Golf Course Management

APR 2013

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front NINE 9 Merewitz honored with Musser Award V v Emily Merewitz, Ph.D., was selected to receive the 2013 Musser Award for Excellence by the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation. Merewitz is an assistant professor in molecular turfgrass biology at Michigan State University. She received her bachelor's degree in plant science and plant biotechnology from Rutgers University. She earned her Ph.D. at Rutgers under the tutelage of Bingru Huang, Ph.D., in molecular turfgrass physiology. The Musser Award is given to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate who, in the fnal phase of his or her graduate studies, demonstrates overall excellence throughout a doctoral program in turfgrass research. "I am very grateful to be considered and to have received such a prestigious award," Merewitz says. "It is quite an honor and it will motivate me even more to excel in the turfgrass industry. The industry has been extremely supportive of my research, and this award is something that means a lot to me." The criteria for selecting award recipients include graduate work, academic record, dissertation, publications, leadership and extracurricular activities. To date, awards have been granted to doctoral students from universities including Arizona, Auburn, Cornell, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State, Rutgers, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Positive news from Grass selection for Rio Olympic course revealed Emily Merewitz, Ph.D. v 2012: There was a 5.7 percent increase in rounds of golf played, according to figures released by the National Golf Foundation (NGF). The resulting increase of 26 million rounds takes the national total to approximately 490 million. Since rounds declined about 11 percent, or 55 million in the past 10 years, 2012 alone recovers half of that dip. The NGF also reported that U.S. golf course openings totaled 13.5 (defined as 18-hole equivalents) in 2012 compared to 154.5 course closures. It marked the seventh straight year that more golf courses closed than opened in the U.S. 24 GCM April 2013 The word is out. Make that two words. Zeon zoysia. As frst reported by GCM, the fairways, roughs and tees on the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro will be a fne-textured variety of zoysiagrass called Zeon. Frank Rossi, Ph.D., of Cornell University, confrmed the grass choice during the 2013 Golf Industry Show in February in San Diego. Rossi is a consulting agronomist involved in selecting turf varieties for the frst golf course to be built as the venue for golf's return as an Olympic sport in the 2016 Olympic Games. "Everything approaching the greens, 88 percent of the grassed area, will be Zeon zoysia," says Rossi, who added that the selection of grass for the greens had been delayed because the salinity and quality of the water to be used for irrigation remained unknown. "The decision on the greens and green surrounds hinges on the quality of the water," Rossi says. "If the water is good, the greens will be an ultradwarf bermudagrass. The surrounds will be another type of bermudagrass. If the water is not good, the greens and surrounds will be some type of paspalum because the bermudagrass may not hold up to poor water quality." The water quality will not be a factor for the zoysiagrass, however. "Zoysiagrasses have highly functional salt glands on their leaves, which allow the plant to remove salt from the soil and transport it through the stems to the leaves. Salt crystals develop see more @ on the leaf surface where it can be removed with simple mowing," according to Milt Engelke, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, who has studied zoysiagrass for 32 years. The course is being designed by Gil Hanse of Hanse Golf Course design in Malvern, Pa. — Stacie Zinn Roberts, GCM contributor GCSAA weighs in on MSMA with EPA In a meeting in Washington, D.C., with the EPA to review registration of the herbicide MSMA, GCSAA members Mark Esoda, CGCS at Atlanta Country Club, and Greg Pheneger, CGCS at John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla., as well as Chava McKeel, GCSAA associate director of government relations, helped represent the interest of the golf course management industry and the role MSMA plays in integrated weed management programs on golf courses. MSMA, an important turf management tool for the U.S. golf industry, is used especially in the southeastern U.S. as a spottreatment control for goosegrass, dallisgrass and tropical signalgrass to provide high-quality golf course playing surfaces. In August 2006, the EPA issued a decision to make MSMA ineligible for re-registration on golf courses. MSMA use is currently banned in Florida, and a ban in other states was set to go into effect at the end of 2012. In October, however, MSMA applications labeled for use on golf courses (except Florida) were extended for at least three or four more years until a new National Academy of Sciences review on inorganic arsenic is completed. And the winner is … There is a new dog of the year from the pooches featured in the 2013 Lebanon Turf Dog Days of Golf calendar. Maple, a silken wind hound featured in November, was selected as the dog of the year during voting that took place during the 2013 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Maple is owned by Tim Muys, the superintendent at Piper's Heath Golf Club in Hornby, Ontario, Canada, and a 16-year GCSAA member. Thanks to Maple's popularity with voters, Lebanon Turf will donate $3,000 to Muys' local GCSAA chapter and $500 to Muys' local Humane Society, and Muys and Maples will receive $500 of their own.

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