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Published On 11/28/2022
Episode #5 takes us to Atlas Valley in Grand Blanc.
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Published On 11/10/2022
Michigan Golf course of the year, Miss golf 2022, Meet Mr. (PGA) President John Lindert and more...
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Published On 11/7/2022
Gilda Johnson, the owner at Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Jim and Chris MacInnes, owners of Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, and The Dul Family of Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center in Plymouth were announced today as 2022 Award Winners by the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA).
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Published On 11/2/2022
30+ year member and leader John Nowakowski, CGCS is retiring from Port Huron Golf Club this year. He shares his tips, tricks and his 12 lessons for being successful in our industry.
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Published On 10/31/2022
Frequently asked questions about when and where pesticide applicators can earn education credits or take the certification exam.
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Published On 10/31/2022
The traditional game of golf has been undergoing an evolution that began long before the pandemic, even as the past two years have been a historic stretch marked by increased golf participation, rounds and engagement, more favorable perceptions of the game, and a generally healthier outlook.
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Published On 10/31/2022
Two new members have been inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. John Molenda and Roger Van Dyke were announced as members of the 2022 Induction Class. Both were recognized at the Michigan PGA President’s Dinner, Sunday, October 23 at Western Golf & Country Club as well as the Section’s Fall Meeting Monday, October 24 at Detroit Golf Club.
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Published On 10/27/2022
The teeing up of career opportunities in the golf industry, including a unique golf course maintenance technician registered apprenticeship program, are a new and featured part of this year’s Michigan Golf Business Annual Conference & Vendor Fair. Mark the calendar for the Nov. 28-30 gathering of Michigan golf course owners, operators and suppliers presented by the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA) at Soaring Eagle Resort in Mount Pleasant.
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Published On 10/26/2022
Employee-owned Harrell's, LLC is pleased to announce that Dr. Aaron Palmateer has joined the Harrell's family as a new Director of Agronomy, specializing in horticulture.
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Published On 10/25/2022
We are pleased to announce that US Golf Cars and Ladd’s Golf & Turf have formed a strategic partnership. The two companies will be working together to create one of the largest golf car and turf equipment distribution companies in the Country. With this partnership, US Golf Cars has acquired the distribution rights to Jacobsen and allied lines for the State of Michigan from Baker Vehicles Systems effective October 20, 2022.
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Published On 10/24/2022
Trees are important features on most golf courses, but they can also be a source of frustration for both superintendents and golfers. Turfgrass problems caused by shade, limited air movement and root competition are just a few of the reasons why tree pruning and sometimes removal are critically important for many golf courses and form the foundation of successful tree management plans.
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Published On 10/21/2022
PART 4: The fourth and final 25-year segment of the Michigan Section PGA (1997-2022)

This is the final part of a four-part series produced in celebration of the centennial year of the Michigan Section PGA. The series has been published at michiganpga.com and released to the media over the 2022 golf season.
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Published On 10/21/2022
BIG RAPIDS – Jennifer Kangas-Brody, a former LPGA Tour player originally from the Upper Peninsula, Art McCafferty, a multi-media golf publisher and producer, and the late John Molenda, a longtime Knollwood Country Club professional who won the Michigan Open and the Michigan PGA Professional championships, were inducted by the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF) Sunday.
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Published On 10/21/2022
It’s been 10 years since the epic winterkill event ravaged golf courses throughout Michigan. Anyone that experienced it at their course likely will never forget it. Some courses had all 18 greens affected and greens didn’t truly return to normal conditions until the following year. Since then, there have sporadic kill events almost every year somewhere in Michigan, but we’ve luckily dodged a massive killing winter.
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Published On 10/14/2022
The 53rd annual Big Event was hosted by MiGCSA Past President Rob Steger, CGCS at Red Run Golf Club on Monday October 3rd. The golf course, the staff and the food were incredible! This event is the last of the three fundraisers the MiGCSA has every year.
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Published On 10/14/2022
The Emerald Golf Course in St. Johns has been selected as the 2022 Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA).

The popular mid-Michigan public venue opened in 1996 after the late Michigan Golf Hall of Fame architect Jerry Matthews designed a new 18 holes on the property that included the site of a previous nine-hole private facility, and it has been ranked and regarded among the state’s top courses for public play since.
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Published On 10/12/2022
Multiple Michigan tournament stories from GAM and the Mich PGA, recapping three Michiganders in the USGA Women's Mid-Am, reviews of three 100-year-old courses in Michigan, growing the game for kids at Washtenaw, Boyne and beyond, Mich Women's Golf Hall of Fame, updates at Pinehurst and much more.
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Published On 10/6/2022
WinField United Professional is pleased to announce it's joining the Heritage family as Heritage Professional Products Group (Heritage PPG) November 4th, 2022. This acquisition allows us to join forces with a company that aligns with our values of customer service and growth.
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Published On 10/6/2022
ROYAL OAK – The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) team topped the Michigan Section PGA team for the fifth consecutive time in the 50th Fuller Cup Matches Tuesday at Red Run Golf Club.

The GAM’s 12 ½ - 5 ½ victory in the Ryder Cup-like format pulled the state’s top amateur golfers closer in the all-time series that the PGA leads 34-14-2.
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Published On 9/29/2022
A picture-perfect fall day in Western Michigan was in store for the 115 MiGCSA Members and friends took part in the 2022 Western Golf Day Fundraiser at Egypt Valley Country Club on Tuesday September 27th. This event is the second of the three fundraisers the MiGCSA has every year. All of the proceeds from these events go to fund the future of our industry by the way of scholarships, philanthropic causes related to turf and funding turf research.
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Published On 9/26/2022
DAYTON, OH – Golf Course Architect, Chris Wilczynski, ASGCA, has completed a comprehensive bunker renovation project and master plan for the Hills and Dales Courses at Community Golf Club in Dayton, OH.
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Published On 9/23/2022
The MSU Turf School, Dec. 12-15, 2022, is four-day short course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass.
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Published On 9/22/2022
The negative effects of trees on turf health is nothing new. Shade, restricted airflow and root competition are the three main culprits. While we can usually see and feel the effects of shade and restricted air movement, visualizing root competition can be more challenging. A general rule of thumb is that tree roots will extend as far out as the tree is tall. Imagine the tree falling onto its side and this is about where roots typically extend to. That said, the best time to see the effects that tree roots have on your turf is following droughty conditions.
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Published On 9/22/2022
Bunkers are an integral part of golf courses and are intended to be challenging. Every golfer knows that they are to be avoided if possible. However, there are many differing opinions on the importance of consistency, playability and overall difficulty of bunkers. Regardless of where you might stand on how penal bunkers should be, one thing we can all agree upon is nobody wants frequent fried-egg lies.
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Published On 9/22/2022
It’s a bittersweet thing – giving up my status among the highly-dynamic, ever-evolving, often-vilified 18- to 34-year-old cohort. For the first time in my 10-year career at NGF, I’m no longer the self-proclaimed spokesperson for the “young crowd.” That torch has been passed.
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Published On 9/20/2022
MiGCSA Class A Member Andy Dalton hosted the 15th annual State Championship, the MiGCSA Major, on September 15th at Atlas Valley G.C. in Grand Blanc. This event is not just for those competing for the trophy there is also a 1 of 4 net team event so everyone can get in the game. The course was really in remarkable condition thanks to the great work by Andy and his staff.
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Published On 9/19/2022
After nearly two decades as a golf course superintendent, Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, has been named chief operating officer (COO) for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
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Published On 9/14/2022
Reinders, Inc. is a 150-year-old golf and grounds focused company headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin. The acquisition of Spartan Distributors, a 75-year-old company, will expand Reinders Toro coverage to include Spartan’s current territory of Michigan. This will add to Reinders’ existing Toro territory of Wisconsin, the Chicago area, and parts of Indiana and the UP of Michigan.
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Published On 9/13/2022
Kevin Peck is a 12-year veteran as the assistant superintendent at the Country Club of Detroit. He’s now the Golf Course Superintendent of The Inn at St. John’s. The previous 27 hole property has been torn down to the dirt and converted into a championship 18 hole course designed by Raymond Hearn with a bonus par three and putting course. The well-known mid-Michigan destination is soon to be renamed St. John's Resort.
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Published On 9/12/2022
The SEPTEMBER edition of MI Golf Journal is packed full of Michigan-focused feature stories and news -- and you'll love this one a ton if you enjoy College Golf and Football!
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Published On 9/12/2022
High Pointe Golf Club – the legendary former golf course in Williamsburg that was famed architect Tom Doak’s first project and one of Golf Magazine’s 100 greatest courses in the country – is poised to make a comeback. A development team has a purchase agreement for land south of MI Local Hops on M-72 – property containing part of the former course – and plans to rebuild High Pointe in consultation with Doak with the goal of opening the new 18-hole course in 2024.
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Published On 9/12/2022
The Tuck Tate Championship was originally played in 1985 at Frankfort Golf Course. This event continued as an individual low gross event until 2019 at True North Golf Club. Seeing the need to breathe some new life into this event the format was changed post COVID to a two-person team event. The Tuck Tate Shootout was launched this year on August 30th at Treetops Resort on the par 3 Threetops course.
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Published On 9/8/2022
Prime Source, a division of Albaugh, LLC, announces the registration
of new Triad T Select™ Herbicide. The newest member of the Triad herbicide family combines triclopyr
with the trusted performance of Triad Select™, containing 2,4-D, MCPA and dicamba.
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Published On 9/5/2022
The award supports outstanding non-traditional students pursuing a career in golf course and turf management.
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Published On 9/3/2022
Get to know our new Syngenta Territory Manager Eric Schutman.
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Published On 8/24/2022
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) recognizes the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitats. MTESP is a voluntary program that helps Michigan’s turfgrass industry learn best management practices that reduce environmental risks.
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Published On 8/19/2022
The golf business has weathered eight recessions over the past 50 years. And, once again, we’re headed for another. That is, if we aren’t already in one. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the official arbiter of recession status, has yet to declare the current stretch as such, even though this year started with two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.
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Published On 8/19/2022
Ball marks are a part of golf, but there is an easy solution to ensure they don’t cause bumpy conditions, scalping and an unsightly appearance – fixing them properly. Unfortunately, unrepaired or improperly repaired ball marks have been a part of golf for centuries and it’s likely to always be an issue to some extent.
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Published On 8/18/2022
Kyle Martin, the head golf professional at Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, had some good fortune but also withstood a long rain delay and made some critical shots under pressure in winning the 101st Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Prestwick Village Golf Club Wednesday.
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Published On 8/18/2022
ART 3: The third 25-year segment of the Michigan Section PGA (1972-1997)

This is the third of a four-part series produced in celebration of the centennial year of the Michigan Section PGA. The series is being published at michiganpga.com and released to the media over the 2022 golf season.
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Published On 8/17/2022
Celebrate golf course management professionals with support on social media using #ThankASuper
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Published On 8/15/2022
It’s 20 chances to win free golf for $20 in the 2022 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Raffle.
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Published On 8/15/2022
It took some late dramatics and three holes of sudden-death playoff golf before August Meekhof of Eastmanville emerged as the winner of the 101st GAM Championship presented by Carl’s Golfland at Plum Hollow Country Club Tuesday.
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Published On 8/15/2022
Are you a golf course superintendent?
Is it what you are?
Or is it who you are?
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Published On 8/6/2022
Michiganders heading to the men's and women's U.S. Amateur championships, a Detroiter sets a new scoring record of 44-under par in Youth on Course's 100-hole hike, multiple Mich tournament stories from GAM and the Mich PGA, STEM education in golf, and much more.
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Published On 8/5/2022
In the most recent National Rounds Played Report, Golf Datatech reported rounds played in June were up 2.7% over the same month last year. Nice to see, given four of the previous five months ‘comped’ down compared to 2021.
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Published On 8/5/2022
GAM Member & Western Michigan University Women’s Golf Coach Kim Moore had an incredible eight-stroke victory over Ryanne Jackson in the women’s overall competition at the Inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open last week at Pinehurst GC.
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Published On 8/5/2022
Don’t let organic matter levels reach a point where turf health and playing conditions are negatively impacted. If your turf isn’t passing the squeeze test, it’s time to take action.
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Published On 8/2/2022
Episode #2 of the MiStory series features an in depth look at preparation at Detroit Golf Club for the 2022 PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic
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Published On 8/2/2022
Register by Aug. 31 to secure your spot as an Early-Bird registrant for the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show in Orlando. Early-Bird registrants will lock in the 2022 prices for all registration types with $100 down, have first access to hotel room blocks, receive early access to sign up for education seminars and more.
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Published On 7/28/2022
For 25 years, SiteOne Landscape Supply has been dedicated to the development of professional women in the green industry.
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Published On 7/28/2022
USGA Central Region Update
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Published On 7/28/2022
I’ve been in the business for 20+ years and have a tendency to get bored with the monotony of the daily grind of mowing, changing cups, mowing rough, etc. I look for new things to stimulate my brain and change the normal routine.
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Published On 7/28/2022
The Two Person Team Match Play event is an ongoing single-elimination tournament in which two teams play match play (best ball net, aka Four Ball Match Play), during each round. The winning team advances to the next round. All players must be active members of the MiGCSA.
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Published On 4/20/2022
Ron Dahlin retired at the end of December after spending the last 20 years as the superintendent at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, and he is still figuring out how retirement works.
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Published On 4/18/2022
Using covers can help you determine what is alive and well, versus what is damaged and slow to recover. As soil temperatures continue to warm, the extent of winter injury is becoming more apparent. The contrast in color between healthy g…
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Published On 4/18/2022
Depending on the severity of winter injury, it may be necessary to suspend applications of plant growth regulators for Poa annua seedhead suppression. As the dust settles on what has been a challenging winter for many nor…
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Published On 8/29/2021
Why is Michigan’s own Steve Hammon running for the GCSAA board? Pat Jones decided to find out.
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