11–13 • Tue – Thu
Washington Turf and Landscape Show
Lynnwood Convention Center
17 • Thu
Seattle Golf Club
6–7 • Wed–Thu
Golf Industry Show
San Diego, CA
14 • Thu
Veteran's Course Service Project (jointly with OGCSA)
21 • Thu
Tacoma Country & Golf Club
9 • Thu
WWGCSA Fivesome Tournament
Sahalee Country Club
25 • Thu
WWGCSA Crew Tournament
Assistant Superintendent in Training (11.26.18)
Broadmoor Golf Club
Director of Customer Sales & Support (11.26.18)
Pogo Turf Pro
Golf Course Groundskeeper (11.16.18)
City of Seattle
Parks & Recreation Golf Course Manager (11.16.18)
Golf Course Superintendent (11.14.18)
Royal Oaks Country Club
November 21, 2018
By Sean Reehorn
The GCSAA recently hosted the Annual Delegates meeting in Kansas City/Lawrence, Kansas in November. The GCSAA is made up of 99 chapters that has a voting delegate to represent the 18,000 plus members of the association. Most delegates arrive on Tuesday for dinner and a “State of the Association” address from Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. The association is under great leadership with Rhett at the helm. Partnerships with other industry organizations continue to grow in both exposure and strength. Our association continues to endeavor to be the leader in the global golf industry as many know the dedication and time Superintendents put into their jobs and organizations.
Leadership of GCSAA is focused on two large initiatives, first Best Management Practices (BMP) and membership growth and expansion. BMPs will give each chapter a seat at the table as environmental restrictions are passed down through state, and even federal, legislation. Being ahead of the curve here has already benefited many chapters and will benefit more in the future. Membership growth strengthens our presence as there is true strength in numbers.
The annual meeting for GCSAA takes place during the Golf Industry Show, which will be held in San Diego in 2019. (Orlando in 2020, Las Vegas in 2021.) The membership feedback on GIS is to keep a three-year rotation with San Diego, Orlando, and a city to be determined in between. Las Vegas got the nod in 2021 and where it goes in 2024 has not been determined yet.
Part of the gathering included a one-hour bus ride to the GCSAA Headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas. The day is packed with presentations on Government Relations, Initiatives, Task Group Reports, Round 4 Research plans, and speeches from each of the Candidates for office in 2019. Rafael Barajas will be GCSAA President in 2019 and John Fulling will serve as Vice-President. Four candidates are running for three open Board of Director positions in 2019. T.A. Barker, Superintendent of Fore Lakes Golf Course in Utah and Jeff White, Superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Kansas are running for re-election in 2019 after serving a 1-year term as a Director. Paul Carter, Superintendent at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Tennessee and Doug Dykstra, Superintendent at White Mountain Country Club in Pinetop, Arizona are the other two candidates.
October 15, 2018 (updated 11.30)
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Reservations need to be made by midnight, Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
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August 22, 2018
The air was smoky around Aldarra Golf Club, with ash falling from the sky and sticking to anything in its way, just as it was across the entire Puget Sound region in late August from the wildfires in the Cascades, Olympics and Canadian ranges. But that didn’t dissuade 70 golfers from taking on a tough golf course as part of the festivities surrounding the WWGCSA’s annual meeting.
Alex Hedlund, Assistant Superintendent in Training from Sahalee, overcame a strong field of golfers shooting a 9 over par score of 80, defeating Tom Robinson (Bellevue Golf Course) and Jon Fullmer (Jackson Park Golf Course) by a single shot. Sean Reehoorn (Aldarra) was three shots back. Hedlund’s name will be added to a new perpetual trophy that he will get to display at Sahalee until at least next year’s rendition of the Superintendent’s Cup.
Ross O’Fee of Empire Turf finished with the lowest net score of 72, beating Chris Thornton of Auburn Golf Course by two strokes.
August 21, 2018
Nearly 80 members gathered at Aldarra on August 20 at the WWGCSA Annual Meeting. Superintendents and their Assistants, as well as sponsors and friends of the Association met to go over some business, eat some lunch, play some golf and, most importantly, reconnect face to face to celebrate the brethren of the world Golf Course Superintendents.
Scott Phelps (Newcastle), outgoing President of the Board, delivered a few words to summarize the goings of the Association over the last 12 months. He stressed a renewed emphasis on communication and getting together, despite the growing benefits of a digital learning environment, and the challenges of increased traffic congestion that is especially prevalent in Western Washington. Scott was roundly thanked by those in attendance for the yeoman’s effort he has put in the past two years as Board President, even serving as interim Executive Director when there was a vacancy in the position earlier this year.
Sean Reehoorn (Aldarra) was elected to be the new President of the Board by those in attendance. Sean has had a lot of interaction with the GCSAA, serving on its Education Committee as well as being the WWGCSA’s voting delegate. He is encouraged that the new Board will include members from public courses such as Jackson (Greg Van Hollebeke) and Maplewood (Steve Meyers), as “they bring a different perspective on the challenges that Superintendents face every day,” Reehoorn said.
The day was wrapped up on the fabulous course that is Aldarra. Seventeen foursomes teed it up with prizes for closest to the pin, low net and low gross. While many, by their own account, had a difficult time scrubbing off the rust on their games before their round was done—there was not a shortage of smiles by the time they reached the 19th hole.
August 21, 2018
Sean Reehoorn, Superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, was elected the new Board President of the WWGCSA at its Annual Meeting. Held August 20, coincidentally at Aldarra Golf Club, Reehoorn was elected along with new Board Members Steve Meyers, Superintendent of Maplewood Golf Course, and Rick Michel, Assistant Superintendent at Broadmoor Golf Club. Meyers and Michel join Reehoorn, Greg Van Hollebeke (Jackson Golf Course) and Jason Otto (Wilbur Ellis) each of whom were re-elected to the Board.
Scott Phelps (Newcastle), though stepping down as President after two terms, will remain on the Board in the post of Immediate Past President. Rolling off the Board after completing their terms of service are Thaddeus Lalley (Assistant from Everett Golf Club) and Michael Goldsberry (Immediate Past President, from Wing Point GCC).
Returning to the Board with remaining terms are Ryan Semritc (Willows Run), Clint Goold (Druid’s Glen) and Jason Krogman (Kitsap Golf and Country Club).