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Dint Golf Solutions is now the exclusive supplier in Australia and New Zealand of the GreensGroomer
GCSA Bronze Partner Dint Golf Solutions has announced that it is now the exclusive supplier in Australia and New Zealand of the US-manufactured GreensGroomer. Fabricated and assembled in Indianapolis, the GreensGroomer aids in the incorporation of topdressing medium on golf course surfaces and has proven a hit with superintendents and turf managers the world over according to Dint managing director Adam Dinte. “We spoke with a few Australian superintendents that have imported the GreensGroomer unit themselves from the USA,” says Dinte. “We couldn’t believe the comments we were hearing about it! Each one these supers literally told us that it’s one
ADAMA’S EVOLUTIONARY FUNGICIDE HITS THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET Agro-chemical company Adama has launched the first turf-registered option in Australia for fairy ring control – Evolution fungicide. Evolution is a premium, differentiated fungicide mixture containing 120g/L of the active ingredient azoxystrobin and 200g/L tebuconazole. This unique combination provides systemic control of a broad range of turf diseases including fairy ring, dollar spot, helminthosporium, anthracnose, winter fusarium and brown patch. Evolution provides powerful control of fairy ring in turf, as both actives have excellent known activity on many of the causal organisms that produce fairy ring symptoms. The combination of
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of the best units they own and wouldn’t know what they would do without it! We are very excited to be partnering with GreensGroomer and to have the opportunity to bring such a high quality product to the Australian golf market.” The GreensGroomer can be used all year round and aims to improve turf health. According to its manufacturer, it won’t scuff, bruise or damage turf on greens, fairways or tees and effectively moves both wet and dry topdressing and brushes off heavy dew and grass clumps. It also assists in controlling grain, promotes leaf healthiness and grass density and can reduce the frequency of verticutting. The GreensGroomer’s patent-pending brush quickly and easily moves topdressing evenly with no windrowing, allowing turf managers to schedule topdressing with confidence, knowing that the brushing can be performed in a true one-pass effort. The GreensGroomer is currently into its second generation and the latest model has been tweaked slightly to improve performance. An important aspect of the design change is an increased brush area which translates into a greater distribution of the unit’s weight and a reduction of weight per square inch. The weight reduction keeps the brushes in a straighter, upright position and improves the moving force of the brush head. For more information on the GreensGroomer visit www.dint.com.au. two modes of action in Evolution provides protection against several stages in the lifecycle of fungi. The dual combination of a strobilurin and DMI ensures infections are targeted from the time of spore germination on the leaf surface through to mycelial development within leaves. Therefore, applying Evolution as a preventative treatment prior to spore germination will achieve the maximum benefit from both the strobilurin and DMI components. Preventive fairy ring control can be much more effective and consistent over curative measures. For effective fairy ring prevention, multiple fungicide applications need to be applied prior to soil temperatures reaching 21°C in spring. Ideal application timing for the initial application is between 15-18°C. Applications of Evolution fungicide for curative fairy ring control should be applied soon after symptom development. To achieve effective curative control, apply Evolution at the high rate of 4L/ha at 30-day intervals. Soil surfactants should be applied 1-2 weeks prior to or after the Evolution application to achieve maximum performance. Symptoms take 2-3 weeks to disappear following treatment. For more information on Evolution fungicide, visit www.adama.com.au or the Nuturf website www. nuturf.com.au or call 1800 631 008.
TURFKEEPER, LIVING TURF ALIGN Living Turf and TurfKeeper Australia announced in February 2017 a joint venture agreement for the future development and distribution of TurfKeeper’s online turf business management software. Australian turf managers can now subscribe to TurfKeeper software via either business and get the same specialised activation and after sales support. TurfKeeper and Living Turf’s Turf Forensics will coordinate future development to ensure that
improvements to the respective products are aligned and optimised to enhance the experience for customers of both software products. In addition to the announcement, Daryl Sellar has also joined Living Turf as a consulting agronomist, product manager for TurfKeeper and custodian of Living Turf’s relationship with the South Australian market. Sellar will work closely with Living Turf’s technical and marketing director Dr Henk Smith who joined the company in the latter half of 2016.
INDUSTRY APPOINTMENTS BINGHAM TAKES ON TORO AUSTRALIA NATIONAL SALES, MARKETING ROLE AGCSA Platinum Partner Toro Australia has promoted Laurence Bingham (pictured) to the role of national director of sales and marketing. Toro Australia’s managing director, Richard Walne, says Bingham was the perfect candidate for the newly created position and will help drive a consistent approach across all sales and marketing functions. In his new role, Bingham will be responsible for overseeing all sales, service and marketing functions across Australia’s Toro and Pope brands. He is also a member of the executive management team in Australia. “Laurence’s passion and personable approach have made him a successful leader and influencer at Toro Australia for the past 17 years,” says Walne. “He has played an integral role across the business as consumer equipment business manager, managing the Pope garden business and holding various managerial positions within our irrigation division.” Upon the announcement, Bingham said he was excited to take on such an integral position within the company: “Having been at Toro Australia for nearly two decades, I have witnessed the changing landscape and know the importance of forging strong client relationships. We are proud of the reputation we have established in the area of innovation and will continue to strive to maintain the lead within the industry. But most importantly, I’m proud to work for a company that genuinely cares for people and that has achieved a uniquely successful balance between people values and performance values.” Elsewhere within the company, former course superintendent Luke Crawford (pictured) has recently joined Toro Australia as area sales manager – golf equipment for the NSW North region. He takes over from Matt Coles who has moved north to take over the area sales manager – golf role for Queensland following the recent retirement of Ross Sarow. Crawford has a long association with the golf course industry in multiple capacities, varying from superintendent through to equipment technician. Has worked at Bermagui Golf Club, Leeton Golf Club, Nambucca Heads Golf Club, Bonville International and most recently was superintendent at Horizons Golf Resort. Crawford can be contacted on 0427 266 050.
both the Amgrow and Accensi businesses in Australia. “We are thrilled to have Peter as part of our senior management team,” says Barber. “Peter’s strong management experience and pragmatic approach to business development will be key in elevating Globe Growing Solutions as well as the broader Amgrow business in 2017 and beyond.” Frewin’s impressive career in the Australian turf sector, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him hold several high profile positions including superintendent at Barwon Heads Golf Club, chief executive of the AGCSA and most recently as national sales and marketing manager for golf products with Rain Bird. He also worked briefly with Globe prior to his five year stint at the AGCSA. Frewin started his new role on 14 March and is based at Globe’s Tullamarine office in Melbourne. He can be contacted on 0418 593 072 or by email at [email protected]
SUTHERLAND JOINS TURFCARE WA Former WACA curator Cameron Sutherland has been appointed general manager of Perth-based Turfcare WA. Director Michael Maartensz announced the appointment in early March with Sutherland set to play a key role in the company’s plans to expand its operations further afield. Turfcare WA specialises in large scale sporting field turf renovation, facility management and design and construction of turf sporting surfaces. “Adding Cam Sutherland to the team is a genuine victory for us,” says Maartensz. “From Perth Racing to the WACA, he understands quality turf management requirements and our own expansion strategies.” Adds Sutherland: “The growth Turfcare WA has achieved is impressive, as is the strategic thinking at the heart of the expansion. Michael’s vision for the business is exciting and I am happy to be joining the business at this stage in their evolution.” Sutherland joins Turfcare WA from his position as racecourse and facilities general manager with Perth Racing. Previously, he was consultant to the Department of Sports and Recreation on the new Perth Stadium and the proposals for managing the stadium’s playing surface. From 2005 to 2013 Sutherland was also arena manager at the WACA.
FREWIN REJOINS GLOBE Amgrow announced in early March the appointment of Peter Frewin (pictured) to the role of business manager of its Globe Growing Solutions business. Frewin’s appointment comes at a time of significant restructure, with the appointment also of Paul Barber to the role of chief executive of Australian Agribusiness (Holdings) Pty Ltd, the holding company for
Michael Maartensz (left) with Cameron Sutherland MARCH-APRIL 2017