Ponte Vedra Beach, United States: Just as Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Northeast Florida, GT AirInject, Inc was planning to ship four new, state-of-the-art Air2G2 aerification machines to Texas golf courses and athletic fields in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to aid in the on-going recovery of those facilities.
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, GT AirInject, Inc will transport the machines to Texas this week for use at approximately 20 golf courses and numerous athletic fields.
Hurricane Harvey damaged golf courses and sports fields ranging from recreation and municipal to professional facilities. The Air2G2 machine will inject air into the soil profile, open pore space, increase percolation to move standing water through the soil column and help the turf recover.
The transport from Jacksonville to the Houston area is expected to take at least 48 hours and the shipping and usage will come at no expense to the facilities.
“I was on the phone with our Texas distributor, Jeff Kadlec, and we were on the same page about how we can help everybody that has been devastated in Houston and that area of Texas,” said Glen Black, Owner and President of GT AirInject, Inc, an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“The knowledge that I have of the turf industry and the great respect and friendship I have for superintendents for golf courses and athletic complex operators inspired me to do this for the first time. I know what these people go through is tough, even in normal circumstances. Right now, these are far from normal circumstances and they’re encountering some tremendously difficult issues. I hope sending these machines can help alleviate some of those problems.”
Kadlec, Owner and Manager of GLK Turf Solutions in San Antonio, Texas and an Air2G2 distributor, is co-ordinating the effort through his network of facilities, via Twitter (@glkturftexas) and through the South Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Texas Sports Turf Managers Association. He is reaching out in the region for other facilities that require these services.
“We’re just in the infancy of helping here,” Kadlec said. “Some of these golf courses have greens completely under water and many folks haven’t been able to get back home to see what their recreation facilities or courses actually need. The goal is to go from course to course and facility to facility to help as many as we can for as long as necessary.”
The Air2G2 aerification machine revolutionises how turf managers on golf courses, sports fields and at landscape companies think about aerification practices.
The Air2G2 injects air into the soil profile and is the only machine on the market today that utilises air injection technology, allowing for healthier turf and immediate access instead of a delay for recovery with the usual plugging process.
Air2G2 is distributed internationally and is used at more than 80 world-class golf facilities. Last year, Black and Air2G2 were honoured with the HSBC Golf Business Forum Innovation Award, which recognises the industry’s most creative and dynamic individuals.