Lastec has introduced Ryan Cheek as sales director for the U.S. operation.
“This is an opportune time to join Lastec with new initiatives and a growing product range for residential and commercial customers,” Cheek said. “I am honored to be a part of this innovative, employee-owned company that has earned an excellent global reputation in the golf and turf industry for more than 25 years.”
Cheek brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and operation management for a major outdoor power equipment company. He has significant experience in growing brands, building strong planning processes and creating branded experiences across multiple platforms to grow business.
“We are excited for Ryan to join Lastec and apply his industry knowledge to continue growing the entire Lastec range of products,” said John Smith, CEO of Wood-Mizer Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Lastec.
Flomatic Corporation has introduced its new Model 508S6 Ball Check Valve, a simple, yet reliable 316 stainless steel check valve. It features a full-ported valve seat uniquely designed to allow a strong phenolic ball to seat on a Nitrile (Buna-N) seat. For vacuum or anti-flooding valve applications, an optional "floating" rather than "sinking" ball is used. Due to its simple, flow efficient design, the valve is virtually maintenance-free. This valve is commonly used in submersible wastewater lift station applications. The optional vacuum breaker mounted on the access port reduces hydraulic shocks (water hammer).
“It was our goal to deliver a longer service life ball check valve; the Model 508S6 does just that,” Flomatic President Bo Andersson said. “This new valve can be installed both vertically and horizontally and the optional Flomatic Auto-Vac Model 77 vacuum breaker makes this a one-of-a-kind valve. I am very proud of the work the team has done with this new valve.”
Rated at 150 PSI and a MAX 180° F, Model 508S6 is now available for immediate ordering on 1 ¼”, 1 ½” and 2” sizes.
Tripp Davis and Associates has been retained by Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichols Hills, Okla., to direct the extensive renovation and restoration of the Perry Maxwell and Alister MacKenzie designed course that opened in 1929.
The TDA plan will renovate drainage, cart paths, the structure of tees, greens and bunkers, and re-grass most of the course, to include using Latitude 36 Bermuda for tees and fairways, and 007 bentgrass for the greens. Work will include restoring the original rounded/irregular shape of the tees, returning strategic widths in fairways and removing many introduced trees, plus restoring the strategic intent and style of the bunkers and the size of the original greens.
The work to the greens also will include preserving the existing contours, mostly original, while making minor changes to enhance them for modern play. All greens had the existing contours scanned and each layer of the rebuilding of the greens will be carefully monitored with GPS equipment to make sure the important contours are artfully preserved. TDA is also working with EC Design of West Des Moines, Iowa, to plan a completely new irrigation and pumping system.
“Being given the responsibility to renovate and restore the Maxwell/MacKenzie course at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club is uniquely exciting for me given my history there and the many friends I have there,” said Tripp Davis, lead golf course architect. “I first played the course in 1985 as a freshman on the University of Oklahoma golf team, and it has since been one of my favorite courses in the world. Being able to bring the golf course back to more what it was intended to be by Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie will be one the greatest thrills of my professional career.”
The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club was one of only a few courses that Maxwell and MacKenzie collaborated on, with Crystal Downs in Michigan, and the Ohio State University Scarlet Course being two of the more high-profile courses they did together. Davis has limited his workload so he can be on site, 30 minutes from his home, on an almost constant basis.
TDA Shaper Jason Gold, who has been a TDA staff member for over 10 years, will be on site to shape the course, while Davis will personally oversee the shaping of the surfaces of the greens to preserve the existing character.
“Jason and I will be working to make sure every detail is right and that every strategic element is pure to how Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie wanted the course to play,” Davis said. “They were extraordinary at making everything they did look like a natural part of the land, and using that to create beautiful strategic variety and interest, highlighted by the angles they created and the importance of precision when playing into the greens.”
Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club will close its golf course for construction this winter and there are plans for a limited reopening in December 2019, with full play in Spring 2020.
The employee-owners of PBI-Gordon Corporation announced that Steve Clifford joined the company as chief operating officer effective July 31, 2018. He was previously an audit partner and the managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Kansas City office from 1999 through his retirement in 2015.
Clifford, who has served as an advisory director on the PBI-Gordon board of directors since his retirement in 2015, is an experienced senior executive who successfully led several organizations during his career. In addition to his duties at PBI-Gordon, he also serves as a director on the board of Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE: FGP), an American supplier of propane.
In the newly created position of chief operating officer, Clifford will direct operations of PBI-Gordon’s three business units: Pest Management, PetAg and Pegasus Laboratories. Additionally, he will oversee the company’s information technology and enterprise resource planning teams. Clifford will report directly to PBI-Gordon CEO Don Chew.
“Steve Clifford is a proven business leader and will be an outstanding addition to the PBI-Gordon management team,” Chew said. “His experience in helping companies make their businesses better through strategic development, a focus on financial performance metrics, and attainment of immediate and long-term growth objectives will be vital as we continue to grow and increase market share across all the sectors we serve.”
In addition to his current roles with PBI-Gordon and Ferrellgas, Clifford serves as a member of the board of the archdiocese of Northeast Kansas. He is also the former chairman of the board of both Cristo Rey High School and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is also a former director of the Boy Scouts of America and Rockhurst High School, among others.
Divanem nematicide from Syngenta has been registered for use in California. With the nematicide active ingredient abamectin, Divanem helps superintendents manage multiple plant parasitic nematodes, including lance, root knot and sting.
“By offering Divanem to superintendents in California, we are meeting their needs for reliable nematode control and improved aesthetics and playability for their courses,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager at Syngenta. “Since being introduced in other states in 2016, Divanem has become an integral part of agronomic programs to help control these elusive, but very damaging pests.”
When used as part of an agronomic program with solutions such as Heritage Action fungicide, superintendents can simultaneously manage nematodes while preventing additional stresses turf can encounter when weakened. When turf roots are damaged by nematodes, the plant is unable to effectively absorb water and nutrients from the soil. A damaged root system also weakens the plant and decreases its ability to defend itself against biotic and abiotic stress like heat, drought and disease, which can negatively impact turf quality.
“Damaged and stressed turf is more susceptible to infection, so using Divanem with Heritage Action provides nematode control against species like root-knot while boosting turf’s defenses against disease pathogens,” said Dr. Dean Mosdell, technical services manager for turf at Syngenta. “Heritage Action fungicide delivers proven control of soil-borne disease with a boost of acibenzolar-S-methyl (ASM) for enhanced biotic and abiotic stress management.”
Divanem is available in a package containing two half-gallon jugs and qualifies for yearlong savings as part of the GreenTrust 365 program, which runs until Dec. 7, 2018. It is also available as part of a Multipak with one half-gallon of Divanem and five one-pound bottles of Heritage Action in a convenient combination to treat 5 acres.
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