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.
Tue, Dec. 12 through
Thu, Dec. 14
Lynnwood Convention Center
October 16, 2017
Dr. Brandon Horvath, a turf pathologist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, will be the headline speaker for the Professional Development seminar at the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, set for Dec. 12-14 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.
Dr. Horvath’s presentation in the Pro Development class on Tuesday, Dec. 12, will be “Fairy Ring and Summer Patch Management: More than just fungicides!” As is the tradition, after the Pro Development seminar, attendees are invited to a reception with free beer and wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Click here for the registration form. All registration costs remain the same as last year.
Dr. Horvath also will make presentations during the Pesticide Recertification seminar, Athletic Field seminar and the Environmental Sustainability seminar. He earned his Ph. D in Turfgrass Science from Michigan State. His main research interests include epidemiology of turfgrass pathogens and the development of strategies based upon epidemiological research to manage turfgrass diseases. He joined the faculty at Tennessee in 2009.
The three days of WTLS will include eight different seminars as well as the three-day Pesticide Pre-License Training seminar. There also will be a trade show and the addition this year of a keynote speaker Wednesday morning.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 253-219-8360.
October 10, 2017
With both teams shooting a 15-under-par 57, it went to a scorecard tiebreaker before Tacoma Country & Golf Club edged Heron Lake Golf Club of Portland for the Northwest Crew Playoff title.
In action Monday during a beautiful day at Tacoma C&GC, the competition was decided in the hosts’ favor because of their birdie on the No. 1 handicap hole, the 429-yard, par-4 eighth. Heron Lakes made par on the hole.
Coming in third was Portland Golf Club with a 14-under 58 on the 6,348-yard, par-72 layout and Suncadia Resort was fourth at 59.
Tacoma C&GC had 13 birdies and one eagle on the day. The eagle came on the 328-yard, par-4 14th hole where Rich Young drove it to 15 feet and Miguel Hernandez sank the putt. The other members of the Tacoma team were Kevan Keena and Joe Monteleone.
Heron Lakes had 11 birdies and two eagles. The eagles came on the 479-yard, par 5 16th hole where John Dean made the 10-foot putt and on the 500-yard, par-5 18th hole where Dean made a 30-footer. The other members of the Heron Lakes team were Mike Hansen, John Hatala and James Brewer.
The Western Washington GCSA and the Oregon GCSA would like to thank Tacoma C&GC, its members and its superintendent, Joel Kachmarek, for allowing the playoff to be held on their glorious golf course.
Just a few days remain to sign up for the Northwest GCSA Turfgrass Expo 2017, happening this Mondaay and Tuesday at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The education and trade show is being put on by three GCSAA chapters—Inland Empire, Idaho and Peaks & Prairies. However, the expo is open to anyone and features an impressive lineup of speakers.
The speakers include Micah Woods, the Asian Turfgrass Center; Dr. Thomas Nikolai, Michigan State University; David McLay Kidd, golf course architect; Dr. Brian Horgan, University of Minnesota, and J. Rhett Evans, CEO of the GCSAA.
Jonathan Schnore, a plant breeder at Jacklin Seed for 8 1/2 years and now an independent turfgrass researcher, is seeking test plots on golf courses in Western Washington for research he’s conducting.
Here is his story:
“I am currently working with Verdesian Biosciences as a consultant on a project that would be of significant interest to superintendents who are controlling Poa annua on their courses. We have a biological agent that has shown promise in controlling both the annual and perennial biotypes of P. annua.
“I am looking for two or three courses in Western Washington and two or three courses in Oregon that would be willing to cooperate with me. I will need a small area on a practice green and fairway on each course. I hope to have courses that host both annual and perennial biotypes for my study. I would like to apply the bacteria in October and November, but depending on location, could push applications back to November and December.
“The agent is similar to a bacterium known as D-7 which is a Pseudomonas with winter activity. It has a re-entry interval of four hours and other than direct inhalation or ingestion is quite benign.”
Amos Stephens, a member of the WWGCSA and the general manager/superintendent at Settlers Bay Golf Course, was featured in an article by the Frontiersman newspaper in Wasilla, Alaska.
The article discusses all the attractions the golf course in Wasilla has included to increase business.
September 26, 2017
On behalf of all of its members, the Board of Directors of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association has approved a $1,000 donation to the GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund to help with aid for those impacted by recent hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico.
“We feel it’s our duty, as well as a privilege, to be able to help our colleagues in need,” said Scott Phelps, the president of the WWGCSA and the superintendent at The Golf Club at Newcastle. “The impact of these recent storms is beyond our comprehension. A lot of our friends and their families have had to suffer great consequences. Even those who didn’t suffer great personal tragedies still face professional headaches and hassles we can’t imagine. The least we can do is offer this helping hand.”
The GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund is administered through GCSAA’s philanthropic arm, the Environment Institute for Golf, which is assuring that 100 percent of the donation is going to impacted GCSAA members.
If you would like to make an individual donation, which could be tax deductible, you can do so by following clicking here.
September 18, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 8, 2016
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.
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 email@example.com, to be considered.