SofTrak Synthetic Golf Greens Dealership Established in Vermont

first_imgUnited Turf Industries, developer ofSofTrak Synthetic Golf Greens the high-performance,low-maintenance turf for residential and commercial use that closelysimulates the look and feel of natural grass greens today announcesthe establishment of a new SofTrak dealership in Vermont and Eastern NewYork through Bob Kelly.Kelly, an avid golfer and longtime member at Burlington Country Club, willcover Vermont and the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence,Warren and Washington in New York with his dealership, SofTrak SyntheticGolf Greens of Vermont, LLC (802.985.9555 or BobKelly8@adelphia.net(link sends e-mail)).Prospective customers can view and test an installed SofTrak SyntheticGolf Green by appointment. Measuring 1,200 square feet, the SofTrak greenfeatures two feet of fringe around its perimeter and five cups built intoits undulating surface. A sand bunker and a couple tee boxes located 15and 30 yards away – from which to hit onto his green from – are scheduledto be added as well.For further information about SofTrak, visit www.unitedturf.com(link is external).A graduate of Middlebury College (VT) and a retired Certified PublicAccountant, Kelly didn’t plan on getting into the burgeoning syntheticputting greens business. However, while researching synthetic turf brandsand the companies that supply them before purchasing a putting andchipping green for his backyard, Kelly had an epiphany.”I saw an excellent business opportunity that simultaneously gave me thehigh-performance green I wanted for my personal use,” says Kelly. “Thefact that PGA Tour players select SofTrak to practice on at their privateresidences, coupled with the comprehensive training SofTrak dealersreceive in the design and installation of the greens made this an easy andexciting decision.”Exclusively supplied by United Turf Industries of Wichita, KS(www.unitedturf.com(link is external)), SofTrak’s sophisticated construction processincludes two layers of crushed stone base, which enables undulations andcontours to be designed into the green as well as quick, thorough drainageof water.SofTrak’s proprietary RQS in-fill — a sand-like material that is uniqueto the industry in that it resists hardening over time — ensures SofTrakgreens provide consistent-rolling putts and accept shots into greens frommore than 125 yards. Also, the surface fibers of SofTrak greens are UV-rayresistant to help maintain the lush, green appearance.Kelly is confident his dealership will thrive in Vermont and Eastern NewYork. He says he could discover no synthetic greens supplier in the area.Also, because residents so value the natural beauty of the area, heexpects them to respond favorably to SofTrak greens, which look likenatural turf greens and blend seamlessly into existing landscapes.In addition to thousands of homeowners and commercial businessesnationwide — from retirement communities and college campuses to golfshops and condominium complexes — PGA TOUR stars Fred Couples and SteveFlesch use SofTrak in the convenient comfort of their respective venues.last_img read more

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No media hype for Wisconsin

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCHICAGO — Heading into the 2007-08 season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team won’t have the hype it had last season. But that doesn’t bother the Badgers one bit.”Either way, it doesn’t affect how we perform,” senior forward Brian Butch said. “It’s nice to have all the media attention, but we know what’s the most important thing, and that’s winning games.”At the Big Ten’s media day Sunday, Wisconsin was not selected as one of the top three preseason favorites — just a year removed from being predicted to finish second in the conference.Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State headline this year’s preseason favorites. Wisconsin is not on the list because the conference only chooses the top three teams. For what it’s worth, the Badgers were selected fourth in the Unauthorized Big Ten Basketball Writers Poll — a poll comprised of 22 writers from newspapers that cover teams across the conference, conducted by The Capital Times’ Rob Schultz and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Herb Gould.It’s easy to see why Wisconsin is not garnering as much attention as it did last season. The Badgers lost three starters and 51 percent of their scoring in Jason Chappell, Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker.At the same time, it’s easy to see why Michigan State is predicted as the Big Ten’s top team this year. The Spartans return 90 percent of their scoring, including this year’s preseason Big Ten Player of the Year in senior guard Drew Neitzel — an honor the Badgers’ Tucker earned last season.Neitzel said heading into this season as the preseason Player of the Year on the conference’s top team is a nice honor, but it will definitely make things harder for him.”The only thing it really does is put a huge target on your back, so everybody can try to shut you down,” said Neitzel, who averaged 18.1 points per game last season. “But I embrace it.”Joining Neitzel on the Big Ten’s preseason All-Conference team is Illinois center Shaun Pruitt, Indiana forward D.J. White, Ohio State guard Jamar Butler and Penn State forward Geary Claxton — all of whom are seniors.New faces: The Big Ten features three new head coaches this season, and many current coaches believe they have already made an impact.”It gives me heartburn,” said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo of Todd Lickliter, John Beilein and Tubby Smith’s arrival to the Big Ten.Lickliter takes over the reigns at Iowa after six years of helping build Butler into one of the nation’s top mid-major teams. With the Bulldogs, Lickliter posted a 131-62 record while leading his team to four post-season berths, including two Sweet 16 appearances. For Lickliter, the decision to bolt for Iowa — a team that finished sixth in the Big Ten last season — was all about the opportunity to coach in a high-profile conference. Reuniting with an old friend like Ohio State’s Thad Matta helped, too.”We’re good friends, so competing against each other will be challenging,” said Lickliter, who as an assistant under Matta at Butler. “There’s only two possibilities when you do that: Either you lose or your friend loses, and neither one is very appealing. But it’s still exciting.”After Tommy Amaker was ousted at Michigan, West Virginia’s John Beilein quickly swooped in to take the job — going so far as getting into a sticky contract buyout with the Mountaineers.Beilein said it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up, as he looks forward to the challenge of resurrecting Michigan’s storied basketball program.”To coach at a level like Michigan is a dream job,” Beilein said. “There’s not many universities in the United States — I might be able to count them on one hand — that I would’ve left West Virginia for. Michigan is one of them.”But undoubtedly the most notable head coach making his Big Ten debut this season is Tubby Smith at Minnesota.Smith, who won a national title in his first season at Kentucky, turned some heads by signing with Minnesota — a team that has been at the bottom of the conference for the past couple years. But after dealing with 10 seasons of high expectations in Lexington, Ky. — despite leading the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament every season — Smith just asked himself, “Why not?””I think it was a shock because nobody saw it coming, but I saw it coming,” Smith said. “I felt it was about time for a change. I just needed a new environment.”And Smith said the Gophers aren’t as poor of a team as most perceive them to be. Despite finishing ninth in the conference last year, Minnesota was competitive in a number of its losses.”Their record last year is not indicative of their skill level,” Smith said.”I thought they were in every game,” he added. “I thought they were just not very aggressive.”last_img read more

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Coronavirus: French Open tennis moved to September

first_imgThe French Open has been moved to September and October as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The event at Rolland Garros was due to be played from 24 May to 7 June, but instead will take place between 20 September and 4 October.That means it will begin just one week after the completion of the US Open in New York.All professional tennis across the world is currently suspended until at least 20 April.The French Open is usually the second grand slam of the year and the finale of the clay court part of the season.It will now be the final major of the year, and the new dates clash with a number of other events, including the Laver Cup, an annual men’s event between a team from Europe and a team representing the rest of the world.The French tennis federation said the move was made to “guarantee the health and safety of all those involved in the preparation of the tournament”.It added: “While no one today can predict what the health situation will be like on 18 May [when qualification was due to start], the lockdown measures in force make it impossible to prepare for it and therefore to organise it on the dates initially planned.” Source: BBClast_img read more

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