Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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138 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 (industry news) SiteOne Landscape Supply has hired John Gertz as vice president of category management for agronomics. His main responsibility is to lead SiteOne's agronomics product business and man- age supplier partnerships. Gertz has been working in the green industry since 1995, starting in sales and marketing roles with both basic discovery and post-patent chemical manufacturers, including Dow AgroSciences, SePRO and Sipcam Agro USA. In 2007, he transitioned to the distribution side of the business, working as director of micronutrients/ turf and ornamental for WinField/Land O'Lakes. Prior to joining SiteOne, Gertz served as the CEO of PrimeraTurf. Gertz holds bachelor's degrees in agronomy and crop science, and in genetics, and holds a master's degree in transgenic agronomy, all from the University of Georgia. On board at SITEONE The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and Israel Chemicals Limited (ICL) revealed the five recipients of the second annual ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship. The scholarship offers five BIGGA members the opportunity to attend the Continue to Learn education program at the BIGGA Turf Management Expo Jan. 21-24 in Harrogate, England. The scholarship includes three nights' hotel accommodation and a 15-hour education bundle. The selected BIGGA members are Daniel Ashelby , assistant greenkeeper at The Wilmslow Golf Club, Knutsford, U.K.; Michael Barnard , junior assistant greenkeeper at The Royal Automobile Club, Surrey, U.K.; Philip Billinghurst , assistant greenkeeper at Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire, England; Michael Hughes , deputy course manager at Scotscraig Golf Club, Tayport, Scotland; and Simon Pyett , greenkeeper at Hales- worth (U.K.) Golf Club. The PGA of America has extended the contract of CEO Pete Bevacqua through December 2024. Bevacqua has served as CEO since November 2012, and John Gertz his current contract was set to expire at the end of 2021. Bevacqua guides the decisions and overall strategy of one of the world's largest sports organizations, serving the association's nearly 29,000 PGA professionals. Under his leadership, the PGA designed and implemented a long-term strategic plan focused on the association's mission to serve the PGA member and grow the game. The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) has selected Ken Melrose as

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