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Performance Nutrition launches Prudent 40PLUS

Golf Course Industry - 3 hours 47 min ago
PLUS, a highly concentrated phosphite fertilizer fortified with 17 free L-amino acids. Prudent 40PLUS combines two effective and complementary technologies to maintain plant health, Prudent 44 and Pennamin, in one product. 

"Prudent 40PLUS combines the benefits of Prudent urea phosphite fertilizer with the stress-fighting characteristics of Pennamin amino acids pre-blended in the right ratio for maximum performance in one convenient jug,” Performance Nutrition general manager Don Pucillo said. “It makes the job of turf managers a little easier."

Prudent 40PLUS highly concentrated phosphite fertilizer (40 percent PO3, expressed as P2O5), is formulated with patented urea phosphite and Pennamin amino acids. The amino acids are the building blocks for proteins, help move nutrients into the plant, and play important roles in almost every plant function. Since they are “free” amino acids, they are immediately plant-available. 

The ability to be used at lower rates than common potassium phosphite fertilizers, tank mix easily with most fertilizers and pesticides, increase the integrity of plant cell walls, and improve plant pollen fertility and increase pollen germination are among the benefits of Prudent 40PLUS.]]>
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Go Deep With Due Diligence

Golf Course Industry - 4 hours 6 min ago
The annual forecast/budget season arrives in every golf operation at various scheduled times in the year and with it comes another opportunity for the golf course superintendent to show his worth. Over the last 30 or so years I have worked in the pubic, resort and private sectors of golf managing small and large budgets hosting everything from small local charity events to televised PGA/LPGA tournaments. This diverse experience has revealed three common and costly errors when it comes to forecasting a budget. They are statistical/mathematical errors, meteorological calculations and lack of due diligence.

Check your data
The first most common and costly error is perhaps the most preventable and that is the statistical or mathematical error. In the modern budgeting processes we have the benefit of incredible computing and comparative systems but they are only as good as the information that is loaded into the system. These errors range from not enough zero’s to not entering the correct hourly wage that multiplies by 20 employees on the year and even the dreaded mis-key that dropped the water/irrigation budget 10 percent with one key stroke.

These mistakes show instantly on smaller history-based budgets but can sometimes slide through the system, even larger budgets often show human error as approvals and multiple versions of the budget are created and shared. There is no substitute for a line by line review and the creation of comparative reports to track anomalies is also helpful. Master the financial documents preferred by your operation to minimize these common statistical/mathematical errors.

What’s the forecast?
The second most costly forecast/budget mistake occurs when the superintendent is asked to project line items that are severely impacted by meteorological calculations (weather events). This is tough because no one can predict the weather, yet we need exact counts for ice melt (or snow removal costs), irrigation use, utilities and the list goes on.

The expectations are that we hit the number every time. My advice is to use as much historical data (at least five comparable years) as you can then find and refer to multiple forecasts (short and long range) and always use correct verbiage in written or verbal critiques of the budget. Note* the mean of any equation is the result of a high or low equating a mean or average so if you pick the meteorological middle which seems correct you are actually going to miss either high or low most of the time. Weather moves in cycles that are not truly defined in days or months, so our best guess coupled with clear and frequent communication is the solution to this problem.

Stay aware of how weather is impacting the budget projections and communicate in real numbers. For example, “we have one week left in June and have had 60 percent of our projected rainfall to date and are 6 degrees warmer (daily highs 99 degrees and lows of 78 degrees) than average resulting in a 45 percent overage in irrigation water use/fees totaling $6,000 MTD reflecting a $500 savings YTD”. Make sure you communicate meteorological calculations/adjustments often to all stake holders. This also applies to heat and cold stress on equipment repair, turf and personnel, you cannot achieve the same productivity in 125+ degree heat index or -5 degree wind chill as you can at a temperate 75 degrees (we all can appreciate those mid-summer/winter labor meetings)! Persevere this too shall pass.

Deep Research
Due diligence plays a critical role in budget forecasting. The quality of the due diligence often determines the accuracy of the forecast/budget. The majority of superintendents do their forecasts in the third or fourth financial quarter following a busy golf season. This can lead to a bit of financial fatigue. It is often demonstrated in a failure to research deeper financial issues or seek help from other financial experts.

Everyone needs some help in due diligence from time to time while forecasting budget line items. Case in point, you see that the over-seed budget is too low for 2019 but you think that is a year away and maybe the seed crop will be amazing next year and the price will drop so you do not have the conversation with accounting or the general manager. Inevitably it comes time to order your over-seed and then the problem is as big as Oregon. Our Director of Finance once said, “Don’t defer, instead refer in writing and in person until someone addresses the situation. You are our expert”. Pretty good advice.

Superintendents are good at many things and we are by nature planners but generally we love the doing more than the planning. This forecast/budget season take some extra time, breathe and avoid the three most costly forecast/budget mistakes by remembering to double check each evolution of the budget for statistical accuracy, communicate the probability and status of meteorological calculations and committing to a high level of due diligence before signing off on next year’s budget.       

Anthony Williams, CGCS, is the director of golf course maintenance and landscaping at the Four Seasons Resort Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

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The Leading Edge

Golf Course Industry - 4 hours 44 min ago
The 2019 Nufarm Edge Rewards Program is the best way for golf course superintendents to save on popular Nufarm products during the upcoming season. Whether it’s Traction™ for snow mold, Pinpoint™ for dollar spot, Arena™ for grub control, or Anuew™ PGR for high-performing growth regulation, Nufarm customers save on solutions that will improve the quality and efficiency of their operations.

New for Nufarm Edge Rewards
Nufarm’s 2019 program is designed to bring golf course superintendents an edge. Customers can earn valuable distributor credit on the largest lineup of products to-date, including more than 45 proven Nufarm plant growth regulators, fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Plus, rewards participants can extend their savings options with two early order periods.

  • Save the maximum during Period 1: September 15 - October 31, 2018.
  • Extend your time to save during Period 2: November 1 - December 7, 2018.

Registration is Quick and Easy
Registration is required to participate in Nufarm Edge Rewards. Visit www.NufarmInsider.com/Rewards and simply submit the registration form. Previous registrants are automatically registered and do not need to register again. At the rewards website, golf course superintendents can easily browse eligible products and maximize their rewards potential using the convenient Nufarm Edge Rewards Calculator Tool.

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Link: Green Destroyed By Vandal Doing Donuts

Golf Industry Insider - 8 hours 34 min ago
The green on the first hole of the Harbour View Golf Course in Winnipeg was made unplayable by somebody who drove on to it and did donuts on the weekend. CBC News has more here.
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Link: Bear Sighting On Golf Course Is One Of Several In National Capital Region

Golf Industry Insider - 8 hours 36 min ago
Bear sightings have been numerous in the Ottawa area recently, the latest coming on the Champlain Golf Course, where it ended up in a tree. CTV Ottawa has more here.
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Link: Batteries Stolen From Ontario Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - 8 hours 36 min ago
Ontario Provincial Police are seeking assistance in identifying two males after a recent theft of several PF-24F-7 batteries from Mapleview Golf and Country Club near Perth, Ont. Inside Ottawa Valley has more here.
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Link: Golf Courses In Myrtle Beach Getting Ready To Open After Florence

Golf Industry Insider - 8 hours 37 min ago
The golf haven of Myrtle Beach did get hit hard by Hurricane Florence, but didn’t suffer the devastation that was first anticipated. Other golf courses are expected to open this week, but visitors are requested to check weather and road conditions. Martin Kaufmann has more here for Golfweek.
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Pair Of 65s Lead After First Round Of PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2018-09-17 22:22
British Columbia’s John Shin and Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Quebec share the lead at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada after each shot a seven-under 65 to open at the Winston Golf Club in Calgary on Monday, Shin’s was a bogey-free effort, while Bussieres, who sits atop PGA of Canada national rankings, had just one bogey […]
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Toro announces 2019 Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:30
Toro has announced the 18th annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In January 2019, one lucky turfgrass science student will travel to Atlanta to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest game in football. With an extensive history of supporting student scholarships and educational activities, Toro and the National Football League are proud to offer this unique learning experience.

Toro equipment and representatives have been involved in preparing the stadium and practice fields for the Super Bowl for over 50 years. Starting with the inaugural World Championship in 1967, the NFL grounds crew has relied on Toro for its expertise and equipment in preparing the game field and multiple practice facilities. In 2002, the organizations partnered to establish the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program.

Through the Sports Turf Training Program, Toro and the NFL’s Super Bowl grounds team collaborate to offer a program aimed at enhancing the skills of emerging sports turf professionals. This program provides hands-on experience in establishing and maintaining one of the highest quality and safest playing surfaces in the world. This year’s recipient will work alongside NFL field director, Ed Mangan, George Toma and the Super Bowl grounds crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on synthetic turf maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day, halftime preparation and field clean-up. Beginning on January 26, 2019, the winner will be on hand at Mercedes-Benz Stadium preparing the field leading up to the game on Feb. 3, 2019.

To be considered for the program, applicants must complete and submit an application form, as well as a 500-word typed essay, describing the applicant’s professional goals. A reference and résumé are also required.

Entries must be received by Oct. 19, 2018. Applicants must be enrolled in at least the second year of a two-year turf program or in at least the junior year of a four-year turf program. The application must include the contact information of a school advisor or representative, as well.

The winner will be notified no later than Nov. 2, 2018. For additional information, potential applicants can learn more about the program by consulting with their school’s turf program.

Any questions or comments can be directed to boyd.montgomery@toro.com.]]>
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Aquatrols names Dr. Darryl Ramoutar director of research and development

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:16
Aquatrols has named Dr. Darryl Ramoutar as director of research and development.
Previously serving in leadership positions at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and Clarke Environmental Services, Ramoutar brings a breadth of experience to the role that will help fuel Aquatrols’ future growth and product expansion. Most recently director of global controls R&D at Scotts Miracle-Gro, Ramoutar specialized in providing strategic technological, regulatory and market guidance to brand teams and company leadership within the controls category.
“Darryl’s deep background speaks to his wealth of knowledge and passion for agronomy,” Aquatrols President and CEO Matt Foster said. “I am confident that Darryl’s expertise will not only help us improve our product line for customers, but also help us continue down the path of becoming the most trusted supplier in golf.”
Ramoutar will lead the team in developing new and innovative products that not only extend beyond their current portfolio, but also provide an enhanced user experience. Popular Aquatrols products include Revolution, Dispatch, Aqueduct and a suite of complementary surfactants. With each solution being applied to optimize soil-water-plant interactions in various agronomic conditions, their products have become essential for golf course superintendents, sports turf managers and landscapers around the world.]]>
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Link: Shaw Charity Classic Mourns Passing Of Renowned Event Chair And Philanthropist

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2018-09-17 13:54
The Shaw Charity Classic, along with so many other Calgarians, are mourning the passing of tournament chair and philanthropist Clay Riddell. Dave Dormer and Sarah Rieger have more here for CBC News. Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family of our Chair, Clay Riddell, who sadly left us this weekend. Community […]
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Weekend Leftovers: Sloan’s Upward Mobility, From France To Asia, Home Club Memories And More

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2018-09-17 12:55
Roger Sloan’s T2 finish at the Albertsons Boise Open, the third event of the Web.com Tour Finals, not only returned him to the PGA Tour as a regular, it also vaulted him from 534th to 390th in the world rankings. Going into this week’s Web.com Tour Championship, Sloan is 10th in projected standings and the […]
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Voices: Richard Zokol Previews This Week’s Tour Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2018-09-17 08:28
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and former PGA Tour player Richard Zokol chats about the popularity among fans of the FedEx Cup and previews this week’s Tour Championship, after which the FedEx Cup champ will be named. Click here to listen to his chat with Hutch. Please allow 10 seconds for the sound to […]
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Link: PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada Could Be Decided On 17th Hole

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2018-09-17 08:27
The par three 17th hole, with its island green, could make life difficult for competitors at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada, which got underway Monday at the Winston Golf Club in Calgary. Wes Gilbertson has more here for the Calgary Sun.
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Gligic Wins Canadian Player Of The Year Award As Mackenzie Tour Season Concludes

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-09-16 22:57
Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., completed the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ont., with a three-under 67 that left him tied for sixth at the season-ending event on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada. At 15 under, du Toit finished four shots off the winning score posted by American Danny Walker, who shot a […]
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Tour Roundup: Sloan’s 63 Sets Him Up As A PGA Tour Regular

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-09-16 20:27
Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., will once again be a regular on the PGA Tour after he shot a final round, eight-under 63 to tie for second at the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho, the third event in the Web.com Tour Finals, on Sunday. Sloan finished at 18 under, one shot off the winning score, […]
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Voices: Sandra Post Wraps Up The Season’s Final Major

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-09-16 13:48
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and former LPGA Tour player Sandra Post chats about Angela Stanford’s emotional victory at the Evian Championship, Brooke Henderson’s T10 and other Canadian finishes at the fifth and final major of the season. For more, click here. Click Play below to listen and please allow 10 seconds for the […]
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Brooke Henderson Finishes T10 At Season’s Last Major

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-09-16 12:12
Brooke Henderson completed the fifth and final major of the season with a three-under 68 that included just one bogey of the day as she finished in a tie for 10th at the Evian Championship in France on Sunday. At eight under after all four rounds, Henderson finished four shots of the winning score posted […]
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Are Most Of The Golfers Where You Work/Play Over 50?

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-09-16 11:22
Golfers aged 55 and over who were polled by B.C. Golf recently were less likely to be comfortable with marijuana on the course than those under the age of 35, according to this story in the Province. That’s not surprising since pot was typically out of sight, out of mind on the golf course, but […]
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Whistler Golf Club Seeks Superintendent

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2018-09-16 11:21
The Whistler Golf Club in Whistler, B.C., is seeking a full-time, year-round superintendent. As leader of the golf maintenance team, the golf course superintendent directs, coaches and coordinates the activities of workers engaged in the repair, maintenance, landscaping and related structures and buildings of the golf course grounds. This includes meeting or exceeding the established […]
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