Golf Course Management

APR 2013

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

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INDUSTRYnews Happenings and people you should know about The Toro Co. announced its frst quarter net income increased 58 percent, buoyed by a strong demand for landscaping and irrigation equipment. Toro earned $31.4 million, or 53 cents per share, for the frst quarter that ended Feb. 1. That compares with $19.9 million for the frst quarter in 2012. A key to the increase was sales of professional equipment, including large turf equipment and micro-irrigation systems. Revenues rose 5 percent to $444.7 million from $423.8 million. Jacobsen said it increased global sales of its full line of turf equipment by 12.7 percent in 2012. Also, 63 percent of Jacobsen's North American sales territories saw year-over-year sales growth. In the United Kingdom, Jacobsen posted a record growth of 25 percent. In China, the company nearly doubled sales in 2012. The Sports Turf Managers Association's (STMA) 2012 High School Sports Field of the Year Award went to Oregon High School in Oregon, Wis., led by Oregon School District groundskeeper Ron Novinska. The STMA is a nationwide association of sports turf managers who oversee everything from high school sports felds to professional sports complexes; turf researchers, suppliers and other industry professionals are also members. "I was really excited about it," says Novinska, who has quite a story himself. "I didn't think I'd ever win it." Novinska, 47, did various jobs following high school, including road construction, before he found his niche. Oregon High School hired him as a weekend custodian, which ultimately led to his promotion in 2003 to groundskeeper. Novinska had some experience, such as topdressing greens on his uncle Tino Novinska's golf course called Hickory Grove in Fennimore, Wis. Ron Novinska took action, learning all he could about the profession, which included earning a turf management certifcate from the University of Georgia. He also took turfgrass management classes that were conducted in collaboration through the universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Obviously, he learned quickly. In 2004, Novinska was honored by the Wisconsin Sports Turfgrass Managers Association with the top award for best high school football feld. "It takes hard work, and I have had great support from the district administration and especially the coaches," Novinska says. "These things don't happen overnight. When you see the kids love the felds, it shows the hard work pays off." Underhill International acquired Grund Guide, a frm that designs and manufactures yardage markers for golf courses. Grund Guide, based in San 110 GCM April 2013 Rafael, Calif., supplies golf courses with sprinkler-top yardage markers and other golf course guides. Company president John Grund is remaining active during the transition working as a consultant to Underhill. The new division also will produce fairway, tee and range markers, along with cart path markers. Audubon International relocated to its new headquarters Feb. 18 at Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy, N.Y. The new offce allows Audubon International to continue enhancing its program offerings through an expanded workforce and also enables the organization to operate out of an energy-effcient building in a more central location. Previously, Audubon International was headquartered at the nature preserve known as Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary in Selkirk, N.Y. Arkansas Valley Seed Inc. launched a newly redesigned website at The site has been completely revamped to make accessing information easier and to improve the overall user experience. The design also allows visitors to fnd product information and dealer locations more effciently, the company says. The new website includes a news section and provides visitors with the ability to request additional information or ask questions directly through the website. Arkansas Valley Seed Inc. is a major supplier of seed products throughout the Rocky Mountain region and the western U.S. The Oregon Seed Association held its 42nd annual mid-winter meeting in February. The one-day event, which includes committee meetings, association business, seminars and updates from state agencies, drew more than 130 participants. Over $3,000 in scholarships was awarded during the meetings. Pursell Farms launched FarmLinks TV, a new interactive Web channel as part of the Experience at FarmLinks, the resort's one-of-a-

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