Golf Course Management

OCT 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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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 to market. Superintendents from the Midwest were invited to participate in the daylong event with their local sales representatives. It was a learning opportunity, where both groups got to hear and see new technologies in action. "Turf Science Live was developed as an opportunity for superintendents to network and to build relationships throughout the day," says David Withers, president of Jacobsen. The event is advertised to superintendents as a hands-on opportunity to interact with leading special - ists in many aspects of turf management demonstrating techniques that can be used to improve conditions at the 411 411 The 411 411 golf course. Technology applied to the trade of greenkeeping sets out to improve conditions, often by reducing inputs and allowing superintendents greater control of the environ - ment under their care. As products advance, superinten- dents require more-specifc knowledge to use them to the fullest. Turf Science Live sets out to provide that knowl - edge. Attendees have the opportunity to learn to use new technologies from product developers and specialists in a hands-on setting. Long gone are the days of "factory settings," when a new product was set up and rarely adjusted by the con - sumer. Now, products are designed, and manufactured, to be adjusted, sometimes on the fy, as shown by Chris Fox and the team from Jacobsen. Fox explained the re - lationship between frequency of clip and mowing height and their combined impact on ball roll. During his demon - stration, he showed how superintendents are able to in- crease ball roll while raising the height of cut by increasing the frequency of clip. Turf managers know that raising the height of cut leads to greater photosynthetic surface area and ultimately a healthier stand of turf. In the turf industry, it has long been thought that su - perintendents on the purchasing side have little to learn from sales people. Turf Science Live is changing the way superintendents see manufacturers and their sales staff. Technology may set out to make things better, but applying that technology is not always simpler. Our industry is at a tipping point where end users must learn about products and processes from those who have the most knowledge about them. GCSAA Legacy Award recipients announced Nineteen $1,500 scholarships have been awarded as part of GCSAA's Legacy Awards administered through its philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf and funded by Syngenta. The recipients are, including GCSAA member rela - tive: Taylor Archibald, Michigan Technological University (Steve Archibald); AnnMarie Backstrom, College of Saint Benedict (Jeffery C. Backstrom); Courtney Doxtader, State University of New York-Canton (the late Gene Taylor); Lily Ellis, University of Buffalo (Howard C. Ellis, CGCS); Ryan Fackler, Azusa Pacifc University (Steve N. Fackler, CGCS); Kelsey Gabel, University of Illinois-Chicago (Charles C. Dipman); Caitlin Greninger, University of Wyoming (Mi - chael A. Greninger, CGCS); Amanda Gross, Northeastern University (Douglas C. George). Maggie Henderson, University of Tennessee (Wil - liam J. Henderson III); O'Chun Jones, Clemson University (Shaun Donahue); Molly Brown Langner, University of Al - abama-Birmingham (Mark Langner); Alyssa Merkel (Uni- versity of Nebraska-Lincoln (Steven A. Merkel, CGCS); Grant Wood Nair, Ohio State University (Scott W. Nair); Benjamin Naudet, University of Kansas (Paul Naudet);

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