Superintendent Magazine - October, 2012

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Add This to the Filing Cabinet: Poor TV Coverage

We enjoyed Larry Aylward's column, "Time to Update the Filing Cabinet" (August, The Approach). As the owners of a small public golf course in southern Massachusetts, we have another observation to add: Televised professional golf is often blamed for encouraging slow play among the public.

The average golfer sees the pros ponder over putting lines, club selection, etc. In our opinion, televised professional golf also encourages the average golfer to fail to replace divots or fix ball marks.

Do we ever see any television coverage of this very important part of the game? Wouldn't a few quick shots of the players and their caddies repairing their marks on the fairways and the greens encourage the average Joe and Jane to do the same?

Here's something the PGA Tour could do to really make a positive impact on the game of golf.

PETE AND LUCRETIA CUPPELS
Owners, Middlebrook Country Club
Rehoboth, Massachusetts



Getting With the Foliar Program

I thought I would say great job on the foliar feeding article (September, "Foliar Feeding Flourishing.") It astounds me that the turf industry has taken this long to get on this program.

I was a golf course superintendent for 18 years and left the golf course in 1993 to venture into the turf products sales business. I was foliar feeding and using products such as natural sea plant extracts stabilized with a small amount of phosphoric acid. It amazes me that the industry has taken this long to get on board with the best programs available that date back so many years. I was proud to have had 100 percent bentgrass greens with great health and playability even back in the dark ages. I believe it was attributed to my foliar-feeding program.

The tools that the modern golf course superintendent has in his toolbox today are awe-inspiring.

KERRY GLADER
Sales Manager, Plaisted Companies
Elk River, Minn