Thursday, July 24
The Home Course—DuPont, WA
1 p.m. Shotgun Start
2014 Website Sponsors
Last Week to Sign Up for Crew Tourney
With two eagles on the back nine, Tacoma Country & Golf Club No. 1 captured the annual Crew Tournament conducted by the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.
Playing Thursday, July 24, 2014, at The Home Course in DuPont, the Tacoma C&GC team posted a 15-under 57 in the four-person scramble tournament on the 6,088-yard, par-72 layout. The team had eagles on the 515-yard, par-5 10th hole and the 470-yard, par-5 16th hole. On one stretch of nine holes, from the fifth hole to the 13th hole, the team was 10-under.
The team also hit some close on the par-3s. Miguel Hernandez won the KP contest on the 156-yard sixth hole, hitting it to 6 inches. Joe Monteleone won the KP on the 12th hole at 8 feet, 6 inches.
In all, 34 teams, with 136 players, participated. The Home Course was a great host, and our tournament sponsors—CPS Professional Products, Simplot Partners, VGM Club and the Evergreen Chapter of the CMAA—provided great support.
Second place went to Wing Point Golf & Country Club with its 59. It won a tiebreaker with North Shore, and will join Tacoma C&GC in representing WWGCSA in the annual Northwest playoff with the two top teams from Oregon.
Rainier Golf and Country Club won the net title. The team of Tyler Harris, Jeff Welch, Javid Yamin and Alex Browne had a 66 with an 18 handicap for a 48.
Registration Open for NTA Conference
Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open, will first be the site of the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association as green industry professionals gather in University Place, near Tacoma, this October.
The official online registration form is available by clicking here for the conference Oct. 5-7.
Two rounds of golf will be held on the links-style course on the shore of Puget Sound that will test the world’s best players less than nine months later.
The education sessions for the conference will be held adjacent to the golf course at the Pierce Country Environmental Services Building.
The lineup of educational speakers is impressive with Dr. Micah Woods from the Asian Turfgrass Center giving two talks. Also on the schedule are Dr. Rob Golembiewski from Bayer Crop Science and Jenny McMorrow from Turf Diagnostics in New York.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, and more information is available by clicking here.
If there are any questions on sponsorship, or the entire conference, Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, would love to hear from you. He can be reached at email@example.com or 253-219-8360.
Ridgetop Golf, Tacoma G&GC Honored
The construction firm of Ridgetop Golf and Tacoma Country & Golf Club were honored for their recent bunker renovation project.
In Golf Inc., magazine, the project took second place in the nation in renovations on private courses for less than $1 million.
Check on the details by following this link.
OSU Offers Video Research Update
Turfgrass researchers Dr. Alec Kowalewski and Clint Mattox at Oregon State University have put together a research update with the help of the OSU extension office.
Follow this link to watch, “The Long Game: Reducing Pesticides on Golf Courses” on youtube.com.
Worthy Battle Fought in Spokane
The City Council of Spokane recently voted 5-2 to ban the use of neoncotinoids for use by the city of Spokane and its employees.
Our friends in the Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents Association represented themselves well in this struggle, which was much more politics than science.
You can click here to get a detailed breakdown of the deciding council meeting.
Events Scheduled Throughout Region
As a membership service, the WWGCSA will try to keep everyone informed on interested events happening elsewhere in the Northwest that could be of interest.
On tap Aug. 16-18 will be the BCGSA Exchange Tournament at the Westin Bear Mountain in Victoria, B.C. Mario Lanthier of CropHealth in Kelowna, will give a talk, “Impact of Pesticides on the Environment – The Modern Thinking.”
More registration information is available at bcgsa.com.
Capilano, Ressler Highlight Fivesome
The team victory by Capilano Golf and Country Club, and a hole-in-one by Inglewood’s Toby Ressler, were the highlights in the WWGCSA’s annual Fivesome Tournament/Auction.
During a round played mostly in the rain, Capilano, from West Vancouver, B.C., came in with the lowest score of the 18 club teams in the five-man scramble format on the 6,271-yard, par-71 Overlake G&CC course. Led by superintendent Jamie Robb, a member of the WWGCSA, Capilano had a 55 gross with a 2-handicap for a 53. Joining Robb on the team were club president Tim Earle, vice-chair of Green Committee Rob Wynick, general manager Brad Burgart and head pro Mark Thirtle. Fircrest took second at 54 with Inglewood third at 55.
Among the eight Industry teams, Team No. 4 (Richard Strautman, Floratine Northwest; Mike White, Floratine Northwest; Josh Lewis, Chambers Bay, Mike Krouse, Chambers Bay and Jeff Taylor, Lake Wilderness) had a winning score of 58. Team No. 8 (Eric Thompson, Simplot Partners; Scott Mutchler, Kitsap G&CC; Clint Goold, Druids Glen; Ryan Semritc, Gleneagles and Ryan Gordon, TPC Snoqualmie Ridge) took second at 59.
Ressler, the Green Committee chairperson at Inglewood, aced the picturesque 134-yard third hole near the clubhouse at Overlake. He won a fairway wood for the closest to the pin contest sponsored by the VGM Club. Other KPs were won by Mike Conklin of Everett G&CC, Bill McKibbin of Broadmoor and Mark Gulbranson of Meadowmeer.
The WWGCSA wants to thank all the players for suffering through the wet conditions. Also, a thanks goes out to all those who donated and purchased auction items, as well as tournament sponsors CPS Professional Products, Simplot Partners, VGM Club and Evergreen Chapter of the CMAA. Also, Pacific Golf & Turf for sponsoring the drink tickets.
The WWGCSA wants to thank everyone at Overlake G&CC – host superintendent Cory Brown, general manager Marcus King, director of sales and operations Char Rawlings and head pro Mark Sursley and their staffs for making the event a success.
WWGCSA Donates $5,100 to NTA
The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association will be donating $5,100 to the Northwest Turfgrass Association, thanks to the generosity of those attending the recent WWGCSA Fivesome Tournament/Auction.
The $5,000 was raised during the “Raise Your Card” portion of the auction held at Overlake Golf & Country Club. There were 128 players at the Fivesome and many of them held up their bid cards for either $500, $250, $100 or $50.
This marks the third time in the past four years that the WWGCSA has been able to donated $5,000 or more to the NTA from the ‘Raise Your Card’ contributions.
WSU Offering an Online Masters
Washington State University has announced that starting in the fall it will be offering a new online degree, a Master’s in Agriculture with emphasis in plant health management.
More information is available at www.cahnrs.wsu.edu/msag-phm.
A President's Letter for The New Year
Steve Link, the president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, wants to welcome in the New Year with a letter to all members of the WWGCSA.
Please click here to read his updates of what’s going on with the association and the plans for 2014.
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.
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.