I’d like to start this letter by wishing everyone throughout the association a “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year.” I hope this president’s message finds everyone in a position to spend some quality time with family and friends over the coming weeks. For me personally, this is the time to reflect upon what has transpired in my life over the past year. I try to utilize this opportunity to improve areas where I could’ve done better, but more importantly, it allows me to take a closer look at the areas that were successful. I feel that the main reason we should dissect our successes lies in figuring out why we were successful and how we can apply those principles to our weaknesses. No one likes to dwell on shortcomings or point out their own failures. However, by deconstructing our successes, which are much easier to process, we can acquire pertinent information from the positives, and utilize it to improve ourselves. I don’t limit this exercise to the golf course, but use it in my personal life as well. What better time than the Holidays to spend some time improving our relationships with friends and family! If most of you are like me, it’s difficult to keep your work life and home life separate, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. For me, finding the perfect balance between the two becomes the challenge. The work/home dichotomy is tricky, but I attempt to employ this one simple (but not always easy) rule … Don’t let your work problems create personal problems and vice versa. I find that when I have difficulty honoring this rule, both areas of my life pay the price. I could discuss this strategy at length, but will spare you that for now. I would however, like to end this message with one tidbit that has been helpful for me… “You can treat your employees like they are family, but you can’t treat your family like they are employees!” This has been a help for me when dealing with issues that arise both at home and at the course. Please spend some time with your kids, wives, husbands, friends, staff etc. this holiday season and make sure that they understand how important they are to you and what a crucial role they play in your success!
W.J. Johnson, Ph.D. and C.T. Golob, M.S.
Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University; Pullman, WA
Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) golf course fairway infested with annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) can be unattractive, hard to manage, and have reduced playability during much of the golf season. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of Tenacity 4SC combined with several herbicides to eliminate Poa annua from Kentucky bluegrass fairways.
Materials and Methods
Research was conducted on a Kentucky bluegrass fairway infested with P. annua at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Treatments were: Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Xonerate 2 oz/A, Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A, Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Turflon 16 fl oz/A, 19660A 1 fl oz/A + Turflon 16 fl oz/A, Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Trimmit 16 fl oz/A, and Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Trimmit 16 fl oz/A + Turflon 16 fl oz/A. Initial treatments were applied May 2, 2013, and repeat treatments were made on May 23, and June 13, 2013. Applications in 2014 are currently being evaluated in a spring/spring program (only 2013 data presented).
Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Xonerate 2 oz/A and Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A resulted in the greatest reduction of P. annua, 86 and 82%, respectively, compared to the controls (Fig. 1). However, associated with the Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Xonerate 2 oz/A treatment was a high level of P. annua phytotoxicity and at times an unacceptable phytotoxicity on Kentucky bluegrass (Fig. 2). In addition, open, depressed areas in the fairway where the P. annua had died presented undesirable playing conditions during peak summer play. It was not till the early fall that the Kentucky bluegrass aggressively began to fill these depressions and a noticeable shift in the fairway population toward Kentucky bluegrass was evident (Fig. 3 and 4). Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A also resulted in a high level of P. annua phytotoxicity for several weeks, but at a lower level of Kentucky bluegrass phytotoxicity and did not cause P. annua to quickly disappear creating open areas and depressions in the fairway.
Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A may be the most desirable P. annua control option to consider in terms of seasonal playability. Complete P. annua control was not achieved with any treatment; therefore, a multi-year program may be needed to achieve this goal.
Dear Members of the Oregon GCSA,
I am asking for your help today in an important initiative that will benefit not only you and your facility, but also the golf course management industry as a whole.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is currently collecting important data from superintendents nationwide regarding water use and conservation in the game through the Golf Course Environmental Profile (GCEP) Water Use and Conservation Practices survey. Funded by The Environmental Institute for Golf through generous sponsorship by the USGA, this particular survey is the initial step in the second phase of the GCEP, an effort to help measure our industry’s efforts over time, which will enable golf to better demonstrate its environmental stewardship and ensure the future of the game. We are asking members and non-members alike to take 15 minutes to participate in this survey, which can be completed by visiting gcsaa.org.
Why is your participation in the GCEP and especially the water use and conservation practices survey so vital? Having current data on these important areas of golf course management give our industry the best tools by which to respond to government inquiries and proposed regulations, support research/innovation and provide education and resources for those who professionally manage the golf facility. The data also helps creates a historical record of the positive changes in the way golf courses are managed, which can then be used to demonstrate the game’s environmental stewardship.
Below are a few specific ways the data from the first round of surveys have been used:
- University turfgrass scientists use this data in their research and within the classroom to illustrate the scope of the golf industry. There is no other resource that has been peer reviewed and represents the golf course industry across the U.S.
- The We Are Golf coalition utilizes this data on its website and during its visits to Capitol Hill during National Golf Day. This is the primary source of data that reflects golf’s environmental stewardship efforts and properly positions our use of resources.
- In the face of potential regulatory actions pertaining to water use and the use of other inputs, the golf industry needs current data regarding our operations and environmental practices. These surveys deliver that important data.
- The industry frequently provides information from these surveys to the media, conservation organizations, the public and other special interest groups to portray the golf course industry’s professionalism and hard work.
Most importantly, though, the data gathered in these GCEP surveys supports GCSAA members and the job we do every day. This is why your association has undertaken these surveys on your behalf. Your participation in these surveys is critical.
In addition to taking this survey yourself, please help us further by encouraging superintendents in your area—both GCSAA members and non-members alike—to take part as well. This is one of the most important activities that the GCSAA undertakes on behalf of the golf course industry, and the participation of as many superintendents as possible is vital.
Again, to take the GCEP Water Use and Conservation Practices survey or to learn more about the GCEP in general, visit www.gcsaa.org. Thank you.
Hilands Golf Club
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Cedar Grove Composting
CPS Professional Products
Pacific Golf & Turf
Walrath Sand Products
Golf Plus Construction
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 email@example.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
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
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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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!!)
USGA Funding continues to expand First Green outreach.
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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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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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
OGCSA, Vice President
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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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.
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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