Golf Course Management

APR 2018

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04.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 93 Sustane Natural Fertilizer Inc. , a manufacturer-exporter of natural and organic slow- release nitrogen fertilizers, named new hires for its U.S., Asian, European, Latin American and Middle Eastern markets during its recent annual global sales meeting. The conference brought together executive management, research and development, customer support, and marketing and sales staff from around the world to the corporate headquarters in Cannon Falls, Minn. With the predicted doubling of the world's natural and organic fertilizer market by 2025, Sustane president and CEO Craig Holden sees an opportunity to grow the business. "Our global reputation and marketplace penetration afford us competitive advantages," Holden says. Henry Ng , based in Kuching, Malaysia, was named regional manager for Asia. Russell Riley , based in Dorset, U.K., is now regional manager for Europe and the Mideast. Joseph Charlton is Latin American regional specialist. Travis Vieths has been brought in to handle customer service and technical support for Midwestern customers in the U.S. Justin Iverson recently joined Sustane to support regulatory compliance and product services. New marketing director Michael Swan will bolster advertising and communication efforts. The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and The Toro Co. are launching a three-year partnership that will elevate Toro to the Platinum Partner level. Toro will be the exclusive sponsor of the new CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award and a continuing sponsor of the Gordon Witteveen Award. In addition, Toro will sponsor specialized learning workshops during the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference (CGCMC) and the CGSA Fall Field Day Welcome Reception. The company will also contribute to the CGSA Silent Auction. Toro and the CGSA have collaborated to launch the inaugural CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award, which recognizes assistant superintendents demonstrating excellence at their club. The award includes an all-access CGCMC registration and an invitation to The Toro Experience for Assistant Superintendents — an event hosted at Toro's world headquarters in Minneapolis — along with complimentary travel and accommodations for both educational opportunities. In honor of Witteveen, Toro provides an award to the superintendent or assistant superintendent whose article in GreenMaster magazine, the official publication of the CGSA, is judged best of the year by a panel of industry peers. Audubon International is the newest partner of the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV), a collaborative established to curb the decline of monarch butterflies. Audubon's programs strive to facilitate sustainable management of land, water, wildlife and other natural resources by educating property managers, program administrators and others about best management practices. The Monarchs in the Rough program works to establish monarch habitat on golf courses across the country and beyond. The staff estimates that 100,000 acres in the U.S. are available to create this habitat. "Golf courses and other lands that dot the landscape have incredible potential to not only create additional monarch and pollinator habitat, but draw attention ... to this important conservation issue," says Wendy Caldwell , MJV coordinator. "Audubon International is a welcomed partner in our endeavor to increase habitat for monarchs on all landscapes, including golf courses." The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Foundation expanded its Sticks for Kids program by pledging equipment and support to 75 new LPGA*USGA Girls Golf locations in 2018. Established in 1997, Sticks for Kids is a junior golf outreach program targeting underprivileged youth ages 5 to 18. The program has 170 sites reaching 20,000 children in 41 states and two international locations. Children are taught not only the fundamentals of the game but life skills such as etiquette, integrity, sportsmanship, safety, and respect for themselves and others. "The partnership between Sticks for Kids and LPGA*USGA Girls Golf will offer proper equipment and instruction from certified teachers (PGA or LPGA) that provides a consistent, safe and welcoming environment," says GCBAA Foundation president Tom Shapland . LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, which began in Phoenix in 1989, specializes in providing a "girl-friendly" environment for juniors to learn and play the game. The program has expanded to 420 sites across the U.S, with more than 80 added last year. Jose Milan has been appointed turf and ornamentals global market manager for Bayer Environmental Science , a business unit of Crop Science . Milan will focus on delivering Bayer brand experience for customers in the golf course management, lawn and landscape, and production ornamentals markets worldwide. Milan most recently served as head of business operations for the U.S. turf and ornamentals business. A founding member of the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), Milan is also deeply involved with Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), a national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry stakeholders involved with pesticides. Milan previously held key leadership roles with Syngenta and Novartis. He earned a bachelor's in dairy science and a master's in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University. Engage Agro USA officially became Belchim Crop Protection USA on Jan. 1. The buyout of Engage Agro USA provided a ready-made platform toward global expansion of Belchim Crop Protection's agrochemical and bio-based product portfolio and corporate brand. The new corporate headquarters is in Wilmington, Del. Tom Wood was appointed general manager for Belchim. Sustane

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