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  • 29 May 2018 4:58 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The educational and networking event for assistant superintendents will welcome 50 members to its 2018 class this fall.

    May 22, 2018 GCM staff

    John Deere Golf and Bayer Environmental Science are now accepting applications for the 13th annual Green Start Academy (GSA). Applications can be submitted on the Green Start Academy website through June 25.

    Fifty applicants will be selected to attend the event, held Oct. 24-26 in North Carolina. Assistant superintendents will be notified of their selection during the week of Aug. 6. Travel costs are supported by John Deere and Bayer.

    Open to assistant superintendents from the U.S. and Canada, Green Start Academy offers an opportunity for attendees to advance their careers, develop critical business skills, and network with prominent professionals in the industry.

    “The Green Start Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for assistant superintendents,” says Ren Wilkes, marketing manager for John Deere Golf. “As a leader in the golf industry, we know it is important to help shape the next generation of superintendents. For more than 12 years, we have witnessed countless GSA alumni use their experiences from the event to propel their careers and further the game of golf.”

    As part of Green Start Academy, attendees will travel to the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C., the John Deere Turf Care factory in nearby Fuquay-Varina, and the John Deere headquarters in Cary, N.C. In addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look at the John Deere and Bayer facilities, attendees will be able to network with and learn from top golf industry professionals to gain invaluable, career-enhancing insights.

    “As every superintendent knows, turf care is only part of the job,” says David Wells, golf segment manager for Bayer. “Networking, budgeting, leadership and other skills are critical too. GSA was designed to cultivate those skills, and to provide a venue for assistants to meet one-on-one with both their peers and those they aspire to emulate. We’re honored to help assistants grow their roles as future leaders of golf course management through GSA each year.”

    David Delsandro, grounds superintendent at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and an adviser for the 2018 Green Start Academy, has seen firsthand the program’s value.

    “Attending Green Start Academy was a defining moment in my professional development,” says Delsandro, a 2006 Green Start Academy alumnus and a 16-year GCSAA member. “John Deere and Bayer provided a first-class, fantastic experience. Each year I continue to recommend that all of our assistant superintendents apply.”


  • 24 May 2018 8:44 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Despite abundant water resources in the state and region, our water supply is not endless

    Sam Bauer’s family is in the tire business. But he’s all about grass—the kind you find in a lawn. As a teenager, Sam worked at the local golf course near his home in Wisconsin, falling for the outdoors and the lush green turf. He knew even then that this would be his lifelong pursuit.

    “My passion is around putting less stuff on our lawns, including water,” he said. “We can have both: green grass and water savings.”

    Today, Bauer is an Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota working on a two-year water efficiency project with the Metropolitan Council. Preserving our precious water supply is a goal both organizations share.

    We don’t always treat water like the precious resource that it is. Data show that homeowners in the metro area use three times as much water during the summer months as compared with winter months. That’s because we’re tapping our water supply to keep our lawns green, often using lawn irrigation or sprinkling systems.

    It’s a pattern that prompted the Council to partner with the U of M to survey residents about their lawn irrigation systems and practices, and test the performance of different grass species under dry conditions. Do we really need so much water for lawn irrigation?

    Summary of irrigation practices survey

    • ·      Residents prefer Kentucky Bluegrass, a species that requires more watering to stay green than lower maintenance grass species, like the fescues.
    • ·      Many residents run their irrigation, or lawn sprinkler system, on an every-other-day schedule, regardless of the weather or soil moisture.
    • ·      The average homeowner waters a significant portion of impervious surfaces, in other words, sidewalks, streets, driveways and patios.
    • ·      Most irrigation systems have leaking sprinkler heads and many homeowners don’t have their systems checked for efficiency.

    Here’s Sam’s advice about your lawn irrigation system; “Turn it off! We’re overwatering, wasting water, and wasting money, and our lawns aren’t necessarily better for it.”

    He recommends manually turning irrigation systems on and off, as needed, to supplement rainfall during dry conditions. Or, investing in a smart irrigation controller that links to a weather station and automatically adjusts for weather conditions.

    Tips for a luscious lawn and water savings

    • ·      Check irrigation system sprinkler heads to ensure they’re working properly and repair them if they’re not.
    • ·      Adjust sprinkler heads so they’re not watering hard surfaces.
    • ·      Use grass species that require less water and maintenance.
    • ·      Adjust your irrigation system as you change your landscaping.
    • ·      Maintain grass at about 3.5 inches high.
    • ·      Aerate soil to improve infiltration and infuse oxygen.

    Sam says there’s real value to managing lawns appropriately, and homeowners bear responsibility for using water resources efficiently and effectively.

    It’s one of many strategies the Council embraces to protect the region’s abundant but vulnerable water supply now and in the future.

    There’s no understating the value of water. Water is prosperity. Water is essential. Water is life.

    You can help

    You can save money—and water for future generations—by replacing your clock-based irrigation controller with a WiFi connected, WaterSense-certified Smart Controller. For more information, contact your water utility or visit the EPA WaterSense website.

    The Council's Water Conservation Toolbox has useful resources for homeowners.

  • 22 May 2018 8:59 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    By Eric Roper Star Tribune

    The Legislature has approved a measure to halt enforcement of a sweeping 2017 court order that reined in water use in communities around White Bear Lake.

    The measure, approved by the Senate Monday and the House last week, would effectively pause new regulations imposed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this winter on a dozen cities in the northeast metro.

    Those stem from a lengthy legal battle over low levels of White Bear Lake, which a judge attributed last year to excessive pumping of groundwater that the DNR should have stopped.

    The regulations require permitted groundwater users within 5 miles of White Bear Lake to enforce residential sprinkling bans tied to lake levels, set per-capita limits on water use, and develop plans for switching to river or lake water in the future.

    Those changes remain in limbo while the affected cities are challenging them through the administrative hearing process. The DNR also appealed the judge’s ruling on Friday, but it has already inserted the court-ordered provisions into groundwater permits.

    The legislation would bar the DNR from enforcing the order for one year. It passed the Senate on a 42-25 vote.

    Sen. Roger Chamberlain, who sponsored the Senate bill, said during Monday’s debate on the measure that citizens in the affected cities have been denied due process.

    “The judge did not simply just order damages to the plaintiffs,” said Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes. “The judge has stepped in and said, ‘You’re going to spend money.’ ”

    Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, said the Legislature was improperly intervening in an ongoing legal process.

    “I think it would set a really terrible precedent, [and] be a very bad move for the Legislature to say when we disagree with a district court’s decision, that we are going to intervene and pause the legal proceedings because we don’t like it,” Latz said.

    Gov. Mark Dayton, a DFLer, indicated he was open to delaying the rules.

    “If they need another year to try to work out a better resolution, I could certainly — I wouldn’t veto that,” Dayton said at a news conference Monday. “I’m not going to take a position on the bill, one way or the other.”

    The judge’s ruling last year could change the habits of hundreds of thousands of people in the metro area. That’s in part because it brought one of the region’s largest water suppliers, St. Paul Regional Water Services, into the new requirements. St. Paul’s 400,000 customers get most of their water from the Mississippi River, but the utility also maintains wells within 5 miles of White Bear Lake.

    In a filing Monday asking to stay the district court’s ruling, the DNR said the judge’s order was based on “many erroneous factual and legal conclusions.” It challenged, for example, the court’s conclusions about what constitutes normal White Bear Lake levels.

    “DNR will be opening administrative proceedings for 18 challenges [to amendments] required by the district court while simultaneously appealing the judgment as factually and legally erroneous,” the agency said. “This multiplicity of proceedings will lead to extensive and costly litigation that may be rendered moot if this Court reverses any material portion of the district court’s order.”

    Regarding St. Paul, it added: “An administrative law judge could find that there is no basis to require the St. Paul Regional Water System to implement a residential watering ban across the entire city of St. Paul given that it draws all or nearly all of its water from non-groundwater sources.”

    In an interview last month, Assistant DNR Commissioner Barb Naramore said the agency does not believe a residential irrigation ban would have much effect on White Bear Lake levels.

    “The science is continuing to develop,” Naramore said. “We don’t agree with the court’s interpretation of the information that was available at the time of the trial. And there’s additional information available.”


  • 18 May 2018 12:11 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Member Driven Research

    CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A RESEARCH IDEA TO BE CARRIED OUT AT YOUR FACILITY

    ON SIGHT- A Directional Pivot for Member-Driven Research

                    In the winter of 2012/13, the MGCSA membership embarked on a new research initiative with the University of Minnesota’s Turfgrass Science Program titled Member-Driven Research.  Member-Driven Research was created whereby the members would help determine the projects we would conduct. Since 2013, this collaborative effort has led to innovative studies on topics such as using growing degree-days to precisely schedule an application of plant growth regulators, wetting agent influences on surface performance, and strategies to minimize or overcome the impacts of winter damage; such as bentgrass germination in low temperatures and variety freezing tolerance of common and alternative turfgrass species. These studies are on the leading edge of turfgrass research in northern climates, something that the MGCSA should be very proud of.  We showcase this research through five regional Outreach events across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, as well as In-reach events in the Twin Cities.  In addition, this research is published in Hole Notes, Golf Course Management, Golf Course Industry, Green Section Record and in various peer-reviewed scientific journals.    

                    As researchers we strive to produce timely results that can be implemented in your day-to-day management programs.  To have confidence in our recommendations, we require our research to be replicated both in space (more than one location) and time (more than one year).  Through replication we Identify impact of weather, soil types, management programs, ect…  To that end, it can often take us researchers some time to “catch up” to the innovative practices that you are “studying” on a daily basis at your properties.  While we continue down the path of cutting edge research in long-term studies, such as degradation of wetting agent chemistries over time based on temperature, we (and the membership) had the desire to get back to the heart of the Member-Driven Research initiative, that being quick, practical studies determined by the membership. 

                    At the biennial MGCSA Board of Directors Retreat, U of M floated the idea of ON SIGHT research to the board.  The idea is simple- golf course superintendents, assistant superintendents, or management staff can submit research ideas through an intake form on the MGCSA website.  Our program will evaluate these ideas and coordinate with superintendents to carry out these studies on their golf courses.  We would help you design a trial to study your research question and put some ownership back on you to take pictures and collect data.  Superintendents will then communicate back to us on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for the duration of the study.  The opportunities here are endless and this is a great way to learn about innovative strategies from your peers. 

                    To get the ON SIGHT research off the ground in the first year, we solicited the Board of Directors for study ideas, some of the topics identified for ON SIGHT research included:

    • Protecting annual bluegrass from winter injury
    • Syringing of putting greens as a means of plant cooling
    • Moss control on putting greens
    • Fungicide efficacy on the duration of dollar spot suppression
    • Late-fall plant growth regulator applications
    • Bentgrass variety germination in cold temperatures

                    We are excited about this pivot in direction and we will keep the membership updated through Hole Notes articles and a blog housed on the MGCSA website and at turf.umn.edu.  Look for this information and the study intake form in the near future.

                    Our first study of the year is already underway and it came about from the recent warming trend that spanned almost a week in mid-February.  Annual bluegrass comes out of dormancy earlier than creeping bentgrass in the spring and this February heat wave caused a concern of dormant annual bluegrass waking up from winter.  When grasses come out of dormancy they take in water and subfreezing temperatures following this can cause death by crown hydration.  As a superintendent, there no opportunities to keep annual bluegrass in dormancy (covering prior to the warm up would only encourage growth), but is there anything you can do to protect it from the impending cold?  Brent Belanger (U of M GC Superintendent) and Erin McManus (Medina CC Superintendent) were kind enough to allow us space to put covers on annual bluegrass at their properties prior to the freeze in late-February. We are evaluating two different cover styles- Excelsior covers and Evergreen covers, with and without a reapplication of contact fungicide for snow mold prevention.  

                    Stay tuned as we continue with ON SIGHT research this spring and thank you for your continued support. 

    UMN Turfgrass Science Team  


  • 18 May 2018 9:39 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    May 15, 2018 Howard Richman, GCSAA

    The students of James B. Beard, Ph.D., had a name for him.

    “We used to call him ‘the pope of turfgrass,’” says Johnny Walker, GCSAA South Central field staff representative. “His mind was always working on the next research project and was so interested in what made the plant work.”

    Beard, 82, passed away Monday evening. He is considered a pioneer in turfgrass science, and spent much of his career at universities, including Michigan State and Texas A&M, which is where Walker studied under him.

    A native of Bradford, Ohio, Beard authored numerous works, including the famed “Turfgrass: Science and Culture” in 1973, “Turf Management for Golf Courses,” and 2004’s “Beard’s Turfgrass Encyclopedia for Golf Courses, Grounds, Lawns, Sports Fields.” Beard, who wrote hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and technical papers, donated his collection of turfgrass research materials in 2003 to the Turfgrass Information Center at Michigan State, where he taught from 1961 to 1975.

    “He is the grandfather — the godfather — of turfgrass science. I don’t think anybody would argue with that,” says Kevin Frank, Ph.D., associate professor at Michigan State. “What stands out was his leadership in making turfgrass a science.”

    The recipient of GCSAA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1993, Beard earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Ohio State University and, later, both his master’s in crop ecology and doctorate in turfgrass physiology from Purdue University. He founded the International Sports Turf Institute, headquartered in College Station, Texas, and had been professor emeritus of turfgrass at Texas A&M since 1993.

    “He was focused, congenial, respectful. He was a visionary when it came to building a strong research program across the board,” says Paul Rieke, Ph.D., an authority on turfgrass soil and nutrition in his own right and a colleague of Beard’s at Michigan State. “He was a very precise scientist. He clearly challenged the status quo.”

    Joe Vargas, Ph.D., was a colleague and longtime friend of Beard. Vargas launched his career 50 years ago as a researcher at Michigan State. “I started Nov. 1, 1968, and by the second week, he dragged me up to Boyne Highlands (in Harbor Springs, Mich.) to put out a snow mold plot,” Vargas says. “Before him, we were spray-and-pray guys. Dr. Beard was the first real scientist to understand why things were happening, such as why there is stress in the plant. He did the research. The main thing he taught me was how to be a critical researcher and not just jump into something. I would go talk to somebody, which usually was him.”

    Never far away was Harriet Beard, who was a wife and a teammate. So much, in fact, that she collaborated with him and their son James on the book “Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf,” which was selected as the 2015 recipient of the American Library Association’s Oberly Award for best bibliography in agricultural or natural sciences. Often, Beard would supply handwritten work, and Harriet, who grew up on a farm that adjoined the Beard family’s, would type it up.

    Beard’s impact is felt still.

    “I met him when I had just started here (in 2010),” says Ben Wherley, Ph.D., associate professor at Texas A&M. “I visited with him and Harriet at their house. For someone who was supposed to be retired (Beard taught at Texas A&M from 1975 to 1992), he was still very active, and you could see the two of them were very close. You still could see the enthusiasm for turfgrass science. It was his life. We still cite a lot of his workings and teachings.”


    Howard Richman is GCM’s associate editor.


  • 07 May 2018 5:33 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Download your application today!

    The Program: The Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents’ Association offers a scholarship program designed to assist children and grandchildren of Class AA, A, B, C, D, EM, Associate and Affiliate members. The MGCSA provides scholarships to students attending college or vocational programs at any accredited post-secondary institution. The program is independently managed by Scholarship America, a national non-profit student aid service organization. Awards will be granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, national origin or financial need.

    Selection of Recipients: Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of education and career goals and an outside appraisal. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. In no instance does any member of the MGCSA play a part in the selection. Applicants will be notified by the end of July whether they have been awarded or denied a scholarship.

    Eligibility: Applicants for the MGCSA Legacy Scholarships must be: children/grandchildren of Class AA, A, B, C, D, EM, Associate or Affiliate members who have been members of the MGCSA at least five years; High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or    students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or    vocational-technical school, and under 23 years of age.

    Awards: Three awards will be given to children and grandchildren of Class AA, A, B and C members. One award of $1,500 in the name of Joseph S. Garske will be given to the highest evaluated applicant. That award will be renewable for one year contingent upon full- time enrollment and satisfactory academic performance. One other  $1,000 award will be given to other qualified applicants from this group. One  $1,000 award will be available to children and grandchildren of Class D, EM, Associate and Affiliate members. These awards are not renewable. However, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

    Obligations: Recipients have no obligation to the MGCSA or its members. They are, however, required to supply Scholarship Management Services with current transcripts and to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes of address, school enrollment or other relevant information. Except as described in this brochure, no obligation is assumed by the MGCSA.

    Deadline for Applications: June 1st, 2018


  • 19 Apr 2018 8:37 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    From:   Manuel Jordan
                President
                Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation

    MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF) is proud to announce that it is donating $134,715 
    towards Minnesota Turf and Grounds research. Since 1992, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation has donated $1,484,041 
    towards turf and grounds research.
     

    In March, the MTGF Board of Directors approved four funding requests at its March Board Meeting. The Board approved a donation 
    of $65,000 towards TROE Center operations. The Board feels the continued research and operations at TROE Center is a major benefit 
    for Minnesota turf managers. 

    The MTGF Board approved a MTGF donation of $49,715 towards Teaching, Research, and Outreach Programs at the Urban Forestry, 
    Outreach, Research & Extension (UFore) Nursery and Lab. 

     

    The MTGF Board approved a $5,000 for students at the University of Minnesota/Crookston to pursue a Pre-Game Agronomic Field Safety 
    Assessment for Sports Fields: Future Implications of Risk Management. Field safety is a concern. This research will benefit sports field managers.
     

    The MTGF Board approved a donation of $15,000 for Tree Trust's Green Teens program. This program will place teenagers as interns at 
    Green Industry related companies. The Board feels introducing teens to various companies involved in the Green Industry is a worthwhile use of funds.

    The mission of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is to promote the green industry in Minnesota through support of research, education and 
    outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. The MTGF pursues its mission in various ways. One of these is an annual "Call For Proposals," 
    titled the "MTGF Research Gift Program," whereby researchers, instructors and outreach faculty and staff involved in turf and grounds work may 
    submit requests for unrestricted gifts to support their activities. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, funding approved by the MTGF will not be subjected to 
    overhead or other indirect charges or costs. The dates for submission, review and approval may change on an annual basis as well as the protocol stipulated 
    for the submission of gift requests.

    For more information about the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, visit www.mtgf.org or contact the MTGF Business
     Office at 952-473-3722.


  • 04 Apr 2018 8:28 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Minnesota DNR request to stay an order restricting heavy water use is roundly rejected. 

    By Josephine Marcotty Star Tribune

    MARCH 30, 2018 — 9:00AM

    In a blistering order issued Thursday, the judge in the landmark White Bear Lake case stood by her previous ruling directing the state to restrict groundwater pumping and lawn watering to protect the sensitive lake, setting up an unusual collision between the courts and the Legislature.

    Ramsey County Judge Margaret Marrinan denied a request by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to stay her September ruling and its request for a new trial, harshly criticizing the agency for what she called a “stunning” history of failing to comply with state laws designed to protect the environment.

    DNR officials had no comment on the latest ruling, though earlier they said they may ask the state Court of Appeals to reverse it.

    But now the Legislature has entered the fray as well. A new bill would prevent the agency from the continuing steps it’s already undertaken under Marrinan’s order to impose water-use planning and restrictions on east metro communities and businesses, which they are fighting in administrative courts.

    Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, one of the bill’s sponsors, said Marrinan’s decision “made things worse,” and that it stops citizens and local communities from managing their water.

    The judge “has stepped into the shoes of the legislative and executive branches of government, and citizens have no recourse,” Chamberlain said. “She is in conflict with us.”

    If the bill were to become law, it’s not clear which directive the DNR would follow, said Barbara Naramore, assistant DNR commissioner.

    We would be in an undeniably uncomfortable position,” she said.

    But Shannon Whitaker, one of the plaintiffs in the case who testified against the bill this week, said that not only would the bill stall critical progress in protecting the lake, its introduction ignores the authority of the courts and the separation of powers in government.

    “Is this a precedent that people want?” she said. “That one body of government can supersede another?”

    A long, intense battle

    The 2013 lawsuit against the DNR was filed by residents of White Bear Lake, a northeast metro summertime landmark, after the lake shrank before their eyes, leaving docks and boats high and dry. It dropped as low as 919 feet above sea level, recently recovering to 923 feet only after heavy rainfalls.

    The real long-term problem, they said, is excessive demand for groundwater among the growing communities around the lake, coupled with the DNR’s reluctance to deny permits for large-volume pumping, which was draining an aquifer that sustains the lake and supplies drinking water to many communities.

    Much of the case relied on a study by the U.S. Geological Survey that found that many lakes in the region are closely tied to groundwater flow and extremely sensitive to withdrawal.

    After a monthlong trial, Marrinan agreed. She said that the evidence showed that the DNR had known for many years that groundwater use in the area was not sustainable, but refused to limit groundwater permitting or impose water restrictions.

    In her decision, she outlined the agency’s failure to comply with state environmental laws, and what she called its betrayal of the “public trust doctrine,” the legal obligation of the state to protect natural resources for its citizens. She ordered the state to restrict groundwater pumping unless sustainable levels could be established, and to issue lawn-watering bans when the lake level is below 923.5 feet above sea level. Lawn water, a nonessential use, accounts for 30 percent of the annual water use in the northeast metro area, she said.

    DNR officials said the opinion was unreasonable, and disagreed with Marrinan’s interpretation of the science. They also said it went beyond what is necessary to ensure sustainability, and added that the DNR was in the process of developing a regional water use plan. They asked her to stay the order, which she declined to do Thursday, saying that the inconveniences it presents are minor and manageable.

    “On the one hand stands the demonstrated, irreparable, disproportionate injury caused by the permanent depletion and impairment of …(a) public resource,” she wrote. “On the other is the … temporary inconvenience to those who mindlessly waste these assets on nonessential uses.”

    The DNR, she added, “failed to enforce requirements it has been under an obligation to enforce for years.”


  • 03 Apr 2018 5:51 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    GreenJacket becomes TarpDevils’ Master Distributor!

    GreenJacket and TarpDevil have formed an agreement where GreenJacket is the Master Distributor of the TarpDevil throughout the United States as well as Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Russia and Australia within the International market.

    TarpDevil was introduced to the turfgrass industry with great fanfare in late August of 2017. The first of its kind, TarpDevil is the industry's new solution to reduce the burden of collecting and deploying covers on the golf course and in the sport turf and equestrian arenas. This tractor mounted, hydraulically controlled cover management system exponentially reduces the labor required to manage tarps in spring and fall. A short video of TarpDevil can be seen here: http://tarpdevil.com/tarp-devil-product-video-live/

    "GreenJacket and Sto-Cote have a track record of bringing leading solutions to our current and future cover customer base. This latest innovation is particularly exciting and we are proud to be affiliated with and represent TarpDevil across the USA and around the world!"

    -Jim Stoller, President of Sales and Marketing for GreenJacket

    "We are thrilled to have forged an agreement with progressive industry-leaders like Jim and Garry at GreenJacket. They have a long-standing reputation of serving their clients with best in class cover solutions and we couldn't think of a better partner to help us serve end users as well as dealers and distributors in the US and international markets."

    -Jordan Kitchen, President of TarpDevil:

    The TarpDevil will make the work of Rolling and Unrolling covers so much easier. Jordan and his team invented a durable, tractor-mounted, hydraulically driven Cover Management System. It's North American made, compact, and can work with a tractor you have on hand.

    About TarpDevil TarpDevil was founded in 2017 and is proudly Canadian. Owned wholly by 2579099 Ontario Inc. the company is a boutique innovation company who engineers, patents, builds and supplies key solutions to the green industry rooted in efficiency. The company has offices and manufacturing facilities in Puslinch, Ontario, Canada.

    About GreenJacket

    The GreenJacket® project began in the spring of 1996. The family business, Sto-Cote Products, Inc., was established 70 years ago in 1948 and over the years has been heavily involved with the flexible plastics industry. Sto-Cote offers a complete line of engineered flexible plastics for a wide array of creative applications. GreenJacket®, has continued to work closely with turfgrass professionals as well as university professors and researchers to make refinements and add a full suite of supporting accessories. Now 30 million square feet and 20 years later, the firm continues to take pride in helping its clients achieve a wide variety of turf protection goals.

    To learn more about how the TarpDevil and GreenJacket Turf Covers can help your turf, please contact us: Phone: 888-786-2683 Email: garry@greenjacket.com  www.greenjacket.com


  • 28 Mar 2018 5:50 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)
    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. –The PGA of America announced today, with a sweeping social-media assist from the gold medal-winning U.S. Men’s Curling Team, that Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota will host the 47th Ryder Cup in 2028.

    Hazeltine -- site of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team’s 17-11 victory in 2016 -- will become the first American venue to host a second Ryder Cup. Four English courses have hosted multiple Ryder Cups: The Belfry (1985, ’89, ‘93, 2002); Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club (1961, ‘77); Royal Birkdale Golf Club (1965, ’69) and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club (1933, ’37).

    Four members of 2018 U.S. Curling team – skip John Shuster, vice skip Tyler George, second Matt Hamilton, and lead John Landsteiner – participated in the 30-second video spot, which blended equipment, athletic postures and traditions usually reserved for either golf or curling.

    The video was posted this morning on RyderCup.comTwitter and Instagram, and culminates with the U.S. Curling Team sending a curling stone gliding down the ice (“sheet”) to the red circular target (“house”), where the iconic Ryder Cup Trophy is waiting to symbolically declare the Ryder Cup’s return to Minnesota in 2028.

    Last month in South Korea, the Men’s Curling Team captured America’s first Olympic gold medal in the history of the sport.

    Officials from the PGA of America and Hazeltine will gather on April 10 in Chaska to discuss the return of the Ryder Cup, which comes little more than 18 months after the completion of the 2016 event.

    Designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1962 and enhanced by his son, Rees Jones, in 2002 and 2005, Hazeltine National Golf Club takes its name from nearby Lake Hazeltine. The par-72 layout blends the rolling hills, lakes, mature woods and prairies of the Upper Midwest and is consistently ranked amongst America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

    Hazeltine began its tradition of hosting major championships more than 50 years ago. Beyond the most recent Ryder Cup, it has hosted the U.S. Women’s Open (1966, ’77), the U.S. Open (1970, ’91), the U.S. Senior Open (1983) and the PGA Championship (2002, ’09).

    Hazeltine is also scheduled to host its third women’s major championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 18-23, 2019.


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