Golf Course Management

JUL 2014

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07.14 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 97 Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC in Maricopa, Ariz., has begun a signifcant renovation aimed at improving the course's playability for leisure players while maintaining the challenges and shot values enjoyed by experienced golfers. The renovation is scheduled for completion in September. Original course architects from Schmidt-Curley Design and Fred Couples are leading the project, which includes a complete bunker renovation. In all, 83,000 square-feet of bunkers are being removed. The Tom Weiskopf -designed Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson Hole, Wyo., offcially reopened for play in late May. The course had been closed for fve years. Weiskopf was invited back to oversee the $5 million course renovation that included resurfacing every green with bentgrass and restoring all the bunkers. The practice facilities were enlarged to include a newly contoured putting and chipping green. Eric Bauer was named director of agronomy for Bluejacket National , a private club currently under development in Montgomery, Texas. Bauer previously served as director of grounds at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas. Bluejacket National was created by Tiger Woods and Tiger Woods Design. The facility will include an 18-hole championship golf course as well as a one-of-a-kind Short Course and comprehensive practice facilities. Bauer earned a turf management degree from Michigan State University. He started his career at Shoal Creek GC in Birmingham, Ala., and more recently served as superintendent for The Challenge at Manele, Lanai, Hawaii, and Spring Creek Ranch in Memphis, Tenn., before joining The Club at Carlton Woods. Harrell's is expanding with a plan to open warehouses in Houston and Dallas in the second quarter of this year. The company also announced it is expanding in the Midwest by adding a sales representative — Jim Dillard — dedicated to Columbus, Ohio, and two service technicians — Keith Krause and Jason Market SPECIALIST Alea Miehls was named market specialist for the turf and ornamental segment of FMC Corp. She provides sales and technical support in the western states including California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, working closely with distribution and key professionals in lawn care, golf and nursery and ornamental markets. Miehls replaced Corbett Schnatmeyer, who moved from the West Coast to cover the Northeast market after Allan Dufoe was named to the newly created position of turf and ornamental key account manager and nursery and greenhouse market lead. Miehls is a recent graduate of the University of California, Riverside. She holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a master's in plant biology. Funderburg — in Chicago. Other additions in the Houston project are sales manager Travis Klosterboer and territory managers Stephen Dolen and Clint Neely . In Dallas, Bradley Snodgrass and James Jensen are new territory managers. Applications for the 2014 Syngenta Business Institute (SBI) are due Aug. 19. The sixth annual SBI is scheduled Dec. 8-11 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Syngenta partners with Wake Forest University School of Business to provide superintendents with heightened business and managerial skills. Twenty-fve superintendents will be selected. For information on how to apply, go to The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) had multiple announcements. Lee Schmidt was elected president this spring. Schmidt is principal in Schmidt-Curley Golf Design with Brian Curley. The frm has offces in the U.S. and China. Schmidt worked on numerous projects with Pete Dye, including Kingsmill Country Club in Williamsburg, Va. During 12 years with Landmark Land Co., Schmidt headed the design and construction division on such prominent jobs as PGA West and La Quinta (Calif.) Hotel & Resort and Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Three regular members achieved Fellow status: Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D., a past president; Cary Bickler; and Keith Evans . Also, two elected associate members were added: Gary Brawley and Troy MG Vincent . Their elections bring the total of ASGCA members who practice worldwide to nearly 180. E-Z-Go acquired TUG Technologies Corp. , a manufacturer of ground support equipment in the aviation industry. Based in Kennesaw, Ga., TUG equipment services airlines, air freight companies, ground handlers, government agencies and airports. Its product line includes cargo tractors, belt loaders, tow tractors and pushback vehicles. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC The Andersons hired Tony Atchison as territory manager serving Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and Tennessee. Previously, Atchison worked for Arysta in the same geography. He can be reached at 469-815-5214. Bob Finnegan joined Signature Control Systems Inc. as senior business development director. Finnegan is responsible for increasing market share within strategically positioned accounts in Signature's global market space. Finnegan, a 15-year member of the irrigation industry, is based in Stuart, Fla. Chris Dyer was promoted to regional sales director, East Region, for E-Z-Go . Dyer joined the company in 2006 as a feet sales representative and prior to his promotion covered the Dixie Section territory of Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Dyer's new coverage area spans New York to North Carolina. Chuck Greif was promoted to managing director of the Asia Pacifc Division for Jacobsen . Greif previously served as director of sales for the company's Eastern Region Division in the U.S. He relocated to Singapore. Greif has more than three decades of experience in global sales management. He began in the turfgrass industry in 1998 as national sales manager for John Deere Golf. 096-099_July14_IndustryNews.indd 97 6/17/14 2:34 PM

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