Spring Running: Avoid Getting Wet

By Dan Gardner, TOCA Special Running Correspondent The snow has melted, golf courses are open – where one can get in a great walk – and that makes for great running, walking and jogging. Warmer weather is here! But that also brings some challenges – mainly water – as in getting wet shoes and socks. […]

GCM – ‘A new sheriff in town’

Gardner Award Winner for Writing – Publishing: Environmental Stewardship Article – Commercial Publications We asked Hal Phillips about his winning entry, “A new sheriff in town.” Please briefly describe your winning project. This started out as a straightforward feature on the superintendent at The Vineyard Club, which, on account of its all-organic maintenance stance, would […]

Meet Olivia Mayernik: TOCA Marketing Intern

By Cindy Code, Project EverGreen Project EverGreen will proudly host another TOCA marketing intern during the summer of 2020. The intern program is a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring communicator to gain valuable, real-world experience. The program is provided by TOCA and generously funded by Den and Sandy Gardner and Dave Hansen. Project EverGreen is […]

2020 TOCA Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

By Kristy Mach, TOCA Executive Director The “Journey to Denver” for the TOCA Annual Meeting is taking a long, strange trip – including all the backroads. Our arrival in Denver is now slated for May 2021. This year, we’re going to meet up on the virtual highway and gather via Zoom. It is extremely disappointing […]

President’s Message – Finding a New Normal

By Russell Warner, TOCA President Man, do I hate that saying. It’s as annoying as “game changer.” However, as I am writing this, it is currently day 48 of quarantine in the Warner household. Up is down; down is up; I forgot what day it is; I gave myself a very unfortunate haircut; I have […]

2020 TOCA Annual Meeting

By Kristy Mach, Executive Director The TOCA Annual Meeting is the marquee event of the year for the organization. This year, the meeting will take place in Denver, April 28-30. If you’re looking to bring more colleagues and friends to the TOCA meeting, you might be interested in what some other first-timers had to say […]

Winter Running: Is it Overrated?

By Dan Gardner, TOCA Special Running Correspondent Now that the holidays are over and we’ve given proper reverence to our selected “turkey or other relevant main course,” it’s time to get back to some serious conditioning. REALLY. Where there is snow on the ground/roadways, running in the northern states can sometimes be challenging. However, wintertime […]

President’s Message – 2019 Reflection

By Russell Warner, TOCA Board President As you read this article, it’s 2020. But being that my column is due before Christmas, I can’t help but reflect on the year that has passed and all I am thankful for. Besides, it’s never too late to give thanks, right? TOCA has brought me so many things […]

Syngenta Dollar Spot Solutions Website

Gardner Award Winner for New Media – Marketing Communications: Websites We asked Lyndsey Newnam, vice president of G&S Business Communications, the following questions about their winning project, “Syngenta Dollar Spot Solutions Website.” Please briefly describe your winning project. Dollar spot is the most prevalent turf disease, especially in the Northeast and Midwest (United States). If […]

TOCA Rolls Out New Membership Platform

By Kyle Wieskus Thank you for being a Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) member and supporting TOCA in 2019. And now it is time to renew your dues for 2020! We have some exciting news to share. TOCA rolled out a new membership platform and we are in the process of upgrading the TOCA […]

Rain Bird – “Defend Your Turf” Winged Foot Golf Club Video

We asked Swanson Russell’s Stephanie Hays, vice president and account director, the following questions about their winning project “Rain Bird – “Defend Your Turf” Winged Food Golf Club Video.” Please briefly describe your winning project. To communicate key differentiators in a market where peer input drives decisions, we created this video that allowed Winged Foot […]