Golf Course Management

JUL 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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07.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 81 equipment. Throughout its history, the course has hosted nearly every major tournament in the state, including the Kentucky Amateur and the Kentucky Open. Primera announced the addition of Kerry Avirett as director of member engagement and sup- plier relations. "This new role will add value to our al- ready successful cooperative by engaging members in developing Primera business plans to drive maximum participation in our specialty sourcing opportunities with our key suppliers," Primera CEO Todd Ferguson says. Avirett spent much of his career working in the turf and ornamental business in senior roles for Dow AgroSciences/Corteva, most recently as key account manager and technical product sales. In addition, he has experience in agricultural products, insect identification and turfgrass disease management. Avirett holds a Bachelor of Science in entomology from Texas A&M University, as well as a science degree from Schreiner College. He is a certified turfgrass manager. The Northeastern GCSA defeated the defending champions from Vermont in this year's Nor'easter Cup earlier this year at Killington (Vt.) Resort. Northeastern GCSA upset the Vermont team, which had won four in a row and 24 of the 26 races. In what is believed to be the oldest industry ski race in the country, dating to 1993, the Northeast- ern group also won the VT Cup over Vermont. Eleven associations fielded teams for the giant slalom race. The fastest male skier was Steve Aspinall, Northeastern GCSA; fastest female skier was Sally Vanderzee, Northeastern GCSA; and fastest male snowboarder was Steve McPartlin, Long Island GCSA. As in years past, this event also served as a fundraising opportunity to help support industry members in times of need. Over the past several years, proceeds from the Nor'easter Ski Day have helped with things from medical issues to times of natural disasters. There was a special thank you to Augie Young of Sipcam, who generously donated to the raffle. The Rhode Island Golf Course Superintendents Association awarded $20,000 in scholarships for 2019. Each student received a scholarship of $2,000. They are: Colleen Callahan, University of Virginia; Lily Chalifour, Eastern Connecticut State University; Emma Daly, University of Vermont; Sophia Felicetti, Johnson & Wales University; Ashley Marino, Roger Williams University; Kaitlin McLeod, Quinnipiac University; David G. Mihailides, University of Rhode Island; and Emily Tibbels, Plymouth State University. Emma Colombo, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), received the Ryan Reynolds Legacy Scholarship, and Ryan Restivo, University of Rhode Island, received the C. Richard Skogley Memorial Scholarship. Each year, the RIGCSA hosts a golf tournament, from which all pro- ceeds go into providing scholarships to deserving students and funding research at the University of Rhode Island. This year, the 37th annual Scholarship and Research Tournament will be held Oct. 1 at Fall River Country Club. Troon acquired Scottsdale, Ariz.-based OB Sports Management. OB Sports manages more than 70 golf courses and private clubs throughout the U.S. and internationally, from the Bahamas to Scotland. Founded in 1972 by Orrin Vincent, OB Sports has grown, delivering comprehensive and personalized services to golf courses, country clubs and resorts. The company was recently named a "Top 100 Business in Golf" by the National Golf Founda- tion. OB Sports will continue to operate under the OB Sports brand, with the same busi- ness relationship with its existing clients. The OB Sports corporate office in Scottsdale will continue to serve as its headquarters, with the current executive team continuing to support OB Sports' courses and clients. OB Sports joins Troon's portfolio of companies that includes Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé, CaddieMas- ter, Troon International, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Management and RealFood Consulting. Hunting Creek Country Club Avirett

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