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Tour Roundup: Weekend Results From Brazil, Mississippi, Alabama and South Dakota

Golf Industry Insider - 1 hour 27 min ago
David Hearn shot a final round, two-under 70 that left him tied for 23rd at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. Hearn finished all four rounds at 10 under. The final leaderboard is here. PGA Tour Champions Stephen Ames tied for 16th at the Sanford International in Sioux Falls, S.D., after shooting his second […]
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Are Women’s Sports Getting A Fair Shake From Mainstream Media?

Golf Industry Insider - 9 hours 41 min ago
As Brooke Henderson and Jin Young Ko walked up to the 18th green of the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., a few weeks back, their arms snaked around one another, appreciative applause from the crowd gathered for the final putts of the CP Women’s Open was loud. It had been a dandy conclusion as […]
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Levelwear Names Industry Veteran Its National Sales Manager-Golf And Corporate Sales

Golf Industry Insider - 9 hours 42 min ago
Canadian apparel brand Levelwear has announced that 40-year industry veteran Bob Else has accepted the vacant position of National Sales Manager–Golf and Corporate Sales. Else joins Levelwear with a wealth of experience and relationships that span from coast to coast. His career began in 1979 as a customer service rep with Sportsline International. In 1984, […]
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Link: Cabinet Denies Sale Of PEI Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - 9 hours 48 min ago
The Glen Afton Golf Course continues to have its sale denied by the Prince Edward Island cabinet and although no clear reason has been given, the owner has been in discussions with a company that lists a former member of the Charlottetown Hells Angels as a director. Stu Neatby has more here for the Guardian […]
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Link: Ski Club Ordered To Pay Legal Fees After Trying To Stop Sale Of Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - 9 hours 52 min ago
The Cape Breton Ski Club has been ordered to pay $30,000 in legal fees after its bid to halt the sale of the Ben Eoin Golf Club, contending it had right of first refusal to purchase the golf club lands outside of Sydney. The Sackville Tribune Post has more here.
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Tour Roundup: Canadians Finish Saturday In The Sixties On Three Different Tours

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2019-09-21 20:05
David Hearn had just one bogey in a third-round, five-under 67 that moved him up the leaderboard into a tie for 18th on Saturday at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. Hearn is at eight under and the lone Canadian to make the cut at the PGA Tour event. All the scores are here. […]
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Tour Roundup: Ames T13 After First Round Of PGA Tour Champions Event

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2019-09-20 21:13
Stephen Ames shot an even par 70 to open the Sanford International in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he’s tied for 13th going into Saturday’s second round of the PGA Tour Champions event. Click here for the leaderboard. PGA Tour David Hearn finished with a one over 73 that left him tied for 58th and on […]
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OPEI announces first ANSI standard for robotic lawn mowers

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2019-09-20 13:19
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute announced the first standard for robotic, battery-powered, electrical lawn mowers issued by the American National Standards Institute.

“It is predicted that this market category will grow considerably in the next six years as the outdoor power equipment industry continues to innovate and improve products in response to consumer needs,” OPEI president and CEO Kris Kiser said. “Standards play an important role in everyday life and ensure that consumers know what they are getting when they purchase a product like a robotic mower.”

The global robotic lawn mower market is expected to grow by nearly 22% over the next six years, according to a recent study conducted by Grand View Research.

The ANSI/OPEI robotic mower standard is “ANSI/OPEI 60335-2-107-2019 (Standard) for Outdoor Power Equipment - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-107: Particular requirements for robotic battery powered electrical lawnmowers (national adoption with modifications of IEC 60335-2-107).” The standard was approved Sept. 5 and is expected to be published this fall.

It was developed through a public input process that brings together consumers, manufacturers and commercial equipment users.

“We expect to see increased competition in this product category as manufacturers will now be able to design equipment to meet the industry standard,” Kiser said.

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Industry Q&A: Rand Jerris on USGA Green Section retirements

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2019-09-20 12:49
After months of speculation, the USGA officially announced Friday the early retirement of dozens of employees, including 11 members of the Green Section who are older than 55, which will merge later this year with the association’s Research, Science and Innovation Group.

Golf Course Industry editor-at-large Pat Jones talked with Rand Jerris, the USGA’s senior managing director of public services, about the circumstances leading to the early retirement offers for those staff members and the future of the Green Section.

Pat Jones: Tell us why the Green Section is still valuable.

Rand Jerris: It would be difficult to overstate the value that the USGA Green Section brings to the game, and especially to the golf courses where we all play and to the communities that surround them. The members of our team are thought leaders in sustainability, champions of public golf, and leading experts in agronomic and environmental science. As an organization, we take great pride in all they do to keep golf courses healthy and to keep golfers happy. The Green Section has delivered this value for nearly 100 years and we will ensure this legacy by continuing to commit to research, educational programs, consulting services and solutions that advance the game.

PJ: What brought about the decision to offer early retirements to multiple members of the Green Section staff?

RJ: To be clear, this was not singularly a Green Section offering. Earlier this year, the USGA presented a strictly voluntary retirement incentive to more than 60 employees across the organization who were part of a pension plan that was offered to employees who joined the USGA prior to 2008. We made a decision to freeze the pension plan based on participation numbers, and we opted to provide each person in the plan who was over the age of 55 a one-time option to receive additional years of eligibility and other benefits — such as continued healthcare — if they chose to retire early. Among those eligible, 49 accepted the offer, 11 of whom worked for the USGA Green Section. To lose 11 Green Section experts in our ranks is hard for many of us both professionally and personally. They are our coworkers and our friends.

PJ: How does this reflect the continuing evolution of the Green Section?

RJ: Over recent years, Dr. Kimberly Erusha and the members of her team worked hard to evolve the Green Section to be even more relevant to the clubs, courses and golf course professionals that they serve directly. This has involved looking thoughtfully and deeply at the department’s core programs, and asking hard questions about the educational value of our programs, as well as the reach of these same programs. To their credit, the team saw opportunities to improve and expand both.

Embracing a mindset of continuous improvement, they’ve worked to implement some substantive changes that were designed to extend our reach beyond the comparatively small number of high-end facilities that were traditionally our core audience. There are more than 15,000 golf facilities in the United States, and more than 30,000 globally, and we wanted to evolve our programs in ways that would allow our expertise eventually to reach all of them. For some of our agronomists, this has meant spending less time engaging in one-on-one consulting relationships with individual clubs and more time creating educational content and delivering educational programs that large audiences can use and easily adopt.

It’s also meant spending more time engaging with and listening to golf course superintendents, golf course owners and even golfers themselves, to understand better their pressures, challenges and ongoing needs. Listening to and engaging with our customers has led us to create new offerings through the Course Consulting Service, develop new educational materials and programs, and identify new needs for critical research over the past several years. Through all of this work, the team has become more nimble, more responsive and, we believe, more impactful.

With the recent changes to the team, we’ll continue to leverage this same mindset of continuous improvement — constantly assessing the evolving needs of the golf community and ensuring that we have the best team and the best programs to support them.

PJ: What will the Green Section look like 10 or 15 years from now?

RJ: We understand that a thriving game requires expertise, resources and solutions and we believe that the USGA’s 100-year history in leading the game forward in these areas must continue.

As we look to the future, we remain committed to supporting four core activities of the Green Section: 1) investing in agronomic and environmental research to improve the quality of the golf experience and foster the sustainability of golf courses, 2) offering consulting services that provide expertise and guidance quickly both when and how our customers need support, 3) developing meaningful education programs and materials that advance the implementation of best practices at golf facilities around the world, and 4) developing cutting edge tools, technologies and solutions that are needed by our customers. The team that delivers these programs could include scientists, engineers, urban planners, water experts and more — the problems we need to solve are complex and we’ll need a diverse set of skills and experiences on our team to deliver against our core promises.

One thing that we are sure of is this: the Green Section of the future will continue to include the best minds in both the science and operation of the golf course, professionals who are committed to helping facilities deliver great experiences to golfers, supporting golf course operators in being strong stewards of important natural resources and assuring the golf courses deliver great value to their surrounding communities.

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Heffernan Fires A 64 To Secure PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-09-19 19:49
Wes Heffernan elevated his game to the next level Thursday at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, capturing the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada in impressive fashion. The 42-year-old from the Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre in Calgary capped off his first PGA of Canada national championship with a final-round, eight-under-par 64, bringing his three-day total […]
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Hearn Fires A 68 Before Play Called At Sanderson Farms Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-09-19 19:39
David Hearn finished with a four-under 68 that left him tied for 11th before play was called for the day with half the field still on the golf course at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. First round play will resume Friday morning. All the scores are here.
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Link: Hendershott Makes It Two In A Row In PGA Tour Champions Qualifiers

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-09-19 16:10
Dennis Hendershott of Brantford, Ont., has qualified for this week’s Sanford International, the second consecutive week in which he qualified for a PGA Tour Champions event. The Brantford Expositor has more here. The tournament, which also includes Stephen Ames, gets underway Friday. Here are the tee times.
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Link: Alberta Town Purchases Golf Club

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-09-19 13:36
The Town of Carstairs in Alberta has purchased the Carstairs Community Golf Club for $700,000. Craig Lindsay has more here for the Mountain View Gazette.
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Vancouver’s Marine Drive Requires An Assistant Superintendent

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-09-19 12:18
Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver is seeking an assistant superintendent. Working alongside newly hired golf course superintendent Jamie Robb and associate superintendent Dain Mikulic, the assistant superintendent will be an integral part of leading a team of up to 30 staff members on a daily basis. This leader will be responsible for aiding in […]
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Link: Struggling Club Turns Around Finances In 2019

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2019-09-19 12:18
A golf club in Alberta that was facing financial ruin a year ago has turn it around and is heading in the right direction, according to a member of the club’s board of directors. Jessie Weisner has more here for Chat News Today.
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Electing to be different at elevation

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2019-09-18 16:23
Red Ledges director of agronomy Pat Christoffer is an outside-the-box thinker. Cultivating bentgrass fairways and A1 bentgrass greens in Heber City, Utah – one of the highest and driest regions of the United States – has forced the 20-year golf industry veteran to employ maintenance practices that most would never think of. By implementing a “limited disruption concept,” Christoffer has found a balance between playability and the environment that are sustainable for the mountain community’s 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and 12-hole, par-3 Jack Nicklaus Golf Park.  “Since the day we built Red Ledges, 12 years ago, we have never hollow core aerated our greens, never,” Christoffer says. “I believe we are the first club in the world to implement this type of limited disruption concept from day one on newly built USGA golf greens.” Red Ledges greens are as firm, true, Poa annua-free and healthy as the day they were built. Christoffer’s out-of-the-ordinary maintenance approach on the greens requires its share of tradeoffs.  “The trick is once you eliminate hollow core aeration, you lose a powerful mechanical tool to remove thatch accumulation,” Christoffer says. “To manage the thatch in other ways, we apply frequent, light topdressings, but more importantly we monitor fertilizer input to avoid producing thatch faster than it is broken down by microbes and diluted with sand.”   Red Ledges has also eliminated the use of synthetic foliar nitrogen on greens, choosing instead to use primarily organic, locally sourced nitrogen and encourage conditions to promote mineralization of the existing nitrogen in the soil.  “Our minimalist goals have also allowed Red Ledges to very sparingly apply nitrogen fertilizer to our creeping bentgrass fairways,” Christoffer says. “We’re applying only about 10 percent of the nitrogen fertilizer that other golf courses are putting on their fairways annually, while still delivering perfect playing surfaces for members and guests.”   Located in the Heber Valley on the eastern edge of the Wasatch Mountains, Heber City and Red Ledges receive less than 16 inches of precipitation annually. Working in concert with Mother Nature is a vital part of Christoffer’s job.  “We pay attention to what Mother Nature is doing as she has more experience managing turfgrass than any of us,” Christoffer says. “Fundamentally, nothing we do at Red Ledges is more important than the application of irrigation water. That is why Red Ledges has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into making the most efficient irrigation system in Utah even better. We’ve added micro-irrigation, installed moisture sensing technology, utilize drone photography and continually audit the entire irrigation system for efficiency.”   By taking a natural and eloquent approach, while utilizing a mix of science, technology, Mother Nature and good old-fashioned hard work, the Red Ledges agronomy team is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful turf maintenance teams in the West. Rob Myers is an Arizona-based writer. 
CLICK HERE to listen to a podcast Golf Course Industry recorded with Pat Christoffer last year.  ]]>
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New Balance Introduces Fresh Foam Technology

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-09-18 15:57
New Balance Golf is introducing its Science of Soft with its new golf footwear line featuring Fresh Foam technology. New Balance’s Fresh Foam technology utilizes data-driven designs to determine zones in the midsole where altering levels of compression and resistance are aligned to provide ultra-soft cushioning and lateral stability. The company first introduced Fresh Foam […]
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G&G Golf Seeks Sales Agency For Corporate Division In B.C.

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-09-18 14:19
G&G Golf Company, based in Langley B.C., is seeking an independent multi-line sales agency for its newly created Corporate Division, for the province of British Columbia. G&G Golf Company is a family-owned, established and progressive manufacturer and distributor in the Canadian golf industry and expanding into the corporate promotional product market.  Now in its 28th […]
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CGSA Awards Nominations Deadline is November 30

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-09-18 12:58
Nominations are open for several Canadian Golf Superintendents Association awards with a deadline of Nov. 30. Click the links below for information on each award and a nomination form. John B Steel Award CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Award CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award CGSA/Foley Company Equipment Technician of the Year Award CGSA Student Scholarship […]
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