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American Wins By Seven At Mackenzie Tour Q-School, Vancouver Amateur Earns Status

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2017-03-24 22:57
Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., cruised to victory on Friday at Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada’s Q-school, shooting a three-under 68 at the Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif., to earn medalist honours and exempt status on the Mackenzie Tour in 2017. Knapp finished seven strokes ahead of Nick Delio of Valencia, […]
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Canadian Tied For The Lead At Symetra Tour Event

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2017-03-24 22:24
Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., is tied for the lead after firing a five-under 67 in the first round of the IOA Championship in Beaumont, Calif. Richdale, who had just one bogey on the day, is in a three-way tie going into the weekend at the Symetra Tour event, with Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City […]
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A Second Round 67 Just What The Doctor Ordered For Jennifer Ha

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2017-03-24 22:06
Coming into the KIA Classic, Calgary’s Jennifer Ha had yet to make any money in her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, but she found a cure for what ails her in the second round on Friday. After missing the cut in her first three events, a five-under 67 with just one bogey was just […]
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Canadian Jumps Into Top 10 At Web.com Tour Event

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2017-03-24 20:25
Calgary’s Ryan Yip is tied for ninth going into the weekend at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open after he followed up a first round 67 with a three-under 68 on Friday. Yip, who had just one bogey on Friday, is at seven under at the Web .com Tour event. Just one shot behind Yip in a […]
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Hearn Two Back Going Into Weekend At Puerto Rico Open

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2017-03-24 19:04
David Hearn is just two shots off the lead as second round play at the Puerto Rico Open was suspended due to darkness. Play is to resume at 7 a.m. Saturday. Before play was called, Hearn had finished with a three-under 69 in which he made the turn at three-under and added another birdie on […]
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Tour Roundup: Leader Opens Two-Shot Lead With One To Go At Mackenzie Tour Q-School

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 22:37
Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif, carded a six-under 65 on Thursday at the Country Club at Soboba Springs to take the third round lead at the Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada Q-school in San Jacinto, Calif. Knapp was without a bogey and made six birdies on the day to reach 13 under through three rounds, […]
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Link: Great Lakes Tour Forges Relationship With Ohio Circuit

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 22:10
The Great Lakes Tour has formed a relationship with the new Buckeye Tour in northeast Ohio, which is run by two-time Great Lakes Tour winner Jake Scott. Click here for more from the Great Lakes Tour website
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Links: Golf Courses Begin To Open In Calgary, London

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 21:26
Some Calgary golf courses are planning to open this weekend, while municipal courses in London, Ont., are scheduled to open on Tuesday. Wes Gilbertson has this story in the Calgary Herald, while Miranda Chant has the London story here for Blackburn News.
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Pair Of Canadians Open With A 66 As Web.com Tour Schedule Resumes

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 20:05
A pair of Canadians are tied for 12th, four shots back, as the Web.com Tour resumed its schedule Thursday at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard, La. Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., each shot five-under 66 in the opening round. Conners’ round included an eagle, five birdies and two […]
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David Hearn Three Off The Lead In Puerto Rico

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 19:34
David Hearn was three shots off the lead overnight at the Puerto Rico Open, where round one was suspended by lightning with 36 players still on the golf course. When play was called, Hearn had finished off a bogey-free, six-under 66 and was tied for fifth. Click here for the leaderboard. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play […]
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Troon selected to manage Moorpark Country Club

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2017-03-23 12:55
Troon has been selected to manage Moorpark Country Club, a 27-hole semi-private club in Moorpark, Calif.

Secluded in canyons and surrounded by citrus groves, Moorpark Country Club features 27 holes designed by Jim Hardy and Peter Jacobsen. Open since 2002, the Canyon Crest, Creekside and Ridgeline nines meander through canyons and include multiple elevation changes.

“Moorpark’s picturesque setting and challenging golf course have made it a must-play for Southern California golfers for years,” said Guy Sugden, vice president, operations – sale and marketing, Troon. “We’re excited to be on board and will now look to improve the golf and food and beverage experiences for members and guests.”

Moorpark Country Club’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired clubhouse includes Champion’s restaurant and bar, a grand ballroom with seating for up to 425 guests, a semi-private patio and an event lawn for weddings, receptions and post tournament gatherings.

“Troon is a recognized leader in club operations and marketing,” said JW Lee, owner, Moorpark Country Club. “Troon will undoubtedly help us improve our overall club experience, while offering additional benefits to our members such as the Troon Advantage program, which will provide members with access to Troon's portfolio of world-class daily fee and resort clubs.”]]>
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Anuvia GreenTRX receives USDA BioPreffered Product certification

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2017-03-23 12:40
Anuvia Plant Nutrients' GreenTRX for turf has received certification as a BioPreferred Product from the United States Department of Agriculture.  

The USDA designation indicates that GreenTRX 16-1-2-17S-3Fe has a biobased content of 87 percent.

"The stringent multi-level application and testing process took months to complete and confirms that Anuvia’s product meets the USDA certification for a biobased product,” Anuvia director and senior vice president, research and regulatory affairs Jeff Burnham said. “Biobased products are derived from agricultural, marine and forestry materials–– materials not derived from petroleum."

The certification verifies that 87 percent of the carbon in GreenTRX comes from a biological source. This certification will allow Anuvia to use the USDA BioPreferred logo on product packaging and it will give the company preferential treatment as a supplier to federal agencies.

The goal of the BioPreferred program, created by the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized and expanded as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. Ultimately, the USDA hopes the program will spur economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities.

"Anuvia's sustainable environmentally friendly products are a great fit for this program," Anuvia CEO Amy Yoder said. "Innovative technology such as Anuvia's which uses biobased materials, reduces reliance on petroleum-based products and reduces negative environmental impact. This puts Anuvia in the forefront as federal agencies mandate that suppliers and their contractors purchase certified BioPreferred products."

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Tiger Set The Standard For A New Generation Willing To Take That Torch, Whether He Likes It Or Not

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 11:47
Here is my disclaimer. I am a Tiger Woods fan with reservations. I love his resolve, unwavering devotion and dogged determination to totally dedicate his life to winning golf tournaments. He has given every ounce of strength to the mission he began as a small boy of conquering Jack Nicklaus’ record in the major championships. […]
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Everyone Gets Antsy This Time Of Year, But Patience Is Required

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 11:46
This is the time of year when people, not only here, but in the golf industry, in general, feel anxiety with the season approaching. What happens is that there are only so many things you can get done in February and March and so many things that just don’t happen until April rolls around. We’re […]
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Link: New Manager At Ontario Course Hopes To Add Flare To Customer Service

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 11:45
Pierre Mondor, new golf and sports operations manager at Amberwood Golf and Country Club in Stittsville, Ont., says he’ll add some flare to customer service in his new position. Brian Dryden of Stittsville News has more here.
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Link: Resident Resentment Remains After Development Approved On Former Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 11:43
A controversial development on the former Highland Park Golf Course in Calgary was given the green light on Monday, but anger and disappointment from residents won’t disappear anytime soon. Annalise Klingbeil has this story in the Calgary Sun.
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Link: New Management Means New Business Plan

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2017-03-23 11:39
The Sonora Dunes Golf Course in Osoyoos, B.C., will have a new business model under new operations manager Jae Hendrickson. The Osoyoos Times has more here.
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United Kingdom company developing semi-autonomous golf cars

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2017-03-23 08:38
Baro Vehicles, developer of semi-autonomous compact vehicles, has set up its business in the United Kingdom as it prepares to develop its prototype vehicle BARO One Golf Car.

The start-up company has taken new workshop space at MIRA Technology Park, the UK’s leading automotive technology park and Enterprise Zone, where it plans to develop a semi-autonomous golf car.

Choosing to locate its business in the UK due to the ready availability of materials and the well-established skills infrastructure on offer, Baro Vehicles aims to launch its first semi-autonomous golf cart by the end of 2017. The vehicle, BARO One Golf Car, is designed for closed neighbourhoods, such as golf courses, technology parks and university campuses. BARO One Golf Car’s software contains a pre-loaded map of the course or campus, enabling safe navigation between holes on a golf course or campus buildings.

BARO One Golf Car will have a fully adjustable electronic steering system which can be operated on either the left or the right seat, as well as a dual suspension system that is primarily used in performance cars. The front double wishbone suspension and rear Panhard rod will provide comfort and stability to enable a smooth ride over the rolling terrain of a golf course. The vehicle also uses perimeter sensors and a camera, connected to a central computer, for autonomous driving as well as driver assistance. Baro Vehicles aims to make its technology fully autonomous by 2020.

Over the next five years, Baro Vehicles hopes to expand its team by 50 new employees with a mixture of engineers and administrative staff.  

“The UK, and the Midlands in particular, has a strong reputation for software skills with local universities specialising in connected and autonomous vehicle technology,” Baro Vehicles CEO and co-founder Gabriel Giani said. “These skills will be essential as we look to significantly grow our business over the next five years.”

Baro Vehicles were introduced to MIRA Technology Park by the Invest in Warwickshire team, part of Warwickshire County Council's Economy and Skills group. The Invest in Warwickshire team has a proven track-record in helping UK and International businesses to find suitable premises in Warwickshire to set-up new operations, relocate to or expand their business. They also help businesses to connect to new networks, universities and support providers.

“We’re really pleased we were able to help make Baro Vehicles’ set up in the UK a reality, and to welcome them to our growing technology park,” said Terry Spall, commercial director at MIRA Technology Park. “The business has an exciting future ahead and we look forward to seeing them develop their prototype further and bring it to market. Choosing to move to the Midlands, and indeed to MIRA Technology Park, demonstrates how strong the region is performing in connected and autonomous vehicle technology and this will only continue to grow as more and more businesses like Baro harness the skills and expertise the region has to offer.”
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SOLitude Lake Management expands presence in Georgia and Texas

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2017-03-23 08:26
SOLitude Lake Management has expanded its national presence with the recent acquisitions of Integrated Lake Management’s Atlanta division and Aquatic Management Services in Tyler, Texas.

ILM’s Atlanta division was founded seven years ago to deliver superior lake, pond, wetland and fisheries expertise. SOLitude’s acquisition of the division helps to strengthen SOLitude’s presence in the state of Georgia, and further enhances our ability to serve our clients across the market with a variety of premier aquatic services. Field manager Steven King and aquatic scientist Peyton Woods have joined SOLitude, bringing with them expanded knowledge of the local community, public waterways and sustainable aquatic management solutions that promote healthy, vibrant ecosystems.

“We are excited to be a part of SOLitude and carry on the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” King said. “SOLitude’s added knowledge, equipment and breadth of expertise will prove invaluable in helping us grow and exceed the expectations of our clients.”

Also joining SOLitude are three full-time team members from AMS in Texas, which was established in 1986 by fisheries biologist Stan Smith. Smith and his colleagues operations manager Cory Smith and aquatic specialist Jason Regester bring to SOLitude more than three decades of experiencing providing complete lake, pond and fisheries management strategies that enhance and revitalize waterbodies of all of sizes, from stormwater ponds to large lakes.

“Joining SOLitude has allowed us to grow and improve upon what we built over a 31-year career in the lake and fisheries management business,” Smith said. “I’m excited about the future of our industry and being a part of the SOLitude team. This is a win-win opportunity for all.”

This is SOLitude’s second acquisition from the state of Texas; SOLitude acquired Total Lake Management in Bryan, Texas, nearly a year ago, and now has two office locations in the state to service clients in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and surrounding areas.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome a second Texas office, and expand our national footprint with the opening of a new office in Atlanta,” said Kevin Tucker, CEO of SOLitude Lake Management. “Our new team members bring exceptional experience and knowledge to these regions, and we look forward to reaching and exceeding the lake, pond and fisheries management goals for all of our clients in these areas.”]]>
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Cool Planet closes on nearly $20 million to fund commercialization

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2017-03-23 05:47
Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. Cool Planet is focused on developing products that are simultaneously profitable as well as sustainable and has raised nearly $30 million in the last 18 months. This latest round of funding was led by Agustín Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners.

The company’s primary product, Cool Terra, can improve agricultural crop yields and grower ROI while providing substantial environmental benefit in the form of sequestering carbon and improving soil health. The company is also developing additional offerings including Cool Fauna, a product that has significant potential in animal health and nutrition applications.

Barry Rowan, Cool Planet’s chief financial officer and a veteran of multiple startup and public companies, said this as a notable achievement particularly given the slowdown in ag tech investment. AgFunder recently reported that investment in the sector declined by 30 percent in 2016.

“The Coppel Family and North Bridge continue to show their confidence in Cool Planet. They’ve supported us through our research phase and remain valued partners as we continue commercialization of Cool Terra and development of Cool Fauna,” Rowan said.

More than 70 independent field trials conducted in 2016 demonstrated that Cool Terra works with a variety of crops, as well as turf and nursery plants in different types of soils. In addition to commercial sales of Cool Terra in 2017, Cool Planet is planning more than 100 additional third-party field trials.

Cool Planet President and CEO Jim Loar, an ag industry veteran who joined Cool Planet in late 2015, said this latest funding round comes at the right time to successfully launch Cool Terra. The company has already partnered with Helena Chemical Company, J.R. Simplot Company, Triangle Chemical Company and AG RX to distribute Cool Terra to the production agriculture and turf, nursery and ornamental markets, as well as select distributors that are specific to the TN&O market.

“Our trials demonstrated that Cool Terra significantly improved yields for the fruit, vegetable, grass and legume crops, as well as turf and nursery plants,” Loar said. “We’ve done the research, proven the effectiveness and built the partnerships. Cool Terra is poised to make a significant impact in the ag and TN&O sectors.”]]>
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