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Local Coffee Breaks Coming to a Spot Near You!

New for 2019: The WWGCSA will be holding a series of Coffee Breaks across our region throughout the year. The concept is to enable Superintendents to gather for informal conversation with their peers without a lot of travel or any cost. The Coffee Breaks will be supported by various Association Partners. What’s in it for the Partners? We will invite them to get the conversation going with a 5-10 update on what’s new with their assortment of products and services, and then they get to sit back and enjoy learning about what’s on your mind. The range of topics are unlimited. At least one WWGCSA Board Member and our Executive Director will be present to keep the conversation flowing. The range of topics is entirely up to you. It may focus on how all of the rain and wind has put stress on your labor hours and then divert to how exciting it is that the Seahawks turned a rebuilding year into a playoff appearance. It’s entirely up to you. The number one objective is to get you together with fellow Supers, maybe even ones you don’t know, even though they’re close in proximity.

Expect the Coffee Breaks to last somewhere between 90 minutes and 2 hours (again, that’s up to you). Coffee and small food items will be provided. There is no charge to you as a member of the WWGCSA, thanks to our Association Partners. You just need to get there, wherever a convenient opportunity may present itself. We will have enough coffee breaks that you will be able to get to at least one over the course of the year without driving more than 30-45 minutes. We are targeting attendance to be 8-10 Supers per Coffee Break. Small enough that everyone can participate.

The first Coffee Break will be hosted at Aldarra Golf Club, presented by Wilbur Ellis, on January 10 in the morning. Exact times will be posted on the website calendar as the date gets closer. If you’re nearby, we’ll want to see you. If not, a Coffee Break will be coming to a Spot near you sometime over the course of 2019. Happy New Year!

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Chapter Delegates Meet With the GCSAA

The GCSAA recently hosted the Annual Delegates meeting in Kansas City/Lawrence, Kansas in November. The GCSAA is made up of 99 chapters that has a voting delegate to represent the 18,000 plus members of the association. Most delegates arrive on Tuesday for dinner and a “State of the Association” address from Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. The association is under great leadership with Rhett at the helm. Partnerships with other industry organizations continue to grow in both exposure and strength. Our association continues to endeavor to be the leader in the global golf industry as many know the dedication and time Superintendents put into their jobs and organizations.

Leadership of GCSAA is focused on two large initiatives, first Best Management Practices (BMP) and membership growth and expansion. BMPs will give each chapter a seat at the table as environmental restrictions are passed down through state, and even federal, legislation. Being ahead of the curve here has already benefited many chapters and will benefit more in the future. Membership growth strengthens our presence as there is true strength in numbers.

The annual meeting for GCSAA takes place during the Golf Industry Show, which will be held in San Diego in 2019. (Orlando in 2020, Las Vegas in 2021.) The membership feedback on GIS is to keep a three-year rotation with San Diego, Orlando, and a city to be determined in between. Las Vegas got the nod in 2021 and where it goes in 2024 has not been determined yet.

Part of the gathering included a one-hour bus ride to the GCSAA Headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas. The day is packed with presentations on Government Relations, Initiatives, Task Group Reports, Round 4 Research plans, and speeches from each of the Candidates for office in 2019. Rafael Barajas will be GCSAA President in 2019 and John Fulling will serve as Vice-President. Four candidates are running for three open Board of Director positions in 2019. T.A. Barker, Superintendent of Fore Lakes Golf Course in Utah and Jeff White, Superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Kansas are running for re-election in 2019 after serving a 1-year term as a Director. Paul Carter, Superintendent at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Tennessee and Doug Dykstra, Superintendent at White Mountain Country Club in Pinetop, Arizona are the other two candidates.

If you have any questions or comments about topics discussed at the delegates meeting please contact our chapter’s delegate, Sean Reehoorn, at or 425-222-3662.

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Alex Hedlund of Sahalee Wins Superintendents' Cup

The air was smoky around Aldarra Golf Club, with ash falling from the sky and sticking to anything in its way, just as it was across the entire Puget Sound region in late August from the wildfires in the Cascades, Olympics and Canadian ranges. But that didn’t dissuade 70 golfers from taking on a tough golf course as part of the festivities surrounding the WWGCSA’s annual meeting.

Alex Hedlund, Assistant Superintendent in Training from Sahalee, overcame a strong field of golfers shooting a 9 over par score of 80, defeating Tom Robinson (Bellevue Golf Course) and Jon Fullmer (Jackson Park Golf Course) by a single shot. Sean Reehoorn (Aldarra) was three shots back. Hedlund’s name will be added to a new perpetual trophy that he will get to display at Sahalee until at least next year’s rendition of the Superintendent’s Cup.

Ross O’Fee of Empire Turf finished with the lowest net score of 72, beating Chris Thornton of Auburn Golf Course by two strokes.

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New Board Members Elected at WWGCSA Annual Meeting

Sean Reehoorn, Superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, was elected the new Board President of the WWGCSA at its Annual Meeting. Held August 20, coincidentally at Aldarra Golf Club, Reehoorn was elected along with new Board Members Steve Meyers, Superintendent of Maplewood Golf Course, and Rick Michel, Assistant Superintendent at Broadmoor Golf Club. Meyers and Michel join Reehoorn, Greg Van Hollebeke (Jackson Golf Course) and Jason Otto (Wilbur Ellis) each of whom were re-elected to the Board.

Scott Phelps (Newcastle), though stepping down as President after two terms, will remain on the Board in the post of Immediate Past President. Rolling off the Board after completing their terms of service are Thaddeus Lalley (Assistant from Everett Golf Club) and Michael Goldsberry (Immediate Past President, from Wing Point GCC).
Returning to the Board with remaining terms are Ryan Semritc (Willows Run), Clint Goold (Druid’s Glen) and Jason Krogman (Kitsap Golf and Country Club).

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