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Turf colorants: History, uses and best practices

Posted in Audiocast Update 03 August 2017 · 3,372 views

In this episode of the Pin Sheet, recorded August 2, 2017, host Jon Kiger chats with Jeff Vannoy of BASF on the history, uses and best practices for utilizing turf colorants on actively growing, semi-dormant and dormant turf.


Heat and humidity are upon us...

Posted 22 July 2017 · 1,149 views

In this episode of the BASF Pin Sheet (recorded July 20, 2017), host Jon Kiger chats with Kyle Miller of BASF about the current state of heat and humidity around the country and what superintendents should be aware and wary of to get through this period unscathed.


Summer Stress update from Kyle Miller

Posted in Audiocast Update 11 July 2017 · 1,188 views

In this episode of the BASF Pin Sheet, host John Reitman caught up with BASF's Kyle Miller at the Southeastern Turfgrass Research Center Field Day on June 28 in Lexington, KY.


Kyle updates us on concerns of golf course superintendents regarding plant stress in mid-summer, and explains the mode of action of BASF's Intrinsic product line.


A lot of information packed into five minutes! Listen:


Jeff Vannoy on Summer Stress

Posted in Audiocast Update 23 May 2017 · 1,256 views

In this episode of the BASF Pin Sheet, host Jon Kiger chats with Jeff Vannoy, Sr. Product Manager for BASF Turf. Topics include planning for (starting at EOP the previous fall), causal agents, and avoiding and/or minimizing summer stress on fine turf.


Jeff also explains the popular BASF Holiday Spray program which provides a template for superintendents to control summertime diseases with spray applications around the three major US summer holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.


Craig Loving, Lost Creek CC, Austin, TX

Posted in People 18 April 2017 · 1,559 views

With a wingspan of about 3 feet and dagger-like talons, the great horned owl is a critter to be respected.
Craig Loving helping free a great horned owl caught in fishing line.That didn't stop superintendent Craig Loving of Lost Creek Country Club from stepping forward when a great horned owl needed a helping hand after becoming ensnared in some fishing line last month at the course in Austin, Texas.
Fishing line had become wrapped around the owl, preventing it from flying. The problem, besides the fishing line, the beak and the talons, was that the owl was perched in a small tree in a pond. Loving slipped on some waders, grabbed a pair of pliers and went into the water to help the bird.
The owl, unable to escape, sat still for the most part. And although the bird protested a little, Loving said in a video that captured the event that talking to the animal seemed to help keep it somewhat calm.
"I cut the fishing line. It was still wrapped around it. I unwrapped it a couple times," Loving said.
"He kept slamming his beak down . . . to say 'hey i don't like this,' but i kind of talked to it a little bit."
Once the bird was freed from its nylon captor, Loving coaxed it onto the handle of a shovel and walked it to shore. After resting on the ground under a large tree for a few minutes, the owl flew off, seemingly none the worse for wear.
"It was a little intimidating, especially when the beak started snapping at me, but it was cool, definitely was very cool.
"It was definitely the first time I've ever done that it was a new experience."

Jeff Vannoy: Controlling Dollar Spot

Posted in Audiocast Update 31 March 2017 · 1,064 views

In this episode of the Pin Sheet, presented by BASF, host Peter McCormick chats with Jeff Vannoy, Senior Product Manager at BASF, about the challenges of controlling dollar spot. Jeff updates us on new chemistries and recommended spray programs for dollar spot, including BASF's Start Early, Stay on Course, Finish Strong program.


More information on the Start Early... program can be found here.


Kyle Miller: GIS recap and early season warmth

Posted in Audiocast Update 24 February 2017 · 1,195 views

In this episode of The Pin Sheet, host Jon Kiger chats with Kyle Miller, senior technical specialist at BASF, about the recent Golf Industry Show, his observations on the state of the industry, and the potential effects of early season warmth being experienced by much of the country.


Anthony Williams, CGCS, Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas

Posted 23 February 2017 · 986 views


Our buddy Anthony Williams, CGCS, recently took a break from his plaque-polishing duties to celebrate a new job - as director of golf course maintenance and landscaping at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.


Williams spent 30 years with Marriott Golf, and most recently was superintendent at 36-hole Stone Mountain Golf Club near Atlanta, where he also was the arborist for Stone Mountains 3,200-acre state park.


Plaques he must regularly polish include the 2009 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year award, J.W. Marriott Award of Excellence, Georgia GCSA Superintendent of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards.


A ninth-degree black belt in karate who had to put his skills to use on the job to ward off would-be muggers at the 2008 GIS in New Orleans, Williams also authored The Environmental Stewardship Toolkit:  How to Build, Implement, and Maintain an Environmental Plan for Grounds and Golf Courses.


The Four Seasons has been the site of the PGA Tours AT&T Byron Nelson since 1983, and will play host to one more event before moving to Trinity Forest in 2018.


John Zimmers, Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Posted in People 15 February 2017 · 1,417 views

Dave Delsandro, left, delivered the induction speech as John Zimmers, right, of Oakmont Country Club recently was enshrined in his high school's Monogram Club.According to legend, John Zimmers was a pretty good baseball player back in the day at Tyrone High School in west-central Pennsylvania. But it has been his work in the golf business that grabbed the attention of folks back in his hometown of Tyrone.
On Jan. 28, Zimmers was one of eight people inducted into Tyrone High School's Golden Eagle Monogram Club.
The 2007 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Award winner, Zimmers, 45, has been superintendent at Oakmont since 1999 after spending three years as superintendent at Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio.
Zimmers got his start in the business by happenstance when he answered a help-wanted ad in the Altoona Mirror. That ad had been placed by Paul R. Latshaw at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, more than 200 miles away. His career includes overseeing two U.S. Open championships (2007, 2016), a U.S. Women's Open in 2010 and the 2003 U.S. Amateur.
Dave Delsandro, Oakmont's director of U.S. Open operations and projects, was on hand to announce Zimmers' induction.
"John is the absolute best," Delsandro said in the Altoona Mirror. "He is such a great manager, honest, hard-working, and a good communicator."
The Monogram Club is a group open to all letter-winners from Tyrone Area High School. It began Honor Group inductions in 1988 and has added a new class to the group every other year since 2001.

BASF at GIS2017: "Championship Conditions"

Posted 01 February 2017 · 1,072 views

In this Pin Sheet audiocast, Jon Kiger chats with Jeff Vannoy, BASF Sr. Product Manager, Turf, about BASF's new products, updates and activities planned for the upcoming GIS2017 in Orlando. 


The theme of the BASF booth (#3033) is "Championship Conditions". A panel discussion with John Zimmers of Oakmont Country Club and a presentation by Mark Kuhns of Baltusrol Golf Club highlight the schedule.


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