Purdue's Bigelow to Highlight NTA Speakers

Dr. Cale Bigelow, a professor of horticulture for turf science and ecology at Purdue University, will lead the educational sessions of the 70th annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, slated for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

Joining Dr. Bigelow will be Jeff Mingay, a golf course architect based in Toronto who has been involved in numerous high-level restoration projects of classic golf courses in the Northwest and Western Canada.

Also on tap for the three days at Bandon Dunes will be updates from all the research and educational projects the NTA plans to support in 2016.

Dr. Bigelow received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and his doctorate from North Carolina State. The purpose of his research is to provide practical information that enables turf managers of all abilities to grow the highest quality turf using the fewest management inputs (e.g. mowing, fertilization, irrigation and pesticides). This is being accomplished by emphasizing adapted turfgrass species and cultivar selection, proper establishment methods and employing sound cultural practices with an emphasis on soil fertility and nutrient management related issues.

Mingay has become somewhat of an expert renovating the original designs of Arthur Vernon Macan, the famed Canadian architect who started his career a century ago. Among the courses Mingay has consulted with are Victoria Golf Club, Inglewood Golf Club, Broadmoor Golf Club, Fircrest Golf Club, Overlake Golf & Country Club and Kelowna Golf & Country Club.

Mattox's Microdochium Patch Research Available

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.”

Carl Taylor Elected President of NTA

In a vote of the Board of Directors, Carl Taylor was elected president of the Northwest Turfgrass Association during a Board meeting at the conclusion of the 69th annual conference of the NTA, which was held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho.

Taylor, who handles sales and service for the golf irrigation division of Western Equipment, had been the treasurer of the NTA for the past year. Before joining Western Equipment, Taylor had been the irrigation technician at Sahalee Country Club for 20 years.

Other officers elected to positions at this meeting were Steve Link, the superintendent at Skagit Golf & Country Club as vice-president, Jason Otto of Planet Turf as treasurer and Thaddeus Lalley, assistant superintendent at Everett Golf & Country Club, was elected secretary.

In a vote of the membership at the annual conference, three positions on the Board of Directors were filled. Those positions will be held by Jacob Close, the superintendent at Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club, Jason Habeck of TORO and Greg Matz, the superintendent at Inglewood Golf Club.

The Board of Directors in 2015-2016 will guide the way for the NTA, which made $61,000 in research donations in 2015, as it prepares for its annual conference in 2016 at Bandon Dunes.

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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).

Western Equipment, Icon Lead NTA Sponsors

Western Equipment and ICON Materials lead a group of 16 sponsors who are contributing to the success of the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, set for Oct. 4-6 at the Coeur d’Alene resort in Idaho.

ICON Material and Western Equipment are the two sponsors at the highest level. In the next tier are Golf Plus Construction and Horizon Distributors / Rain Bird.

At the third level of sponsorship are Wilbur-Ellis, Walrath Sand Products, Planet Turf, CPS Professional Products and Cedar Grove Composting. At the fourth level of sponsorships are WinField, Syngenta, Ridgetop Golf, Miller Design, Bayer Environmental Science, Amvac and Ag Enterprise Supply.

The Board of Directors of the NTA wants to thank all these sponsors for their continuing support and friendships.

NTA Donates $61,000 to Turfgrass Research

The Board of Directors of the Northwest Turfgrass Association has voted to donate $61,000 to various turfgrass research and education projects in the Northwest, more than double what was awarded in 2014.

The awards will be spread out over five different research and education programs in the Northwest.

For 2015, the NTA Board of Directors has awarded the following research and education grants:

Exploration for Fungicide Alternative and Fungicides Mitigation
Oregon State University  •  $40,000

Compost Application on Golf Course Fairways
Washington State University – Puyallup  •  $10,000

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

Cost and Playability Analysis of Synthetic and Natural Grass Athletic Fields
Oregon State University  •  $5,000

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

The $61,000 is the highest single-year amount awarded in quite some time for the NTA, surpassing the nearly $48,000 in 2013.

The NTA receives many generous donations that make these turfgrass grants possible. Leading the way is the Washington State Golf Association, which donates roughly $16,500 every year. Numerous private clubs, including Sahalee, Sand Point, Everett Golf & Country Club, Glendale and others, also make annual contributions to the NTA’s Turf Universities Research Fund. From the recent Fivesome Tournament and Auction conducted by the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, a contribution of $7,450 will be made to the fund.

Online Membership Directory for NTA Now Available

An online version of the membership roster for the Northwest Turfgrass Association is now available.

The NTA is made up of members from the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, The Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents Association and individual members from Oregon and British Columbia.

The directory will be password protected and is only for the use of NTA members. If you need the password, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

The membership roster can be found on the NTA web site, nwturfgrass.net, under the tab “About.”

In order to protect the value of membership in the NTA, please refrain from passing along the password on any form of social media.

If any of your contact information needs to be updated, please contact Paul Ramsdell at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360 with any changes. Also, we’re missing a few phone numbers or email addresses, so please contact Paul if you have that information. And you can contact Paul if you have any questions.


2015 Conference Sponsors