Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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12.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 85 proceeds, the club raised more than $180,000 to help find a cure for childhood cancer at the September event. Between 93 and 94 percent of the funds raised through this event will go toward research and finding a cure for childhood cancer. The event took on special meaning for Knollwood committee chair Philip Vallone, whose grandson, Giovanni, was diagnosed with cancer when he was a baby. Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington joined 72 members and nonmembers for the afternoon golf tourna- ment. GCSAA superintendent Matt Neus , 16-year association member, oversees Knollwood CC. Registration is open for the British & International Golf Greenkeep- ers Association 's (BIGGA) largest-ever event, as the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition and Continue to Learn evolve for 2019. The event is set from Jan. 22 to 24. BIGGA has announced the event has expanded by 25 percent and will feature a host of new conferences, forums, exhibition platforms and more opportunities than ever to network and gain valuable knowledge and experience. A new hall layout at the Harrogate Convention Centre will provide BTME 4,800 square feet of exhibition space, featuring Golf Course Construction Live!, a golf simulator competition, a new product and innovation area and a TED Talk-style theater, where short presentations will be de- livered by some of the leading names in the industry. As always, Continue to Learn will kick off the week, with the education program evolving to better suit the needs of BIGGA members. The association's learning and development team has put together its largest package of education — more than 250 hours. There will be a Deputies' Conference, a Links Forum, an Ecology and the Environment Forum and a panel discussion looking at The R&A's Golf Course 2030 plan. Other workshops include: Gadgets & Gizmos; The Disturbance Theory: 10 years on; and Work-Related Stress. Regular favorites, such as the Turf Managers' Conference and the Young Greenkeepers' Conference, will return. For more information, visit www.btme.org.uk. Rob Dillinger , former manufacturing representative for Holganix LLC, has announced the launch of M.D. Plant Health Solutions Inc. , a green industry distribution company based in Fort Myers, Fla. The startup will provide agronomic products and solutions for the turf and ornamental industry in South Florida. "M.D. Plant Health Solu- tions will provide high-performing yet economical solutions for primarily the golf market but also the lawn and landscape and athletic field markets," says Dillinger, owner. "Our mission is to support customers with hard science, creative solutions and measured results." M.D. Plant Health Solutions will supply turf professionals with products ranging from fertilizers, adjuvants and surfactants to golf course equipment and supplies. Dillinger previously spent five years as the Florida manufacturing representative for Holganix. He also was an assistant superintendent at the Vanderbilt Country Club in Naples, Fla., for four years. The Olde Farm Golf Club in Bristol, Va., hosted the American Legends for Mountain Mission Kids, an all-star charity golf tournament held Sept. 10. It raised $56.6 million — the largest single-day charitable gift in PGA Tour history. The event was televised on Golf Channel. "This was an exciting event with truly extraordinary results," says Bobby Weed, who designed the course and played in the tournament. "Mountain Mission Kids School does exceptional work with at-risk children, and we are proud to have played a part in this historic charitable initiative in support of the school's work." Luminaries participating in this year's tournament included golf greats Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Betsy King, Lorena Ochoa and Lee Trevino, joined by former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem as well as by NFL icons Dan Marino and Peyton Manning, and NBA legend Jerry West. Arnold Palmer was memorialized in a tribute at the event, which took place on what would have been his 89th birthday.

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