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#GCI2014: The @PGAChampionship @ValhallaGolf provided major exposure for T-1 bentgrass.

#GCI2014: The @PGAChampionship @ValhallaGolf provided major exposure for T-1 bentgrass.

The hue is distinctive. T-1 bentgrass presents a rich, ivy-toned appearance. Even the man who developed the variety wondered if T-1 would be embraced by agronomic traditionalists. “I thought it would be too dark for people,” says Dr. Doug Brede, research director for Jacklin Seed. “But everybody loves it because you can grow it with less nitrogen and have that nice T-1 color. It never really turns pale on you.” Ten years after debuting in another country, T-1 bentgrass enjoyed a breakthrough when Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., site of the 2014 PGA Championship, became the first venue using the variety on its putting greens to host a major championship. The greens withstood a zany week that included humid practice rounds, a comfortable start to competition and soggy conclusion. T-1 has experienced an arduous journey since 1994, when Brede sought to create a “heat-to...

Full article: http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/gci0914-t1-bentgrass-br...

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