The Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (OGCSA) has hired Alexis Wenker to replace the retiring Linda Whitworth as the executive director. Linda has agreed to stay on until January 21st, helping Alexis transition into the new office.
Alexis has a long history with the golf in Oregon, with over 16 years' experience in the golf and landscape management field. Much of that time as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Oswego Lake Country Club. Alexis was the Chair of the Assistant GC Superintendent Committee of the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association and also served on the GCSAA Assistant Committee in 2008 and 2009. Alexis won the "Assistant Golf Course Superintendent of the Year" award in 2009. Alexis took over as director of the Oregon Turfgrass Foundation in January of 2015.
Alexis, mother of two, is married to Past President of the OGCSA and Superintendent of Langdon Farms Golf Course, Nolan Wenker. Alexis also has over five years’ experience in accounting and has obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Oregon State University.
OGCSA President Richard Jensen states: “After an extensive selection and interview process the OGCSA board of directors is extremely pleased to have Alexis Wenker as our chapter’s new Executive Director. Of the numerous candidates considered for the position Alexis’ experience and history with the OGCSA made her the best fit to help lead our chapter into the future.”
Please feel free to congratulate Alexis via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 503-344-6535.
The new address will be:
PO Box 1556
Oregon City, OR
I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays so far. I can’t believe the years end is upon us. At times, it seemed like the record setting seasons of heat, and now precipitation, would never end yet here we are ready to welcome in 2016. Despite my lack of communication to our membership, the BOD continues working toward keeping the OGCSA moving forward.
In early October, the BOD met with GCSAA’s Chapter Outreach Director Steve Randall, Chapter Services Senior Manager, Leann Cooper, and NW Regional Field staff representative, David Phipps, for a strategic planning session. The group conducted a SCOR analysis (strengths, challenges, opportunities, risks) of the chapter’s current position. This invaluable service, provided to each GCSAA affiliated chapter at no additional cost, offers the opportunity to analyze our chapter’s performance and examine ways to improve service for our membership. To Steve, Leann and Dave, thank you for the assistance examining our chapter’s mission, vision and values and identifying new goals for us to work toward.
The most pressing issue currently facing the Association is retaining a new Executive Director. Yes, you read that correctly. After seven years with the OGCSA, Linda Whitworth has decided to take the opportunity to enjoy her favorite things; family, golf, travel and friends. I hope you’ll join me in thanking Linda for her exemplary service during her time spent managing day-to-day operations of the OGCSA. During my time on the board, Linda has always been the cornerstone we could count on for anything pertaining to OGCSA operations and more. Personally, I am sad to see her leave, but appreciate her decision and wish her nothing but the best on her future endeavors. Linda won’t vanish completely from the Association, the Whitworth Scholarship will continue and she has graciously agreed to extend her service through the transition to a new Executive Director.
The search for a new “Linda” commenced several months ago and is nearing its completion. Resumes from around the country, even one from India, were reviewed by the Selection Committee with four finalists being forwarded to the Executive Committee for interviews. One finalist candidate withdrew from the process, of the remaining three, one stood out above the rest as the best fit for the OGCSA. An offer has been made and negotiations are underway. I would like to thank the entire BOD for their efforts during this arduous process; it has truly been a team effort. I plan to be back to you soon with the announcement of our new Executive Director.
In closing, I would like to thank the membership, sponsors and hosting facilities for your continued support of the Association’s programs and events. Your contributions and participation make it all possible. I wish everyone a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year!
Crooked River Ranch GC
Survey conducted by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America also shows increased water conservation practices at U.S. courses
Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Golf course superintendents used 21.8 percent less water overall and just 1.44 percent of all irrigated water in the U.S. to maintain their courses in 2013, compared with usage in 2005, according to recently released survey data. The survey was conducted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and funded by the United State Golf Association (USGA) through GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).
The survey results from nearly 2,000 golf course superintendents were collected and independently analyzed by scientists at PACE Turf and the National Golf Foundation (NGF), which published the findings for peer review before making the information public.
“This study shows us that the golf industry has been addressing water issues for some time and is realizing positive results. The numbers show that golf course superintendents across the country have reduced water consumption,” said Wendy Gelernter, Ph.D., co-owner of PACE Turf, which has been providing data analysis for the golf industry for more than 25 years. “There is always room for improvement, however; and I think we will see even less water being used and fewer acres being irrigated in the years ahead.”
Along with reducing overall water usage by 500,000 acre-feet, golf course superintendents increased their use of recycled water by 33 percent over the last study. Both of those trends are positive for the industry, since golf courses are able to filter recycled water before it re-enters the ecosystem.
Golf course superintendents also have demonstrated water savings through turf reduction and improved technologies, such as computer-controlled targeted irrigation systems and sensors that measure soil moisture. Since 2005, golf courses have reduced managed irrigated turf by 14,430 acres, enough of a reduction to cover more than 100 golf courses. This reduction does not include golf course closures.
In addition, the study provides data on average water use in the seven different agronomic regions of the country, with water usage the lowest in the Northeast and the highest in the Southeast and Southwest – two regions that have year-round play and turf growth.
“The golf course superintendent profession is committed to science-based technologies and environmental stewardship,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “We hope that this national study will demonstrate our commitment to efficient water management and inspire the industry to continue to lead in the future. In the end, water management is about providing playing conditions that satisfy the needs of golfers today without compromising the needs of the future.”
It's not surprising to find water usage down and water costs up nationally for golf course managers. The picture of the golf industry has changed, and it will continue to evolve, even at the national championship level, where the world’s best players are seeing a shift from overall uniform green to firmer surfaces that receive less water.
Visit gcsaa.org to review the complete survey report.
Over the next two years, GCSAA will publish four additional national surveys in key areas related to golf course management as part of its Golf Course Environmental Profile. Each of those surveys is also being funded by the USGA through the EIFG.
About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
They're Back! And in great numbers. David Eichenlaub shot this footage over the weekend. It is footage of a Wild, Native Coho Salmon that has returned to the golf course to spawn. The Wild (non-hatchery fish) will have the adipose fin intact. This is the middle rear fin of the fish that is clipped on hatchery fish. The adult fish will use the Golf course's Wee Burn Creek to spawn in. The adult female fish will use its body to prepare redds (gravel nest) to lay the eggs in. The male fish will then fertilize the eggs. Later this spring, young will emerge out of the gravels and use the golf course ponds to grow and live in. The young fish (smolts) will grow on the golf course for a year or two before heading downstream to the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the species, salmon grow to adult size in 1 - 7 years in the ocean. They will then begin their journey back to Wee Burn Creek to spawn and die in their waters of their birth.
We have worked hard at restoring and enhancing Wee Burn Creek. Many volunteer hours, partnerships, public and private dollars have went into making the Resort a fantastic environment to support the Coho's life cycle.
I encourage everyone to observe this incredible story. Lately the best viewing has been in Wee Burn Creek near the tunnel that connects the Foxglove nine with the eastside of the golf course. Please call the pro shop and they will direct you on how to access the course. Ext. 1900. Typically, the adults will spawn and die not much later than Thanksgiving.
Any questions or comments don't hesitate to call Thanks And get out and enjoy.
GCSAA’s 2015 Pest Management Practices Survey is now underway. This survey focuses on best management practices that will help GCSAA advocate for the golf course industry and our profession. The survey does not require pesticide records and takes just 15 minutes to complete. GCSAA’s Board of Directors is asking for your help by completing and promoting this important survey.
Golf course management practices, including the use of water, nutrients, and pest management products are more publicly scrutinized and regulated than ever before. GCSAA advocates fervently for the golf course superintendent and the golf industry upon a foundation of sound science and fact. Without these efforts and our continued input, regulators may only have information provided to them by those wanting to ban the tools we need to do our jobs and contribute to the success of our facilities.
Please assist GCSAA’s efforts on our behalf by taking this short but critical survey. Your participation ensures accurate usage data and a stronger foundation of science and fact from which GCSAA can advocate. In addition to taking this survey yourself, please encourage superintendents in your area to participate—both GCSAA members and non-members alike. Advocacy for the golf course superintendent is one of GCSAA’s most important efforts and a pillar upon which we operate.
This survey is conducted by the National Golf Foundation on behalf of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. GCSAA receives its funding for this project through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf and specifically from the generous support of the United States Golf Association.
Visit gcsaa.org today to learn more about the Golf Course Environmental Profile and to take the GCEP Pest Management Practices Survey. Thank you for all you do to support and promote the golf course superintendent and the game of golf!
Greetings. I am the acting manager for the Office of State Fire Marshal, License and Permit Unit. I’m reaching out to you because we believe you have an interest in legislation that will be enacted as a result of HB 2432. This bill becomes law on Jan 1, 2016 and expands the list of properties where fireworks can be used to repel birds and animals. A copy of the enrolled bill is attached.
Our office is in the process of drafting related administrative rules and seeking input. My hope is get a draft out early next week but in the meantime, there are a few items I want to draw your attention to. Please feel free to forward this to any person or entity that should be involved in this conversation, or let me know and I can loop them in.
As an FYI, Mark Johnston will become the permanent manager for the License and Permit Unit on November 1st. He will replace Anita Phillips who retired June 30th. He’s been with our agency for over 10 years and most recently was the program coordinator for our Community Right to Know program.
Below are the items that we believe are the most substantive changes as a result of HB 2342. We will also be doing some housekeeping changes while we have these open. I’m not listing them here but they will be part of the first draft, once it’s complete.
Thanks for taking the time to assist us in this matter – it’s much appreciated. I look forward to working with everyone.
“Agricultural” Fireworks vs. “Pest Control” Fireworks
Because HB 2432 expanded the use of fireworks to deter birds and other animals beyond agricultural or forest products or crops, we are proposing to call them “pest control fireworks” instead of “agricultural fireworks.” This closely mirrors what ATF uses (“explosive pest control devices”). The permit would be a “pest control fireworks permit” instead of an “agricultural permit.”
Authorized Use of Pest Control Fireworks
We are proposing to restrict the use of pest control fireworks to the purpose of repelling birds or animals which are injurious or destructive to the identified properties, or any crops or livestock located on the identified properties. This closely mirrors language in the previous law and prevents a person from unjustifiably obtaining a pest control fireworks permit even though they may be located on an identified property.
Permit by Property
We are proposing to establish that a pest control fireworks permit is required for each property where a person desires to use pest control fireworks, except in the event the same person has multiple contiguous properties. Only one permit will be needed in those cases. This will eliminate some confusing language regarding this issue.
We are proposing the following definitions for terms used in HB 2432.
“Airport” means any area of land or water that is used, or intended for use, for the landing and take-off of aircraft, and any appurtenant areas that are used, or intended for use, for airport buildings or other airport facilities or rights of way, together with all airport buildings and facilities located thereon.
(a) For waters other than the Columbia River, the body of water from the ocean to the head of tidewater that is partially enclosed by land and within which salt water is usually diluted by fresh water from the land, including all associated estuarine waters, tidelands, tidal marshes and submerged lands; and
(b) For the Columbia River, all waters from the mouth of the river up to the western edge of Puget Island, including all associated estuarine waters, tidelands, tidal marshes and submerged lands.
(a) any tract of land whether consisting of one or more parcels devoted to agricultural purposes generally under the management of a tenant or the owner, or
(b) a plot of land devoted to the raising of domestic or other animals, or
(c) a tract of water reserved for the artificial cultivation of some aquatic life-form.
"Forests" means lands which are used for the growing and harvesting of forest tree species, regardless of how the land is zoned or taxed or how any state or local statutes, ordinances, rules or regulations are applied.
“Golf course” means an area of land laid out for the game of golf with a series of holes each including tee, fairway, and green and often one or more natural or artificial hazards. “Golf course” does not mean a privately-owned golf practice facility constructed for personal use.
“Pest control fireworks” means: (This is the old agricultural fireworks permit definition, the only other change is highlighted below)
(a) Fireworks with a cardboard/pasteboard-type tube up to 4” in length and 3/4 inch in diameter or a shotgun shell type container,
(b) Fireworks containing only pyrotechnic compositions, e g., black powder, flash powder, or smokeless powder, with an audible report containing up to 40 grains, or 2.592 grams, of explosive composition,
(c) Fireworks tested, classified and approved by the United States Department of Transportation
(d) Fireworks designed and intended solely for use in:
(A) Controlling predatory animals allowed by ORS 480.124 or
(B) Controlling birds or animals as allowed by HB 2432 (Chapter 57, 2015 laws).
(e) Fireworks referred to as explosive pest control devices
(f) Fireworks not including retail fireworks, display fireworks, or exempt fireworks.
“Pest control fireworks permit” means the official written document issued by the Office of State Fire Marshal pursuant to HB 2432 (Chapter 57, 2015 laws) and ORS 480.124 and OAR 837-012-0305 through 837-012-0370 granting permission to a person to purchase and use pest control fireworks.
“Responsible charge” has the meaning given in HB 2432 (Chapter 57, 2015 Laws).
Feel free to call or email if you have any questions!
License and Permit Unit
Office of State Fire Marshal
Oregon State Police
4760 Portland Rd. NE
Salem, OR 97305
Office (503) 934-8287
Cell (503) 983-1596
The Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (OGCSA) has recognized The Bandon Dunes Resort as the recipient of the Michael S. Hindahl Environmental Award of Excellence. The award will be presented On November 3, 2015, during the OGCSA Environmental Meeting at The Oregon Golf Club.
Sustainability has been the trend of the 21st Century and Bandon Dunes Resort is the epitome of this trend in Golf. Ron Whitten has been quoted in Golf Digest saying, "Its five courses are the most visible demonstration of environmental sensitivity of any resort in America". Four out of the five Bandon courses are Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, with the fifth coming on soon. In a recent Syngenta carbon footprint study, it was concluded Bandon's overall impact is a net reduction in carbon. The resort also cuts back on traffic pollution by shuttling golfers to each course in lieu of them using their own vehicles.
Bandon Dunes also gives back to the community. The recently constructed par 3 golf course, The Preserve, donates its net profits to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA) which was founded in 2010 by Mike Keiser, owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. WRCA is a grant funding organization that seeks to unite organizations and support projects that protect the rich lands and waters on Oregon's South Coast. Through conservation, WRCA will create jobs for local residents, promote tourism and foster stewardship of working landscapes.
About the Michael S. Hindahl Environmental Award of Excellence
Named in honor of the late Michael S. Hindahl who was a friend of the Oregon Superintendents and an environmental advocate. Hindahl had a Ph.D. in Microbiology and worked for Oregon Health Science University researching AIDS. With a passion for golf and a desire to apply his skills to the industry, he helped the Oregon Superintendents pioneer its Environmental Stewardship Guidelines. Just prior to his passing in 2005, Oregon Superintendents gained national notoriety by winning the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship for their work with the Guidelines. It is the intent of the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association to recognize superintendents and their facilities that have shown leadership and environmental fortitude that exemplify the life of Michael S. Hindahl.
I just wanted to get an announcement out to our Assistant Superintendents about joining the OGCSA's Assistant Superintendent Committee. We are looking for new members on our committee. Assistants volunteering for the committee receive one year’s free OGCSA dues for their service.
The committee’s responsibilities are currently arranging the crew training seminar with hosted speakers which takes place in January each year, and the Superintendent/Assistant golf tournament which takes place in June. We also, in the past few years, have done some mentoring sessions for the Oregon State Turf Club
If your Assistant is interested in getting involved with our Assistant’s Committee please have him/her contact me. My contact information is listed below. I hope everyone is having a good start to the season, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Oswego Lake Country Club
Email: turfdog616@ hotmail.com
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