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ASGCA elects pair of new members

Golf Course Industry - 2 hours 32 min ago
The American Society of Golf Course Architects recently welcomed two new members to its ranks: David Ferris and Agustin Piza. Their elections keep the number of ASGCA members who practice around the world to nearly 180.  Ferris earned a bachelor’s degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Cornell University. He has worked on projects with firms headed by ASGCA members Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Today, Ferris is an integral part of the Sanford Golf Design team with ASGCA past president John Sanford. His expertise includes site analysis, master planning, routings, landscape design, construction documents, specifications and presentation graphics. Piza heads Piza Golf Design, based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He earned a master’s degree in golf Course architecture from Edinburgh University and has more than 20 years of experience in the golf industry, including collaborations with Gary Player, Fred Couples and fellow ASGCA members Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus. Piza’s designs are known for quality, and delivering aesthetic and strategic functional sculptures. For the past three years, he has served as director of The First Tee – Mexico. Candidates for membership in ASGCA complete a rigorous, multi-phase application process that includes peer review of representative courses, discussions with project owners and a personal interview to assess the candidate’s professional capabilities. ]]>
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Concert Series Returns To RBC Canadian Open in 2020

Golf Industry Insider - 6 hours 18 min ago
RBC has to announced the return of the RBCxMusic Concert Series at the 2020 RBC Canadian Open, featuring headlining performances by Grammy Award-winning artist/producer duo, The Chainsmokers, and four-time Grammy Award winner, Keith Urban. Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2019, which saw sold out performances from headliners Florida Georgia Line and […]
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Event Schedule For Golf Canada Annual Meeting

Golf Industry Insider - 6 hours 25 min ago
Golf Canada’s 2020 annual meeting will this week at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel and Suites in Mississauga, Ont. A full list of events is here
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Golf Québec Unveils Centennial Logo

Golf Industry Insider - 6 hours 31 min ago
The Québec Golf Federation has unveiled a new corporate image for the 2020 season to marks its 100th anniversary. As of its anniversary date of April 5, Golf Québec will start publishing a series of articles that will serve to commemorate the history of the corporation as well as its builders and highlights. At the […]
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Golf Québec Introduces 2020 President, Board

Golf Industry Insider - 6 hours 36 min ago
The Québec Golf Federation has announced that Denis Loiselle has been reelected as 2020 president. The board of directors led by Loiselle in 2020 will be composed of: Louise Patry (vice president), Beaconsfield Ève Gaudet (Secretary), Montcalm, Association des clubs de golf du Québec Michel Dell’Anniello (treasurer), Vallée du Richelieu Steven Brosseau, Club Laval-sur-le-Lac, PGA […]
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The Andersons names new pro turf director

Golf Course Industry - 10 hours 38 min ago
The Andersons has appointed Anthony Goldsby as director of its Professional Turf Business. Goldsby will replace Bob Eichenberg upon his retirement in March and will be responsible for the division’s business strategy, sales execution, marketing programs and customer service.

Goldsby joined The Andersons in May 2018 as an agronomist for the professional turf business. Since then, he has provided the business and its customers with valuable technical and agronomic support. He previously worked as national turf products manager for Ewing Irrigation Products.

Goldsby received his Ph.D., Master of Science and Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on turfgrass management from Kansas State University, where he also served as a research technician for a 13-acre turfgrass research facility. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his daughter and son.

“We are excited to have Tony in this expanded role,” said Eric Dearth, vice president of engineered granules. “His diverse experience and knowledge will make him a valuable leader for our team and resource for our customers.”

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Is It Still Being Too Negative To Discuss Coronavirus And How It Might Affect The Golf Industry?

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-02-26 14:14
A few weeks back, I was accused of being overly negative, of creating an end-of-the-world scenario by daring to ask what, if any, impact will coronavirus have on golf operations. Actually, I never thought that asking a question was any more than seeking readers’ opinions and they left no doubt about how they stood on […]
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Industry Notes: Ottawa Hunt Wants CP Women’s Open Back, Canadian Golf Course Management Conference And More

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-02-26 14:04
Flagstick is reporting that a shareholder vote at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club on Monday has given the green light to going after the 2021 CP Women’s Open. The last time Ottawa Hunt hosted the LPGA Tour event was 2017. It will be held this year at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. Click […]
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Link: Tax Dispute Halts New Clubhouse Construction At The Rise

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-02-26 13:48
The Rise Golf Course in Vernon, B.C., has halted construction of a new clubhouse and multi-use building due to a tax dispute with the City. The Keremeos Review has more here.
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Golf Canada Has Two Positions Open

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-02-26 13:43
Golf Canada is seeking a sport coordinator on a five-month contract and a full-time administrative assistant in Human Resources. For more information on the sport coordinator position, click here and for the administrative assistant position, click here.
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Voices: Alena Sharp On Schedule Disruptions Due To Coronavirus

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-02-25 21:46
Alena Sharp discusses the disruption of the LPGA Tour schedule with the Asian events cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, concern about travel and the possibility of the Olympics in Tokyo being cancelled Click Play below to hear her chat with Hutch
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TaylorMade Seeks Key Account Manager

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-02-25 17:21
TaylorMade is seeking a key account manager based at its Canadian headquarters in Woodbridge, Ont For more information, click here
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PGA Of Alberta Member Moves Carry On As February Winds Down

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-02-25 17:17
Members of the PGA of Alberta have become new faces in new pIaces in the past week Click here for the latest PGA of Alberta member moves
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Babcock National opens in SW Florida

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2020-02-25 17:04
Babcock National Golf & Country Club, a new Lennar lifestyle community within Babcock Ranch, celebrated the opening of its 18-hole Gordon Lewis-designed course with a ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP golf tournament.

Located on Lake Babcock north of Founder’s Square, the par-72 semi-private course will complement Babcock National’s amenities center, tennis center and pro shop, and various other athletics options.

“Thousands of our Discovery Center visitors have asked us when golf would be coming to Babcock Ranch,” said Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, developer of Babcock Ranch. “I’m proud of what Lennar has done with Babcock National, and it’s incredible to see the golf course come to life as part of our overall vision of celebrating the outdoors and the environment.”

Babcock National will feature 18 of Lennar’s most popular home designs offering 1,120 to 3,473 square feet of living space, including a mix of multi-family and single-family homes.

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Industry Notes: May Decision On Olympics, Tee Times And More

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-02-25 15:13
Canadian Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, told Associated Press on Tuesday says a decision on whether or not to cancel the Olympics in Tokyo due to the coronavirus would likely be made in late May. He added the IOC is more likely to cancel than postpone or move the Games […]
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FMC donating $21,000 to 71 local GCSAA chapters

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2020-02-25 14:59
More than 200 golf course superintendents from across the United States stepped up to the tee box at the FMC Professional Solutions booth during the 2020 Golf Industry Show for a chance to earn donations for their local Golf Course Superintendents Association of America chapter. In total, FMC will donate $21,000 to 71 local chapters as a result of the event.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better place to emphasize the commitment FMC has to the golf industry than at the Golf Industry Show,” FMC golf and lawn care market manager Mike Sisti said. “We had really strong in-booth participation, which is a testament to the passion superintendents have for our industry. As a committed partner, it is important to us to support the golf industry and those who are helping it progress each day.”

The fundraiser was an initiative driven by FMC True Champions that was launched in fall 2019. One of the key features of the loyalty program is to support industry associations such as GCSAA chapters, We Are Golf and RISE. The FMC booth featured a golf simulator for golf course superintendents to “grip it and rip it” to secure donations. For each yard driven off the “tee,” FMC donated 50 cents to that superintendent’s GCSAA chapter. Approximately 43,100 yards were driven off the virtual tee.

“The FMC golf simulator would have been a great experience all on its own, but the donations for local GCSAA chapters put it over the top,” said Doug Ware, golf course superintendent for City of Livonia and vice president of the Michigan GCSA. “FMC’s support cannot be minimized. It is immensely appreciated and will not be forgotten.”

This donation is the first step in a 2020 pledge FMC has made to the local GCSAA chapters. Through August 2020, a percentage of all Fame SC fungicide and Rayora fungicide sales will be donated to local GCSAA chapters.]]>
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LebanonTurf announces new campaign for Emerald Isle Solutions

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2020-02-25 14:56
LebanonTurf has launched a new campaign in 2020 highlighting its Emerald Isle Solutions True Foliar Technology. Emerald Isle Solutions use fulvic acid and sea plant extract to deliver nutrients directly to the plant through foliar absorption. The program will focus on the value of the product as well as the commitment LebanonTurf makes to customers in the professional turf industry.  As a part of the program, LebanonTurf announced a new, permanent lower price point for Emerald Isle Solutions. This elevates the value of the product, giving superintendents and turf managers more freedom in managing their budgets. In addition to the lower price point, LebanonTurf has expanded the True Performance rebate program in 2020. Now, it is no longer a product bundle, and customers can get the rebate from Emerald Isle Solutions without having to buy the LebanonTurf Country Club MD product. The available rebates include:● 10% rebate on $8,000 of Emerald Isle Solutions● 5% rebate on $4,000 of Emerald Isle Solutions And to show an increased commitment to customers and maintenance crews in the turf industry, LebanonTurf is giving away a $500 Amazon gift card each month, plus a $5,000 donation to the winner’s local GCSAA or STMA chapter. “Our customers really need an effective product to combat unpredictable weather and conditions, so they rely heavily on Emerald Isle Solutions,” said Chris Gray, Golf & Sports Turf Market Manager for LebanonTurf. “We’re celebrating this innovative product by giving them more value and more ways to succeed and support their staff.”]]>
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USGA announces close to $2 million in turfgrass and environmental research grants for 2020

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2020-02-25 11:09
Continuing its 100-year commitment to providing scientific innovations for the golf industry, the USGA will fund 73 separate research grants totaling nearly $2 million in 2020 as part of its annual investment in helping courses to improve the golfer experience while reducing the consumption of key resources. Since the founding of the Green Section in 1920, the USGA has supported the largest private turfgrass and environmental research effort in the history of golf. The USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program (TERP), which is one of several continuous efforts led by the Green Section aimed at enhancing golf course sustainability, develops and supports research that produces a healthier environment and improved playing conditions.  Since the research program’s inception, the USGA has invested more than $41 million to advance golf by using science and innovation as the foundation to impact thousands of courses and millions of golfers.   “Research has been a core function of the Green Section since its founding,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “These findings have led to reduced operating costs, improved turf health and more enjoyable on-course experiences for golfers. In addition, our impact extends well beyond golf, providing direct environmental benefits, fostering recreational opportunities and offering much needed green space for local communities.”  The 2020 grant recipients – 16 of which involve new projects – will receive an average of $25,000 this year. Notable grant support includes a focus on conserving water by better understanding new technologies and the social aspects of irrigation scheduling through the University of California, Riverside, in addition to a continuing effort to define the value of golf courses from an ecosystem services perspective through the University of Minnesota. Through the program’s emphasis on sustainable turfgrass management and environmental protection, the USGA has improved the efficiency of key areas of course management, including water conservation, pesticide and nutrient distribution, and turfgrass breeding. Most notably:
  • Golf’s use of water has decreased by 19 percent since 2005, in part due to research-based irrigation methods such as employing weather data in plant water-use estimates, replacing potable irrigation water with recycled wastewater, and the adoption of precision irrigation technologies.
  • USGA research has contributed to the reduction of an estimated 86,000 tons of annual fertilizer use on golf courses since 2007 and has defined application strategies that limit the transport of nutrients to surface water and groundwater.
  • USGA-supported turfgrass breeding programs have developed more than 30 cultivars that use fewer resources and produce better playing conditions. These cultivars have been used worldwide at major sports facilities, general grounds, and even home lawns. 
 Research from the program also has contributed to the USGA recommendations for putting green construction, which produce improved putting surfaces that are resistant to compaction, drain quickly and retain subsurface moisture. 
CLICK HERE to view complete summaries of current research projects. Summaries from research conducted in 2019 will be added in April 2020. Led by Dr. Cole Thompson the research program is part of the USGA’s mission to champion and advance the game through an annual $10 million investment to support the health of courses. Universities or research companies submit grant applications that are reviewed by 17 scientists on the TERP committee. As part of its ongoing mission to advance the game, the USGA will complement current turfgrass and environmental research with projects that benefit other areas of course sustainability, including golfer experience.]]>
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Planning On Trying USGA Open Qualifying? Here Are The Qualifying Sites

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2020-02-24 17:38
Registration for the USGA’s four Open championships, including a U.S. Open local qualifier at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont, begins on March 2. Before registration begins, here’s a list of events. Click the one that interests you below for their qualifiers U.S. Open Local Qualifying U.S. Women’s Open Qualifying U.S. Senior Open […]
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Willows Introduces New GM

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2020-02-24 15:44
The Willows Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon has welcomed industry veteran Ron Erikson as its new general manager. Golf Saskatchewan has more here
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