GCM’s Industry News Digest: August 2022

The latest golf course product and industry news, curated for golf course superintendents and other turf industry professionals.


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Editor’s note: The GCM team will be doing our best to maintain an up-to-date feed of announcements on this page. If you have news you think belongs here, please email Scott Hollister.

Monday, August 1

The Turf & Ornamentals business of Bayer is offering lawn care operators and golf course superintendents significant savings on its innovative turf management solutions. Until September 30, the NOW Solutions program has four ways to save, including volume discounts, select product rebates, tier rebates and pairing rebates on essential products, so turf professionals can manage even the most difficult-to-control weeds, diseases and insects.

To learn more, contact your distributor representative or visit to select products and calculate your savings.

Offering more power and more choices than ever before, Briggs & Stratton is excited to announce the launch of the new Vanguard® 7kWh* Diecast Commercial Battery. The 7kWh pack comes as an answer to OEMs’ requests for a flexible battery solution that can be utilized in a wider variety of applications including turf, golf and recreation. With this latest addition, Vanguard now offers a competitive range of battery power solutions including 1.5kWh, 3.8kWh, 5kWh and 10kWh options.

Designed for a life of up to 2,000 cycles with almost no scheduled maintenance needs and backed by a robust three year commercial limited warranty, the 7kWh Commercial Battery delivers the reliable, powerful performance OEMs have come to expect from Vanguard. For more information about the battery pack and all Vanguard electrification solutions, click here.

• Pro Turf International (PTI), a Las Vegas-based construction, landscape and golf maintenance company, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of serving golf courses around the country in a maintenance and construction capacity. PTI’s client list includes such high-profile Las Vegas courses as Cascata Golf Club, Shadow Creek Golf Club, Rio Secco Golf Course, Las Vegas National and Red Rock Country Club. It also works with Coral Mountain Golf Club in Southern California, Wildfire Golf Club in Scottsdale and Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. “We have been privileged over the years to work with many of the very best golf courses and course managers in the southwest,” says CEO Mickey Brown. “What we are most proud of is the length of many of those relationships. Our customer-first philosophy has led to many solid relationships that we still cherish today.” Visit

Thursday, August 4

• Primera awarded three winners of the inaugural Kropp Strong Scholarship program at the organization’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show July 18-20 in Madison, Wis. The Kropp Strong Scholarship program honors past Primera Board Chairman Michael Kropp. The inaugural scholarship winners were Hailey Bohrer, a finance major going into her senior year at the University of West Virginia, Rosabella Pitera, who is pursuing her Medical Doctorate at the University of Minnesota, and John Martin IV, an Engineering student at the University of North Georgia.

The employee-owners of PBI-Gordon Corporation announced the promotion of Eric Smith to vice president of regulatory, formulation, and GLP, and the promotion of Jason Manz to the newly-created role of vice president, strategic marketing, and new business development.

After holding regulatory and research positions with United Industries Corporation and Incyte Genomics, Smith joined PBI-Gordon in 2014 as federal registrations manager – responsible for the management of all FIFRA-related regulatory actions in support of the registration and sale of PBI-Gordon products. Since then, Smith’s duties have expanded to include oversight of the company’s lab services team, oversight of state and federal regulatory affairs, the development and execution of strategic and tactical plans, and staff mentorship.

In his new role, Manz will lead PBI-Gordon’s planning process to develop, enhance and implement strategic marketing and operations plans. He will also serve as the lead for the company’s subsidiaries in the areas of acquisitions, licensing of technology, negotiations with third parties, and sourcing the development of new business opportunities that support PBIGordon’s overall growth strategy.