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New Site, New Dates for WTLS
The Board of Directors of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association is happy to announce a new site and new dates for the 2015 version of the Washington Turf and Landscape Show.
In 2015, the event will move to the Lynnwood Convention Center, and will be held on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 8-9-10.
The facility at Lynnwood is conveniently located right next to Interstate 5 and offers a perfect combination of classrooms to facilitate the numerous educational sessions of the WTLS. And there is plenty of ample parking right at the location, which should eliminate numerous headaches of past editions of the WTLS.
Also, the Lynnwood Convention Center offers the WWGCSA the chance to set consistent dates year after year and the WWGCSA is looking to settle into a routine of the Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday of the first full week of December.
Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, is available for any questions or concerns regarding this move. He is available at email@example.com or 253-219-8360.
Mark Calendar for Spring Meeting
The Spring Chapter Meeting of the WWGCSA is set for Thursday, March 26 at Everett Golf & Country Club.
Mark your calendars now, and registration and agenda information will be coming in the next week or so.
Northwest Room at GIS to be Hosted
Contrary to earlier reports or rumors, the Northwest Room next week at the Golf Industry Show will include hosted beer and wine (well, at least the first 850 beers and 150 glasses of wine).
Thanks to our numerous and generous sponsors and supporters throughout the Northwest, with Horizon Distributors, under the leadership of Mark Mahan, joining the group this week, it will not be a cash bar and we’ll still be able to enjoy the fun surroundings and fine food at the Buckhorn Saloon, which will be reserved for our private affair.
The five GCSAA chapters of the Northwest are the hosts of the Northwest Room. The event is set for Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, a restaurant we have reserved not far from the convention center in San Antonio.
All members of the WWGCSA are invited.
Along with Horizon, some of the sponsors making this all possible are CPS Professional Products, Grigg Bros., Western Equipment, Pacific Golf & Turf, Wilbur-Ellis, Walrath Sand Products, Amvac Environmental Products, Simplot Partners, Aquatrols, BASF, Bayer Environmental Science and The Andersons.
Time to Support American Lakes Veterans
Thanks to the leadership of Western Equipment and TORO, we now have a more realistic way to help our friends at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.
Through Western Equipment and TORO, a GR TriFlex 3320 mower has been rebuilt and is available once we raise $12,000 in donations.
This significantly improves our odds for success compared to when we were trying to raise $33,000 for a brand new mower.
You can visit gofundme.com to learn more about the needs at American Lake and the campaign to help.
You can also click here for more information on a flyer put together by Shawn Frisbee of Western Equipment.
With the understanding that our Veterans and wounded warriors deserve a better golf experience, Shawn and the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association (WWGCSA) have undertaken a fund-raising campaign to purchase this mower, which will virtually eliminate the possibility of any further catastrophic leaks and provide a putting service that would be the envy of any championship golf course. It’s the very least we can do to help our returning service members heal and get back on the road to recovery.
The WWGCSA started the process with $20 from everyone’s registration fee at the Annual Meeting going toward the project. We were able to raise $660 that day at White Horse Golf Club.
So, visit the Go Fund Me link above, or if you have questions you can contact Shawn Frisbee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the WWGCSA, at email@example.com or 253-219-8360.
WWGCSA Member Directory Complete
The all-encompassing membership directory of the Western Washington Golf Course Association is now complete and available to members of the WWGCSA.
The directory will be password protected and is only for the use of WWGCSA members. In order to protect the value of membership in the WWGCSA, please refrain from passing along the password on any form of social media.
The roster now includes retired members, honorary members and educators. Again, if any of your contact information needs to be updated, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the WWGCSA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-219-8360 with any changes. Also, we’re missing a few phone numbers or email addresses, so please contact Paul if you have that information.
To access the directory, you will need a username and password. You can obtain that information by contacting Paul (email@example.com or 253-219-8360). This directory is for members only, and only members will be given the password.
You can click here to be taken to the directory at this time.
On the website, it will be permanently located under the “About the WWGCSA” tab.
Again, please contact Paul Ramsdell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-219-8360) with any questions.
GCSAA Seeks Input on Classifications
For years now, the GCSAA has been discussing membership classifications and standards in hopes of establishing more uniformity within its entire membership.
The GCSAA hopes to have a formal proposal ready in 2016, and informal discussion seminars will be held next month at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio.
In the meantime, the GCSAA wants to register everyone’s opinion through a survey.
Please consider completing this short survey to make sure the views of the Northwest are represented.
Help Needed with Hard Hat Survey
Sean Reehoorn at Aldarra Golf Club is conducting a survey about the use of hard hats by crew members.
He has put together a short survey and comment section and asks for your input to complete the survey, which will take very little time.
Goldsberry, Phelps Elected Officers
The Board of Directors of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association confirmed the appointment of two officers at its recent meeting.
President Jacob Close presented the appointments to the Board, which then confirmed them.
Michael Goldsberry, the superintendent at Wing Point Golf & Country Club, is the new vice president for the WWGCSA. Scott Phelps of The Golf Club at Newcastle is the new secretary/treasurer.
Eliminating POA Research Available
Washington State University’s Dr. William Johnston, with assistance from Charles Golob, has produced a research paper regarding eliminating poa annua from fairways.
Click here to read, “Efficacy of ‘Tenacity’ in Late Spring to Eliminate Poa annua in Kentucky Bluegrass Fairways.”
Jim Myers Reports on Delegates Meeting
Jim Myers, the superintendent at The Plateau Club in Sammamish, was the representative of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association at the GCSAA Chapter Delegates Meeting, held recently at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas.
Proposals from the Membership Standards Advisory Group dominated much of the discussion.
Tacoma C&GC Wins Crew Playoff Again
The team from Tacoma Country & Golf Club defended its Northwest Crew Tournament title on Monday, doing it on the road in Oregon.
Tacoma C&GC shot a 14-under 58 at the Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby to win by five strokes over Claremont Golf Club of Portland for its second consecutive title.
Playing for Tacoma C&GC were Richard Young, Joe Monteleone, Kevan Kenna and Miguel Hernandez.
The other WWGCSA representative, Wing Point Golf & Country Club, was not able to attend because of storm damage cleanup at its course.
Jacob Close Elected President
Jacob Close, the superintendent at Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club in Bellingham, was elected president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association at its annual meeting.
Close has spent the past year as the vice-president of the WWGCSA under Steve Link of Skagit G&CC, who slides into the role of Past President.
Also at the annual meeting at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Michael Goldsberry of Wing Point G&CC and Greg Matz of Inglewood Golf Club were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors.
Shane Riley of WinField was elected to the one-year term as the Affiliate representative on the Board.
In a separate by-laws vote, the proposal was approved to change the term of the Assistant position on the Board from one year to two years. Josh Cheney of Glendale Country Club was then elected to the two-year Assistant position.
At the annual meeting, $40 of every registration fee was donated to two separate funds. Half of that went to the Joan Colleran 529 College Saving Account for the college education of Troy and Bryce, the two sons of the late Paul Colleran, the superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club. Anyone who wants to make additional donations may do so through Morgan Stanley, Attn: Matt Bridge, 500 108th Ave, NE, Suite 1900, Bellevue, WA 98004.
The other half went to the Operation Great Greens, a campaign headed by the WWGCSA to raise money for a new triplex greens mower at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.
Target Products Offers Match to Ravensdale Bunker Sand
While the Western Washington source for the popular Ravensdale tan bunker sand might have dried up, golf course superintendents in this area don’t have to look far to find a first-rate replacement.
Target Products out of Abbotsford, B.C., has tested both its Baja tan and Bimini tan bunker sands and both have been found to be excellent replacements and additions for Ravensdale tan sand, either during normal maintenance of bunkers, or in any major bunker projects.
Target Products, which is being represented by Scott “Sandman” Mitchell (604-614-7875 or SMitchell@TargetProducts.com) , has been a full-service supplier of golf course sand in British Columbia and beyond since 1984. Its staff of agronomists, engineers, chemists and field technicians have been providing quality blending services to dozens of golf courses, including Bear Mountain in Victoria, Blackhawk in Edmonton and Turtle Bay in Hawaii. And USGA specifications are guaranteed for Target Products bunker sands.
Target Products used two different firms—Hummel & Co., out of Trumansburg, N.Y., and ISTRC New Mix Lab out of Lenexa, Kan.—to do tests to determine the compatibility of its Baja and Bimini sands to the Ravensdale tan bunker sand.
The moisture content was found to be less with either the Baja or the Bimini as compared to the Ravensdale sand and particle shape and size parameters were classify as the same.
“The penetrometer tests that measure resistance to golf ball burying in four conditions were very similar among the Ravensdale sand, straight, and the two mixes. The color was the color of the Ravensdale,” said the report out of ISTRC in Kansas.
“Based on the test results the mixes should play like the Ravensdale sand, straight,” the report continued.
The test results from Hummel had this to say about the Baja sand from Target Products, “The sample was clean in that there was little slit and clay present. As a result, there was little crusting of the sand after wetting and drying. This means that bunkers with this sand in place may not require raking after rainfall or irrigation events.”
The Hummel test also said the Baja sand had a penetrometer reading “suggesting a low tendency to bury the ball.”
These tests indicate that both the Baja sand and the Bimini sand both blend well with Ravensdale sand and can serve as replacement sand to Ravensdale with little or no impact on playability and/or notice from the golfers.
Complete test results are available through Scott Mitchell, or contact Scott with any questions about these tan bunker sands from Harrison Lake, the largest lake in the southern Coast Mountains of British Columbia.
OSU Offers Video Research Update
Turfgrass researchers Dr. Alec Kowalewski and Clint Mattox at Oregon State University have put together a research update with the help of the OSU extension office.
Follow this link to watch, “The Long Game: Reducing Pesticides on Golf Courses” on youtube.com.
GHIN Handicap Club Back in Business
The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Washington State Golf Association are ready to offer handicaps to superintendents and members of their crews at reduced rates.
The rate for a GHIN handicap for a superintendent will be $18 and for members of their crew it will be $15.
Just e-mail a list of names of people who want to establish a handicap, or move their current handicaps to the WWGCSA Golf Club to Paul Ramsdell at email@example.com, or contact him at 253-219-8360 for more information.