Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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FIELD reports Northwest Southwest Central Plains Great Lakes South Central Southeast Florida Northeast Mid-Atlantic Editor's note: Field Reports highlights news, notes and information from the front lines of the golf course management industry. To submit items for Field Reports, send them to editor-in-chief Scott Hollister (shollister@ gcsaa.org). To learn more about GCSAA's efforts on the local and regional level through its affiliated chapters and field staff program, visit www.gcsaa.org/chapters/default.asp. Southeast The Carolinas GCSA has committed more than $83,000 to fund a three-year joint research project at Clemson and North Carolina State into mini-ring disease afflicting ultradwarf bermudagrass greens in the region. The funds were generated through Rounds 4 Research, the online auction of donated tee times first conceived at the local level by the chapter that is now a national program of GCSAA's Environmental Institute for Golf. With the funding, the Carolinas GCSA has now provided nearly $180,000 in funds for turfgrass research through Rounds 4 Research. "For our association to be in a position to help make this research project possible is a tremendous achievement," says Steve Hamilton, CGCS, from The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the current president of the Carolinas GCSA. "Every member of the association should be extremely proud that we have been able to make this, and the earlier projects, happen." Mini-ring was first reported at the end of the 1990s, but the frequency of its appearances has increased recently. A trio of well-known researchers —Bert McCarty, Ph.D., and Bruce Martin, Ph.D., from Clemson and Jim Kerns, Ph.D., from North Carolina State — 28 GCM June 2013 will lead the research. McCarty says mini-ring is "definitely a growing problem. With so many courses converting to the ultradwarf grasses, there is a real need for information that most superintendents are going to need at some point in time." The first of two national Rounds 4 Research auctions this year will take place June 6-16 (www.rounds4research.com). Northeast More than 100 members participated in the first annual Nor'easter Ski Day, presented by the Vermont GCSA. The event, which happened in late February at Killington Ski Resort in Killington, Vt., brought superintendents, industry representatives and their family members together for a day of camaraderie, powder skiing and competition on the slopes. In 1993, members of the Vermont GCSA and Northeastern GCSA began a friendly rivalry on the slopes. For this year's event, more than a foot of snow fell the day before the activities began. The event also served as a fundraiser for golf course superintendent Matt Dutremble of Ardsley Country Club, who was seriously injured after cleaning up storm damage from Hurricane Sandy. Companies that helped make the first annual event possible include Agrium Advanced Technologies, Arysta Life Science, Atlantic Golf & Turf, BASF, Bayer, Grassland Equipment, Fertl Soil, Harrell's, Jacobsen, MTE, N.E. Specialty Soils, Reliable Racing, Sipcam, Sportscapes, Syngenta, Toro, Valent and Yamaha. Mid-Atlantic The Maryland Turfgrass Council recently donated $50,000 to the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to establish the Turfgrass Pathology Endowed Fund. In addition, the council has pledged another $20,000 annually for the next five years, all toward the goal of expanding the fund to eventually support an endowed chair for turfgrass pathology in the school's department of plant science and landscape architecture. "This fund will not only help grow our turfgrass program at the University of Maryland, but will also eventually help recruit an industry expert to lead the program and help it prosper," says Peter Dernoeden, Ph.D., a University of Maryland Extension turfgrass management specialist and professor. "We're so thankful to the Maryland Turfgrass Council for laying this foundation."

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