Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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76 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 (industry news) This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail , a collection of public courses distributed across Alabama. While some initially scoffed at the concept, David G. Bronner, Ph.D., CEO of Re- tirement Systems of Alabama, brought golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. out of retirement in the late 1980s to create the country's original golf trail. Since the RTJ Golf Trail opened in 1992 (Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham, pictured, is one of four sites that opened that year), golfers have played nearly 12 million rounds on its 26 courses at 11 sites throughout Alabama. The Trail recently renovated its original courses, retaining the key course designs by Jones. Owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the RTJ courses are consistent for quality and value while each offering a unique experience that partakes of its site's natural topography. Golf, turf and landscape technology company Cool Planet has hired Mike Ewert to bring the company's soil health solutions to Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Ewert's experience in turf management and irrigation includes courses such as Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colo., former home of The International, a PGA Tour event. He also led a multimillion- dollar course restoration project at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colo., host to the 2005 U.S. Women's Open. Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) appointed Casey Reynolds, Ph.D. , the associa- tion's executive director effective May 1. Reynolds came to TPI from Texas A&M University, where he was an assistant professor and turfgrass extension specialist, coordinating statewide turfgrass research and extension programs. He was creator and editor of the website, and developed much of its educational content. Before join- ing Texas A&M, he was a turfgrass research and extension associate for North Carolina State University from 2003 to Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail 2013. Asked what TPI members should know about him, Reynolds says, "I've heard so many great things about TPI. I'm excited to be working with them and eager to connect with them. I'm looking forward to supporting them on all fronts, especially in making sure their voice is heard on the issues TPI sees as most important to the turfgrass industry and beneficial to the membership." Anuvia Plant Nutrients received a 2017 Edison Award for its Organic MaTRX technol- ogy, which turns organic waste into highly efficient plant nutrients. Anuvia won the bronze award in the sustainability category. The Edison Awards, presented by the Edison Universe organization, honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. Global Turf Equipment (GTE), independent seller and exporter of pre-owned golf course equipment, has hired Garry Callahan as director of strategic accounts. Callahan, who was most recently a regional manager for Jacobsen, will focus on creating value for GTE custom- ers by strategizing best purchasing practices and aligning operational efficiencies. In the past year, GTE has expanded its domestic sales team and added distribution networks in Europe, Asia and Africa. Reynolds

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