Golf Course Management

AUG 2014

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106 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.14 (Industry news) Distinguished Service AWARD Medinah Country ClubÕs Course One offcially reopened in June following a renovation. Golf course architect Tom Doak, who oversaw the project that lasted 21 months at a cost of $6.5 million, struck the ceremonial tee shot to reopen the course. Medinah superintendent Curtis Tyrrell, CGCS, oversees grounds activities on all three courses there. He noted that the renovation solved Course One's infrastructure issues. A new generation of 007 creeping bentgrass was planted on all tees, greens and fairways. The rough areas are a mixture of bluegrass and fescue. More than two-dozen college seniors from top turfgrass programs around the world attended JacobsenÕs annua l Future Turf Managers event in June in Charlotte, N.C. The event gives students the opportunity to network with turfgrass industry professionals at the highest level. During the three-day event, students visited with superintendents and sports feld managers to hear cutting-edge presentations from industry experts and get an inside look at Jacobsen's turf maintenance equipment. Some of the colleges that were represented include Iowa State, Penn State, North Dakota State and North Mel- bourne Institute of TAFE in Australia. The group traveled to Charlotte Country Club and Sage Valley Golf Club and also got to visit the University of South Carolina's baseball and football facilities. The event included a discussion of leadership and communications led by GCSAA's Steve Randall, senior manager of chapter outreach. Each student was awarded a full year's membership to GCSAA, spon- sored by Jacobsen, and credit toward the pursuit of their GCSAA Class A certifcation. "Overall, the experience has made me more confdent of my potential for success in The PGA of America awarded President Bill Clinton its 2014 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The honor goes to a recipient for a lifetime love of golf and commitment to health and wellness. The award, which was launched in 1988, honors individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthu- siasm for the game of golf. Past recipients include Bob Hope, Byron Nelson, Vince Gill and Patty Berg. After leaving the White House, Clinton established the Clinton Foundation, an initiative to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness and protect the environment. Since 2012, Clinton has partnered with Humana, the PGA Tour and Desert Classic Charities to present the Humana Challenge. the turf industry," said Dustin Harris, a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University. "Although the turf industry has had its struggles, I feel good about my opportunities." Koch Agronomic Services LLC, an affliate of Koch Fertilizer LLC, fnalized the acquisition of the turf and ornamental assets, brands and product technolo- gies of Agrium Advanced Technologies, which is a former business unit of Agrium Inc. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The acquired turf and ornamental business provides nutrient solutions for the horticulture, turfgrass, consumer lawn and garden and specialty agriculture seg- ments. Included in the transaction are production facilities in Sylacauga, Ala., and global intellectual property rights related to Polyon, Duration, XCU, Nutralene and Nitroform brands of slow-release and controlled-release fertilizers. MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, N.C., is under new ownership. Concert Golf Part- ners purchased the club from its members this year. It has begun a multi-million dollar improvement program to the club, including the removal of trees and upgrades to the irrigation system. The acquisition allowed the club to retire its debt and permanently eliminate member assess- ments. The club opened in 1967. Robert W. Linn was appointed director of business operations for Pascuzzo & Pate Golf Course Design . His primary focus will be business develop- ment. Based in Los Angeles, Linn has served as general manager at various country clubs and was honored by American Golf Corp. as General Manager of the Year. The Turfgrass Water Conservation Al- liance (TWCA) held its third annual Field Day on June 23 at the Pure Seed Testing Research Farm. Besides the U.S., other participants came to the event from Italy, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Canada. They got to hear from well-known industry members such as Cale Bigelow, Ph.D.; Mike Richardson, Ph.D.; and Melodee Fraser, Ph.D. Special recognition was given to TWCA founding Class E members Wade Wilbur from the Sod Shop in Wichita, Kan., and John McShane from Stover in Los Angeles. Exacto CEO Diana Braun was featured on TV in Photo by NIck Novell/© Medinah Country Club

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