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December 2nd–3rd

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Thursday, January 28th

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National Survey Shows Golf Courses Using
Nearly 22% Less Water Than 8 Years Ago

Survey conducted by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America also shows increased water conservation practices at U.S. courses

Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Golf course superintendents used 21.8 percent less water overall and just 1.44 percent of all irrigated water in the U.S. to maintain their courses in 2013, compared with usage in 2005, according to recently released survey data. The survey was conducted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and funded by the United State Golf Association (USGA) through GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).

The survey results from nearly 2,000 golf course superintendents were collected and independently analyzed by scientists at PACE Turf and the National Golf Foundation (NGF), which published the findings for peer review before making the information public.

“This study shows us that the golf industry has been addressing water issues for some time and is realizing positive results. The numbers show that golf course superintendents across the country have reduced water consumption,” said Wendy Gelernter, Ph.D., co-owner of PACE Turf, which has been providing data analysis for the golf industry for more than 25 years. “There is always room for improvement, however; and I think we will see even less water being used and fewer acres being irrigated in the years ahead.”

Along with reducing overall water usage by 500,000 acre-feet, golf course superintendents increased their use of recycled water by 33 percent over the last study. Both of those trends are positive for the industry, since golf courses are able to filter recycled water before it re-enters the ecosystem.

Golf course superintendents also have demonstrated water savings through turf reduction and improved technologies, such as computer-controlled targeted irrigation systems and sensors that measure soil moisture. Since 2005, golf courses have reduced managed irrigated turf by 14,430 acres, enough of a reduction to cover more than 100 golf courses. This reduction does not include golf course closures.

In addition, the study provides data on average water use in the seven different agronomic regions of the country, with water usage the lowest in the Northeast and the highest in the Southeast and Southwest – two regions that have year-round play and turf growth.

“The golf course superintendent profession is committed to science-based technologies and environmental stewardship,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “We hope that this national study will demonstrate our commitment to efficient water management and inspire the industry to continue to lead in the future. In the end, water management is about providing playing conditions that satisfy the needs of golfers today without compromising the needs of the future.”

It's not surprising to find water usage down and water costs up nationally for golf course managers. The picture of the golf industry has changed, and it will continue to evolve, even at the national championship level, where the world’s best players are seeing a shift from overall uniform green to firmer surfaces that receive less water.

Visit gcsaa.org to review the complete survey report.

Over the next two years, GCSAA will publish four additional national surveys in key areas related to golf course management as part of its Golf Course Environmental Profile. Each of those surveys is also being funded by the USGA through the EIFG.

About GCSAA and the EIFG

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Wild Native Coho Salmon Return to
Resort at the Mountain (video & story)

They're Back! And in great numbers. David Eichenlaub shot this footage over the weekend. It is footage of a Wild, Native Coho Salmon that has returned to the golf course to spawn. The Wild (non-hatchery fish) will have the adipose fin intact. This is the middle rear fin of the fish that is clipped on hatchery fish. The adult fish will use the Golf course's Wee Burn Creek to spawn in. The adult female fish will use its body to prepare redds (gravel nest) to lay the eggs in. The male fish will then fertilize the eggs. Later this spring, young will emerge out of the gravels and use the golf course ponds to grow and live in. The young fish (smolts) will grow on the golf course for a year or two before heading downstream to the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the species, salmon grow to adult size in 1 - 7 years in the ocean. They will then begin their journey back to Wee Burn Creek to spawn and die in their waters of their birth.

We have worked hard at restoring and enhancing Wee Burn Creek. Many volunteer hours, partnerships, public and private dollars have went into making the Resort a fantastic environment to support the Coho's life cycle.

I encourage everyone to observe this incredible story. Lately the best viewing has been in Wee Burn Creek near the tunnel that connects the Foxglove nine with the eastside of the golf course. Please call the pro shop and they will direct you on how to access the course. Ext. 1900. Typically, the adults will spawn and die not much later than Thanksgiving.

Any questions or comments don't hesitate to call Thanks And get out and enjoy.

Do You Want to Play Bandon Dunes?

Help Support the Oregon Turfgrass Foundation!

The Oregon Turfgrass Foundation is selling raffle tickets for a Bandon Dunes golf package and the drawing date is fast approaching. This package includes two nights Lily Pond lodging for four and eight rounds of golf! The winner will drawn December 3rd at the Pest Management Seminar. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the drawing or call 503-303-7459 to purchase a ticket. Click here for details.

OGCSA Executive Director Position Available


The Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association (OGCSA) is seeking an Executive Director (E.D.). This chapter is affiliated with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and will work under the parameters of that affiliation agreement. OGCSA has approximately 300 members.

The E.D. will serve as an independent contractor compliant with the guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service.

The E.D. hired by OGCSA will plan, organize, direct and carry out all administrative duties for programs, activities and daily operations of this chapter under the guidance of the Board of Directors and will be responsible to the Board of Directors and the membership of the OGCSA. OGCSA is a 501(c) (3) Not for Profit organization.


The E.D. will work under the guidance of the OGCSA Executive Committee (Consisting of President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer) along with the guidance of the OGCSA Board of Directors. The E.D. will serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and will help support the general membership.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director of the OGCSA 501 (c) (3) include but are not limited to the following:


Board/Committee Meetings

  1. Executes the decisions of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  2. Keeps Executive Committee and Board fully informed on the financial conditions and operation of OGCSA.
  3. Responsible for the organization, production and distribution of agendas, along with attendance at Board meetings. Responsibilities include recording, and distribution of minutes and reports for all Board meetings.
  4. Plans, formulates and recommends to the Board ideas or programs that will enhance the goals and operations of the OGCSA.
  5. Available to attend GCSAA annual conference and/or GCSAA Chapter Executive’s meetings if requested by the Board of Directors. Available to attend educational programs relating to chapter management while there.
  6. Works with and helps guide all OGCSA and allied golf affiliated committees as directed by Board of Directors.

Membership Related Meetings & Events

  1. Plans, and administers all official meetings of the association. Attends a majority of, and participates in meetings and golf events. Works with the Board of Directors to handle registration and check-in at meetings and collection of appropriate monies.
  2. Negotiates contracts/leases for meetings, tournaments and educational events. Solicits vendors for meeting logistics and secures speakers and meeting RSVP’s. Finalizes all speaker and meeting venue details.
  3. Work in concert with the Events Committee to publish and distribute the yearly events calendar.
  4. Helps to develop, implement and track continuing education for members.


  1. The Executive Director is responsible to the membership and Board of Directors and serves as the contact person of the association.
  2. Must respond to members concerns within one (1) business day when practical or designate a person, or persons, responsible for this duty.
  3. Reports directly to the President on day-to-day issues concerning OGCSA.
  4. Communicates with the Board of Directors essential aspects of operating the association and executes decisions of the Board as directed.
  5. Communicates on a regular basis with the membership.
  6. Assists in membership promotion and renewal programs. Maintains all membership records according to established deadlines, distributes invoices, collects, deposits monies and monitors and maintains accounts.
  7. Leads in the design, layout and timely distribution of communications to the membership via email. These communications should drive engagement and attendance at chapter functions.
  8. Coordinate content, maintenance, and upkeep of website (ogcsa.org).


  1. Responsible for keeping the board of directors informed on aspects of the legal and financial integrity of the association.
  2. Responsible for submitting annual reporting documents to maintain legal integrity of the association and requirements at local, state and national levels as well as with GCSAA.
  3. Reconciles the financials of all meetings.
  4. Responsible for the timely preparation and submission of yearly tax documents.
  5. Helps develop and prepares annual budget.
  6. Maintains all financial records and accounts payable, accounts receivables, collects monies (credit cards, checks or cash), reconciles bank account and money market funds, pays bills.
  7. Provides monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors.
  8. Provides security for all legal and historical files and documents.


Required knowledge of:

  1. Tools, methods and materials used in operating an administrative office.
  2. Web page design and update abilities.
  3. Proficiency in applicable software programs including (but not limited to) word processing, tax and accounting, publishing, spreadsheet and data base programs along with internet and e-mail communication systems.
  4. Knowledge of the game of golf such as rules, regulations and etiquette of the game will be helpful.

Must possess the ability to:

  1. Build consensus and facilitate discussion.
  2. Work efficiently with frequent interruptions.
  3. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  4. Strong project management skills.
  5. Self-motivated.


The individual assigned as the chapter’s Executive Director should hold a bachelor’s degree in; turf, business, management, computer science, journalism, marketing or a related field.

Past job experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience in the business of golf is desired but not mandatory.






Richard Jensen
President OGCSA
5195 SW Club House Rd
Terrebonne, OR 97760


Hard copy or electronic

Pest Management
Practices Survey

Dear Members of the Oregon GCSA,

GCSAA’s 2015 Pest Management Practices Survey is now underway. This survey focuses on best management practices that will help GCSAA advocate for the golf course industry and our profession. The survey does not require pesticide records and takes just 15 minutes to complete. GCSAA’s Board of Directors is asking for your help by completing and promoting this important survey.

Golf course management practices, including the use of water, nutrients, and pest management products are more publicly scrutinized and regulated than ever before. GCSAA advocates fervently for the golf course superintendent and the golf industry upon a foundation of sound science and fact. Without these efforts and our continued input, regulators may only have information provided to them by those wanting to ban the tools we need to do our jobs and contribute to the success of our facilities.

Please assist GCSAA’s efforts on our behalf by taking this short but critical survey. Your participation ensures accurate usage data and a stronger foundation of science and fact from which GCSAA can advocate. In addition to taking this survey yourself, please encourage superintendents in your area to participate—both GCSAA members and non-members alike. Advocacy for the golf course superintendent is one of GCSAA’s most important efforts and a pillar upon which we operate.

This survey is conducted by the National Golf Foundation on behalf of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. GCSAA receives its funding for this project through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf and specifically from the generous support of the United States Golf Association.

Visit gcsaa.org today to learn more about the Golf Course Environmental Profile and to take the GCEP Pest Management Practices Survey. Thank you for all you do to support and promote the golf course superintendent and the game of golf!


Peter Grass GCSAA Vice-President
Hilands Golf Club

Information from the
State Fire Marshal

Greetings. I am the acting manager for the Office of State Fire Marshal, License and Permit Unit. I’m reaching out to you because we believe you have an interest in legislation that will be enacted as a result of HB 2432. This bill becomes law on Jan 1, 2016 and expands the list of properties where fireworks can be used to repel birds and animals. A copy of the enrolled bill is attached.

Our office is in the process of drafting related administrative rules and seeking input. My hope is get a draft out early next week but in the meantime, there are a few items I want to draw your attention to. Please feel free to forward this to any person or entity that should be involved in this conversation, or let me know and I can loop them in.

As an FYI, Mark Johnston will become the permanent manager for the License and Permit Unit on November 1st. He will replace Anita Phillips who retired June 30th. He’s been with our agency for over 10 years and most recently was the program coordinator for our Community Right to Know program.

Below are the items that we believe are the most substantive changes as a result of HB 2342. We will also be doing some housekeeping changes while we have these open. I’m not listing them here but they will be part of the first draft, once it’s complete.

Thanks for taking the time to assist us in this matter – it’s much appreciated. I look forward to working with everyone.

“Agricultural” Fireworks vs. “Pest Control” Fireworks

Because HB 2432 expanded the use of fireworks to deter birds and other animals beyond agricultural or forest products or crops, we are proposing to call them “pest control fireworks” instead of “agricultural fireworks.” This closely mirrors what ATF uses (“explosive pest control devices”). The permit would be a “pest control fireworks permit” instead of an “agricultural permit.”

Authorized Use of Pest Control Fireworks

We are proposing to restrict the use of pest control fireworks to the purpose of repelling birds or animals which are injurious or destructive to the identified properties, or any crops or livestock located on the identified properties. This closely mirrors language in the previous law and prevents a person from unjustifiably obtaining a pest control fireworks permit even though they may be located on an identified property.

Permit by Property

We are proposing to establish that a pest control fireworks permit is required for each property where a person desires to use pest control fireworks, except in the event the same person has multiple contiguous properties. Only one permit will be needed in those cases. This will eliminate some confusing language regarding this issue.


We are proposing the following definitions for terms used in HB 2432.

“Airport” means any area of land or water that is used, or intended for use, for the landing and take-off of aircraft, and any appurtenant areas that are used, or intended for use, for airport buildings or other airport facilities or rights of way, together with all airport buildings and facilities located thereon.

"Estuary" means: (a) For waters other than the Columbia River, the body of water from the ocean to the head of tidewater that is partially enclosed by land and within which salt water is usually diluted by fresh water from the land, including all associated estuarine waters, tidelands, tidal marshes and submerged lands; and

(b) For the Columbia River, all waters from the mouth of the river up to the western edge of Puget Island, including all associated estuarine waters, tidelands, tidal marshes and submerged lands.

“Farm” means:

(a) any tract of land whether consisting of one or more parcels devoted to agricultural purposes generally under the management of a tenant or the owner, or

(b) a plot of land devoted to the raising of domestic or other animals, or

(c) a tract of water reserved for the artificial cultivation of some aquatic life-form.

"Forests" means lands which are used for the growing and harvesting of forest tree species, regardless of how the land is zoned or taxed or how any state or local statutes, ordinances, rules or regulations are applied.

“Golf course” means an area of land laid out for the game of golf with a series of holes each including tee, fairway, and green and often one or more natural or artificial hazards. “Golf course” does not mean a privately-owned golf practice facility constructed for personal use.

“Pest control fireworks” means: (This is the old agricultural fireworks permit definition, the only other change is highlighted below)

(a) Fireworks with a cardboard/pasteboard-type tube up to 4” in length and 3/4 inch in diameter or a shotgun shell type container,

(b) Fireworks containing only pyrotechnic compositions, e g., black powder, flash powder, or smokeless powder, with an audible report containing up to 40 grains, or 2.592 grams, of explosive composition,

(c) Fireworks tested, classified and approved by the United States Department of Transportation

(d) Fireworks designed and intended solely for use in:

(A) Controlling predatory animals allowed by ORS 480.124 or

(B) Controlling birds or animals as allowed by HB 2432 (Chapter 57, 2015 laws).

(e) Fireworks referred to as explosive pest control devices

(f) Fireworks not including retail fireworks, display fireworks, or exempt fireworks.

“Pest control fireworks permit” means the official written document issued by the Office of State Fire Marshal pursuant to HB 2432 (Chapter 57, 2015 laws) and ORS 480.124 and OAR 837-012-0305 through 837-012-0370 granting permission to a person to purchase and use pest control fireworks.

“Responsible charge” has the meaning given in HB 2432 (Chapter 57, 2015 Laws).

Feel free to call or email if you have any questions!

Brent Griffiths
License and Permit Unit
Office of State Fire Marshal
Oregon State Police
4760 Portland Rd. NE
Salem, OR 97305
Office (503) 934-8287
Cell (503) 983-1596



Bandon Dunes Resort Wins
Environmental Award of Excellence

The Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (OGCSA) has recognized The Bandon Dunes Resort as the recipient of the Michael S. Hindahl Environmental Award of Excellence. The award will be presented On November 3, 2015, during the OGCSA Environmental Meeting at The Oregon Golf Club.

Sustainability has been the trend of the 21st Century and Bandon Dunes Resort is the epitome of this trend in Golf. Ron Whitten has been quoted in Golf Digest saying, "Its five courses are the most visible demonstration of environmental sensitivity of any resort in America". Four out of the five Bandon courses are Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, with the fifth coming on soon. In a recent Syngenta carbon footprint study, it was concluded Bandon's overall impact is a net reduction in carbon. The resort also cuts back on traffic pollution by shuttling golfers to each course in lieu of them using their own vehicles.

Bandon Dunes also gives back to the community. The recently constructed par 3 golf course, The Preserve, donates its net profits to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA) which was founded in 2010 by Mike Keiser, owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. WRCA is a grant funding organization that seeks to unite organizations and support projects that protect the rich lands and waters on Oregon's South Coast. Through conservation, WRCA will create jobs for local residents, promote tourism and foster stewardship of working landscapes.

About the Michael S. Hindahl Environmental Award of Excellence

Named in honor of the late Michael S. Hindahl who was a friend of the Oregon Superintendents and an environmental advocate. Hindahl had a Ph.D. in Microbiology and worked for Oregon Health Science University researching AIDS. With a passion for golf and a desire to apply his skills to the industry, he helped the Oregon Superintendents pioneer its Environmental Stewardship Guidelines. Just prior to his passing in 2005, Oregon Superintendents gained national notoriety by winning the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship for their work with the Guidelines. It is the intent of the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association to recognize superintendents and their facilities that have shown leadership and environmental fortitude that exemplify the life of Michael S. Hindahl.

Dr. Roy Goss Dies After
Battle With Cancer

Dr. Roy L. Goss, the most influential and generous person in the history of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, died Saturday after a six-week battle against prostate and spinal cancer.

Dr. Goss died at a cancer care facility in Wenatchee with his wife, Marcie, and other members of his family by his side.

Dr. Goss was a turfgrass specialist for Washington State University, conducting research and extension programs at the Puyallup facility of WSU.

He retired in 1988 after 30 years with WSU and many of his efforts have been widely recognized and adopted throughout the world. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) in 1978 and received the Green Section Award from the United States Golf Association in 1988.

The NTA exists today because of Dr. Goss’ energy during the formulative years of the association and because of his financial contributions in his later years.

Goss’ research over the years discovered that by managing fertilizer applications for all types of turf, including those used for sports fields and golf greens, diseases and fungi could be effectively minimized, thus reducing applications of fungicides and other treatments.

Goss also instituted the use of sand as the base for sports fields and putting greens to improve drainage and reduce damage from heavy use, significantly improving durability and reducing maintenance. His approach is the standard still used today.

Because of his dedication and his contributions, the research farm at the Puyallup facility was named the R.L. Goss Research Farm.

Roy was born in Weslaco, Texas in 1926 and received three degrees from WSU (BS Agriculture, B. of Education, PhD Agriculture).

OGCSA President's Message—7.27.15

Greetings all,

I hope this belated inaugural message finds you doing well and enjoying the break from the heat wave. I will not offer any lame excuses for the tardiness of this correspondence, only a promise for improvement.

Many kudos and words of gratitude are in order. First, Willamette Valley Country Club, host superintendent Larry Raschko and General Manager Alison Cruden, once again offered their wonderful facility for our Annual Meeting in May. Thank you, and your staffs, for the excellent hospitality and support of the Association.

At the meeting, we said goodbye to departing board members; President – Mike Turner, Treasurer - Doug Hubert; Directors - Kris Ammerman, Chris Condon, and Doug McCullen. Gentlemen, thank you for your dedicated service and contributions to the Association during your terms, it’s been a pleasure serving with you. We welcomed new, and returning, board members; Jeff Kromer, Bill Franzke, Chuck Wolsborn, and Kathy Hauff. Chuck’s long relationship with the OGCSA, currently serving on the GCSAA Government Relations Committee and as our new Chapter Delegate, brings a wealth of experience and historical perspective with his service. Congratulations to Kathy Hauff who shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the first female director in the OGCSA’s 87 year history. Thanks to each of you for the commitment to serve. With your support, I look forward to facing the challenges ahead of us in the coming year.

Congratulations to 2015 Superintendent of the year award winner Nolan Wenker from Langdon Farms. Chairing this committee was an eye opening experience for me. From the number of nominations received it is clearly evident superintendents are held in high regard at their facilities. I urge the nominators of the non-winners to submit nominations for these individuals again next year. Congratulations to 2015 Assistant Superintendent of the year winner Justin Smith from Bandon Dunes - Old MacDonald Course. Last, but not least, kudos to Rod Nelson for being selected to receive the Dick Malpass Distinguished Service award. Rod has held many positions within the OGCSA and is a tireless advocate for superintendents at both chapter and national levels.

Thanks, and kudos, to Eric Johnson, Director of Agronomy at Chambers Bay, for taking time out of a hectic schedule preparing for the Northwest’s first US Open to speak with us. Like the finished product, or not, I believe Eric and his staff did an amazing job presenting the USGA’s vision of a championship stage for the world’s best players.

Thanks to Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald and students for presenting an overview of ongoing activities at OSU. Keep up the good work gentlemen.

A special thank you to GCSAA’s Director of Government Relations, Chava McKeel, for taking time from her busy schedule to fill in as a last minute replacement speaker. Chava relentlessly advocates on our behalf for all new, and pending, governmental regulations.

On that vein, GCSAA’s Grassroots Ambassador Program is seeking individuals to fill three vacant positions within Oregon. The key element of this program is to build a relationship with your assigned member of Congress and keep them informed about the golf industry’s position on key issues they are debating on Capitol Hill and how the decisions they make can have a profound impact on your ability to do your job and viability of the golf industry as a whole. If you have an interest in the legislative process, and advocating on our industry’s behalf, please contact our GCSAA field staff representative, David Phipps.

The EIFG’s Rounds 4 Research auction ended in June. Thank you to all OGCSA member facilities that have donated to this program, your support of this endeavor is greatly appreciated. The highlight of this year’s auction was the donation offered by Bandon Dunes which brought in the auctions top bid at $3435. Thanks to OGCSA director Jeff Wilson and the entire Bandon Dunes operation for this fabulous donation. When GCSAA first presented this program at a national level through the EIFG I felt it would be an easy sell to our membership, donating one round per facility to help a worthy cause. This has not proven to be the case. Oregon only fielded seven donations in the latest auction. I understand some clubs have restrictions regarding donating rounds of golf for any reason. For the rest of us it should be a no brainer. Consider how many other comp rounds we offer throughout the year. All funds generated by this program aided the OGCSA in continuing our five-year $25,000/year pledge to the OSU turf program through the OTF and OSU Foundation.

The busy fall event schedule is rapidly approaching. The annual Crew Tournament at Arrowhead GC is only a few weeks away. Reserve your tee time early as this event fills up quickly. The OSU field day is September 3, at the Lewis Brown Farm in Corvallis. The OTF annual tournament is hosted by Waverly CC on September 14. The fall chapter meeting is scheduled for here at CRR on September 15. A brief lull in the event schedule is followed by the Environmental Meeting at The Oregon Golf Club on November 3rd and wrapping up the year is the annual Pesticide Seminar at the Oregon Convention Center on December 3-4. Check out the OGCSA website for a full event calendar and registration details.

As always a huge debt of gratitude is in order to our Association sponsors. Please utilize these generous businesses whenever possible as they continue their invaluable support of our Association.

And lastly, but certainly not least, thank you to OGCSA Executive Director, Linda Whitworth. Linda is the motivating force that keeps the Association moving forward.

I will end this message with a brief personal commentary. When elected to the board several years ago, I was in a position at my facility to answer the call and give back a little time and effort to the Association with no aspirations for an executive position. Since then the circumstances at work have changed and I seriously questioned if my continued service was in the best interest of the Association and my employer. I still carry those concerns. I was prepared to step down so someone else could answer the call. Continued support from current and past board members solidified my last minute decision to run for president. If you do not feel the same about my decision then I can only say pick up the mantle, run for the board and make your voice heard. I’ve heard many critics say “what has the OGCSA done for me?” I can only reiterate what GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans stated at our Annual Meeting a few years ago when addressing the same statement. In the words of GCSAA founder Col. John Morley “whatever you make of it”. Again, if you feel the Association is not moving in the direction you feel it should be, contact a member of the board (our contact information is available on the website) and express your views or, step up, run for office and serve.

Thank you for your time, I hope to see you at an event soon.

Richard Jensen
Crooked River Ranch GC

Annual Report
Oregon State University Turfgrass Program

Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D., Turfgrass Specialist for Oregon State University has prepared the Annual Report for the Turfgrass Program.

The pdf is available for viewing by clicking here.

Join OGCSA's Assistant Superintendent Committee

Hello everyone.

I just wanted to get an announcement out to our Assistant Superintendents about joining the OGCSA's Assistant Superintendent Committee. We are looking for new members on our committee. Assistants volunteering for the committee receive one year’s free OGCSA dues for their service.

The committee’s responsibilities are currently arranging the crew training seminar with hosted speakers which takes place in January each year, and the Superintendent/Assistant golf tournament which takes place in June. We also, in the past few years, have done some mentoring sessions for the Oregon State Turf Club

If your Assistant is interested in getting involved with our Assistant’s Committee please have him/her contact me. My contact information is listed below. I hope everyone is having a good start to the season, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
David Robinson
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Oswego Lake Country Club
Email: turfdog616@ hotmail.com
Cell: 541-852-6686

OTF Announces New Administrative Director

On behalf of the Oregon Turfgrass Foundation Board, we would like to welcome Alexis Wenker as our new Administrative Director.

Alexis has a long history with the Golf in Oregon with over 15 years’ experience in the golf and Landscape Management field. Much of that time as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Oswego Lake Country Club. Alexis was the Chair of the Assistant GC Superintendent Committee of the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association and also won the award of "Assistant Golf Course Superintendent of the Year" in 2009.

Alexis, mother of 2, has also over 5 year’s experience in Accounting and has obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Oregon State University.

Please feel free to congratulate Alexis via email at: otf@oregonturfgrassfoundation.org or through the new OTF phone line at: 503-303-7459. The new OTF mailing address is: PO Box 748, Oregon City, OR 97045.


Gordon Kiyokawa - President
Oregon Turfgrass Foundation

GCSAA—New Senior
Manager of Certification

A new face at GCSAA is Jenny Pagel-Guile as the Senior Manager of Certification, replacing Penny Mitchell who retired in February. Pagel-Guile started in early February and dove right in to the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. She is now working to help further develop and grown the CGCS program as well as maintain the certification status.

Before Penny retired she did impart some training with Jenny and has extended her knowledge as a resource if necessary. With the help of GCSAA staff as well as fielding the numerous calls and questions, she feels she has a good understanding of the certification program. Thus far in her short time, over eight applicants have started the CGCS process; this is promising as 22 CGCS were newly certified in 2014.

A little bit about Jenny: With a BA from Fort Hays State University and Masters from University of Memphis, she has over 10 years of experience as a nonprofit manager serving as a director for the March of Dimes and National MS Society. In these roles she focused on fundraising, board development and volunteer engagement. In addition, Pagel-Guile spent three years traveling extensively as a Client Trainer and Consultant with CivicPlus; the company developed websites for city and municipal governments. She is ready for the opportunity to use an array of her skill sets to further develop and serve the CGCS program.

Personally, she is originally from Holton, Kansas where the family farms and raises cattle. Recently, she moved back to the Lawrence, Kansas from Flagstaff, AZ. Along with her husband Greg, they have twin boys who are 16 months, Greyson and Granger. As well as two fabulous mutts who are approaching 11 years old. Her golf game is admittedly poor at best but she looks forward to getting the boys on the green! Jenny also enjoys running, cycling, mountain biking, craft beer and sewing.

Please feel free to reach out to Jenny directly for questions regarding the application process or eligibility. She wants to hear member feedback in order to provide more directed services. She can be reached at jpagel-guile@gcsaa.org or by phone at 800 472-7878.

David Phipps
GCSAA Field Staff, NW Region

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.

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