Golf Course Management

OCT 2013

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Bandit Industries leads dealer meeting on educating the agricultural communities of the Midwest on the importance and benefts of cover crops. He joined the company in October 2012 after seven years with WinField Solutions. Wohltman has a bachelor's degree in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University. The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) has named two new Certifed Club Managers. They are David H. DiRenzo, CCM, Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Fla.; and Paul Kruzel, CCM, Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y. The CCM title indicates that a club management professional has completed a rigorous course of study and training and shows a dedication to, profciency and expertise in the club industry. GOLF briefs More than 250 dealer representatives from 19 countries attended the Bandit Industries 2013 Dealer Meeting in mid-August at Bandit headquarters near Mount Pleasant, Mich. The meeting usually is scheduled every three years, but the 2013 meeting was organized after only two years due to Bandit's exponential growth and considerable product development. The dealer's network now spans more than 160 dealers worldwide, with 25 joining the last two years. Michigan Sen. Judy Emmons was among those in attendance to recognize Bandit, which was celebrating its 30th anniversary in business. PEOPLE news Paula Wilson is the frst woman to chair the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Wilson, director of marketing at AmeriGas Propane in Valley Forge, Pa., presided over her frst meeting in July. Four other newly elected offcers also began one-year terms. They are: Eric Benson, J.S. West & Co. (Modesto, Calif.) vice chairman marketers; Michael E. Barnes, BP Energy Co. (Houston), vice chairman producers; Robert Barry, Bergquist Inc. (Toledo, Ohio), treasurer; and Thomas Van Buren, Ferrell North America (Overland Park, Kan.), secretary. 100 GCM October 2013 Robin Slatter joined FMC Professional Solutions as director of product development. Slatter oversees the development of new products for the U.S. non-crop markets, which include both professional and consumer segments of the pest, turf management and nursery/greenhouse industries. Slatter has 35 years of experience in product development, technical service, sales, marketing and strategy. Slatter, a native of England, previously was managing director of the Environmental Science Division at Valent BioSciences. Scott Wohltman joined LaCrosse Forage & Turf Seed in the newly created position of cover crop lead. Wohltman focuses Chris Hilmes is the newest staff member at Redexim Turf Products. Hilmes has more than 15 years of experience in the turf business. Previously, he worked for Erb Turf Equipment. Before that, he managed production crews and satellite branches for local and national landscape management companies. Brett Henson is the new sales and marketing specialist at KALO Inc. Henson focuses on growing KALO's sales and distribution in the professional turf maintenance sector. He is responsible for supporting existing sales in KALO's professional products division while recruiting new distributors and investigating new product opportunities. Henson earned his bachelor of science degree in horticulture/turfgrass science at Iowa State University and most recently worked in sales and customer support for Ryan Lawn & Tree in Kansas City. Previously, he also was an assistant superintendent at Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wis.; Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.; and Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) executive director T. Kirk Hunter submitted his resignation to the TPI Board of Trustees on July 26 immediately following the 2013 TPI Summer Convention in Chicago. In the interim, TPI public relations manager Jim Novak was asked to serve temporarily as point person for the staff, board and members. The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs, Colo., achieved designation as a Certifed Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Assistant superintendent Mark Beitel, a 12-year member of GCSAA, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation and was recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International. The Club at Flying Horse is the 38th golf course in Colorado and the 1,014th in the world to receive the honor. C.W. Golf Architecture has been completing work on a new 18hole course at The Esplanade of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, Fla. C.W. Golf Architecture also designed The Esplanade Golf & Country Club in Naples, Fla., which is under construction. Lakewood Ranch is located on a former timber ranch. The course is scheduled to open this fall. Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design announced the reopening of Columbia Country Club in Columbia, Mo. Ten holes were rebuilt or rerouted and the remaining eight holes and the practice facility were renovated. Also, 2,000 feet of Army Corps of Engineers jurisdictional stream were restored on two holes, adding to the environmental benefts of the club. Oakmont Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif., selected KemperSports to manage its semi-private,

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