Course of the month: This month we feature the 14th hole at Walter E. Hall Golf Course in Everett. Brian Campbell is the superintendent who oversees this 184-yard, par-3 on the 6,443-yard, par-72 layout. His boss is Gary Sayre, the manager of the Golf and Parks Program for the City of Everett. He's retiring in September after nine years with the City of Everett and 40 years of wonderful contributions to the turfgrass community. 

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Lane Mountain offers ‘Dial-A-Bunker-Sand’ Program

Over the years, it’s been either feast or famine for golf course superintendents in Western Washington when it comes to bunker sand.

For nearly three decades, Reserve Silica dominated and supplied the market with Ravensdale bunker sand. However, the pit closed down three years ago, and Reserve Silica pulled out, leaving superintendents scrambling for bunker sand the past couple of years.

To the rescue, and offering a feast of options and products, is Lane Mountain Company and Dave McNeil (425-501-8338;

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On the Horizon

NTA Conference
Sun., Oct 1 through
Tue., Oct 3
Suncadia Resort
Cle Elum, WA

Register here

Tue, Dec. 12 through
Thu, Dec. 14
Lynnwood Convention Center
Lynnwood, WA

Register here

2017 Sponsors

Daniel Soushek

Tim Carlson

Jerry Hendricks

Michael McNeil

Mike Korvas

Alex Little

Eric Bowen

Pete Trudeau

Sean Watts

Jeff Grossman

Scott Alsterberg

Ludwig Kaftan

Tom Walrath, Jr.

Jackie Klein

Kip Kalbrener

Bob Engle

Bob Brunjes

Shawn Frisbee

Scott McDonald

Carl Taylor

Sponsorship Opportunities


Registration now open for WTLS

Registration is in full swing for the annual Washington Turf and Landscape Show, set for Dec. 12-14 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

The three days will include eight different seminars as well as the three-day Pesticide Pre-License Training seminar. There will also be a trade show and the addition this year of a keynote speaker Wednesday morning.

Click here for the registration form. All registration costs remain the same as last year.

Various speakers and subject matter are being secured for the three days. Click here for the current schedule.

Click here for the registration form for the table-top trade show, which also has the same registration fee as last year.

Sponsorships are still available for some seminars. You can contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, with any questions about the three-day event. He can be reached at and 253-219-8360.

WWGCSA Board elects its officers

The Board of Directors of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at a recent meeting at Willows Run Golf Complex in Redmond, elected officers for the coming year.

Sean Reehoorn, the superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, was elected vice-president during the meeting, and Ryan Semritc of Willows Run was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Scott Phelps, from The Golf Club at Newcastle, was elected president by the membership at the annual meeting last month.

Click here for the complete listing of the Board of Directors.

Chairmanships of two key committees were set during the recent Board meeting. Clint Goold of Druids Glen Golf Club will head up the Golf Committee while Jason Krogman of Kitsap Golf & Country Club will oversee the Education Committee.

Sign up for NTA Conference at Suncadia

It’s time to register for the Northwest Turfgrass Association’s annual conference, set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort in the mountains of Central Washington.

The 71st edition of the annual conference will feature great golf at Suncadia and Tumble Creek and great speakers in Dr. Frank Wong from Bayer Environmental Science and Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club. Dr. Alec Kowalewski from Oregon State University and other leading researchers from the Northwest will also be sharing their latest projects.

Click here for the online registration form.

The $690 registration rate is based on double occupancy. If you don’t have someone in mind to be your roommate, go ahead and fill out the registration form and Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, will help set up your lodging arrangements.

Sponsorships for the conference are still available, and the breakdown of opportunities is available by clicking here.

The schedule of events again calls for golf Sunday afternoon, education sessions Monday morning with golf Monday afternoon and then the closing educational session Tuesday morning.

Click here for the current schedule.

Any questions on the conference or on sponsorship can be directed to Paul Ramsdell at or 253-219-8360.

Relief fund set up for Hurrican Harvey

The GCSAA, and its president Bill Maynard, has set up an avenue in which contributions can be made to assist GCSAA members in Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The GCSAA’s Natural Disaster Relief Fund was created after Hurricane Katrina to help when disasters impact GCSAA members and their families. Money contributed to this fund will be distributed directly to GCSAA members to assist in compensation for immediate out-of-pocket expenses.

Contributions to the fund can be made by calling 800-472-7878.


Phelps re-elected President of WWGCSA

August 15, 2017

Scott Phelps, the superintendent at The Golf Club at Newcastle near Bellevue, was re-elected president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association during its annual meeting Monday at Aldarra Golf Club.

Phelps has been at Newcastle since 2008, and before that served as Director of Grounds at Teton Valley Golf Associates in Victor, Idaho, and Senior Golf Course Superintendent at Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton, Colo. He earned a degree in landscape horticulture with an emphasis in turfgrass management from Colorado State University.

Elected to the Board of Directors in the meeting Monday were Clint Goold of Druids Glen Golf Club in Covington and Jason Krogman of Kitsap Golf & Country Club in Bremerton.

Jason Otto of Planet Turf was elected to the affiliates’ position on the Board of Director.

Coming off the Board will be Greg Matz of Inglewood Golf Club and Josh Heersink of WinField Solutions.

Also voted on was a by-laws revision, which passed. Click here to see the revisions that will now go into effect.

During the annual meeting, an annual report of the association was presented. You can read that report by clicking here.

Goldsberry Three-Peats as champion

August 15, 2017

For the third consecutive year, Michael Goldsberry of Wing Point Golf & Country Club on Bainbridge Island has won the championship flight at the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association’s annual golf championship.

Goldsberry fired a 5-over 76 Monday at the 6,610-yard, par-71 Aldarra Golf Club, to win the title by five strokes over Greg Hall of Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton. Goldsberry, a 0.7 handicap, won last year at Aldarra and the year before at Sand Point Country Club.

Click here for official results from Monday at Aldarra.

After opening with a bogey Monday, Goldsberry posted pars on the rest of the front nine for a 36. After a bogey on 10, he ripped off five more consecutive pars, so he had pars on 13 of the first 15 holes on his scorecard.

Jeff Taylor of Lake Wilderness posted the shot of the day with an ace on the 230-yard, par-3 13th hole, using a 6-iron.

Tony Bubenas of Pierce County Golf won the regular flight of superintendents and assistants with an 87 on a 6,212-yard layout at Aldarra.

William Wallace of Turf Commander took the affiliates flight with a 71.

Note to participants—A missing club was turned in after the round. If you’re missing a club, contact Paul Ramsdell ( or 253-219-8360) to identity it and claim it.

Tacoma C&GC defends Crew Tourney title

opening the round with 11 consecutive birdies got Tacoma Country & Golf Club II rolling on its way to defending its title in the 2017 Crew Tournament put on by the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Tacoma C&GC shot a 17-under 55 in the scramble format on the 6,004-yard, par-72 Druids Glen Golf Club in Covington. Tacoma won the title by four strokes over Suncadia Resort (59) while Inglewood Golf Club (61) and Linden Golf and Country Club (61) rounded out the top four teams.

Click here for complete results.

After pars on the 12th and 13th holes, Tacoma bounced back with an eagle on the par-5 14th and then had birdies on the final four holes. The Tacoma team was made up of Miguel Hernandez, Joe Monteleone, Rich Young and Kevan Kenna.

By being the top two teams in the gross division, Tacoma and Suncadia will represent the WWGCSA in the Northwest playoff against the top two teams from Oregon in a competition to be held in Washington in October.

In the net division, Willows Run was the winner, posting a 62 with an 18 handicap for a net 44.

The WWGCSA wants to thank Druids Glen for being such a wonderful host. So, thanks to General Manager Clint Goold, Superintendent Don Firestone, Head Pro Eric Berry, and Food and Beverage Manager Rachel Rouda. The WWGCSA also wants to thank its tournament sponsors—CPS Professional Products, Ridgetop Golf, ICON Materials, Simplot Partners, and Evergreen Chapter CMAA.

Governor declares May as “Golf Month”

May 17, 2017

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring May to be “Washington Golf Month” in a ceremony in Olympia surrounded by key members of the golf community.

The Golf Alliance of Washington was the driving force behind the efforts to enhance the visibility of golf in the state. Both the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents Association are major players in the Golf Alliance of Washington.

In conjunction with the signing of the proclamation, the Golf Alliance released its latest Economic Impact Study for the state of Washington. Nearly 22,500 jobs in the state are supported by the golf industry, resulting in nearly a half billion dollars in wages.

Click here for more details on “Washington Golf Month” where you will find a link to the Economic Impact Study.

Official proclamation of Golf Month in Washington

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.