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TWO neighbouring regional golf superintendents associations from southern Ontario wrapped up their seasons Oct. 22 by engaging in a friendly Ryder Cup-like match play tournament at the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club in Union. In what was promoted as the first annual Syngenta Ryder Cup Superintendent Charity Challenge, the host Greater London Association of Golf Superintendents (GLAGS) soundly defeated the visiting Kent-Essex Golf Superintendents (KEGS) by a 14-7 margin.  
The Guelph, Ont.-based Sports Turf Association has become the first recognized international affiliate of the Sports Turf Managers Association of Lawrence, Kan.
St. Catharines, Ont. is looking at installing a new $3.4-million artificial turf sports field in the city. The project will include a single field, sports lighting, seating for 800 spectators, a field building with change rooms, washrooms and equipment storage, a bus dropoff and parking for 100 cars. FULL STORY
THE next few years are apt to be rough for Ontario’s sports turf managers, in the wake of a province-wide cosmetic pesticide ban implemented in April, but those up to the challenge can still produce acceptable playing surfaces, more than 250 members of the Sports Turf Association were told in September. “I think we can overcome those challenges over the next few years, but it’s going to be rough,” said Dr. Eric Lyons, assistant professor of turfgrass science at the University of Guelph, speaking at the STA’s 22nd annual field day at Brantford, Ont.’s Lions Park.
IT was a banner day for the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation on Sept. 14. The organization raised approximately $40,000 from its annual fundraising golf tournament, held at The National Golf Club of Canada in Woodbridge, which will be earmarked for turfgrass research.
CANADIANS involved in the professional turfgrass management industry have been given the rare opportunity to influence U.S. policy, by taking part in a survey administered by Rutgers University. In a recent memo to members of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association, executive director Jerry Rousseau said he had been contacted by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) of Health Canada to help provide input for registering new pesticide products for use on turfgrass in Canada.
As most people hunker down at the sound of another winter weather warning, snow and ice management contractors are out reaping the harvests of abundant snowfalls. Recently, nature has been accommodating to the snow and ice business while money is hard to earn elsewhere in the current economy. If you plow snow, you’ve experienced the potential. But if you only offer a plowing service, you’re missing out on the increased profits of material spreading. Whether you’re currently in the snow business or looking to get in the game, it may be time to break the ice and jump into the growing trend of full-service snow and ice management.
The "stench of rotting turf" has prompted the Regional Municipality of Niagara to urge its residents to leave grass clippings on their lawn. Complaints have been fielded about the foul smell coming from Niagara's main composting facility. FULL STORY
Metro Central YMCA in Toronto has initiated a new green roof project. A running track at the top of the building was not much more than hot concrete and offered little in the way of aesthetics. The greening project, although still in its early stages, will also offer plenty of environmental benefits. FULL STORY
The home of Major League Soccer's Toronto FS club is looking to replace its playing surface with natural turf for the start of next season. BMO Field, which opened in 2007, has operated the past two years with artificial turf. FULL STORY
A group of University of Saskatchewan students has built a "green" roof atop a condominium building in Saskatoon, hoping it will be a model for positive change. FULL STORY
John Deere's Welland Works has extended its closure date until at least the end of the year. The announcement will give another four months of work to 60 or 70 employees at the plant in Welland, Ont. FULL STORY
The resume of St. Charles Golf & Country Club superintendent Kerry Watkins shows he has accomplished something few other superintendents have achieved. The 32-year-old Winnipeg man has worked at all four of professional golf's major tournaments. The experience has proven invaluable, and now he is poised to draw on that experience as he prepares to host next year's CN Women's Open on the LPGA Tour. FULL STORY
Alberta's Fairview College will not be offering its turfgrass equipment technician program this fall due to low enrolment. Although the course has been suspended, it may be brought back in a year. FULL STORY
Glen Trentini, a veteran golf superintendent and former president of the Saskatchewan Turfgrass Association, died Saturday, July 25 at the age of 48. He was a founder of Deer Valley Golf & Estates, building the golf course in a valley setting. The course, which opened in 2001, was one of Saskatchewan's most scenic and challenging golf courses. FULL STORY
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