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Kyle Miller: GIS recap and early season warmth

Posted in Audiocast Update 24 February 2017 · 541 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 · 144 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 · 636 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 · 453 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.


Paul Carter, CGCS, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay

Posted 06 January 2017 · 436 views

Thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated individuals at Harrison Bay State Park near Chattanooga, Tennessee, it has been possible since 2011 to witness bald eagles more up close and personal than anyone could have previously imagined.

Through the years, there have been a lot of heart-warming scenes on display through the Harrison Bay Eagle Cam. Viewers have been able to watch eggs being laid, new eaglets hatch and grow as the adults brought back blackbirds, turtles and fish to feed them. and ultimately leave the nest. There have been some sad stories as well, including a couple of years where the eaglets did not survive.
Truly, it has been Mother Nature at her finest.
This nesting season, however, it was Mother Nature that knocked out the camera perched in a tree above the nest during a storm in early December. Federal regulations, namely The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, make it illegal to harm, kill or otherwise harass the birds.
Talk about irony.
Paul Carter, CGCS, who has been a key driver in the project since its inception (his daughter, Hannah, named the adults Elliott and Eloise), said they won't be able to retrieve the camera until the eagles have left Harrison Bay for the season in the spring.
The timing was unfortunate as a new female (dubbed Eliza, courtesy of Hannah) joined Elliott in the nest, replacing Eloise.
For now anyway, the second camera that captures the nest and the surrounding area from ground level will have to do - that is unless anyone wants to cover the $500,000 fine and do the jail time that comes with harassing the birds. If next year is anything like the past five, the wait will be worth it.

BASF's Kyle Miller: December to Remember... plus a look back and a glance ahead

Posted in Audiocast Update 20 December 2016 · 373 views

TurfNet's John Reitman chats with Kyle Miller of BASF about the challenges December has brought to mid-Atlantic and snow belt turf managers so far, while also looking back on the past season and ahead to the next.




BASF's Kyle Miller: Post-Labor Day recap; preparing for fall and winter

Posted in Audiocast Update 18 September 2016 · 1,355 views


In this episode of The BASF Pin Sheet, TurfNet's Jon Kiger chats with BASF Sr. Technical Specialist Kyle Miller about the recent summer season in the north and mid-Atlantic regions, and what to think about to properly prepare for fall and winter.


BASF's Dr. Kathie Kalmowitz: Managing Pythium for bentgrass >> ultradwarf conversions

Posted in Audiocast Update 07 September 2016 · 856 views


For this audiocast episode of the BASF Pin Sheet, host Jon Kiger caught up with BASF Technical Specialist Dr. Kathie Kalmowitz at a recent BASF Turf Research & Solutions Seminar held at Druid Hills Golf Club in the Atlanta area.


Topics include differing strategies for managing Pythium and other diseases on both bentgrass and ultradwarf Bermudagrass in the South, and special concerns for those converting from bent to ultradwarf.


Marty Smith, University Park (Illinois) Golf Club

Posted 06 September 2016 · 4,225 views

Who says you cant go home again?


Marty Smith of University Park Golf Club. Photo by Daily SouthtownMarty Smith spent the past 12 years as superintendent of University Golf Club south of Chicago until the city-owned course closed last November. He returned in June when Billy Casper Golf took over the management contract on the course that had fallen into disrepair since it closed.


Renamed University Park Golf Club, the course is scheduled to reopen this week


Casper has a large footprint in the Chicago area. With a portfolio of more than 150 courses nationwide, Casper manages nearly 30 courses in Illinois, at least 17 of which are in the Chicago area.


When Smith returned to the course in June, grass in the roughs was tall, really tall, as high as 3 feet in some places.

The club had targeted a Labor Day weekend grand reopening, but that was delayed thanks to rainfall totals of 4-5 inches in August in the Chicago area.


Audiocast: Willie Pennington, industry icon

Posted in Audiocast Update 28 July 2016 · 1,216 views

In this audiocast episode of the BASF Pin Sheet, Jon Kiger chats with long-time BASF Southeast Sales Representative -- and industry icon -- Willie Pennington. Jon and Willie cover a broad range of subjects, from Mother Nature to bent-to-Bermuda conversions, changes in levels of turf inputs over the years... and Willie's penchant for deep sea tuna fishing vacations!



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