Course of the month: “The Volcano Hole” at Fircrest Golf Club in Fircrest, WA is where we will be holding the Fivesome Golf Event on May 10th.  A.V. Macan’s original intention of creating a hole resembling the glaciers of Mount Rainier had been lost over the years. Architect Jeff Mingay and superintendent John Alexander were involved in the restoration.

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On the Horizon

Fivesome Tournament and Auction
Fircrest Country Club
Th, May 10

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2018 Sponsors

Kip Kalbrener

Michael McNeil

Mike Korvas

Alex Little

Pete Trudeau

Sean Watts

Jeff Perry

Carl Taylor

Shawn Frisbee

Chris Overman

Ashley Burke

Tom Walrath

Jackie Klein

Bob Engle

Bob Brunjes

Willis Self

Ryan Riley

Scott Alsterberg

Ludwig Kaftan

Sponsorship Opportunities


Fircrest Country Club to Host the 2018 Fivesome Golf Tournament and Auction

On May the 10th we will have the opportunity to play Fircrest Country Club in the annual Fivesome Golf Tournament and Auction. The course was originally designed by A.V. Macan in the early 1920’s. In 2014 Jeff Mingay was hired to put together a master plan for the golf course to return it to its original design and upgrade many of the aging features. Thanks to host superintendent John Alexander, the leadership at Fircrest, and Kip Kalbrener with Ridge Top Golf, the transformation has occurred. Register yourself or your team for the event by clicking here. This is one of our most fun events of the year and we encourage everyone to participate. If you don’t have a team please register yourself and we will help you create a team.

Auction Items Needed for the Fivesome

Last year, the WWGCSA raised $37,422 to provide money for scholarships, research, education, and continuing our mission. We are seeking gift cards, experiences (golfing, lodging, dining, fishing guides, hunting trips, lessons, etc.), and tangible goods for our silent and live auctions. Donations will be used to supporting our 501(c)(7) organization.

Please click here to fill out the auction donation form by May 3, 2018. Your donation will further the good work being done by the WWGCSA and it members.

GHIN Discontinued

We have decided to discontinue the GHIN program at this point. If you want to continue to maintain your handicap through the USGA GHIN system you can join at your local club or you can call or email Shari Jacobson with the Washington State Golf Association and she will get you pointed in the right direction. She can be reached at 253-214-2925 or We are attempting to reach everyone by email who this might affect.

Changing of the Guard

As president of the WWGCSA I wanted to post an update, and for some people notification, that we are looking for a new Executive Director. A couple of weeks ago we sent an email out to our membership letting them know that we had parted ways with Paul Ramsdell as our Executive Director. We soon found out that many of the email addresses that we had on file were no longer accurate so we are posting this in conjunction with the job posting to our webpage.

Paul has done a great job for almost 10 years but the board has decided that they would like to go in a new direction as we move forward. We would like to thank Paul as he has weathered some tough times early on and done a good job managing our association. We offered a severance package to Paul at his dismissal and he continues to help as we transition to a new person. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or any of our Board of Directors.

With that said, we have developed a search committee for a new Executive Director that will screen new applicants for the job. We have both board and non-board members on this committee and have consulted with the GCSAA on the hiring process. Once the committee screens the applicants they will pass along 3-5 candidates for the board to interview and make a final decision. We have posted the Executive Director position on our website and are in the process of posting through the GCSAA, Turfnet, and other Executive Director Association outlets. If you, or someone you know is interested in the position, please apply to

Scott Phelps, CGCS
WWGCSA Board President

Used Equipment for Sale

Riviera Community Club on Anderson Island is selling a Smithco Sweepestar V62 for $3500. Please click here for photos and descriptions.

Planet Turf Adds Regional Turfgrass Sales Specialist

March 7, 2018

Planet Turf, ( a company providing turf and ornamental maintenance products and services, announced today that it has named Dan Salois, Regional Turfgrass Sales Specialist for the Pacific Northwest. He will be living in Pullman, Washington and serving customers in Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

“Dan’s experience and education give him the skills and knowledge needed to serve our customers at the highest level.” Says Jim Connolly, President of Planet Turf. Salois graduated Magna cum Laude from Washington State University in 2003 with a bachelors in crop science. He has worked on several golf courses in the Pacific Northwest, and was superintendent for 7 years at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, home of the Marathon LPGA Classic. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and has experience in research, agronomy, sales, and operations. He was most recently with major agricultural retailer in Pullman, WA. “Dan is passionate about his career, turfgrass, and learning. Innovation is important at Planet Turf and Dan will fit our philosophy perfectly.” Says Connolly.

Planet Turf provides solutions to turfgrass and ornamental management challenges by providing innovative products combined with scientific testing and continual monitoring of plant and soil health. Planet Turf is the exclusive supplier of United Turf Alliance products ( and carries a full line of proprietary foliar fertilizers and other nutrient and bio-stimulants that are designed to improve nutrient uptake efficiency, reduce stress related disease, and assist in developing healthier turfgrass. Planet Turf distributes its products in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Micronesia, and Asia.

Friends Remember Life of Steve Hausman

Steve Hausman, a former member of the WWGCSA, died recently in Boise after a long battle with melanoma.

Steve worked at Canterwood, Druids Glen and The Plateau Club and developed a lot of great friendships in this area before moving on to Jackpot Golf Club in Nevada and Weiser Golf Club in Idaho.

He had battled melanoma for more than three years. As an example of his unique personality, he held a celebration of life gathering in September before his death Jan. 5.

Matt Nelson of Magic Valley Bentgrass attended that celebration and remembered, “I’ll never forget that when Steve addressed the crowd his final words were ‘Just love everybody, it’s a lot easier that way.’ ”

Sam Sprague, the superintendent at Rainier G&CC, also attended that celebration of life. “Steve was a big-hearted guy and a good friend. I miss him.”

Added Nelson, “Steve was a great friend with a huge heart, a mischievous smile and no shortage of fun factor disposition.”

WWGCSA Loses a Friend in Andy Soden

Andy Soden, a member of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and a leader among superintendents for decades, passed away earlier this month after battling health issues for years.

Andy was known for his enthusiasm and dedication to the industry as well as being a fun character to be around.

He was the superintendent at Oakbrook Golf & Country Club in Lakewood before serving as the golf supervisor in Pierce County for seven years. He took a similar position with the City of Seattle, overseeing the four golf courses (Jefferson Park, West Seattle, Jackson Park and The Links at Interbay) and working for the city from 2003 to 2011. During that time, he also played a leading role in The First Tee program in Seattle.

In recent years, Andy, who grew up in Gresham, Ore., and received his degree in agronomic science at Oregon State, was the superintendent at Madrona Links Golf Course in Gig Harbor and worked at Fircrest Golf Club.

He is the father of Joshua Soden, the superintendent at Brae Burn Golf & Country Club in Redmond and a member of the WWGCSA.

Andy Soden Memorial

Tacoma Country Club
13204 Country Club Dr., S.W.
Lakewood, WA

April 22 at 2: p.m.

Van Hollebeke Appointed to Board

Greg Van Hollebeke, the superintendent at Interbay Golf Course in Seattle, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Van Hollebeke will replace John Hicks of Canterwood Golf & Country Club, who resigned from the Board because of health concerns. Van Hollebeke, the former superintendent at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge, will complete Hicks’ term on the Board, which runs through to the Annual Meeting in August.

WWGCSA President Scott Phelps of The Golf Club at Newcastle appointed Van Hollebeke to the position, and the appointment was approved in a vote of the Board of Directors.

WWGCSA Develops New Mission Statement

During a strategic planning session Tuesday administered by the GCSAA, the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association developed a new mission statement.

Here is the new mission statement:

The WWGCSA is a professional organization established to unite golf course superintendents, provide value to members, and to enhance the profession.

The WWGCSA spent six hours discussing strategic planning and traditional Board business at Tam O’Shanter Golf & Country Club in Bellevue and wants to thank host superintendent Jerry Thompson and his members for all their hospitality.

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.