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The DogWood A Publication of the British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association

Nicklaus North Golf CourseLower Mainland Wind-Up Fall 2018

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Inside This Issue Advertising Rates Allied Associations Appreciation Awards Board of Directors BCGSA Annual General Meeting Highlights BCGSA Exchange BCGSA /VIGSA MS Development Days Coming Events Deadlines Editorial Honourary Membership Meeting Dates Membership Information New Members Obituaries Office Update President’s Message Regional Executive Sponsors of 2018 Professional Development Days

Regional Reports:

Interior Region - Alex Inglis Kootenay Region - Brad Pasula Lower Mainland Region - Dennis Luick Northern Region – Mark Berg Vancouver Island Region – T-Jay Creamer

Other Reports:

Canadian Golf Superintendents Association KPU Report Western Canada Turfgrass Association

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A R Mower & Supply Ltd. Bayer Environmental Science Bos Sod Farms Inc. BrettYoung Professional Turf Products Corix Water Products Evergro FMC Global Specialty Solutions FarmTek Keso Turf Kubota Natures Gold Organic Compost Fertilizers Oakcreek Golf & Turf Inc. Rollins Machinery Limited Target Products Ltd. Taylor’s Turf Care Products Terra Equipment Terralink Horticulture Inc. Western Turf Farms Ltd.

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Upcoming Events: 37 34 32 35 36

March 4-7, 2019 - CGSA Golf Course Management Conference - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Alberta August 18-19, 2019 - BCGSA Exchange - Crown Isle Golf Resort, Courtenay, BC August 19, 2019 - Next Meeting of the BCGSA

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November 17-19, 2019 Development Days, Victoria, BC

2018 Professional Development Days by Wade Borthwick


Next Issue of the DogWood – Summer, 2019 (deadline for submission of advertising, editorial content, and advertisements - May 15, 2019)

Amazing Facts About Snow Molds - by Tom Hsiang


Art Riome, a “Gentle Man” in Turf by Ken Bruneski


Nutritional Integrated Pest Management by Gordon Kauffman


When Your Working Days End by Dave Sandulo


Feature Articles:



(Cover Photo - Nicklaus North Golf Course - Lower Mainland Fall Windup - photo by Jamie Robb)

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The DogWood Editorial


uring this past winter we lost three dear friends of the golf industry: Vern Burnell, Dave Kennedy and Mike Warriner. Their passing is a gentle reminder as to the brevity of life as well as what should be most valued in our lives as fleeting as it is. It gives us opportunity to take stock of our own lives and what we hold as most important.

It is so easy for us to get caught up in the daily grind and the pressure of the work place whether it be golf course maintenance, service or sales. We are driven by our passion to achieve excellence in our workmanship, making ourselves available 24/7 to meet the needs of the workplace. Unfortunately, as is quite often the

case, our own needs and the needs of those close to us get neglected in our pursuit of excellence. Even though we are tasked with such a great responsibility to those whom we serve, we mustn’t lose sight of what is most important and what should take precedent in our lives. The wellbeing of family, friends and ourselves; this is what should take priority in our lives. It is by who we are as individuals, not our accomplishments in our career, that we will be most remembered for. We have lost three great individuals who gave so much of themselves to their family, their friends and to us, their peers. They have left with us a legacy of memories that will not be soon forgotten but treasured by those they left behind. Much of the education at November ’s Professional Development Days in Victoria was focused on the person, rather than the science in golf course management; those who lead as well as those whom we lead. In this issue of the DogWood you will find an excellent writeup on the recent Professional Development Days which highlights some of the things discussed in human resource management. Also, you will find a profile on Art Riome, recipient of the 2018 BCGSA “Superintendent of the Year”. During Art’s many years in the golf industry, he has always shown great enthusiasm in his work as well as in serving as a director of the BCGSA, both in regional and provincial levels.His unwavering commitment to our Association exemplifies the spirit that the BCGSA is built upon. Congratulations Art!! Please take special note of the many companies that so generously support the BCGSA through advertising in the DogWood. Let them know how much appreciated their advertising with the BCGSA is, as well as their sponsorship of our events. Let’s show our support for them so that they will realize the value in supporting us!


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President’s Message

Welcome to 2019. I hope that over the past several months each and every BCGSA member has had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with family and friends. The close knit community of the Golf Course Maintenance profession in British Columbia has been greatly affected by grave health issues over the past several months. For anyone who has suffered, or had a friend or colleague suffer, the BCGSA Board is thinking of you. Whenever tragedy strikes, it tests our strength, fortitude and will. The better prepared we are to deal with tragedies, the more likely we will be to come out of it with some semblance of a silver lining from the situation. Additionally, the stronger the network we have, the more we will have been exposed to similar tragedies and will have heard stories of how to deal with such setbacks. In thinking back to how this offseason started in BC, I can’t help but think back to the BCGSA Professional Development Days (PDDs) in Victoria. For those in attendance, the November education truly was an emotional workout that would act as a primer for the rollercoaster that was to follow for many this winter. There were great speakers at the PDDs who were willing to share their personal struggles and how they ’ve dealt with managing relationships, time, family and most importantly themselves. See Wade’s article on page 22 for a great, indepth review.

We in BC have truly been fortunate to have been led on the topic of selfreflection, healing and overcoming great personal tragedy by Brian Youell who has been speaking about this topic for almost a decade. Congratulations to Brian for recently winning Golf Course Management’s Leo Feser Award on behalf of the GCSAA. There were many British Columbians in attendance in San Diego celebrating Brian’s reception of this ver y prestigious award on the trade show floor. See page 10 for our BCGSA award winners and below for more details on VIGSA and CGSA award winners. In mentioning the CGSA, I can’t help but acknowledge Greg Austin’s accomplishments. Greg has ser ved our province remarkably well, representing BC nationally on the CGSA Board for a decade. The BCGSA is a much better organization because of the time Greg has devoted to the BCGSA Board and we are extremely proud that he will be presiding over the CGSA in 2019. Best of luck in your new position Greg, you make us proud. Tim Kubash will also be transitioning as he comes off our BCGSA Board come March, and he is to be thanked for stepping in to fill a vacancy we faced in the important role of BC representative on the CGSA Board of Directors this past year. It’s not often you are fortunate enough to have a CGSA Past President represent a Province in this capacity so thank you Tim. Pertaining to the BCGSA Board of Directors, I would like to thank the BCGSA’s outgoing Past President Stephen Kerbrat for his ser vice to the Board. Anyone who knows Steve can imagine the joyous, energetic, down to earth big voice that he brought to our Board. Thank you for your many contributions Steve. To avoid redundancy on page 6 I won’t go through all the positions, but I assure you we have a committed, passionate Board for 2019. I would like to thank Paul Robertson though as he moves to Past President after 2 great years of leadership as President. Paul’s vision and high

The British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association is a society to promote and support the Golf Course Management profession in British Columbia. level thinking kept the ship moving for wards and focused on the big picture of our Association’s core values. Lastly, I can’t mention the BCGSA Board of Directors without thanking Ginny Tromp for her tireless effort in running the BCGSA office. The effort Ginny puts into preparing for meetings, keeping the finances on track and many other duties so things run smoothly is much appreciated. You’ll notice this report has no mention of weather, green speeds, topdressing rates or tur f and that is intentional as BCGSA members are already experts in these fields. The areas I see as being most in need of improvement are the lifelong personal and business skills of leadership, time management, communication, networking, and relationship building. I encourage ever y one of you to partake in regional and provincial events that may put you out of your comfort zone, will improve your networking and communication skills and have fun while doing it in 2019. Respectfully submitted, Jamie Robb President, BCGSA


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Jamie Robb - President Lower Mainland Region Rep Capilano Golf & Country Club 420 Southborough Drive West Vancouver, BC V7S 1M2 Office: (604) 913-6337 Paul Robertson - Past President Vancouver Island Region Rep Victoria Golf Club 1110 Beach Drive Victoria, BC V8S 2M9 Office: (250) 598-4324 Fax: (250) 598-4980 Warren Blue - Vice President Interior Region Rep Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy 3509 Carrington Road Westbank, BC V4T 2E6 Office: (250) 768-0080 Fax: (250) 768-0052

Tom Altmann - Treasurer Kootenay Region Rep FHSR Golf Management 5225 Fairmont Resort Road Fairmont Hot Springs, V0B 1L0 Office: (778) 525-8005 Cell: (250) 688-1100

Tim Kubash, Director BC Director, CGSA Salmon Arm Golf Club Box 1525 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P6 Office: (250) 832-8834 Cell: (250) 803-1946

Greg Broome - Director Northern Region Rep Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club 2000 Kingfisher Avenue N. Box 130, Kitimat, BC V8C 2G6 Office: (250) 632-4242 Cell: (250) 632-1700

Ladd LeGeyt, Industry Liaison Evergro - CPS 260 D Campion Street Kelowna, BC V1X 7S8 Office: 866-765-0290 Cell: 250-215-4004

Brett Finlayson - Director Vancouver Island Region Rep Olympic View Golf Club 643 Latoria Road Victoria, BC V9C 3A3 Office: (250) 474-3672 Cell: (778) 679-2727

Keith Lyall, - AGA-BC Director Sun Peaks Resort 1280 Alpine Road Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0 Office: (250) 578-5435 Fax: (250) 578-7223 Cell: (250) 819-0440

Tom Altmann, Paul Robertson, Jamie Robb, Greg Broome, Warren Blue, Brett Finlayson, Ladd LeGeyt


The DogWood Regional Presidents Interior - Alex Inglis Rivershore Golf Links 330 Rivershore Drive Kamloops, BC V2H 1S1 Phone: (250) 573 3171 Cell: (250) 682 0349 Lower Mainland - Dennis Luick Fraserview Golf Course 7800 Vivian Street Vancouver, BC V5S 2V8 Office: (604) 257-6917 Vancouver Island - T-Jay Creamer Victoria Golf Club 1110 Beach Drive V8S 2M9 Victoria, BC V9C 3A3 Cell: (250) 686-8238 Kootenay - Brad Pasula Shadow Mountain Golf Course 7145 Highway 95A Cranbrook, BC V1B 7B6 Office: (250) 426-3306 Northern - Mark Berg Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club 104 Fairview Drive Williams Lake, BC V2G 3T1 Office: (250) 392-3423 Fax: (250) 392-3423

Secretaries & Treasurers Interior Secretary/Treasurer - Jeff Bennett 3445 Mabel Lake Road Enderby, B.C. V0E 1V5 Office: (250) 838-0878 Northern Secretary/Treasurer - Greg Broome Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club 2000 Kingfisher Avenue, North P.O. Box 130, Kitimat, B.C. V8C 2G6 Office: (250) 632-4242 Fax: (250) 632-5702 Cell: (250) 632-1700 Vancouver Island Secretary/Treasurer - Scott Webster Storey Creek Golf Club Box 723 Campbell River, B.C. V9W 6J3 Office: (250) 923-1101 Fax: (250) 923-1816 Kootenay Secretary - Mike Knowles Copper Point Golf Club Box 28 Windermere, BC V0B 2L0 Office: (250) 341-3390 Fax: (250) 341-3491 Treasurer - Brian Charles Eagle Ranch Golf Course 581 Eagle Ranch Trail, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K3 Office: (250) 342-8281 Fax: (250) 342-2563 Cell: (519) 494-4093 Lower Mainland Secretary - Pete Rodrigues Langara Golf Course 6706 Alberta Street Vancouver, B.C. V5X 4V8 Office: (604) 761-1720 Treasurer - Phil Bunting University Golf Club 5185 University Boulevard Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X5 Office: (604) 224-1018 Fax: (604) 224-1621

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Allied Associations British Columbia Golf Kris Jonasson, Executive Director 2110 – 13700 Mayfield Place Richmond, B.C. . V6V 2E4 Office: (888) 833-2242 Fax: (604) 207-9535 Website: Canadian Golf Superintendents Assn. Jeff Calderwood, Executive Director 2605 Summerville Court, Unit A2082 Mississauga, Ontario L4X 0A2 Toll Free: (800) 387-1056 Office: (416) 626-8873 Website: National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada - BC Erica Beck, Regional Director Office: (866) 626-4262 ext. 40 Website: Western Canada Turfgrass Association Jerry Rousseau, Executive Director Box 698 Hope, BC V0X 1L0 Office: (604) 869-9282 Fax: 1-866-366-5097 Website: Alberta Golf Superintendents Association John Faber - President Springbank Links Golf Club 125 Hackamore Trail Calgary, AB T3Z 1C2 Office: (403) 202-2031 Alberta Golf Superintendents Association Dennis McKernan – Executive Director Box 3857, Olds, Alberta T4H 1P5 Office/Fax: (587) 796-1094 Website: United States Golf Association Ronald Read, Dir. Western Regional Affairs Office: (831) 659-2186 Fax: (831) 659-2183


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The DogWood Highlights of the Annual General Meeting - November 19, 2018

(Complete minutes of the meeting can be viewed in the “Members Only” section of the BCGSA website)


he Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association was held at 4:15 pm on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Marriott Inner Harbour, Victoria, B.C. A Quorum was established with approximately 65 members present.

the two favourable options to improve the event. 5. 50 non-industry attendees was the average of what industry felt was a minimum number of attendees required. 6. 60% favoured a simple sponsorship fee structure change based on attendance.

President’s Opening Remarks: 2018 marks the third year of co-hosting what has become the BCGSA professional development days. Attendance is up this year with 145 participants, 105 of the registrations are from golf personnel. None of this would be possible without the leadership of Dean, Brian, Gregor, Dena, Ginny, Ralph and a host of volunteers, the support of our members, staff and industry. We all love and support this charity. Paul asked Dean & Brian if they ’d like to say a few words. Dean addressed the meeting by giving a little history of the beginnings of the conference with the VIGSA Hockey Tournaments to raise funds for MS. From there it grew to the professional development days, offering education to members.

Golf Course Employee Survey 1. Less than 20% of members traditionally travel to tournaments outside of their home region. This number is not likely to change moving forwards under the current format. 2. Time away from work was the #1 reason for not attending. Company budget, time away from family, personal expenses and time of year event is held were all other top factors in not attending. 3. Although the current time -frame for hosting the event was most preferred, it was only the #1 option among 28% of respondents and in the top 3 for half the respondents. Next most preferred was Oct/Nov with the PDDs or 2nd week of August. September, May, July and June also were preferred showing it’s really like herding cats. 4. Over 55% of respondents would be disappointed if the event was cancelled. 5. 57% of respondents did not want to see the event held every other year, 72% did not want to exclude education and half think we should team with other allied associations.

Dean mentioned that this would be the last year that they would be running the Silent Auction with the proceeds going to MS. Brian announced that he will be stepping down from his role with the Professional Development Days so 2019 will be a year of transition. The Board will have to make the decision whether the event will move around the province or stay in Victoria. NEW BUSINESS: Membership Survey Results Exchange Tournament: Jamie Robb summarized the Membership Survey on the Exchange Tournament as follows: I think one important thing that comes from a survey such as this is that there are a variety of opinions. Now that the information has been gathered, I think it’s important to put personal views aside and focus on what the membership (survey respondents in this case) as a whole expressed. Industry Survey: 1. Over 60% of the respondents felt there was not good value in the 2018 Exchange Tournament. 2. Better attendance followed by lower cost would make the event more valuable. 3. More respondents than not would be disappointed if the event was cancelled. 4. Finding a better time of year to increase attendance followed by hosting the event every other year were


What the Board has decided to do is to strike a subcommittee that will be chaired by Warren Blue and it will be working with industry to determine the fate of this event. Warren mentioned that the future of the Exchange Tournament will be discussed at the Industry meeting immediately following the conference and encouraged anyone with concerns and ideas to attend or to contact him. NGCOA Auction: Steve Kerbrat reported that the NGCOA made a request to the BCGSA to partner with an auction they plan to hold at their 2019 Golf Show. The proceeds of this auction will be split 50//50 between the BCGSA and the NGCOA. The NGCOA will be doing all planning, advertising and administration of the auction and all that is required of the BCGSA is to donate (two) 2 rounds of golf with carts. More information will be coming in the near future.

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Nominations/Awards: 2018 Superintendent of the Year Award: Warren Blue, Interior Director, announced that Art Riome of Fairview Mountain Golf Club was unanimously chosen as the 2018 recipient of the BCGSA Superintendent of the Year Award. Warren gave a brief history of the trying year that Art faced at Fairview Mountain with the fires and floods both at his place of work and his home. He also summarized Art’s long history with the BCGSA, beginning in 1979 when he was hired on to the grounds crew at Revelstoke Golf Club, attendance at meetings, Director on WC TA Board, Interior Board President, Past President of the BCGSA, not to mention that Art’s signature is on the original documentation forming the provincial BCGSA.

2018 Article of the Year Award: Paul announced the 2018 recipient of the Article of the Year Award as Nick Grant of Capilano Golf & Country Club for his excellent article that appeared in the spring issue of the DogWood, entitled, “Development Days 2017 from a KPU Tur f Student Perspective”.

2018 Industry Recognition Award: Paul announced the 2018 recipient of the Industry Recognition Award as Daryl Nagy of Oakcreek Golf & Tur f Inc. Daryl has always been a great friend and can always be counted on to help out and provide assistance seven days a week. He is always present at regional meetings and provincial events and has always supported the BCGSA.

Honourary Member: Earlier today, Brian Youell presented Fred Sherman with an Honourary Certificate for all the years he has been associated with the BCGSA. Fred has always been a great supporter of the industry as a whole. Fred retired earlier this year and he and his wife Joan plan to do some travelling over the next few years.

Lifetime Membership Award: Jamie Robb presented Jim McGarvey with a Lifetime Membership Award. Jim will be retiring at the end of the year after a long career in the industry. Jim has received distinction as the Superintendent of the Year in the BCGSA as well as the CGSA. The Board wishes all the best to Jim in his retirement.

NEW BUSINESS: 2019 Exchange Tournament: The 2019 Exchange Tournament will be hosted by the Vancouver Island Region, and will be held at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay, BC. If it is decided that the BCGSA Exchange Tournament will not go ahead this year, the next meeting of the BCGSA will take place next November at the Professional Development Days. CALL FOR ANY OTHER BUSINESS FROM FLOOR: A question arose from the membership asking if the BCGSA receives compensation from the CGSA for the service of collecting membership dues and if the BCGSA covers the banking costs of the collection. The question was answered that no, there was no compensation from the CGSA for the collection of dues but that the banking fees are recovered from the CGSA.

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AGA-BC Report: Jamie Robb began the AGA-BC report by stating that the next meeting of AGA-BC is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 21st, here in Victoria. He stated that Keith Lyall has done an amazing job since he stepped up as one of the two BCGSA representatives on the Board. With Jamie moving up to President of the BCGSA, he will be vacating his position on AGA-BC and we are looking for someone to join Keith on that Board.

The DogWood Keith Lyall addressed the meeting by stating that the long awaited IPM Manual should be completed before Christmas. He also gave a brief summary of the survey that AGA-BC put out in stating that 221 responses had been received. The best response was received from the golf sector at 40% with the next closest to it being 20% from the managers. AGA-BC is currently working on strategic planning to define where the association is headed. CGSA Report: Greg Austin’s report summarized the following: • Canadian Golf Management Conference taking place March 4-7, 2019 in Banff, Alberta. • New levels of membership dues initiated this year • Deadline for awards: November 30th • Toronto office was moved to Ottawa and is being shared with NGCOA which reduced overhead expenses • CGSA wishes to unify across the country • CGSA initiated co-hosting its Management Conference with the NGCOA in November each year on an “every other year ” basis starting in the East and then moving to the West in two years (2021). Concern was expressed as to how this may affect Alberta and BC as their conferences are traditionally held at this time of the year.

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A questions arose from the floor: 1) Why is the CGSA co-hosting with the NGCOA in a conference? a. Answer: This was a request put to the CGSA by industry. PRESENTATION OF NEW BOARD: Stephen Kerbrat addressed the meeting as the outgoing Past President in stating that he’s had a lot of fun being on the Board and has enjoyed meeting a lot of new people. In stepping off the Board it was his privilege to announce the new BCGSA Board of Directors. NEXT MEETING OF THE BCGSA: The next meeting of the BCGSA will take place in August 2019, at the Exchange Tournament at the Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay, BC. A special thanks to all our industry partners for their sponsorship and support. We could not do this without their support. Jamie thanked Steve for all his years of service to the BCGSA and to Paul for leading the BCGSA for the past two years.


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August 18-19 th Crown Isle Golf Course Courtenay, BC

The format of this year’s Exchange has changed and will be reduced to a two-day format from Sunday - Monday. Further information will be coming in the Summer issue of the DogWood and future monthly newsletters. A block of rooms has been set aside at a reduced rate. Book early as these rooms will only be held until July 18th When booking, make sure you identify yourself with the BCGSA Exchange. To Reserve a Room Call: 250-703-5000

Mark your calenders as you won’t want to miss this great event! Sponsorship Oppor tunities Available - Please enquire through the BCGSA office.


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Nutritional Integrated Pest Management: Current Science for Turfgrass Managers Ar ticle submitted by Gordon Kauffman III, Ph.D. Technical Manager, Brandt/GRIGG tur fgrass management both science C onsider and art. Science can morph into art after

compiling years of data into a set of actionable and easily executed practical solutions for golf course superintendents. At BRANDT Consolidated and GRIGG, we value the science of stress management – and specifically our anthracnose (Collectotrichum cereale) and microdochium patch (Microdochium nivale) management strategies – two of the biggest pest problems facing tur f managers in British Columbia, CA. I’m excited to offer advice that builds on our existing and effective Nutritional Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies designed to maximize plant health, limit nutritional losses to the environment, reduce chemical inputs, and save tur f mangers money. Over the years we’ve published extensive information centered on maximizing tur f health culturally and through correct chemical use – information that represents the culmination of over 15 years of field and greenhouse research. Plant Health – New Technology as a Tool Historically, a ‘plant health’ discussion may have been overlooked because the concept was largely misunderstood – while now many tur f professionals start with this discussion because our industry has evolved. Today many tur f professionals start with this discussion because our industry has evolved. This represents an exciting era for plant nutrition as we gain a better understanding of how to maximize tur f vigor and improve tur fgrass tolerance to stress beyond using better grasses. Strategies include developing more efficient nutrient formulations, and studying the use of ‘elicitors’ and/or plant health ‘promoters’, which work in combination with fungicides to improve tur f vigor per formance under pest pressure. The cornerstone of Nutritional IPM includes efficient mineral nutrition in combination with contact or localized penetrant fungicides to effectively control anthracnose and microdochium patch. Understanding Plant Defense Responses Plants receive a disadvantageous external cue from the environmental and subsequently change their metabolism to up-regulate its existing natural defense mechanisms. This process improves their fitness to cope with stress. These mechanisms include the production of secondary metabolites like antioxidants and phytoalexins, and the upregulation of defense pathways such as systemic acquired resistance (SAR) and the hypersensitivity response (HR). Mineral nutrition and elicitors ‘prime’ the

pump and work in conjunction with these natural defense mechanisms by enhancing primary and secondary metabolic functioning. Tur fgrass Stress Management – The Basics Stress management programs represent an effective supplement to existing and sound cultural practices including aeration and mechanical cultivation, routine use of sand topdressing, fertilization, irrigation management, and mowing practices. The programs focus on the preventative and correct use of efficient nutrient delivery and elicitors to achieve subtle —yet productive results when tur fgrasses are subjected to living and/or non-living stress. The GRIGG® product brand offered by Brandt Consolidated leads an industry initiative to study how plant health promoters can effectively be incorporated into practical programs designed to manage tur fgrass stress using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. The use of Proven Foliar® nutrient formulations should be considered one component of this integrated approach. GRIGG fertilizer technology (Gaussoin et al., 2009) provides organically chelated nutrient options, which represent the most effective, efficient and safe nutrient source available to tur f managers. Spoon-Feeding Routine nutrient application made at low doses, or spoon-feeding, represents the very best way to feed tur fgrasses on golf course putting greens. This approach provides control of shoot growth, nutrient use efficiency, and plant safety – all leading to improved playability and per formance. Topical application of nutrient ensures plants obtain the required nutrition, particularly when soil conditions are unfavorable or during environmental stress. Importantly, these foliar applied nutrients can be tank mixed with crop protectants and plant growth regulators, further enhancing efficiencies. Nutritional IPM Nutritional IPM optimizes and increases tur f vigor, while upregulating a plants natural defense mechanisms. This approach offers complete and balanced mineral nutrition, via highly efficient foliar fertilizers and elicitors designed to enhance plant resistance to environmental stress and disease pressure. Tank mixing these nutrients with the correct fungicide and rate will maximize program effectiveness and offer synergies. The programs are based on science with the goal to maintain optimum tur f vigor culturally, using fungicides correctly and


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protecting the environment. All nutritional IPM programs should be used on a preventative basis and applied sequentially prior to the on set of environmental stress and/or disease. Anthracnose Management Anthracnose (Colletotrichum cereale) has become a major disease problem on annual bluegrass (Poa annua) putting greens (Figure 1), but on occasion can infect creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stoloniferous). Anthracnose requires intensive management on Poa annua/Agrostis putting greens, thus an integrated approach – making it a per fect candidate for a targeted nutritional IPM program. Key anthracnose include:



1. Low dose soluble nitrogen applications (0.05 – 0.10 kg N per 100 m 2 ) 2. Increase mowing heights (> or = 3.2 mm) 3. Minimize drought and/or salinity stress – replace 80% evapotranspirational losses (ETo) 4. Apply fungicides preventatively a. Chlorothalonil (7-14 days) b. Polyoxin-D (7-14 days) c. Trifloxystrobin (14-21 days)

Cultural Practices Additional cultural options that can be used to lessen disease severity include: 1. Supply adequate potassium (K) (>2% tissue; >50 ppm mehlich-3 extraction soil test) 2. Routine topdressing throughout the summer months 3. Reduce shade and traffic 4. Promote adequate drainage and air circulation 5. Utilizes soil sur factants to facilitate the correct ratios air/soil/water Initial research from 2003 indicated that the use foliar applied nitrogen (N) and elicitors could lessen the severity of anthracnose compared to fertilizer (soluble N) alone and control treatments (data not shown). Our current anthracnose recommendations include: 1. Supply adequate soluble nitrogen (N) – Low dose and frequent N applications (spoon feeding) (0.05 – 0.10 kg N per 100 m 2 ) will reduce disease severity. 2. A significant interaction between GRIGG Proven Foliar nutrients and contact fungicides occurred. Consistent research results document the synergy associated with repeat applications of GRIGG foliar nutrition and elicitors combined with 55 g per 100 m 2 of Daconil Ultrex®. This combination, even under severe disease pressure, provided excellent anthracnose suppression and equal to more elaborate fungicide programs. 3. The contact fungicides (Daconil Ultrex®, Chipco 26GT®) rates were applied preventatively and at low label rates. 4. Slightly better suppression was achieved when the rate of contact fungicide was increased under climatic conditions conducive to severe disease pressure (data not shown). (eg. Rate of Daconil Ultrex 55 g per 100 m 2 110 g per 100 m 2 ) 5. Combining GRIGG foliar nutrition and elicitors with Daconil Action® (10 L ha-1) offered the best disease control. (Program #3; Figure 2).

Figure 1. Anthracnose on an annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) putting green. a) Foliar blight stage and b) basal rot stage of anthracnose.


6. Addition of a colorant, GreenPIG UV, provided a small amount of added disease suppression (Figure 3; Program #4), but significantly improved tur fgrass quality and color (Figure 4; Programs 3&4).

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Turf Area Infested (%) / plot Figure 4. Preventative Control of Anthracnose on an annual bluegrass putting green (2013) B.B. Clarke, Rutgers University Figure 2. byPreventative Control Anthracnose on an annual *Means followed the same letter are not significantlyof different (P=0.05) (25 Jul, 2013) Dashed line indicates level of commercially (≤10% Turf AreaRutgers Infested/Plot) University bluegrass putting greenacceptable (2013)control B.B. Clarke, GRIGG Program 1 — Gary’s Green Ultra (13-2-3) (40 L ha-1) + Daconil Ultrex (55 g per 100 m2) (1.8 oz/M) *Means followed are(55not GRIGG Program 2— Gary’s Green by Ultra the (13-2-3)same (40 L ha-1)letter + Daconil Ultrex g per significantly 100 m2) + PK Plus [3-7-18 + -1 14% phosphite (H2PO 3 )] (20 L ha ) (25 Jul, 2013) different (P=0.05) -1 -1 GRIGG Program 3 – Gary’s Green Ultra (13-2-3) (40 L ha ) + Daconil Action (10 L ha ) + PK Plus [3-7-18 + 14% Dashed level of commercially acceptable phosphite (H2PO3line )] (20 L indicates ha-1)

Action 6.1SC – 22 L ha Tur (7 fl. oz./M) control (≤10% f Area Infested/Plot) Signature – 30 g per 100 m (4 oz./M) GRIGG Program 1 – GRIGG foliar nutrients + Daconil Ultrex (55 g per 100 m 2 ) (1.8 oz/M) GRIGG Program 2 – GRIGG foliar nutrients including elicitors + Daconil Ultrex (55 g per 100 m 2 ) GRIGG Program 3 – GRIGG foliar nutrients including elicitors + Daconil Action (10 L ha -1 ) % Daconil Action 6.1SC – 22 L ha -1 (7 fl. oz./M) ^Chipco Signature – 30 g per 100 m 2 (4 oz./M)

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Figure 3. Impact of chemical, biological fungicides, phosphite fertilizer and colorants for preventative control of anthracnose on an annual bluegrass putting green (2016) B.B. Clarke, Rutgers University *Error bars and statistical separation (P=0.05) Dashed line indicates level of commercially acceptable control (≤10% Tur f Area Infested/Plot) GRIGG Program #2 — GRIGG foliar nutrients including elicitors + Daconil Ultrex® (55 g per 100 m 2 ) GRIGG Program #3 — GRIGG foliar nutrients including elicitors + Daconil Ultrex® (55 g per 100 m 2 ) + GreenPIG colorant (12 fl. oz./A). GRIGG Program #4 — GRIGG foliar nutrients including elicitors + Daconil Ultrex® (55 g per 100 m 2 ) + GreenPIG UV colorant (8 L ha -1 ).


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Figure 4. Impact of various treatments on tur fgrass color/quality and disease suppression. From left to right a.) GRIGG Program #2*, b.) GRIGG Program #3, c.) GRIGG Program #4, d.) untreated. * - see Figure 3 for program details.



The DogWood Overall these results clearly demonstrate the effective use of highly a efficient foliar nutrient source, an elicitor, and 55 g per 100 m 2 chlorothalonil to manage anthracnose under moderate pressure. Increase the chlorothalonil rate to 110 g per 100 m 2 under heavy disease pressure for best disease reduction. In addition and as expected, the best control can be achieved by combining GRIGG foliar fertilizers including an elicitor with Daconil Action®, a product that contains both chlorothalonil and acibenzolar-Smethyl – a known plant health activator. Importantly, the nutritional value associated with GRIGG foliar fertilizer program(s) provides excellent tur fgrass color and overall quality. Pigmented Product Update It appears no summers stress program would be complete without considering and implementing the use of a colorant that contains correctly formulated pigment to produce excellent color and limit stress from harmful ultraviolet (UV ) and/or near infrared (NIR). For years anecdotal evidence has pointed towards improved tur f quality and per formance after routine treatments with pigmented products such as GreenPIG®. Now the science backs up this observation. Starting in 2012, we evaluated GreenPIG rates, timing of application, effects on different mowing heights and tur fgrass species, and most importantly effects on cool season tur f quality and reflectance of potentially harmful NIR light. Results showed that all treatments that contained GreenPIG, regardless of whether combined with foliar fertilizer or not, significantly increased NIR light reflectance. In addition, all treatment combinations improved tur fgrass color and quality (Figure 5).

Figure 5. Creeping bentgrass color and quality after application of pigmented products and GRIGG foliar fertilizers.

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In 2016, we evaluated colorants as part of an anthracnose management program with great success (see above) and in 2017 we set out to determine: 1. The effect of colorant on tur fgrass canopy temperature ( Tc). 2. The effect of colorant applied drought stressed tur f (50% ETo) on overall tur f quality and per formance. We set up these objectives due to the fact that previously, scientists reported that colorant application might negatively affect evapotranspiration, thus putting pressure on the tur fgrasses ability to cool and regulate water. 2017 work was conduced at the University of Nebraska, at Lincoln by Dr. Bill Kreuser and his research team showed that GreenPIG UV applications had no effect on Tc and did not negatively affect tur fgrass per formance under drought stress. This observation provides useful information as it relates to using colorants as part of a summer stress management program, even when plants are subjected water deficit. Microdochium Patch Management Microdochium patch (M. nivale) has become a major disease problem on annual bluegrass (Poa annua) putting greens (Figure 6). The disease can occur chronically where environmental conditions remain favorable for disease development including cool, wet, overcast and foggy condition. Notably this disease occurs most often in coastal areas or those with persistent rainfall, low light and almost year round tur fgrass growing conditions. The pathogen grows at a wide range of temperatures (-5 o C – 20 o C); at ~4 o C and below, M. nivale grows slightly better than F. avenaceum. Based on our work, M. nivale control requires an integrated approach – making it another per fect candidate for a targeted nutritional IPM program.

Figure 6. Microdochium patch (Microdochium nivale) on an annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) putting green.


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Key microdochium patch management considerations include: 1. Acidify the rhizosphere with ammonium sulfate or elemental sulfur. 2. Reduce high doses of soluble nitrogen (N) applications. 3. Replace 80% ETo 4. Maximize drainage 5. Minimize traffic and/or salinity stress 6. Utilize lightweight rolling 7. Apply iron sulfate (FeSO4) routinely 8. Make routine elemental sulfur applications 9. Apply fungicides preventatively a. Chlorothalonil + fludoxonil + propoconazole (14-28 days) b. Iprodione (variable) c. Trifloxystrobin (14-28 days) Our initial research from 2010 and 2011 followed a similar pattern to the anthracnose work, including

GRIGG foliar fertilizer including elicitors and Iprodione Pro

benefits of GRIGG foliar fertilizers including elicitors a combined with a localized penetrant fungicide, in this case iprodione, to effectively reduce disease severity. Work at Oregon State University (Golembeiwski, 2010-11) and in Curragh, Ireland, (Dempsey 2011-12) documented improved tur fgrass vigor and reduced disease pressure. Our current M. nivale recommendations include: 1. Supply 0.1 lbs N/M, routinely, in combination with fungicide and GRIGG foliar fertilizers including elicitors. 2. GRIGG foliar applied nutrients and elicitors tank mixed with iprodione (Iprodione ProÂŽ) (12 L Ha-1) will effectively control M. nivale compared to nutrient and untreated controls (Figures 7 & 8). 3. Apply 3-4 treatments preventatively, prior to the onset of disease development.

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Figure 7. Impact of nutritional IPM treatment on M. nivale incidence and severity on an annual bluegrass putting green (Golembeiwski, 2010). Treatments were applied on a 14 day interval.

Figure 8. Impact of nutritional IPM program on the tur f quality, vigor and M. nivale incidence (Dempsey, 2011) Royal Curragh Golf Club, Naas, Ireland. Treatments were applied on a 14 day inter val.


The DogWood Our goal remains to develop most efficient and technologically advanced nutrient formulations. This allows tur fgrass managers the ability to do more with less, particularly on fine tur f swards under intensive management and environmental stress. The use of GRIGG Proven foliar applied nutrient formulations including elicitors and fungicide are the foundation for preventative Nutritional IPM programs. Maximize plant health by promoting a suitable physical, chemical, and biological environment, however utilize all options for the best results. Our research has also demonstrated the benefits of using colorants to improve tur f per formance and quality and can be used as part of a disease management program or during the high heat of summer. Finally, fine -tune programs for efficiency. Factors in your control should be carefully examined and decisions made accordingly. The cumulative effect will provide the best playability throughout the year and offer a competitive advantage when conditions become unfavorable. Brandt Consolidated and GRIGG summer stress programs are science based and field battle tested – blending science with art. These programs are designed to work effectively and efficiently, saving

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golf course superintendent time and money while providing optimum tur f conditions and protecting the environment. References Dempsey, J. (2015) Suppression of microdochium nivale by phosphite in cool-season amenity tur fgrasses. PhD, University of the West of England. Available from: Gaussoin, R., C. Schmidt, K. Frank, T. Butler, H. Liu, W. Jarvis, and C.Baldwin. 2009. Foliar uptake of nutrients applied in solution to CreepingBentgrass (Agrostis palustris Huds.), Annual bluegrass (Poa annuavar. reptans (Hausskn.) and Ultra-Dwar f Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylonxC. transvaalensis Burtt-Davy). International Plant Nutrition Colloquium(University of California Davis). Paper 1396. Daconil Ultrex®, Daconil Action®, and Medallion® are registered trademarks of Syngenta Corp. Iprodione Pro®, Chipco 26GT® and Signature® Fungicide is a registered trademark of Bayer Crop Science. Endorse WP® is a registered trademark of Arysta Life Sciences

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2018 Awards

Art Riome - Fairview Mountain Golf Club BCGSA Superintendent of the Year 2018

Daryl Nagy - Oakcreek Golf & Tur f Inc. BCGSA Industry Recognition Award 2018

The Board of the BCGSA wishes to Congratulate all Recipients of the 2018 Awards!


Nick Grant - Capilano Golf & Country Club

Jim McGarvey - Seymour Golf & Country Club

BCGSA Ar ticle of the Year 2018

BCGSA Lifetime Membership

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The BCGSA & VIGSA wish to thank the following sponsors who so generously contributed to this year’s Professional Development Days.

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2018 Professional Development Days - by Wade Borthwick Sunday Seminars This conference started once again with a home run. In the morning session Paul MacCormack of Fox Meadows, PEI shared with us how we can be better managers by using mindfulness techniques to help focus on what matters in life. “One of the greatest benefits of practicing mindfulness is having presence of mind in a storm of emotion.� This hit home with myself, thinking of all the days I get pulled in many directions and then having to deal with that one more thing. It is easy to let all of this get to you, but it is also your choice how you react and being that calm voice can be much more helpful. Next up was Chris Tritabaugh from Hazeltine National in Wisconsin. Chris walked us through how he works with everyone on his staff to help build agency. Walk is the keyword here as Chris tries to walk his course instead of driving a cart, he finds it allows him time to clarify his thoughts and acts as a sort of meditation. Laying out the frame work of his principles on management we were able to see how he incorporates mindfulness seamlessly into his strategies. We finished off the day having an open discussion with both Paul and Chris. Brian Youell got the conversation going with some insightful topics.

Fred Sherman - Rain Bird Honourary Lifetime Membership


Monday Sessions Monday began with Chris Tritabaugh, who would have thought he had more to say after the insightful and informative seminar he provided on Sunday. Chris took us on a walk through his thought process of how he leads. While it rambled and seemed to cover many wide -ranging topics, he was able to bring it all together in a wonder ful and coherent manner that felt more like a conversation than a seminar. Kate Bergen, Integrated Pest Management Licence Officer at BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy did a short presentation next. She covered how the ministry is there to help us interpret the new rules and regulations that have come out in the last few years. She also reiterated that the goal is not to police but ensure that there is no long-term harm from the chemicals we use in our industry. Kate went over very quickly the levels of licensing and steps that we need to take to achieve compliance. For more information or to follow up she can be reached at

The DogWood Next was Martin Koehl with a two-part session entitled “Five Qualities of a Good Leader ”. Martin began by outlining the contribution that golf makes to the Canadian economy, approximately 20 billion/ year in revenue and generates 400-600 million in charity donations. He then went into comparing and contrasting a good leader with a bad to outline the characteristics that he felt were present in great leaders. He used his 25 years of experience as a senior manager at BC Hydro to help him formulate and hone what these characteristics are. He also took the lessons he learned while serving as bomb disposal diver for the Canadian Navy and used them to refine the qualities he encourages in good leaders. After lunch Jesse Beneli from Bayer entreated us to an “Understanding of Spray Deposition Characteristics”. This was a very informative presentation on how we can spray better and more effectively using a more intimate understanding of all that goes into the process. Jesse also covered some of the history of spraying as well. Did you know the first pesticide used was slaked lime and copper sulfate (CuSO4), called the Bordeaux mixture, it was used on vines near the roads to keep human pests from eating the grapes. When an outbreak of downy mildew occurred, it was noted that the vines near the road were not as affected, this is the beginnings of the modern agrichem business. The last two sessions of the day were a presentation from Todd Scott on the Redox line of products and Jesse Benelli reviewing Bayer ’s offerings. The day was rounded out with a panel discussion on the trials and tribulations of life and how we deal with them. There were great comments/ideas made by all. Some of the thoughts; • • • • • • • • • •

Life is tough, be ready for it. Take time to enjoy your family. Recognize your own limitations. Take naps! Set yourself up for success. Make a list and cross off items as completed. Have compassion when dealing with depression. Deal with your problems, they won’t just go away. Listen to your body and be honest. Recognize your triggers.

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Tuesday Sessions Tuesday began with David Sim of Arbourdale speaking on “Managing Source Water Quality to Maximize Effectiveness of Spray ”. If you have seen David speak before you will know that this was great way to begin the day because if you were at all tired from the night before after his presentation you were up. David’s enthusiasm for what he does is infectious, and it shows. His number one item was that we should be aware of the pH of the water we use for filling our sprayers. He followed this up with many other items to bear in mind when filling a spray rig from an onsite water source. Paul MacCormack spoke again after the coffee break on the “Demons of Greenkeeping”. Once more Paul impressed with his understanding and ability to take a critical look at what makes us who we are. He had many pieces of great advice, most of them are things we have heard before but need reminding of. A great insight “Don’t lose perspective, some big jobs are small jobs in disguise and some small jobs are an ambush.” Paul was followed by Erick Koskinen from Precision Labs in the session before lunch. The committee that organized did a wonder ful job of following a theme as this session was on “ Total Spray Droplet Management” Erick began his presentation defining a superintendent as a control freak in an uncontrollable environment, seems apt. He spoke about how to eliminate or reduce as many variables as possible when filling a sprayer. This is something that I can get behind and have been heard to say in the shop “eliminate the variables to make troubleshooting easier ”. After lunch Jim Turner put forth a tremendous effort to present on “Soil Sur factant and Strategy of use” after the year he had, being able to stand is an accomplishment and he was able to provide useful and insightful ideas on how, why, and where we should be using sur factants. The final presentations were by Katie Goldenhar from Syngenta, who is Marie Thorne’s replacement, if that is possible. She spoke on “Fungicide History, Resistance Management”. In clear concise detail she laid out a path of where the industry came from to present day, to where the industry is heading tomorrow. With many great pieces of pertinent information along the way. Marie, I would check your closet I think you might be missing some shoes!


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Paul MacCormack

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Panel Discussion on Mental Health in the Workplace (L-R) Chris Tritabaugh, Greg Austin, Paul Robertson, Paul MacCormack, Martin Koehl Kate Burgen Conference Attendees


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s the snow is melting after a long winter, you can see circular patches of dead grass often matted together with fungal growth. These symptoms are caused by snow molds, but how did the snow mold get there and what is it doing there under the snow? This article will examine the life cycle of the fungi that cause gray snow mold, and explore the biology of these organisms.

Gray snow mold is caused by two closely related species of fungi: Typhula ishikariensis which more common in areas with more than three months of snow cover, and Typhula incarnata which is more common in areas with between two and three months of continuous snow cover. These organisms are active in the winter, but dormant during the summer. Throughout most of the year and all of the regular growing season, these organisms persist in the form of sclerotia. These sclerotia are small dark compact bodies resembling poppy seeds or small mouse dropping (Figures 1 and 2) that are built to sur vive conditions unfavorable for fungal growth. Footwear or equipment may also move them around. Gray snow mold sclerotia are formed at the end of winter on colonized plant tissues. At snowmelt, they fall into the thatch to wait for cool (<10 C), wet conditions in autumn to begin growth. Under cool wet conditions, the sclerotia will germinate to produce stalks that bear spores (Figure 3). Each stalk is a sexually reproductive body and can produce thousands upon thousands of spores. Each spore then must make its way into the world and find a compatible mate. For Typhula fungi, each spore can mate only with a spore of a different sex, but since there are potentially thousands of different sexes in the gene pool, nearly ever y spore encountered will be compatible. However, the limitation is that the compatible spores need to land within a ver y short distance of each other (measured in micrometers which are a millionth of a meter), and this is one reason that many thousands of spores from one stalk do not all lead to snow mold infections. Sclerotia can also germinate to produce fungal growth called hyphae. This probably happens more often under snow cover since production of spores under the snow would not allow the fungus to be dispersed widely. Spore production is timed to coincide with temperatures dipping down to freezing, since the snow provides a dark, wet, and protected environment that is just right for snow mold growth. After compatible spores have landed on the appropriate grass host, they do not cause infections


right away on live grass cells, but will feed on dead plant tissues. Similarly, when sclerotia germinate under snow to produce hyphae, the hyphae start to feed on dead grass and other organic tissues, even maple keys. Under the snow, the fungi continue to feed on dead organic matter and build up body mass in preparation to infect live plant tissue when the plant tissue becomes vulnerable, which is when the plant begins to exhaust its food reser ves. Under snow cover, plants are not able to photosynthesize, and begin to use up their carbohydrate reserves. Even when plants go into winter dormancy, there is still a base rate of metabolism going on in plants which will use up reser ves. Snow mold fungi mount their attack on their plant hosts by secreting enzymes. The enzymes would be immobilized and inactive if they were frozen. Amazingly, these snow mold fungi have been found to produce compounds that can moderate their environment by reducing the temperature at which ice formation occurs. These compounds, called antifreeze proteins, are able to suppress ice cr ystal growth, and may aid fungal growth by preventing explosive expansive of ice cr ystals that could cause injury to fungal cells. Ice cr ystals which form in water look like coins (Figure 4A), whereas ice cr ystals which are inhibited by snow mold antifreeze proteins develop fancy shapes such as this double star fish (Figure 4B) or this maple leaf (Figure 4C). Under snow cover, the temperature at the soil sur face remains near 0C. But if the snow layer is reduced by wind, snowmelt or sublimination (snow cr ystals becoming water vapour directly), or if the insulative capacity of the snow layer is compromised by rainfall, then temperatures may drop below 0C. The antifreeze proteins then give the fungus a small edge by slightly decreasing the temperature at which ice cr ystals form. This article has described how the grey snow mold fungi travel (by spores or by sclerotia being moved around), and what they do under snow cover (moderate their environment with antifreeze proteins and wait for the grass plants to weaken). If you would like to know more, just search online for snow mold or snow mould. There's even a recently published book on snow molds: book/9789811007576. Dr. Tom Hsiang is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He began his research on snow molds as an adaption to the cold winter conditions (a reason to look forward to winter?) after being transplanted from the west coast. He can be reached at thsiang@uoguelphca.

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Figure 1. The gray snow mold fungus Typhula incarnata produces reddish brown sclerotia up to 5 mm (0.04 in) across. Here it is attached to a dried leaf blade of creeping bentgrass at a magnification of 10X (assuming it is printed at a column width of 8.5 cm).

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Figure 2. The other gray snow mold fungus, Typhula ishikariensis, which is favored by longer duration snow cover, produces small, black, round sclerotia less than 2 mm (0.08 in) across. Here it is embedded among decayed leaf blades of creeping bentgrass at a magnification of 20X (assuming it is printed at a column width of 8.5 cm).

Figure 3. Spore producing stalks of (A) Typhula incarnata, (B) Typhula phacorrhiza, and (C) Typhula ishikariensis, with scalebar at bottom of each picture representing 5 mm. The stalks grow out of sclerotia under wet cool conditions. Typhula incarnata and Typhula ishikariensis cause gray snow mold, while Typhula phacorrhiza is known as a biological control agent for snow molds.

Figure 4. Ice crystals formed (A) in the absence of antifreeze proteins or (B,C) with Typhula antifreeze proteins. The odd shapes indicate that the proteins are inhibiting normal growth of the ice crystals. Each crystal is approximately 30 um across.


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The DogWood When Your Working Days End - by Dave Sandulo The one common thread we all have is the need to prepare financially for this next step. Although this occupies the lion’s share of thinking and planning when getting ready to pull the trigger, it’s far from the only thing that requires our attention. I have learned from my many encounters with long time retired folks that the real range of emotions runs from “Yahoo!” to “ What the hell I am I going to do now ”.


re you ready for the time when the alarm no longer rings and the need to make lunch for the next day no longer exists? When the need to lead, organize, and solve the daily problems of your job are behind you? Most people say, “Bring it on, baby!” but consider what you have done to ensure this transition is going to go smoothly.

Retirement brings 2000 more hours annually to fill to your heart’s desire. I was fortunate for the last five years of my working life to take four months off each year to practice and get ready for this glorious day. I have had the pleasure to experience real retirement over the last year, and God’s willing, will for many more. There is more opportunity for my lifetime hobbies of hunting, fishing, and seeking collectables for myself and others – and no, there is no golfing! I also made a personal commitment to spend more time with family and friends. Yes, it’s happening, and I love this aspect more any of my other pursuits. I spend time with a network of older fellas that restore and rebuild historical items from the past. These guys teach and encourage me to follow in their footsteps. My wife and I share mornings together more often now which is a great way to continue building on our 38 year partnership. Travel is also a priority for us, learning about the way other people live their lives. I hope that my three adult children and five grandchildren (all boys) are ready for many more years like the last one. I know that I am. Whatever direction you decide on, I wish all of you good health and happiness on your own adventures in the future. I am no expert at this retirement animal, I just think it is never too early to start thinking of your own ambitions and desires you wish to pursue when your working days end. Your friend and colleague, retired golf superintendent, David Sandulo




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Art Riome, a “Gentle Man” in Turf - by Ken Bruneski in Abbotsford BC. Ledgeview had just started a renovation project and Art spent a year learning new skills before noticing an ad in the Vancouver Sun. The ad was from a small 9 hole golf course called Fairview Mountain Golf Club. So Art made the trek up to the sunny Okanagan after securing an interview with the board of directors. ( There was no General Manager at the time.) After an interview and a walk of the golf course Art was hired on as Superintendent of Fairview Mountain Golf Club. That was 33 years ago. KB: Who were some of the people who most greatly influenced you in your professional pursuit and in what way did they?


ou see what I did there? It only takes a few minutes spent with Art Riome to see he is a very gentle soul. A characteristic that is rare in the tough landscape of golf course maintenance these days. It was a pleasure to sit down with this “gentle man” for a few minutes and ask him about his thoughts on winning Superintendent of the Year, the state of the industry, his inception and development in the golf course industry, and his ideas about the future. KB: Ar t how did it all get star ted for you? AR: I moved from the lower mainland to Revelstoke in 1979 with my brother, a golf professional, to accept a position as greens keeper. At the time John Pavitt was General Manager, Golf Professional, and Maintenance. There was no Superintendent so John took me under his wing and taught me what he knew about greens keeping for the first few years. After a few years Reg Franklin was brought on as the course superintendent. It was working with Reg that cemented my plans to move forward in the business. At that time Revelstoke Golf Club was 18 holes and had 3 maintenance staff not including John and Art. Art spent the next 7 years in Revelstoke first under the tutelage of John Pavitt and then Reg Franklin. After 7 years in the frozen north Art decided it was time to return to the lower mainland and continue his career. The next stop was Ledgeview Golf Club


AR: The most influential person in my career would have to be my brother Doug. Doug was the person that invited me to take a job in Revelstoke without any prior experience. He believed I could do it and his positive reinforcement helped me achieve success in that position. John Pavitt and Reg Franklin also had a huge influences. They were my first mentors and taught me everything they could to help me achieve success. Vern Burnell taught me a lot about irrigation. Vern was always around to help, teaching us young guys to fix dial clocks and general irrigation repair and installation techniques. Art refers to Vern Burnell as “Uncle Vern” and you get a sense speaking with Art that he and Vern were close. We are all well aware that learning on the job is how you become a Superintendent and Art had some good teachers. KB: What are some of you achievements or experiences during the course of your career that you cherish the most? AR: Being involved in the expansion from 9 to 18 holes was a very satisfying experience. I got to work closely with Les Furber and Bob Kains of Golf Design Services. It was a busy and heady time, with directors of the club working shoulder to shoulder with staff, volunteers, and government grant workers. Everyone threw down, and Fairview Mountain was transformed in to the classic track it is today. After the construction was done Art was left with 11 newly built USGA style greens and 7 of the old push up greens. Unfortunately some of the old greens were built without prior knowledge of how to build greens leaving Art with greens that had massive slopes or bowl shapes. It was at that time Art decided

The DogWood to take it upon himself to renovate some of the old greens and convert them to USGA greens that were playable. Art, to date, has rebuilt two of the greens on course and constructed the practice area which include the Putting green and two chipping greens. When more yardage was required, he built a set of Gold tees to stretch out to the 7000 yard mark. Art is also proud of the fact that his golf course has made the top 100 list in Canada and was ranked at one time as high as #19. Speaking of achievements and experiences I have to remind Art about his experiences this past season, he mentions he would prefer to forget them, but I know he has to take pride that he survived 3 mudslides on the course, a windstorm that blew many trees and the driving range down, and his home flooded this past spring. Art like the professional he is got to work cleaning up the messes and re -opened a golf course that was in remarkably good condition. KB: What are some of your future goals that you have set for yourself? AR: Retirement! At 61 years old it’s not unusual to have retirement as future goals. Staying at Fairview Mountain until he reaches that goal is another. 33 years of passion is what Art has put into his property and it shows and at this stage in his life the next four should be the cream he so richly deserves.

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Art and I have a conversation and come to the realization that even though we dislike T V for raising the expectations placed on our facilities, it’s those expectations that elevate our status in the profession. It’s a double edged sword we live with every day. The problem is we are expected to produce those conditions for our members and golfing public that golf every day. The PGA only hosts one tournament per year at each club. KB: Is there anything else that you might like to share with our readers? And with this question Art reflects on a very storied career as a greens superintendent. He recalls the early days in Revelstoke with three very different characters that had no training, no equipment, and even some interesting quirks, yet they were responsible for maintaining 18 holes of golf course. We discuss the evolution of spraying in 40 years and I come to the realization that Art will see three times more evolution over the course of his career as I will. Yet through it all Art Riome succeeded, maintaining a calm professional demeanor throughout making him truly a Gentle Man in our industry.

Congratulations Art, long overdue! Respectfully submitted by, Ken Bruneski

KB: What do you feel are some of the greatest challenges facing our profession today? AR: The industry is different today. We are now expected to do more for a lot less. The complexity and cost of what it takes to produce greens that are now expected to rival the greens we see on T V, is understood by nobody outside the profession. Yet we are expected to produce these conditions while budgets continue to shrink. That being said Art has a reputation for producing some of the best Poa Annua greens for miles around. KB: What are your thoughts on the status of the profession of greens superintendent and how it is regarded by those outside of the profession? AR: It’s funny but for those people not involved in golf at all, the profession is more likely envisioned as Carl Spackler from Caddy Shack. That old movie was the worst PR for our profession, ever! Golfers however, now have appreciation for the job we do because the expectations are high and when we meet those expectations golfers are impressed.

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Report from the Lower Mainland Region


018 proved to be a very successful year for the Lower Mainland as most facilities saw a nice increase in rounds played and a general sense that the industry is continuing to build momentum heading into the 2019 season.

unfortunately was not able to recover. A beautiful celebration of life was held at the Seymour Golf and Country Club on January 20th where family, friends, and colleagues shared some amazing moments from Dave’s life.

The Lower Mainland chapter has seen some significant changes over the past 12 months which was highlighted by the retirement of Mr. Jim McGarvey from the Seymour Golf and Country Club. Jim’s legacy as a consummate professional and leader in our profession will stand in the BCGSA for years to come. Many of us have benefited from Jim’s friendship, mentoring, and approachable demeanor over the years and on behalf of the LM chapter of the BCGSA, we wish Jim and his wife Katherine all the best in retirement. Succeeding Jim at Seymour will be Derek Sheffield who was with Jim for the past several years and was an integral part of completing Seymour ’s back 9 renovations the past couple of years.

We also lost Mr. Clint Gossard who was previously with Oakcreek Golf and Tur f for many years and who connected with so many of us over the years. Clint too was battling some serious health issues and after a courageous fight, Clint passed early in the New Year. Clint was a great family man and leaves a beautiful family behind. He was very passionate about his kid’s success and spoke about them proudly. Clint’s celebration of life was held at the Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course where again family, friends, and colleagues shared some great memories about Clint. We will miss you Clint. Looking ahead to this season, I would like to once again thank our industry partners in advance for their continued support and professionalism collaborating with, and supporting our association. To our members, please get out and attend as many events as you can this year and embrace this great association that we have. I recently attended the GCSAA conference in San Diego and it was absolutely terrific to see so many BCGSA members in attendance. The networking was amazing not to mention the incredible show. Good luck to all and make this another great year for our association and industry. Respectfully, Dennis Luick President, LM Chapter

Jim McGarvey On a personal note, I would also like to recognize the incredible career of Mr. Wade Hawksworth of the Marine Drive Golf Club. After dedicating 40 years of service at Marine Drive, Wade has now moved on and started the next chapter in his life. Wade was a mentor to me when I entered the industry and I would also like to congratulate him on the behalf of the BCGSA for his outstanding commitment and success at Marine Drive. Good luck Hawk! Unfortunately, 2019 has started on a sad not here in the Lower Mainland as our industry lost two very respected colleagues. Mr. Dave Kennedy, Superintendent of the Vancouver Golf Club passed away shortly after Christmas. Dave had been battling some health issues for the past couple of years and


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The DogWood Report from the Kootenay Region


ho would have thought having CEC opportunities in the Kootenay ’s could be this easy. The 2018 season proved that it can be easy just by attending meetings in our region. There were 7 CEC’s available towards the Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program (5 IPM, .5 Safety & Environment, 1.5 Application Technology); combine regional meetings along with conferences and you are well on your way. Since the last update from the Kootenay ’s we have had two meetings, our September meeting was held at Copper Point Golf Course and our yearly wind-up was held at St. Eugene Golf Resort in November. Mike Knowles was our host at a very cold and wet day at Copper Point Golf Course September 20th. Todd Scott (Redox Chemicals) was our guest speaker; Todd is an Agronomist/ Sales Manager with Redox. Todd’s topic was called “Carbon Based Nutrition, What It Means For you”. This topic covered many different aspects of tur f health which tur f managers deal with on a daily basis. Our Industry portion of the meeting had Mike Callewaert from Trexiana; Mike is the President and CEO of the company. Trexiana is the manufacturer of the Flex MSE Vegetated Wall System, if you have never heard of or seen this product it is worth looking at. As always a big thank you goes out to the sponsors who make these meeting a great success. Our morning sponsor was Corix/Trexiana and our lunch sponsor was Brett young. November is the month we usually have our year end meeting, St. Eugene was the location with Graeme Douglas as our host. We had two guest speakers for the event, Paul Grotier (Engage Agro) and Riley Johns (Integrative Golf Designs Ltd).

Paul Grotier

Riley Johns

Paul Grotier started the day with his talk called “Understanding Fungicides”. It was a look at different modes of action and fungicide rotation strategies in tur f disease management programs. Riley Johns finished the day with a presentation of the restoration of Rolling Green Golf Club using advanced mapping and creative layering techniques. We were very fortunate to have Target Specialty Products and Oakcreek be co-sponsors for the day. Our Meeting at St. Eugene also gives us the opportunity to allow individuals from our region to join or remove themselves from our Kootenay Chapter Board. Our board members are as follows: • President- Brad Pasula • Vice President- Rob Balcom • Past President/BCGSA Rep- Tom Altmann • Treasurer- Brian Charles • Secretary/Scholarship- Mike Knowles • Industry Liaison/Director- Mitch Davidson • Director- Keith Wojtkiw The 2019 meeting schedule was also discussed and determined which clubs will be hosting. • April –TBA • June – Balfour Golf Course • July – Radium Golf Resort • September – Shadow Mountain Golf Course • November – St. Eugene Golf Resort I hope that everyone has enjoyed their earned time away from green grass; it won’t be long until everyone is back at it!



Respectfully Submitted Brad Pasula, President Kootenay Chapter

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Report from the Northern Region

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eather is always the story in the north especially in the winter. Snow, ice and cold weather is expected every year. The fall of 2018 was very mild and wet in Williams Lake with little snow. January was also mild with some snow and it seemed we were getting away easy with this winter thing. February had something to say about that and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think any part of BC was spared. It has been unseasonably cold in the north with below seasonable temperatures expected the rest of the month as well. In a little over a month we will see what winter has left us and we can continue to prepare our courses for the upcoming season. Our fall meeting was hosted by Keith Good at both his golf courses in Prince George. We golfed at Alder Hills which was a blast as usual and of course Steve Kerbrat gets a hole in one on the 17th hole. Our meeting was held at the Pine Valley Golf Centre and was well attended. Garry Sullivan gave an informative presentation on benefits of using tur f covers to provide winter protection. I think everyone took something away from this presentation and had some new ideas to protect their greens from the unpredictable winter weather in the north. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Prince George Golf & Curling Club on May 1 for our first meeting. I am also excited to host a meeting in Williams Lake at the Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club on September 25. It has been a while since we have had a meeting outside of Prince George and I hope to make it a successful one. Mark Berg, President BCGSA Northern Chapter

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Report from the Vancouver Island Region


hile January brought some sunshine and the feeling of an early spring, we were quickly brought back to reality with a record setting snowfall accumulation for Februar y in Victoria and I assume most of Vancouver Island. A little bit more time to sharpen mowers and finalize plans before things get busy.

We would also like to thank departing board members for their years of service: Brian Youell (Master Superintendent Uplands GC) and Don Sheldrick (Corix Water Products). Our association would not be possible were it not for the volunteer hours dedicated to ensuring its success. Thank you gentlemen!

We have a great line up of chapter meetings for 2019 highlighted by the BCGSA Exchange August 18th & 19th at Crown Isle Resort. A fantastic host golf club with excellent on site accommodation and a great resort feel. We look for ward to putting on an event reflective of our island lifestyle.

Over the off season a number of our VIGSA members received accolades within the industry:

The VIGSA Board is excited to welcome new members this year in Aaron Mansbridge (Supt. Arbutus Ridge GC), Matt Mamone (Assistant Supt. Bear Mountain GC) as directors and Gregor Kowalski ( Target Specialty Products) as our industr y representative. It is great to have new board members bringing new ideas and in the case of Gregor, the wealth of experience as a past VIGSA president!

Brian Youell Recognition Award

Daryl Nagy was awarded the BCGSA Industr y Appreciation Award for his dedicated support of BCGSA members and notably us on Vancouver Island for over 20 years. Daryl is often the first call for all of us when we get in an equipment jam and he works tirelessly to help us put the best product forward on our courses. Daryl and his wife Jana have both been involved in organizing the annual MS event in the past and Dar yl heads up the annual Dave Creamer memorial hockey game each year for the past decade. Thank you Dar yl! Brian Youell was awarded the GCSAA Leo Feser Award at the top Superintendent written article in GCM for his article “Down, But Not Out,” which was published in the November 2017 issue of GCM. Brian has been a leader and mentor in our industry for decades and we are very fortunate to have him as part of our organization. Dean Piller has picked up his 6th Gordon Witteveen award for the top article in CGSA’s GreenMaster magazine this year. Dean’s article entitled “Fair way to Table”, which was published in the Winter 2018 issue of GreenMaster, chronicles the transformation of Cordova Bay ’s vegetable gardening program, utilizing green space in a new and resourceful way. Dean and his head Horticulturist Emily Peltier will be doing a presentation based on this article at our first meeting at Cordova Bay GC this spring. Taylor Brass, also of Cordova Bay GC, has received the 2018 Equipment Technician of the Year award for the CGSA.

Congratulations to our members and their accomplishments!

Don Sheldrick Recognition Award


Respectively submitted T-Jay Creamer President, VIGSA

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Report from the Interior Region


he first part of winter in the interior brought warmer than normal temperatures and ver y little snow. Februar y, however, was much more like a typical Interior winter and more than made up for it. With less than a month left in winter I am sure everyone here is busy getting ready for the 2019 season and eagerly watching the temperatures for signs of spring.

Associate professor Dr. Katerina Jordan from the University of Guelph was with us in Kelowna and presented on The Ins and Outs of Tur f Diagnostics. Dr. Jordan oversees the tur fgrass disease diagnostic clinic at the Guelph Tur fgrass Institute and provided some ver y useful knowledge on how to approach a diagnosis in the field.

On November 13, 2018 the Interior chapter held its annual general meeting at Gallagher â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canyon again. This year was particularly special as we had the opportunity to celebrate a long standing and dedicated member. Craig Lewis was given a lifetime membership in honour of his many years of service and contributions to the BCGSA.

Dr. Jordan Presents at Interior Chapter AGM

The first meeting of the Interior Chapter of the BCGSA is scheduled to be held at Penticton Golf and Country Club in April and please check the BCGSA web page for a complete list of meetings for 2019.

Jeff Bennett Presents Craig Lewis Lifetime Membership to BCGSA.

Respectfully submitted, Alex Inglis BCGSA Interior Chapter President


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The DogWood CGSA Report - by Tim Kubash


his should be my last official communication as the BC CGSA Representative. All totaled I think I served 10 years on the board of the CGSA and I must say, one of the best moves I’ve made in my career. The experience I gained as a Board member, Secretar y Treasurer, Vice President, President, etc. has been invaluable in my career as a Superintendent with respect to communication, managing people and relationships. Also, it’s been a lot of fun but, it is time to move on and allow this opportunity for someone else. To anyone who is interested in helping out your association, whether provincial, regional or national, I assure you will gain a lot from it. Your associations need your voice, no matter where you are or what kind of club you are from. All that matters is that you are passionate about your work and you believe in the value of Superintendent Associations that help support your brothers and sisters in their chosen craft. I thank the BCGSA for their allowing the BC CGSA rep the opportunity to deliver messages on behalf of the CGSA. It’s been great to work closely with the BCGSA to provide information and support to both our members. Depending on when you receive this message; the following will either be news or histor y, as I write this it’s still news so I will proceed as such. The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference will be held in Banff, Alberta at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel March 4 -7, Students receive special pricing for The Canadian. 50% off the All Access package, $150 for Education and trade show package and $70 daily fee. There is over 15 hours of education programming, Specialized Learning Workshops, social events and Networking scheduled for this event. I’ve always found the National Conference to be number one in the Education opportunities offered. It is almost impossible to not get back the value invested in the education you receive. Networking opportunities will be numerous such as: the Welcome to Alberta event at the Banff Avenue Brewing Company, the Assistants and Students networking event at the same locale, the Trade Show opening SociALL, Awards lunch honoring Canada’s best in the profession, the breathtaking Sunset Gondola event at Sulphur Mountain and don’t forget at the numerous refreshment breaks offered. The Silent Auction returns this year with some impressive items donated, including a Toro Workman GTX Utility Vehicle. Our New Member Promotion - Join the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) now and pay


1/2 price. Then receive an additional $350 off an AllAccess registration to The Canadian 2019 Golf Course Management Conference. As an extra bonus, any member who joins from January 1 – March 7, 2019 will receive a free subscription to the “memberperks” program. The CGSA will continue to offer three levels of member benefits to members in 2019-2020: The Essential Membership honors those sur vey respondents who requested lower dues rates. The Premium and Ultimate options add more value, combine new professional as well as personal benefits, and we welcome your suggestions on these packages. As always, we are looking for contributors to submit articles to share with your peers. Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent members who contribute articles are eligible to win the Gordon Witteveen Award. CGSA sends a monthly electronic newsletter called GreenMatter and a weekly called On The Fringe, if you don’t receive these and would like to, contact the CGSA staff. CGSA 2018 Award Winners- sponsored by Bayer, are as follows: • John B. Steel Award winner is Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, Director of Golf, Baltusrol Golf Club. • CGSA/Bayer Superintendent of the Year is Dean Baker, CGCS, Superintendent, Burlington Golf & Countr y Club. • CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award is Karen Rumohr, AAGS, Assistant Superintendent, Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club. • CGSA/Foley United Equipment Technician of the Year Award is Taylor Brass, Equipment Technician, Cordova Bay Golf Course. • CGSA/Toro Gordon Witteveen Award is Dean Piller, AGS, Superintendent, Cordova Bay Golf Course • Dean Piller also receives the CGSA/Rainbird Environmental Achievement award for 2018. Congrats Dean, it’s a hat trick. • CGSA Student Scholarship Awards will be announced at the Awards Luncheon. Conference delegates are also encouraged to bring job ads with them for free posting on the job Board. I bid you all a fond adieu, retirement from the CGSA will be bitter sweet but I am looking forward to it. All the best, Tim Kubash Master Superintendent CGSA Rep BC

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The DogWood WCTA Report - by Jerry Rousseau


hank you, as always, for the opportunity to present a report.

2018 Executive Summary • 362 delegate participants and a grand total of 543 tur f management industry personnel made their way to the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond last February for the 55th Annual WC TA Conference and Trade Show. By all accounts, the show was one of our best ever! • At the time of writing, our 2019 return engagement looks as promising with a sold out trade show and several hundred delegates signed up. I hope we saw you there! • In 2018, $29,000 was raised to fund research projects surpassing last year ’s total of $23,418! • Five Tur f Line News editions were published including three digital and two hardcopy/digital plus the annual member directory. • We entered year 2 of a 3 year administration contract for the Canadian Tur f Research Foundation, a federally registered charity mandated to raise and distribute funds for tur f research projects. • The WC TA continues to help drive AGA-BC initiatives, making a special contribution of $10,000 early in 2018 and presenting to MLA’s at this year ’s Golf Awareness Day in Victoria on May 28th. • Work on CEC point tracking software has now resumed and we hope to have it launched by mid2019. • Sports Tur f Canada and WC TA once again partnered on an annual sportstur f field day, held for the first time in northern Alberta, hosted by Leanne Nadwidny and City of Edmonton Parks staff. • A successful First Green demo event was held at the BCGSA Exchange Tournament at Two Eagles this past summer hosted by Warren Blue. Allied Golf Association of BC The WC TA continues to help drive AGA-BC initiatives and made a special contribution of $10,000 early in 2018. The WC TA Board understands the golf industry faces many issues and has left the final decision on how best to use the funds up to AGA-BC Directors. Some of the money helped support a visit to Victoria on May 28 that raised golf industry awareness within government; the WC TA was pleased to present to MLA’s the importance of IPM. Japanese Beetle The Japanese beetle incursion into Vancouver may seem like a distant problem for most tur f managers in the province but it could become a very big deal in the coming years if something isn’t done now. To quote the BC Ministry of Agriculture’s Economic Risk


Assessment, “ The golf course sector may have the most to lose if Japanese beetle becomes established in the province.” The WC TA is heavily involved as a stakeholder since this particular beetle is very problematic for all tur f sectors, especially short mowed and irrigated, and it’s a notorious hitchhiker. WCTA 2018 Tur fgrass Research Update The WC TA’s management contract with the Canadian Tur f Research Foundation is now in its second year. It took several months over the summer of 2016 to develop and execute a service contract and by April 2017 the transition from CGSA was completed. Much of our time since then has been restructuring and updating the operation, ie. full financial review, major content updates to the tur fresearchcanada website, creation of a project tracking tool and many other administrative functions. While more work is pending, the C TRF is now ready to begin strategic planning and execution and we’d like to welcome Northwest Tur fgrass Association as the newest and only international member. Superintendents Experience First Green A group of BC Golf Superintendents assembled at Kelowna, BC’s Two Eagles Golf Course for the BCGSA’s annual Fall Exchange August 19-21, hosted by Superintendent Warren Blue, with a First Green program tutorial as the keynote event held on August 20. Attendees first viewed a presentation by WC TA’s First Green Coordinator, Stan Kazymerchyk, outlining the basics of what a First Green event is about followed by tips and checklists needed to host their own outing. The event then moved to the Two Eagles practice green complex to observe four interactive demo stations utilizing local grade 5 kids as demonstration participants. What’ Next Program planning for 2019 has begun and we will move immediately into ‘summer event mode’ after this year ’s conference. Also, the Board has embarked on a strategic planning process that will continue to develop over the coming months. If you have thoughts, ideas or suggestions on any of the association’s functions, now is a great time to let us know.

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KPU Report - by Ksenia Thurston

"Tur f? What is ‘tur f ’?" You may laugh at this question, but I do not. When I first decided to go to school and enroll in horticulture, I initially wanted to gain a diploma in landscaping. I did not know the meaning of tur f. I had a plan for my life. Start a family and once my little ones were both in school, I too, was going back to enhance my education. After having a close friend graduate from KPU with her Landscaping diploma and hearing such great things about the different programs I decided to enroll. My focus on ‘landscaping’ suddenly and unexpectantly shifted when I took my first ‘tur f ’ class. This epiphany, during my first few weeks of classes with Stan Kazymerchyk, was the beginning of a love affair with… tur f. Understanding the maintenance of tur f as well as learning how to manage people under me once I had graduated became keen targets. Being a girl and stepping into a male dominated industry can be a bit intimidating in the beginning, with questions as simple as “can I do this?”. I’m here to say, “yes you can!” The over-all equality that I have felt in the tur f industry has been simply put, amazing. The world of tur f needs more females representing it. It is an industry I am proud to be a part of. With maturity, life changes can unexpectantly open whole vistas of possibilities. As a youth and in my high school years I displayed a talent for art and was encouraged by my parents and teachers to pursue developing my innate talents at an art college. Today, I find art and beauty in grass… in ‘tur f ’. Yes, I am a girl on a mission. My professional ambition in life is to understand, create and maintain what is truly one of nature’s finest art forms. For me, there is nothing more fulfilling than looking back at freshly mowed tur f with its sharp cut lines framing slates of velvety green. After all the cutting and maintenance is done everyone should understand the beauty inherent in the waves and patterns displayed before them. Even the ‘rough’, mowed and maintained to high standard, becomes a framework for the art that is well maintained fairways and greens. I am in my fourth year of working at the Surrey Golf Club. Initially it was to be six-month summer job. After my first month of employment I knew it was going to be much more than a summer job. My boss,

Steven Peardon has not only been a superb boss but has also become one of my mentors in the industry. The crew took me in and treated me like family from day one, with past graduates working alongside me it has never felt like work. Being a part of the Surrey Golf Club has complemented my journey through the diploma program per fectly. As a youth I loved the outdoors. My family took me on many camping excursions… to the mountains, lakes, forests, deserts and ocean beaches. I knew then as now, that I wanted to a career working in the great outdoors. Since my studies at KPU, working towards my Tur f Management diploma, of which I will be graduating with this spring, I have had the opportunity to meet amazing people. The tur f industry is a tight community of individuals willing to help one another and share information. With all the conventions, tournaments, fund raisers and courses in which I have participated over the past three years as a student of the program and a member of the Tur f Club, everyone I have met has always been eager to share information and offer me guidance throughout my journey. If anyone ever said to me, “what is so special about grass?” … I would first say, “do NOT get me started!” I would then go on to explain all the things that make tur f so important, economically, socially and environmentally. I have learned so much concerning the importance of healthy tur f and the soil in which it grows. Let me repeat: “growing grass is an art form”. And not just grass… beautiful, healthy, vigorous tur f grass that is sustainable. In summary let me also add that I love riding the big mowers, operating related heavy equipment and fund-raising through the Tur f Club. I am always in learning mode, as new research and methods for growing and maintaining strong, healthy tur f develop. Yes, I am a girl on a mission who has a future in tur f grass management, there is no per fume for me, like the smell of new mown grass. Watch out boys because here I come! Ksenia Thurston, KPU Turf Grad, April 2019


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2019 Regional Meeting Dates APRIL

Apr 2 nd LowerMain Beach Grove Golf Club Apr 16 th VIGSA Cordova Bay Golf Club Apr Kootenay TBD Apr Interior Penticton Golf and Countr y Club ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


May 1 st Northern Prince George Golf & Curling Club st VIGSA Duncan Meadows Golf Course May 21 May 23 rd LowerMain Shaughnessy Golf & Countr y Club May Interior TBD ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Jun 17 th VIGSA Victoria Golf Club Jun Kootenay Balfour Golf Course Jun Interior TBD ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Jul 22 nd VIGSA March Meadows Golf Club - Dave Creamer Tournament July 25 th LowerMain Pitt Meadows Golf Course (Assistants Day) st LowerMain Hazelmere Golf Club July 31 Jul Kootenay Radium Golf Resort Jul Interior Kelowna Golf and Countr y Club ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Aug 18-19 th Exchange

Crown Isle Golf & Community Resort



Sep 25 th Northern Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club Sep 26 th LowerMain Whistler (course TBD) ( Wind-up) Sep Kootenay Shadow Mountain Golf Course Sep Interior Salmon Arm Golf Club ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Nov 17-19 th BCGSA Victoria Marriott - Professional Development Days Nov Kootenay St. Eugene Golf Resort Nov Interior Gallagher â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canyon Golf and Countr y Club ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Dec 5 th Dec 6 th 42

LowerMain VIGSA

Christmas Lunch Christmas Party & AGM - Location TBD

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Loss of BCGSA Members Sadly, the BCGSA lost three of its long-time members over the winter months and wishes to express its condolences to family and friends.

Vern Burnell Passed Away on December 16th

David Kennedy Passed Away on December 31st

Vern, a lifetime member of the BCGSA, was a legend in the irrigation industry, especially so in the Interior Region. Vern was renowned throughout British Columbia for his expertise and commitment to excellence in meeting the needs of the golf industry. His involvement in many of the irrigation systems still in use on our golf courses today gives testament to that.

Having moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg in 1966, Dave spent his years on the North Shore enjoying the many benefits of the local mountains and golf courses. He loved his adventures with friends and family on numerous ski and golf trips, including skiing his way through resorts in Europe, several back-country ski trips north of Pemberton, many winters working and skiing on Mt Seymour, ski racing, and flying down the bike trails of Mt Seymour and Banff with friends.

Vern’s life took him from a farm in Unity, Saskatchewan, to Ponto Road in Rutland at the age of 9. In 1962 he married Vernalynn Mae Porter, the love of his life; and their life together took them to Prince George, then Surrey and then back to Rutland where they raised their two children; Shauna and Brad. Together Vern and Verna started Burnell’s Turf Irrigation in 1969 and then Van-Kel Distributors in 1978; struggling and risking so much together and helping and inspiring countless others along the way. So many friends and family worked for and with them over the years and there are hundreds of stories of working on irrigation crews with Vern, running into him while he traveled the province. Vern will be remembered for his tremendous passion and support of our Industry. A Celebration of Life was held at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna, B.C. on Saturday, January 5th.

Dave spent nearly 40 years in the golf industry from his start at Seymour Golf and Country Club, a degree in Turf Management from Olds College in Alberta, Superintendent at Gorge Vale in Victoria, and ending with his long time service as the Superintendent of The Vancouver Golf Club. Among the highlights of Dave’s career was the Vancouver Golf Club’s hosting of the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in 2012 and 2015. He was elected to the Board of the Northwest Turfgrass Association in 2016. Golfers, from weekenders to accomplished amateurs and professionals, have all enjoyed the benefits of Dave’s skills and passion for the sport and his course management. A Celebration of Dave’s life was held at Seymour Golf and Country Club on Sunday, January 20th.

Mike Warriner Passed Away on February 14, 2019 If you ever got to be Mike’s partner in a golf tournament, chances are you won. If you ever played golf against Mike, chances are you lost. If you ever played hockey against Mike, chances are you got beat in a couple ways. If you played hockey with Mike, you understood what it meant to be a team. If you ever worked for Mike, you were treated with respect and dignity, if you didn’t work hard you were coached back in and after many chances politely shown the door. Mike had many friends, you knew it from the handsome smile he would occasionally give off. Mike was a man of few words, but a gentlemen with many fine qualities. People asked if Mike was married to Eagle Ranch until we met the love of his life Shawnna, who is heartbroken by his departure, but comforted by his forever presence. Mike’s son Lane will continue to foster the legacy of scoring goals, hitting hard and despising a loss, but will be the best son, team mate and friend to many as his father was. Mya will always be the princess of her dad’s kingdom. Mike was the star of many tea parties and royal dress up pageants that always brought out the biggest smile. Mike Warriner passed quietly and peacefully at 12:45 a.m. on February 15th, 2019 after an awful battle with esophageal cancer. A message to all from Mike is to never wait if something feels off with your body, get regular checkups. A Celebration of Mike will be held on March 10th at Eagle Ranch Golf Course clubhouse. Dress will be hockey jerseys, please bring your stick for street hockey.


Spring 2019

The DogWood Office News Invoicing for 2019 Membership Dues will be going out the beginning of March. If you do not receive your invoice please contact the office. Please carefully check your entry in the 2018 Membership Roster and advise of any changes to your contact information prior to the deadline date of April 1 st .

Deadlines GolfExpo 2019 & NGCOA Online Auction Thanks to Erica Beck of the NGCOA for the offer to partner with the BCGSA in an online fundraising auction at its recent GolfExpo held in Vancouver. The auction was successful and over $11,800.00 was raised for initiates like “ Take A Kid To The Course” and “Kids Play Golf ”. Thanks to all the golf courses for donations of rounds of golf to support this fundraising effort.

New Members to the BCGSA Interior Region: Tobiano Golf Course - Shawn Bailey - Student

hh April 1st - BCGSA Membership Roster - content and advertising hh May 15th - Summer Issue of the DogWood - content and advertising hh September 15th - Fall Issue of the DogWood content and advertising

Coming Events hh March 4-7th, - CGSA Golf Course Management Conference - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta hh Aug 18-19 th - BCGSA Exchange Crown Isle Golf & Community Resort, Courtenay, BC h h Nov 17-19 th - BCGSA & VIGSA MS Professional Development Days - Victoria, BC

Kootenay Region: Copper Point Golf Club - Ryan Fedun Lower Mainland Region: Seymour Golf & Country Club - Jordan Collins Belmont Golf Course - Geoff Rose - Student Vancouver Island Region: Mount Douglas Golf Course - Eric Lovett - General Manager Mount Douglas Golf Course - Greg Turner Superintendent Campbell River Golf & Country Club - Bradley Sinclair Industry: PrairieCoast Equipment - Abe Braun ( Vancouver Island)


Advertising for 2019: Please contact the office or check out the BCGSA website for current rates if you are interested in advertising in the DogWood, Membership Roster Website & Monthly Newsletters Ginny Tromp, Administrator: Email: Phone/Fax: 778-422-1776 British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association 6382 Herons Place, Duncan, BC V9L 6Z3

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Our Appreciation The BCGSA would like to acknowledge all of our sponsors. Thank you for your tremendous support! A R Mower & Supply Ltd. AFD Petroleum Bayer Environmental Science Bos Sod Farms Inc. BrettYoung Turf Products Bunker Buster Butler Concrete & Aggregate Ltd. Canadian Golf Superintendents Assn. Club Car Coast Environmental Corix Water Products English Lawns Evergro E-Z-Go & Cushman FMC Global Specialty Solutions Grigg Brothers Island Tractor J. Reid & Associates Ltd. Keso Turf Supplies

Kubota M. Carrington & Company Stump Grinding Natures Gold Organic Compost Fertilizers Oakcreek Golf & Turf Inc. Okanagan Fertilizer PrairieCoast Equipment Inc. Pumptronics Quality Golf Services Rain Bird Rollins Machinery Limited Syngenta Target Products Ltd. Target Specialty Products Taylor’s Turf Care Products Terra Equipment Ltd. TerraLink Horticulture Inc. Western Canada Turfgrass Assn. Western Turf Farms Ltd.

BCGSA Membership Benefits & Application Form The British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association is a society to promote and support the Golf Course Management profession in British Columbia Professionalism- The BCGSA heightens the professional recognition of the Golf Course Superintendent, both in golf course maintenance as well as in the culture and science of turf management. The Association promotes fraternity, benevolence, justice and mutual understanding to and for its members. The BCGSA is comprised of more than 400 members located in five Regional Chapters in British Columbia: Interior, Lower Mainland, Kootenay, Vancouver Island and Northern BC. Research- The BCGSA encourages, promotes and participates in Turfgrass Research and the practical knowledge relating to the care of golf courses. This results in more and efficient golf operations, better turf, and the best possible playing conditions for golfers of all abilities. Education- The BCGSA recognizes and promotes the value of learning and teaching and sponsors, whenever possible, conferences, meetings and exhibitions for the benefit of its members and the turfgrass industry. The BCGSA also co-operates with many other associations whose interests run parallel to, or compliment that of the BCGSA. A copy of the application for Membership in the BCGSA can be found at our website by clicking on the “Membership” tab. Fill out the Application Form and either fax or mail it to this office . If you do not have access to the internet, please phone us and we will be pleased to mail you a copy. 46

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BCGSA DogWood - Spring 2019 Issue  

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