Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 Toro's Ryder Cup role When Gleneagles played host to last month's Ryder Cup in Scotland, The Toro Co. had a key presence. Gleneagles extended their partnership with Toro as the exclusive provider of turf maintenance equipment. That includes Toro's Greensmaster Flex 21s for the greens, Greensmaster 1600s for the tees, Reelmaster 5410s for the fairways and Reelmaster 3100s for the intermediate and surrounds. Jack Nicklaus was a consultant for Gleneagles as it embarked on renovations pre-Ryder Cup. No. 18 was completely rebuilt, a large lake was installed along No. 9, and bunkers were rebuilt. The renovations featured about 50,000 tons of earth being shifted. The course's irriga - tion system added the Toro DT Series sprinklers. And, to ensure the fairways were frm and dry for the Ryder Cup, Gleneagles superintendent Steve Chappell and his team applied more than 10,000 tons of sand to the fairways. That gave the course a 50-millimeter sand profle on top of what already was there. Garske grants awarded GCSAA awarded its 2014 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to fve students: Grant Wood Nair, Parker Esoda, Jacob Schaller, Abigail Gullicks and Colby Tarsitano. The Garske Grant was established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske. It is funded by Par Aide, a golf course accessory company, and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf. The program as - sists children and stepchildren of GCSAA members to fund their educations at an accredited college or trade school with one-time, one-year grants awarded to fve recipients without renewal. Grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay. Nair, who will attend Ohio State University, earned $2,500. His father is Scott W. Nair, superintendent at Kukio Golf Club in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Esoda will attend the University of South Carolina. She earned $2,000. Her father, Mark Esoda, CGCS, is at Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, Ga. Schaller earned $1,500 and will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His father, Scott H. Schaller, CGCS, is at North Shore Golf Club in Chilton, Wis. Gullicks earned $1,000 and will attend the University of St. Thomas. Her father is Class A superintendent Wil - liam Gullicks of Bellwood Oaks Golf Course in Hastings, Minn. Tarsitano, who will attend New York University, earned $500. His father, Gerald A. Tarsitano II, CGCS, is at The Hideaway Golf Club in Indio, Calif. Student essay contest winners announced Three college students were winners in the 2014 GCSAA Student Essay Contest. Jesse J. Benelli, James W. Hempfing and Derek Pruyne were honored. Hempfing, a frst-year Ph.D. stu - dent at Rutgers University, received the top award of $2,000 for his essay "Lines drawn in the sand: The evolu - tion of topdressing practices." The second-place award went to Benelli, a frst-year Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee. Benelli, awarded $1,500, wrote a paper titled "Strobilurin fungi - cides: Historical perspectives and implications on plant health." Pruyne, in his second year of pursuing a master's degree at Penn State University, claimed third place and $1,000 for his essay, "Assessing and optimizing soil pH of creeping bentgrass putting greens." Judges from GCSAA's essay task group selected the winners. The student essay contest scholarships are funded by the Environmental Institute for Golf through the Robert Trent Jones Endowment. Deadline looms for Bayer program October 10 is the deadline for superintendents to apply for Bayer's second annual Healthy Turf, Healthy To - morrow Plant Health Scholarship. Two superintendents will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue their education in the area of plant health as part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow pro - gram developed by Bayer in collaboration with the Environ- Gleneagles, which hosted last month's Ryder Cup, was assisted in its preparations by equipment from The Toro Co. Photo courtesy of Toro Letter to the editor Dear Editor: I, and no doubt many other GCM readers, was surprised and disappointed to see that GCM has ev - idently begun publishing blatantly advertorial pieces. Specifcally, the fve-page article in the August GCM ("Save the sand," Page 72) was obviously written by the manufacturer of the featured product with abso - lutely no mention of any competing/alternative prod- uct solutions. The tone of this article is incredibly biased, in my opinion, and a disservice to your readers, as well as competitors in the same market niche — compet - itors who have been providing quality, long-lasting bunker-liner solutions for nearly two decades. Did this specifc piece meet GCM 's own editorial standards and guidelines regarding preferential endorsements of commercial products? A sincere attempt to "balance the ledger" here might include GCM publishing a comprehensive fol - low-up article on bunker lining systems. This new ar- ticle can include detailed info, pros and cons, and tes- timonials on all other interested liner companies. This follow-up effort would allow your readers to know the full story on bunker-liner options before making their own fully informed decisions. That would truly be more consistent with the overall purpose of GCSAA and GCM, would it not? Bob McCormick President Klingstone Inc. by Sunburst Management Group Inc., its Agent Editor's note: GCM regularly publishes stories pro - vided by or sourced from companies who do business in the golf course management industry, but these stories must meet very strict editorial standards and guidelines prior to publication. Regrettably, the story in question did not meet those standards and guide - lines. Because of this error in judgment, GCM staff are re-examining policies regarding industry-supplied editorial content and will publish a product spotlight story on bunker-liner options for superintendents in the November issue of the magazine. Tyler Powell, University of North Carolina (Brian Powell, CGCS); Jake Schaller, University of Wisconsin (Scott H. Schaller); Colby Tarsitano, New York University (Gerald A. Tarsitano II, CGCS); Kurt Van Auken, Western Technical College (David Van Van Auken); and Kara C. Wojick, Uni - versity of Connecticut (Gregory J. Wojick).

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