Event Calendar



28th • Tues
Superintendent Invitational


20th • Wed
Annual Meeting

Nomination Forms

Asst. Supt. of the Year

Supt. of the Year


3rd • Th
OSU Field Day

15th • Tues

Chapter Meeting


3rd • Tues
Environmental Meeting


2nd–3rd • Wed–Thu
Pest Management Seminar

superintendent blogs

Eli McGallian
Sandpines Golf Links

Gabe Hughes
The Reserve
Golf Vineyards and Golf Club
Steve Reynolds
Meadow Lakes
Golf Club
Golf Course Management Blog
Thank a Golf Course Superintendent

News From Your Field Staff
David Phipps, NW Region

We have some new faces within GCSAA’s marketing and communications department, and Associate Marketing Director, Russell Sypowicz and Marketing Manager, Whitney Hoefer along with Craig Smith, Director of Communications and Media Relations, have been busy this spring creating the “Thank a Golf Course Superintendent” promotional campaign. The campaign is aimed at the country’s 25 million golfers and features a combination of television, radio, internet and print medias.

The television spots (15 and 30 seconds) are anchored by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus and feature numerous PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour professionals including Rory Mcllroy, Ricky Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Michelle Wie and CBS Sports Golf Analyst Nick Faldo. The spots can be viewed in their entirety by clicking here and will run throughout 2015 on The Golf Channel.

The radio spot (30 seconds) again features Nicklaus thanking golf course superintendents and is running on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (Sirius 208, XM 93) as well as golf radio shows throughout the country. Listen to the spot at by clicking here.

The internet and print campaign feature a giveaway for a trip to the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Golfers who submit an online thank you note to their local golf course superintendent are entered into the giveaway. The thank you notes will then be passed onto the mentioned golf course superintendent as well as the superintendent’s employer.

I am excited to see some of the new superintendent recognition initiatives and I’m sure you will be pleased once you start seeing and hearing them. I want to thank you for your support of GCSAA and I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy some golf this spring. If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me at dphipps@gcsaa.org and make sure to follow me on Twitter @GCSAA_NW for regular updates from the golf industry.

Portland City Council Considering Ban on Neonicotinoid Use on City Property

We found out yesterday that the Portland City Council will consider banning neonicotinoid use on city property. The resolution is attached, and is similar to what we’ve seen in Eugene, Seattle and Spokane. Thanks to our state pesticide preeemption law, they can only legally regulate pesticide use on their own property, but we obviously don’t want to see another city endorse the anti-scientific stance on neonics. The hearing is on this Wednesday, March 25, at 2:00pm. The local anti-pesticide groups (NCAP, Beyond Toxics, Xerces Society) have been active in mobilizing their members to contact the Council members. While we have not dealt with the Portland City Council in a while, we know that their ideological makeup will likely lead them to be sympathetic to these voices and predisposed to enact the ban. OFS will be submitting written comments, and will testify at the hearing on Wednesday. Jeff Stone from the Oregon Association of Nurseries will be testifying as well. RISE is reaching out to their members, and OFS will be reaching out to key members of ours as well.

Information on the hearing can be found here:

Information on the Council can be found here:

We’ll share our comments with you all when they are completed and encourage you to submit comments of your own. We’ll also keep you updated as we get any new information.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Scott Dahlman
Oregonians for Food & Shelter (OFS)
o. 503.370.8092
c. 971.273.9838

Senate Bill 837—Pesticide Applicator

Please click here to view the Senate Bill. Please contact your local Representative in the legislature to share your opinion.

Message from the OGCSA President

Scott Larsen, superintendent at Emerald Greens GC and a current OGCSA board of director, attended a town hall meeting on February 26th in Eugene. I will summarize his notes below… I want to take the time to thank him for representing our industry and profession at this event. We need more like Scott out there fighting the good fight! His summarized notes are as follows…

“Overall, I thought the meeting was a bust. 6 panel members represented various organizations. Each of the 6 discussed their programs, followed by a Q&A session. Attendees questions didn’t really stick to the panel topics, they were more interested in their own concerns and agendas. I heard phrases like ‘ecological collapse’ and ‘banning herbicides all together’.”

There was even an altercation as one rude fellow from Southern Oregon tried to pick a fight with attendees. One gentleman started to take him on until our Senator broke things up.

The panel members were from the following groups:

Oregon Environmental Council—Spoke about the Clean Fuel Program (10% reduction) through transportation alternatives. I believe this will be passed sometime this week. I also believe this is already an old bill.

Renewable NW—Cold Clean Bill. Spoke about dropping Coal entirely (100%) and going with cleaner sources like wind/solar.

Transit—Spoke about Oregon falling apart by a funding system that is out of date. No carbon pollution tax. Pot holes, climate change, earthquakes. Better transit system for the elder, bus passes for the young.

Cascadia Wildlands—This Elliot State Forest bill is a ways out as more money is required. Something like 93,000 acres NE of Coos Bay. They enacted an endangered species act in 2012 to stall logging. Also working on an Advanced Timber Trust Bill to create more public lands to avoid clear cut.

Oregon Conservation Network—Working on a petition for climate legislation change. Reforming of Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. More funding to support the other 98% of habitat other than fish which is only 1% of the general fund. Increase tax payer’s tax dollars and doing more like the Backyard Bird Shop who generate donations from revenue.

Toxic 613—Drinking Water Protection Act. Aerial spraying with new regulations. Oregon seems to have the weakest regulations for private lands like buffering (60' vs. 200') and hotlines not available for people to be notified or call. She played a tape of a lady in southern Oregon who could hear the helicopter spraying and couldn't leave the house to help a family member. She also informed the community members that aerial spraying on Federal lands is prohibited. Most of the people were not aware of this law. As far as passing, she felt something would be done, but didn't know what. “My entire take on this whole evening is that any monies should be allocated to better educate and improve perspective of our general population.” Thanks again Scott for your efforts!!! .

Application for Scholarship Funds

Please click here to fill out the Scholarship Fund Application. The deadline for submission is April 25, 2015.

Attention OGCSA Members

If you currently have either a job posting or used equipment ad on the OGCSA website ~ please let us know when these can be removed.

Contact OGCSA office ~ 877-375-1330 or email ogcsa@ogcsa.org.

Thanks for your help!

GCSAA Survey—Member Standards Proposal

Your feedback is requested regarding the member standards proposal. We are seeking for members to participate in a survey which will be extremely important in determining the direction they want to head.

Click here to go to the survey.


OGCSA President's Message

I’d like to start this letter by wishing everyone throughout the association a “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year.” I hope this president’s message finds everyone in a position to spend some quality time with family and friends over the coming weeks. For me personally, this is the time to reflect upon what has transpired in my life over the past year. I try to utilize this opportunity to improve areas where I could’ve done better, but more importantly, it allows me to take a closer look at the areas that were successful. I feel that the main reason we should dissect our successes lies in figuring out why we were successful and how we can apply those principles to our weaknesses. No one likes to dwell on shortcomings or point out their own failures. However, by deconstructing our successes, which are much easier to process, we can acquire pertinent information from the positives, and utilize it to improve ourselves. I don’t limit this exercise to the golf course, but use it in my personal life as well. What better time than the Holidays to spend some time improving our relationships with friends and family! If most of you are like me, it’s difficult to keep your work life and home life separate, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. For me, finding the perfect balance between the two becomes the challenge. The work/home dichotomy is tricky, but I attempt to employ this one simple (but not always easy) rule … Don’t let your work problems create personal problems and vice versa. I find that when I have difficulty honoring this rule, both areas of my life pay the price. I could discuss this strategy at length, but will spare you that for now. I would however, like to end this message with one tidbit that has been helpful for me… “You can treat your employees like they are family, but you can’t treat your family like they are employees!” This has been a help for me when dealing with issues that arise both at home and at the course. Please spend some time with your kids, wives, husbands, friends, staff etc. this holiday season and make sure that they understand how important they are to you and what a crucial role they play in your success!

Happy Holidays,

Mike Turner

Efficacy of "Tenacity" in Late Spring to Eliminate
Poa annua in Kentucky Bluegrass Fairways

W.J. Johnson, Ph.D. and C.T. Golob, M.S.
Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University; Pullman, WA


Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) golf course fairway infested with annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) can be unattractive, hard to manage, and have reduced playability during much of the golf season. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of Tenacity 4SC combined with several herbicides to eliminate Poa annua from Kentucky bluegrass fairways.

Materials and Methods

Research was conducted on a Kentucky bluegrass fairway infested with P. annua at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Treatments were: Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Xonerate 2 oz/A, Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A, Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Turflon 16 fl oz/A, 19660A 1 fl oz/A + Turflon 16 fl oz/A, Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Trimmit 16 fl oz/A, and Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Trimmit 16 fl oz/A + Turflon 16 fl oz/A. Initial treatments were applied May 2, 2013, and repeat treatments were made on May 23, and June 13, 2013. Applications in 2014 are currently being evaluated in a spring/spring program (only 2013 data presented).


Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Xonerate 2 oz/A and Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A resulted in the greatest reduction of P. annua, 86 and 82%, respectively, compared to the controls (Fig. 1). However, associated with the Tenacity 5 fl oz/A + Xonerate 2 oz/A treatment was a high level of P. annua phytotoxicity and at times an unacceptable phytotoxicity on Kentucky bluegrass (Fig. 2). In addition, open, depressed areas in the fairway where the P. annua had died presented undesirable playing conditions during peak summer play. It was not till the early fall that the Kentucky bluegrass aggressively began to fill these depressions and a noticeable shift in the fairway population toward Kentucky bluegrass was evident (Fig. 3 and 4). Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A also resulted in a high level of P. annua phytotoxicity for several weeks, but at a lower level of Kentucky bluegrass phytotoxicity and did not cause P. annua to quickly disappear creating open areas and depressions in the fairway.


Tenacity 4 fl oz/A + Xonerate 1 oz/A may be the most desirable P. annua control option to consider in terms of seasonal playability. Complete P. annua control was not achieved with any treatment; therefore, a multi-year program may be needed to achieve this goal.

NTA Conference and Update

NTA Continues to Donate Toward OSU

The Northwest Turfgrass Association continues its longstanding tradition of supporting worthy turfgrass management research and education programs at Oregon State University and is proud to announce that more than half of its donations for 2014 are going to OSU.

A total of $29,500 worth of grants has been awarded to five different programs in the Northwest. The decision was made by the Board of Directors after recommendations from the Research Committee.

Of that $29,500, Oregon State will receive $15,000 for its ongoing research on microdochium patch.

The grants from the NTA are possible through the numerous and generous contributions from clubs and individuals throughout the Northwest.

For 2014, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:

Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Mircodochium Patch
Oregon State University $15,000

Maintenance support for the Roy Goss Research Farm
Washington State University - Puyallup $5,000

First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation $5,000

Outdoor Turf Lab
Walla Walla Community College $3,500

Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College $1,000

For more information on how to apply for grants for 2015, or to contribute directly to the NTA, contact Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

T.U.R.F. Donations Have Surpassed $1 Million

Research and education grants from the Northwest Turfgrass Association through its Turf Universities Research Fund (T.U.R.F) have surpassed $1 million since starting in 1997.

To see how the $1.056 million has been distributed to universities and colleges in the Northwest and other worthy educational programs, follow this link.

The NTA would like to thank all the clubs and individuals over the past decades that have donated to T.U.R.F. More information on how you can donate is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Registration in Full Swing 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 for the conference Oct. 5-7 is available by following this link.

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 Liberty Inn in DuPont will serve as the host hotel. Our dinner banquets will be held at Tacoma Country & Golf Club on Sunday night and Fircrest Golf Club on Monday night.

For a complete schedule, follow this link.

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, Jenny McMorrow from Turf Diagnostics in New York, and Brian McDonald and Clint Mattox from Oregon State University.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, and more information is available by visiting nwturfgrass.net.

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 mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Sponsors Show Their Supporg for NTA

A long list of generous sponsors is helping the Northwest Turfgrass Association make the 2014 annual conference at Chambers Bay a success.

To date, 15 different sponsors have contributed between $3,500 and $500 to be part of the annual conference, which this year is being held at the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Leading the way is Western Equipment, which contributed at the $3,500 level.

Here is the breakdown of all the sponsors to date:

Western Equipment

Bayer CropScience
Cedar Grove Composting
CPS Professional Products
ICON Materials
Pacific Golf & Turf
Planet Turf
Walrath Sand Products

AMVAC Chemicals
Golf Plus Construction
Miller Design
Ridgetop Golf
RMT Equipment
Western Turf Farms

The NTA would like to send out its sincere thanks to these associations for helping us raise funds to be donated to turfgrass research and education in the Northwest.

More information on sponsorships is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Suncadia Selected for 2017 NTA Conference

Suncadia, the 54-hole golf resort in the mountain town of Roslyn in the central part of Washington, has been selected for the 2017 annual conference of the NTA.

One round of golf will be held on Suncadia’s private Tumble Creek course during the conference, which is set for Oct. 1-3, 2017.

The NTA now has set its conferences for the next four years:

2014—Chambers Bay, October 5-7
2015—Coeur d’Alene Resort, Oct. 4-6
2016—Bandon Dunes, October 30 – November 1
2017—Suncadia, October 1-3


First Green

First Green is an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs. Last May, First Green held a demonstration field trip at Royal Oaks Country Club in the Portland area.  After the field trip, representatives from area golf courses, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, Washington State Golf Association, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America attended a First Green workshop on how to host field trips. The workshop is part of First Green’s expansion into the Portland area, and was made possible by a recent grant from the USGA.  

For a glimpse at First Green, watch this 5 minute video showing First Green field trips in action. For more information about hosting a field trip, see the First Green website.

USGA Funding continues to expand First Green outreach.

Learn more »


OSU Turf Field Day, Golf Outing, & Dinner ▼

The annual OSU Turf Field Day, Golf Outting, and Dinner will be held August 29th and 30th. For a complete schedule and registration, please click here.

Pesticide Advisory ▼

Emergency (Temporary Rule Prohibiting the Use of Dinotefuran and Imidacloprid on Linden Trees

On June 26, 2014 the Oregon Dpartment of Agriculture (ODA) enacted an emergency (temporary) rule prohibiting the use of any product containing the neonicotinoid insecticides dinotefuran or imidacloprid, regardless of application method, on linden trees.  The Temporary Administrative Rule will be in effect June 26 - December 23, 2014, OAR 603-057-0387.  Additional regulatory action may take place before or after the expiration date of the temporary rule.

What Does this Mean to You?

This means that if you have a container label that provides directions for use on linden trees, you can not apply it to linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species.

This rule prohibits the use of dinotefuran or imidacloprid to Tilia spp., regardless of application method, including but not lmited to: foliar, bark treatment, soil drench, tree or soil injections, bark injection and basal bark application.

Why is the Department Taking this Action?

In 2014, there were numerous bee kills associated with the use of these products on linden trees.  In response, ODA required as a condition of 2014 state pesticide registration that a label statement prohibiting use on linden trees would be required for products containing dinotefuran or imidacloprid.  The Department embarked on substantial educational and outreach efforts regarding the hazards of using these active ingredients on linden trees and the new restrictions on pesticide labels.

In 2014, pesticide users continued to use products with old labels on linden trees, and as a result more bees died.  In one incident, imidacloprid was foliarly applied to linden trees in bloom in June; and in another imidacloprid was injected into linden trees (pre-bloom) in March and May.

What happens if you apply dinotefuran or imidacloprid products to linden trees?
Failure to comply with this Administrative Rule may result in a number of enforcement actions, including, but not limited to: license suspension or revocations, or imposition of a civil penalty.

Information regarding the rule and trade names of pesticide products impacted by this rule may be found at oregon.gov/oda/pest/pages/pollinator.aspx

For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture at 503.986.4635, or email pestx@oda.state.or.us.


GCSAA Grassroots Network ▼

The GCSAA Grassroots Network is a dedicated group of GCSAA members who want to engage in the association's government relations efforts. Being part of the Grassroots Network gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn about legislative and regulatory issues affecting the golf course management profession.
  • Learn about GCSAA's advocacy adtivities, and
  • Actively particpate in the associations efforts.

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GHIN Handicap Club Back in Business

The 2014 golf handicap season runs from March 1st through December 1st 2014.  The OGA is again offering a discount to current OGCSA members.  Members interested in establishing their USGA handicap through the OGCSA can register on-line or contact the OGCSA office at 877.375.1330 or ogcsa@ogcsa.org.  The cost this year will be $23. 

Participation in OGCSA golf events requires an established USGA handicap in order to compete for net prizes.

To obtain an OGCSA/USGA Handicap Index, you must register for 2014 and payment must be received by April 15th.  Click here to apply.

OGCSA to Participate in Rounds 4 Research

Dear OGCSA Members,

I am pleased to announce that OGCSA will again be participating in the Rounds 4 Research program. In 2012 the Environmental Institute for Golf (GCSAA’s philanthropic organization) launched the national Rounds 4 Research fund raising campaign having taken it over from the Carolinas GCSA who administered it on a smaller scale for three years.

In 2013, more than 50 GCSAA chapters and organizations participated in the auctions, which raised nearly $150,000.

Rounds 4 Research is based on the practice of securing donated rounds of golf and putting them up for public auction. The EIFG is working an online auction platform to sell the rounds and administer the various notification and revenue collection activities. At least 80 percent of the proceeds will be distributed to participating chapters or turfgrass organizations for use on research-based programs such as education, scholarships, advocacy and agronomic research.

It will take a committed effort from all of us to make this program a success. You will be asked to solicit rounds of golf from your facilities (and perhaps others) to be placed for auction. The more rounds we secure the greater the revenue we can generate in support of our members and chapters.

In the near future, we will be providing more information about the program and support documentation that you can share with others at your facility in soliciting rounds and attracting golfers to the auction site. From that perspective, it is important to remember that this program is for the benefit of all aspects of golf. This is not a program that will only benefit golf course superintendents.

Again, I am excited about the opportunity presented to us and the potential to invest in activities that will strengthen the profession and the game. In advance, I appreciate your support and will be communicating more about the program in the near future. Please contact me should you have questions.


Mike Turner
OGCSA, Vice President

GCSAA Chapter Delegates Focus on the Future

The annual GCSAA Chapter Delegates Meeting (Oct. 1-2) took on a decidedly different appearance this year, as the focus was not so much on the current state of affairs, but more on the future of the association and the profession.

“We were intent on getting feedback on what the profession would look like in the future, targeting the range of 2020 to 2025,” GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, said. “It became obvious to the board through our discussions with those in the golf industry, including members, that the profession is experiencing rapid change. Superintendents are being asked to do more, and the tools and resources we use to do that job are changing. Just look at what is happening with technology. The game of golf may not be changing much, but how we manage it is.”

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Poa annua Control on Golf Greens
William J. Johnston & Charles T. Golob
Dept of Crop & Soil Sciences, WSU—Pullman, WA

Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) golf greens infested with annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) can be hard to manage, unattractive, and have reduced playability. Methiozolin ('PoaCure') is a relatively new isoxazoline herbicide that has shown selective P. annua control in golf greens.
Learn More »

Rounds 4 Research

Auctioning Rounds of Golf to Fund Turfgrass Research. Auction is Open through June 22nd!

Donate Rounds Online

PDF Donation Form

Donation Checklist FAQ's

The Importance of Agronomic Research

Visit the Rounds4Research Auctions

Stewardship Guidelines

Two pdf versions are now available for download—high resolution for printing or screen resolution for viewing on your computer. Please check here periodically for revisions to the Guidelines. Go to download page.

In the News

Advocacy Update—Timely Updates of ORLA's Advocacy on Legislative Issues

Feed a Bee Commits to Grow 50 Million Flowers and Acreage for Bee Forage in 2015

Use of Dinotefuran Banned

Federal GMO Labeling Bill

Register for USGA Webinar About Green Committees.

First Green Receives STEM Grant

DEQ Recommendations for Water Quality Criteria

Ryan Wyckoff Named Senior Diector of Golf Course Operations for the OGA

Bend Superintendent Receives Professional Certification

"The Long Game: Reducing Pesticides on Golf Courses" (YouTube video)


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