Golf Course Management

AUG 2014

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08.14 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 83 Leo Feser award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2015 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previ - ous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters. within our greens-height nursery plot. In this area, summer is a tough time of year to try to grow bentgrass into bare spots. We knew after our third application we were close to having too much "destruction" on some fairway areas and our greens nursery, so we concluded our use of this herbicide for the season. With this in mind, we will adjust the rate in our second season using Xonerate for a slower, more gradual removal of Poa annua. Each course brings different circumstances. Other superintendents might decide, after evaluating their fairways and other areas, that they will need a fourth Xonerate treatment to knock out their Poa annua is - sues. I would suggest talking your situation over with your local product representative or Arysta LifeScience sales representative for guidance. Our next steps Overall, I am very pleased with the results on the fairways following our frst use of Xonerate at Centre Hills. As I fnish writing this article, we are well into spring. In this part of the country, we went through a very harsh winter with temperatures that were well below average — below 0 F on many days. My problems are not as severe as those of many of my col - leagues, but the extreme cold blasted one particular strain of Poa annua at Centre Hills. Although we still have four or fve other strains on the course, it appears that one, at least, will not survive. I consider myself lucky that we now have only a small percentage of two greens that are of concern. We realize we have a little too much Poa annua in the cleanup areas, which will need a slower approach to eradi - cate it. This summer we will undertake a similar "experiment" to counter any Poa problems we may face in 2014, scaling back to a lower rate of 0.5 ounce per acre to see if we can slow the Poa annua suppression rate. This will hopefully aid in not removing too much Poa annua at once in order to maintain our course with a manageable amount of disruption to the playing surface. Chip Fogleman is in his eighth year as the golf course and grounds director at Centre Hills Country Club in State College, Pa. He is a 12-year member of GCSAA.

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