Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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03.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 83 STRI Group has joined forces with Auburn Uni- versity to initiate research and development programs throughout the U.S. and the sports surface market. The agreement with Auburn focuses primarily on expanding the U.S. soccer industry as well as conducting surfaces research for other sports, including golf, football, baseball and equestrian sports. The collaboration aims to further enhance Auburn's existing turfgrass and sports turf re- search facility, helping it become a center of excellence for innovations and emerging technologies in sports turf. Au- burn will showcase cutting-edge techniques and technolo- gies in areas such as water management and reinforced turf systems. "Working with STRI is a great opportunity not only to grow our research program at Auburn, but also to greatly enhance the educational content, internship experiences and job opportunities for our students," says Scott McElroy, Ph.D., professor in Auburn's Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. John Deere has been named the official golf course turf equipment provider of the PGA of America . The wide-ranging, five-year agreement includes support of the PGA Championship, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Cham- pionship and the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. John Deere will offer equipment programs to PGA-owned facilities and championship sites over the term of the agreement. In addition, John Deere will provide discounts on home lawn maintenance equipment for PGA profes- sionals through John Deere Golf dealerships. "The PGA of America is excited about having John Deere, a wonderful friend to PGA professionals and the game of golf for many years, join as a partner to our association and our specta- tor and member championships," says PGA president Paul Levy. "John Deere aligns its own mission of service with that of the PGA, to embrace the fabric of our industry." John Deere, which is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year, will also be a supporting sponsor of the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship and the Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA. Additionally, John Deere will sup- port PGA Reach, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, and its initiatives. Bobby Weed Golf Design completed renova- tions at Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The 18-hole par-72 opened in 1998 and was designed by Weed with consultation from golf legends Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, for whom the layout was named. The course's bunkers were renovated to enhance playability and aesthetics while easing mainte- nance requirements. Tim Zech was hired by Willowood USA in the newly created position of turf and ornamental national sales manager. Zech was most recently president of United Turf Alliance. Before that, he was chief operating officer of Sostram Corp. and national sales and marketing manager of Sipcam Agro USA. Zech is based in Monticello, Ga. Bandit Industries has reached a settlement with the EPA regarding civil penalties for alleged violations of the Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM) under the Clean Air Act, according to a news release. The settlement follows Bandit's voluntary self- disclosure to the EPA. From 2012 to 2015, one of Bandit's suppliers provided the company with approximately 2,300 diesel engines that Bandit understood to be legally conforming engines. Discussions with the government have been ongoing since February 2015. In November 2016, the EPA and Bandit were able to reach an agree- ment to resolve the government's allegations. Bandit does Slammer & Squire not admit liability and denies any intentional or deliberate TPEM noncompliance. The settlement will not affect Bandit's ability to continue to operate or supply quality products and service to its customers, the company says. Bandit has not had any previous Clean Air violations, and has instituted measures to ensure all engines installed on its equipment comply with the Clean Air Act. Timac Agro USA , a manufacturer in plant and animal nutrition with expertise in crop nutrition, soil conditioning and fertilizer efficiency, is launching a turf and ornamental division. The new division, currently based in Florida, will serve golf courses and commercial and residential turf and ornamental customers across the southeastern U.S., and in other areas where these mar- kets are prevalent. Division business unit director Frank Reed hopes to expand the division further in 2017, stating, "With the dynamic sales team we are putting together, along with the 23 million acres of turf under cultivation, the anticipated growth expected in 2017-2018 is un- limited." With the launch of this new division comes new specialty products under the Seactyl brand that have been designed especially for golf course management and com- mercial and residential turf and ornamental production. Mirimichi Green has awarded Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla., its inaugural Mirimichi Green Sustainable Program Member Award. Broken Sound Club has worked to make every step of its agronomic program sustainable, according to Mirimichi Green. The Old Course at Broken Sound has been home to the PGA Champions Tour Allianz Championship since 2007. The original Broken Sound Club, now affectionately known as the "Old Course," was founded in 1978 and designed by Joe Lee. Gene Bates completed a redesign of the Old Course in January 2004, and then again in the summer of 2014. The 2014 redesign was undertaken to correct long-term problems, but it provided Broken Sound Club the oppor- tunity to reduce its environmental footprint and set goals focused on environmental responsibility. Golf course management company Integrity Golf Co. is celebrating the three-year anniversary of its Adopt-A-Charity program, which supports Central Florida nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in their fundraising efforts. "Our commitment to supporting worthy charitable initiatives is long-lasting and steadfast," says Gene Garrote, president and CEO of Integrity Golf Co., whose headquarters are just outside of Orlando, Fla. "We consider it a privilege to do our part to assist these worthy endeavors." Golf courses managed by Integrity Golf Co. are located in the heart of many communities throughout Central Florida. In support of each eligible local charity, the management company donates green fees and cart fees at a select facility for an annual fundraising tournament. In 2016, Integrity Golf Co. donated thousands of rounds of golf in support of its partner charities, and is committed to continuing to build partnerships with area organizations. This year, every Integrity-managed golf course in Central Florida will partner with nonprofit entities in this giving- back program.

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