July 14th, Thursday
Druids Glen Golf Club
August 22nd, Monday
Summer Picnic/Annual Meeting/Annual Golf Championship
Aldarra Golf Club
253-872-8858, x 244
The annual Crew Tournament of the WWGCSA is set for Thursday, July 14 at Druids Glen Golf Course in Covington.
Clint Goold has made Druids Glen available for this event, and it should provide a good test for our Crew teams. Four-person teams from throughout the WWGCSA region will compete in a scramble format, with the cost for a team being $300.
A new event for the WWGCSA this year will be a Summer Picnic on Monday, Aug. 22, which will include the WWGCSA Annual Meeting and the WWGCSA Championship.
Sean Reehoorn, the superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, has secured that tremendous layout for our Championship, so that should be a terrific draw. Plans call for an educational session in the morning along with the annual business meeting of the WWGCSA, and then the WWGCSA Championship in the afternoon. And everything will be done in the spirit of a summer picnic. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
Heather Klein, the former superintendent at Priest Lake Golf Course in Idaho and a former member of the staff at Glendale Country Club, is asking for assistance to enable her son to represent the U.S. in a golf competition this summer in Australia.
Anton Klein, a 4.0 student at South Whidbey High School, has been the No. 1 golfer at his high school since his freshman season. He is one of 66 invitees by Down Under Sports to participate in an international tournament in June in Australia and he’s currently in the process of raising funds for the trip.
Click here for a copy of the donation form and more information. Or you can contact Heather Klein at 360-929-3174 for more information.
Willows Run captured the annual Fivesome Tournament at Inglewood Golf Club, firing a 56 and then winning a playoff after matching cards with Broadmoor Golf Club, which also shot 56 in the scramble tournament.
The playoff was won by Willows Run after matching cards from the 18th hole backward, and it was decided on the 14th hole. Superintendent Ryan Semtric led the Willows Run team along with partners Kathy Blumenstein, Shawn Beattie, Zach Fulten and Zach Dunnaway.
Simplot Partners won the Industry Division.
There were 18 club teams and nine industry teams that enjoyed the great weather and course conditions at Inglewood and then were charitable during the various auctions afterward.
Sahalee Country Club, the site of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, still is accepting volunteers to help out with the women’s major championship, June 6-12.
Superintendent Tom Huegsen and assistant Marcus Harness have set a deadline of May 1 for all those wanting to volunteer. This will give them plenty of time to order proper merchandise, apparel and meals and complete all the preparation for the championship. Tom and Marcus are asking for a commitment for the entire week, but if that is impossible they will still try to accommodate everyone who wants to help.
Those interested can send their name and contact information to email@example.com.
For more information, click here for an invitation letter from Sahalee Country Club.
There has been plenty of personnel activity lately at golf courses in the WWGCSA region.
If you’ve had changes for yourself or at your course, please check our online directory to make sure we’ve got all the changes reflected properly.
If changes need to be made, or if you need the password again, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-219-8360.
The Board of Directors of the Northwest Turfgrass Association has voted to donate $61,000 to various turfgrass research and education projects in the Northwest, more than double what was awarded in 2014.
Every member of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association is automatically a member of the NTA with a portion of your WWGCSA dues going to the NTA.
The NTA grants will be spread out over five different research and education programs in the Northwest.
For 2015, the NTA Board of Directors has awarded the following research and education grants:
Exploration for Fungicide Alternative and Fungicides Mitigation
Oregon State University • $40,000
Compost Application on Golf Course Fairways
Washington State University – Puyallup • $10,000
First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation • $5,000
Cost and Playability Analysis of Synthetic and Natural Grass Athletic Fields
Oregon State University • $5,000
Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College • $1,000
The $61,000 is the highest single-year amount awarded in quite some time for the NTA, surpassing the nearly $48,000 in 2013.
The NTA receives many generous donations that make these turfgrass grants possible. Leading the way is the Washington State Golf Association, which donates roughly $16,500 every year. Numerous private clubs, including Sahalee, Sand Point, Everett Golf & Country Club, Glendale and others, also make annual contributions to the NTA’s Turf Universities Research Fund. From the recent Fivesome Tournament and Auction conducted by the WWGCSA, a contribution of $7,450 will be made to the fund.
More information and assistance in having a club or course donate directly to the NTA is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at email@example.com or 253-219-8360.