Wash. Turf & Landscape Show
Monday–Wednesday, December 16-18
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Party Set for Superintendents, Vendors
The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association will be the host for a reception featuring free beer and wine for those attending the Professional Development seminar and those vendors taking part in the trade show at the Washington Turf and Landscape Show.
The reception will be at Overlake Golf & Country Club in Medina, not far at all from the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue. The reception will be from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. This will be right after the Professional Development Seminar and also coincides well with the set up day for the trade show. Set up for the trade show can be any time after 10 a.m. on Monday, with the show itself 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
If you are not signed up for the Professional Development seminar, or are not an exhibitor in the trade show, then it will be a $50 admission charge to the reception to cover the food costs as well as the beer and wine.
Online registration for the seminar is available by clicking here.
The Professional Development seminar will be worth .50 GCSAA education credits. Coming to Bellevue to share their experiences will be Curtis Tyrrell, the superintendent at Medinah Country Club where the most recent Ryder Cup as well as past PGA Championships and U.S. Opens have been held. Also joining us will be Bill Maynard, the superintendent at the Country Club of St. Albans in Missouri, and a GCSAA Board member. Dan Meersman, the superintendent at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, will talk about golf course renovations.
Booth space is filling up fast, and for the first time in at least the past four years, all the expanded booths have been sold out for the trade show. There are still plenty of standard booths available, and you can register for a booth by clicking here.
If you have any questions on the booths or the seminar, please contact Paul Ramsdell, executive director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-219-8360.
Parking Info for WTLS
As we close in on the Washington Turf and Landscape Show next week at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, here’s the parking system that will be in effect for this year. (Click on image to see larger view)
Unlike last year, there will be no parking vouchers issued. Instead, when you arrive at the Meydenbauer Center next Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, the gates will be up and you’ll simply tell the attendant that you are with the Turf and Landscape Show.
Once seminars begin, however, the parking gates will be closed and you’ll have to pay for parking yourself. So, anyone arriving late (which will be after 9 a.m. Monday and after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday) will have to fend for themselves parking-wise.
This way, we can ensure that the parking gates will be up at the end of the day and it will speed up the exit from the parking garage for everyone.For those with vehicles too large to fit in the Meydenbauer Center parking lot, click here to a map to a nearby parking lot where you’ll be able to park for free by telling the attendant there you’re part of the Turf and Landscape Show.
Pesticide Credits Confirmed for WTLS
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed our request for 10 total pesticide recertification points for the two days of the Pesticide Recertification Seminar next week at the Washington Turf and Landscape Show.
The Show will be Dec. 16-18 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue with the Pesticide Recertification seminars on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 18. Besides the Pesticide Recertification seminars, seminars also will be held in Athletic Field Maintenance, Irrigation Systems, Landscape Maintenance and Pruning, Pre-License Pesticide Training, Professional Development, Environmental Sustainability and Mechanics.
Online registration for the seminars is available by clicking here.
A complete agenda of seminars and speakers is available by clicking here.
Target Products has signed on as our corporate sponsor in 2013, and we again have great room rates available at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue. Rooms are just $79 for the hotel that is only three blocks from the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-RED-LION (1-800-733-5466) and say you’re part of the Washington Turf and Landscape Show. Reservations can also be made online at www.redlion.comIf you have any questions on the seminars, please contact Paul Ramsdell, executive director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at email@example.com or 253-219-8360.
Target Products to Sponsor WTLS
Target Products, a total materials supplier for golf course maintenance and construction, has agreed to be the lone major corporate sponsor for the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, to be held at the Meydenbauer Center, Dec. 16-18.
Target Products produces and distributes a variety of bunker sands as well as fairway blends, tee mixes and specialty root zone blends with USGA specifications guaranteed.
Scott Mitchell, a longtime friend of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Northwest Turfgrass Association, is the key contact for Target and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-614-7875.
Also, Cedar Grove Composting is sponsoring the Environmental Sustainability seminar.
Great Room Rates Available at Red Lion
Once again, the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue is offering great room rates for attendees of the Washington Turf and Landscape Show who need overnight accommodations.
Rooms are just $79 for the hotel that is only three blocks from the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue.
You can make reservations by calling 1-800-RED-LION (1-800-733-5466) and say you’re part of the Washington Turf and Landscape Show. Reservations can also be made online at www.redlion.com
NTEP Conducting a Survey
The National Turfgrass Evaluation Program is planning two new bentgrass evaluation trials, one to be managed as a putting green, and the other to be managed as a fairway or tee, at multiple locations in the fall of 2014. The NTEP would like your input on the types of evaluations it should conduct for the bentgrass putting green trial, and the traits you desire in bentgrass cultivars.
Turfgrass Industry Loses Great Friend
Don Hogan, a great friend of the turfgrass industry, passed away recently at the age of 89. Mr. Hogan had been a member at Rainier Golf & Country Club since 1957. He had a love for the turfgrass industry, especially the design and maintenance of golf courses.
He was a civil engineer by profession and commanded a successful engineering firm. He also served as an assistant to A. Vernon Macan, one of the leading golf course architects on the West Coast.
Mr. Hogan was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Northwest Turfgrass Association and was a substantial contributor to the NTA’s turfgrass research efforts.
Link Elected President of WWGCSA
Steve Link, the superintendent the past 4½ years at Skagit Golf & Country Club in Burlington, was elected president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association at its annual meeting.
In the meeting held Oct. 24 at Tacoma Country & Golf Club, Link was elected to succeed Jim Myers of The Plateau Club as president of the WWGCSA. Myers slips into the role of Past President on the Board of Directors of the WWGCSA.
Two new Board members also were elected at the meeting, with Scott Phelps of The Golf Club at Newcastle and Justin Ruiz of Indian Summer Golf & Country Club gaining three-year terms on the Board.
Before the annual meeting, a Board meeting of the WWGCSA was held and the resignation of Scott Stambaugh, who has taken over as superintendent at the Peninsula Golf Club in California, was accepted. The Board appointed Michael Goldsberry of Wing Point Golf & Country Club to complete the one year left on Mr. Stambaugh’s term.
In other elections at the annual meeting, Josh Cheney of Glendale Country Club was elected to a one-year term as the assistant representative on the Board of Directors, and Matt Wilkinson of Wilbur-Ellis to the one-year affiliate position.
WWGCSA Elects Officers
Two key officers were recently elected to new positions within the Board of Directors of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.
Jacob Close, the superintendent at Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club in Bellingham, was elected vice president for 2013-14 to assist WWGCSA president Steve Link. The other Board officer position is secretary/treasurer, and Steve Kealy, the superintendent at Glendale Country Club, was elected into that spot.
WCTA to Host International Conference
The Western Canada Turfgrass Association will play a major role in the Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show, which will be held right next door to Western Washington in Vancouver, B.C.
The conference will be Feb. 17-21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and features some of the top turfgrass educators in North America.
More information is available by going to www.golfsupers.com. WWGCSA members will have access to full WCTA member pricing, so check with Paul Ramsdell at the WWGCSA office at email@example.com or 253-219-8360 for further details.
Poacure Study Completed at WSU
Dr. William Johnson, professor of crop sciences at Washington State University, has completed a study that was partly funded by the Northwest Turfgrass Association.Click here to read the report, “Reseeding Timing Following Methiozolin (PoaCure) Application.”
Delegates Report for WWGCSA
Jim Myers, the GCSAA Delegate representative for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, attended the national Delegates meeting earlier this month at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.
Myers, the Past President of the WWGCSA, said the meetings included numerous discussions regarding the needs of superintendents and membership standards and classifications for superintendents.
Ace Helps Tacoma Country & Golf Club to Crew Title
Sparked by an ace on a par-4, Tacoma Country & Golf Club ran away with the Crew Tournament Playoff held Thursday, Oct. 24, between the top Crew teams in Oregon and Washington.
Rich Young used a driver for his hole-in-one on the 286-yard, par-4 11th hole at North Shore Golf Course in Tacoma. That shot helped Tacoma C&GC to a 53 in the scramble tournament on the 6,039-yard, par-71 layout.
Beside the double-eagle, the Tacoma team also had eagles on the ninth and 18th holes at North Shore. Joining Young on the winning team were Kevan Kenna, Joe Monteleonc and Miguel Hernandez.
Willamette Valley Country Club, with Adam Vidourek, Forrest Barnett, Pete Eastwood and Ryan Gilmour, took second with a 58 and host North Shore had a 59 with David Proulx, Greg Stock, Jeremy Santana and Sean Holm.
North Shore served as a gracious host and bought lunch for all the players.
Study on Poacure Available
Dr. Bill Johnston of Washington State University has produced a preliminary report of his study of fall-applied methiozolin (PoaCure).
Mark Your Calendar for 2014 Events
We’ve got dates set for some key 2014 events if you want to start marking your calendar:
Winter Meeting —Thursday, January 23; Sahalee Country Club
Fivesome Tournament—Thursday, May 8; Overlake Golf & Country Club
Crew Tournament—Thursday, July 24; The Home Course
NTA Annual Conference— Sunday–Tuesday, October 5-7; Chambers Bay
Volunteer Process Set for U.S. Open
Eric Johnson, the director of agronomy at Chambers Bay, and Josh Lewis, the superintendent, is asking anyone interested in volunteering to help the greens crew at Chambers Bay for the 2015 U.S. Open to please send your name, phone number and e-mail address to Rosie Odle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this is a seven-day commitment (Sunday to Sunday), and that food and uniforms are provided for the week, and Chambers Bay will be working on getting lodging solidified once it has an idea on the total volunteer numbers.
Johnson and Lewis thank everyone for their interest and support.
GHIN Handicap Club Back in Business
The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Washington State Golf Association are ready to offer handicaps to superintendents and members of their crews at reduced rates.
The rate for a GHIN handicap for a superintendent will be $18 and for members of their crew it will be $15.
Just e-mail a list of names of people who want to establish a handicap, or move their current handicaps to the WWGCSA Golf Club to Paul Ramsdell at email@example.com, or contact him at 253-219-8360 for more information.