Golf Course Management

SEP 2014

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98 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.14 (Industry news) LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP Mammoth Cave National Park has taken important steps to reduce energy consumption at the park and to serve as a model for other national parks across the country. It was made possible in part by a donation from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) of propane-powered off-road and stationary equipment. PERC's donation totaled more than $62,000 and includes three John Deere zero-turn mowers, two Generac portable generators and a CleanFuel USA propane dispenser featuring eConnect, a fuel network management system for electronic dispensers. Mammoth Cave Park, located in Mammoth Cave, Ky., was estab- lished as a unit of the National Park Service in 1941 and is home to the world's longest known cave system. More than 400 miles have been mapped and surveyed to date. Irrigation consultants Brian Vinchesi and Bren- dan Lynch recently were named ASIC (Ameri- can Society of Irrigation Consultants) fellows. Vinchesi is with Irrigation Consulting Inc. of Pepperell, Mass. Lynch is with Lynch & Associates Ltd. in Annapolis, Md. Vinchesi's work includes the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and Central Park in New York. Lynch's work includes the White House and Howard Hughes Medi- cal Institute in Ashburn, Va. Nine individuals were awarded Georgia GCSA Legacy Scholarships. They are (and their super- intendent relative): Karli Durden (Joe Durden, Class A); Courtney Cunningham (Tim Cunningham, CGCS, Coosa Country Club); Ben Ketelsen (Craig Ketelsen, CGCS); Joseph Barton (Bret Barton, CGCS, Pinetree Country Club); Ryan Cunningham (Tim Cunningham, CGCS); Ann Drinkard (James Drinkard, Athens Country Club); Morgan Kepple (Ralph Kepple, CGCS, East Lake Golf Club); Ben Mur- ray (Buzz Howell, Class AA); and Haley Womac (Bill Womac, CGCS, Retired). Criteria for selection include academic achievement, extracurricular and community The Dr. James R. Watson Legacy Scholarship by Sports Turf Manag- ers Association (STMA) and The Toro Co. honors three students. They are Kevin Hansen, Iowa State University; Chrissie Segars , Oklahoma State University; and Andrew Wilhelm, Purdue University. The award is a special one-time scholarship funded by The Toro Giving Program in celebration of the company's centennial this year as well as STMA's SAFE Foundation, the philanthropic arm that enriches communities through champion- ing safe, sustainable sports and recreation felds for all athletes. Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship from the SAFE Founda- tion. The grant honors Watson, a longtime Toro agronomist, who died in 2013. Hansen, Segars and Wilhelm are attaining degrees in sports turf management or a comparable feld of study. In addition to the cash award, each student received an all-expenses-paid trip to The Toro Sports Field and Grounds Forum that was held in July in Minneapolis. involvement, leadership and outside employment. The students were required to submit two essays along with their applications. Students must be enrolled full time at an accredited institution for the next academic year. Darrin Batisky was appointed area sales manager for Bayer CropScience's North American turf and ornamentals business. In his new role serving the Kentucky, southern Indiana and central and southern Ohio markets, Batisky is responsible for the growth and maintenance of user relationships and initiating buyer opportunities. Batisky earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy with a turfgrass management specialization from Ohio State University. Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) President David Pinsonneault won the American Public Works Association Professional Manager of the Year Award — Facilities and Grounds. Pin- sonneault served as the public grounds superintendent for the town of Lexington, Mass., from 2000 until 2011, when he was promoted to operations manager. He oversees 22 full-time employees as well as 600 acres of land, 75 acres of athletic felds, four cemeteries, more than 3,000 street- Mammoth Cave National Park Chrissie Segars

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