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04.14 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 109 Tri-State Pump & Control (TSP) was picked as Jacobsen's Dealer of the Year. TSP, a South Carolina-based dealer, has more than 30 years in the industry. The honor is based on a dealer's sales growth, market penetration and market share. Indi- vidual dealer salesperson awards went to George Corgan of Steven Willand (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and West Vir- ginia); Paul Turner of G.C. Duke (Canada); Layton Scott of Ladd's (Tennessee, Louisi- ana, Arkansas and Mississippi); and Lenny Ma- rino of Baker Vehicle Systems (Ohio). Ladd's was recognized for 50 years as a Jacobsen dealer and Horst Distributing (Wisconsin, Michigan) was recognized for 65 years as a Jacobsen dealer. Krigger & Co. (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia) picked up the Dealer Service award. MTE Turf Equipment (New York and Massachusetts) won the Dealer Marketing award. Asia-Pacifc dealers recognized were PowerTurf (New Zealand), who received Asia-Pacifc Dealer of the Year; NBK Trading Corp. (Guam) was honored with the Dealer Service award; and Mikuni (Japan) got the Sales Conquest award. Golf Maintenance Solutions (GMS) reached an agreement to perform contract mainte- nance for River Bend Golf Club , a nine-hole public course in the Chicago area. Dean Wochaski, CGCS, is co-founder of GMS with Bill Nauroth. Champion SPONSOR John Deere announced a sponsorship of PGA Tour major champion Zach Johnson. Johnson, 2007 Masters champion, began using the trademark Deere logo on his bag in February in the World Golf Championship event in Marana, Ariz. "We admire Zach Johnson as a competitor and for the overall values he exemplifes in his life," says James Field, president of Deere's World- wide Agriculture and Turf Division. "We believe Zach represents the core values for which the John Deere brand is known. He has unquestioned integrity, has displayed great commitment to his profession, family and community, and is one of the highest-quality players in the game today." Johnson won the John Deere Classic in 2012 and twice was runner-up. 54 Sports, a sports and events management frm, announced a partnership with Wonder U Golf Management Consultants Ltd., one of China's top golf and travel organizations. Ken Hutto and Brian Mount were named technical service managers for FMC Professional Solutions (FPS). Previously, Hutto and Mount served as product development leads. In their newly created posi- tions, they are working closely with sales, marketing and key customers to technically support FPS products and will provide feld support for innovation projects and new product introductions. Hutto earned master's and doctor- ate degrees in weed science specializing in turfgrass weed management from Mississippi State University. Mount received a master of science degree in entomology from the University of Nebraska. Jacob Niewohner is a new territory sales rep- resentative for AgSource Laboratories. Niewohner completed his degree in agronomy from the Univer- sity of Nebraska-Lincoln in December. Niewohner previously worked as a district sales representative intern with Syngenta Crop Protection and as a crop scout intern with Robinson Meadowbrook/AgVisors. Jacobsen 108-111_April14_IndustryNews.indd 109 3/18/14 2:57 PM