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  • 01 Feb 2016 6:38 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The Play Golf Minnesota specialty license plate is now on sale through the Minnesota department of public safety's select DMV locations. Golfers who pay the $30 plate fee will have the satisfaction of knowing that proceeds will be directed toward for-good-of-the-game programs, such as junior golf and player development, designated by a joint Minnesota MGA/PGA committee.
 “It’s a wonderful opportunity for golfers to show their support of programs designed to sustain our great game,” said Tom Ryan, MGA Executive Director and COO. 

    To order your golf license plate, please visit your local county DMV office. 

  • 19 Jan 2016 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    More than 70 partner organizations and 256,000 citizens take concrete steps to promote bee health.

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2016) – The line at the pollinator all-you-can-eat buffet is a little longer this year thanks to the contributions of consumers and partners joining Bayer’s Feed a Bee initiative to plant more than 65 million flowers in 2015.

    More than 250,000 consumers joined the initiative to feed pollinators as the Feed a Bee website and #FeedABee hashtag went viral. By the end of the year, more than 70 organizations joined the fight pledging thousands of acres of land to the pollinator potluck dinner; all while educating the community about the role bees play in producing the fruits, nuts and vegetables we enjoy every day.

    “When we talk to the public, the most common question we hear is, ‘What can I do to help bees?” said Dr. Becky Langer, manager of the North American Bee Care Program. “Providing pollinators with abundant, diverse food sources is one of the most important things we can all do to promote bee health. We created Feed a Bee to make it easy for people to be involved, and we are delighted with the overwhelming response. We look forward to getting even more people involved this year.”

    Studies have shown when bees have access to adequate, diverse food sources they are better able to withstand the stresses caused by the devastating Varroa mite, as well as other mites and diseases. Through Feed a Bee, Bayer is working to increase forage options for bees and other pollinators at a time when agriculture is relying on them more and more to help produce enough food to feed a growing world population.

    The first year of the Feed a Bee program set the bar high, and Bayer aims to generate even more buzz in 2016 by establishing national partnerships and educating more consumers about what they can do to get involved and help pollinators thrive. Through online activations and events throughout the year, Bayer hopes to reach new audiences to surpass the milestones Feed a Bee achieved in 2015.

    “We’ve seen some great news in pollinator health in the past year from increasing population numbers to heightened involvement from consumers and other stakeholders,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Crop Science, a Division of Bayer. “We still have much work to do to ensure the future health of our honey bee colonies, but we hope the foundation we have from Feed a Bee will continue to bring more partners to the table.”

    Partnerships Nationwide
    In addition to enlisting consumers to plant additional forage, Feed a Bee partnered with several national organizations, including the National Wild Turkey FederationAmerican Agri-Women and Project Apis m.Headquartered in North Carolina, Bayer also partnered with local organizations to increase forage in the state, including produce delivery service The Produce Box and the North Carolina Department of Transportation(NCDOT).Throughout the year, the Feed a Bee initiative has also helped create additional forage in major urban areas. In June, Feed a Bee enlisted the help of the residents of Atlanta to plant the first pollinator garden in the city’sPiedmont Park to provide food for the bees in the Park’s apiaries. The University of D.C., an official Feed a Bee partner, also planted flowers for forage in its new rooftop garden, providing bees and other beneficial insects in the nation’s capital with additional habitat and food resources.

    Feed a Bee continues to attract partners from the nonprofit, public and private sectors, most recentlyPheasants Forever, a wildlife conservation group. Other partners that have signed on in 2015 span across individuals, industry sectors and geographies, including:

    “We look forward to building on the successes we have seen this year as we take the Feed a Bee program into 2016,” said Dr. Langer. “None of this would have been possible without the support of everyone from the individuals who planted the wildflower packets they received to our partners who planted acres of additional forage.”

    Feed a Bee is one of several programs sponsored by Bayer’s Bee Care Program, continuing its nearly 30 years of supporting bee health. For more information on Bayer’s bee health initiatives, please visit the Bayer Bee Health website. You can also follow and share with us on Twitter @BayerBeeCare, on Facebook at facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenter and view photos on Flickr.

    Bayer is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer representative, or visit Crop Science, a division of Bayer, online at www.CropScience.Bayer.us.

    Visit the Bayer Connect – Social Hub for social media, recent news, blog posts, videos and more from Crop Science, a division of Bayer.


    Bayer: Science For A Better Life
    Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2014, the Group employed around 119,000 people and had sales of EUR 42.2 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.5 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 3.6 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.

    Bayer Media Hotline, 1-862-404-5118, orJeffrey Donald
    Crop Science, a Division of Bayer
    Tel: (919) 549-5395
    Email: jeffrey.donald@bayer.com

    Whitney Jinks
    Porter Novelli
    Tel: (404) 995-7919
    Email: whitney.jinks@porternovelli.com

    Find more information at CropScience.Bayer.us.

  • 08 Jan 2016 6:33 AM | Anonymous

    In a first, federal review finds widely used pesticide can damage pollinator colonies.

    RENÉE JONES SCHNEIDER • reneejones@startribune.com The decline of bees like this one, on a milkweed plant in Minnesota, has generated concern, as honeybees pollinate about a third of the food in the nation’s grocery aisles.

    Bees won a victory Wednesday as federal regulators said for the first time that one of the most widely used and controversial pesticides in agriculture is harmful to pollinators when used on some crops.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the finding as part of its first scientific risk assessment of a much-debated class of pesticides called neonicotinoids and how they affect colonies, not just individual honeybees.

    But even as the EPA was releasing its findings, the ongoing war over pesticides and pollinators continued to escalate. Environmental groups and beekeepers, including two in Minnesota and South Dakota, sued the agency, alleging that it failed to properly regulate neonicotinoids used as seed coatings on corn and other crops.

    Honeybees pollinate roughly a third of the food in the nation’s grocery aisles, which has amplified global concern over their decline.

    In its new analysis, the EPA found that one type of pesticide, imidacloprid, showed clear damage to hives and honey production even when used appropriately on citrus and cotton crops. The risk with other crops is not as clear or is still under study, the EPA said.

    The pesticide’s maker, Bayer Crop Science, immediately issued a statement criticizing the analysis.

    “At first glance it appears to overestimate the potential for harmful exposures in certain crops, such as citrus and cotton, while ignoring the important benefits these products provide and management practices to protect bees,” the company said.

    Environmental groups said the EPA is not acting fast enough to outlaw pesticides it knows to be harmful.

    “The EPA over the last year has been gradually admitting that neonicotinoids pose a serious threat to bees,” said Lex Horan, spokesperson for the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA). “It’s high time. But this piecemeal approach is not enough to solve the magnitude of the problem.”

    Neonicotinoids have received wide attention, along with diseases, parasites and an increasingly flowerless landscape, as factors in the decline of honeybees worldwide. While largely harmless to humans and mammals, the compounds are a neurotoxin for insects. They can be used as sprays, as granular applications in soil or as seed coatings, which grow along with the plant and make it poisonous to pests and perhaps other insects, including bees and butterflies.

    The manufacturers and the EPA have said that if used properly, the insecticides are not lethal to honeybees. But many scientists and beekeepers say that even the lower doses found in farm fields can cause neural damage to the insects and interfere with their complex navigational abilities and reproduction.

    The rising concern has prompted the EPA to halt approvals of new pesticides that use neonicotinoids, and to launch a lengthy safety review of products already on the market, now expected to be completed by 2018. The preliminary review of imidacloprid, which is the oldest neonicotinoid and is now used on about 30 million acres nationally, was the first of four.

    Fewer bees, less honey

    The EPA analysis, conducted with the state of California and Canada, found that damage to bees started to emerge when pesticide concentrations in flower nectar reached 25 parts per billion or more.

    “There’s a significant effect,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. That included fewer bees, less honey and “a less robust hive,” he said.

    Some crops showed higher concentrations than others. Cotton and citrus fruit, for example, had harmful levels. But corn, which is almost universally planted with neonicotinoid seed coatings, showed no effect, largely because it does not produce nectar.

    Beekeepers and environmental groups said Wednesday that the analysis failed to consider one of the primary ways pollinators are exposed to neonicotinoids — toxic dust that floats in the air after corn seed is planted in the spring. That’s long been a contentious issue for beekeepers and is the crux of the lawsuit filed in California on Wednesday by the Center for Food Safety, PANNA and others.

    Brett Adee, whose family runs the country’s largest honey-producing operation, near Brookings, S.D, joined the lawsuit after more than 6,000 hives were damaged last spring during corn planting. He said a state investigation found his bees were poisoned by a type of neonicotinoid that was used on the seeds being planted by his neighbors at the time.

    “None of my neighbors had done anything wrong,” he said. “But a defective product is being marketed. It’s blowing all over the willows and dandelions and not staying on the seeds.”

    Peter Jenkins, an attorney with the Center for Food Safety, said the EPA exempted pesticides used in seed coatings from standard regulations. Unlike pesticides used as sprays or granular applications, those used as seed coatings carry no restrictions or mandatory safety measures when farmers and others handle them. It’s a critical oversight, Jenkins said, because the vast majority of neonicotinoids are used in that format. The EPA, Bayer and others are developing new ways to reduce dust from planting, but the environmental groups say regulations are necessary.

    “If a beekeeper has a kill from dust off … corn or soybean, there is no enforcement,” Jenkins. “The situation is unacceptable for beekeepers.”

    This story contains material from the Associated Press.

    Josephine Marcotty • 612-673-7394

  • 31 Dec 2015 3:37 PM | Anonymous
    Answers to five important and frequently asked questions about golf’s use of water

    Why Water Matters

    Answers to five important and frequently asked questions about golf’s use of water.

    How Much Water Does a Golf Course Need?

    The actual amount of water a golf course needs to sustain healthy turf growth depends on many variables including the species of turf, and the prevailing climate in a given area. These resources provide further details regarding water consumption by golf courses.

    How Can Golf Courses Can Use Less Water?

    There are several strategies and best management practices that golf courses can employ to use water as efficiently as possible and conserve precious water resources.

    I Don’t Play Golf. Why Should Golf Courses Get Any Water When Water Is Scarce?

    Whether water is plentiful or limited, it is an essential natural resource that must be managed efficiently by everyone, including golf courses.

    Where Can We Get Water For Our Golf Course?

    Golf courses use a variety of water sources for turfgrass irrigation including groundwater, surface water (lakes, rivers and reservoirs), recycled water, and municipal potable water supplies. These resources provide further information on the various sources of water used by golf courses.

    Are There Grasses That Can Be Used On Golf Courses That Use Less Water?

    Learn more about grasses that are sustainability friendly.

  • 31 Dec 2015 3:23 PM | Anonymous
    For years, the number of active golf players has been declining, and golf courses around the country have been shutting down. People aren’t as interested in golf as they once were. Golf courses are expensive to run, and they require inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides to maintain green grass. The sport also asks a lot of time from players in a culture that may be too busy to devote a full afternoon to a hobby.

    Professor Brian Horgan hopes to renovate the Les Bolstad Golf Course to breathe new life into the sport of golf across the country.

    “Golf is in the midst of significant change,” says Dr. Brian Horgan, professor in Horticultural Science. “We have an industry that is in need of change, a golf course that is in need of renovation, and a university that’s ready to make a difference. This all gives us a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a major impact on golf.” The Science of (the) Green® initiative aims to renovate the Les Bolstad Golf Course, just across the street from the St. Paul Campus, to make it a working model for the industry that will pave the way for a new kind of interaction with golf personally, communally, and generationally.

    The vision for Les Bolstad is grand, but with a simple premise at its core: a golf course should be of use to the greater community. Because of its status as a research golf course, Horgan has freedom to test out innovative ideas. For instance, in any urban setting, water runoff is a major issue. Buildings, roads, and sidewalks all take up ground that once would have absorbed rainfall. In many metro areas there is even a tax on water runoff to encourage communities to create landscapes that retain and reuse the water instead of allowing it to wash immediately into the nearby surface water.

    “In comes our 150-acre golf course,” Horgan says, detailing one of the top ideas for Les Bolstad’s renovation. “Think of it as a huge rain garden and rain barrel system. Now this golf course can accept water from the surrounding community, filter it, recycle it, reuse it, and not send it into the Mississippi River.” By preventing water from leaving the community, the golf course reduces storm water management costs. Because the biggest time of the year for water runoff in Minnesota is when the snow melts, Horgan hopes to take it a step further. “Why just build a rain garden? Create a snow garden. Keep the soil in an area from freezing so that when the snow does melt, the course is there ready to accept the water.”

    A layout of the potential demonstration area at Les Bolstad

    In addition to being a standout model amongst golf courses in the nation, Les Bolstad will be redesigned with needs of the golf industry in mind. Much of the research done in the U of M turfgrass science program has focused on developing and caring for grass varieties that require fewer inputs such as water, fertilizers, and mowing. Because of this, Horgan and his colleague Associate Professor Eric Watkins intend to make an area of Les Bolstad a destination for golf course owners across the nation who are considering a renovation to visualize and assess economic decisions that are more sustainable for the future. Horgan compares this area to a home and garden show specifically for more sustainable golf courses. “People come in and they see the options: grass species, irrigation systems, bunker technologies, etc. They can see it right there on a scalable model. When they leave they’ll have a couple of options to bring back to their membership as well as pricing so they know the costs and benefits of implementing those different strategies.”

    Many of Horgan’s ideas are still in the beginning stages; discussions as to which ideas are most viable and how they can best be implemented are ongoing. However, with the amount of plants and wildlife a golf course brings to an area, water conservation is only the beginning of what Science of (the) Green® can accomplish. With Horgan’s framework in mind, Les Bolstad can think beyond what makes a golf course useful for a round of golf, and on to what makes it of value to the rest of the community.

    The majority of the benefits associated with Science of (the) Green® have nothing to do with golf itself — they make the surrounding community a cleaner, more sustainable place. However, Horgan hopes to change the culture around golf as well. “My generation’s time devoted to this sport is not the same as my parents’. So how do we give options to people to engage them in the sport so that when they do have more flexible time and income, they’ll decide to go out and play more golf?”

    The answer Horgan proposes is an alternative routing, which means the course will have an opportunity to engage golfers based on time and not on the number of holes. A traditional 18-hole platform will be available but so will a 3-hole lunchtime loop or two consecutive 6-hole leagues playing concurrently. This solution could give golf an opportunity to operate on a smaller platform, reducing the footprint of the course by 35%. This design allows the game to fit into the player’s schedule, instead of expecting the player to figure out how to fit an afternoon of golf into their busy life.

    The logo for the Les Bolstad redevelopment initiative, Science of the Green.

    It’s not just Horgan that sees the need for change within the industry. In early November, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the University of Minnesota announced a five-year research partnership to study and develop solutions to golf’s present and future challenges. This doesn’t mean that all of Horgan’s plans can move forward yet, but it’s a big step in the right direction. This partnership will allow both parties to identify projects to make funding plans on an individual basis, and bolsters the research and development capabilities of both organizations.

    It’s a massive undertaking with years of planning having already taken place and several more to go before it’s finished, but it’s a challenge that both the U of M and the USGA are prepared to face head on. “The industry is looking for a leader, and that’s what the University of Minnesota and USGA do best. We don’t follow, and we don’t do anything mediocre. We do things top notch,” says Horgan. When it is complete, Les Bolstad will be a premiere golf course, and a destination for other golf course owners hoping to model the techniques used and researched there. With the U of M and the USGA paving the way, Science of (the) Green® will have the power to change the way the world thinks about golf. To learn more about Science of (the) Green® and stay up-to-date on current developments, visit scienceofthegreen.org.

  • 31 Dec 2015 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Winter has been slow to arrive this year here in Minnesota, but the snow is starting to fall and temperatures are dropping.

    That means it’s time to get out the shovels, snow plows, and salt to clear the roads and sidewalks. But follow the advice our doctors have been giving for years: stick to a low-salt diet.

    Rock salt, which contains chloride, is the most commonly used de-icer. But, much like table salt, rock salt’s benefits are peppered with danger. The safety benefits of using salt on icy roads come with environmental drawbacks like polluted waters and poisoned aquatic wildlife. In the Twin Cities metro area, 78% percent of the salt applied to roads stays within the region’s watershed. Eventually the chloride from salt finds its way into the groundwater.

    Once in water, it becomes a permanent pollutant and continues to accumulate in the environment over time. In other words, it doesn’t go away. High levels of salt can be harmful to fish and other freshwater life and can affect groundwater and drinking water supplies, infrastructure, vehicles, plants, soil, pets, and wildlife.

    “Too much chloride has serious water quality consequences.” said Brooke Asleson, chloride project manager at the MPCA. “Less is more when it comes to applying deicing salt. It only takes one teaspoon of road salt to pollute five gallons of water.”

    To address these issues, the MPCA partnered with local and state experts in the 7-county Twin Cities metro area to create a plan for effectively managing salt use to protect our water resources. The goal of this plan is to provide strategies to help local partners reduce salt use while providing safe conditions for the public.

    Improving practices for de-icing roads, parking lots and sidewalks will not only benefit water quality, but also lead to long-term cost-savings as a result of purchasing less salt and reduced impacts on vegetation and corrosion of infrastructure and vehicles.

    A key challenge in reducing salt usage is balancing the need for public safety with the growing expectation for clear, dry roads, parking lots, and sidewalks throughout the winter. Notable efforts to improve winter maintenance and reducing salt usage while maintaining public safety have already been made by a number of winter maintenance organizations. The intent of the plan is to build on those efforts and to assist agencies, local governments and other stakeholders to determine salt reduction strategies to restore and protect Minnesota’s water resources.

    How you can help.....

    • Currently, there are no satisfactory alternatives to salt that are environmentally safe, effective, and inexpensive. However, here a few simple steps you can take to protect our lakes and streams.
    • Support smart salting. Support local and state winter maintenance crews in their efforts to reduce salt use.
    • Shovel first. The more snow and ice you remove, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it can be. After the ice has been broken up, you can decide whether deicer is even necessary to maintain traction.
    • Apply salt before the storm. Salting before can prevent snow and ice from building up on roads, therefore reducing overall salt use.
    • Slow down. Drive for winter conditions, and be courteous to slow-moving plows. The slower they drive, the more salt will stay on the road where it’s needed.
    • More salt does not mean more melting. Use less than four pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet (an average parking space is about 150 square feet). One pound of salt is approximately a heaping 12-ounce coffee mug. And be patient: salt takes time to work. Applying more will lead to unnecessary contamination.
    • 15º is too cold for most salt to work. Most salts stop working at this temperature. In frigid conditions, use sand for traction.
    • Sweep up extra salt. If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, it is no longer doing any work and will be washed away. The excess can be swept up and reused for the next snow or disposed of in the trash.

    For more on what you can do to reduce chloride in our waters, or to read more about MPCA’s role on this issue, visit the agency’s Twin Cities Metro Area Chloride Project webpage.

  • 31 Dec 2015 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    The golf industry in Minnesota has a track record to be proud of. Besides hosting numerous national golf events including the PGA Championship, both Men’s and Women’s Opens, and the 2016 The Ryder Cup, the business of golf annually generates over 2.3 billion dollars in revenue and employs 35,000 individuals in the state. Do you want to help ensure our industry remains strong and vital in the future? Attend the first ever Golf Industry Day on the Hill!

    Golf Industry Day on the Hill is your chance to tell your elective officials your story about the issues you face every day. Recently, the golf industry has been involved in conversations regarding phosphorous fertilizer, a license plate initiative, and limiting unfair taxation. We need YOU to be part of the conversation!

    This day, the first of its kind, will focus on telling the good story of the golf industry including a nudge encouraging legislative support of a water conservation program with the intent to protect irrigation allocation during times of drought.

    What key messages will we deliver to legislators?

    • Economic Impact of Golf in Minnesota: The golf industry has a $2.3 billion annual economic impact to the state’s economy and

    sustains 35,000 jobs.

    • Event Economic Impact: The Ryder Cup, the largest sporting event to be held in Minnesota, will be watched by 500 million people

    and will generate an economic impact of $140 million dollars locally.

    • Environmental Stewardship: Golf helps to create and steward 21,000 acres of pollinator habitat, wildlife

    corridors, native plant areas, natural water features and wetlands.

    • Green Space: Green space on golf courses increases carbon sequestration, generates

    oxygen, provides sound abatement and solar/glare reflection as well as dust


    • Stormwater Management: Golf courses provide for communities’ largest

    rain gardens, pollution abatement, ground water recharge and erosion


    The MGCSA and association partners the MGA, MWCMAA and MPGA need your physical support of this effort. Mark your calendar and participate in this initiative.

    More information will be made available soon.

  • 31 Dec 2015 5:36 AM | Anonymous

    Cycle Works is now  ECO Works Supply

    By Doug Daniel and Jim O’Neill

    Cycle Works Golf Supply is excited to announce that it will be changing its name on January 1, 2016 to ECO Works Supply. During the past few years our customer base has grown to include sports turf, park and recreation, and agriculture and we expect that trend to continue.   We still intend to focus heavily on the golf industry and our significant growth in golf this past year is a reflection of the acceptance of our products.

    We are also changing the name of our products to ECO Works. The products will be exactly the same; they will just have a new name ECO Works, as in ECO Works 16-4-8ECO Works Soil Amend PlusECO Works MicroBoostECO Works Dark GreenECO Works SC1200 etc.     The products will still be made by the same manufacturer; we will just be changing the name on the label. So wherever the product was Cycle Works previously, it will now be Eco Works

    We feel the choice of the name ECO Works Supply reflects what we are about. We have become one of the leading suppliers of natural and organic products in the industries we serve. We are committed to products that build great biological soils and sustain a good environment whenever possible.   We started with Cycle Works-only products in 2002.   We have since added products from GSR, Origination Natural Origins granular, Terra Max Tazo products, Dakotah Roots Compost, Texas Earth Compost Tea, Bio Pro and Hydretain, and Dave’s Amazing Pond and Turf Treatment as fertility and amending products.   We have also added the industry’s best suppliers, Total Sports, and Challenger synthetic turf products for tee lines and Green Jacket Covers, LeveLift, Turf Feeding Systems, Hole in White and multiple crew clothing options.

    Our newly named web site www.ecoworkssupply is being revised to both update and reflect these changes. We will offer planning and pricing tools to the web site along with suggested programs for the turf and agriculture industry.  In the future we will also offer the ability to order products directly from this site.

  • 31 Dec 2015 4:37 AM | Anonymous

    The 3M Championship is set to achieve an unprecedented goal for a Champions Tour event. Charitable contributions will reach $20 million in 2012 which also marks the tournaments 20th anniversary. There are no other Champions Tour events that have attained this level of charitable contributions in this time frame. “To be the first event to reach $20 million in 20 years is a remarkable milestone,” said Ian Hardgrove, senior vice president of sales and marketing for 3M. “We are proud to support the local healthcare programs that benefit from the 3M Championship.” Proceeds from the tournament continue to support local healthcare programs at Allina Health. The primary beneficiaries include Abbott Northwestern Hospital, United Hospital and Mercy & Unity Hospitals. The tournament donated $1.3 million to charity per year since 2007.

    In celebration of $20 million in 20 years, 3M executives have designed a commemorative logo.  The logo will be featured in advertising campaigns and signage throughout the event. The 3M Championship will take place July 30 – August 5, 2012 at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, MN.

    Nick PriceTom Lehman and defending champion Jay Haas will compete in the all- star lineup at the 3M Championship. “The spectators and our sponsors will get to see one of the greatest fields at any event on the Champions Tour, “ said Hollis Cavner, tournament director for the 3M Championship. Kenny Perry will be making his first appearance at the tournament. Also slated to appear are Fred CouplesBernhard LangerFred Funk and Mark Calcavecchia.

     General admission will be free for all spectators. “We are thrilled that Arnold PalmerLee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez will be headlining our Post-It® Greats of Golf Competition and autograph sessions,” Cavner said. 3M Championship fans will also have a chance to see Billy CasperDave Stockton and Don January on Saturday and Sunday in the Greats of Golf event.

    Roger Stewart CGCS, Director of Golf and his Superintendent Alex Stuedemann along with crew and volunteers have the course in spectacular condition.   Timely rains and a cooling trend have helped to make conditions worthy of the “Championship” title.  The Seniors can expect slick greens, firm fairways, manicured bunkers and plenty of open water.

    Good luck to the TPC Green Staff as they show off all their hard efforts.

  • 01 Dec 2015 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    Survey conducted by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America also shows increased water conservation practices at U.S. courses

    Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Golf course superintendents used 21.8 percent less water overall and just 1.44 percent of all irrigated water in the U.S. to maintain their courses in 2013, compared with usage in 2005, according to recently released survey data. The survey was conducted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and funded by the United State Golf Association (USGA) through GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).

    The survey results from nearly 2,000 golf course superintendents were collected and independently analyzed by scientists at PACE Turf and the National Golf Foundation (NGF), which published the findings for peer review before making the information public.

    “This study shows us that the golf industry has been addressing water issues for some time and is realizing positive results. The numbers show that golf course superintendents across the country have reduced water consumption,” said Wendy Gelernter, Ph.D., co-owner of PACE Turf, which has been providing data analysis for the golf industry for more than 25 years. “There is always room for improvement, however; and I think we will see even less water being used and fewer acres being irrigated in the years ahead.”

    Along with reducing overall water usage by 500,000 acre-feet, golf course superintendents increased their use of recycled water by 33 percent over the last study. Both of those trends are positive for the industry, since golf courses are able to filter recycled water before it re-enters the ecosystem.

    Golf course superintendents also have demonstrated water savings through turf reduction and improved technologies, such as computer-controlled targeted irrigation systems and sensors that measure soil moisture. Since 2005, golf courses have reduced managed irrigated turf by 14,430 acres, enough of a reduction to cover more than 100 golf courses. This reduction does not include golf course closures.

    In addition, the study provides data on average water use in the seven different agronomic regions of the country, with water usage the lowest in the Northeast and the highest in the Southeast and Southwest – two regions that have year-round play and turf growth.

    “The golf course superintendent profession is committed to science-based technologies and environmental stewardship,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “We hope that this national study will demonstrate our commitment to efficient water management and inspire the industry to continue to lead in the future. In the end, water management is about providing playing conditions that satisfy the needs of golfers today without compromising the needs of the future.”

    It’s not surprising to find water usage down and water costs up nationally for golf course managers. The picture of the golf industry has changed, and it will continue to evolve, even at the national championship level, where the world’s best players are seeing a shift from overall uniform green to firmer surfaces that receive less water.

    Visit www.gcsaa.org to review the complete survey report.

    Over the next two years, GCSAA will publish four additional national surveys in key areas related to golf course management as part of its Golf Course Environmental Profile. Each of those surveys is also being funded by the USGA through the EIFG.

    About GCSAA and the EIFG

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

    The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org. or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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