Golf Course Industry and Aquatrols honored winners of the 2016 Super Social Media awards during #GCITweetUp16 at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego.

Pictured from left are Penn State University’s Dr. John Kaminski (namesake of the Kaminski Award), The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay’s Paul Carter (Kaminski Award), Turfgrass and Irrigation Services’ Mike Huck (Megaphone Award for Outstanding Advocacy), Hillendale Country Club’s Brad Novotny (Best Blog), Des Moines Golf and Country Club’s Rick Tegtmeier (Best Overall Use of Social Media), Georgia Southern University Golf Course’s Patrick Reinhardt (Best Twitter Feed), Glen Echo Country Club’s Joe Wachter (Best Overall Use of Social Media), and the University of Wisconsin’s Paul Koch (Best Twitter Feed). Not pictured are Bluejack National’s Eric Bauer (Best Twitter Feed), Tacoma Country & Golf Club’s Joel Kachmarek (Best Blog) and Camberley Heath Golf Club’s Graeme Roberts (Best Video)

Following the ABW

Tracking the activity of the annual bluegrass weevil is an ongoing process, a point multiple experts make in the “Wondering about the weevil” feature beginning on page 40. Fortunately, superintendents have access to a tool designed to slow the pest. Syngenta has enhanced its website for 2016 by adding an updated Optimum Control Strategy and naming Turfgrass Disease Solutions owner Steve McDonald as the program’s new managing consultant. McDonald founded TDS in 2005 and currently consults with approximately 150 golf courses annually.

Other changes to WeevilTrak include the addition of CrowdTrak and a growing degree days model. CrowdTrak allows superintendents to report their own scouting data, while the GDD model calculates data for superintendents based on zip code.