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08.16 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 77 during the demo included savings on fuel of up to 50 percent compared with gasoline, easier maintenance, and fewer problems during operation. Propane's lower emissions also meet or exceed all current requirements from the EPA, a valuable trait for six of the participating golf courses, which are certified for sustainability by Audubon International. Superintendents also noted that propane didn't spill and damage the course, even though fuel cylinders can be changed while away from the maintenance facility. Propane engines use a closed-loop system that virtually eliminates spills, an important feature for keeping a course clean and safe for play. A significant renovation to Los Robles Greens , a municipal course owned by the City of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and managed by Arcis Golf , has produced both an environmentally and economically sustainable golf facility. The renovation involved removal of more than 30 acres of turfgrass, as well as a redesign of the existing irrigation system to water remaining turf with greater efficiency. Upon maturity of the newly landscaped areas, Los Robles Greens is projected to use 20 to 25 percent less water annually. The reduction in turfgrass also means that less fertilizer, pesticides and fossil fuels will be needed to maintain the course. The redesign by Arcis Golf and Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design widened fairways, removed water features, and implemented a naturalistic style of bunkering that blends into the new environmental landscape. Along with the decrease in turf, close to 40 acres were converted to native areas composed of more than 35,000 native and drought-resistant plants. During the renovation, new plantings were mulched with product made on-site by recycling over 10 years' worth of green waste that had accumulated on property. Redexim Turf Products , the fac- tory-direct store for Redexim North America, based in Valley Park, Mo., has added Tom Werner, CGCS , to its staff as the terri- tory sales manager for the states of Texas and Oklahoma. Werner, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in agronomy and turf management, joins the Redexim Turf Products team with many years of experience on the golf course side of the turf industry. He was a superintendent at several courses, including Lochinvar Golf Club, The Loxahatchee Club, Colonial Country Club, Ridgewood Country Club, Shadow Hawk Golf Club, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, and, most recently, Las Colinas Country Club. Golf Digest named David Doguet , turfgrass breeder and president of Bladerun- ner Farms, to its "Innovators and Influencers of 2016" list. Doguet is well-known in the turf- grass industry for his work developing advanced varieties of zoysiagrass. Among Doguet's most notable zoysias is Zeon, planted on the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, and L1F, which the Tiger Woods design team used widely on his first U.S. course, Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas. Werner