Course of the month: It's been dark and stormy for most of this spring, but that hasn't kept Jim Myers from having the eighth hole at The Plateau Club in nice shape. The eighth at The Plateau is a 478-yard, par-5 from the black tees, on a course that can be stretched to a 7,035-yard par-72..

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Covington, WA

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Board nominees being accepted

Nominations to be placed on the ballot for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association are now being accepted.

Two positions on the Board of Directors for the WWGCSA will be voted on during the annual meeting, set for Monday, Aug. 14 at Aldarra Golf Club, as well as a spot to represent affiliate members.

More information is available by contacting any current Board member or Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Eirector of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360.

Have a John Deere F1145 taking up space?

If you have a John Deere front mower F1145 taking up Space in your bone yard, Mike Hammel would love to hear from you.

Hammel, the superintendent at Peninsula Golf Club in Port Angeles, needs a transaxle housing out of that unit, and would be willing to buy the whole unit.

He can be reached at 360-775-4488 if you have a John Deere F1145, or know of anyone who does.

Crew Tourney returns to Druids Glen

After such a successful and enjoyable event last year, the WWGCSA is returning to Druids Glen Golf Course in Covington for the annual Crew Tournament, set for Thursday, July 13.

General manager Clint Goold and superintendent Don Firestone will have the course in great and challenging shape, and it should provide a good test for our Crew teams.

Four-person teams from throughout the WWGCSA region will compete in a scramble format, with the cost for a team being $300.

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Governor declares May as “Golf Month”

May 17, 2017

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring May to be “Washington Golf Month” in a ceremony in Olympia surrounded by key members of the golf community.

The Golf Alliance of Washington was the driving force behind the efforts to enhance the visibility of golf in the state. Both the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents Association are major players in the Golf Alliance of Washington.

In conjunction with the signing of the proclamation, the Golf Alliance released its latest Economic Impact Study for the state of Washington. Nearly 22,500 jobs in the state are supported by the golf industry, resulting in nearly a half billion dollars in wages.

Click here for more details on “Washington Golf Month” where you will find a link to the Economic Impact Study.

Official proclamation of Golf Month in Washington

Inglewood claims Fivesome title

With 27s on each side of the Meridian Valley Country Club course, Inglewood Golf Club claimed the title in the Club Division at the annual Fivesome Tournament/Auction put on by the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Inglewood shot a 54 with a 2-handicap and edged Overlake G&CC in a matching-cards playoff after Overlake came in with a 60 and an 8-handicap for another 52. Inglewood had seven birdies, and eagle and a par on each nine holes at Meridian Valley.

Tam O’Shanter took third at 55.

Playing for the Inglewood team were superintendent Greg Matz, Don Balke from the Green Committee, Toby Ressler from the Board of Directors, general manager Craig McCrone and assistant pro Matt Epstein.

In the Industry Division, Industry Team No. 4, led by Scott Mutchler, Bob Engle and William Wallace, won the title with a 60 and a 9-handicap for a 51.

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WWGCSA hires financial administrator

Rebecca A. Relyea of Bellevue has been hired as the new financial administrator for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

She will replace Joyce Phillips when Joyce retires May 20 and already has started the transition.

Rebecca, who goes by Bec, has been the business manager and bookkeeper for Rehabilitation Options of Issaquah since 2008. Before that, she was an account manager for the marketing department with The Cobalt Group in Seattle, was an account executive for the maketing department of The Food Newtwork in Chicago and a producer in the video production department of TCI of Illinois.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Michigan and competed three years on the Wolverines’ rowing team. She is the sister-in-law of Cathy Relyea, who is the communications director for the First Green program.

The email address she will be using is

Joyce will be retiring from the WWGCSA after serving the association for nearly seven years. She was hired in July of 2010, at a time when the association’s finances were being neglected and worked endlessly to get the association moving forward. Through the years, she’s been a tremendous asset to the WWGCSA in many areas other than just being the financial administrator.

While Joyce is retiring from the WWGCSA, she is continuing in her role as the financial administrator of the Northwest Turfgrass Association.

Pair honored for distinguished service

With its inaugural Distinguished Service Award, the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association will honor two of its legendary heroes who passed long before their time.

At the Fivesome Tournament/Auction on Thursday, May 11 at Meridian Valley Country Club, the WWGCSA will unveil its Paul Backman Memorial Distinguished Service Award, named after the man who tirelessly led the association for more than a decade as its executive director.

The first recipient will be Paul Colleran, who was a shining example to others within the association of the dedication, commitment and skills needed to be a highly respected superintendent. Mr. Colleran was the first superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, starting in the development stage of the course and served for 15 years before he died from brain cancer in October of 2014 at the age of 54.

Mr. Colleran was the superintendent at Tacoma Country & Golf Club for 10 years before taking the position with Aldarra. Both golf courses have been known for being in impeccable condition under his leadership. He grew up in Bellevue, and then played two years on the golf team at the University of Oregon. He then took a year off from college to work on the greens crew at Broadmoor Golf Club, and after that enrolled at Oregon State University and earned a degree in turfgrass management.

Mr. Backman, who died in April 2010 at the age of 41, was the executive director of the WWGCSA for 12 years. During that time, he worked closely with the other golf associations in the state and coordinated efforts to have golf represented by a lobbyist in Olympia and spearheaded efforts for a golf economic impact study to be done in the state.

He worked closely with superintendents in the region, having graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in horticulture and later earning a master’s degree in plant pathology and biological disease control at Penn State University. He also attended Western Washington University and played on the Vikings’ golf team. He worked at Overlake Golf and Country Club and was the assistant superintendent at Everett Golf & Country Club before becoming the executive director of the WWGCSA.

WWGCSA GHIN Club seeking new members

As the golf season is about to begin in earnest (if the weather ever cooperates), members of the WWGCSA have an opportunity to join the WWGCSA GHIN Club to become a member of the Washington state Golf Association and establish an official handicap at a reduced rate.

The WWGCSA GHIN Club rate is $21, compared to the normal rate of $31.

Those already in the GHIN Club do not need to sign up again. You will soon be getting an invoice for the $21. If you do not want to be a part of the GHIN Club anymore, please let us know.

Any newcomers who want to sign up can contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360, and we’ll get you set up for the golf season.

Membership roster updated on website

The membership roster for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association has been updated on our website.

The member roster can be found under the “About” tab in the menu on the web site.

Please take a moment to check to make sure we have all your current contact information correct and all the WWGCSA members from your facility listed properly.

If any changes need to be made, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360.

Report ready from Delegates Meeting

Jim Myers, the superintendent at The Plateau Club in Sammamish and the longtime Chapter Delegate for the WWGCSA, recently attended the Chapter Delegates Meeting at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

Among topics discussed by the chapter delegates, the GCSAA Board of Directors and the GCSAA staff were dues increases, political action committees, member engagement and membership growth.

Click here to read Jim’s entire report from the two days of meetings in Lawrence.

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.