Course of the month—Or in this case, for July, it's courses of the month. Both courses at the 36-hole Willows Run complex in Redmond finish near each other. Ryan Semritc is the superintendent in charge of the Coyote Creek course, which ends on the right with a 499-yard, par 5, and the Eagle's Talon course, which finishes on the left with a 566-yard par 5. Send your best course photos to mpsparks90@aol.com.

Good luck, Rhett!

Rhett Evans, the CEO of GCSAA, is in our backyard as he is preparing to climb to the summit of Mount Rainier. Evans is scheduled to make the climb July 19-21. He is clearly ready after months of training. He is not taking this challenge lightly but is planning on making things a little more interesting by taking a GCSAA flag, a golf club and a few golf balls. Read more.

On the Horizon

July 14th, Thursday
Crew Tournament
Druids Glen Golf Club

Register here

August 22nd, Monday
Summer Picnic/Annual Meeting/Annual Golf Championship
Aldarra Golf Club

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Tacoma G&GC takes Crew title

Congratulations to Tacoma Country & Golf Club Team #1 for running away with the title at the annual Crew Tournament conducted by the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Tacoma C&GC shot an 18-under-par 54 to win the scramble tournament at Druids Glen Golf Club by five strokes over North Shore.

Click here for complete results of the 34 teams along with the long drive and closest to the pin winners.

Tacoma C&GC, which consisted of crew members Boe Jentree, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Monteleone and Kevan Kenna, had eagles on the 484-yard, par-5 fifth hole and the 446-yard, par-5 14th hole at the 6,004-yard layout in Covington.

Tacoma C&GC and North Shore will represent the WWGCSA in the annual Crew Playoffs later this fall against Oregon’s top two teams.

Semiahmoo took the low net title with a 65 to go with a 16 handicap for a 49 net score.

The WWGCSA would like to thank Druids Glen for being the host of the tournament. WWGCSA member Clint Goold serves as the general manager at Druids Glen, and he is assisted by Eric Briggs, the head pro, and Rachel Rouda, the food and beverage manager.

Annual Championship set for Aldarra

Sean Reehoorn, the superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, has secured that tremendous layout for our Annual Championship, so that should be a terrific draw.

The annual championship, combined with the Annual Meeting, will be held in a summer picnic atmosphere at Aldarra on Monday, Aug. 22.

Online registration will be available in the coming days.

Tacoma C&GC team members, from left, Boe Jentree, Joe Monteleone, Miguel Hernandez and Kevan Kenna, hold the trophy after winning the WWGCSA Crew Tournament.

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 mpsparks90@aol.com, to be considered.

GCSAA looking for ambassadors

The GCSAA, and its Northwest Field representative David Phipps, is looking for a few more Grassroots Ambassadors to complete the process in the state of Washington of lining up a superintendent to be a source of communication and information for a member of Congress.

The position basically calls for making contact with the office of the member of Congress and offering the viewpoints of superintendents and the golf industry on various legislative subjects.

There is a need for an Ambassador in the following Washington Congressional Districts:

District 1 (Rep. Suzan DelBene)—This covers most of Snohomish County, a lot of east King County and up to the Canadian border.

District 3 (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler)—Southwest Washington

District 6 (Rep. Derek Kilmer)—Olympic Peninsula

District 7 (Rep. Jim McDermott)—Seattle area

District 9 (Rep. Adam Smith)—Bellevue and south King County areas

More information can be obtained from this web site: cqrcengage.com

David Phipps, at dphipps@gcsaa.org, also is available with more information.

Willows Run captures Fivesome title

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.

Click here for complete results.

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.

Plenty of changes in the directory

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.

You can access the directory by clicking here.

If changes need to be made, or if you need the password again, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

NTA donates $61,000 to research

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 mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.