Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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The Toro Co. received an honor Nov. 6 in the 14th annual Tekne Awards. The event was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Toro received the award in the agricultural technology category at the Tekne Awards, which recognizes companies, innovations and people for technological breakthroughs that improve the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world. Toro was an award fnalist for its PrecisionSense site assessment system. Used by golf courses and sports felds, this state-of-the-art solution utilizes innovative mobile soil sensing and data-collection technology to measure the variability of key site attributes — soil moisture, salinity, compaction and plant performance — to help improve water and resource effciency and produce healthy, more uniform turf. The 2013 John Deere Classic helped to raise $6.32 million for 464 local and regional Quad Cities charities, tournament offcials say. A combination of increased tournament revenues and a John Deere Foundation matching grant of $250,000 to the Birdies for Charity Bonus Fund allowed the tournament to provide each participating charity a 10 percent bonus on the pledges collected — double the promised 5 percent. It means that a charity that raised $10,000 via the Birdies pledge program receives an additional 10 percent, or $1,000, for a total of $11,000. Aquatrols Corp. of America announced its membership in the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). Established in 1983, the ASTA is an industry advocate for the development of marketing and movement of quality seed and associated products and services throughout the world. Aquatrols, a provider of soil surfactant and other technologies used to optimize soil-water-plant interactions, is commercializing its ASET line of novel seed enhancement coatings and is currently in talks with potential partners for worldwide distribution of the technology. Trojan Battery Co. named Start Trading Ltd. as a master distributor for Bulgaria. Start Trading Ltd. is responsible for distributing and servicing Trojan products throughout the country. Start Trading Ltd. offers Trojan's complete line of deep-cycle fooded, AGM and gel batteries. Approximately 4,000 participants attended the Irrigation Association's 2013 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 4-8 in Austin, Texas. There were 315 exhibiting companies at the show, featuring the industry's latest technologies. The inaugural International Agricultural Irrigation Summit attracted speakers from Brazil and Chile. Keynote speakers were Nolan Ryan and Chuck Morgan. The planning is already under way for the 2014 show, set for Nov. 17-21 in Phoenix. Lowell Catlett, Ph.D., Regents professor in agricultural economics and agricultural business and Extension economics at New Mexico State University, will be the featured keynote speaker. In support of the Irrigation Foundation's E3 Program, The Toro Co. presented the foundation with a check for $20,000 on Nov. 7. The Irrigation E3 Program focuses on three E's (exposure, experience and education) as the primary means for creating interest in irrigation career opportunities. Students and educators selected for the program experience the three E's with an all-expenses-paid trip to the Irrigation Show. Eagle One Golf acquired Western Golf, a manufacturer and distributor of golf course equipment and golf course accessories. Eagle One Golf is based in Anaheim, Calif. The current Western Golf factory and distribution center in Palm Springs, Calif., is continuing operations there for the short term, but eventually it is expected to be folded into the existing Eagle One Golf infrastructure. Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) selected Buffalo Communications as its public relations agency. STMA formed in 1981 and has 34 chapters and more than 2,600 members overseeing sports felds at schools, colleges and universities; parks and recreation facilities; and professional stadiums. Turf landscapes include natural, artifcial and constructed soils in baseball, football, horse racing, lacrosse, polo, rugby, soccer, softball and tennis. David Wells is the new golf business manager for the North American turf and ornamentals business for Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP. Wells focuses on golf segment-specifc portfolio management and integrated campaigns. He also serves as a liaison between Bayer and key golf industry associations. Wells holds a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Massey University in New Zealand and was a superintendent for more than fve years in San Diego, Hawaii and Australia, and an assistant superintendent in Tucson and New Zealand. He also worked for more than 14 years as a senior agronomist and turf industry consultant

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