Golf Course Management

SEP 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ www.gcsaa.org Ralph's wife, Joyce, is secretary. One charity that AFSN has targeted is the Frankie Lemmon School in Raleigh, N.C., a facility geared toward children with special needs where Cameron was once a student. The goal of the charity is to help families with children who may have developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism and other special needs. Climbing mountains is only one way to raise funds for charity, and AFSN will pursue other adventures, such as bike rides and hikes. Peters' goal for the upcoming climb, scheduled Sept. 15-20, is to raise $20,000. All donations go directly to the charity. Taxdeductible donations can be made at www.adventurers4special needs.com/donation.html. Ñ Howard Richman, GCM associate editor LebanonTurf breathes new life into Country Club line Brian Peters' experiences with his own son, Cameron, led him to create the charity Adventurers for Special Needs. He's scheduled to climb Mount Rainier in Washington this month in an effort to raise money for the charity. Photo courtesy of Brian Peters V v v There is a recommendation on the table that the short game practice facility under renovation at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., be named in honor of the late Stan George, CGCS. George, who was the superintendent at Prairie Dunes, died April 27 at age 57. He had been superintendent at Prairie Dunes for 30 years. 22 GCM September 2013 Youth movement: GCSAA member climbs for charity Brian Peters plans to scale monumental heights for a good cause. When that is done, his mission will be far from complete. No problem. That is how he likes it. Peters, a Class A superintendent for Traditional Golf Properties, has other interests. Helping youths who need it tops the list. Peters launched a non-proft charity called Adventurers for Special Needs (AFSN) to beneft children with special needs. This is personal for Peters, a 10-year member of the association. His 10-year-old son, Cameron, is a special needs youth who was born at 24 weeks and has endured multiple surgeries. In order to raise funds for the charity, Peters is seeking adventures that will make it happen. First, he has scheduled a climb this month of Mount Rainier. The climb begins at 5,600 feet, ascends to 10,200 feet, and then comes the summit at 14,411 feet. In all, the climb and descent cover 18 miles. "This will be my second climb there," Peters says, "but this one has a whole lot more meaning behind it. Our family feels thankful and blessed. It's time to give back." Peters, 41, completed the turfgrass program at North Carolina State, entering an industry that is so challenging that it makes the tasks even more enjoyable. Peters is involved at North Carolina courses Chapel Ridge, The Preserve and Falls Village Golf Club. "Whether it's helping your mechanic fx a piece of machinery or the growing side of it or the day-to-day struggles, I get to work with some real pros who are down-to-earth, rough-and-tumble type of people," Peters says. "I like the diversity. There is always a lot going on." Not enough, though, that it could prevent Peters from making a difference away from the golf course. He heeded the advice of his father, Ralph, who suggested the charity idea to his son. Now, the entire family is committed to the cause. Brian and Ralph are co-founders of the charity; Brian's wife, Jennifer, is treasurer; and A familiar fertilizer to golf course superintendents has gotten a major makeover. LebanonTurf launched Country Club MD in early August, touting the newly formulated version of a longtime industry staple as a signifcant step forward in golf course nutrition. The company says it provides not only long-lasting traditional nutrients for, primarily, golf course greens, but also a mix of biostimulants for an additional boost of stress protection. "This uniquely formulated fertilizer is going to make a big impact on the golf course industry and how superintendents manage their greens," said Dave Heegard, executive director of sales and marketing at Lebanon Seaboard, in a news release. "Country Club MD allows superintendents to beneft from both premium nutrients and healthy biostimulants in one granular greens-grade product." The original Country Club fertilizer products had been commonplace in golf course maintenance facilities over the years, but had gradually fallen out of favor in the face of competing products with improved slow-release technology and smaller particle sizes for today's denser turf canopies on greens. So Country Club MD addresses some of those competitive gaps with all three of the formulations (12-0-24, 18-0-18 and 220-16) it offers. It features its own slow-release technology, most notably with its Meth-Ex slow-release nitrogen, which is made up of four different types of nitrogen. It also features a blend of sea plant kelp meal and humic acids, biostimulants that LebanonTurf says contribute to improved stress tolerance in turf. The product also features a much smaller particle size than its predecessor, with a SGN (Size Guide Number) of 80, that disperses rapidly into a green's canopy after irrigation to virtually eliminate the possibility of granules being picked up by greens mowers, according to the company. The unveiling of Country Club MD brought along with it plenty of fanfare from the company. It had been teasing the product through a series of cryptic advertisements in industry publications, including GCM, the launch of a product-specifc website (www.countryclubmd.com) and a media event in Hershey, Pa., prior to the offcial announcement. Ñ Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief

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