June 20, 2017
Registration is now available for the Northwest Turfgrass Association’s annual conference, set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort in the mountains of Central Washington.
The 71st edition of the annual conference will feature great golf at Suncadia and Tumble Creek and great speakers in Dr. Frank Wong from Bayer Environmental Science and Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club. Dr. Alec Kowalewski from Oregon State University, and other leading researchers from the Northwest will also be sharing their latest projects.
The $690 registration rate is based on double occupancy. If you don’t have someone in mind to be your roommate, go ahead and fill out the registration form and Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, will help set up your lodging arrangements.
Sponsorships for the conference are still available, and the breakdown of opportunities is available by clicking here.
The schedule of events again calls for golf Sunday afternoon, education sessions Monday morning with golf Monday afternoon, and then the closing educational session Tuesday morning.
May 22, 2017
Dr. Frank Wong, who recently was named the Environmental Communicator of the Year, will be one of the main speakers at the 71st annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, which is set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.
The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association announced in early May that Wong, a senior regulatory affairs consultant for Bayer Crop Science, had won the award, which recognizes individuals in the green industry for outstanding communication efforts regarding environment issues.
Wong has been with Bayer since 2011, and before that was teaching and doing research work at the University of California, Riverside. He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from California-Davis, and a doctorate degree in plant pathology and horticulture from Cornell.
Another main speaker for the conference at Suncadia will be Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club in British Columbia, who is on the leading edge in using robotics and drones in his course maintenance program.
Presentations also will come from various researchers at Northwest universities who have received research grants from the NTA. This year, the NTA also is planning a separate track of speakers for sports turf managers.
Complete registration and schedule information will be available in the coming weeks.
The conference will open with golf Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Rope Rider course at Suncadia. Golf also will be held at Tumble Creek on Monday. Dinners will be held Sunday and Monday nights and education on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
May 31, 2017
The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $41,000 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2017 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. Over the past three years, the NTA has donated more than $150,000 to various turfgrass programs.
Two separate grants of $15,000 led the way in 2017 for research being done at Oregon State University for Fungicide Alternative Management of Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose, and at Washington State University in Pullman on Biological Control of Poa Annua. This is the second consecutive year that the NTA has donated this amount to these ongoing studies.
In all for 2017, five different programs in the Northwest were supported through the grants, which were decided by the NTA Board of Directors after recommendations from the Research Committee.
The grants from the NTA are made possible through the numerous and generous contributions from clubs and individuals throughout the Northwest.
For 2017, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:
Fungicide Alternative Management of Mircodochium Patch and Anthracnose
Oregon State University—$15,000.00
Biological Control of Poa Annua in Fairways
Washington State Universit —Pullman $15,000.00
Investigating Alternative Irrigation Strategies
Oregon State University—$5,000.00
First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation—$5,000.00
Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College—$1,000.00
February 27, 2017
Dr. William Johnston and Charles Golob from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University have prepared a research report on their study on “Biological Control of Poa Annua in Fairways.”
The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $15,000 toward this research in 2016.
Mike Bednar, the superintendent at Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman who is in his first year on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, recently was honored with a chapter award among the 2016 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.
The awards, presented by the GCSAA and Golf Digest along with Syngenta and Rain Bird, recognize superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication, outreach and leadership.
Bednar was one of 19 chapter winners from around the country.
Other members and friends of the NTA also were honored with Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.
Ken Nice, the Director of Agronomy at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore., won the national award for resort courses.
“We are thrilled to receive the award, and it is a great honor,” said Nice. “We work hard at our environmental initiatives and it really speaks to our owner, Mike Keiser, and his commitment to environmental stewardship.”
Bandon Dunes was voted the “Best Green Workplace” in Oregon in 2016 and has been a Green Star Award winner from Golf Digest.
Others joining Bednar as chapter winners included Mark Trenter of Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., Kurt Noonan of Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, Ore., and Carl Thompson of Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, Wash.
Among nine receiving merit awards nationwide were Alan Nielsen of Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash., Jason Haines of Pender Harbour Golf Club in Madeira Park, British Columbia, Ron Kuhns of Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, Wash., and Gary Heath of Glendoveer Golf and Tennis Club in Portland, Ore.
“The ELGA winners are not only stewards for the environment, but excellent examples of the focus our industry keeps on sustainable efforts,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of the GCSAA. “They are on the frontline of how superintendents are making great playing conditions and environmental management practices work in tandem.”
All the award winners will be recognized during the opening ceremonies of the Golf Industry Show on Feb. 7 in Orlando.
The Turfgrass Management Program at Oregon State University—namely Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald and Clint Mattox—has prepared updates on its research on Fungicide Alternatives Management of Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose.
The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $15,000 toward this research in 2016 and $40,000 toward similar research in 2015.
In voting that concluded at the annual business meeting of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, three new directors have been elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the NTA.
Mike Bednar of Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash., Dave Kennedy of Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia and Russell Vandehey of The Oregon Golf Club were the top vote-getters of the seven on the ballot.
Coming off the Board will be Jason Otto of Planet Turf and Josh Lewis of Almaden Country Club, while Carl Taylor, the current NTA president, will slide into the Past President position once a new president is elected by the Board later this month.
At the just concluded annual conference of the NTA at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, the 157 attendees were treated to two educational sessions led by Dr. Cale Bigelow of Purdue University and Jeff Mingay of Mingay Golf Course Design. Support from Western Equipment/Turf Star helped make everything possible and golf also was held at two of the courses at Bandon Dunes. Here are the results from the competitions:
The next annual conference of the NTA is set for Oct. 1-3, 2017 at the Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum, Wash.
Clint Mattox has completed his masters’ dissertation at Oregon State University and his research is available to you, thanks to the donations the Northwest Turfgrass Association has made to the turfgrass management program at Oregon State.
“Managing Microdochium Patch Using Non-Traditional Fungicides on Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens” is available by following this link: http://hdl.handle.net/1957/57194
Here is a brief description of the research:
Currently, fungicide applications are the predominant method of control for the cool-weather pathogen Microdochium patch. Increasing pesticide restrictions have generated concern regarding management of Microdochium patch. Three separate field trials exploring non-traditional fungicides were conducted between 2013 and 2015 on an annual bluegrass sand-based putting green at the Lewis Brown Horticulture Farm in Corvallis, Ore. The objective of the first project was to evaluate the effects of the cultural practice of rolling in combination with mineral oil and fertility on Microdochium patch incidence. The objective of the second trial was to quantify the effects on Microdochium patch incidence using biological control products in combination with rolling. Finally, the objective of the third experiment was to quantify the effects of different nitrogen and iron sulfate rates in combination with simulated golfer traffic on the effects of Microdochium patch incidence as well as turfgrass recuperation.
Mattox currently is working on his PhD at Oregon State and is continuing his exploration of “Alternatives to Non-Traditional Fungicides.”