Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

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10.14 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 103 from the University of Northern Iowa, also has been territory manager with Van Diest Supply Co. Leo Pellant, a GCSAA Class A superintendent and a 35-year member of the association, was honored for his 35 years of service at Topeka Coun- try Club in Topeka, Kan. In celebra- tion of the milestone, the country club presented Leo and his wife, Keven, with an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy. After graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in landscape horticulture with an emphasis in turfgrass science, Pellant's career began Aug. 12, 1979, as an assistant superintendent at Topeka CC. In 1997, he was promoted to superintendent. "One of my favorite things in the job has been working with the dif- ferent kids who've come through," Pellant says. "I have worked with two generations of families and have seen many go on to become doctors, lawyers and very suc- cessful in their endeavors." Call it their version of "Field of Dreams." Georgia golf industry members built a baseball feld for boys and young men in the state's foster care system. A year ago, industry members transformed a potholed pasture into a manicured sports feld. The Georgia GCSA spearheaded the baseball project at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska. The association coordinated donations of labor, equipment and supplies necessary to complete the project in 72 hours. "The people who came together to make this baseball feld a reality have angel wings on their backs," says Goshen Valley founder John Blend. The baseball feld was sodded with bermu- dagrass and is equipped with automated irrigation. Among those who assisted in making it happen were (pictured) Jason Tharp, assistant superintendent at East Lake Golf Club and a two-year GCSAA member, and Scott Griffth, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at University of Georgia Golf Course and an 11-year member of the association. Grassing of the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began in August. The course, which will host play for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, planted Zeon zoysiagrass. Marcelo Matte, owner of Green Grass Brazil, grew the grass on his Brazilian sod farms for planting directly onto the Olympic course. Matte says he began growing the grass in January 2013 in order to have enough grass inventory available to quickly plant the golf course when construction progress allowed. Green Grass Brazil has produced 35-40 hectares (85-100 acres) of grass for the 18-hole course. Matte employed 20 staffers to install the grass on the golf course, along with expert help from David Doguet, an American turf breeder from Bladerunner Farms in Poteet, Texas, which developed Zeon zoysiagrass for use on golf courses. Rich Kalik joined the market research frm Specialty Products Con- sultants LLC . Kalik comes with more than 20 years of experience in the specialty (non-crop) market segments. Kevin Rome is the newest addition to the staff at Redexim Turf Prod- ucts . Rome, who is based in Piper, Kan., previously was territory manager for Textron Turf & Specialty Products. Joseph J. White is the new president and COO of OnCore Golf , MOVING UP Tyler Patton and Elyssa Trejo joined the turf and ornamentals sales team at Dow AgroSciences. Patton, who started at Dow as a sales trainee, is assisting customers in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree from Penn State. He replaces Lucinda Smetana, who accepted a role in Indianapolis supporting the company's North America regional commercial and global business units. Trejo, who started with Dow as a sales trainee, graduated from Oregon State. She is assisting customers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and western Wyoming. Trejo replaces Greg Webster, who relocated to Indianapolis as a training manager. manufacturer of the USGA-approved hol- low-metal-core golf ball (M.A.-1.0). White has more than 30 years of experience in the golf industry. Previously, he served as president of the Gary Player Group, senior executive director of Dunlop Tire and Rub- ber Corp. Sports Co., Yamaha International Corp. and the Portman Companies. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announced the launch of a new logo and brand identity for propane: "Propane Clean American Energy." The logo, anchored SNAG (Starting New At Golf) introduced youths to the game in Florida at the Mayor's SNAG Youth Golf Challenge in Miami. SNAG and the Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Department joined forces to run the event.

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