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Heat and humidity are upon us...

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.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Summer Stress update from Kyle Miller

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:  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Jeff Vannoy on Summer Stress

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.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Craig Loving, Lost Creek CC, Austin, TX

With a wingspan of about 3 feet and dagger-like talons, the great horned owl is a critter to be respected.   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

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Jeff Vannoy: Controlling Dollar Spot

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.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Kyle Miller: GIS recap and early season warmth

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.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

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

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 S

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

John Zimmers, Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania

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 y

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

BASF at GIS2017: "Championship Conditions"

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.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Paul Carter, CGCS, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay

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

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

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

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.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Marty Smith, University Park (Illinois) Golf Club

Who says you cant go home again?   Marty 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

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Audiocast: Willie Pennington, industry icon

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!    

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Scott Bender, CGCS, Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky

A 2015 renovation project at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, Kentucky resulted in reducing the bunker count from 69 to 67 at this former Champions Tour site. That might not sound like much, but as is often the case in the golf business - things are not always as they appear.    The project also reduced bunker square footage from 130,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet in an effort to reduce the threat of washouts after rain events and to make the course more friendly for resort pla

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Tom Fisher, Wildwood Golf Club, Allison Park, Pennsylvania

There are hazards, and then there is the greenside bunker on the fourth hole at Wildwood Golf Club near Pittsburgh. Wildwood pro Bernie Hough watched recently as a female snapping turtle spent four hours depositing a clutch of eggs in a hazard on No. 4 on the course in suburban Allison Park. The club is going the extra mile to help ensure the nestling turtles get a chance to survive. Superintendent Tom Fisher made sure the area was roped off so golfers dont disturb the nesting site, and gol

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Matthew Wharton, Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, North Carolina

While many golf courses are marketed as a place to spend a weekend, the Carolina Golf Club near downtown Charlotte is a little different.   "We're not the club where you live. We're the club where you work. You can see the tops of the buildings downtown from here," said superintendent Matthew Wharton. "On weekdays, we're very busy for lunch with the business crowd."   So when it was time to rejuvinate an event lawn area near the clubhouse, it was a task Wharton and his crew took seriously.   T

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Audiocast update: BASF's Kyle Miller on dollar spot control, industry outlook

In this BASF Pin Sheet update, host Jon Kiger chats with Kyle Miller, BASF Sr. Technical Specialist about scheduling dollar spot applications.  With his thumb on the pulse of the industry, Kyle also relates his take on the outlook for the golf industry in 2016.   Kyle Miller has been with BASF for 27 years, and is based out of Chesterfield, Virginia.         

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Jeff Plotts & Clay Breazeale, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

The next time a group of golfers ask why the playing conditions at their home course don't resemble those they see on TV every week, remind them what it is involved in readying a course for just one week in the spotlight. TPC Sawgrass, home of the upcoming Players Championship, is as good an example as any.   Director of golf course maintenance Jeff Plotts, superintendent Clay Breazeale and their agronomy team spend more than half the year prepping the Stadium Course for the annual fifth major

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Mike Harrison, Osoyoos GC, Osoyoos, British Columbia

Give Mike Harrison an A for effort.   Harrison, superintendent at Osoyoos Golf Club in Osoyoos, British Columbia since 1991, recently spoke to his town's Rotary Club, providing insight into his job to golfers and non-golfers alike. It might not sound like a big deal, but it is a platform most superintendents are not afforded.   Harrison talked about the challenges of the job, including personnel management at a 36-hole property, water management and more. Osoyoos is in south-central British Col

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Chris Tritabaugh, Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minnesota

When Chris Tritabaugh left Northland Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota, for Hazeltine National Golf Club three years ago, the Ryder Cup Matches seemed so far away. Now, Tritabaugh and his crew are in the final run-up to the Ryder Cup.   "When I started, it was almost four years to the Ryder Cup. I thought that was going to be a long time," Tritabaugh said. "These three years have flown by."   Whether it is at Hazeltine, the uber-tough Robert Trent Jones design in Chaska, just outside the Twin

John Reitman

John Reitman

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