Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

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90 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.19 (industry news) business to the southeastern U.S. Simplot Partners will operate new locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. The new locations will offer a complete line of plant nutrients, plant protection, specialty products and maintenance options for nursery, turf and specialty agricultural professionals. Jeff Higgins, manager of busi- ness development for Simplot's southeast locations, says that plans for the new locations are being finalized, with hiring and operations ramping up to full service starting this summer. Simplot Partners offers a complete line of products for a wide range of customers, including golf courses, landscapers, nursery operators, municipalities and athletic-field managers. The company's turf was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Bernhard and Co. announced that Stuart Hall joined the team as customer care manager. Previously, Hall was with Reesink Turfcare UK Ltd., a Toro distributor, where he was service manager for East Anglia. Before that, he was service manager for P. Tuckwell, a John Deere dealership. New Zealand Sports Turf Institute announced its partnership with the Asian Golf Industry Federation to deliver the inaugural Certificate in Greenkeeping program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The initiative is backed by the R&A. "This is a positive development for the golf industry in Asia, and we are excited at being involved with this initiative," says Steve Isaac, director of sustainability for the R&A. The 12-month program focuses on core knowledge and skills required to operate safely and efficiently as a greenkeeper in a way that protects the turf, prevents damage to the reputation of the course and improves productivity. For more information, contact training@nzsti.org.nz. Troon was selected to manage Saddle Creek Golf Resort , located just east of Stockton, Calif., The Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey held its annual event late last year to collect toys for children and donate food for local food banks. One of those who participated was Mark Kuhns, CGCS, (he's in the Santa cap). Kuhns, past president of GCSAA, also is a former president of the GCSANJ. Chris Petersen , president of Tom Irwin Inc. , is the recipient of the 2019 Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England's Distinguished Service Award. Petersen and Tom Irwin Inc. have been major supporters of superintendents, including numerous fund - raisers, such as for turf research. Tom Irwin Inc. has been title sponsor of the University of Massachusetts Alumni Turf Group's Dr. Joseph Troll Classic golf tournament since its inception. The company also has been the top sponsor of the association's scholarship and benevolence tourna- ment for 25 years. J.R. Simplot Co. , a diversified, global food and agriculture company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is expanding its turf, horticulture and specialty plant nutrition Panama City Golf Carts, an authorized Yamaha golf dealer, was the direct facilitator of donations, such as clothing, for the Salvage Christmas event for those in need late last year in the Panama City, Fla., area that was devastated by Hurricane Michael. The Panama City Golf Carts team also distributed Yamaha's donation to organizations like Panama City Rescue Mission and the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, both of which are working to help with hurricane relief. Yamaha donated $50,000 worth of funds and clothing for distribution to Mike Jones' (also known as Salvage Santa) Salvage Christmas event, as well as to other families experiencing the aftermath of the hurricane. "Devastating isn't even the word for this," says Michelle Meissen of Panama City Golf Carts. "So many need help right now, especially the most vulnerable — low-income families (school children, teens and infants). The clothes and funds from Yamaha will support families working to get back on their feet." Hurricane DONATIONS GCSA of New Jersey

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