Heading South To Orlando

By Patrick O’Brien and Chris Hartwiger, agronomists, Southeast Region
January 22, 2014

Fresh off a third-place finish in Championship Flight A of the Carolinas GCSA Four-Ball competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in November 2013, Chris and Pat are off to the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Fla. The secret to their high finish? Optic yellow golf balls!

The 2014 Golf Industry Show is almost upon us and I cannot think of a better time for two agronomists to leave the chilly Southeast for warm and sunny (hopefully) Florida. Below is a schedule of our activities. If you cannot make one of our presentations, please be sure to stop by the USGA booth and say hello. 

Feb. 3: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. GCSAA Seminar: “Expanding the Boundaries of Ultradwarf Bermudagrass.”

This full-day GCSAA seminar is team-taught by Dr. Mike Goatley, Mr. Chris Hartwiger and Mr. Patrick O’Brien. We review the expansion of ultradwarf bermudagrass use further north in the transition zone with an emphasis on important winter management practices.  

Feb. 5: 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. “Everything You Wanted to Know About Turf Management in the Southeast But Were Afraid to Ask.”

In this short presentation at the USGA booth (#2571) on the trade show floor, Chris Hartwiger will review turfgrass maintenance problems and success stories seen during his travels over the last year. 

Feb. 5: 8 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. “Managing the Game and the Course” at the CMAA’s 87th World Congress.

This morning session will feature five presentations from the USGA and a panel discussion. Chris Hartwiger will present “Meeting the Challenge of Maintaining an Enjoyable Pace of Play at Your Course.” This presentation will examine the causes of slow play and offer solutions that can be employed to resolve them. This session will include panel discussions in which audience members will be given the opportunity to text message questions to the panel. 

Feb. 6: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Golf Industry Show General Session featuring the USGA.

This two-hour program will feature three presentations from the USGA and a panel discussion. Chris Hartwiger will present “Attracting Players to Your Course by Focusing on What Is Important to Them.” This session will conclude with a panel discussion in which audience members will be given the opportunity to text message questions to the panel. 

Feb. 5 & 6: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. USGA Booth at the GIS Trade Show.

Be sure to stop by the USGA booth at space #2571 and say hello. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day there will be ongoing 30-minute presentations by agronomists discussing a variety of topics.

Source: Patrick O'Brien (patobrien@usga.org) and Chris Hartwiger (chartwiger@usga.org)

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