Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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02.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 93 model to provide elite football pitches and associated equipment for stadiums and training facilities. It also hopes to bring cutting-edge products, services and expertise to the Chinese football industry. Current developments include the construction of a multi-pitch training center in Kunming and a stadium and coaching facility in Wuhan, Hubei Prov- ince. Projects in Shanghai, Beijing and Nanning are also about to start. In addition, the business is working closely with the CFA to improve playing surfaces for the Chinese national football team. Led by the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association (FEGGA), greenkeepers throughout Europe have united in a pledge for responsible and sustainable golf course management. FEGGA's 24 European national greenkeeping organizations have agreed to promote and endorse a clear, detailed and ambitious strategic vision that embraces golf's potential to produce multiple benefits for people and nature. "This is the first time that the daily practitioners of golf's grassroots movement agree on a strategy for such an important aspect of our industry's future," says FEGGA chairman Olafur Thor Agustsson. Two years of active brainstorming and collaboration, both within and outside the organization, has produced a road map that outlines a three-dimensional sustainability strategy for the industry. The first dimen- sion focuses on achieving positive results in resource consumption, biodiversity, waste, pollution and extent of managed turf. The second dimension concentrates on research and education, and the third priority is directed at improving transparency and developing community outreach. FEGGA's strategy encourages the use of tried and tested monitoring and reporting tools, including the GEO's OnCourse framework. "Golf course management is coming under increasing pressure across Europe," says GEO director Jonathan Smith. "Pesticide and water regulation is starting to bite in many countries, costs of resources and materials are increasing, and golfers' expectations continue to rise. This timely statement, backed by so many of the industry's course management representatives, expresses an important commitment and plan that will help the sport address these significant challenges, now and in the future. We were very pleased to play a part in its development." The document specifies how progress will be monitored in terms of performance, knowledge, outreach and reporting, spreading the word by way of its roadshows and publica- tions along with the annual FEGGA European Conference, which will take place in Lisbon this month. In its 75th-anniversary year of 2016, Harrell's an- nounced the formation of the Harrell's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Harrell's ESOP). As of Sept. 30, 2016, Har- rell's ESOP has been vested as the sole owner of Harrell's. The Harrell and Schermerhorn families, previous Harrell's owners, are confident that the Harrell's ESOP will be the catalyst for sustained growth and heightened employee morale while also providing the foundation for the future of the company. Through the Harrell's ESOP, employees will have a greater connection to the value creation of the com- pany to better provide for their future. The decision to form the Harrell's ESOP was made, in large part, based on the company's belief that its employees are its greatest asset. Turf Max , manufacturer of Turf Screen and other prod- ucts for turf protection and enhancement, headquartered Ross Buffa, an outside sales manager with SiteOne Landscape Supply in Grosse Pointe, Mich., received the Sup- plier Partner Award from the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) during its annual awards ceremony Dec. 8, 2016. The award is given annually in recognition of the supplier's exemplary service and support of the green industry. "Ross was nominated by the association's members for his dedication, professionalism, loyalty and support of the industry," says Diane Banks, executive director of the Michigan Green Industry Association. "Ross' com- mitment to his customers' success is second to none, which is evidenced by the trust and confidence they have in him." Buffa says, "I'm very honored to be recognized by the association. Organizations such as MGIA are vital to the success of the green industry at the state level. I'm proud to have been a part of MGIA for 28 years, and look forward to continued engagement with the local green industry community." Michigan ACCOLADES STRI Group in Erdenheim, Pa., has hired Frank Heery to its team. In his new role as national agronomic sales representa- tive, Heery will be responsible for sales growth and will work directly with the company's distribution network sales team as well as end users. Heery joins Turf Max with more than 20 years of experience in agronomy and golf course maintenance. John Blanke is the new head golf professional and general manager at The Meadows of Sixmile Creek in Waunakee, Wis. Blanke was formerly director of golf at Lancaster (Wis.) Country Club. The Meadows of Sixmile Creek, an 18-hole championship course, opened in 1997. Troon was selected to manage The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach, Mo., on the Lake of the Ozarks. The Club at Porto Cima (pronounced "chima") is a private facility and features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature design, a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse and a yacht club. The Nicklaus Signature course is the focal point of the club, with seven holes that play beside or over the lake. The course opened for play in 2000, and is considered one of Missouri's top courses by Golf Digest. The USGA announced Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., and Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif., will be the host sites for the Walker Cup Match in 2021 and 2025, respectively. The 48th Walker Cup Match is scheduled for May 8 and 9, 2021. It will mark the first time that the biennial team competition between 10 amateur players representing the U.S. and 10 amateur players representing Great Britain and Ireland will be held in spring on U.S. soil. GCSAA Class A superin- tendent Hal Hicks, a 39-year GCSAA member, oversees Seminole GC. The dates of the 50th Walker Cup Match are Sept. 6-7, 2025. The event will be the second time the international competition has been played at Cypress Point. Its only previous USGA competition was the 1981 Walker Cup Match. Jeff Markow, CGCS, a 34-year GCSAA member, is the superintendent at Cypress Point Club.

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