Course of the month—Besides just turfgrass and golfers, superintendents in Western Washington also have to be stewards of the environment to the benefit of our native wildlife. Here, a deer feels right at home on the green of the 163-yard, par-3 sixth hole at The Plateau Club in Sammamish. Jim Myers is the Superintendent at The Plateau Club, and besides taking care of the 7.035-yard, par-72 course, he also represents the WWGCSA at the national Chapter Delegates meetings of the GCSAA. Send your best course photos to mpsparks90@aol.com.

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Scott Phelps elected WWGCSA President

Scott Phelps, the superintendent of The Golf Club at Newcastle, a 36-hole resort-style public facility just south of Bellevue, was elected president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association at its annual meeting.

Phelps has served on the Board of the WWGCSA the past three years, with one year each as vice president and secretary.

In December of 2008, Phelps took over the management of the Coal Creek and China Creek courses at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Prior to that, he was the Director of Grounds for the Teton Valley Golf Associates in Idaho, and oversaw a private golf course and a public one in that role. He has been in the turf management industry for nearly 35 years and earned a landscape horticulture degree from Colorado State University.

Phelps replaces Michael Goldsberry of Wing Point Golf & Country Club, who becomes the Past President on the WWGCSA Board.

In the WWGCSA elections at the annual meeting, Phelps also was elected to another three-year term on the Board, where he will be joined by new member Ryan Semtric of Willows Run, who was elected to a three-year term.

Josh Heersink of WinField Solutions was re-elected to the one-year Affiliate Position on the Board and Thaddeus Lalley of Everett Golf & Country Club was elected to the Assistant Position, a two-year term on the Board.

Goldsberry defends WWGCSA golf crown

Michael Goldsberry, the superintendent at Wing Point Golf & Country Club on Bainbridge Island and the outgoing president of the WWGCSA, defend his title as the association’s Champion Golfer of the Year at Aldarra Golf Club.

During the Annual Championship of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, Goldsberry fired an 80 from the difficult Championship tees (6,610 yards, slope 141) on a course filled with tricky hole locations.

He had birdies on the 503-yard, par-5 seventh hole and the 525-yard, par-5 11th hole and won by 10 strokes despite closing his round with a triple-bogey. Goldsberry also won the title last year at Sand Point Country Club.

Sean Reehoorn of the host club took second low gross with a 90, winning a tiebreaker against Greg Hall of Fairwood Golf & Country Club, who took low net for the Championship Flight.

Click here for full results.

OSU sets its Turf Field Day for September 8

Oregon State University will hold its annual Turf Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Lewis-Brown Farm in Corvallis.

Among the topics of discussion for the day under the guidance of Dr. Alec Kowalewski, the turfgrass specialist at OSU, will be fungicide alternatives for microdochium, cost analysis of synthetic and natural grass athletic fields, low maintenance ground cover for Oregon schools, greywater use on perennial ryegrass, wetting agents and anthracnose, fine fescue NTEP trial updates, fungicides for management of anthracnose, and humates and organic fertilizers.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast. The field day starts at 9 a.m., followed by lunch and then golf and dinner.

Registration for the full package is $90 by Aug. 26, and then $115 after that.

More information is available by clicking here.

Tacoma G&GC takes Crew title

Congratulations to Tacoma Country & Golf Club Team #1 for running away with the title at the annual Crew Tournament conducted by the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Tacoma C&GC shot an 18-under-par 54 to win the scramble tournament at Druids Glen Golf Club by five strokes over North Shore.

Click here for complete results of the 34 teams along with the long drive and closest to the pin winners.

Tacoma C&GC, which consisted of crew members Boe Jentree, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Monteleone and Kevan Kenna, had eagles on the 484-yard, par-5 fifth hole and the 446-yard, par-5 14th hole at the 6,004-yard layout in Covington.

Tacoma C&GC and North Shore will represent the WWGCSA in the annual Crew Playoffs later this fall against Oregon’s top two teams.

Semiahmoo took the low net title with a 65 to go with a 16 handicap for a 49 net score.

The WWGCSA would like to thank Druids Glen for being the host of the tournament. WWGCSA member Clint Goold serves as the general manager at Druids Glen, and he is assisted by Eric Briggs, the head pro, and Rachel Rouda, the food and beverage manager.

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 mpsparks90@aol.com, to be considered.

GCSAA looking for ambassadors

The GCSAA, and its Northwest Field representative David Phipps, is looking for a few more Grassroots Ambassadors to complete the process in the state of Washington of lining up a superintendent to be a source of communication and information for a member of Congress.

The position basically calls for making contact with the office of the member of Congress and offering the viewpoints of superintendents and the golf industry on various legislative subjects.

There is a need for an Ambassador in the following Washington Congressional Districts:

District 1 (Rep. Suzan DelBene)—This covers most of Snohomish County, a lot of east King County and up to the Canadian border.

District 3 (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler)—Southwest Washington

District 6 (Rep. Derek Kilmer)—Olympic Peninsula

District 7 (Rep. Jim McDermott)—Seattle area

District 9 (Rep. Adam Smith)—Bellevue and south King County areas

More information can be obtained from this web site: cqrcengage.com

David Phipps, at dphipps@gcsaa.org, also is available with more information.

Willows Run captures Fivesome title

Willows Run captured the annual Fivesome Tournament at Inglewood Golf Club, firing a 56 and then winning a playoff after matching cards with Broadmoor Golf Club, which also shot 56 in the scramble tournament.

Click here for complete results.

The playoff was won by Willows Run after matching cards from the 18th hole backward, and it was decided on the 14th hole. Superintendent Ryan Semtric led the Willows Run team along with partners Kathy Blumenstein, Shawn Beattie, Zach Fulten and Zach Dunnaway.

Simplot Partners won the Industry Division.

There were 18 club teams and nine industry teams that enjoyed the great weather and course conditions at Inglewood and then were charitable during the various auctions afterward.

Plenty of changes in the directory

There has been plenty of personnel activity lately at golf courses in the WWGCSA region.

If you’ve had changes for yourself or at your course, please check our online directory to make sure we’ve got all the changes reflected properly.

You can access the directory by clicking here.

If changes need to be made, or if you need the password again, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.