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Tour Roundup: Henderson T8 With One To Go After Consecutive 68s

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2020-01-25 21:53
Brooke Hendersn bogeyed just one hole in posting her second consecutive four-under 68 at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio where she’s tied for eighth going into Sunday’s final round, Henderson is eight under at the midway point. The leaderboard is here PGA Tour No Canadians remain at the Farmers Insurance Open after failing to […]
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Tour Roundup: Henderson Fires A 68 To Move To T13

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2020-01-24 21:46
‘ Brooke Hendersn bogeyed just one hole in posting a four-under 68 at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio where she’s tied fr 13th going into the weekend Henderson is four under at the midway point. The leaderboard is here PGA Tour No Canadians remain at the Farmers Insurance Open after failing to make the […]
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Rutgers professor Dr. William Meyer wins USGA Green Section Award

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2020-01-24 10:44
Honoring golf’s greatest ambassadors, innovators and leaders, the USGA recently unveiled its 2020 Annual Award honorees, including longtime Rutgers professor Dr.William Meyer, the winner of the 60th annual USGA Green Section Award.

Meyer was recognized for his work in sustainability through agronomic advancements.

The USGA Green Section Award honors distinguished service to golf through an individual’s work with turfgrass. For more than 30 years, Meyer has made a significant impact on the turf industry through his turfgrass breeding work, which focuses on developing grasses for golf and other playing surfaces that are resistant to adverse factors. As a professor at Rutgers University, he has influenced all levels of the industry at the national and international levels through seminars, research papers and trade publications. 

The four 2020 individual honorees also include Se Ri Pak, the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, as the Bob Jones Award recipient; Lon Haskew, the recipient of the Joe Dey Award for meritorious service as a volunteer; and Kevin Robbins, author of The Last Stand of Payne Stewart, who will receive the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. All three will receive their awards during the USGA Annual Meeting February 29 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The USGA’s Annual Awards were established to honor those who advance the game and the association’s mission through research, celebrating and preserving golf’s history, and service to the game through volunteerism and personal spirit, character and respect.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to annually recognize those whose contributions and positive influence have made a meaningful impact on the game,” USGA CEO Mike Davis said. “The individuals who comprise this year’s list of recipients truly embody the core values of the USGA to lead, serve and inspire.”

Receiving the Ike Grainger Award in recognition of 25 years of volunteer service to the USGA are John Bartholomew, Dwayne Dillinger, Bruce Flower, Robert Hillis, Richard Johnson, Craig Kessler, David Laird, John Luffey Jr., Greg Norris, Gilbert Palmer, Charles Rountree III, Joseph Sholtis and Grover Walker. The group of 13 will also be recognized during the awards banquet at the USGA Annual Meeting.

Bob Jones Award

Presented annually since 1955, the Bob Jones Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships. As one of the more influential pioneering forces in the women’s game, Pak inspired an entire generation of Korean golfers during her 20-year professional career, which included 39 wins, five of them majors.

Pak burst onto the LPGA Tour in 1998 and her playoff victory in the U.S. Women’s Open — when she became the youngest winner in the history of the championship to that point — became a defining moment in the game. Despite carrying the weight and attention of an entire country, it was through her friendly attitude and humble demeanor that her high level of character truly revealed itself.

Pak will receive the award during the week of the 2020 U.S. Open Championship in June at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Joe Dey Award

Named for Joseph C. Dey, the USGA’s executive director from 1934 through 1968 and a World Golf Hall of Famer, the Joe Dey Award has been presented annually since 1996 to recognize an individual’s meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. For more than 30 years, Haskew has served as a volunteer Rules official at state, regional, national and international levels, including more than 100 USGA championships. Haskew has been a USGA committee member since 1993 and has served on the Mid-Amateur Committee since 1995. He’s also been a fixture at the collegiate level as an official at multiple NCAA Championships.

Herbert Warren Wind Book Award

The Herbert Warren Wind Book Award acknowledges and encourages outstanding achievement in golf literature. This year’s recipient, The Last Stand of Payne Stewart, vividly recounts the story of Stewart’s last season on the PGA Tour in 1999, including his U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst, through his tragic passing. Robbins previously captured the award in 2016 for Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf, which tells the story of Penick, the late golf coach, competitor and instructor.

In recognition of excellence in golf literature, the book will be added to the USGA Golf Museum library, the largest collection in the world with more than 100,000 individual volumes and periodicals.

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Anuvia’s Legends Initiative spotlights David Stone at GIS

Golf Course Industry - Fri, 2020-01-24 10:24
Anuvia Plant Nutrients names David Stone to its Legends Initiative for his lifetime of innovation and achievement in golf course management. Stone, retired from The Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tennessee, will be honored at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando.

Now in its third year, the Legends Initiative recognizes integrity, passion and innovation in golf course management. Stone was unanimously selected by a peer review panel of past winners and other golf course professionals. 

Stone will be recognized for his decades of contributions to the industry at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29 at Booth No. 4800, at the stage area adjacent to Inside the Shop.

“Innovative leadership shapes and guides this industry,” Anuvia chief commercial officer Hugh MacGillivray said. “David Stone’s reputation as a creative problem-solver and critical thinker throughout his storied career makes him an ideal addition to the Legends Initiative and we’re honored to recognize his achievements.”

Stone’s leadership at Tennessee’s famed Honors Course is recognized throughout the industry. While there, he was responsible for running extensive control experiments to successfully change the fairways from Bermudagrass to zoysia, and the course hosted five USGA events — as well as a young Tiger Woods at the 1996 NCAA Division I Championship. Stone was honored with the USGA Green Section Award and is one of only two superintendents inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.

Stone will be joined by Legends Initiative recipients Bob Farren of Pinehurst Resort, Ted Horton of BrightView Golf Course Maintenance and formerly of Pebble Beach, as well as Marsh Benson, who recently retired from Augusta National, and Matt Shaffer, retired from Merion Golf Club.

“David is incredibly innovative! If he couldn’t find an answer, he would take it upon himself to set up an experiment and solve the problem,” Shaffer said. “He is a wonderfully curious individual who is kind, thoughtful and an amazing colleague, friend and mentor to so many for so long.”

“I’ve just always enjoyed trying to figure out ways to make something better,” Stone said. “That, to me, has always been part of the joy of this job. I’ve learned a lot from other people, and so it’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to share some of that information with younger people who are newer to the industry and, ultimately, going to shape the future of what comes next.”

Stone and other Legends notables will be on hand to celebrate during an open bar at Anuvia’s Booth, No. 4409, following the presentation.

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CGSA Announces Environmental Achievement Of The Year Award Winner

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-01-23 21:37
Reid Solodan, AGS, superintendent at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club in Canmore, Alta., is the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement of the Year Award winner for 2019. The CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award recognizes a member of the CGSA who has held the position of golf course superintendent for a minimum of […]
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Industry Voices: Randee Hermus On Her Transition Into Golf And What’s Ahead For G&G Golf Brands

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-01-23 21:26
ORLANDO – Randee Hermus, named golf sales manager for G&G Golf in October, recently took in her first PGA Merchandise Show and chats about her own background and what’s new with company brands such as TravisMathew, Bermuda Sands and more. Click Play below to hear her chat with Hutch.
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Tour Roundup: Back Issues Force Graham DeLaet To WD At Torrey Pines

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-01-23 21:25
The frustration of a bad back can only be known by those who share my pain. Disappointed to have to WD this week. — Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) January 23, 2020   Back issues have returned to piague Graham DeLaet, who withdrew Thursday from the Farmers Insurance Open just five tournaments into a comeback from previous […]
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Ontario Open Becomes An Event On The Mackenzie Tour

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-01-23 21:18
The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada and Golf Ontario have reached a six-year agreement in partnership with Woodington Lake Golf Club in Tottenham, Ont., to host and conduct the Ontario Open. The first tournament as an official event on the 2020 schedule is set for Aug. 24-30. Debuting in 1923, the Ontario Open’s past champions include […]
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Turf Care Products Canada Announces Organizational Changes

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-01-23 21:03
Turf Care Products Canada has announced organizational changes. Paul McLean, former CEO at CWB Maxium Financial and co-founder of Maxium Financial Services acquired Turf Care Products Canada in April of 2019. After 45 years, former president and CEO, Ron Craig made the decision to retire from Turf Care at the end of 2019. McLean’s acquisition […]
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Target Specialty Products highlighting education, products, customer panelists at GIS

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2020-01-23 16:35
Target Specialty Products will feature its Turf Fuel product line at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, as well as hosting several events throughout the week.

“GIS is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with our valuable customers from across the United States and Canada,” president David Helt said. “We aim to provide them with value and interesting new ideas during their visit to our booth.”

The company’s GIS program will include five daily live educational seminars at booth No. 1844 starting Wednesday. “We are very excited to be offering quality education through our Turf Fuel Masterclass platform,” Turf Fuel business manager Mark Jull said. “The GIS educational seminars will allow attendees to go home with $500-$1000 in Turf Fuel Bucks. Where else do you get paid to get educated?”

The company will also feature a Q&A panel each day at 1 p.m., offering an opportunity to learn why and how customers successfully use Turf Fuel products in their programs. For attendees that don’t have the time to participate in a live seminar, shorter videos will be available for viewing.

The Target Specialty Products booth will showcase the unique products and services they offer — particularly the six most unique and innovative Turf Fuel products: Element 6, Root Down, MZ-23, Cleanse, Vanquish and The Works. Members of the Turf Fuel product development and research team will be present to answer questions.

Target Specialty Products will also host a Happy Hour Reception for all trades how attendees at their booth at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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FMC tees up fundraiser at GIS

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2020-01-23 13:23
FMC Professional Solutions will offer golf course superintendents an opportunity to earn donations for their local Golf Course Superintendents Association of America chapter next week at the Golf Industry Show. FMC will also launch its new Rayora fungicide at the show.


The fundraiser is an initiative driven by the new FMC True Champions program, which rolled out in fall 2019. Taking place at FMC booth No. 3913, the fundraiser will feature a golf simulator where golf course superintendents can grip and rip to secure donations for their local GCSAA chapter. For each yard driven off the tee, FMC will donate 50 cents to that superintendent’s GCSAA chapter. A 300-yard drive will generate a $150 donation.

“We’re very committed to GCSAA and its mission to enhance our industry. This is a fun way for our peers to come together and support the association,” FMC golf and lawn care market manager Mike Sisti said. “We expect to see some healthy competition in the booth among show attendees to see who can drive the ball the farthest and raise the largest donation.”

FMC also plans to establish an ongoing commitment to GCSAA in which FMC will donate a percentage of Fame SC and Rayora fungicide sales directly to local GCSAA chapters.

The FMC True Champions program is a source for golf course superintendents and managers to access product rewards and assurances. It also supports industry initiatives and associations like GCSAA, We Are Golf and RISE.

In product news, Rayora fungicide is a systemic demethylation inhibitor fungicide designed to prevent and cure dollar spot while providing a layer of added protection from brown patch until additional fungicide applications need to be made. Harnessing the power of its active ingredient, flutriafol, Rayora fungicide moves rapidly into green tissue via translaminar and xylem movement. Grass roots can also take up the active ingredient when it is translocated throughout the xylem to impede internal fungal growth. This protects the existing plant as well as new plant growth from emerging infections.

Rayora fungicide is formulated as suspension concentrate and can be easily tank mixed with other fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, and plant growth regulators.]]>
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Ben Silverman Finishes T13 In The Bahamas

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-01-22 19:46
Ben Silverman shot an even par 72 in the final round of the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic, where he tied for 13th at eight under. All the scores are here.
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Voices: Alena Sharp Previews Her 15th LPGA Tour Season

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-01-22 19:41
Alena Sharp starts her 15th LPGA Tour season this week at the inaugural Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. Despite battling a head cold in the weeks leading up to the season, Sharp says she starts in a positive frame of mind in a season that. will also see her serve as a player representative on […]
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Levelwear Announces Tour Signings

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-01-22 19:40
Levelwear has announced the signing of 10 ambassadors to its global tour staff. Corey Connors who won for the first time on Tour in 2019 when he captured the Valero Texas Open has resigned a multi-year agreement. Connors has been with Levelwear since 2017. Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., has also re-signed. Also signing […]
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Superintendent Required At Smithers Golf And Country Club

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-01-22 19:34
The Smithers Golf and Country Club in Smithers, B.C., is seeking a greens and grounds superintendent. Reporting directly to the greens and grounds chairman, the successful candidate will be responsible for the maintenance and grounds improvements of the golf course and surrounding property. The greens and grounds superintendent will also be instrumental in the completion […]
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FootJoy’s New Pro|SL Shoe Satisfied It’s Toughest Critics

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-01-22 19:32
When FootJoy consulted their top PGA Tour players to inquire about making changes to Pro|SL, the feedback was clear. Don’t do it, they said, but they eventually did come around to a shoe that took 18 months to develop. “As the industry leader, we didn’t tweak or adjust the new Pro|SL, we innovated and advanced and […]
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Callaway Redesigns Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-01-22 19:25
Callaway has redesigned the Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X golf balls for more speed and dstance to go along with their fee and spin characteristics. The new Chrome Soft has a redesigned Dual SoftFast core with a 34 per cent larger volume inner core, while a thinner, graphene-infused outer core is used to promote […]
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John Deere spotlights equipment tech at GIS

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2020-01-22 17:14
John Deere is giving 2020 Golf Industry Show attendees a first-hand look at its newest equipment technology solutions that could change the future of golf course maintenance. From a virtual reality experience to demos of the next generation of OnLink course management platform, guests visiting John Deere at booth No. 4735 will be able to experience the brand’s vision for the future.

“We know that the evolution and adoption of technology is critical to the future of the golf industry and for that reason we are committed to developing new solutions,” said Robert Schmidt, global manager of market development & strategy for John Deere Golf. “By offering this immersive experience at GIS, we are providing an opportunity for superintendents to explore new technology and learn how it can help solve the challenges they face daily, such as optimizing labor and minimizing operating costs.”

One of the more notable parts of the John Deere booth is the virtual reality station, dropping users onto a golf course and allowing them to witness the autonomous mower in action. After announcing its partnership with Precision Makers during the 2019 show, John Deere will give visitors an up-close look, providing several different vantage points so attendees can see all the key features of the machine through a unique VR experience.

The company will also host demonstrations in the booth’s OnLink area, along with meetings with dedicated OnLink experts who will walk through the system and discuss the value of the technology for their specific course.

Other key product displays in the booth are the GPS PrecisionSprayers, and the passcode-protected TechControl system, available on select John Deere greens, fairway and rough, trims and surrounds mowers.

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Rain Bird appoints new director for Golf Strategic Business Unit

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2020-01-22 15:05
Rain Bird named Stuart Hackwell the director of its Golf Strategic Business Unit. Hackwell will be responsible for growing Rain Bird Golf’s presence worldwide including sales, distribution, marketing, engineering and product development.

Hackwell has been with Rain Bird for 27 years, joining the company in 1992 as an area sales manager in eastern Canada. In 1997, he was promoted to the position of regional sales manager in Canada before joining Rain Bird’s Golf SBU as a regional sales manager for the eastern United States in 2003. From there, he rose to become the Golf SBU’s international sales manager, responsible for Asia and Latin America. Most recently, Hackwell has served as Rain Bird Golf’s national sales manager in the United States.

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Ben Silverman Shoots A Third Round 68 In Bahamas

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-01-21 19:47
Ben Silverman shot a four-under 68 and goes into Wednesday’s finale of the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic in a tie for 20th. Silverman is eight under after the first three rounds of the Korn Ferry Tour event. The leaderboard is here.
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