Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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lecular detection of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa in commercial creeping bentgrass seed • Turfgrass Breeders Association poster: Joshua Friell, University of Minnesota; Evaluation of cool-season turfgrass species mixtures for roadsides • Industry oral presentation: Charles J Schmid, Rutgers University; Potassium source and rate effect on anthracnose severity of annual bluegrass • Industry poster: John Haguewood, University of Missouri; Plant-available water in hydrophobic soils affected by wetting agents. In addition to the graduate student awards for scientifc research, the Turfgrass Science division of CSSA also presented the Chris Stiegler Turfgrass Science Student Travel Award. Stiegler was an assistant professor of turfgrass ecology and physiology at Texas A&M University when he and his wife, Jenny, were killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 24, 2010. The travel award honors Stiegler's contributions to the Turfgrass Science division of CSAA by offering travel grants to help graduate students attend the annual CSSA meetings. In 2013, six award winners received grants of $1,000 each: Joshua Friell, University of Minnesota; Quincy Law, Purdue University; Michael Flessner, Auburn University; Phillip Vines, Mississippi State University; Paul Giordano, Michigan State University; and Charles J Schmid, Rutgers University. The Turfgrass Science division of CSSA will host a golf tournament to support the endowment for the Stiegler award fund when the CSSA meetings are held in Long Beach, Calif., later this year. One more honor for GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award winner Annika Sorenstam, GCSAA's 2014 Old Tom Morris Award recipient, is receiving the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf Award. The First Lady of Golf Award was launched in 1998 and has been presented biennially since 2011. It is given to a woman who has made signifcant contributions to the promotion of the game of golf. Barbara Nicklaus, wife of Jack Nicklaus, received the inaugural award. Sorenstam is being honored Jan. 22 at the PGA of America Awards. On Feb. 5, she is being honored at the Opening Session of the Golf Industry Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Barrow on the mend The First Tee Chief Executive Offcer Joe Louis Barrow Jr. continues to recover from a hemorrhagic stroke that he suffered Nov. 23. Steve Mona, chief executive offcer of the World Golf Foundation, told GCM that he spoke with Barrow in mid-December. Mona said that Barrow suffered no permanent damage to his speech, vision and extremities. High blood pressure was the main cause of the stroke, Mona said, and Barrow is taking medications to address the issue. 26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 "He's already back, engaged, working a couple of hours a day by phone and email. All in all, it's very good news," Mona said. "All of us are very pleased with that. He came through it." Mona said he expected Barrow to return to work full time sometime this month. Barrow is the son of legendary heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. A 'grass roots' initiative GCSAA and its philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), have signed on as Silver Partners for Grass Roots, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Turfgrass Federation at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C. The Grass Roots initiative is "committed to helping citizens, including national decision makers, understand new and emerging science underlying our nation's beautiful lawns, athletic felds and gardens," according to the National Arboretum. Groundbreaking for the exhibit took place in November, and Chase Rogan, GCSAA Mid-Atlantic feld staff representative, attended. What follows is a portion of Rogan's report from the event. You can read the report in its entirety at http://gcsaa-mid-atlantic.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-grassroots-initiative.html: As professionals in the turf industry, we search for ways to communicate to the public what it is that we do, how we steward our environment, and especially, how turfgrass benefts our society, economy and health. We all know these things, but how do we tell others? Well, one new communication vehicle is offcially on the road to support this ambition — the turfgrass exhibit at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Arboretum assistant director Kevin Morris outlined the fve components of the exhibit, scheduled for completion in the spring: • Outdoor interactive area • Web-based information • Workshops, symposiums, product demos • National greenscape corridor • Personal "Grass Roots" stories Frank Rossi, Ph.D., at Cornell University, presented an educational lecture detailing the history of America's love

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