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10.16 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 101 Miller HONORED Scholastic has created the National TurfMutt Teacher Award in conjunction with the annual TurfMutt "Be A Backyard Superhero" essay contest. The winning teacher will receive a trip to the National Science Teachers Association annual conference in Los Angeles, March 30 to April 2, 2017. The essay contest for TurfMutt — the environmental education and stewardship program sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) — will launch this fall. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to submit an essay about how they're helping TurfMutt and the "Outdoor Powers" combat the environmental villains Carbon Creep, Dust Demon, Dr. Runoff and Heat Freak. One winner will earn his or her school a $5,000 grant to spruce up school grounds or put in an outdoor classroom. Go to www.turfmutt.com for more information on both the essay contest and the new TurfMutt Teacher Award. Jane Geddes , former LPGA professional and industry executive, has been named executive director of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA), an organization that represents 100 golf associations. In this newly created position, Geddes will focus on developing IAGA member- ship through robust education and training programs. She will also lead marketing and communications initiatives, establish business partnerships and corporate sponsor- ships, and position the organization to better represent and advocate for member associations. Geddes will report to the IAGA president and work closely with its board of directors, and work collaboratively with allied associations — including GCSAA, PGA of America, USGA and Golf Canada — to strive to amplify the IAGA's leadership posi- tion in the industry. During her tenure as an LPGA profes- sional from 1983 to 2003, Geddes won 14 tournaments worldwide, including two majors — the U.S. Women's Open and the LPGA Championship. John Deere has extended its commitment to The First Tee , a nonprofit youth development organization that uses golf to teach life and leadership skills. John Deere's support from 2017 through 2021 will focus on community service and volunteerism, leadership skills for girls, and program support for The First Tee activities ls, for girls, and program support for The First Tee activities and program support for The First Tee activities in select communities. Additionally, the company is elect in select communities. Additionally, the company is communities. Additionally, the company is launching a nationwide essay contest later this year. aunching launching a nationwide essay contest later this year. a nationwide essay contest later this year. The First Tee participants ages 14 to 18 are invited to submit an essay for the opportunity to win a $5,000 college scholarship plus the opportunity to be a VIP guest and pro-am participant in the 2017 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. Essays will focus on how students are a "Power for Good" through service to their communities, the impact their service is having, and how their service is connected connected to values learned through The First Tee to values learned through The First Tee and the game of golf. nd and the game of golf. the game of golf. Schiller Grounds Care , parent company of Bob-Cat and Ryan, hired Cat Bob-Cat and Ryan, hired and Ryan, hired Dylan Rewoldt as a regional sales manager. Rewoldt joins a team of sales nal regional sales manager. Rewoldt joins a team of sales sales manager. Rewoldt joins a team of sales managers who work with equipment distributors and dealers, supplying them with products from the Bob-Cat and Ryan brands. Most recently, Rewoldt worked for a global power equipment company in the OEM sales department. Based in the Chicago area, Rewoldt earned a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and advertising from Indiana University. Select Source has added Jud Hudnut to its sales team. Hudnut brings more than 21 years of turf industry experience, 16 of those spent as a golf course superintendent. Hudnut manages Select Source sales in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. "We're excited to be able to utilize Jud's background and knowledge, his familiarity with the products, and experience in the industry as we continue to build our platform to deliver exceptional products and services to our customers," says Keith Montgomery, business director of specialty markets for Select Source. The National Alliance for Accessible Golf still has grants available for 2016. A leader in inclusion, the alliance works to ensure that all individuals with dis- abilities have the opportunity to play the game of golf, and provides financial assistance and resources to help make golf more accessible to people with disabilities through partnerships with local programs. The alliance has so far contributed more than $730,000 to local initiatives. Planning a fall golf program? Go to www.accessgolf.org to apply for a grant. The University of Massachusetts Alumni Turf Group (ATG) honored Paul Miller, CGCS, (pictured at right, with Steve Goodwin, dean of the UMass College of Natural Sciences) at the 12th annual Joseph Troll Turf Classic held in May at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. Miller's career has included stints of 11 years as superin- tendent at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, Mass., and 20 years at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass. "Paul is probably most known for his agronomic achievements as a golf course superintendent, always providing fantastic condi- tions and on budget. But I am most appreciative of his involvement and dedication to turfgrass research and education at the University of Massachusetts," says ATG president Scott Mackintosh. The annual golf tournament rotates locations throughout the Northeast to keep as many alumni as possible connected to the event. It also serves as the main fundraiser for turf research at the university. ATG has raised $1.2 million to date, with distributions going to fund an endowment for the turf research center (now worth more than $300,000), equipment and turf research at UMass.