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Industry Voices: Jeff Calderwood On The New Three-In-One Canadian Golf Industry Show

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2018-11-17 20:28
The NGCOA’s Golf Business Canada Conference and Trade Show, which concluded Saturday in Calgary, the PGA of Canada’s Tee Talks Live and Teaching and Coaching Conference and the CGSA’s Golf Course Management Conference will become the Canadian Golf Industry Show. While all three will be one location, each associationwill have its own autonomy for their […]
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Tour Roundup: Hearn T7 After Third Round At RSM Classic, Henderson Moving Up In Naples

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2018-11-17 17:33
David Hearn is tied for seventh with one round remaining at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga. Hearn shot a bogey-free, three-under 67 in Saturday’s third round. Going into Sunday’s finale, he is 11 under after three rounds. That leaderboard is here. LPGA Tour Brooke Henderson shot her second consecutive, three-under 69 on Saturday, […]
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Tour Roundup: Hearn Moves To T5 At RSM Classic, Champions Q-School And More

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2018-11-16 20:38
David Hearn vaulted 25 positions on the leaderboard at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga., where he’s tied for fifth at eight under going into the weekend. Hearn had just one bogey in firing a six-under 66 in Friday’s second round. Corey Conners shot a 67 on Friday and is tied for 10th at […]
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PBI-Gordon extends EOP for end-users in areas affected by hurricanes

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2018-11-16 08:50
PBI-Gordon Corporation has extended the company’s October End-User Early Order Program deadline for customers in states in the South and Southeast affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence. To give them more time to focus on recovery efforts, PBI-Gordon professional turfgrass management customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia will have until Nov. 30, 2018 to take advantage of the maximum rebate allowed for their specific purchases.  “The hurricane season so far this year has been disruptive and damaging, and we realize how much stress it has placed on our distributor and end-user partners in the affected states,” PBI-Gordon vice president of professional and agricultural sales Doug Obermann said. “It is our hope that, by extending the EOP pricing deadline, we can alleviate some of their concerns and worry.” ]]>
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Tour Roundup: Canadians In Top 10 With One To Go At First Stage Champions Q-School Event

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-11-15 20:05
With one round to go in the first stage of PGA Tour Champions qualifying school, David Morland IV of Aurora, Ont., is solo second after he shot a bogey-free 66 in the third round on Thursday in Lakeland, Fla. After three rounds, Morland is at 12 under, two shots off the lead. Danny King of […]
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Toro announces winner of 2019 Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2018-11-15 17:03
Toro has announced this year’s winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program. Wilson Morgan, who majors in crop, soil and environmental sciences at Auburn University, was selected to assist the grounds crew in field preparations for Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1967, Toro has partnered with the National Football League to provide equipment and expertise to help prepare the game field and multiple practice fields leading up to the biggest professional football game of the year. In 2003, Toro and the NFL established the Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program. Developed to recognize one student each year who has shown exemplary leadership in turfgrass management, the program encourages emerging professionals to further grow their knowledge base by assisting the grounds crew for this high-profile game. Morgan will work alongside NFL field directors Ed Mangan, George Toma and the Super Bowl grounds crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on turfgrass maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day, halftime preparation and field cleanup. “I’ve had some excellent mentors in my life who helped me discover my dream of one day becoming a football field manager,” Morgan said. “I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity to learn from the best of the best and apply what I learn to my future career.” Morgan plans to graduate from Auburn University in the spring of 2020. He is currently a member of the grounds crew for Auburn University and has been responsible for helping maintain all athletic fields on campus — specifically during the baseball and football seasons. Additionally, Morgan was an intern on the Miami Dolphins grounds crew at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during the summer of 2018. To be considered for the program, entrants had to undergo a comprehensive application process. Due to Morgan’s ambition to pursue a career in turfgrass management, and the leadership he has shown among the student workers as part of the Auburn University grounds crew, he was selected from a large pool of talented candidates. Applicants must be enrolled in at least the second year of a two-year turfgrass program, or in at least the junior year of a four-year turfgrass program. “We’re thrilled that Wilson Morgan will be part of the Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program this year at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta,” said Boyd Montgomery, CSE, CSFM, regional business manager for sports fields & grounds, North America at Toro. “Wilson has shown outstanding leadership skills in his current role at Auburn University, and we hope this experience helps contribute to a good foundation as he works to finish up his education and start his career as a sports field management professional.” The game is Feb. 3, 2019, and Morgan will be on site helping to prepare the field during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.]]>
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Golf Canada Names 2019 National Amateur, Junior Teams

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-11-15 11:43
Golf Canada has announced the 17 players who have been chosen to the 2019 national amateur and junior teams. Derek Ingram of Winnipeg, Man. returns as men’s amateur head coach. Robert Ratcliffe of Comox, B.C., will be leading the men’s junior team. Tristan Mullally of Waterdown, Ont., returns as women’s amateur head coach. Matt Wilson, […]
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Simplot expands turf, horticulture business to Southeast

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2018-11-15 10:01
The J.R. Simplot Company is expanding its turf, horticulture and specialty plant nutrition business to the southeastern United States. “Simplot Partners” will now operate new locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. The new locations will offer a complete line of plant nutrients, plant protection, specialty products and maintenance options for nursery, turf and specialty agricultural professionals.  Dr. Jeff Higgins, manager of business development for Simplot’s southeast locations, said that plans for the new locations are being finalized, with hiring and operations ramping up to full service starting next summer.   “We’re excited to establish a presence here,” he said. “We’re a 90-year-old, family-owned company that operates in a range of industries serving food, agriculture and other related, specialized industries like golf course and turf management. Our focus on long-term relationships is a true differentiator for our Partners business.”   Simplot Partners offers a complete line of products that meet the needs of a wide range of customers, including golf courses, landscapers, nursery operators, municipalities and athletic field managers. The company’s turf was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Simplot also offers a proprietary line of premium turf colorants and many other ornamental plant management products. Simplot Partners has locations in 16 other states, all in the West, as well as two locations in Australia. ]]>
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ASGCA announces 2018 Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2018-11-15 09:29
The seventh annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees have been named. Projects from 11 courses have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges. Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to renovations to new and updated practice facilities.  (Pictured: Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto, California)
The 2018 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
The recognized courses are:-- Banyan Cay Resort & Golf, West Palm Beach, Florida/Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow, Chris Cochran, ASGCA, and John Sanford, ASGCA -- Baylands Golf Links, Palo Alto, California/Forrest Richardson, ASGCA-- Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida/Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA-- Braemar Golf Course, Edina, Minnesota/Richard Mandell, ASGCA-- City Park Golf Course, Denver/Todd Schoeder, ASGCA Associate-- Golf Learning Facility at Harris Park, Kansas City, Missouri/Todd Clark, ASGCA-- The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Addison, Illinois/Greg Martin, ASGCA-- Sunset Valley Golf Club, Highland Park, Illinois/Rick Jacobson, ASGCA-- The Nest at Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada/Doug Carrick, ASGCA-- The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, Michigan/Dana Fry, ASGCA, and Jason Straka, ASGCA-- Waters Edge Golf Course, Fremont, Michigan/Raymond Hearn, ASGCA
“This is an impressive group of golf facilities, and I congratulate them and the architects they worked with on these projects,” ASGCA President Jeff Blume said. “Each year, the Design Excellence Recognition Program illustrates the art and science of golf course architecture that leads to facilities better-serving their communities and golfers. I have so much respect for what is shown in these projects.” Banyan Cay Resort & Golf, West Palm Beach, Florida/Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow, Chris Cochran, ASGCA, and John Sanford, ASGCA The design team transformed a former 36-hole private club into a successful 18-hole resort course, with extensive practice facilities, resort hotel and resort residences.The 100-acre development was full of highly organic soils not suitable for building and development. Over 300,000 cubic yards of unsuitable material was transferred to the golf course. This unsuitable soil was used to fill and build the practice range thus saving significant expense. The final quantity of poor soil was utilized to raise and provide better definition on the practice range.  Baylands Golf Links, Palo Alto, California/Forrest Richardson, ASGCAProject goals included reconfiguring the course to resolve community flooding, replacing irrigation, improving drainage and transforming the landscape with native habitat areas and a 40 percent reduction in managed turf area. More than 450,000 cubic yards of imported topsoil were imported to raise elevations above sea level soil conditions. Permitting involved eight federal, state and local agencies. More than 12 acres of new wetlands were created and integrated to preserved wetlands.A major component of the redesign was to free up 10 acres of the golf course land for a new public recreation facility, a move that would have cost the City of Palo Alto more than $60 million had the real estate been purchased on the open market. The City’s new golf asset is now financially sustainable, an equally important goal to the environmental objectives set for the project. Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida/Jan Bel Jan, ASGCAEstablished in 1975 as 36 holes, Boca Lago Country Club was prime for modernization. The facility was reconfigured as 27 holes with expanded practice range and Golf Academy, two short game areas (each with its own practice putting green), two putting greens and two practice holes.
Improvements included:-- Re-configured 36 holes to three nines, plus two short game areas, two putting greens and two practice holes-- Re-designed/re-built greens to accommodate more rounds and established stimpmeter readings of 10-11. -- Repurposed excavated greensmix to create 27 additional tees (75,000 sf) and raise elevations of fairways too close to water table. Braemar Golf Course, Edina, Minnesota/Richard Mandell, ASGCAHow can you to revitalize an under-performing and outdated 27-hole course on environmentally sensitive property golfers dismissed and citizens saw draining tax dollars? The solution was a new 18 holes that preserved floodplain, increased wetlands, restored Oak Savanna, and provided a great strategic and playable challenge for all golfers. The new course re-captured the golfing constituency with a layout that brought out the topographic features of the property to provide strategic challenge. The environmentally sensitive features of the site enhanced that challenge and also gained support of non-playing residents. City Park Golf Course, Denver/Todd Schoeder, ASGCA AssociateHow do you utilize an existing, 1913 historic golf course in the heart of an urban environment to address major neighborhood flooding issues without changing the character of the golf course? The remodeled par 70, 18-hole course retains the original course character and includes a new First Tee course, driving range, multigenerational forward tees and three short courses within the course. The design utilized 20 acres of the course to hold and slow 227-acre feet of floodwater during storms, providing much need floodwater protection and also includes an integrated natural water treatment channel that enhances course strategy. Golf Learning Facility at Harris Park, Kansas City, Missouri/Todd Clark, ASGCAHarris Park offers basketball courts, sand volleyball, miniature golf and a football practice field. With limited space, the challenge was to create a golf learning center that would expose the community to the game.First phase construction included six synthetic tees playing to two synthetic putting greens, zoysiagrass fairways and fescue roughs. There are two synthetic turf-lined greenside bunkers.The master plan calls for another hole along with a large practice green. The course will ultimately consist of three holes with three tees each allowing for a nine-hole loop. The planned putting green will be built to function as a nine-hole putting course. The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Addison, Illinois/Greg Martin, ASGCAThe Preserve regularly suffered flood damage losing revenue and customers while pressuring operations and maintenance staff. Goals included improve golf conditions, relieve downstream and on-course flooding, provide environmental benefit, improve water and habitat quality, and provide connectivity to other Preserve properties.To meet the objectives of flood resistant golf and environmental benefit, the planning, design and permitting was coordinated with 19 separate agencies. Ultimately, 27 holes was converted to 18 holes, moving four holes from flood-prone areas to more upland positions while other holes in close proximity of the creek floodway were raised above specified flood elevations.   Sunset Valley Golf Club, Highland Park, Illinois/Rick Jacobson, ASGCALong term deferred maintenance negatively impacted this 1920’s era golf course that was constructed in a lowland area of undeveloped floodplain and floodway. Significant public engagement resulted in a comprehensive master plan to improve drainage infrastructure, storm water management and enhance the golf experience for all golfers. Raised tee shot landing areas, swales and strategic landforms designed within specific hydraulic flow modeling constraints have transformed a flat site into a course with sweeping elevation changes that provide dramatic panoramic views. This combination of the art and science of golf course architecture has resulted in the enhanced functionality of a recreational amenity for the community. The Nest at Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada/Doug Carrick, ASGCAA 600-acre “urban style” resort included design of a 200-acre championship golf course. Course design required the disposal of 2 million cubic meters of earth excavated from the marina basin to be utilized and sculpted on 15 golf holes located on flat, open agricultural land with limited natural character.The new course features dramatic elevation changes of up to 50 feet in height and landforms that mimic a natural rolling moraine landscape. The course was also designed to encourage walking with gentle climbs going uphill and more dramatic elevation changes on downhill holes. The 6th, 9th,15th and 18th holes are all located within close proximity to the clubhouse allowing time constrained golfers to play shorter rounds. The practice area features a nine-hole pitch and putt course integrated into the target greens for junior clinics and beginning golfers. The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, Michigan/Dana Fry, ASGCA, and Jason Straka, ASGCAThe project is a unique design inspired by the Chicago Golf Club design from early American golf course architects CB Macdonald and Seth Raynor. Prominent features of the South Course common to both it and the Chicago Golf Club include:-- Large greens, averaging over 9,400 square feet, often squared off in one or more corners and separated into different sections using swales, ridges, slopes and isolated bumps.-- Bunkering style defined by strong grass faces and ribbons of flat sand which jut far into the fairways.-- Wide, straight-edged fairways and approaches running directly into bunkers, offering strategic lines of play. Waters Edge Golf Course, Fremont, Michigan/Raymond Hearn, ASGCAThe lack of a driving range was not appealing to existing members and public golfers. The golf course needed something to trigger a renaissance to help attract more members and public play. A master plan and construction drawings were developed for two new golf holes in order to create room for a new upscale driving range, new putting and a chipping green. The range features are designed to look like actual golf holes in order to increase enjoyment when practicing. The range can also be played as actual golf holes when the main range tee is closed. The new range will help attract more golfers especially juniors, women and super seniors to the club.]]>
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The Silos Are Gone In Golf And Collaboration Only Enhances The Industry

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-11-15 08:41
I’m in Calgary for the Golf Business Canada Conference Trade Show being run by the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada. It runs until Saturday at the Hyatt Regency. On Thursday morning, the Women in Golf Business 2018 Summit is being held, with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 1:45 p.m. local time, followed by four […]
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No Presidents Cup For Shaughnessy in 2023

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-11-14 20:41
A bid by the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver to host the Presidents Cup in 2023 had been denied due to infrastructure challenges. “We have been notified by the PGA Tour that Shaughnessy will no longer be considered in the bid process for the 2023 Presidents Cup,” wrote director of golf Alan Palmer […]
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Link: Golf Resort Goes Into Receivership

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-11-14 17:48
Terra Nova Golf Resort in Port Blandford, Nfld., has gone into receivership with debts of over $3.3-million. Fred Hutton has more here for CBC News.
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Mid-Week Notes: The Numbers Game, World Ranking For Disabled Golfers And More

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-11-14 16:26
Just a few mid-week notes before the LPGA and PGA Tour seasons begin to wind down on Thursday … Brooke Henderson finished third in Race to CME Globe season points before teeing it up at this week’s CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., and that’s not her only top five in various LPGA Tour […]
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Registration For PGA Of Canada Tee Talks Live, Teaching And Coaching Conference Ends Thursday

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-11-14 14:03
Registration for both the PGA of Canada Tee Talks Live and Teaching and Coaching Conference ends Thursday. A pre-conference Revenue Generation Workshop takes place Sunday, Nov. 25, followed by the Tee Talks Live Conference Nov. 26-27 and the National Teaching and Coaching Conference Nov. 28-29, all at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ont. Click […]
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Several Class A Professionals Making Moves In Alberta

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-11-14 13:59
The past couple of weeks has seen the movement of several PGA of Alberta Class A professionals to new facilities. Catch up here.
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Global perspective

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2018-11-13 20:43
As I wandered around the very busy Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show floor Tuesday afternoon, I noticed something I hadn’t really realized before. This little show has become global.

Not only were key national executives from the industry’s biggest companies here — folks like Jack Harrell Jr, president of Harrell’s, and Will MacMurdo, head of T&O for Bayer Environmental Science – but quite an assortment of international companies are present, too. I saw Richard Allen, the Brit who heads Durabunker. I met with Jeff Blunden, an Aussie who runs Turfkeeper, an innovative new electronic job board system. On Wednesday, I meet with Belgian Tom De Ceuster who’s bringing a new turf technology to the states.

I’m sure I’m missing a bunch of others, but the point is, this ain’t your father’s little regional event anymore. Not only are virtually all the major players from the North American turf community here, but many international firms now view the Carolinas GCSA show as a must-attend event. Why?

First, because it’s well-managed, well-promoted and well-attended. Second, the Carolinas and surrounding region are home to nearly a third of America’s high-value golf operations. Finally, many international companies have great technologies to offer and, to them, success in the Carolinas is like the old Sinatra tune about New York: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

Will the growth and success of the show continue? That’s entirely up to you. But as long as you and your peers attend, engage and support the people who support you, your show will continue to be a national – and global – leader.

Pat Jones is GCI’s editorial director.

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Slideshow: Myrtle Beach madness

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2018-11-13 20:11
Seminars. A busy trade show. And plenty of time to bond. Check out photos from the 2018 Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show.


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2018 Products Spotlight Z-A

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2018-11-13 20:01
Total Turf Golf Services
Booth #502Organized in 1979, Total Turf Golf Services will be celebrating its 40th year of operation in 2019. A Certified Golf Course Builder specializing in golf course construction, renovation and restoration and irrigation allows Total Golf Course Services the ability to offer a turnkey operation for any size project. Core values of integrity, quality and safety along with attention to detail have led to customers receiving a product that exceeds expectations.
Sunbelt RentalsBooth #2205Sunbelt Rentals is a full-service rental company providing a broad range of golf course maintenance and construction equipment for irrigation, landscaping, turf reduction and clubhouse maintenance. With more than 775 locations and 24/7 service and support, Sunbelt is committed to delivering what customers need, when and where they need it.
Soil Tech Corp.Booth #3101 Soil Tech Corp. will be introducing its Liquid Aeration program for golf course turf. The program consists of two liquid products: Thatch Relief and Oasys Ultra organic wetting agent. The Liquid Aeration program reduces the need for mechanical aeration, is inexpensive and easy-to-use.  Visit the booth to enter prize drawings for two TLink GPS Golf watches.
Pursell Agri-Tech Booth #3415Pursell Agri-Tech is bringing the Pursell family back to the golf and polymer-coated fertilizer industry with the launch of its PurKote brand of coated fertilizers. PurKote is powered by the PurActive Technology. PurKote is available in different durations starting at just 30 days and up to two years across various materials. Visit the booth to learn more about the new product and the family involved with it as well as to enter a drawing for a cooler and other giveaways. 
Pure SeedBooth #1916Pure Seed is a leader in researching, developing, producing and bringing to market proprietary turf grasses that solve problems and meet needs. Specialized turfgrass traits in: gray leaf spot, brown patch, stem rust, heat and drought, traffic, glyphosate tolerance, speed of establishment, salt, shade and turf quality.
ProPeat Fertilizer Booth #3505Carbon90Plus is a natural, extended release fertilizer which bonds nutrients to the carbon found in peat moss. Carbon90PLUS naturally binds nitrogen, potassium, phosphate, sulfur and other micronutrients to carbon until plants need them.
Pro/Angle Bunker SandBooth #1615Pro/Angle bunker sand is produced in Ohio and played in fine clubs across the United States and Canada. Pro/Angle is a 100 percent angular bunker sand created from pure natural quartz. Regarded as one of the highest quality bunker sands in North America, Pro/Angle provides playability, longevity, and design and maintenance advantages and is used by highly regarded clubs such as Atlanta Athletic Club, The Bears Club and Muirfield Village.  
Oregon Booth #2901Offering improved productivity, commercial grade durability and a dedication to low noise, the battery-powered Oregon 120V Professional Series has up to 15 percent more power than 2-cycle gas equipment. Oregon has received the California Air Resource Board's Professional Level Zero Emission Equipment Certification. Business development manager Joe Amalfitano will be available at the booth to answer questions. Contact him at Joe.Amalfitano@blount.com to arrange a meeting. 
MCI FlowtronexBooth #2211 MCI Flowtronex’s MPC Control System incorporates advanced hardware and software. The technology provides instant access to a complete control system while allowing remote updates and troubleshooting from the MCI Flowtronex technical staff. The nSite cloud solution provides automatic monthly emails and excel flow reports. MCI Flowtronex’s nAlert is the company’s next maintenance and operational tracking system, providing local and remote alerts.  
Landscapes UnlimitedBooth #414Landscapes Unlimited has built or renovated more than 1,800 golf courses and currently operates/manages more than 60 golf courses. Landscapes Unlimited offers leading operations management, construction, irrigation and golf course maintenance capabilities through its family of companies, each with a specialized team of experts prepared to deliver integrated or independent customized solutions at every stage of a project’s life cycle.
IVI-GOLFBooth #208IVI-Golf is showcasing its Flexxcape Seamless Liners at the Carolinas Show in addition to its Sandtrapper product line and the PermaEdge Bunker System. Flexxcape is designed as an alternative to bunker hardscapes and is a permanent solution. As an extruded PVC, Flexxcape is a heavy yet flexible answer that stands up to the most rigorous environmental conditions. It withstands freeze/thaw cycles, mechanical raking and ultraviolet exposure.  
Harper Turf Equipment Booth #1616Through product brands such as Turbo Vacs, Verticutters and Hillside Mowers, Harper Turf Equipment provides solutions aimed at saving time, cutting labor costs and improving efficiencies. Unequaled service and support, backed by a nationwide dealer network, is one of the advantages to the Harper difference. Contact a Smith Turf & Irrigation sales representative for inquiries or to schedule a demo.
EcoBunkerBooth #115Synthetic bunker edge specialist EcoBunker is exhibiting at the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show as it continues its relaunch in the American market. EcoBunker was for several years represented in the United States by IVI-Golf, who sold and installed its patented product under the PermaEdge brand name. That exclusive arrangement came to an end in August and EcoBunker is now selling directly into North America as well as looking for distributors and agents across the continent.
DryJect Booth #1117 Represented in the booth is Agritech Sports and East Coast Turf Solutions. Between the two service companies, DryJect is service provided from Washington D.C., to Jacksonville, Fla. DryJect is an aeration process which aerates and fills the holes in one pass with minimal disruption. Territory managers Craig Thompson, CGCS, Steven Ownings, Matthew Fitzgerald and Matt Sparta will be discussing the process in the booth.  
Capillary ConcreteBooth # 2307Capillary Concrete is a strong bunker liner that saves money on labor and sand costs and has a 10-year Insured Financial Guarantee to protect a course’s investment. Capillary Concrete also now offers financing on projects. 
Better Billy BunkerBooth #1413As 2018 draws to a close, Better Billy Bunker will once again kick off “show season” in Myrtle Beach at the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show. In addition to discussing success stories at the booth, the BBB team will be sharing details of its donation matching initiative it created after Hurricane Florence in support of the GCSAA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The commitment is to raise as many funds as possible to help others following natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence. 
Atlas Turf International Booth #1916Atlas Turf International is partnering with Pure Seed to showcase turfgrass varieties for new construction and renovation projects of every scope. Pure Dynasty Seeded Paspalum is a turfgrass solution from the tee to the green. As a combination of two high-performing varieties, Pure Dynasty delivers superior performance with turfgrass that is tighter, better, faster and stronger. PurePro is a new seeded bermudagrass on the market. ]]>
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Video: Brooke Henderson On Winding Down The LPGA Season At CME Group Tour Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-11-13 19:39
Brooke Henderson chatted on Tuesday about playing in this week’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. Henderson comes into the event third in the season-long points race, one of several goals she reached this season, including wins at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii and the CP Women’s Open, where she became the first […]
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Lucky to have him around

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2018-11-13 15:42
Hats off. Phones away. Notebooks out. USGA Green Section agronomist Pat O’Brien is speaking.  On this morning, the Monday of Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show week, O’Brien stands before three dozen Horry-Georgetown Technical College turf students. He brings slides and stories – and more stories. O’Brien isn’t your typical agronomist. He’s the longest tenured USGA employee. Ponder that for a moment. The most venerable full-time employee representing an organization formed in 1894 serves superintendents in the Southeast. The region’s superintendents are lucky.  O’Brien is omnipresent in the Carolinas and Georgia, visiting more than 100 golf courses each year. He’s more omnipresent than usual Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show week. After the two-hour discussions with students, O’Brien and longtime friend Dick Schulz, a Georgia-based agronomist, golf course owner and industry entrepreneur, hustle to Prestwick Country Club to participate in the Carolinas GCSA Golf Championships. Prestwick superintendent Paul Kaufman’s backtrack vertical mowing tactics, coincidentally, are mentioned in O’Brien’s presentation.  Prestwick boasts smooth, healthy, slick ultradwarf bermudagrass greens. Ultradwarf bermudagrass greens are subjects of a Tuesday morning seminar O’Brien leads with USGA colleague Dr. Steve Kammerer and Virginia Tech’s Dr. Mike Goatley. The seminar is about winter management of the surfaces. Prolonged low temperatures yielded significant damage to the surfaces in the region, hurting facilities already facing operational tightropes.  Longevity allows O’Brien a little more latitude for boldness than other seminar leaders. He says publicly what other agronomists might only utter privately. When discussing winter damage with the Horry-Georgetown students, he lambasts owners who fail to provide superintendents with the resources to purchase and deploy turf covers. “What a crazy, damn business model some people have?” he says. “It’s just stupidity.” His voice changes tones. His hands forcefully move, further proving his point: cold happens even in the Southeast and it’s best to prepared for it.    The presentation includes other I-told-them-so moments. It also includes doses of humility, with O’Brien describing some of his mistakes to students. Examples of failure further humanize O’Brien – a grandfatherly figure to industry newbies – while soothing students early in their frustrating quests for agronomic perfection. Mistakes are made in the golf business and recovering from strengthen turf managers.  O’Brien alludes to Schulz, whose course, The Oaks Course, in Covington, Georgia, resides in golf’s middle class, throughout the discussion. Horry-Georgetown’s delightfully dedicated turf leadership tandem of Charles Granger and Ashley Wilkinson ask O’Brien about material they are discussing in class. O’Brien might be the man in front of the room, but he knows the best turf discussions are multi-sided.          Fungicide movement. Hurricanes. Zoysiagrass. Bunker liners. Native areas. Growth regulators. O’Brien has pictures, slides and sometimes opinions on every Southeast-centric turf topic. Golf is a central part of his life. His job entails visiting courses, leading seminars, writing reports and making recommendations. His zest for the game brings him back to many of the places he visits, allowing him to see the game through the eyes of a member or daily-fee customer.     His biggest complaint as a golf consumer? “Letting the rough get too tall,” he tells the students. To illustrate the conundrum, he shows a picture of a ball buried in thick bermudagrass rough. “Why aren’t we using growth regulators on rough?” he says. “We can prevent this very easily.” Growth regulators are one solution. Another solution, O’Brien says, is using a high-speed, high-productivity mowing system he calls the “Antonio Brown of rough mowers.” Brown is speedy on and the off the field. The star wide receiver on O’Brien’s beloved Pittsburgh Steelers was recently cited for driving more than 100 mph on a Pennsylvania road. Students who follow pro football chuckle at the Brown reference.  O’Brien slips a Steelers reference into nearly every one of his presentations. His next chance to lead a turf talk – and laud the Steelers’ 6-2-1 start – comes during Wednesday’s Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show general education session. He will talk again on the trade show floor.   The rooms will be filled with less impressionable turf managers than the ones O’Brien encountered Monday. Few will agree with his every word. All will be entertained and enlightened in some way. The Southeast can be an unforgiving agronomic region. O’Brien has endured numerous changes within the industry and his high-profile organization. He continues finding ways to reach every generation of turf manager.  No matter how many times you hear him speak, seeing O’Brien in Myrtle Beach represents one of the great joys of Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show week.          Guy Cipriano is GCI’s senior editor.  ]]>
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