Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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102 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 (Industry news) Swan RE-ELECTED Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Ariz., cele- brated its 50-year anniversary by announcing a renovation that was completed late last year. The frst desert-style layout built in the U.S., Desert Forest GC was constructed by legendary architect Red Lawrence in 1962. The renovation included selected tee box areas and all of its greens and greenside bunkers by Dave Zinkand . Bob Trogele, Ph.D., was named chief operat- ing offcer and executive vice president of AMVAC Chemical Corp. Trogele is focusing on growing the business across multiple product lines and geographies, achieving greater proftability and establishing a pipeline of future opportunities through innovation and strategic relationships. Over the past 28 years, Trogele has worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the agribusi- ness sectors of agrichemicals, biotechnology and plant nutrition, culminating with 10 years at FMC Corp., where he served most recently as president-Asia Pacifc across 20 countries. Howard Swan was unanimously re- elected chairman of the Golf Consultants Association (GCA). Swan, senior consultant at family-owned Swan Golf Designs, will lead for two more years. The association has doubled in size during the last three years. GCA says it believes its revamped website, launched in April 2014, has proven to be a success in making global golf business more aware of the breadth of the specialist services members can provide and in gaining many more inquiries for those services. GCSA of New England elected its 2015 Board of Directors. They are: Michael Luccini, CGCS , Franklin CC, president; David Johnson , Wianno Club, vice president; Jason VanBuskirk , Stowe Acres CC, treasurer; Jeff Urquhart , Milton Hoosic Club, secretary; Kris Armando , Sassamon Trace GC, trustee; David Stowe, CGCS , Newton Commonwealth GC, trustee; Peter Rappoccio, CGCS , Concord CC, trustee; Ed Downing , New England Specialty Soils, trustee; Donald D'Errico , Spring Valley CC, fnance chairman; John Ponti , Ne- hoiden GC, golf chairman; Brian Skinner, CGCS , Bellevue GC, education chairman; Greg Cormier, CGCS , Nashawtuc CC, newsletter chairman; and Mark Gagne , Walpole CC, past president. Sports Turf Managers Association hosted a record 200 exhibitors and 1,200 attendees from nine coun- tries at its 26th annual Conference & Exhibition in Denver. The four-day event earlier this year was highlighted by the "Seminar on Wheels Tour" at various professional, collegiate and youth sports felds in the area. Attendees visited turf exhibits and networked with environmental science leaders. SAFE, the association's charitable foundation, raised nearly $15,000 during the event. Former Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker Karl Mecklenburg delivered the keynote speech. Founders Awards were given to four members to com- memorate signifcant contributions to the profession: Dick Ericson Award (Tony Leonard, Philadelphia Eagles); George Toma Award (Mike Albino, Ballard Sports); William H. Daniel Award (Brian Scott, Mt. San Antonio College); and Harry C. Gill Award (Andrew McNitt, Ph.D., Penn State). Next year's event will be held Jan. 19-22 in San Diego. Desert Forest Golf Club Photo courtesy of Desert Forest GC/© Tony Roberts

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