Course of the month: The 18th hole at Aldarra Golf Club is one of the best finishing holes on one of the best courses in the Northwest, and WWGCSA members will get a chance to play it next month. The par-4 18th plays 438 yards from the back tees, and the Tom Fazio design in Sammamish tops out at 6,885 yards for a par-71. Superintendent Sean Reehoorn will be the host for the Annual Meeting of the WWGCSA on Monday, Aug. 14 at Aldarra. 

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2017 WWGCSA Proposed By-Laws Amendments

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Annual Meeting/Championship
Monday, August 14
Aldarra Golf Club
Sammamash, WA

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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.

Annual meeting to feature by-laws vote

July 14, 2017

Votes on proposed by-laws changes for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and for president and the Board of Directors for the association will be finalized at the WWGCSA’s Annual Meeting and Championship, set for Monday, Aug. 14 at Aldarra Golf Club.

You can look at the proposed by-law changes by clicking here.

By looking at the document, you can see what is being eliminated from the by-laws with wording striked through and in red. What is being added to the by-laws can be viewed in red. Also, at the bottom of the document is a breakdown for all the proposed amendments for this annual meeting.

Most of the proposals are due to the change from SM classification to B classification, but the WWGCSA Board of Directors also took this opportunity to present some other amendments to the by-laws.

Click here for a copy of the ballot, which besides the by-law vote also includes voting for the president of the association and members of the Board of Directors.

Any questions about the proposed by-law changes or the ballot can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA at or 253-219-8360, or to any current Board member.

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

Pair honored for distinguished service

With its inaugural Distinguished Service Award, the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association will honor two of its legendary heroes who passed long before their time.

At the Fivesome Tournament/Auction on Thursday, May 11 at Meridian Valley Country Club, the WWGCSA will unveil its Paul Backman Memorial Distinguished Service Award, named after the man who tirelessly led the association for more than a decade as its executive director.

The first recipient will be Paul Colleran, who was a shining example to others within the association of the dedication, commitment and skills needed to be a highly respected superintendent. Mr. Colleran was the first superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, starting in the development stage of the course and served for 15 years before he died from brain cancer in October of 2014 at the age of 54.

Mr. Colleran was the superintendent at Tacoma Country & Golf Club for 10 years before taking the position with Aldarra. Both golf courses have been known for being in impeccable condition under his leadership. He grew up in Bellevue, and then played two years on the golf team at the University of Oregon. He then took a year off from college to work on the greens crew at Broadmoor Golf Club, and after that enrolled at Oregon State University and earned a degree in turfgrass management.

Mr. Backman, who died in April 2010 at the age of 41, was the executive director of the WWGCSA for 12 years. During that time, he worked closely with the other golf associations in the state and coordinated efforts to have golf represented by a lobbyist in Olympia and spearheaded efforts for a golf economic impact study to be done in the state.

He worked closely with superintendents in the region, having graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in horticulture and later earning a master’s degree in plant pathology and biological disease control at Penn State University. He also attended Western Washington University and played on the Vikings’ golf team. He worked at Overlake Golf and Country Club and was the assistant superintendent at Everett Golf & Country Club before becoming the executive director of the WWGCSA.

WWGCSA GHIN Club seeking new members

As the golf season is about to begin in earnest (if the weather ever cooperates), members of the WWGCSA have an opportunity to join the WWGCSA GHIN Club to become a member of the Washington state Golf Association and establish an official handicap at a reduced rate.

The WWGCSA GHIN Club rate is $21, compared to the normal rate of $31.

Those already in the GHIN Club do not need to sign up again. You will soon be getting an invoice for the $21. If you do not want to be a part of the GHIN Club anymore, please let us know.

Any newcomers who want to sign up can contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360, and we’ll get you set up for the golf season.

Membership roster updated on website

The membership roster for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association has been updated on our website.

The member roster can be found under the “About” tab in the menu on the web site.

Please take a moment to check to make sure we have all your current contact information correct and all the WWGCSA members from your facility listed properly.

If any changes need to be made, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360.

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.