Golf Course Management

OCT 2017

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10.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 81 specializes in advisory, technology and impact project investment services, and Environmental Resources Man- agement, a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk and social consulting services, to create the Climate Solutions Framework for Events, which is geared toward encouraging wider adoption of cost-effective strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the large-scale event industry. The methodology provides event owners with an approach to quantifying and mitigating the environmental impact of their events, as well as to adopting innovative, low-carbon technologies. As the official carbon partner of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Dow implemented the Framework with customers in Brazil and Latin America through a variety of projects that enabled businesses to enhance productivity and conserve energy by switching from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. Troon has been selected to manage the golf operations at Mauna Lani resort on Hawaii Island. The Francis H. I'i Brown North and South courses are the centerpieces of the 341-room oceanfront luxury resort. Troon was chosen to manage all aspects of the golf operations, including agronomy, retail and golf-related sales and marketing following the recent acquisition of the resort, golf courses, spa and fitness center by the group DiamondHead Land. The Mauna Lani North and South courses are stunning examples of what environmentally sensitive golf course architecture can achieve, with numerous archeological sites, trails, fish ponds and ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs preserved throughout both. The South Course is a Homer Flint, Raymond Cain and Robin Nelson design that opened in 1981. Built on the 16th-century Kaniku lava flow, the course snakes through stark, rugged a'a lava. The North Course, also a Flint, Cain and Nelson design, opened in 1988 and sits atop a lava bed much older than the Kaniku flow. With the addition of Mauna Lani, Troon now operates 135 golf holes in Hawaii, including Kapalua Golf in Lahaina, Maui; King Kamehameha Golf Club in Wailuku, Maui; Kahili Golf Course in Wailuku, Maui; and Princeville Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Kauai. Six graduate students were awarded prizes for oral presenta- tions of their research at the International Turfgrass Research Conference , held July 21-26 in New Brunswick, N.J. Three cash prizes — $500, $300 and $200 for first, second and third place, respectively — were given in two categories: disease/soils and physiol- ogy. Each winner also received a complimentary membership to the International Turfgrass Society for the next four-year cycle, which includes admission to the 2021 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winners in the disease/soils cat- egory were John Koehler, University of Missouri (first place); Clint Mattox, Oregon State University (second place); and Quincy Law, Purdue University (third place). Winners in the physiology category were Luqi Li, University of Nebraska (first place); Stephanie Rossi, Rutgers University (second place); and Isaac Mertz, Iowa State University (third place). Robyn Barebo is the first third-generation family member to join the team at family-owned-and-operated Otterbine Barebo , which manufactures aerators in the pond and lake management industry. Barebo is the digital marketing manager and public relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania-based company. Shannon Marion has been hired as a sales executive with Greenville Turf and Tractor . Marion earned an agronomy degree from the University of Georgia, and previously worked for Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply. He was also a golf course superintendent at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Meansville, Ga., and Raintree Golf Club in Zebulon, Ga. Making a difference on the homefront for the families of deployed service members and post-9/11 veterans who have service-connected disabilities is the mission of GreenCare for Troops. That goal has become a little more achievable thanks to support from Nufarm, which recently contributed $150,000 to Project EverGreen, the Ohio-based nonprofit that created and manages GreenCare for Troops. "Nufarm is keenly aware of the importance of community outreach and involvement. GreenCare for Troops embodies Nufarm's core values, and allows us to put them in action in real-life situations," says Sean Casey, Nufarm's vice president of turf and ornamental sales. "I can't think of a better way to extend the outreach and community involvement of Nufarm employees than to help volunteers provide complimentary lawn and landscape services to the families of deployed military personnel and post- 9/11 disabled veterans." The donation will be used to expand and enhance the national initiative, which has had more than 11,000 military families and disabled veterans register to receive services since its launch in 2006. In 2016, volunteers with GreenCare for Troops and its sister program, SnowCare for Troops, delivered lawn and landscape services valued at $1 million. Nufarm joins Toro as a primary financial supporter of the GreenCare for Troops program. Nufarm DONATION Mauna Lani

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