 points, besting the North Carolina State University B and A teams, who finished with 1,000 and 801, respectively, and their A team classmates, who finished with 99.

The four agreed before hearing a single question that they would buzz in only if they were certain of an answer. That resulted in eight correct answers in 10 attempts in their first-round game, enough to qualify as a wild card with 1,300 points. Rownd said the team was more “focused on a point total than winning the round to get us through.”

Less than an hour later, they carried their strategy even further, answering only five questions — including just one of the first 23 from the board of 30 — four of them correctly. They trailed the N.C. State A team by 1,400 points with seven questions remaining, managing to close to within 700 before a 500-point miss by the Wolfpack whittled the gap to 200 entering the final.

“We kind of figured out before we started that we weren’t going to answer anything we were going to lose points on,” Garvey added. “If we could answer it, we would buzz in and give it a shot.”

“I think we were just waiting for the right questions to come our way,” Zaner said.

They found three of their four correct championship-game answers in “Bugs N’ Stuff,” which golf and sports turf management professor Ashley Wilkinson attributed to the course study provided by George McCauley, a biological sciences professor and entomologist. How else would a group with such a limited turf background know anything about nematodes?

But the trophy was won and lost thanks to the final question of the afternoon.

The category: Turfgrass Management in the Movies.

The question: Unforgettable assistant greenskeeper from 1980s movie Caddyshack.

“We knew going in it was going to be about Caddyshack,” Robishaw said. The Mole Crickets missed the answer — the Cinderella story Carl Spackler, of course — but so did two other teams. Only the N.C. State B team, who wagered all of their 500 points to double their score, figured it out. The Mole Crickets wagered 50 and held on for the win.

“This is the most impressed and proud I’ve been,” Wilkinson said. “This is the least I’ve been involved with the Turf Bowl in years, so the fact that these guys won is on them, not us. These guys, they did it on their own.”

The win is the ninth overall for Horry-Georgetown since the turn of the century, and the second thanks to a final question: Three years ago, a straightforward final asked for the most recent winner of the Old Tom Morris Award — the legendary Paul R. Latshaw. “And as luck would have it,” Wilkinson said, “one of our students had interned for Paul B. Latshaw that year and he had been talking about his dad winning the award.”

Who knows what the future holds for any of the four championship Mole Crickets or any of their 40 Turf Bowl counterparts. They all have an afternoon behind the buzzer, though, some more knowledge about the industry, another day to come at the conference, bright futures. So they got that goin’ for them, which is nice.

Matt Lawell’s is GCI’s managing editor.



2000   Horry Georgetown

2001   Horry Georgetown

2002   Clemson

2003   Horry Georgetown

2004   Clemson

2005   North Carolina State

2006   Clemson

2007   Clemson

2008   Central Piedmont

2009   Horry Georgetown

2010   Clemson

2011   Sandhills

2012   Horry Georgetown

2013   Horry Georgetown

2014   Clemson

2015   Horry Georgetown

2016   Horry Georgetown

2017   Clemson

2018   Clemson

2019   Horry Georgetown

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Count on him being there

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:35
Jared Nemitz and Nelson Caron enjoy talking the numbers behind smooth and slick ultradwarf Bermudagrass greens.

For the more than three hours in Myrtle Beach, a ballroom packed with colleagues observed a data-driven presentation brewing for years.

Nemitz and Caron are former co-workers turned ultra-successful managers of ultradwarf Bermudagrass. They reunited for work purposes at the 2019 Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show to lead a seminar about a shared turf passion: meticulous greens management. They had never led a seminar together until arriving in Myrtle Beach.

Nemitz is the superintendent at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, North Carolina; Caron is the director of golf course and grounds maintenance at The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Nemitz was Caron’s first assistant superintendent hire. That was in 2008.

Those were highly subjective times in the Bermudagrass business. Consider this conversation while staring at a pile of clippings 11 years ago:

Caron: “There are a lot less clippings than yesterday.”

Nemitz: “There are a lot more clippings than yesterday.”

The conversation sparked a key decision in their respective careers. They jointly decided to find an objective method to maintain greens. So they decided to start measuring clippings. 

And 11 years later? Nemitz and Caron measure everything from number of daily, weekly, monthly and annual rolls to Stimpmeter readings on every green. Nemitz has six years of data documenting every practice performed on The Peninsula Club’s greens.

Nemitz and his assistants compile data on an Excel file. They leave tweet-length notes at the end of each day’s log. Not comfortable using Excel? Nemitz is willing to share a template with any colleague who shows a zest for taking a course’s greens to a higher level. Once a system is established, Nemitz says recording the data “only takes a couple of minutes each day.”

Through the years, Nemitz has noticed growth patterns in The Peninsula Club’s Championship Bermudagrass greens. The more data he collects, the better he understands spring growing conditions in the Charlotte area. “When you start writing things down, you learn how methodical things can be,” he says. “The same thing keeps happening within a few weeks year over year.”

The philosophy is similar at The Ford Plantation, where Caron and his team manage TifEagle Bermudagrass greens. While Nemitz explored the numbers associated with high-level putting surfaces during the seminar, Caron offered insight into handling the human side of greens maintenance. Perception matters when it comes to greens, so Caron urges colleagues to take a hands-on approach with tasks such as course setup for key member events. “You can control the narrative,” he says. “You are the expert.”   

Every expert, though, flourishes with a few other experts on the same team. Caron revealed startling data from The Ford Plantation’s Georgia Open performance – who knew Sunday readings could get that high on a Stimpmeter? – but Caron shared perhaps the most meaningful numbers in a break during the seminar.

Four of his former employees have become superintendents elsewhere and 26 students have participated in the club’s internship program. Every key member of Caron’s current management team completed a turf internship at the club.

One of his former protégés hovered less than 10 feet away, fielding questions from curious colleagues. The number of people Nemitz reaches expands by the industry event. It wouldn’t surprise Caron – or anybody else – if Nemitz is counting. 

“It’s not about what I do on my course,” he says. “It’s about trying to find what works for you. There are keys out there to make it work.”

Guy Cipriano is GCI’s editor.

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Rutledge Opens Q-School With A 66, Despite Bogey-Double Bogey Finish

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:05
Victoria’s Jim Rutledge opened the first stage of PGA Tour Champions Q-school in Nipton, Calif., with a five-under 66 that left him in a tie for third, with three rounds remaining. Rutledge was bogey free and at eight under after his 16th hole of the day, but had a bogey-double bogey finish. Canadian Kevin Baker […]
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Brooke Henderson On CME Group Tour Championship: “I Know This Week Isn’t Technically A Major, But It Almost Feels Like It”

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 17:29
Brooke Henderson is at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., this week, looking to put an exclamation mark on what has been an outstanding season at the CME Group Tour Championship. “I know this week isn’t technically a major, but it almost feels like it with the $5-million purse and the $1.5 million winner’s […]
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Inaugural Canadian Golf Industry Show To Take Place In Vancouver

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 17:18
The inaugural combined Canadian Golf Industry Show (CGIS) will take place the week of November 9, 2020 in Vancouver, it was announced on Tuesday. The CGIS will feature the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference (Canadian Golf Superintendents Association), the Golf Business Canada Conference (National Golf Course Owners Association Canada) and the Tee Talks National Teaching […]
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Alena Sharp Named To LPGA Board Of Directors

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 12:36
Alena Sharp, who will play this week’s CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., has been named to the LPGA board of directors. Sharp will serve as a player director along with Lydia Ko and Amy Olson. The announcement is here.
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With One Round To Go At Q-School, Canadian Closing In On European Tour Status

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 12:11
With just one round remaining in the final stage of European Tour Q-school in Tarragona, Spain, Aaron Cockerill of Teulon, Man., is in prime position to play a full schedule next season. Cockerill is tied for fifth at 14 under, just four shots off the lead with just Wednesday’s sixth and final round yet to […]
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Cobra’s New Speedzone Family Of Clubs Is Zoned In On Speed

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 09:05
Cobra Golf has introduced its new Speedzone family of clubs, including two drivers. Taking inspiration from design attributes of the fastest cars in the world, Cobra fine-tuned six unique zones of performance to deliver enhanced speed and distance in two new drivers, the King Speedzone and the King Speedzone XTREME. Like a race car, every […]
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Link: Golf Club Not Responsible For Damage After Errant Ball Hits Truck

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 09:04
A British Columbia civil resolution tribunal has determined that the Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen is not responsible for the damage after an errant golf ball hit a truck. Andrew Weichel has more here for CTV News Vancouver.
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Mississaugua Golf And Country Club Seeks Second Assistant Superintendent

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 09:03
Mississaugua Golf and Country Club is accepting applications to join its course and grounds leadership team as second assistant superintendent. Responsibilities Assist in managing, motivating and leading our team to achieve a common goal. Utilize and implement programs to train, communicate and direct maintenance programs on the course. Have the opportunity to influence positive results […]
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Link: Community Gets Behind Golf Club In Pincher Creek

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-11-19 09:03
The community has rallied in favour of a proposal that could see the Pincher Creek Golf Club in Alberta expanded to 18 holes. Riley Cassidy has more here for the Pincher Creek Echo.
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Harrell's acquires Polyon brand

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-11-19 08:10
Harrell’s has acquired POLYON a brand of Koch Agronomic Services.  The sale, which was effective as of Nov. 15, includes the POLYON controlled-release fertilizer brand and related technology, patents and manufacturing capability. More than 70 veteran team members from the landmark Sylacauga, Alabama, POLYON production facility officially become Harrell’s employee-owners. "This is a great day for Harrell’s," CEO Jack Harrell Jr. said. "We’ve always wanted to own POLYON and finally the time was right for everyone. Now we’re going to do everything we can to bring this superb technology to more customers and markets." Harrell’s has distributed POLYON in the golf, lawn care, horticulture and specialty ag markets for three decades in a supply relationship that originally began with Pursell Industries in the early 1990s. "We’ve been so closely associated with it that folks mistakenly thought we already owned it," said Harrell. "Those little green BBs have been at the heart of our business and a big part of our growth and success over the years," said Harrell. POLYON is a fertilizer with a reactive coating technology that diffuses nutrients based on soil temperature and coating thickness. It provides consistent, predictable, dependable feeding to turfgrass, ornamental plants and a wide variety of specialty crops. "It’s a foundational product for so many growers in so many markets," Harrell said. "We believe in a balanced approach agronomic philosophy that combines nutrition and plant protection and POLYON is the perfect start to the process." Under the agreement, Harrell’s will also custom manufacture POLYON for Koch Agronomic Services, which will continue to hold exclusive rights to POLYON in certain international markets. ]]>
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PGA National Resort & Spa enhancing Squire Course

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-11-19 07:59
PGA National Resort & Spa announced it has retained Staples Golf Design, a golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, to lead a reimagination of the Squire Course. One of five distinct 18-hole courses on property, the Squire Course was originally designed by the renowned design duo of Tom and George Fazio and has not had any significant updates since opening. SGD is an award-winning, national leader in sustainable golf course design services that help golf courses increase their efficiency, become more profitable and instill local pride in the game of golf. Timeless, strategic design combined with efficient, natural elements are the hallmarks of Staples projects.  “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the new ownership of PGA National on the Squire course,” Staples said.  “I’ve watched tournaments on this property since I was a kid, so it’s a real honor to be working here. We’ll be coming up with an innovative solution that address golf’s future, and that’s really exciting. You’re going to want to keep an eye on this project.”
The reimagination of the Squire Course will be overseen by Nick Mazzella of Mazzella Partnership, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based golf course renovation project management company. ]]>
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Squeezing a decade of lessons into an afternoon

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-11-18 19:14
Bud White has learned plenty during his more than four decades deep in the turf industry: What you need to develop the ability to think critically through problems and how to solve them. How to evaluate products and separate testimonials from research. So many little things that trip up rubes and sage veterans alike.

White shared as many tips, tricks and lessons both general and specific as he could squeeze into three hours and change Monday afternoon during the first round of seminars at the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — so many, in fact, that he nearly talked right through a scheduled halftime refreshment break. “Oh, right,” he said. “Be back in about 15 minutes. We’ll pick up right where we left off.”

A Greensboro, North Carolina native, White designed his seminar for younger turfheads — “Fast Lane Learning for Assistant Superintendents” is what the program promoted, though White opted for “10 Years in an Afternoon?” on his title card — and 26 of them packed the conference room. “These are the kinds of things that give the most people the most problems in my experience,” said White, who was a member of the USGA Green Section for 22 years and more recently moved to Arnold Palmer Golf Management, where he’s senior vice president for Century Golf Partners.

White dived deep into irrigation and how important effluent water will be in the years and decades to come. He dished on the importance of testing bagged sand, even the most expensive options — especially the most expensive options — whose only guarantees are being dry and being expensive.

He shared some course stories, too.

Not too many summers ago, White was visiting perhaps the most famous club in Oklahoma. An octet of interns, none of whom had ever planted Bermudagrass, were shaking seed in hundred-plus-degree heat. The turf was far warmer, needling 140 on thermometers. White returned to his car, switched into some work clothes he always travels with, and got out on the greens. “If you’re not careful,” he told the interns, “you can have a tough planting situation.”

Some time before that, White was at an unnamed club where one wealthy member loved trees enough to gift $150,000 — if the club matched that total. Nearly a third of a million dollars later, the course superintendent was out planting dozens of new trees, many of them 15, 18, even 20 feet tall. What made that project easy — or at least easier — was the previous development of a master plan that laid out what sort of trees were best in different areas around the course and detailed soil components and root systems.

White recalled the old Donald Ross axiom that any tree is too close if it can fall on a green. “That’s not a bad rule of thumb if you think about it,” he said.

Another course in South Carolina called in White on a May afternoon years and years back and the greens committee chairman asked him about shade. White offered not his opinion but the facts that trees surrounding various greens were too close and provided far too much shade. About a quarter of the green was covered. White suggested some thickets be thinned. “That’s a load of crap,” White said the chairman told him in front of about 15 people. “You Green Section folks just want to make the superintendent look good.”

White snapped a photograph of the green at that moment and said he would return in eight months. The January shade, he said, would prove his point. Here, back in the moment, White clicked to the next slide in his seminar and showed off that January photo. Nearly the entire green was covered with afternoon shade.

“I think I owe you an apology,” White said the chairman told him during that second visit.

“Buy me a cheeseburger,” White told him, “and we’ll call it square.”

Three weeks later, a tornado whipped through the course and pulled out more than three times as many trees as White had suggested for removal. “The worst thing you can do is cut a tree down and leave the stump,” White said. “If you grind up the stump and sod it over, nobody will ever remember that tree was there.”

Mother Nature ruled that day and plenty of others. White never did confirm whether he cashed in that burger apology.

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