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ASV’s RT-120 Compact Track Loader
ASV Holdings Inc. introduces the large-frame, radial-lift Posi-Track RT-120. The RT-120 includes serviceability, highly efficient hydraulics and high-capacity cooling systems. These features allow operators to handle the largest attachments for longer without bogging down or overheating. The RT-120 features Posi-Track rubber-track suspension, dual-level suspension and suspended wheels that conform to the ground.

Golf Course Professionals Can Win $2,500 in Prizes
Now through Sept. 5, golf course or sports turf professionals can submit a photo to ConditionPerformRecover.com to show how they condition themselves or their turf to perform well and recover from stress, for a chance to win one of two $2,500 cash prizes. They can also submit photos via social media by using #ConditionPerformRecover and #contest for a weekly chance to win a box of Titleist® Pro V1 golf balls. By submitting a photo, entrants will have a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $2,500 in either the Personal Fitness or Turf Fitness categories, as voted on by attendees of the Golf Industry Show 2018, visitors to ConditionPerformRecover.com or @SyngentaTurf Twitter from Feb. 1-9, 2018. Turf professionals can submit to either category with photos that include:

  • Personal Fitness: Turf professionals or their teams working hard, exercising together or recovering from a stressful day. May also include customers playing golf, doing yoga or participating in an event such as a 5K.
  • Turf Fitness: Turf professionals keeping their turf game ready, including maintenance, tournament preparation and recovery, product applications*, daily care and golf course or sports field shots.

John Sanford, ASGCA, Elected President of American Society of Golf Course Architects
John Sanford, ASGCA, was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) at the organization’s recent 71st Annual Meeting in his hometown of Jupiter, Florida. Sanford was lead golf course architect and project manager on Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy, Massachusetts, and Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Bronx, New York, both involving public landfill-to-golf course transitions. He has traveled the globe working in Japan, Vietnam, Egypt, Dominican Republic and throughout the United States.

Cedar Rapids Country Club to Host 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship
The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Country Club as the host site for the 58th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Scheduled for Aug. 24-29, 2019, this will be the first USGA championship hosted in Cedar Rapids and the third in Iowa.

Avenue™ South Available for Southern Golf Courses
PBI-Gordon Corporation announced that Avenue™ South Broadleaf Herbicide for Turfgrass is available for use on golf courses in southern states. Avenue South combines four proven active ingredients to deliver control of more than 90 listed broadleaf weeds, including doveweed, Virginia buttonweed, chamberbitter and dollarweed. Avenue South is formulated for turf safety in the South’s sensitive southern grasses, including common and improved St. Augustinegrasses such as Floratam and Bitterblue.

Important reminder From Syngenta on Avid® miticide 24(c) Special Local Needs registration
Syngenta is issuing a reminder to superintendents that after June 30, Avid® 0.15 EC miticide/insecticide may no longer be used under the 24(c) Special Local Needs (SLN) registration for nematode management on golf course greens. Syngenta previously communicated the voluntary cancellation of the Avid 24(c) SLN registration in turf with the Environmental Protection Agency in May 2016.  Superintendents can continue using Avid on golf course greens for nematodes under the 24(c) SLN through June 30, 2017. The cancellation affects the use of Avid on golf course greens to control nematodes in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The cancellation does not affect the availability of Avid for use on ornamental plants, which is still being produced and used under its current Section 3 federal registration. Syngenta recently launched Divanem™ nematicide, an enhanced formulation of Avid, and it is presently labeled for use in 47 states.

LPGA-ready Thornberry Creek Outsources Accounting Function to Landscapes Mgmt.
Fox and the Oneida Golf Enterprise Corporation recently retained Lincoln, Neb.-based Landscapes Management Co. (LMC) to handle all golf operation-related accounting services here. The 3-year agreement, made available by LMC through Landscapes Select, its fractional-services program, runs through February of 2020.

USGA Deepens Commitment to Growing Golf Through 2017 PLAY9 Program
With a broader focus on golf at the local level, the USGA rolled out plans in support of the PLAY9™ program. Launched in 2014, PLAY9 has been educating and rallying golfers and non-golfers around the nine-hole round as an important, yet simple solution that addresses busy lifestyles, often cited as a barrier to the game’s participation. In 2017, the USGA will be working closely with state and regional golf associations and courses throughout the United States that will host and promote local PLAY9 Days between May and October. The USGA has also created online and printed toolkits for golf courses and facilities that are interested in hosting events. The toolkits offer posters, flyers and social media suggestions to raise awareness. Ideas for innovative themes and playing formats are also included.