Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 The national campaign is supported by a $50,000 do- nation from The Toro Co., while Golf Channel, Golf Advisor and GolfNow provided promotional support. More than 60 golf course management companies donated more than 350 rounds to the auction, including Billy Casper Golf, ClubCorp, Marriott Golf, the PGA Tour TPC Network and Troon Golf. Rounds 4 Research has raised more than $1,095,000 since launching in 2012. Bayer taps MacMurdo for turf and ornamental post Will MacMurdo has been named the head of the U.S. turf and ornamentals business for Environmental Science, a business unit of the Crop Science division of Bayer. Mac - The Murdo will lead strategic planning and commercial oper- ations, advancing the goal of providing industry-leading solutions and trusted agronomic advice to fuel success for customers in the golf course management, lawn and land - scape, and production ornamentals markets. "Having led many parts of our Environmental Science business around the world, Will brings a perfect combina - tion of deep knowledge of the green industry, a thorough understanding of the customers we serve, and the sea - soned people and business management skills to lead our team in exceeding expectations," says Mark Schneid, head of Environmental Science North America. MacMurdo was most recently director of Environmen - tal Science Canada. With Bayer, he has also held leader- ship roles with Environmental Science in Australia, France and Canada. Before Bayer, MacMurdo held key leadership roles with Aventis and Rhône-Poulenc Canada Inc. Garske Collegiate Grants recipients named GCSAA has awarded its 2018 Joseph S. Garske Col- legiate Grants to Payton Dorsch, Matthew Perconti, Lind- sey Adams, Maggie Cincotta, Tamlyn Higaki, Isabel Kregel, Brooke Kubel, Walter Morris and Sadie Richau. Established in honor of Par Aide Products Co. founder Joseph S. Garske, the Garske grant program is funded by the golf course accessory company and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. For 15 years, the program has helped children and stepchildren of GCSAA members fund their education at an accredited college or trade school with one-time, one-year grants. The nine grants awarded totaled of $12,000. Grants are based on community ser- vice, leadership, academic performance and an essay. "GCSAA's commitment to our members extends to the prosperity of their children as well," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "Through the generosity of longtime sup - porter Par Aide, we can help the children of our members further their own professional dreams through the Garske grants. We wish these students the best of luck as they pursue their educational endeavors." Dorsch plans to attend the University of Delaware (major undeclared) and has earned a $2,500 scholar - ship. Her father, Robert G. Dorsch III, CGCS, is the super- intendent at Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury, Conn. Perconti, a Wentworth Institute of Technology student majoring in computer science, earned a $2,500 schol - arship. His father, David P. Perconti, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor, Maine. Adams, a Massasoit Community College student majoring in graphic design and photography, earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Jason S. Adams, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, Mass. Cincotta, a Baylor University student majoring in nurs - ing, earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Sean B. Cincotta, CGCS, is the superintendent at Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Hills, Calif. Higaki, a Pacific University NGF Golf's participation base is holding steady. An estimated 23.8 million people played golf on a course in 2017 — the same as the prior year, according to the National Golf Foundation's new Golf Industry Report. The report includes NGF's latest research, including golf participation, engagement, rounds played, course supply and development, retail supply, equipment sales and the game's reach. To more accurately reflect the evolution of golf's customer base, NGF takes an expanded definition of participation beyond traditional on-course golf at facilities such as Topgolf, indoor simulators and driving ranges. 8.3 million people played at off-course facilities — a year-over-year increase of 7 percent — putting the game's overall participant pool at about 32 million. Despite the emerging popularity of new forms of golf, the report suggests the most-committed golfers — who account for around 95% of spending and rounds played — held steady at roughly 20 million last year. Those golfers represent about 82% of those who play. U.S. golfers played 456 million rounds of traditional golf in 2017, down almost 3 percent compared with a year earlier. The average price to play 18 holes at a public golf facility was about $34 , and the 2017 tally of 2,497 municipal facilities marks an all-time high for the industry. Golf Industry Report

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