Course of the month: Only those of us lucky enough to be in the golf course maintenance business get to enjoy an early morning vision such as this. It will be hours before golfers reach this 18th hole at Inglewood Golf Club. The great finishing hole in front of the historic clubhouse is a 508-yard, par-5 that finishes off the 6,808-yard, par-73 layout that's under the guiding hands of superintendent Greg Matz and his staff.

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Thursday, Feb. 22
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Equipment Managers’ Field Day all set

The Western Washington Golf Course The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association’s Equipment Managers’ Field Day is just around the corner, set for Thursday, Feb. 22 at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle with Sean McDonough the host superintendent and Jeff Williams the host equipment manager.

Registration opens at 10 a.m., and the registration fee will be $50. Click here for the online registration form.

You do not have to be an official member of the WWGCSA to attend.

For a list of attendees as of Feb. 15, click here. If you believed you already signed up for the day, and you’re not listed, please contact Scott Phelps, Acting Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 425-255-1910.

Wade Borthwick from Uplands Golf Club in Victoria. B.C., will give a presentation, Stress and Bias: Our Minds Work in Odd Ways. Scott McDonald, the lead equipment manager for Western Equipment/Turf Star, will give a presentation as well.

Jeff Williams will lead tours of the facility and equipment at Broadmoor, and Shawn Frisbee will discuss and display some of the latest equipment from Western Equipment/Turf Star.

Full agenda for Assistants’ Seminar

The agenda is packed full of interesting topics and creative speakers for the Assistants’ Seminar, set for Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Rainier Golf & Country Club.

Thaddeus Lalley, the assistants’ representative on the Board of Directors of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, has secured one of the nation’s leading assistant superintendents, Mitch Savage of Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver. Savage will give a presentation on Building Your Career Through Engagement.

Registration for the seminar is available by clicking here. The fee is $50 and includes the seminar, lunch, and golf afterward.

For a list of attendees as of Feb. 15, click here. If you believed you already signed up for the day, and you’re not listed, please contact Scott Phelps, WWGCSA President and Acting Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 425-255-1910.

Also on tap to speak is Michael Goldsberry, past president of the WWGCSA and the superintendent at Wing Point Golf & Country Club. His talk will be on How to Find a Mechanic. George Travis from George Travis Golf will discuss Golf Course Construction 101 and Erik Laiho from the law firm of Davis Grimm Payne and Marra will cover Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

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.

No plans for memorial services have been announced at this time.

Busy schedule ahead for WWGCSA

It’s going to be a busy, educational and valuable few months ahead for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and its members.

Registration is already under way for the Winter Chapter meeting, to be held Friday, Jan. 26 at the Seattle Skeet and Trap Club. That meeting will feature Rick Phelps from Phelps-Atkinson Golf Course Design in Arvada, Colo., who will talk about Master Planning A to Z. After the presentation, WWGCSA members can enjoy lunch and the full range of activities at the Skeet and Trap Club.

Registration is available by clicking here.

In February, we’re adding two meetings that haven’t been on the schedule.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, we will be holding our first Equipment Managers Field Day at Broadmoor Golf Club. Host superintendent Sean McDonough will be showing off his facility and his fleet, and area vendors will be bringing in equipment to display as well. Wade Borthwick from Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., will be giving a presentation that day.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, our Assistants’ Seminar returns and will be held at Rainier Golf & Country Club. Among the guest speakers that day will be Mitch Savage, the assistant at Green Valley Ranch in Denver (Building Your Career Through Volunteering: The Value in Getting Involved), George Travis from George Travis Golf (Course Renovation: How to get your Project Done) and Michael Goldsberry, the superintendent at Wing Point Golf & Country Club (Finding a Mechanic: Your Next Equipment Tech is Out on the Water).

The Spring Chapter Meeting features two great speakers in Chris Zugel, the superintendent at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, and Doug Soldat, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin. The Spring Meeting will be Thursday, March 22 at Bellingham Golf & Country Club with lunch and golf to follow the morning meeting. If you want to stay over, our group will be gathering at Boundary Bay Brewery on that Thursday night, and then enjoying golf Friday morning at Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club.

So, sign up now for the Winter Meeting and mark your calendar for important February and March meetings with the WWGCSA.

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.