Course of the month—October means the annual practice of punching and sanding greens so their drainage and playability the following summer will be the best it possibly can be. That was the case at Sudden Valley Golf and Country Club in Bellingham where superintendent Jacob Close recently led the fall maintenance program, here on the opening 512-yard, par-5 on the 6,533-yard layout.

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Welcome to newest members

Amos Stephens, Superintendent
Settlers Bay Golf Course
Wasilla, Alaska

David Cline, Assistant Superintendent
Settlers Bay Golf Course
Wasilla, Alaska

On the Horizon

Oct 30–Nov 1, Sun–Tue
NTA Conference


Dec 13–15, Tue–Thu

Participant Registration
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WWCGSA elects new officers

President Scott Phelps, during a recent Board meeting of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, conducted appointments of officers for the association for 2016-2017.

Greg Matz, the Superintendent at Inglewood Golf Club, was approved by the Board to be the Vice-President. Sean Reehoorn, the Superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, was confirmed as the new Secretary/Treasurer.

Turf/Landscape show registration open

Registration has opened for the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, set for Dec. 13-15 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, just north of Seattle.

The show will open with five different seminars on that Tuesday, Dec. 13. Then the trade show and two days of Pesticide Recertification seminars kick in on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Click here for the online registration form.

Also available at this time is a chance to reserve space for our table-top trade show at just $300.

Click here for an online application form.

Any questions on the WTLS can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at or 253-219-8360.

Canadian superintendents to meet

The British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association and the Vancouver Island Golf Superintendents Association will be holding their Professional Development Days in Victoria on Nov. 27 to Nov. 29.

The theme of the conference will be water management and abiotic stress. Among the speakers will be Joel Kachmarek, the superintendent at Tacoma Country & Golf Club. His two presentations are titled, “Practical Greenkeeping on a Big Budget, Why I Do What I Do” and “Practical Greenkeeping on a Big Budget, the More I Learn the Less I Know.”

Full registration cost for nonmembers is $481.95 CAN. The conference will be held at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, where rooms start at $119 a night.

Click here for a brochure on the event.

NTA Conference just around the corner

The 70th annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association is just around the corner at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, so it’s time to begin final preparations.

Registration is still available for the conference that runs Oct. 30-Nov. 1 on the coast of southern Oregon. Please register now because we are close to running out of accommodations at the resort.

Click here for online registration.

Other key areas heading into the conference:

AttendeesClick here for the list of attendees registered as of Oct. 17. If you believe you have already registered, and your name is not on this list, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at or 253-219-8360.

Ballots—Part of the annual conference is the annual business meeting of the NTA, and the election of Board members. All NTA members are eligible to vote. Click here for a ballot, which includes information on how to submit your ballot.

Any other questions on the conference can be directed to Paul Ramsdell at or 253-219-8360.

Scott Phelps elected WWGCSA President

Scott Phelps, the superintendent of The Golf Club at Newcastle, a 36-hole resort-style public facility just south of Bellevue, was elected president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association at its annual meeting.

Phelps has served on the Board of the WWGCSA the past three years, with one year each as vice president and secretary.

In December of 2008, Phelps took over the management of the Coal Creek and China Creek courses at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Prior to that, he was the Director of Grounds for the Teton Valley Golf Associates in Idaho, and oversaw a private golf course and a public one in that role. He has been in the turf management industry for nearly 35 years and earned a landscape horticulture degree from Colorado State University.

Phelps replaces Michael Goldsberry of Wing Point Golf & Country Club, who becomes the Past President on the WWGCSA Board.

In the WWGCSA elections at the annual meeting, Phelps also was elected to another three-year term on the Board, where he will be joined by new member Ryan Semtric of Willows Run, who was elected to a three-year term.

Josh Heersink of WinField Solutions was re-elected to the one-year Affiliate Position on the Board and Thaddeus Lalley of Everett Golf & Country Club was elected to the Assistant Position, a two-year term on the Board.

Goldsberry defends WWGCSA golf crown

Michael Goldsberry, the superintendent at Wing Point Golf & Country Club on Bainbridge Island and the outgoing president of the WWGCSA, defended his title as the association’s Champion Golfer of the Year at Aldarra Golf Club.

During the Annual Championship of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, Goldsberry fired an 80 from the difficult Championship tees (6,610 yards, slope 141) on a course filled with tricky hole locations.

He had birdies on the 503-yard, par-5 seventh hole and the 525-yard, par-5 11th hole and won by 10 strokes despite closing his round with a triple-bogey. Goldsberry also won the title last year at Sand Point Country Club.

Sean Reehoorn of the host club took second low gross with a 90, winning a tiebreaker against Greg Hall of Fairwood Golf & Country Club, who took low net for the Championship Flight.

Click here for full results.

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, to be considered.