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TurfNet personalities Frank Rossi, Dave Wilber, Randy Wilson, John Reitman, Jon Kiger and Peter McCormick interview a variety of turfies on a multitude of subjects... or just pontificate upon occasion.
 
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In this episode of Living Legends, Bob Zoller of Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, California discusses his long career that started before the July 4, 1976 bicentennial in one of the country's top golf destinations. He also discusses golf turf management as a family legacy as well as some of the challenges facing superintendents ...…
 
In this episode of The TurfNet Renovation Report, Anthony Pioppi chats with Eric Johnson, director of agronomy at Chambers Bay, about the recent regrassing of greens from fescue to Poa annua sod. Presented by Golf Preservations -- the greens drainage specialists -- and The Andersons Plant Nutrient Group.…
 
In this episode of the Turfgrass Hotline, Frank Rossi chats with Clint Mattox (@mattoxgolf), graduate research assistant at Oregon State Univ, about the past winter and current springtime turf conditions in the Pacific Northwest... and what to expect as Spring morphs into Summer. Recorded May 3, 2019. Timely Seasonal Snippets brought to you by ...…
 
In this episode of the Turfgrass Hotline, Frank Rossi chats with Rich Buckley, director of the Plant Diagnostic Lab and Nematode Detection Service at Rutgers. Topics include pink snow mold, Pythium root rot, anthracnose and surprises that may happen in cool weather when unexpected.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with Dr. Ben McGraw of Penn State University on the latest research, control methodology, new larvicide products, adulticide resistance information and BMPs in ABW management. Presented by Civitas Turf Defense and DryJect.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this tale from The Greens of Wrath on Rockbottum Radio, young Randy relates the story from Burnt Run CC, circa 1971 when he employed certain hallucinogenic tactics to get his night waterman job back. Presented by Vinylguard Golf.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this April 5, 2019 session of Turfgrass Hotline on TurfNet RADIO, Frank Rossi chats with Dr. Jim Kerns of NCSU about how southern turf is shaping up for the 2019 season. Presented by DryJect and Civitas Turf Defense.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report -- presented by The Andersons and Golf Preservations -- host Anthony Pioppi chats with golf course architect Brian Silva. Starting with Silva's "Lego-esque" career path from Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass (AS in turf management, BS in landscape architecture plus graduate work) to inst ...…
 
In this episode of Living Legends, George Thompson, CGCS, talks about his lengthy career on the golf course as a superintendent. Topics of discussion include career mentors, including Joe Troll, Ph.D., at his alma mater - the University of Massachusetts, and how management standards and golfer demands have changed through the years. He also tal ...…
 
Conrad Pannkuk, assistant superintendent at Wynstone Golf Club in North Barrington, talks about his career, the benefits of participating in Nufarm's EXCEL career-development program for assistant superintendents and what his club is doing to address the labor crisis facing the golf turf maintenance industry.…
 
In this special episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with four influencers in the golf turf industry about how they manage their lives, health and careers through purposeful mindfulness. Frank's guests include Peter McCormick, founder of TurfNetDavid Kuypers, Syngenta CanadaPaul MacCormack, Fox Meadow Golf & Country ClubChris Tritabau ...…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, direct from Rockbottum Country Club, Randy offers another piece of Skeletal Golf Theory, Storytime, the official nominations for the Turpentine Corncob Award, a PSA about self improvement, how they intend to launch the TurfNet Wildlife calendar, Booferd falls in a bunker and can't get out, an emergency meeti ...…
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Canadian golf course architect Jeff Mingay. Topics include other Canadian architects (famous or not, modern or classic), hoops to jump through to work in the US, favorite golf course designs of some little-known architects. Presented by Golf Preservations and The A ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with Dr. John Sorochan of the University of Tennessee about various factors -- especially mechanical -- that affect putting green performance. HOC, frequency of clip, mowing/rolling frequency, bedknife position and attitude, topdressing,and more. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Dr. Jo ...…
 
In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman talks with Ron Freking, superintendent at Devou Golf and Event Center in Covington, Kentucky, about a career in public golf and how that might be appealing to future superintendents in the current golf economy. Freking was a mechanic in the Air Force when he went to work for his father, who at th ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with Parker Anderson, research scientist at the University of Minnesota. Anderson is the facilitator of the Science of the Green Initiative, a research partnership between the USGA and the University of Minnesota that focuses on developing research and innovation strategies which address su ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Dr. Frank Rossi chats with professor Gerald Henry of the University of Georgia about precision turf management, spatial variability, mapping soils and soil moisture, fairway playability and sportsfield safety.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman talks with Sean Reehoorn, superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Washington about how important it is to be ready for whatever curveball life throws at you. Reehoorn was the assistant at Aldarra Golf Club under Paul Colleran when his friend and mentor died in 2014 after battling brain ...…
 
Anthony Pioppi chats with hands-on golf course architect and shaper Kye Goalby.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
Time for the last and final "Rockbottum Prophecies for the Next Decade of Golf". This is required listening for all those with a stake in the future of golf. Also... ANTIGOLF protesters show up to riot and protest at Rockbottum CC...The gang figures out what's been digging up #13 green and organizes a posse of vigilantes to hunt it down,Momma h ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with legendary turf pathologist Dr. Joe Vargas of Michigan State University about his 50 year career as a plant pathologist, teacher, and muckraker. Never one to shy away from controversy or "rocking the boat", Joe Vargas is perhaps the original "outside the box" thinker... and having recen ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with Mike Huck, principal of Irrigation & Turfgrass Services (Orange County, CA) during the recent California wildfires. What is the cause of the wildfires? Why so many fires? For one, the Santa Ana winds that blow hot and steady for weeks on end. Secondly, increased density of trees sharin ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Dr. Mike Fidanza of the Penn State University Berks Campus joins Dr. Frank Rossi for a wide-ranging chat for a retrospective on 2018 -- lots of rain, humidity, disease -- and a look ahead to 2019 and research in the pipeline. Presented by Civitas and DryJect.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, the usual cast of idiots, oafs and varlets keep interrupting Randy as he tries to pass along his proven techniques to skirt The Matrix and suppress the stress-inducing Noise in our lives. Spend a few minutes listening to Randy pontificate at his finest... and maybe you'll find the shoe fits a little bit. Pre ...…
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Kelly Shumate, director of agronomy at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, WV. Only two weeks before the 2016 PGA Greenbrier Classic was scheduled to be played, the entire state of West Virginia was ravaged by 11" of rain in five hours, and resultant fla ...…
 
Recorded shortly after the PGA Championship at Bellerive, Frank chats with Lee Miller, PhD, associate professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri about the wacky seasons of 2018, starting with three snow events and then 90 degree temps in May, in St. Louis. "We can grow any type of grass we want here in Missouri," quipped Lee Mill ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank visits with Dr. Paul Koch of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Listen in as Frank and Paul review the challenges and pitfalls of the 2018 season, including fungicide efficacy, predictive modeling and interval adjustment. Presented by DryJect and Intelligro/Civitas.…
 
In this episode of Living Legends, presented by the Nufarm Insider, host John Reitman chats with Steve Ehrbar, superintendent at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, FL, about his career path from deep Ohio roots to several locations around southern Florida, and working for Jim Loke and Jack Nicklaus.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman chats with Jesus Romero, assistant superintendent at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL, about how to best manage an Hispanic workforce. Among other things... Gain their trustLet them know you are not going to take advantage of themMake them all feel importantLet them know there are opportunitie ...…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio -- rated IM for Immature Audiences Only -- the Pro shop gets raided by the Empire's Praetorian Guard, Willy visits with Buddy at the Turf Care shop, and Momma takes the gang to the feed store, leaving Old Booferd in charge of the golf course... and Momma's good Scotch. Presented by VinylGuard Golf.…
 
Join Kevin Ross of On Course Turf and Dave Wilber of The Turfgrass Zealot Project for a Jam Session like no other! Call it experimental or explorational or just plan fun. Kevin and Dave sit down for a session. And no topic is off limits. With more than 60 years of combined experience in direct hands on agronomy life, there is bound to be some w ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank chats with Chris Zugel, CGCS, golf course superintendent of the Straits course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI. Chris relates his experience working both for the Kohler Company and at a famous resort course that has hosted various championship events, including the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championsh ...…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, live from Rockbottum Country Club, an emergency occurs when Sheriff Sanders is spotted playing the back nine, naked. Wait, everyone on the back nine is throwing their clothes off and rolling on the ground or jumping in the pool! Must be those mushroom cheeseburgers at the turn. But Momma has gone to the stor ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank chats with Dr. Dale Bigelow of Purdue University about rootzones, including the latest research and thinking on... maintaining optimal soil moisture on new greens, older greens, California greens the value of vacuum extraction devices (likeon new versus older greens… vacuum extraction vs oxygenating vi ...…
 
In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman chats with Pete Bachman, superintendent at San Jose Country Club for the past two years. Pete describes his experiences managing a golf course in Silicon Valley, gathering experience at Pebble Beach and Winged Foot, what he learned (and didn't learn) at Penn State, and the value of a month in Mex ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank chats with professor Dale Bremer of Kansas State University. A native of Nebraska, Bremer grew up on a farm with an interest in meteorology and wound up with an undergraduate degree in agronomy (emphasis in tallgrass prairie rather than turf) and later a PhD in Micrometeorology. A "non-turf guy", Breme ...…
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, presented by Golf Preservations, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Len Curtin, superintendent at the city-owned George Wright Golf Course, a 1932 Donald Ross course in Boston. The task of bringing the busy course up to current standards within the fiscal and labor constraints of a city-owned facili ...…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, the gang exposes the truth behind the GMO controversy... the most important Rockbottum tip ever... aerial marshals... robot bunker rakes... laser holographic tee markers, and why three preachers beat up Buddy. Also, Brian Nettz calls in from California under an assumed name, Spaulding Bass. In Storytime, we ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with Zach Reineking, superintendent at Erin Hills Golf Club about how the club came to host the 2017 US Open and what it was like to host it as a golf course superintendent... including the hangover that follows.By TurfNet RADIO.
 
In this episode of Living Legends, presented by the Nufarm Insider, host John Reitman chats with Dr. Al Turgeon, retired professor emeritus of turfgrass management at The Pennsylvania State University. Turgeon learned a work ethic early on in his father's restaurant and then developed a love of the outdoors and turfgrass by working for his uncl ...…
 
From when he first started caddying at Muirfield Village while in high school, Phil Shoemaker has spent most of his career within a stone's throw of Jack Nicklaus. In this episode of Living Legends, host John Reitman chats with Phil about his first stint at Desert Highlands in 1982 through moves to the Loxahatchie Club in Jupiter, Florida, TPC ...…
 
In this episode of The TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Doug DeGrood, past chairman of the grounds committee at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. They discuss the pros, cons and politics involved in the upcoming fairway and greens regrassing of the famed Donald Ross course. Presented by Golf Preservations, greens drain ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with David Bataller, Director of Golf Operations at PGA Catalunya Resort near Barcelona, Spain. An admittedly bad student who was "fired from high school", David went on to high school and riding BMX bikes in Kansas before embarking on his career at PGA Catalunya. After serving as golf cour ...…
 
Broadcasting from our mountain cabin as we take a break from golf for some trout fishing, we sit around the campfire and learn why Momma decided to ban tobacco at Rockbottum CC (Something terrible happened at the US Open) Also, Brandy Chablis, noted turf expert, gets nominated for the Angry Elf Trophy, Ludell explains Toxic Masculinities and Tu ...…
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Scott Ramsay, CGCS, about the ongoing restoration of the Seth Raynor-designed classic at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Ramsay has been at Yale since 2003 and was the TurfNet Superintendent of the Year in 2006. Working for an academic institution, he oc ...…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Dr. Frank Rossi chats again with Jim Wagner of the Hanse Design Group, this time about his current project working with Paul B. Latshaw (again) at the East Course of Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA. How critical is the golf course superintendent in a renovation project? Wagner says that the ultimate success of ...…
 
In this episode of Living Legends, presented by the Nufarm Insider, host John Reitman chats with Bob Farren, director of golf course maintenance at the Pinehurst Resort. With nine courses, seven superintendents and up to 250 full and part-time staff, management of the Pinehurst courses seems a daunting task, but one which Farren takes in stride ...…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, Randy explores Skeletal Golf Theory (SGT) and why it's important (think "Contingency Plan"). Also, Rockbottum gets a corporate makeover, the truth about collecting and weighing clippings, and that "new" spray out there. Finally, a consultant story, the winner of the Turpentine Corncob Award, and in Storytime ...…
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Michael Vessely about the 2016 renovation of the long-fallow William Langford/Theodore Moreau 9-hole golf course at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. Vessely, now golf course superintendent at Culver Academies, explains how the "Picasso was discovered in their a ...…
 
In yet another fascinating discussion, Dr. Frank Rossi chats with Jim Koppenhaver of Pellucid Corp, about the current state of the golf industry. In an era of "flat is the new 'up'", 2017 was a "solid sideways" for golf. Some metrics are indicating that the slide of recent years is abating somewhat. Spend 45 minutes for a better understanding o ...…
 
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