Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 Roberts is survived by his wife of 70 years, Helen Rob- erts; daughters, Kathleen (John) Drupa, and Eileen (Mark) Jinks; four grandchildren, Andrew Drupa, Matthew Drupa, Lauren (Francis) Jinks Coffey, Nina (Damian) Jinks; and numerous nieces and nephews. Toro launches stewardship initiative With a commitment to helping its customers and com- munities worldwide enhance the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land, The Toro Co. introduced its Land. Water. Thrive. initiative. This initiative aims to help improve water-use effi- ciency, enhance outdoor environments and greenspaces and educate about sustainable agricultural practices. Over a two-year period, The Toro Foundation will contribute up to $1 million in grants to nonprofits in its global commu - nities with the Greenspace Enhancement Grant Program. This new program aims to support organizations in their efforts to revitalize parks and green spaces, enrich the outdoors of neighborhoods and schools, educate on the efficient use of water and support sustainable agriculture through community gardens. "Impacting lives through the sustainable use of land and water is the focus of Land. Water. Thrive.," says Jud - son McNeil, president of The Toro Foundation. "The grant program is directed at conserving and restoring our outdoor environments to ensure healthier, more vibrant and sus - tainable communities where our employees live and work." For 2018, the Greenspace Enhancement Grant Pro- gram will support organizations in the following cities: Beatrice, Neb.; Bloomington, Minn.; El Paso, Texas; Iron Mountain, Mich.; Riverside, Calif.; Sanford, Fla.; Shakopee, Minn.; Windom, Minn.; Xiamen City, China; Ploiesti, Ro - mania; and Spellbrook, England. Locations included in the 2019 grant program will be announced at a later date. For grant criteria, online application and other information, visit www.thetorocompany.com/land-water-thrive/our-commu - nities . Outside of local communities, and as part of its Land. Water. Thrive. initiative, Toro looks to expand its efforts to enrich the lives of rural families in developing countries. The image of this hummingbird was an award-winner in the annual BioBlitz program run by Audubon International. BioBlitz is a program in which volunteers nationwide document animal species at places such as golf courses. Photo courtesy of Audubon International Audubon's BioBlitz a hit The Audubon International BioBlitz is gaining in popu- larity and success. Approximately 2,000 unique species of animals, plants, fungi and insects were counted during the fourth annual BioBlitz, which was held from April 21 to May 13 throughout the country. The total unique species rep - resents a 100 percent increase in the average number of species counted since 2015. Thousands of community vol - unteers — ranging from school groups to birding clubs — discovered and documented the species inhabiting green spaces. This year's program was sponsored by the USGA. "It is wonderful to see so many golf courses em- bracing BioBlitz as a fun and exciting way to help people Trending Enlisting owls for prairie dog control To tackle its decades-old prairie dog problem, Santa Fe (N.M.) Country Club has welcomed two new guests: a pair of rescued barn owls. http://bit.ly/2KQVMWw After the fire A sudden blaze in August 2017 left only a shell of the maintenance facility at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kan. Gary Sailer, CGCS, and his team rallied and improvised to host the Web.com Tour's KC Golf Classic less than a year later. http://bit.ly/2w4eKAS PGA Championship rewind GCM was behind the scenes at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis for the 100th PGA Championship. Revisit insights and anecdotes from the agronomic side of this milestone major. http://bit.ly/2KzmExd Talk to us @GCM_Magazine Facebook.com/GCMmagazine GCM Get m o r e GCMOnline.com spend time outdoors and learn about their local environ- ment," says Christine Kane, CEO, Audubon International. The program is designed for school children, community members, golfers, etc., to take a closer look at the habitats provided on golf courses. In addition to demonstrating the large diversity of species on golf courses, the competition also engages local interest and support of the green space and recreational opportunities they provide to their towns. Participants competed for three awards: most species counted, most participants and best photo. Naples Lakes Country Club in Naples, Fla., earned the Biodiversity Award for largest number of species counted (496), including the wood stork, a federally designated threatened species. Southwinds Golf Course in Boca Raton, Fla., received the Community Engagement Award for having the most participants at 242, which was part of a 95 percent increase in total participants compared with 2017. The Best Photograph Award went to Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston for its photo of a hummingbird. Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., has hosted numerous major championships. Recently, it was announced more are on their way: the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2023 and PGA Cham - pionship in 2029. Photo courtesy of PGA of America Baltusrol lands two PGA Championship events The PGA of America announced that Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., will host two of its pillar champi - onships: the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2023 and the PGA Championship in 2029. Mark Kuhns, CGCS, a 38-year association member, oversees Baltusrol. Class A superintendents Jim Devaney Jr. and Dan Kilpatrick are 15-year GCSAA members. Founded in 1895, Baltusrol has played a prominent role on the national golf stage for nearly 125 years. Both cham - pionships will be staged on Baltusrol's famed Lower Course, which is an A.W. Tillinghast design. Since opening in 1922, the Lower Course has hosted 10 major golf events, including seven professional major championships. The 2023 KPMG Women's PGA Championship will be the second women's major championship played on the Lower Course. In a duel of World Golf Hall-of-Famers, Mickey Wright topped Betsy Rawls by six shots to win the 1961 U.S. Women's Open. This will be Baltusrol's third PGA Championship: Phil Mick - elson and Jimmy Walker notched one-shot victories on the Lower Course in 2005 and 2016, respectively. In 2014, Baltusrol Golf Club was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, one of only four golf properties to earn this distinction.

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