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
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
Source: Patrick O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chris Hartwiger (email@example.com)
Information on the
USGA’s Course Consulting Service