As summer winds down and the daily grind of course preparation and irrigation management become less stressful, I hope that you can all enjoy one of the best times of the year to be working in this industry. It is also a time to reflect on your successes during the season and start thinking about how to make 2024 even better.
Recapping a few of the Oregon Chapter’s successes from this year, we are proud to announce that the Rounds 4 Research Program netted a new best of $8,558 back to the Association. Aimed at raising funds for research and supporting the future of golf, chapter courses donated 38 foursomes to help this cause. We hope to continue this growth next year and encourage more facilities to donate. Crew Tournaments also filled up quickly with Arrowhead hosting another fun filled day on August 29th and Quail Run hosting next week in Central Oregon. What a great way to thank your team for their hard work and dedication!
As September appears to be flying by, one last reminder that the deadline for the two OSU Pace Scholarships is Friday September 15th. This is open to all OGCSA members and their staff. Thank you to Oregon State University for providing this opportunity to those interested in taking the next step in furthering their education in turfgrass management.
October brings our Fall Meeting on Tuesday October 10th, hosted by Black Butte Ranch at their recently completed new lodge. We hope you can join us and experience our great lineup of speakers followed by lunch, networking and afternoon golf at Big Meadow Golf Course. Sign up on our website.
- Andony Melathopoulos, OSU Associate Professor of Pollinator Health Extension (Making a Bee-Friendly Golf Course Without Creating Headaches)
- Amanda Egertson, Stewardship Director at Deschutes Land Trust (Oregon Butterfly Diversity and Conservation)
- Sally Compton, Executive Director of Think Wild Oregon (Supporting Wildlife and Habitat through Rehabilitation, Education, and Conservation)
Our successful Virtual Pest Management Webinar Series will again take place on Tuesday and Wednesday December 5th and 6th and December 12th and 13th. Four days of education will be highlighted by our Keynote Speaker Joseph Roberts, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Turfgrass Pathology and Nematology at Clemson University. Be on the lookout for registration soon.
Lastly, I want to encourage those interested to get involved in any of our 8 committees. We welcome ideas and participation at all levels. Thank you to our current and past Board of Directors, and our Executive Director Alexis Wenker for making this a positive and amazing organization to be a part of. Hope to see many of you soon.
President, Oregon Chapter of the GCSAA