Course of the month: When the weather cooperates, there might not be anywhere more gorgeous than being on a golf course. This is the view from the eighth hole on the South nine at Avalon Golf Club in Burlington. This is a 550-yard, par 5 from the back tees on the 3,375-yard South nine that's under the command of superintendent Ron Furlong. There is also the North nine at 3,462 yards and the West nine at 3,231 yards.

Send your best course photos to mpsparks90@aol.com.

WTLS adds motivational humorist

Sharon Lacey, a comedian and motivational humorist from Portland, has been added to the lineup of speakers for the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, set this year at the Lynnwood Convention Center, Dec. 12-14.

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association wanted to add a keynote speaker to the WTLS, and what could be better than getting motivated with a smile on your face at the same time.

Lacey’s presentation, Wednesday morning during the Pesticide Recertification seminar, is titled, Turning Challenges Into Opportunities. According to Lacey, laughter and play are not luxuries; they are necessities. Including humor in the workplace can ease stress and build rapport. Everyone has hurdles to overcome, both at work and in their private lives. Lacey shows that turning those challenges into opportunities can not only make us happier, but can also lead to unexpected adventures.

Lacey has performed in comedy clubs all across the United States and Canada and has been to Iraq twice to entertain U.S. troops. She is author of the book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Dementia.

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

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LATEST NEWS

Report from Chapter Delegates Meeting

Sean Reehoorn, the superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club and the vice-president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, recently attended his first GCSAA Delegates Meeting back at GCSAA headquarters.

Click here for his report that includes updates and information on GCSAA endeavors such as BMPs, membership drive, government advocacy, Grass Roots Ambassadors, Round 4 Research, certification programs and by-laws and Code of Ethics revisions.

Pesticide recertification lineup all set

November 8, 2017

With an array of speakers from Tennessee to Vancouver Island, the schedule is all set for the two days of Pesticide Recertification seminars that will be part of the three-day Washington Turf and Landscape Show.

The show runs Dec. 12-14 at the Lynnwood Convention Center with the Pesticide Recertification seminars on Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 13-14.

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

Presentators are coming from the University of Tennessee, Oregon State University and Washington State University for the two days of Pesticide Recertification, which traditionally has been worth five pesticide recertification points each day.

Click here for the complete schedule of the Pesticide Recertification seminars.

Dr. Brandon Horvath will discuss Turfgrass Diseases 101 on Wednesday. Brian McDonald for Oregon State will talk about Making Sense of all the Post-Emergent Herbicide Options in Turf. Jeff Jenkins from Oregon State will give a talk on Pesticide Human Health Risk Assessments.

Other presentations will deal with how to interpret pesticide control results, plant problems, noxious weeds, compliance safety and fungicides.

The three days of the WTLS will include eight different seminars as well as the three-day Pesticide Pre-License Training seminar. There will also be 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 mpsparks90@aol.com and 253-219-8360.

Pre-License training offered at WTLS

Once again, a comprehensive three-day training seminar for those preparing to take their Pesticide Applicators License test will be offered at the Washington Turf and Landscape Show.

At the conclusion of the three days, the Washington State Department of Agriculture will come and conducts the tests on-site.

The three days of seminars will be Dec. 12-14 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Click here for the registration form.

Bill Griffith, the director of the Agriculture Center of Excellence, based in Walla Walla, will again be the instructor for the three days. Mr. Griffith formerly ran the turfgrass management educational program at Walla Walla Community College and has been a frequent speaker at turfgrass seminars throughout the Northwest.

Click here for the schedule of study breakdown for the three days of Pre-License education.

Attendees of the three-day Pre-License Training seminar will need three booklets to study before the seminar kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The booklets needed are:

The books can be purchased through the WTLS office by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360. Cost is $45.

Registration is still available to the nine different seminars during the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, which runs Dec. 12-14.

The show will open with five different seminars on that Tuesday, Dec. 12. Then the trade show and two days of Pesticide Recertification seminars kick in Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Also available at this time is a chance to reserve space for our table-top trade show at just $300.

Click here for an online application form.

Hotel room blocks available for WTLS

Room blocks have been reserved at two hotels near the Lynnwood Convention Center for those needing overnight accommodations for the Washington Turf and Landscape show in December.

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association set up blocks at the Embassy Suites Seattle North/Lynnwood and the Best Western Alderwood.

For the Embassy Suites, where rooms are $109 and $119, you can access the block of rooms for the Washington Turf and Landscape Show by clicking here.

For the Best Western Alderwood, where rooms are available for $85, call 425-775-7600 and ask for the room block reserved for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

The rooms at the Embassy Suites include two-room King Suites ($109) or two-bed Queen Suites ($119), daily hot buffet breakfast including a chef made-to-order omelet station, and a nightly two-hour reception with unlimited hard and soft drinks and appetizers.

More information on the room blocks is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

The room blocks are released at the end of November, so now is the best time to reserve your room.

Registration for the 10 different seminars of the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, Dec. 13-15, continues.

You can registration online by clicking here.

Table-top trade show set for WTLS

Once again, the Washington Turf and Landscape Show will feature a table-top trade show at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Spots are still available, with the trade show being Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The full Turf and Landscape Show runs Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 12-14.

Online registration for a table-top space is available by clicking here. The cost is just $300, and includes a Superintendents/Vendors Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with free beer, wine and appetizers. The reception will be held in the same room as the trade show, so vendors can have their tables ready in full display during the reception.

The Washington Turf and Landscape Show will open with five different education seminars on that Tuesday, Dec. 12. Then the trade show and two days of Pesticide Recertification seminars kick in on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Click here for the online registration form.

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 mpsparks90@aol.com and 253-219-8360.

Tennessee's Dr. Horvath to headline WTLS

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 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 mpsparks90@aol.com and 253-219-8360.

Tacoma C&GC claims nw crew playoff

Octoer 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.

Researcher seeking test-plot sites

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.”

He can be reached at 208-699-3156 or johann720@gmail.com.

 WWGCSA member featured in article

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.

Click here to read the article.

WWGCSA to help with disaster relief

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.

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.

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.