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7/28/2014 - Second Phase of Rounds 4 Research Coming Up

Valhalla and other top courses will be featured
Golfers will continue to have a chance to claim a tee time at their favorite courses, including PGA Championship host Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., when the second phase of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research offerings become available for online bidding Aug. 1-10 at www.biddingforgood.com. Valhalla and other top courses, such as TPC San Antonio (Texas) and French Lick (Ind.) Resort, are among...


7/28/2014 - PERC Teams With Audubon

Two organizations will encourage the use of low-emission propane equipment
ropane Council Partners with Audubon International Partnership will encourage the use of low-emission propane equipment and advance environmental stewardship The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is partnering with environmental nonprofit Audubon International to advance the use of clean, low-emission propane equipment, which aligns with Audubon International's mission to facilitate...


7/28/2014 - Bayer Appoints Batisky as Sales Manager

Former superintendent will support distributors and end-users in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio
Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, appointed Darrin Batisky as the newest area sales manager for the North American turf and ornamentals (T&O) 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. "As Bayer...


7/28/2014 - Straka Honored for Renovations

GoGolf Inc. presents architect with two awards
Two Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design principal designed courses won awards in Golf Inc.'s 2014 Renovation of the Year Competition, a contest which annually recognizes the best renovation projects of the past year from around the world. Jason Straka, a principal in Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design, oversaw both projects, designed on behalf of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design. In...


7/28/2014 - In the Business of Doing More With Less

BioDirt addresses sustainability on the golf course
By Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
Editor's note: The June issue of Superintendent magazine features a special supplement on golf and sustainability. We were fortunate to have several advertisers/sponsors involved in the supplement to make it possible and to help educate superintendents about sustainability. We asked the sponsors to share their philosophies about sustainability as it pertains to their products. It's clear these companies...


7/28/2014 - Obama the Avid Golfer

How does the president find the time to play so much golf? Our industry needs to know
By Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
President Obama has played golf 81 times in the past 600 days. Is that a lot? The New York Post thinks so. It labeled Obama "the duffer in chief." But let's take a closer look. Eighty-one rounds in 600 days equates to about one round a week. There are 52 weeks in a year, which means Obama plays roughly 52 rounds a year. The National Golf Foundation defines an avid golfer as someone who...


7/15/2014 - Ted Horton Joins Audubon's Board of Directors

Consulting superintendent has held a variety of posts
Ted Horton has joined Audubon International's board of directors. Horton is the senior consulting superintendent for ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance, director for the California Golf Course Owners Association and immediate past president for the California Golf Alliance. He specializes in environmental stewardship, golf course safety, security and risk management, turfgrass agronomics, and...


7/15/2014 - Engage Agro USA, TAMINCO US Form Partnership

Engage to distribute Defiant
Engage Agro USA has signed a distribution agreement with TAMINCO US INC. to be the exclusive distributor of Defiant (75% WDG Thiram turf fungicide and animal repellent) in the United States. Defiant is a dry flowable Thiram formulation for the prevention of dollar spot, brown patch and fusarium patch in the summer season and pink snow mold in the winter. In addition, Defiant provides protection...


7/15/2014 - Michigan Superintendent Earns Designation

Rockov earns certification in e-par EMS program
Scott Rockov, golf course superintendent of the University of Michigan (U-M) Golf Course has earned certification in the e-par Environmental Management System (EMS) Certified Professional program, which recognizes individuals who have knowledge of systems-based environmental management and the requisite skills to build and implement a comprehensive environmental management system. "We're proud...


7/15/2014 - United Turf Alliance Offers Liquid Azoxystrobin

Highly-concentrated product contains 2.08 AI per gallon
Atlanta-based United Turf Alliance introduces ArmorTech ZOXY 2 SC, a liquid formulation of an azoxystrobin fungicide. Prior to going off patent, azoxystrobin was available to the professional turf management market as Syngenta's Heritage Fungicide. ArmorTech ZOXY 2 SC is labeled for the control of many important turfgrass diseases on golf course greens, tees and fairways. The highly concentrated...


7/15/2014 - Going Once ... Going Twice ...

Rounds 4 Research auction garners $115,500
The first phase of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program for turfgrass studies, run by the Environmental Institute For Golf (EIFG), sold more than 600 rounds and yielded $115,500 in the June online auction. The total was a 7 percent increase over a year ago. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GSCAA). The Carolinas Golf...


7/15/2014 - Aquatrols Makes Acquisition

Company purchases Farmura Environmental in UK
Aquatrols Corporation of America has acquired Farmura Environmental. Based in the United Kingdom, Farmura Environmental supplies the European market with turf products and has served as Aquatrols' principal distributor in the UK since the companies first formed a partnership in 2007. According to Aquatrols President Tracy Jarman, the acquisition of Farmura is the result of a natural evolution...


7/15/2014 - Sustainability Is Central

"Our purpose is to foster healthy environments where we live, work and play, and that sets the stage for sustainability," says Bayer's David Wells
Editor's note: The June issue of Superintendent magazine features a special supplement on golf and sustainability. We were fortunate to have several advertisers/sponsors involved in the supplement to make it possible and to help educate superintendents about sustainability. We asked the sponsors to share their philosophies about sustainability as it pertains to their products. It's clear these companies...


7/15/2014 - Deal Finalized

Koch gets POLYON, DURATION and other products from Agrium
Koch Agronomic Services LLC (KAS), an affiliate of Koch Fertilizer LLC, has finalized the acquisition of the turf and ornamental assets, brands and product technologies of Agrium Advanced Technologies, a former business unit of Agrium Inc. The acquired T&O business provides nutrient solutions for the horticulture, turfgrass, consumer lawn and garden and specialty agriculture segments. ...


Bringing Out Their Best - Marriott Golf's Robinson rolls out a challenge for superintendents - The world needs more people...

7/15/2014 - Bringing Out Their Best

Marriott Golf's Robinson rolls out a challenge for superintendents
By Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
The world needs more people like David Robinson, whether they're youth sports coaches, restaurant managers, prime ministers or directors of golf grounds. The world needs more people like Robinson, Marriott Golf's senior director of golf grounds and a certified golf course superintendent, because they aim to get the best out of the people they manage, meaning they often bring out the best in the people...


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