Golf Course Management

AUG 2013

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ment, measure and document their site's groundwater-friendly practices. Anyone who manages or maintains a green space can apply for the Green Site designation. The application process begins with a confdential, free groundwater site survey. Interested managers also must complete an application form, which the Groundwater Foundation scores, awarding points based on each site's current practices related to chemical use, water use, pollution prevention and water quality. Sites that earn a minimum of 70 percent of the total applicable points receive the Green Site designation. For information, go to www.groundwater. org and www.rainbird.com. Dow AgroSciences offers online training for lawn care operators who want to brush up on Dow AgroSciences' turf and ornamental products and services. The three-part, interactive course provides key insights on pre-emergence and post-emergence herbicides and applications, as well as insecticides and fungicides. Each course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and includes educational training followed by a 20-question quiz. For information, go to www.dowprovesittraining.com. Billy Casper Golf (BCG) launched Buffalo Turf & Landscape Co. (Buffalo TLC) to provide a new approach to maintenance-only programs. Buffalo TLC is designed, the company says, to deliver "turnkey agronomic management of golf properties by utilizing a powerful and scalable operating platform. It includes talented course superintendents, purchasing economies of scale, development of tailored action plans and budgets, overall business prudency and impeccable course and property conditions." The new division of BCG promotes a fee-for-service structure that allows property owners unfettered visibility into actual maintenance activities and costs. The 2013 Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) membership directory was shipped to members. In addition, members can now view much of the same information via the association's newly launched mobile Web application. The application can be accessed by visiting m.gcbaa.org from any mobile device and is free to use. The application updates automatically whenever it is accessed. The mobile Web application allows users the opportunity to view up-to-date member information for other GCBAA resources including company data, company projects and awards, member advertisements, upcoming events and online event registration. Trojan Battery announced a partnership with Charlesbank Capital Partners, which enables Trojan Battery to take advantage of diverse opportunities to continue to grow Trojan's business and increase its market share worldwide. Trojan Battery, which pioneered deep-cycle battery technology, was founded by the Godber family in 1925, and the family will continue to maintain a signifcant ownership position. The transaction was funded with both equity and debt. GE Antares Capital provided the debt portion of the fnancing. "With this excellent foundation, we believe the business is well developed to grow in existing markets as well as in newer markets such as renewable energy, transportation and back-up power," says Ryan Carroll, director, Charlesbank. The National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) is using alternative fueled lawn mowers through a donation from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Each of the six propane-fueled Exmark Lazer Z S-Series lawn mowers will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the Mall by 50 percent per mower. The combined deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and mowers added NAMA to the list of national parks advancing the Green Parks Plan, a National Park Service initiative to reduce dependence on foreign oil, mitigate the effects of climate change and conserve energy. Echo Outdoor Power Equipment and its agency Cramer-Krasselt received a gold Effe Award for Echo's 2012 national advertising campaign at the 45th annual Effe Awards Gala in May in New York City. Echo won in the Household Supplies and Services category. Aquatrols entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). The sponsorship started in June, with the agreement extending for 12 months. Away With Geese joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1 percent of annual sales to support non-proft organizations focused on sustainability. Members of 1% for the Planet contribute 1 percent of annual sales directly to any of the approved non-proft environmental organizations in the network. Non-profts are approved based on referrals, track record and sustainability focus. More than 3,000 non-profts worldwide are currently approved. A website focused on Spanish golf industry operators Hunter Industries launched the second level of the Hunter Product Specialist Program called the Specialist Level. The curriculum of this level focuses on a specifc product and provides a deeper understanding of how the features work as well as how to properly install and confgure the product. The Specialist Level offers several designations. Currently, the designation available is the I-Core and Dual Specialist. Participants should have completed the Technician Level requirements before enrolling in the I-Core and Dual Specialist designation. Once the 10 required courses are completed, users must submit the completion notifcation form. August 2013 GCM 87

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