Golf Course Management

FEB 2013

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Swedes win John Deere event A team composed of Swedes captured the 26th annual John Deere World Championship in December at Grande Dunes and Pine Lakes CC in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Fifty-one teams representing 10 different countries participated. The winning team included Monica Berlin, Owe Larsson and Maria Lindblom (representatives from Grodinge Golf Club in Sodertalje, Sweden); and Bill Soderberg, John Deere Golf Distributor, from Sodertalje. The two-day tournament ended in a twohole playoff, in which four flight winners participated. The winning team finished with a net score of 100. most recently recognized as Certified Builders. They are Certified Field Builders Kirk Grego, Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Robert Putze, Horizon Contracting LLC, Coopersburg, Pa.; Certified Tennis Court Builders Todd Rudolph, Sunland Sports, Phoenix; George Stahlin, Evergreen Tennis Courts Inc., Loveland, Colo.; Certified Track Builders Greg McKenna, Renner Sports Surfaces, Denver; and Troy Rudolph, Sunland Sports, Phoenix. The certification program was developed by ASBA in order to help raise professional standards and improve the practice of sports facility construction. The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) announced the Plant Health Writer of the Year Program, which starts this year. Sponsored by Bayer, the Plant Health Writer of the Year Award program is presented to an outstanding writer for excellence in presenting plant health issues to the appropriate green industry audience through writing, including new media, for a publication or publishing company. The winner of this program must be a TOCA member. A stipend of $1,000 will be given to the winner to be used for professional development in the green industry. A selection committee chosen by the TOCA Board of Directors will select the winner each year and approve the appropriate use of the stipend. Bayer's new Platinum Sponsorship of TOCA is part of a new effort to recognize green industry communicators through these types of writing programs, says Den Gardner, TOCA executive director. For the 2013 program, entries submitted must have been published or presented between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012. Entries are due March 1. The winner will be announced at the 24th annual TOCA meeting May 7-9 in Portland, Ore. E-par USA's Environmental Management System (EMS) for Golf was selected to provide the framework for a new EMS in Australia. The rollout of this voluntary standard will initially focus on the 400-plus golf facilities and clubs in New South Wales beginning with a pilot phase led by e-par

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