Golf Course Management

APR 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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Matt Ceplo, CGCS, golf course superintendent at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill, N.Y., was named to Audubon International's board of directors. He succeeds Dan Dinelli, CGCS, who continues to serve Audubon International in an advisory capacity. Ceplo received GCSAA's 2013 President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. "I look forward to helping spread the organization's message and promoting its programs," Ceplo says. "On both a personal and professional level, I can honestly say that I have gained so much from Audubon International that I will never be able to fully repay the organization." Texas Tech University received $19.3 million from Bayer Crop- Science to beneft research programs and projects in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The contribution was submitted for an equal amount of state matching funds from the Texas Research Incentive Program, in- creasing the total impact to $38.6 million, and will be the largest cash investment for research in the history of Texas Tech. Funds will support signifcant research de- velopments in the department of plant and soil science, including an endowed chair in the department, a fellowship endowment for graduate students and new research facilities and space in the department. Koch Agronomic Services LLC named Edmund Carmody as director of sales in turf and ornamentals and Shelly Coleman-Martins as the new marketing communications manager. Carmody, who earned a degree in turfgrass management from Michigan State University and a business degree from Walsh College, has been in the specialty fertilizer market since the 1990s. He has served as a techni- cal sales representative for The Scotts Co., Pursell Technologies and Great Salt Lake Minerals. Coleman-Martins previously was director of global creative services with the Coleman Co. Echo and Kubota announced a U.S. dealer alliance aimed at growing their combined sales within the commercial turf and consumer lawn and garden markets. As part of the alliance, Echo and Shindaiwa become preferred brands of handheld outdoor power equipment within the Kubota dealer network. The alliance also names Echo Bear Cat as a preferred brand of chippers, shredders, log splitters and wheeled trimmers within the Kubota dealer network. A series of joint sales and marketing programs will be rolled out this year, at which time Kubota dealers can begin expanding their customer product offerings to include Echo, Shindaiwa and Echo Bear Cat products. Galcon , a manufacturer of irrigation controllers for agriculture, landscaping and residential systems, acquired Cyber Rain , an innovator and manufacturer of weather-based smart irrigation systems for residential and commercial landscaping applications for the U.S. market. Cyber Rain becomes part of Galcon USA. "We're very excited to add Cyber Rain to the Gal- con organization and lineup of products. With the complete line of EPA WaterSense certifed smart irrigation systems, Galcon now has a superior line of products to support the residential, commercial and agricultural irrigation markets in North America and around the world," says Sagi Rubin, CEO of Galcon. Rusty Workman was hired by Golf Ventures of Lakeland, Fla., as the irrigation territory manager in the central and Gulf coast markets for the counties of Osceola, Polk, Hillsborough, Manatee, Hard- ee, Sarasota, Desoto, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Monroe. Workman has more than 18 years of experience in the residential and commercial irrigation industry, including more than six years with Rain Bird. Sports Turf Managers As- sociation (STMA) announced its 2014 board of directors, including David Pinsonneault , certifed sports feld manager and certifed parks and recreation professional, as its newly elected president. Others are: Allen Johnson , Green Bay Packers, president-elect; James Michael Goatley Jr., Ph.D. , Virginia Tech, immediate past president; James Graff , Graff's Turf Farms, vice president, commercial; Jeff Salmond , University of Oklahoma, secretary/treasurer; Tim Van Loo , Iowa State University, higher education director; Sarah Mar- tin , city of Phoenix, parks and recreation director; Jeffrey Fowler , Penn State Cooperative Extension, academic direc- tor; and Bradley Jakubowski , Doane College, elected-at-large director. Directors fulflling second-year terms: Phil McQuade , Kroenke Sports Enterprise, professional facilities; and Andrew Gossel , Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, schools-K12. Members appointed to the board: Mike Tarantino , Poway, Calif., Unifed School District, director-at-large; and Doug Schattinger , Pioneer Manufacturing, commercial director. STMA announced its Founders Award recipients. They are: Rich Watson , Pine Hills, N.J., School District, Dick Ericson Founders Award; Matt Tobin , Pioneer Athletics, George Toma Golden Rake; Dr. Brad Fresenberg , Concentrate on the job at hand, not costly downtime. RYAN. A trusted name for generations. After all, it's about getting the work done. Uncomplicated. LA28 ® WALK-BEHIND AERATOR Highly maneuverable. Pulls up to 12 holes per square foot. Clean, vertical coring restores playability quickly. MATAWAY® VERTICAL SLICER/ DETHATCHER/OVERSEEDER Do it all in one, time-saving pass. JR. 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