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Beautification Effort Kicked Off 10th Annual National Golf Day Celebration
Greenworks Commercial joined WE ARE GOLF (WAG) for its National Mall service project to kick off the 10th Annual National Golf Day celebration. The initiative, which took place April 25 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST on the National Mall, focused on beautification, land preservation and helping the National Park Service with turf deferred maintenance activities.     

Mike Ewert Brings Experience at Top Courses to Help Commercialize Cool Terra
Cool Planet has hired Mike Ewert to bring the company’s soil health solutions to the Midwest and Western United States, including the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  Ewert’s experience in turf management and irrigation includes courses such as Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colorado, former home of The International PGA tournament. He also led a multi-million dollar course restoration project at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colorado, which hosted the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open.

Dale, PGA Tour Tap Durabunker for Revetted Bunker Job at Nine Bridges
In opting for a first-in-the-region Durabunker installation at The Club at Nine Bridges, architect David Dale and the PGA Tour’s Steve Wenzloff are looking to transform a reconstruction ritual from every other year to every other decade. Dale’s design at The Club at Nine Bridges is poised to host South Korea’s first U.S. PGA Tour event. The Scottish Highland-themed layout will host the inaugural CJ Cup Oct. 19-22. Crews had been in the habit of rebuilding its 15 revetted bunkers every 2-3 years. According to Dale, pre-tournament renovations will reduce the number of stacked-sod bunkers by a third, but he expects the Durabunker method — which utilizes re-cycled synthetic material to build/rebuild sod-wall bunker faces and edges — to increase longevity five-fold.

Jim Novak, Communications Mnager of Turfgrass Producers International, to Retire May 31
After more than a decade of dedicated service, Jim Novak, communications manager of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI), has announced his retirement effective May 3. During his tenure with TPI Jim created a series of educational brochures on lawn care, drafted numerous articles for trade publications on the benefits of natural grass, handled press releases, created PowerPoint presentations for TPI’s conferences and conventions, provided speechwriting, scriptwriting and copywriting support, created and produced video presentations and introduced TPI’s E-Newsletter, noted for its timely information, current association events, personal stories about members and often times light-hearted satire.