Conference at Bandon Just Around the Corner

The 70th annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association is just around the corner at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, so it’s time to begin final preparations.

Registration is still available for the conference that runs Oct. 30-Nov. 1 on the coast of southern Oregon. Please register now because we are close to running out of accommodations at the resort.

Click here for online registration.

The conference will have a low registration fee of $595, which includes lodging for two nights, two rounds of golf, the two educational sessions and all meals from Sunday night to Tuesday morning.

The $595 rate is based on double occupancy, and the accommodations at Bandon Dunes are set up perfectly for double-occupancy for golf-buddy road trips. If you don’t have someone in mind to be your roommate, go ahead and fill out the registration form anyway and we’ll help set up your lodging arrangements.

Other key areas heading into the conference:

AttendeesClick here for the list of attendees registered as of Oct. 17. If you believe you have already registered, and your name is not on this list, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, at or 253-219-8360.

Adding room nights—If you haven’t already done so, and you want to add room nights at the resort either right before or right after the conference, please let Paul Ramsdell (, 253-219-8360) know. We’ll make the room reservations for you, at a rate below the normal resort rate, and try to ensure you’re in the same room during your entire stay.

Adding golf rounds—Reduced golf rates are available right before and after the conference. If you’ve already registered with the conference, you can call 1-800-742-0172 or 541-347-5775 to reserve your tee times for rounds outside the Sunday and Monday rounds of the conference.

Sponsorships—Western Equipment/TurfStar has agreed to be the leading corporate sponsor for the 2016 conference and the NTA would like to thank them for their support and friendship. Other sponsorships are still available, and the breakdown of opportunities is available by clicking here.

Ballots—Part of the annual conference is the annual business meeting of the NTA, and the election of Board members. All NTA members are eligible to vote. Click here for a ballot, which includes information on how to submit your ballot.

Caddies—Bandon Dunes is a walking-only golf facility, but experienced, professional caddies are available but must be set up on your own. Call 541-347-5909 to set up a caddy if you want one.

Any other questions on the conference can be directed to Paul Ramsdell at or 253-219-8360.

OSU Turfgrass Program Presents Annual Report

Dr. Alex Kowalewski has prepared his annual report of the turfgrass program at Oregon State University, with a breakdown of activities of both faculty and staff.

Among the details, there were 40 extension teaching events conducted by the staff and there are now 12 undergraduate students in the program.

Click here for the entire report.

Details From OSU Field Day Now Available

Detailed information, including speakers’ notes and charts, is now available from the recent Oregon State University Turf Field Day at the Lewis-Brown Farm in Corvallis.

Click here for a 21-page report from Dr. Alec Kowalewski on the research discussed and the activities of the day.

NTA Donates Nearly $50,000 Toward Research

The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated nearly $50,000 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2016 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. The total in grants awarded in 2016 was $49,560.34. It didn’t reach the $61,000 awarded in 2015, but was substantially higher than the $29,500 awarded in 2014.

Two separate grants of $15,000 led the way in 2016 for research being done at Oregon State University for Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose, and at Washington State University in Pullman on Bio Control of Poa. In all, six different programs in the Northwest were supported through the grants, which were decided by the 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.

This pushes the amount donated to research from the NTA to $1.167 million over the past 20 years. Click here for a complete breakdown.

For 2016, 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 Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose
Oregon State University $15,000.00

Bio Control of Poa
Washington State University—Pullman $15,000.00

Water Use on Golf Courses in the Pacific Northwest
Washington State University—Puyallup $12,000.00

First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation $5,000.00

Outdoor Turf Lab
Walla Walla Community College $1,560.34

Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College $1,000.00

For more information on how to apply for grants for 2017, or to contribute directly to the NTA, contact Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the NTA, at or 253-219-8360.

The NTA also is preparing for its annual conference, to be held this year at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon on Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Paul Ramsdell is available for more information on that as well.

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:

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.”

2016 Conference Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities