Event Calendar

2014

NOVEMBER

4th, Tue
Environmental Seminar
Register & View Speaker Bios

DECEMBER

3rd-4th, Wed-Thu
Pest Management Seminar
Register

2015

JANUARY

21st, Wed
Equipment Tech Seminar

29th, Thur
Crew/Assistant Seminar

superintendent blogs

Eli McGallian
Sandpines Golf Links

Gabe Hughes
The Reserve
Golf Vineyards and Golf Club
Steve Reynolds
Meadow Lakes
Golf Club
Golf Course Management Blog


Loss of Leader, Friend, Mentor▼





Paul Colleran, a true leader by example of professionalism, and a friend and mentor to many of us in the Western Washington and Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association, lost his fierce battle with brain cancer when he died Wednesday, October 8th, at the age of 56.

Paul has been the only superintendent in the history of Aldarra Golf Club. After achieving tremendous results as the superintendent at Tacoma Country & Golf Club, Paul was brought in during the development stages of the Tom Fazio-designed Aldarra course in the mid-1990s. He did it, as he did everything in life, with a smile on his face and warmth in his heart.

He is survived by his wife Joan, and their two sons, Troy and Bryce.

In a letter to the members at Aldarra, his assistant, Sean Reehoorn, shared some of his thoughts.

“They say the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but today, to the benefit of all grass in heaven, it almost certainly is,” Sean wrote. “In February of 2007, I joined Paul’s staff eager to learn and make Aldarra Golf Club a great place. Today I write you in deep sorrow and grief. We have lost the man who helped build the grounds all of us enjoy and cherish each day. I arrived knowing Paul both personally and professionally. Quickly it became apparent that few people if anyone cherished Aldarra as much as he did. He carried an attitude that Aldarra was a special place and it was important that we as staff understood how special it was and to treat each and every task with that in mind.”

The Board of Directors at Aldarra also has been impressed with Paul’s leadership from the very start.

In a letter to the membership at Aldarra, the Board wrote, “Paul’s vision, intelligence, work ethic and commitment to excellence were essential to making Aldarra the finest golf club and finest golf course in the state of Washington. He will be sorely missed.

“Paul was diagnosed with brain cancer last winter. He fought a courageous battle against the disease, continuing to work on a daily basis, even when he was clearly suffering from his treatments. Paul loved Aldarra, and was proud of the many projects he led, as well as the superb condition of the course. He made it clear that coming to work was a joy to him, all the way to the end.”

Sean was there, assisting as always, this past year.

“Over the past year, I have witnessed Paul’s passion for Aldarra remain steadfast,” Sean wrote to the members. “Each day he was here was a benefit to him and what we had all hoped was his health. The place was his home away from home. It wasn’t just a place of employment, it was a place of memories, laughter, and most importantly friendships.”

The WWGCSA will keep its members and us informed of any public memorial services and of any donation opportunities.

OSU Field Day ▼






NTA Conference and Update ▼





NTA Continues to Donate Toward OSU

The Northwest Turfgrass Association continues its longstanding tradition of supporting worthy turfgrass management research and education programs at Oregon State University and is proud to announce that more than half of its donations for 2014 are going to OSU.

A total of $29,500 worth of grants has been awarded to five different programs in the Northwest. The decision was made by the Board of Directors after recommendations from the Research Committee.

Of that $29,500, Oregon State will receive $15,000 for its ongoing research on microdochium patch.

The grants from the NTA are possible through the numerous and generous contributions from clubs and individuals throughout the Northwest.

For 2014, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:

Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Mircodochium Patch
Oregon State University $15,000

Maintenance support for the Roy Goss Research Farm
Washington State University - Puyallup $5,000

First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation $5,000

Outdoor Turf Lab
Walla Walla Community College $3,500

Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College $1,000

For more information on how to apply for grants for 2015, or to contribute directly to the NTA, contact Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

T.U.R.F. Donations Have Surpassed $1 Million

Research and education grants from the Northwest Turfgrass Association through its Turf Universities Research Fund (T.U.R.F) have surpassed $1 million since starting in 1997.

To see how the $1.056 million has been distributed to universities and colleges in the Northwest and other worthy educational programs, follow this link.

The NTA would like to thank all the clubs and individuals over the past decades that have donated to T.U.R.F. More information on how you can donate is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.


Registration in Full Swing for NTA Conference

Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open, will first be the site of the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association as green industry professionals gather in University Place, near Tacoma, this October.

The official online registration form for the conference Oct. 5-7 is available by following this link.

Two rounds of golf will be held on the links-style course on the shore of Puget Sound that will test the world’s best players less than nine months later.

The education sessions for the conference will be held adjacent to the golf course at the Pierce Country Environmental Services Building. The Liberty Inn in DuPont will serve as the host hotel. Our dinner banquets will be held at Tacoma Country & Golf Club on Sunday night and Fircrest Golf Club on Monday night.

For a complete schedule, follow this link.

The lineup of educational speakers is impressive with Dr. Micah Woods from the Asian Turfgrass Center giving two talks. Also on the schedule are Dr. Rob Golembiewski from Bayer Crop Science, Jenny McMorrow from Turf Diagnostics in New York, and Brian McDonald and Clint Mattox from Oregon State University.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, and more information is available by visiting nwturfgrass.net.

If there are any questions on sponsorship, or the entire conference, Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, would love to hear from you. He can be reached at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Sponsors Show Their Supporg for NTA

A long list of generous sponsors is helping the Northwest Turfgrass Association make the 2014 annual conference at Chambers Bay a success.

To date, 15 different sponsors have contributed between $3,500 and $500 to be part of the annual conference, which this year is being held at the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Leading the way is Western Equipment, which contributed at the $3,500 level.

Here is the breakdown of all the sponsors to date:

$3,500
Western Equipment

$1,500
Bayer CropScience
Cedar Grove Composting
CPS Professional Products
ICON Materials
Pacific Golf & Turf
Planet Turf
Walrath Sand Products
Wilbur-Ellis

$500
AMVAC Chemicals
Golf Plus Construction
Miller Design
Ridgetop Golf
RMT Equipment
Western Turf Farms

The NTA would like to send out its sincere thanks to these associations for helping us raise funds to be donated to turfgrass research and education in the Northwest.

More information on sponsorships is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.


Suncadia Selected for 2017 NTA Conference

Suncadia, the 54-hole golf resort in the mountain town of Roslyn in the central part of Washington, has been selected for the 2017 annual conference of the NTA.

One round of golf will be held on Suncadia’s private Tumble Creek course during the conference, which is set for Oct. 1-3, 2017.

The NTA now has set its conferences for the next four years:

2014—Chambers Bay, October 5-7
2015—Coeur d’Alene Resort, Oct. 4-6
2016—Bandon Dunes, October 30 – November 1
2017—Suncadia, October 1-3

 

2014 Crew Tournament Results ▼

1st Place Gross: 56 • Claremont Golf Club
2nd Place Gross: 58 • Willamette Valley #2
3rd Place Gross 60 • Colwood

1st Place Net: 51.0 • Stone Creek #2
2nd Place Net: 52.4 • City of Vancouver Parks Dept.
3rd Place Net: 52.6 • Oswego Lake CC #2

Payball Winners: Orchard Hills CC & Black Butte Ranch
Beaverball Winner: The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club

Click here for complete results.

First Green ▼


2014 Superintendent Assistant
Golf Tourney Results ▼

Twenty-seven 2-man teams competed in the 2014 Superintendent-Assistant Golf Tournament held at Shadow Hills Country Club on Monday, June 30th. The OGCSA Assistant Superintendent committee planned and helped run this event led by the committee chairman, David Robinson from Oswego Lake CC.

Host superintendent Randy Marshall and his assistant Jake Witherspoon had the course in excellent condition and the weather cooperated as well. Lunch followed by golf and a wonderful BBQ dinner completed a very enjoyable day for those who participated.

Golf Level sponsor, WinField Solutions was the main event sponsor and provided both KP prizes and beer for the afternoon. Bronze Level sponsor, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., again ran a putting contest at the turn. Thank you to all for making it a great event!

Winners were as follows:

1st Low Gross: 70 Caleb Taskinen/Darren Hardy ~ Black Butte Ranch
2nd Low Gross: 71 Scott Larsen/Spencer Crawford ~ Emerald Valley
3rd Low Gross: 72 Daren Dickey/Colby Loftin ~ Santiam GC

1st Low Net: 65 Mike Turner/Gabe Hughes ~ The Reserve
2nd Low Net: 67 Kurt Wright/Dean Stanovich ~ Simplot Partners/Columbia Edgewater CC
3rd Low Net: 68 Randy Marshall/Jake Witherspoon ~ Shadow Hills CC (card-off)

Long Drive 0-12 handicap: Caleb Taskinen ~ Black Butte Ranch
Long Drive 13+ handicap: Ryan Barker ~ Pronghorn

KP 0-12 handicap: Bill Lyon ~ Forest Hills CC, Reedsport 25’5”
KP 13+ handicap: No winner

OSU Turf Field Day, Golf Outing, & Dinner ▼

The annual OSU Turf Field Day, Golf Outting, and Dinner will be held August 29th and 30th. For a complete schedule and registration, please click here.

Pesticide Advisory ▼

Emergency (Temporary Rule Prohibiting the Use of Dinotefuran and Imidacloprid on Linden Trees

On June 26, 2014 the Oregon Dpartment of Agriculture (ODA) enacted an emergency (temporary) rule prohibiting the use of any product containing the neonicotinoid insecticides dinotefuran or imidacloprid, regardless of application method, on linden trees.  The Temporary Administrative Rule will be in effect June 26 - December 23, 2014, OAR 603-057-0387.  Additional regulatory action may take place before or after the expiration date of the temporary rule.


What Does this Mean to You?

This means that if you have a container label that provides directions for use on linden trees, you can not apply it to linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species.

This rule prohibits the use of dinotefuran or imidacloprid to Tilia spp., regardless of application method, including but not lmited to: foliar, bark treatment, soil drench, tree or soil injections, bark injection and basal bark application.


Why is the Department Taking this Action?

In 2014, there were numerous bee kills associated with the use of these products on linden trees.  In response, ODA required as a condition of 2014 state pesticide registration that a label statement prohibiting use on linden trees would be required for products containing dinotefuran or imidacloprid.  The Department embarked on substantial educational and outreach efforts regarding the hazards of using these active ingredients on linden trees and the new restrictions on pesticide labels.

In 2014, pesticide users continued to use products with old labels on linden trees, and as a result more bees died.  In one incident, imidacloprid was foliarly applied to linden trees in bloom in June; and in another imidacloprid was injected into linden trees (pre-bloom) in March and May.

What happens if you apply dinotefuran or imidacloprid products to linden trees?
Failure to comply with this Administrative Rule may result in a number of enforcement actions, including, but not limited to: license suspension or revocations, or imposition of a civil penalty.

Information regarding the rule and trade names of pesticide products impacted by this rule may be found at oregon.gov/oda/pest/pages/pollinator.aspx

For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture at 503.986.4635, or email pestx@oda.state.or.us.

 

OGCSA President's Letter—Summer ▼

Greetings All,

I’d like to start my first President’s message by thanking all of the members of the OGCSA that elected me and are allowing me to serve as their President. I’ve been very fortunate to serve on the board with some very talented and amazing folks. I’d also like to thank Nolan Wenker for the many, many hours spent working on association business during his time as a board member and ultimately, as our President. To our peers who are rotating off the board, Brant Hathorn, Jason Leonard, and Randy Rider, thank you for taking the time to give back to the association. And finally, I’d be remiss to leave Linda Whitworth out of my many thanks, as she is the constant force among our Board of Directors and one of the main reasons we have such a strong organization. Over the next year, I will work tirelessly to carry out association business to the best of my ability and with all of our member’s best interests in the forefront in my mind.

With that said, next week will be busy with an Oregon Turfgrass Foundation meeting as well as an Oregon Golf Alliance meeting. It will be my first opportunity to work with the Oregon Golf Alliance and I’ve only met with the OTF once prior. I’m excited to meet some new people that love the golf business as much as I do. I hope that we can work together to advance and grow this game that is so important to us all!

Lastly, I’d like to remind everyone of the upcoming Rounds 4 Research auctions June 9-22 and August 1-10. We would love more courses to donate rounds for this important fundraising effort, which raised over $4,000 for our association in 2013. Thanks to all the courses that have already donated rounds and for those courses that haven’t had the opportunity to donate, it’s not too late. Please contact Linda Whitworth, David Phipps, or myself if you have any questions regarding the R4R. We would love to use the proceeds of these auctions to provide additional research funds in the PNW, above and beyond the Foundation pledge.

I look forward to the coming year and I am excited to do what I can to advance our association, our profession, and grow this game we all owe so much to! Please never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Warmest Regards,
Mike Turner,CGCS
OGCSA President

 

2014 Annual Meeting Recap ▼

The OGCSA Annual Meeting was held at Willamette Valley CC on Thursday, May 22nd. Keynote speaker, OSU graduate student Clint Mattox, gave an update on his Master’s project “Fungicide Alternative Control of Microdochium Patch on Annual Bluegrass Greens”. Dr. Alec Kowalewski gave a brief update on the state of the OSU turf program and Dave Phipps and Chuck Wolsborn presented updates on GCSAA activities including Rounds 4 Research and upcoming legislative issues of concern to our area.

President Nolan Wenker presented Dr. Kowalewski with a check for $50,000 which is the 2nd installment of the 5 year pledge by the OTF and OGCSA to the OSU Foundation. This pledge along with others, ensures the turf program funding for a full time research assistant as part of their program.

Annual awards presented:
Superintendent of the Year: Richard Jensen, Crooked River Ranch
Assistant Superintendent of the Year: Joe Leland, Royal Oaks Country Club
Malpass Distinguished Service Award: Rod Nelson, Wilbur Ellis Company

Election results announced:
2014-2015 President: Mike Turner
2014-2015 Vice President: Richard Jensen
Board Directors: Russ Vandehey, Darrell Fields and Jeff Wilson (2 year terms)
Affiliate Director: Brent Radford (2 year term)

2014 scholarships awarded:
Bill Martin Memorial Scholarship ($2000) to OSU senior Micah Gould
Norm Whitworth Memorial Scholarship ($5000) to OSU graduate student, Clint Mattox.

Both were outstanding choices based on new scholarship requirements put in place this year by a committee made up of OGCSA board members Nolan Wenker and Mike Turner and OTF board members Gordon Kiyokawa and Steve Brenner.

Outdoing President, Nolan Wenker, was presented with his President’s Plaque and Past President pin by new President, Mike Turner and outgoing board members; Brant Hathorn, Jason Leonard and Randy Rider were given thank-you plaques and board service pins.

After the meeting, several members stayed to enjoy the great weather and the beautiful Willamette Valley golf course. Winners of the 9-hole competition were:
Low Net: Richard Jensen, Crooked River Ranch
Low Gross: Brent Radford, Wilbur-Ellis Co.
KP: Brent Radford, Wilbur-Ellis Co. (close to another hole-in-one!!)

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First Green Environmental Education ▼


USGA Funding continues to expand First Green outreach.

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GCSAA Grassroots Network ▼

The GCSAA Grassroots Network is a dedicated group of GCSAA members who want to engage in the association's government relations efforts. Being part of the Grassroots Network gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn about legislative and regulatory issues affecting the golf course management profession.
  • Learn about GCSAA's advocacy adtivities, and
  • Actively particpate in the associations efforts.

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GHIN Handicap Club Back in Business ▼


The 2014 golf handicap season runs from March 1st through December 1st 2014.  The OGA is again offering a discount to current OGCSA members.  Members interested in establishing their USGA handicap through the OGCSA can register on-line or contact the OGCSA office at 877.375.1330 or ogcsa@ogcsa.org.  The cost this year will be $23. 

Participation in OGCSA golf events requires an established USGA handicap in order to compete for net prizes.

To obtain an OGCSA/USGA Handicap Index, you must register for 2014 and payment must be received by April 15th.  Click here to apply.

OGCSA to Participate in Rounds 4 Research ▼




Dear OGCSA Members,

I am pleased to announce that OGCSA will again be participating in the Rounds 4 Research program. In 2012 the Environmental Institute for Golf (GCSAA’s philanthropic organization) launched the national Rounds 4 Research fund raising campaign having taken it over from the Carolinas GCSA who administered it on a smaller scale for three years.

In 2013, more than 50 GCSAA chapters and organizations participated in the auctions, which raised nearly $150,000.

Rounds 4 Research is based on the practice of securing donated rounds of golf and putting them up for public auction. The EIFG is working an online auction platform to sell the rounds and administer the various notification and revenue collection activities. At least 80 percent of the proceeds will be distributed to participating chapters or turfgrass organizations for use on research-based programs such as education, scholarships, advocacy and agronomic research.

It will take a committed effort from all of us to make this program a success. You will be asked to solicit rounds of golf from your facilities (and perhaps others) to be placed for auction. The more rounds we secure the greater the revenue we can generate in support of our members and chapters.

In the near future, we will be providing more information about the program and support documentation that you can share with others at your facility in soliciting rounds and attracting golfers to the auction site. From that perspective, it is important to remember that this program is for the benefit of all aspects of golf. This is not a program that will only benefit golf course superintendents.

Again, I am excited about the opportunity presented to us and the potential to invest in activities that will strengthen the profession and the game. In advance, I appreciate your support and will be communicating more about the program in the near future. Please contact me should you have questions.

Sincerely,

Mike Turner
OGCSA, Vice President

GCSAA Chapter Delegates Focus on the Future

The annual GCSAA Chapter Delegates Meeting (Oct. 1-2) took on a decidedly different appearance this year, as the focus was not so much on the current state of affairs, but more on the future of the association and the profession.

“We were intent on getting feedback on what the profession would look like in the future, targeting the range of 2020 to 2025,” GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, said. “It became obvious to the board through our discussions with those in the golf industry, including members, that the profession is experiencing rapid change. Superintendents are being asked to do more, and the tools and resources we use to do that job are changing. Just look at what is happening with technology. The game of golf may not be changing much, but how we manage it is.”

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Introduction to First Green

First Green is an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs. Last May, First Green held a demonstration field trip at Royal Oaks Country Club in the Portland area.  After the field trip, representatives from area golf courses, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, Washington State Golf Association, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America attended a First Green workshop on how to host field trips. The workshop is part of First Green’s expansion into the Portland area, and was made possible by a recent grant from the USGA.  

For a glimpse at First Green, watch this 5 minute video showing First Green field trips in action. For more information about hosting a field trip, see the First Green website.

Poa annua Control on Golf Greens
William J. Johnston & Charles T. Golob
Dept of Crop & Soil Sciences, WSU—Pullman, WA

Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) golf greens infested with annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) can be hard to manage, unattractive, and have reduced playability. Methiozolin ('PoaCure') is a relatively new isoxazoline herbicide that has shown selective P. annua control in golf greens.
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Rounds 4 Research

Auctioning Rounds of Golf to Fund Turfgrass Research. Auction is Open through June 22nd!

Donate Rounds Online

PDF Donation Form

Donation Checklist FAQ's

The Importance of Agronomic Research

Visit the Rounds4Research Auctions

Environmental
Stewardship Guidelines

Two pdf versions are now available for download—high resolution for printing or screen resolution for viewing on your computer. Please check here periodically for revisions to the Guidelines. Go to download page.

In the News

Bend Superintendent Receives Professional Certification
10.3.14

"The Long Game: Reducing Pesticides on Golf Courses" (YouTube video)
7.7.14

Annual Report (OSU Turfgrass)
7.7.14

Fungicide Alternative Management
7.7.14

Augusta Masters Likely Play on Oregon Ryegrass.
4.16.14

City of Eugene First in Nation to Ban Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides
3.10.14

GCSAA Government Relations Quarterly Briefing  No. 3
1.20.14

Immigration Reform
1.17.14

First Green Environmental Education Using Links as Labs
1.14.14

 

 

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