Course of the month: Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent will be the center of attention soon for the WWGCSA. The annual Fivesome Tournament/Auction will be held there May 11, and registration is underway. In the foreground is the 10th tee on the 6,707-yard, par-72 layout, which concludes with the 18th hole at left, a 524-yard par-5.

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New WWGCSA Member

Ken VanDomelen
Coast Pavement Services

On the Horizon

Fivesome Tournament & Auction
Thur, May 11

Online registration

Donation form

2017 Sponsors

Tom Walrath, Jr.

Jackie Klein

Kip Kalbrener

Bob Engle

Bob Brunjes

Shawn Frisbee

Scott McDonald

Carl Taylor

Daniel Soushek

Michael McNeil

Mike Korvas

Alex Little

Eric Bowen

Pete Trudeau

Sean Watts

Jeff Grossman

Scott Alsterberg

Ludwig Kaftan

Sponsorship Opportunities


Partial teams welcomed to Fivesome

Now is the time to get your teams together for the Fivesome Tournament/Auction, set for Thursday, May 11 at Meridian Valley Country Club.

And if you’re unable to put together a complete five-person team, we’d still love to have you involved.

If you’re able to only get a two- or three-person team together, for example, go ahead and register. The WWGCSA office will then contact you, and work to put you together with another facility or with other players to fill out a five-person team and make sure everyone enjoys the afternoon at Meridian Valley with lunch, golf, cocktails, dinner and auction.

Click here for a registration form for the Fivesome. You can contact Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360 with any questions.

We’re also in the process of putting together an attractive and entertaining lineup of auction items, such as hunting trips, or time-share condos, or ski trips, or anything that you think will draw interest during the auction.

Click here for an online donation form.

Last week to donate to Rounds 4 Research

This is the last week to donate to the national Rounds 4 Research program. The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association can help you through the process as the program is getting ready for the online auction that will be held nationwide May 1-7.

As of Monday morning, there were 998 courses across the country that have donated rounds, so it would be great if we could get two more from Washington to put it over the 1,000 barrier.

Rounds from a golf course can be donated by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360. You can also donate by filling out this online form.

When filling out the form, when you reach the “Donation Proceeds” area, scroll down so your donation is registered to benefit Western Washington GCSA.

The WWGCSA proceeds from the auction will then be donated to the Northwest Turfgrass Association, which in the past two years has donated more than $100,000 to turfgrass research and education in the Northwest.

More information on the program is available by following this link.

Have aerifier equipment to rent?

Chuck Fisher, who used to work in the golf industry and now works for the City of Lake Forest Park, is looking for a greens aerifier or fairway aerfier to rent. Chuck has a play field that needs extensive aerification, and the city doesn’t own this type of equipment. Chuck is interested in talking with either a company or a course that would be able to rent some equipment.

Chuck can be reached at

In search of items for Fivesome Auction

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association once again is in search of unique and interesting items for the fund-raising Fivesome Tournament and Auction.

The event will be held this year at Meridian Valley Country Club, on Thursday, May 11.

We’re in the process of gathering auction items, so if you know of any unique opportunities, such as hunting trips, or time-share condos, or ski trips, or anything that you think will draw interest during the auction, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the WWGCSA Executive Director, at or 253-219-8360.

Click here for an online donation form.

WWGCSA GHIN Club seeking new members

As the golf season is about to begin in earnest (if the weather ever cooperates), members of the WWGCSA have an opportunity to join the WWGCSA GHIN Club to become a member of the Washington state Golf Association and establish an official handicap at a reduced rate.

The WWGCSA GHIN Club rate is $21, compared to the normal rate of $31.

Those already in the GHIN Club do not need to sign up again. You will soon be getting an invoice for the $21. If you do not want to be a part of the GHIN Club anymore, please let us know.

Any newcomers who want to sign up can contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360, and we’ll get you set up for the golf season.

Taylor promoted by Western Equipment

Western Equipment/Turf Star has announced the promotion of Carl Taylor to the position of Golf Irrigation Sales Manager.

In his new role, Taylor will oversee all irrigation activities in the Western Equipment territory. His extensive background as the Sales and Service rep, his time and tenure at Sahalee Country Club, as well as serving as past President of the Northwest Turfgrass Association and a past Board member of the WWGCSA, should serve him well in his new position.

“We are very excited for both Carl in his expanded role for the company, as well as the many customers Carl services throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Joe Guerra, the CEO of Western Equipment/Turf Star.

WWGCSA adds Green Classic to calendar

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association has joined forces with Joint Base Lewis-McChord to put on the Green Classic golf tournament and sustainability seminar.

The unique outreach event for the WWGCSA will be held Thursday, June 15 at Eagles Pride Golf Course, which is just off Interstate 5 on JBLM.

Besides the educational session on sustainability research and practices at the two military golf courses, there will be lunch, and then a golf tournament in which the pairings will have two superintendents joining two members of the armed forces for a round of golf.

More details will be available in the coming weeks.

Mole Whisperer can help you out

arch 7, 2017

If you're having persistent problems with moles, Todd Davis, the "Mole Whisperer," is available to help you out. Davis, a member at the crew at Fairwood Golf & Country Club, can take his talents on the road as well. You can call him at 206-949-7157 to discuss his services.

Membership roster updated on website

The membership roster for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association has been updated on our website.

The member roster can be found under the “About” tab in the menu on the web site.

Please take a moment to check to make sure we have all your current contact information correct and all the WWGCSA members from your facility listed properly.

If any changes need to be made, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360.

Report ready from Delegates Meeting

Jim Myers, the superintendent at The Plateau Club in Sammamish and the longtime Chapter Delegate for the WWGCSA, recently attended the Chapter Delegates Meeting at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

Among topics discussed by the chapter delegates, the GCSAA Board of Directors and the GCSAA staff were dues increases, political action committees, member engagement and membership growth.

Click here to read Jim’s entire report from the two days of meetings in Lawrence.

Submit photos of your golf course

We’re featuring a different golf course every month at the top of the home page of our new web site, so show off some recent photos of your work around your golf course.

Send in recent photos of your golf course to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA at, to be considered.