Fivesome Tournament & Auction
Thursday, May 7
Seattle Golf Club
1 p.m. Shotgun Start, Scramble Format
Auction Donation Form (pdf)
Golf Alliance of Washington
Thursday, May 14
The Home Course
2015 Website Sponsors
In Search of Items for Fivesome
The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association once again is in search of unique and interesting items for the fund-raising Fivesome Tournament and Auction.
With the event being held this year at Seattle Golf Club, on Thursday, May 7, it would be great to be able to put together a lineup of auction items worthy of this great and historic venue.
We’re in the process of gathering auction items, so if you know of any unique opportunities such as hunting trips, or time-share condos, or ski trips, or anything that you think will draw interest during the auction, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the WWGCSA Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-219-8360.
We’re also taking registration for five-person teams for the event. Click here for team registrations.
It would be great if each course is represented by a superintendent, club president, green committee chairperson, club manager and head pro.
However, if you’re having problems putting together a complete five-person team, we can help. We’re fully prepared to pair clubs and players together to complete five-person teams. For example, if Club A has just three players, and Club B has just two players, then we’ll put the two clubs together for Club A/B and nobody has to miss out on the fun. The entry fee for complete teams is $700, or $140 per person.
More information on the event is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell at email@example.com or 253-219-8360.
A Request for Squeegees for U.S. Open
Eric Johnson, the director of agronomy at Chambers Bay, is putting out a request to borrow roller squeegees so they can be prepared for any inclement weather during the U.S. Open in June.
At a minimum, they will need 36 roller squeegees on hand for Championship Week.
If you’re able to help out with a short-term loan of roller squeegees for this event, please contact Rosie Odle at the Chambers Bay maintenance center at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCSAA Needs Help with Survey
Pete Grass, the vice president of the GCSAA, is asking his fellow Northwesterners in Western Washington to help the GCSAA and the golf industry by completing a 15-minute survey on nutrient use and management practices.
The survey can be found by clicking here.
The survey closes April 17, so please take a few minutes today to help this research.
Click here for a letter from Mr. Grass, the superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., offering more details on the survey and expressing his appreciation for your participation.
Golf Alliance Summit Meeting in May
The annual Golf Summit of the Golf Alliance of Washington is set for Thursday, May 14, at The Home Course in DuPont.
Cost is $70 for the first person from a facility, and then $50 for anyone else from the same facility.
Dana Lonn of The Toro Company will be one of the featured speakers.
Thank Your Golf Course Superintendent
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.
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.
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.
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.