The Research and Educational facility of Bayer Environmental Science, a Business Unit of Bayer Crop Science, has been selected for the 2018 Best of Clayton Award in the Laboratory category. Each year, the Clayton Award Program recognizes companies that have achieved exceptional success through service to their customers and the community.
“The research and development efforts at the Clayton facility are fundamental to the discovery of new solutions and cutting-edge expertise for our customers across the globe,” said Jake Doskocil, Ph.D., Bayer Clayton Site Manager and Principal Scientist. “It’s an honor to have been recognized by the Clayton Award Program, and we are grateful to be part of an impressive community that generates important work not only for this community, but for the broader turf and ornamentals industry.”
The Bayer Research and Education Facility in Clayton, N.C., hosts more than 50 events every year and welcomes more than 1,000 customers, university experts and other industry professionals as part of its ongoing commitment to customer centricity, sustainability, stewardship and product development.
In 2018, the development staff at the Bayer Environmental Science Development and Education Facility in Clayton conducted more than 160 biology-based trials in the facility’s laboratory, greenhouse and field to test and measure the efficacy of insect, disease and weed management technologies.
The 278-acre Bayer Research and Education Facility has been in operation since 1957 and is the only Bayer center of excellence specializing in turf and ornamentals for Environmental Science globally. Similar centers of excellence operate out Monheim, Germany and Paulínia, Brazil.
SiteOne Landscape Supply launched a mobile-friendly e-commerce website that allows customers to place orders from anywhere at any time. Customers can search product availability, get access to their specific pricing and place orders for pickup or delivery on the website 24/7. Through Dec. 31, 2018, customers can get 5 percent off their first order placed through the new website with the offer code SAVE. The offer is valid once per customer on non-agency product.
“The new SiteOne.com is a major step forward in customer convenience,” said Doug Black, CEO of SiteOne. “We’ve completely redesigned the online capabilities for our customers to save them time and make ordering easier than ever before. In addition to finding product availability and pricing, they can also create custom lists to help organize their needs for particular jobs or seasonal purchasing during the year. Additionally, a local SiteOne associate will review orders when they are placed on the site to make sure customers get what they need, when they need it. We are very excited to deliver this new level of service to our customers.”
To use the site, users must set up an online account. Once registered, customers will be able to place orders, manage their account and access many other new features. In addition to the site’s enhanced e-commerce abilities, SiteOne.com provides resources such as video tutorials, business tips, product category specific articles, green industry event information and more.
PBI-Gordon Corporation announced this week that it has officially moved into its new corporate headquarters, located at Shawnee Crossings office building, 22701 West 68th Terrace in Shawnee, Kan. PBI-Gordon manufactures consumer and professional turf and landscape products, and animal health, nutrition and grooming products.
PBI-Gordon announced its purchase of the building in March 2018. Since then, the building has undergone renovations to accommodate approximately 100 of the company’s employee owners. PBI-Gordon currently employs more than 400 nationally in facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Florida.
PBI-Gordon has been headquartered in the Kansas City metro area since its founding in 1947. The company recently moved from its former headquarters at 1217 W. 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri’s West Bottoms, where it had been since 1981.
“PBI-Gordon has had steady growth through the years attributed to launching new products and increasing market share across all customer segments,” PBI-Gordon President Don Chew said. “Our new headquarters at Shawnee Crossing will give us room to accommodate this growth, provide a modern and interactive environment for our employee-owners, and continue to be part of the fabric of the greater Kansas City community.”
"We couldn’t be happier to have PBI-Gordon in Shawnee Crossings,” Shawnee mayor Michelle Distler said. “They’re not just bringing 100 jobs to our City,
they’re also bringing a rich history of 70 years of success. That kind of stability will be great for Shawnee and for the state.”
PBI-Gordon Corporate Headquarters Facts
--Address: 22701 West 68th Terrace, Shawnee, Kansas
--The 95,510 square foot office building was constructed in 2004, originally occupied by Perceptive Software. The building has been vacant for four years.
--More than 100 employee-owners are moving with the headquarters to Shawnee.
--Nearly percent of all employees at PBI-Gordon headquarters live in Kansas.
--No research or manufacturing will be done at the Shawnee headquarters. Local research and manufacturing will remain at the company’s Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., facilities.
Joe Passov has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the ASGCA Donald Ross Award. The award, given annually since 1976, is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture. It will be presented to Passov in May as part of the 2019 ASGCA Annual Meeting in Phoenix-Scottsdale, Ariz.
"Joe is among a small group of true golf writers – in contrast to the scores of golf critics – who are communicating about golf courses today,” ASGCA President Jeff Blume said. “He's the rare journalist who understands the history, culture and strategy of the game and is producing thoughtful pieces that help the golfing public understand what golf course architects do. Joe's insight and creativity stand out in today's quick-hitting news cycle, and ASGCA wants to recognize his commitment to his craft."
Passov specializes in writing about golf travel and golf course architecture. He has researched and written more than 300 articles on classic courses and architects, including features on Alister MacKenzie, A.W. Tillinghast, Perry Maxwell and Donald Ross. He has interviewed nearly every top modern architect, and has had the pleasure of teeing it up with more than 40 ASGCA members. Perhaps best known for his popular “Travelin’ Joe” and “Eye on Design” columns in GOLF Magazine, Passov has had more than 2,000 articles published in nearly 100 publications in North America, the U.K. and Asia.
Formerly Editor-in-Chief of LINKS Magazine and prior to that appointment, a senior staff editor at three other major national golf publications, Passov has written about golf and related topics for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated and Men’s Health, among other publications. He has also served as Contributing Editor at Golf Travel China and Golf Travel Korea.
Passov graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1988. He lives in Cave Creek, Ariz., with his wife Betsy, whose favorite courses are Cypress Point and Ballybunion. Passov’s sister Lori is married to fellow Arizonan Ken Kavanaugh, ASGCA.
The Donald Ross Award is presented by the ASGCA Awards Committee, co-chaired by ASGCA Past Presidents Steve Smyers, ASGCA, and Rees Jones, ASGCA Fellow (the 2013 Donald Ross Award recipient).
Past Donald Ross Award Recipients
2018: President George Herbert Walker Bush, U.S. president
2017: Alice Dye, ASGCA Fellow, golf course architect
2016: Michael Bamberger, golf writer
2015: Bradley S. Klein, golf writer
2014: Maj. Dan Rooney, founder, Folds of Honor Foundation
2013: Rees Jones, ASGCA, golf course architect
2012: Bill Kubly, golf course builder
2011: James Dodson, golf writer/editor
2010: Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner
2009: Ron Dodson, sustainable golf advocate
2008: George Peper, golf writer
2007: Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA, golf course architect
2006: Jim Awtrey, chief executive officer, PGA of America
2005: John Singleton, irrigation pioneer
2004: Thomas Cousins, philanthropist, urban golf developer
2003: Bill Campbell, president, USGA, captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
2002: Byron Nelson, professional golfer
2001: Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, professional golfer, golf course architect
2000: Jaime Ortiz-Patino, owner and president, Valderrama Golf Club
1999: Arnold Palmer, professional golfer
1998: Judy Bell, president, USGA
1997: Gene Sarazen, professional golfer
1996: Ron Whitten, golf writer
1995: Pete Dye, ASGCA, golf course architect
1994: James R. Watson, agronomist
1993: Brent Wadsworth, golf course builder
1992: Paul Fullmer, ASGCA executive secretary
1991: Michael Bonallack, secretary, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
1990: John Zoller, executive director, Northern California Golf Association
1989: Dick Taylor, editor, “Golf World” magazine
1988: Frank Hannigan, executive director, USGA
1987: Charles Price, writer, “Golf World” magazine
1986: Deane Beman, commissioner, PGA Tour
1985: Peter Dobereiner, “London Observer” columnist, author
1984: Dinah Shore, sponsor of women’s golf tournaments
1983: Al Radko, director, USGA Green Section
1982: Geoffrey Cornish, ASGCA, golf course architect, historian
1981: James Rhodes, governor of Ohio
1980: Gerald Micklem, captain, Royal & Ancient
1979: Joe Dey, executive director, USGA
1978: Herb and Joe Graffis, founders, National Golf Foundation
1977: Herbert Warren Wind, “The New Yorker” columnist, author
1976: Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, ASGCA founding member
Bayberry Hills Golf Course, a Cape Cod course designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva in 1988, has completed a two-year, $2 million renovation. The Town of Yarmouth (Mass.) engaged the services of Tim Gerrish, RLA of Providence, R.I., a former member of the Cornish/Silva team, to examine the layout and recommend changes that would make the course friendlier to the average golfer while maintaining or even enhancing the course’s challenge to low-handicap players.
Embracing the Augusta National design style, bunkers have been renovated and repositioned to enhance play options, plus bunkers have been replaced with closely mown collection areas on some holes, providing the golfer multiple options for greenside recoveries. Other changes include widening fairway corridors and green surrounds and replacing rough areas in front of greens with tightly mown fairway, creating the illusion of false fronts in many cases.
Gerrish also expanded approaches and green surrounds, offering players opportunities to access areas of the greens without having to carry bunkers. For the less aggressive or high-handicapper, areas to “bail out” and chip for par were created with undulating terrain to add visual interest, variety and shot options to the ground game. New turfgrass species and additional topsoil will reduce fertilizer and water use.
Fairway corridors have been widened and tree lines thinned allowing for recovery shots where previously none existed. This feature, accomplished through the removal of over 3,000 trees, provides enhanced course playability along with improvements in aesthetics from the added panoramic course views.
Gerrish experimented with adding several “waste or native areas” of exposed sand on the course to provide an additional feature not common on Cape Cod courses and reduce the environmental impact of water, mowing and fertilizer use. The par-3 12th hole now has a flowing sand area forming a dominating hazard for the better player while framing the hole for the less accomplished.
The original bunkers were rebuilt to reduce sand area while maintaining proper proportions and enhancing the original style. Lining the bunkers with Capillary Concrete allowed dramatic sand flashing while reducing bunker face maintenance, especially following rain events.
Forward teeing areas on four holes were added for more options in course set-up while providing additional user friendliness. Three tees were resurfaced, including the new championship tee on the par-3 third, stretching the course to nearly 7,300 yards. In some cases, tees were located for better playability and additional playing surface was added to others, providing varied play lines and more tee placements.
The cart path system was also revised, eliminating wear on playing surfaces and resulting in significant improvement in playing conditions and green and tee access. The changes reduce pace of play and allow play in adverse weather.