Golf Course Management

DEC 2012

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front NINE see more @ www.gcsaa.org Kansas State University was named a fellow of the society, and Leah Brilman, Ph.D., of Pickseed and Seed Research of Oregon received the Fred V. Grau Tufgrass Science Award. For newcomers to turfgrass research, the Turfgrass Sci- V v v Aquatrols Corp. con- tinues its support of the EIFG with a $10,000 donation to the Robert A. Moore Endowment Fund to support golf course research. Moore, who founded Aquatrols in 1955, was a GCSAA member for more than 50 years and had ar- ticles published in GCM beginning in 1957. Moore's daughters, Tracy Jarman and Demie Moore, and his son, Andy Moore, made the donation in honor of their father. ence (or C-5) Division, one of the most active divisions of CSSA, sponsors a graduate student competition as part of its annual meetings. This year 91 papers were presented in five oral com- petitions and four poster competitions. For the first time, GCSAA sponsored prizes for an oral presentation and a poster. Other awards were sponsored by the C-5 Division, the Turfgrass Breeders Association and the C-5 industry group. Each winner received $300. Twenty-seven volunteers from the Turfgrass Sci- ence Division judged the student entries. The winning entries, grouped by the name of the awarding agency are: GCSAA Oral presentation. Rodney Tocco, Michigan State University: Sustainable water conservation through evapotranspiration re- plenishment regimes, with wetting agents and cultural practices Poster. Kathleen Dodson, University of Guelph: An investiga- tion into cultural approaches for weed control in pesticide-free home lawns Industry Oral presentation. Michael L. Flessner, Auburn University: Determination of methiozolin absorption and translocation using herbicide bioassays and radio-labeled methodology Poster. Quincy Law, Purdue University: Efficacy of current organic postemergent weed control options in lawns Turfgrass Breeders Association Oral presentation. Jennifer A. Kimball, North Carolina State University: Patterns of genetic variation suggest introgression between Zoysia species Poster. Nicholas Menchyk, Clemson University: Nickel toxicity and nitrogen metabolism of two warm-season turfgrass species Crop Science Division Oral presentation. Lisa Beirn, Rutgers University: New tools in the pathologist's tool box: diagnostic assays for the identifi- cation of Rhizoctonia and Rhizoctonia-like diseases of turfgrass Oral presentation. Patrick W. Burgess, Rutgers Univer- sity: Growth and physiological responses of creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) to elevated carbon dioxide concentrations Poster. Cole Thompson, Kansas State University: Mitigation of summer stress of roughstalk bluegrass with strobilurin fungicides — Teresa Carson, GCM, senior science editor Stiegler Award fund doubles The Turfgrass Science Division (C-5) of the Crop Science Society of America held a charity golf tournament on Oct. 21 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati, where Ted White, a 23- year member of GCSAA, is the superintendent. In all, the tournament cleared approximately $24,000, which C-5 Chair Brian Horgan, Ph.D., (left), and Kevin Frank, Ph.D., participated in a golf tournament to raise funds for the Chris Stiegler Graduate Student Travel Award. Photo by Dave Gardner 26 GCM December 2012 doubled the endowment for the Chris Stiegler Turfgrass Science Graduate Student Travel Award. The purpose of the $500 award is to defray the expense of travel to the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America. The event received extensive support from the turfgrass industry. Supporting organizations include Advanced Microbial It's raining sharks How is this for bizarre? Apparently a bird plucked a 2-pound leopard shark from the ocean but dropped it, in of all places, a golf course. Read more about the odd occurrence at San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capist- rano, Calif., in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. www.seattlepi. com/news/article/Shark-falls-from-sky-onto-Calif-golf- course-3982257.php The vote is in GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent Gabe Ne- alon was elected to serve on the Kentucky Turfgrass board of directors. The Bowling Green Daily News reports on what that means for Nealon, who is a 14-year member of GCSAA. www.bgdailynews.com/features/money/city-employee- joins-ky-turfgrass-council/article_08dee20c-2373-11e2- a478-001a4bcf887a.html Greenbelt Law reversed for Tennessee clubs Two golf courses in Tennessee lost tax benefits re- served for open spaces. Learn more about what happened at Cherokee Country Club and Holston Hills Country Club in the Knoxville News, and what it means for them moving for- ward. www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/oct/15/two-knox- golf-courses-removed-from-greenbelt/ Tourney time So what is it like to be superintendent at a course that is host to a PGA Tour event? GCSAA Class A superintendent Tom DeGrandi, a 22-year association member, had a few thoughts for Golf.com. He has some interesting insight on being part of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship at the Cromwell, Conn., course. www.golf.com/tour-and-news/ tpc-river-highlands-superintendent-tom-degrandi-55-has- seen-heard-and-squeegeed-it-all Systems, Agrium Advanced Technologies, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Professional Products, FMC Profes- sional Solutions, Lebanon Turf, Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Nufarm, Ocean Organics, PBI/Gordon, Pennington Seed, Pure Seed, Simplot Partners, Spectrum Technologies, Syngenta, The Andersons, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., University of Arkansas Turf Program and the USGA Green Section. Recipients of this year's award are Jay McCurdy, a Ph.D. stu- dent at Auburn University, and Jon Trappe, a Ph.D. candidate from Purdue University. McCurdy has a master of science degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and was formerly the superintendent at Hong Kong Golf Club. Trappe earned a master of science degree from the University of Arkansas. — Teresa Carson, GCM, senior science editor 9

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