GCM’s Industry News Digest: June 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.


Tuesdsay, June 7, 2022

  • SiteOne will host the 25th annual Women in the Green Industry Conference Oct. 6-9 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is now open for the four-day professional development event focused on helping women in the green industry flourish.

Aerial view of Ghost Creek golf course
Greenworks Commercial's expanded 82V line will continue its rollout through fall and winter 2022. Photo courtesy of Greenworks Commercial

  • Greenworks Commerical announces the expansion of its 82V line of heavy duty edgers, trimmers, blowers, chainsaws and powercutters. Additional products from the product expansion will roll out in fall and winter 2022, including the Greenworks Commercial 30" Walk-Behind Mower and the 24" Dual Stage Snow Blower.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Aerial view of Ghost Creek golf course
Pinehurst Resort will host the 17th annual Green Start Academy this December. Photo courtesy of Green Start Academy

  • Green Start Academy (GSA) is ready to welcome a new class of assistant superintendents to its annual leadership and development program. The 17th annual class will be only the second to be held at Pinehurst Resort in N.C. GSA, hosted in partnership by John Deere, Bayer, and Rain Bird, is premiere event for assistant superintendents to learn key career development tools that will help propel their careers further, including balancing a budget, how to manage DEI in the workplace, resume building, networking tips, and more. The program is currently accepting applications through August 1, 2022. Those interested can apply for a spot in this year’s class on the Green Start Academy website.

Friday, June 17, 2022

  • Audubon International, an environmentally focused non-profit organization that offers members numerous certifications and conservation initiatives to protect the areas where we live, work, and play, has announced a new partnership with Australian golf and environmental sustainability organization epar that will extend its worldwide footprint and help influence, build and recognize Australian golf as a sustainable, compliant and climate-smart sport. Based in Broadmeadow New South Wales Australia, epar works with like-minded sport sustainability allies to explore and develop innovative net-zero approaches, technologies, and nature-based climate change solutions that address the fundamental sustainability challenges facing golf. To learn more about how your golf course, community or resort can gain recognition for your environmental efforts or to learn how to expand your initiatives through Audubon International’s numerous environmental certifications, visit auduboninternational.org or call toll tree: 1-844-767-9051.

Friday, June 24, 2022

SpeedPro XT

  • Prime Source, a division of Albaugh, LLC., is proud to announce a new unique glufosinate-based herbicide combination for the turf and ornamental markets. Surmise® SpeedPro XT has received EPA registration and will be available for purchase summer of 2022. Surmise® SpeedPro XT combines the broad-spectrum power of glufosinate with the enhanced speed of pelargonic acid and the long-lasting control of imazethapyr. This powerful trifecta provides quick knockdown and non-selective control of annual and perennial broadleaf and grassy weeds with at least three months of residual control. For more information on these and the full line of products from Prime Source, visit primesource-albaugh.com.
  • RightLine LLC announces that Cary Zech has joined the company as Regional Sales Manager. Cary joins RightLine with more than 20 years of experience in the turf and ornamental markets, most recently with Pennington Seed, Madison Ga. In the new position, Cary will represent the existing RightLine products, which includes EPA-registered herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, plant growth regulators, nematicides and nutritional products. He will also help launch a series of new products in 2022 and 2023. Information regarding RightLine, the products the company markets and supporting materials may be found on the company website, rightlineusa.com.
  • Kansas State University has announced Beth Guertal as program director for the Center of Excellence on Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience to Climate-Change in Haiti led by the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab. Guertal is responsible for managing the center's day-to-day operations, supporting the center's vision and goals and serving as a leader in the national education, research and outreach community. Guertal will support the development of the individual university plans, oversee the capacity development of the Haitian faculty and provide guidance of the scientific aspects of their applied research. She will also be working with the Haitian universities to help master's students with their research. Additionally, Guertal will support, develop and implement the broader human and institutional capacity-building activities with the Haitian partners. She will foster agricultural education, training, research, extension, and link farmers with the private sector through improved collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing to address agricultural problems and food and nutritional security in Haiti.
  • Howard Fertilizer and Chemical Company Inc. has announced that Sean McNerney has been appointed Director of Sales for the company’s Turf and Ornamental Division. In his new role, McNerney will be directly responsible for managing the Florida Golf Division while supporting all other segments of the turf and ornamental business. McNerney became acquainted with Howard Fertilizer as a customer when he was a golf course superintendent, then supported the company in a manufacturer’s role during his eight years at Bayer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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  • Prime Source, a division of Albaugh, LLC., announced the hiring of Mike Daugherty as Midwest Territory Manager and John Rom as Mid-South Territory Manager. Daugherty will be responsible for MN, IA, MO, ND, SD, NE and KS. Rom will be responsible for TX, OK, AR, NM, and CO. For more information on Prime Source products, visit primesource-albaugh.com.
  • The founders of PACE Turf, Drs. Larry Stowell and Wendy Gelernter, announce its acquisition by Dr. Micah Woods, President and Chief Scientist of the Asian Turfgrass Center (ATC). Dr. Woods will become director of the award-winning, science-based online turfgrass management information service, and Drs. Stowell and Gelernter will become visiting research directors. The PACE Turf subscription information service delivers online, premier, science-based solutions to turf management problems using site-specific climate, weather and pest forecasting systems, breaking research news, information and expert advice that is customized for each PACE Turf member location. The website also hosts an extensive collection of turf management tools and guides, including the widely used Climate Appraisal form, that is available free of charge as a public service. Subscribe to PACE Turf’s online information service at paceturf.org/members/signupThe Asian Turfgrass Center works with turf managers globally to provide expert and unbiased advice on how to best obtain desired turfgrass conditions. Its website, asianturfgrass.com, contains information used by turfgrass managers around the world.
  • The Georgia GCSA announced the recipients of the 2022 Legacy Scholarships, which offer educational aid to children and grandchildren of Georgia GCSA members. The awards are funded by the Georgia GCSA and sponsored by Jerry Pate Company. Applications were reviewed independently by the Georgia GCSA scholarship committee. Criteria for selection included academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement, leadership, and outside employment. Students were required to submit an essay stating a positive change that they have noticed in their Georgia GCSA parent or grandparent since the onset of the pandemic. To be eligible, one or more of the applicant's parents or grandparents must have been a Georgia GCSA member for five or more consecutive years and must be a current Georgia GCSA member in one of the following classifications: A, B, C, Retired A, Retired B superintendent or AA Life. Students must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution for the next academic year. This year’s recipients were:
  • Addison Griffith, daughther of Scott Griffith, University of Georgia Golf Course (TOP SCHOLAR)
  • Hayes Miller, son of Bryan Miller, Cartersville Country Club
  • Molly Miller, daughter of Bryan Miller, Cartersville Country Club
  • Jackson Thebeau, son of Tom Thebeau, The Chimneys Golf Course
  • Mack Morris, stepson of Tim Busek, St Ives Country Club
  • Charles Wilder, son of Gary Wilder, ClubCorp
  • Brian Petrelli, son of Chris Petrelli, Eagle’s Landing Country Club
  • Lucy Hunt, daughter of Bill Hunt, Athens Country Club
  • Thomas Scott, son of Andy Scott, Newnan Country Club
  • Garrett Northam, son of Charlie Northam, Hamilton Mill Country Club