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GCBAA, ASGCA to be Golf Industry Show presenting partners

Golf Course Industry - 1 hour 45 min ago
Longtime Golf Industry Show partners, Golf Course Builders Association of America and the American Society of Golf Course Architects, have both increased their commitment to the event and have been named presenting partners.    As presenting partners, GCBAA’s and ASGCA’s engagement in GIS will align more closely with the overall event offerings for golf course management professionals including superintendents, architects, builders, course owners, equipment managers and more. This will include enhanced education and joint opportunities available to all attendees that will further the close links between the design, construction and management of golf courses.  “ASGCA has been a proud supporter of GIS for more than a decade,” ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan said. “This increased role provides greater opportunity for our members to both give and receive education, and will allow attendees to learn more from golf course architects. The golf industry is growing in new ways, so education for golf course decision makers is a must. We are excited to help golf courses of all types be more successful.” In addition to GCSAA, GCBAA and ASGCA, the Golf Industry Show also includes participating partners National Golf Course Owners Association, National Golf Foundation and United States Golf Association.  The next GIS will take place Jan. 25-30, 2020, in Orlando. Upcoming shows include Las Vegas in 2021 and San Diego in 2022. “The Golf Industry Show is always evolving, and we are looking forward to the additional opportunities for all attendees that will come with the increased involvement of GCSBAA and ASGCA,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “Although they have both always been an important part of the GIS family, we are excited to work with them as presenting partners.” ]]>
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Profile Products promotes new marketing director

Golf Course Industry - 1 hour 56 min ago
Profile Products recently announced the promotion of Adam Dibble, CPESC, CESSWI, to director of marketing. Dibble will lead Profile’s strategic marketing and serve as a resource for all of Profile’s business units including Erosion and Vegetative Solutions (EVS), sports fields, golf, landscape and horticulture. He will also remain the brand manager for EVS.

“In the time Adam has been at Profile, he has proved his dedication to this industry not only in the tremendous work he has done for our company, but also in his pursuit of his CSPESC and CESSWI accreditations and leadership positions in member organizations,” Profile Products president and CEO Jim Tanner said.

“He has driven Profile’s innovation of resources, social media, digital marketing and has built strong business relationships. With his recent undertaking as the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One Board President, he continues to show a passion for the industry and the ability to represent Profile on a global scale.”

With almost a decade of erosion control and marketing experience, Dibble has played an integral role in raising awareness of environmentally friendly practices. Through his leadership skills, Dibble has also educated the erosion control industry on best management practices and technological advancements.

Dibble is a member of the Erosion Control Technology Council, Sports Turf Managers Association and the American Marketing Association. He has been active with the Save Our International Soil (SOIL) committee for many years, has been recognized as a Storm Water Solutions Rising Star in 2016 and an IECA Outstanding Professional in 2017, and earned the Sigma Pi Fraternity Young Professional Achievement Award in 2018. He has also published numerous articles for the erosion control industry and has a Dale Carnegie certification.

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Jan Bel Jan elected ASGCA President

Golf Course Industry - 3 hours 7 min ago
Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA, of Jupiter, Fla, was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects at the organization’s recent 73rd Annual Meeting in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.  A Pittsburgh native, she comes from a golf family. Her father, George Bel Jan, was a golf pro/superintendent; three of his five brothers were PGA professionals. Bel Jan is a landscape architecture graduate of West Virginia University. Bel Jan began her design career with Tom Fazio, ASGCA, with whom she held a senior position in golf course design, construction and project management for more than 20 years. Her experience as a registered landscape architect, certified arborist and former assistant superintendent has provided her with a unique outlook on the playability, strategy, ecology, economics and aesthetics of golf courses. “I want to carry on the mission of ASGCA Past Presidents Greg Martin, John Sanford, Jeff Blume and others,” Bel Jan said. “Thoughtfulness for our clients so we may continue providing the best product, helping show a better economic way to do things and greater recognition for the work of ASGCA members.” Bel Jan is the second woman to serve as ASGCA President; Alice Dye, ASGCA, was the first. Like Dye, she is also recognized for her role as champion to all golfers in playing from the most appropriate tees. “I had known for a long time that the most-forward tees were not far enough forward,” Bel Jan said. “This was not only about women, but children and older men, too. There has to be a way for everyone to play from markers and feel that they belong and are valued. I went through 20 different terms before I decided on ‘Scoring Tees.’ Everyone wants to score better, especially the best players.” The design portfolio for Bel Jan features dozens of projects, including: Jupiter Island Club, Hobe Sound, Florida; Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, Bonita Springs, Florida; Green Valley Country Club, Greenville, South Carolina; Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida and The Old Collier Golf Club, Naples, Florida. She has been recognized by the USGA in their “Women and Golf Course Architecture” Museum exhibit, and she serves on the board for the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. Bel Jan will serve as ASGCA President through fall of 2020.]]>
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Conners, Hadwin To Take Part In Pro-Am, Skins Game At Mackenzie Tour Event

Golf Industry Insider - 5 hours 50 min ago
The Windsor Championship has announced that the 2019 tournament week at the Mackenzie Tour event will kick off with PGA Tour winners Adam Hadwin and Corey Conners playing a pro-am and charity skins game on Canada Day at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ont. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the PGA Tour pros […]
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Two-Time Champ Returning To Shaw Charity Classic

Golf Industry Insider - 6 hours 2 min ago
Scott McCarron has booked his plane ticket to Calgary in hopes of claiming a three-peat when he tees it up at the 2019 Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Aug. 30–Sept. 1. The defending champ is first to have booked his tee time for the seventh annual event. “It is always […]
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Link: Nova Scotia Judge Reserves Judgement On Sale Of Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - 6 hours 9 min ago
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has reserved judgement on whether a Cape Breton ski hill can halt the sale of the Lakes Golf Course in Ben Eoin, N.S. The Chronicle Herald has more here.
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Link: Rising Young Stars In Canadian Turf And Grounds Maintenance

Golf Industry Insider - 6 hours 13 min ago
Turf & Rec has assembled its list of Canada’s top 10 under the age of 40 in the turf and grounds maintenance industry. You can check out that list here.
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Mackenzie Tour Season Tees Off On Thursday

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-05-22 21:25
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada kicks off its 2019 season Thursday with the Canada Life Open at Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf and Country Club. Canadians in the field include Jamie Sadlowski of St. Paul, Alta., Jimmy Jones of Tampa, Fla., Vancouver’s David Rose, Michael Belle of Burnaby, B.C., Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C., Hugo Bernard […]
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Data drives decisions for dollar spot control

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2019-05-22 16:47
By Matt Giese, technical services manager, Syngenta, and Paul Koch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

We have all heard the saying, “the times, they are a changin’”. While this is hardly breaking news, most changes tend to be for the better. Flip phone to BlackBerry? Better. Walkman to iPod? Better. Dial-up to Wi-Fi? Definitely better.

Change happens in the turf industry as well. Just last year, the former causal organism of dollar spot, Sclerotinia homeocarpa was renamed to four different species. The most common species on cool season turf in the U.S. was named Clarireedia jacksonii and dollar spot on warm-season turf is generally caused by Clarireedia bennettii. Don’t be fooled, it’s still dollar spot and it will make you look silly if you don’t keep on top of it.

Smith-Kerns dollar spot prediction model

One of the other recent changes with dollar spot is an improved method for determining when it’s going to show up at your course.

Today, the majority of the first spring applications made for dollar spot control are based on a calendar day or some combination of calendar day and weather conditions. Until now, it’s largely been a guessing game. Fortunately, help in the form of new research has arrived.

In 2018, a research paper authored by Damon L. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor and extension specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and James P. Kerns, Ph.D., associate professor and extension specialist at NC State University, described a weather-based warning system on when to make fungicide applications to control dollar spot on turfgrass. They tracked dollar spot symptoms over a six-year period at six different turf research locations across the U.S. and found that relative humidity and average daily air temperature were the most predictive conditions for disease development. Using this data, a moving five-day average was inserted into a logistic regression equation and the Smith-Kerns Dollar Spot Prediction Model was born.

The key difference between the Smith-Kerns model and previous dollar spot models is that the model does not tell a user when to spray, it makes predictions of dollar spot occurrences. Previous models tended to over- or underestimate risk and this model provides improved accuracy for maximizing dollar spot control. Based on research done in Wisconsin with creeping bentgrass, fungicide applications made when dollar spot probability would exceed 20 percent, tended to be the best benchmark for providing effective disease suppression. It’s entirely possible, and even likely, that different benchmarks higher or lower than 20 percent will be more effective at your course depending on your grass type, soil type, and various management practices. For our purposes here, we’ll use the 20 percent probability as our benchmark.

Know your threshold. Protect your course

The way the model can be used, once we’ve established a threshold of 20 percent, is to watch when the model output crosses the threshold. Once the output exceeds the threshold, this is the indicator to apply a fungicide. If we apply a 28-day interval fungicide, we don’t put too much stock in the model output during this time since the fungicide should be controlling the disease. After that interval expires, we again watch the model output for when it rises above the 20 percent threshold and then make a subsequent application. You’ll notice a gap between the first and second applications that exceeds the 28-day interval in our example provided in Figure 1.


Figure 1. An example showing how the Smith-Kerns dollar spot prediction model can be implemented.

Because the model output changed with the weather patterns, an application wasn’t necessary at the expiration of the 28-day interval, but rather a few days later when the model output exceeded the threshold. This process is repeated throughout the season until the risk for dollar spot subsides in the fall.

Research conducted at Wisconsin found that spring and fall were the two seasons where the model was most beneficial for eliminating unnecessary fungicide applications. Additional applications and uses of the model are currently being researched at Wisconsin and elsewhere and might bring added benefits in future years.

How can you apply this strategy at your golf course?

Fortunately, the hard part has already been done. Syngenta has incorporated the Smith-Kerns model and local weather data for each zip code into a user friendly format that allows you to plug in your zip code and email address and have an alert sent directly to you. You select your spray interval (7, 14, 21, or 28 days) and which day of the week to be notified. It’s as simple as that. The alert also provides a risk index for the past 25 days and predicts risk for the next five days based on your weather forecast. The website also has the capability to select historical risk from a custom defined date range, so you can look back in time and view the dollar spot risk for your area. Additional Smith-Kerns Model resources can be found at the Smith-Kerns Model webpage, the GreenKeeper website, and the GDDTracker website.

The beauty of this model for predicting dollar spot risk is that you only make applications when you need them, not because the calendar says so. With the same products, and the same rates, you can increase your control without increasing the amount of product used. Who knows, it might even save you a fungicide application or two this season.

See, change is good.

Matt Giese is technical services manager at Syngenta. Paul Koch, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in urban ecology and turfgrass management.

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Are You Powered On For A Brighter Future?

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-05-22 16:24
By James Cronk Important questions to ask yourself as you consider the future of your business: How can I lead my business to the greatest financial success it has ever seen? How can I become a better leader who inspires my managers to be exceptional?  How can I implement ideas and processes that improve […]
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Link: Nova Scotia Course Will Close If Sale Not Completed, Says Club President

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-05-22 15:04
The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin, N.S., will perish if a court injunction prevents its sale to a development group that plans a multi-million dollar, four-season development, according to the golf course’s president. The Chronicle Herald has more here.
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Link: Adaptive SoloRider To Help Introduce People With Disabilities To Golf In Saskatchewan

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-05-22 15:00
The Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association and Golf Saskatchewan are joining forces to introduce people living with disabilities to golf this Saturday, with the use of an adaptive SoloRider at Silverwood Golf Course in Saskatoon. Clark Stork has more here for Golf Saskatchewan.
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Link: Qualifier Overcomes Injuries To Play RBC Canadian Open In His Home Town

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-05-22 14:57
There was a time when Michael Blair of Ancaster, Ont., was unsure if he’d ever play golf again, but in a couple of weeks, he’ll be in the field for the RBC Canadian Open in his home town. Scott Radley has more here for the Hamilton Spectator.
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E-Z-GO partners with Tee It Up for the Troops

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2019-05-22 12:17
For families of veterans and active duty service members who are being treated at Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, golf cars are a valuable and needed mode of transportation. With limited parking and specialized transportation needs, many veterans and their elderly family members are unable to make the journey around a VA hospital campus. That’s why Tee It Up for the Troops, with their national headquarters in Burnsville, Minn., has partnered with Textron Specialized Vehicles, manufacturer of E-Z-GO vehicles, to donate customized vehicles to Fisher House, a foundation that provides comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay free of charge. Tee It Up for the Troops has donated a “battalion” of E-Z-GO vehicles to Fisher House facilities nationwide, with the recent 20th new ride delivered to the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System in California. For the last seven years, Tee It Up for the Troops and E-Z-GO, in partnership with E-Z-GO distributor Versatile Vehicles of Prior Lake, Minn., have delivered several vehicles a year to Fisher Houses across the nation. The first was delivered to the Augusta VA Medical Center in Georgia in 2012, with others reaching the East Coast’s Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, the West Coast’s Camp Pendleton in California, and midwestern Fisher Houses in Milwaukee, Wisc. and Minneapolis, Minn. “Tee It Up for the Troops has been there for us and has provided a vehicle to every one of our houses on a VA property that has needed one,” said Brian Gawne, vice president of community relations for Fisher House Foundation. “Parking and getting around on a VA campus is always a challenge, and some families are not mobile. Thanks to Tee It Up for the Troops and E-Z-GO, these cars are a godsend when families are facing a tough medical crisis.”  “Recently we had a veteran discharged from the hospital after kidney removal surgery and it would have been extremely painful for him to bend into a vehicle to get back to Fisher House,” said Jenny Hall, Manager of the Alaska Fisher House. “The golf car allowed him to easily slide in and out at a comfortable height with minimal pain.”   “It’s great teaming up with E-Z-GO and working together to make our heroes’ lives better,” said Tim Wegscheid, president and executive director for Tee It Up for the Troops. “I truly believe our veterans and their families are entitled to be taken care of, and donating these vehicles is just one way we do that.” Tee It Up for the Troops has hosted 500 fundraising events in over 40 states over the last 15 years, allowing the non-profit organization to donate over $10 million to military service organizations that provide critically needed services to combat veterans and their families. “Electric shuttles that are quiet and efficient can take a whole family or injured warfighter from a Fisher House around the campus to receive therapy or see a doctor,” said Brandon Haddock, director, communications at Textron Specialized Vehicles. “The vehicles can traverse facility paths, parking lots, and even into the entry of a VA hospital. It’s great to see how excited people are about the shuttles and to give the veterans something they really need.”  “These stretch electric shuttles, which can comfortably accommodate six passengers, are customized with many added features for the comfort and safety of veterans,” said Gaby Accad, owner of Versatile Vehicles, whose distributorship customizes many of the Fisher House vehicles. Additions include safety lights, turn signals, a rear seat that can convert to a flatbed to carry a wheelchair or other equipment, and a retractable windshield to block wind and rain. Accad works with local companies to donate custom features, including red, white and blue premium seats embroidered with the Tee It Up for the Troops logo, decals that are applied to the custom-painted cars, and shipping of the cars at donated or reduced rates to their destination. “What this country has provided to me, it’s the least I can do for our soldiers who put their lives on the line for us to enjoy our freedom and the things we cherish in this country,” Accad said. Tee It Up for the Troops and E-Z-GO first learned of the need for a small, efficient vehicle to transport wounded warriors in 2011, when they shipped a vehicle to a military base in Afghanistan to help move soldiers to field hospitals and to get those recovering from injuries around the base. From there, the need to meet increased demands for transport of returning service members with disabilities and their families escalated stateside.  “This is just a continuation of our support for veterans who do incredible things for our country,” Wegscheid said. ]]>
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36-hole Florida facility partners with Landscapes Golf Maintenance

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2019-05-22 09:01
Landscapes Golf Maintenance, a division of Landscapes Unlimited, has assumed full agronomic oversight responsibilities at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa in Wesley Chapel, Fla.   Saddlebrook Resort is home to two picturesque and playable golf courses, as well as the Saddlebrook Golf Academy and the Saddlebrook Preparatory School for junior athletes. Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, both courses incorporate rolling fairways and well-maintained greens along with wilderness areas full of cypress, pine and palm trees.   “We are excited for our new relationship with Saddlebrook Resort,” said Larry Hanks, senior vice president of Landscapes Golf Maintenance. “We look forward to working with the Saddlebrook team to continue to improve course conditioning and build upon the wonderful golf experience that guests of the resort are accustomed to receiving.” Landscapes Golf Maintenance, a division of Landscapes Unlimited, is a leader in golf course maintenance services in the United States and abroad. Born from 40 years of golf course construction, renovation and irrigation experience, and refined by more than 25 years of total facility maintenance under the Landscapes Golf Management umbrella. Today, the Landscapes Golf Maintenance division is a turn-key provider of golf course maintenance services include agronomic expertise staffing, training & safety, equipment sourcing, fertilizer and pest control products, and industry leading turf maintenance standards. ]]>
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Industry Notes: Weir Back On Tour This Week, Clubhouse Opens After Fire And More

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-05-21 23:46
  After qualifying for the U.S. Open in Dallas on Monday, Mike Weir is back on the PGA Tour this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Tx. Nick Taylor, who also qualified for the U.S. Open in Dallas, is also playing this week. Here are tee times … The LPGA Tour season […]
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CGSA Fall Field Day Heading East To Cabot Links

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-05-21 12:10
  The 2019 Canadian Golf Superintendents Association’s Fall Field Day will take place October 10-11 at the Cabot Links Resort in Inverness, N.S. “We are excited to head to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with our national championship and even more pleased to visit such renowned courses, we’re definitely in for a treat. Space is limited and […]
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Link: Predator Ridge Launches Campaign To Lure Golfers From Alberta

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:43
Predator Ridge in Vernon, B.C., isn’t concerned with recent political tensions between the two provinces at it has launched a campaign to lure Alberta golfers this summer. Megan Turcato has more here for Global News.
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Link: Former Assistant Pro Resumes Life On Tour

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:43
Calgary resident Albert Pistorious, originally from South Africa, quit his job as an assistant professional to focus on making it to the PGA Tour. That goal begins this week as the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada season gets underway. Wes Gilbertson has more here for the Calgary Sun.
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Link: Canadian Wins NCAA Division III Women’s Title

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:43
Cordelia Chan of LaSalle, Ont., hs captured the NCAA Division III individual women’s title in Houston. Jim Parker has more here for the Windsor Star.
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