Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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136 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 (industry news) Daniel Ashelby (pictured, right) of The Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire, Wales, is the 30th winner of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award . Also, Danny Patten (pictured, left) of Lee Park Golf Club in Liverpool, England, became the third winner of the Toro Young Student Green- keeper of the Year Award . The Toro awards are a nationwide contest hosted by BIGGA and sponsored by Toro, alongside its official U.K. distributor, Reesink Turfcare . A second-generation greenkeeper whose father was course manager at Gatley Golf Club, Ashelby impressed the judges with his knowledge and his passion for the profession. The presentation he delivered in front of the award judges showed his dedication to greenkeep- ing and his eagerness to do well in his chosen career. As part of his prize, he won a seven-week scholarship at the University of Massachusetts, as well as a trip to GCSAA's Golf Industry Show in San Diego next month and a trip to Toro's headquarters in Minneapolis. Patten also receives a two-week work placement at the exclusive Vidauban Golf Club in France, as well as a trip to the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition in Harrogate. Applications for the 31st Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year awards will open in February. Kioti Tractor , a division of Daedong-USA , broke ground on a $13 million expansion of its North American headquarters in Wendell, N.C. Estimated for completion later this year, the expansion will double the size of existing facilities. The additional 162,750 square feet of warehouse space will facilitate the company's planned employee growth of 15 percent in two years' time and provide warehouse and assembly space for its current and future product lines. The additional space will also support the company's goal of providing unmatched The Louisville, Ky., Metro Government was recognized as the 2018 Green Leader- ship City , a distinction awarded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). The award recognizes the city for its adoption of clean, propane-powered mowers, among other environmentally friendly programs, that support the city's highly regarded sustainability plan. Mayor Greg Fischer accepted a $5,000 donation from PERC at a celebration event at Sun Valley Park with city officials and parks and recreation depart- ment employees, who operate the propane mowers regu- larly. Last year, Louisville added 11 propane mowers to its Metro Fleet Division, with plans to continue transitioning to propane equipment as the city's 68 remaining gasoline mowers wear out. Compared to gasoline mowers, propane mowers reduce greenhouse gas and nitrous oxide and sulfur oxide emissions, contributing to a healthier local environment. According to the city, it will also cost approxi- mately 25 percent less to operate a propane mower over the life of the unit because of the lower cost of propane. The British and International Golf Green- keepers Association (BIGGA) announced that Trojan Battery, manufacturer of deep-cycle energy storage solutions for motive and stationary applications, introduced a new brand. The new look includes a modern logo, vibrant colors, revised product branding and a new tagline — "Charging Forward." The refreshed brand will be apparent in Trojan's marketing campaigns, collateral and a new website, which is slated for later this year. The classic maroon color of Trojan batteries remains the same. The new logo replaces a 13-year-old design. Prior to that, the Trojan Battery logo had undergone four rebrands in its nearly 100-year history. The new logo depicts a revamped version of the iconic Pegasus, which is now facing forward. "This is an exciting time in our industry and at Trojan. This bold rebranding is a platform for the launch of new technologies, while energizing our company and all Trojan stakeholders around the world as we go confidently into the future together," says Neil Thomas, president and chief executive officer for Trojan Battery. In November, Trojan was acquired by C&D Technologies. The deal combines battery manufacturers with complementary product portfolios to create one of the largest energy stor- age providers, with over $1 billion of revenue, eight manufacturing facilities and a presence in every major region. Trojan Battery's NEW BRAND Going green Louisville, Ky.

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