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Architect/consultant launches app to measure water, energy use


Staples Golf Resource Group, a golf course consulting firm headed by president Andy Staples, recently launched a mobile energy and water savings calculator designed specifically for golf course development.


The Energy Snapshot for Golf allows users to analyze energy and water use and costs. The tool then calculates potential cost savings. Staples, also a golf course architect, developed the tool after years of research.


Matching those calculations with the golf course's energy and water costs, the tool is then able to provide an estimate of annual dollar savings and carbon emissions reductions.  A series of savings tips and a 90-day action plan are also provided.


E-Z-GO names new marketing director


611c097f9669ed7035c3e7be78a540b4-.jpgE-Z-GO recently named Gary Johnson as its director for golf marketing and strategy.


Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in the golf business including the last seven as product manager for E-Z-GO's golf and turf vehicle product lines.


In his new role, Johnson's responsibilities will include product management, new product development, market research, marketing communications, and development of new go-to-market strategies in the golf industry.


NGCOA names Course of the Year finalists


The National Golf Course Owners Association has nominated a handful of courses for its 2013 Course of the Year Award.


Finalists for the award are Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside, Calif., Redstone Golf Club (Tournament Course) in Humble, Texas, Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan., and The Old Course at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.


The award recognizes member-owned courses that excel in course quality, ownership and management, contributions to the community and contribution to the game. The Course of the Year winner, which will be announced Feb. 6 at the NGCOA Annual Conference in San Diego, will come from a group of modern-era courses that are distinguished in each area. The NGCOA conference is held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show.

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