Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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brand. They aren't a big company, but they look for every way they can to work with you." Golf Industry Show partners The Toro Co. GCSAA Golf Championships John Deere Golf Closing Celebration GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Registration badges and lanyards Jacobsen International Resource Center Syngenta Celebrating Certifcation! International Resource Center Opening Night Celebration Opening Session Floratine Test Drive Technology Center Civitas Hydration Stations Quali-Pro Registration and GCSAA Education Conference pens The Andersons Attendee registration bags Nufarm GIS trends Coffee sleeves Dynamic Turf To say that James Hill likes to build things would be considered a whopper of an understatement. As a teenager in shop class, Hill made his mother a coffee table. His father? Well, he received a gun rack that his son created. In time, Hill built his frst house, being modest when he notes that it was "only 1,300 square feet." Not too long ago, his grandson Jake probably slept like a baby in that rocking crib Hill constructed. For superintendents, Hill thinks he has devised a product that they will fnd is solid to the core. Hill designed the F1 Core Collector for Dynamic Turf of Scottsdale, Ariz., an upstart business that makes its debut at the 2014 Golf Industry Show. In simple terms, the F1 Core Collector proposes to remove aeration cores in a matter of minutes without disrupting play on the course, while saving manpower from the exhaustive and tedious task of raking and shoveling cores that has posed agronomic havoc for decades. "I was looking for an easier way for the guys to speed up the job," says Hill, who is 62 and served his country as an aviation mechanic after he was selected in the draft lottery in 1971. "This was a no-brainer for me." Here's how it works: The F1 Core Collector attaches to a bunker rake, collects the cores, places them in its hopper and deposits them on the collar for removal. Hill got the patent for the 170-pound tool that fts on some John Deere, Toro and Smithco models Oct. 9. That's a tad more than two years after Hill, a former golf course assistant superintendent, completed building it. Perry Greene, CGCS, at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Ill., and 28-year GCSAA member, purchased it based on a YouTube video. "I wish I was the one who would have invented it," Greene says. 'I'm not sure why somebody didn't come up with this sooner." The question is, though, could Greene have built it as quickly as the mechanically inclined Hill? "It took about a day and a half to put this together," Hill says. Ajinomoto This company is a household food brand in Japan. Its heartbeat, though, pulsates in the heartland of America. At the Ajinomoto plant in Eddyville, Iowa, 15 million bushels of corn comes through the facility, which is the largest MSG (monosodium glutamate) plant in the country. According to Ajinomoto sales and marketing manager Terry Griffth, 25-ton semi trucks loaded with corn roll through the plant every 30 seconds, one of the frst steps in their patented corn fermentation process. Bayer Registration kiosks 94 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 Aerifcation, one of the most talked-about topics in golf course management, will be the focus for this year's Turfgrass Talk Show, which kicks off the GCSAA Education Conference from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, in Orlando. Hosted by Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., and David M. Kopec, Ph.D., the event will feature interviews and discussions with university experts and golf course superintendents alike on the pros and cons of this crucial mechanical practice. For more information, visit www2.gcsaa.org/conference/education/Sessions/ turfgrass-talk-show-2014.aspx.

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