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Bussieres Successfully Defends PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-09-19 21:11
For the second consecutive year, Marc-Etienne Bussieres came from behind to capture the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada. When the final round at The Winston Golf Club in Calgary began, the 32-year-old from Longchamp, Que., was four shots off the lead, but by the time it was over, Bussieres has a two-shot victory. “I can […]
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Cobra Golf’s New F-MAX Superlite Drivers And Fairways Are Built For Speed

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-09-19 20:41
Cobra Golf has introduced the new F-MAX men’s and women’s Superlite drivers and fairways. Building off the original F-MAX family first introduced in 2017, the Cobra Golf F-MAX Superlite drivers are re-engineered with a six-gram lighter clubhead, while maintaining an MOI of greater than 5,000, to deliver a light driver head weight without sacrificing stability […]
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Cobra Golf Unveils F-MAX Superlite Irons, Hybrids

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-09-19 20:33
Building the original F-MAX irons introduced in 2017, Cobra Golf has unveiled the 2018 F-MAX men’s and women’s Superlite irons and combo sets that feature lightweight technologies and designs for more club speed, distance and easier launch. The Cobra Golf F-MAX Superlite irons feature a re-engineered clubhead that is four grams lighter, and maintains the […]
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Link: Cost To Oakville In Glen Abbey Dispute Believed To Be $5.3-Million

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-09-19 13:07
According to a Freedom of Information act request filed by a resident, the Town of Oakville has spent $5.3-million in its showdown with ClubLink to preserve Glen Abbey. David Lea of the Oakville Beaver has more here in the Hamilton Spectator.
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Link: Worker Killed At Ontario Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-09-19 12:26
A man was killed on a golf course in Chelmsford, Ont., when he was struck by a hydro pole while off-loading it from a tractor trailer. The Sudbury Star has more here.
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Link: Plan Proposed For Former Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-09-19 12:25
After collecting input from the community, city staff in Kamloops, B.C., have proposed a plan for a golf course the city took control of last October. Karen Edwards has more here for infoTel News.
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Bernhard Company announces partnership with MLR Sports

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2018-09-19 11:24
Bernhard and Company has announced a partnership with MLR Sports, provider of lighting solutions for sports stadiums since 1998. They are now launching a golf rig specifically designed to golf courses. 

The Eagle is compact and easy to move around the course to spot treat problem areas. It can be disassembled in less than 30 minutes, so it’s easy to store when not in use. 

“MLR is proud to launch the world’s first supplementary lighting rig designed specifically for golf,” MLR general manager Hermann Sather said. “There’s a great deal of pressure on greenkeepers to produce quality surfaces all year round, and the Eagle can be a crucial weapon in that battle. This is our first venture into the golf market, but it won’t be our last. Expect more exciting developments in the near future.”

“This is an exciting time for Bernhard Company,” Bernhard Company director Steve Nixon said. “By combining our strong experience and knowledge of the golf market with MLR technical expertise, we are bringing a unique product that will revolutionise the way turf professionals manage difficult growth areas around their golf course.”]]>
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The Aftermath

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2018-09-19 10:05

I am going to stand firm on my belief—there is climate change…and it’s going to impact the way we, as the golf industry, do business.  Whether fires in the west, tornadoes in the Midwest or rain events up and down the eastern seaboard, we’ve had a bad run in 2018 thus far.

We are at a point where mean temperatures are rising, summers are coming earlier and lasting longer, night time temperatures are elevated, and ocean temperatures are rising.  For those of us who live near water, we have to broaden the scope of our golf course preparation beyond basic agronomics.

On top of all the regular agronomic duties, from managing disease, irrigation and water, and certainly golfers – we now find ourselves even more at risk from tropical storms and hurricanes.

This definitely puts a crimp in our patience and our budgets.  Do we now have a budget line item for storm clean-up and repair?  Think about it:  Was your top dressing washed away?  Was your chemical supply ruined?   How long will you be closed?  What are your lost revenues going to add up to?

Every state superintendent association has its own preparedness agenda and abundant information outlining of what to do before, during and after Category 1, 2 or 3 storms.  Tropical storms and hurricanes are not limited to the southern states either.  I experienced Hurricane Sandy while living in New Jersey and Hurricane Matthew here in Hilton Head.  It’s not fun.

A few observations:

Be compassionate.  Your staff has family and property to care for and worry about, as do you.
And, when the governor issues an evacuation order, you are in no position to counteract this directive – whether you agree or not.

Plan ahead.  Are all the operating features of your golf course maintenance area in good shape:  pump stations, irrigation, drainage systems, spillways, maintenance center, equipment and even, your important documents, and computer.

Take a serious look at your maintenance facility and envision what it would look like under three to five feet of water.  What would be lost and where would you move your assets to?  Besides checking the stability of your systems and features, what is the evacuation plan for your equipment, chemicals, and tools.  Where do these items get moved to keep them out of harm’s way?

Fortunately, with hurricanes, there is plenty of advance notice and warning as the path of the storm becomes more formed.

In the planning ahead department, do you have vendors who will be ready to assist you and bring in heavy equipment to clear roads, move large trees and branches, inspect bridges for safety, check on the golf cart fleet for water damage.  Contact them prior to the storm and prepay them to be onsite immediately and as soon as it is safe to be on the course.  

Water Quality.  Remember, too much flood water can upset course water quality; drinking water which becomes a big issue particularly where salt is present.

Insurance.  What is the level of property and flood insurance that your club holds?  Does it replace what is lost?  What is the deductible?  Remember, it takes a long time to get in line for the insurance inspector, to file claims, to negotiate and most of all, to received payment from your insurance company.

Weather Watchers.   We’re weather geeks and addicted to the Weather Channel, Wunderground or other apps. As we learned firsthand, the constant barrage of information and minutiae, over dramatization by the “talent” spoke to a race for eyeballs and tv ratings.  Words like “catastrophic”, “storm of a lifetime” and “never before seen” drive panic and angst.  Know where you stand in relation to the eye of the storm.  

In the case of Florence, the National Hurricane Center was totally accurate as to where the storm would make landfall.  Be careful who you listen to and study your geography.  Much of South Carolina came out unscathed and yet, Weather Channel’s frequent mentions of the Carolinas coast getting hammered wreaked havoc on businesses and lives throughout South Carolina.

Find a local weather station and follow them.  Find out which meteorologist is most accurate on an ongoing basis.  Follow people who are focused on your micro market.  

Generosity.   If you are in another state and your buddy in the hurricane zone has lost key equipment and resources, what can you send to him/her to start the repair process?  The Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association has already started this outreach.

It is at times like this that the generosity of the superintendent shines and I am most proud to be part of this fraternity.

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Few Expectations Has Leader Up By Three At PGA Assistants’ Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-09-18 23:04
Albert Pistorius is proving the old adage that if you want to be successful on the golf course, it’s probably best not to have any expectations. “Two days before the tournament I was hitting it so badly that I actually considered not teeing it up,” Pistorius admitted after his second round at the PGA Assistants’ […]
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Perry Ellis International Extends Deal With PGA Tour, Including Canada

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-09-18 19:40
Perry Ellis International, Inc., and the PGA Tour have announced an extension of their 14-year partnership through 2022, across all major channels of distribution. Perry Ellis International’s golf division, PEI Golf, now has the PGA Tour licence in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Mexico. In addition to the golf apparel extension, […]
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Performance Nutrition launches Prudent 40PLUS

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2018-09-18 16:28
PLUS, a highly concentrated phosphite fertilizer fortified with 17 free L-amino acids. Prudent 40PLUS combines two effective and complementary technologies to maintain plant health, Prudent 44 and Pennamin, in one product. 

"Prudent 40PLUS combines the benefits of Prudent urea phosphite fertilizer with the stress-fighting characteristics of Pennamin amino acids pre-blended in the right ratio for maximum performance in one convenient jug,” Performance Nutrition general manager Don Pucillo said. “It makes the job of turf managers a little easier."

Prudent 40PLUS highly concentrated phosphite fertilizer (40 percent PO3, expressed as P2O5), is formulated with patented urea phosphite and Pennamin amino acids. The amino acids are the building blocks for proteins, help move nutrients into the plant, and play important roles in almost every plant function. Since they are “free” amino acids, they are immediately plant-available. 

The ability to be used at lower rates than common potassium phosphite fertilizers, tank mix easily with most fertilizers and pesticides, increase the integrity of plant cell walls, and improve plant pollen fertility and increase pollen germination are among the benefits of Prudent 40PLUS.]]>
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Go Deep With Due Diligence

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2018-09-18 16:09
The annual forecast/budget season arrives in every golf operation at various scheduled times in the year and with it comes another opportunity for the golf course superintendent to show his worth. Over the last 30 or so years I have worked in the pubic, resort and private sectors of golf managing small and large budgets hosting everything from small local charity events to televised PGA/LPGA tournaments. This diverse experience has revealed three common and costly errors when it comes to forecasting a budget. They are statistical/mathematical errors, meteorological calculations and lack of due diligence.

Check your data
The first most common and costly error is perhaps the most preventable and that is the statistical or mathematical error. In the modern budgeting processes we have the benefit of incredible computing and comparative systems but they are only as good as the information that is loaded into the system. These errors range from not enough zero’s to not entering the correct hourly wage that multiplies by 20 employees on the year and even the dreaded mis-key that dropped the water/irrigation budget 10 percent with one key stroke.

These mistakes show instantly on smaller history-based budgets but can sometimes slide through the system, even larger budgets often show human error as approvals and multiple versions of the budget are created and shared. There is no substitute for a line by line review and the creation of comparative reports to track anomalies is also helpful. Master the financial documents preferred by your operation to minimize these common statistical/mathematical errors.

What’s the forecast?
The second most costly forecast/budget mistake occurs when the superintendent is asked to project line items that are severely impacted by meteorological calculations (weather events). This is tough because no one can predict the weather, yet we need exact counts for ice melt (or snow removal costs), irrigation use, utilities and the list goes on.

The expectations are that we hit the number every time. My advice is to use as much historical data (at least five comparable years) as you can then find and refer to multiple forecasts (short and long range) and always use correct verbiage in written or verbal critiques of the budget. Note* the mean of any equation is the result of a high or low equating a mean or average so if you pick the meteorological middle which seems correct you are actually going to miss either high or low most of the time. Weather moves in cycles that are not truly defined in days or months, so our best guess coupled with clear and frequent communication is the solution to this problem.

Stay aware of how weather is impacting the budget projections and communicate in real numbers. For example, “we have one week left in June and have had 60 percent of our projected rainfall to date and are 6 degrees warmer (daily highs 99 degrees and lows of 78 degrees) than average resulting in a 45 percent overage in irrigation water use/fees totaling $6,000 MTD reflecting a $500 savings YTD”. Make sure you communicate meteorological calculations/adjustments often to all stake holders. This also applies to heat and cold stress on equipment repair, turf and personnel, you cannot achieve the same productivity in 125+ degree heat index or -5 degree wind chill as you can at a temperate 75 degrees (we all can appreciate those mid-summer/winter labor meetings)! Persevere this too shall pass.

Deep Research
Due diligence plays a critical role in budget forecasting. The quality of the due diligence often determines the accuracy of the forecast/budget. The majority of superintendents do their forecasts in the third or fourth financial quarter following a busy golf season. This can lead to a bit of financial fatigue. It is often demonstrated in a failure to research deeper financial issues or seek help from other financial experts.

Everyone needs some help in due diligence from time to time while forecasting budget line items. Case in point, you see that the over-seed budget is too low for 2019 but you think that is a year away and maybe the seed crop will be amazing next year and the price will drop so you do not have the conversation with accounting or the general manager. Inevitably it comes time to order your over-seed and then the problem is as big as Oregon. Our Director of Finance once said, “Don’t defer, instead refer in writing and in person until someone addresses the situation. You are our expert”. Pretty good advice.

Superintendents are good at many things and we are by nature planners but generally we love the doing more than the planning. This forecast/budget season take some extra time, breathe and avoid the three most costly forecast/budget mistakes by remembering to double check each evolution of the budget for statistical accuracy, communicate the probability and status of meteorological calculations and committing to a high level of due diligence before signing off on next year’s budget.       

Anthony Williams, CGCS, is the director of golf course maintenance and landscaping at the Four Seasons Resort Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

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The Leading Edge

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2018-09-18 15:31
The 2019 Nufarm Edge Rewards Program is the best way for golf course superintendents to save on popular Nufarm products during the upcoming season. Whether it’s Traction™ for snow mold, Pinpoint™ for dollar spot, Arena™ for grub control, or Anuew™ PGR for high-performing growth regulation, Nufarm customers save on solutions that will improve the quality and efficiency of their operations.

New for Nufarm Edge Rewards
Nufarm’s 2019 program is designed to bring golf course superintendents an edge. Customers can earn valuable distributor credit on the largest lineup of products to-date, including more than 45 proven Nufarm plant growth regulators, fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Plus, rewards participants can extend their savings options with two early order periods.

  • Save the maximum during Period 1: September 15 - October 31, 2018.
  • Extend your time to save during Period 2: November 1 - December 7, 2018.

Registration is Quick and Easy
Registration is required to participate in Nufarm Edge Rewards. Visit www.NufarmInsider.com/Rewards and simply submit the registration form. Previous registrants are automatically registered and do not need to register again. At the rewards website, golf course superintendents can easily browse eligible products and maximize their rewards potential using the convenient Nufarm Edge Rewards Calculator Tool.

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Link: Green Destroyed By Vandal Doing Donuts

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-09-18 11:40
The green on the first hole of the Harbour View Golf Course in Winnipeg was made unplayable by somebody who drove on to it and did donuts on the weekend. CBC News has more here.
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Link: Bear Sighting On Golf Course Is One Of Several In National Capital Region

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-09-18 11:38
Bear sightings have been numerous in the Ottawa area recently, the latest coming on the Champlain Golf Course, where it ended up in a tree. CTV Ottawa has more here.
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Link: Batteries Stolen From Ontario Golf Course

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-09-18 11:38
Ontario Provincial Police are seeking assistance in identifying two males after a recent theft of several PF-24F-7 batteries from Mapleview Golf and Country Club near Perth, Ont. Inside Ottawa Valley has more here.
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Link: Golf Courses In Myrtle Beach Getting Ready To Open After Florence

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-09-18 11:37
The golf haven of Myrtle Beach did get hit hard by Hurricane Florence, but didn’t suffer the devastation that was first anticipated. Other golf courses are expected to open this week, but visitors are requested to check weather and road conditions. Martin Kaufmann has more here for Golfweek.
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Pair Of 65s Lead After First Round Of PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2018-09-17 22:22
British Columbia’s John Shin and Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Quebec share the lead at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada after each shot a seven-under 65 to open at the Winston Golf Club in Calgary on Monday, Shin’s was a bogey-free effort, while Bussieres, who sits atop PGA of Canada national rankings, had just one bogey […]
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Toro announces 2019 Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:30
Toro has announced the 18th annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In January 2019, one lucky turfgrass science student will travel to Atlanta to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest game in football. With an extensive history of supporting student scholarships and educational activities, Toro and the National Football League are proud to offer this unique learning experience.

Toro equipment and representatives have been involved in preparing the stadium and practice fields for the Super Bowl for over 50 years. Starting with the inaugural World Championship in 1967, the NFL grounds crew has relied on Toro for its expertise and equipment in preparing the game field and multiple practice facilities. In 2002, the organizations partnered to establish the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program.

Through the Sports Turf Training Program, Toro and the NFL’s Super Bowl grounds team collaborate to offer a program aimed at enhancing the skills of emerging sports turf professionals. This program provides hands-on experience in establishing and maintaining one of the highest quality and safest playing surfaces in the world. This year’s recipient will work alongside NFL field director, Ed Mangan, George Toma and the Super Bowl grounds crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on synthetic turf maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day, halftime preparation and field clean-up. Beginning on January 26, 2019, the winner will be on hand at Mercedes-Benz Stadium preparing the field leading up to the game on Feb. 3, 2019.

To be considered for the program, applicants must complete and submit an application form, as well as a 500-word typed essay, describing the applicant’s professional goals. A reference and résumé are also required.

Entries must be received by Oct. 19, 2018. Applicants must be enrolled in at least the second year of a two-year turf program or in at least the junior year of a four-year turf program. The application must include the contact information of a school advisor or representative, as well.

The winner will be notified no later than Nov. 2, 2018. For additional information, potential applicants can learn more about the program by consulting with their school’s turf program.

Any questions or comments can be directed to boyd.montgomery@toro.com.]]>
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Aquatrols names Dr. Darryl Ramoutar director of research and development

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:16
Aquatrols has named Dr. Darryl Ramoutar as director of research and development.
Previously serving in leadership positions at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and Clarke Environmental Services, Ramoutar brings a breadth of experience to the role that will help fuel Aquatrols’ future growth and product expansion. Most recently director of global controls R&D at Scotts Miracle-Gro, Ramoutar specialized in providing strategic technological, regulatory and market guidance to brand teams and company leadership within the controls category.
“Darryl’s deep background speaks to his wealth of knowledge and passion for agronomy,” Aquatrols President and CEO Matt Foster said. “I am confident that Darryl’s expertise will not only help us improve our product line for customers, but also help us continue down the path of becoming the most trusted supplier in golf.”
Ramoutar will lead the team in developing new and innovative products that not only extend beyond their current portfolio, but also provide an enhanced user experience. Popular Aquatrols products include Revolution, Dispatch, Aqueduct and a suite of complementary surfactants. With each solution being applied to optimize soil-water-plant interactions in various agronomic conditions, their products have become essential for golf course superintendents, sports turf managers and landscapers around the world.]]>
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