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GNN Poll: Are You Happy On The Job?

Golf Industry Insider - 8 hours 11 min ago
Nearly three-quarters of respondents to a Nielsen survey were either looking for work or would consider moving to a new job if offered the right position, according to this story from CBC. There are several reasons for such numbers, not the least of which is a record low 5.6 per cent jobless rate in Canada, […]
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Titleist 718 AP3 And AP2 Irons Are Back In Black

Golf Industry Insider - 8 hours 12 min ago
Titleist has added a new, limited all-black option to its 718 AP3 and AP2 irons. Available March 1, the new 718 AP3 Black and 718 AP2 Black irons are finished with a sleek, high polish, black PVD coating. True Temper AMT Onyx shafts – with a powder coat matte black finish that helps minimize glare […]
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Callaway FITS Designed To Provide Best Shaft Options In Three To Five Swings

Golf Industry Insider - 8 hours 13 min ago
  Callaway has introduced its new FITS Shaft Analyzer. Callaway FITS is designed to provide the best shaft options for a golfer in just three to five swings using the company’s new Callaway FITS app. This revolutionary shaft analyzer easily screws into the grip of a driver or seven iron and is connected via Bluetooth […]
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Hadwin Continues Stalking The Lead In The Desert

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2019-01-19 20:07
Adam Hadwin fired a bogey-free, seven-under 65 and is solo second with one round to go at the Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif. At 20 under, Hadwin is just two shots behind leader Phil Mickelson at a tournament where he held the 54-hole lead two years ago after firing a third round 59, but […]
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Brooke Henderson One Back With One To Go At Season Opener

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2019-01-19 17:33
Brooke Henderson goes into the final round of the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions one shot off the lead after shooting a two-under 69 on Saturday. Henderson, who started the day with a two-shot lead, is 12 under through three rounds and trails Lydia Ko and Eun-Hee Ji after each of the leaders fired […]
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St. Andrews Country Club names Brad Nelson director of course & grounds

Golf Course Industry - Sat, 2019-01-19 15:09
St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., announced the addition of Brad Nelson to its professional staff as director of course & grounds. A 22-year veteran in the golf industry, Nelson joins St. Andrews from PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Fla., where he served as director of agronomy directly responsible for tour conditions for the 2016-18 Honda Classic. He led the maintenance efforts at 2013-15 WGC Cadillac Championships during a stint at Trump National Doral. “Brad’s reputation and commitment to the highest standards makes him the ideal professional for St. Andrews Country Club,” St. Andrews Country Club COO/general manager Craig D. Martin said. “After an extensive interview process, Brad was the clear choice to meet and exceed our members’ expectations for both the Fazio II and the Palmer Course.” Nelson’s proficient work has not gone unnoticed as he has received multiple awards highlighting his skillset, including 2016 IAGTO Sustainability award under GEO, 2014 Top 100 Golf Course, Golf Digest and Golf Weekly, The Blue Monster, 2014 Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year Runner-Up, Public, The Blue Monster, 2005 Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year, Private, The Breakers Rees Jones Course, 1999-2000 Hooters Golf Tour Public Course of the Year, Bay Tree Golf Plantation. “When you have the reputation that St. Andrews Country Club has, of being such a distinguished club, the best of the best, there is never any doubt what the standard is for the property,” Nelson said. “I’m committed to providing a stellar member experience by highlighting the diversity of the two golf courses which is quite unique. The Fazio II golf course is truly a championship test of golf since the renovation, with a strategic approach to shot making and an emphasis on firm, fast conditioning, while the Palmer golf course offers a more traditional approach to the game in regards to sight lines and Green contouring. My family and I are truly blessed to be a part of the St Andrews culture. I’m excited to share my vision and to lead the agronomy team to ensure we deliver the goals set forth by Craig and the board of governors.” Nelson is a current member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Palm Beach County Golf Superintendents Association and Florida Turfgrass Association.]]>
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Stephen Ames Vaults Into Top 10 At Champions Season Opener

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2019-01-19 01:18
Stephen Ames is tied for seventh with one round to go at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii. Ames fired a bogey-free, seven-under 65 on Friday to move into the top 10 at the PGA Tour Champions season opener. He’s eight under after the first two rounds. Click here for the leaderboard.
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Hadwin T3 Midway Through Desert Classic

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2019-01-18 19:58
Adam Hadwin goes into the weekend three shots off the lead and in a tie for third after he fired a six-under 66 in Friday’s second round in La Quinta, Calif. Hadwin, who had just one bogey on Friday, reached the midway point of the event at 13 under. Tied for 11th is Adam Svensson […]
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New zoysiagrass partnership forms

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2019-01-18 17:50
Turf Research of Ultrafine Zoysia (TRUZ) has announced a new partnership between turfgrass research entities, universities and golf grass experts to develop zoysia varieties aimed specifically at the golf market. The partners in the project include turfgrass development company Sod Solutions of South Carolina, golf grass producers Modern Turf of South Carolina and JW Turf of Florida, and worldwide golf grass distributor Atlas Turf International. Research partners include the agronomy programs at the University of Florida, and Texas A&M, along with other plant breeders.  “First and foremost, we are looking for exceptional playing surfaces, said John Holmes, president of Atlas Turf International. “The zoysias in the TRUZ program have proven to be more drought tolerant, disease resistant, and salt tolerant, outperforming zoysias currently available.  The research also shows the TRUZ zoysias to be faster growing and more wear tolerant.”  The bullseye for the TRUZ program is to develop a line of fine-bladed zoysias that can be used on greens, fairways, tees and rough.  “Most zoysias in the golf market today are slow growing and lack the traffic tolerance and injury recovery needed by golf courses,” said Hank Kerfoot, president of Modern Turf.  “As golf turf professionals that not only play golf but sell turfgrass into the golf arena, we want to identify specific zoysia varieties that will excel most importantly on the course.  The breeders we have engaged in this program are the best individuals to find those grasses.” Dr. Kevin Kenworthy believes the benefits that zoysias can provide will transform golf.  “Things to understand about zoysiagrass putting greens, in relation to bermuda greens, is that zoysias are extremely dense and provide a very stiff and firm surface,” Kenworthy said. “That will affect the playability and also the management from a superintendent’s perspective.  We have new lines that show better disease resistance and have finer leaf texture; attributes that are critical for success moving forward.”
Kenworthy estimates the first line of grasses from the TRUZ project will hit the commercial market in approximately three to four years.]]>
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Brooke Henderson Opens Two-Shot Lead At Midway Point Of Season Opener

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2019-01-18 15:29
"Overall I'm happy to be in the position I am, and just hopefully keep it going over the weekend." Tournament leader @BrookeHenderson (-10) spoke with @TheAmyRogers about her round & moving forward into this weekend at The @diamondresorts Tournament of Champions.#DiamondLPGA pic.twitter.com/q3tm1WYH0o — LPGA (@LPGA) January 18, 2019 Brooke Henderson holds a two-shot lead at […]
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It’s Prime Time For XXIO Woods, Irons And Hybrids

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2019-01-18 05:33
XXIO has introduced new XXIO Prime, built for easy distance and accuracy for moderate swing speeds . The new XXIO Prime officially launches in North America on March 1. “XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period,” said Chuck Thiry, vice president of XXIO […]
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Canadian Duo Opens In Top 10 At Desert Classic

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-01-17 21:02
A pair of Canadians occupy the top 10 after the first round of the Desert Classic, which saw Phil Mickelson flirt with a 59, before finishing with a 12-under 60 to take a three-shot lead in La Quinta, Calif. Adam Hadwin, who fired a 59 of his own two years ago in La Quinta, is […]
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Brooke Henderson T1 After First Round Of LPGA Tour Season Opener

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-01-17 16:09
"I was hitting it well today and making putts, so that's all you can really ask for."@BrookeHenderson caught up with @TheAmyRogers after earning a share of the lead in the @diamondresorts Tournament of Champions following her first round 65 (-6).#DiamondLPGA pic.twitter.com/grwbtMHJXf — LPGA (@LPGA) January 17, 2019 Brooke Henderson is tied for the lead after […]
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Craig Boath appointed links superintendent at Carnoustie Golf Links

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2019-01-17 13:35
Carnoustie Golf Links have appointed Craig Boath as the new links superintendent at the venue of last year's The 147th Open. A well-known and experienced individual within the greenkeeping industry, Boath is moving from his role as head greenkeeper of the Championship Course. Boath began working at Carnoustie in 1996 as an apprentice greenkeeper on the Championship Course, followed by spells on the Buddon Links Course and Burnside Course. In January 2007, ahead of The 136th Open, Boath became deputy head greenkeeper of the Championship Course before being promoted to head greenkeeper in 2012. In his 23 years at the Links, Boath has been a part of three Open Championships, two Senior Opens and one Women's British Open. “We are delighted that Craig has accepted the position of Links Superintendent,” Carnoustie Golf Links CEO Michael Wells said. “He has dedicated his entire professional career to greenkeeping at Carnoustie and has done an incredible job throughout his 20-plus years at the Links. “Craig has a fantastic rapport with the rest of the greenkeeping team and is held in high regard by the wider greenkeeping community. He knows what it takes to produce a world-leading venue on a daily basis and we are certain he will maintain the high standards set by his predecessors and ensure that Carnoustie Golf Links continues to set the standards for Championship Links Golf.” Boath said: “It's an honor to be asked to follow in the footsteps of John Philp and Sandy Reid. I am looking forward to leading the fantastic greenkeeping team we have here at Carnoustie Golf Links. I will do my best to play my part in maintaining the high standards that have already been set and ensure that we continue to be a world-leading golf venue and home to golf's greatest test." Boath has taken up the position with immediate effect. ]]>
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Harrell’s acquires Golf Enviro Systems

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2019-01-17 13:16
As of Jan. 1, central Florida-based Harrell’s has increased its western footprint with the acquisition of Golf Enviro Systems in Colorado Springs, Colo. Golf Enviro Systems is a full-line distributor of soil, turf, greenhouse and landscape maintenance products servicing the professional markets in Colorado, New Mexico and southern Wyoming. The deal will make a variety of granular fertilizers, liquid foliar nutritionals, soil wetting agents and plant protects available to customers in the region.  “The Golf Enviro team is a great asset to Harrell’s,” said Nick Spardy, Harrell’s vice president of West sales and marketing. “We are looking forward to serving turf managers and growers in this region of the country,” The acquisition also brings a trio of seasoned territory managers onto the Harrell’s sales force, which has swelled to more than 120 in the golf, ornamental, sports turf, turf & landscape and specialty agriculture markets. Gary Schinderle, Ben Boehme and Robert Gonzales will continue to serve Golf Enviro customers in the area. The team will be rounded out by territory manager Chris Freeman, who joined the Harrell’s team in late 2018, regional sales director JJ Jansen and Spardy.  “We couldn’t be more proud and excited to bring Harrell’s quality products, innovative technologies and exceptional service to our customers,” said Schinderle, a former Golf Enviro partner.  James Penny and Daniel Lewis will continue to manage operations and distribution out of the warehouse in Colorado Springs.  ]]>
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Industry Voices: TaylorMade’s Mike Fox On The New TP5 And TP5X Golf Balls

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-01-17 09:31
Mike Fox, global category director of golf balls for TaylorMade, chats about High-Flex Material and other features of the 2019 TP5 and TP5x golf ball. For more product information, click here. Click Play below to hear his chat with Hutch and please allow 10 seconds for the sound to cue up.
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Link: Class Will Be In Session In Orlando

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-01-17 09:31
If you’re planning on sitting on a few education sessions, but aren’t sure of where each is held, here’s a guide that will help you locate each of them at Orange County National or the Orange County Convention Center. Click here for a list of each session and the room in which they will be […]
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PGA Of B.C. Names Its Top 100 Golf Professionals

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-01-17 09:30
The PGA of British Columbia recently named its top 100 golf professionals of 2018 as determined by the association’s Professional Development Program (PDP) The PDP is an annual Order of Merit designed to recognize PGA of B.C. members who make outstanding contributions to the association, their communities, the province’s golf industry and themselves. Through participation […]
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Golf Canada Has Positions Available

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-01-17 09:29
Golf Canada is seeking a Manager of Next Generation Performance. workshop personnel and an assistant in tournament operations. For information on all three positions, click here.
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Albin Choi Closes Web.com Tour Season Opener With A 68

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-01-16 17:29
Toronto’s Albin Choi finished the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic with a final round, four-under 68 that left him tied for 16th at the Web.com Tour season opener. Choi finished all four rounds at nine under, one better than Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., who shot a 69 on Wednesday and tied for 20th. The final […]
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