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TeeOff News January/February 2020

2020 Field Day UC Extention Field Trials Ridge Creek Golf Course Dinuba, CA


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President’s Message Glenn Matthews, CGCS as payback for all of the benefits bestowed upon me during my career. Probably the greatest benefit I received through chapter functions and programs were the numerous scholarships I earned while attending classes at my local junior college and later Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Without the financial support of local chapters like, San Diego, Southern California, Northern California, and Central California the financial burden I would have had to bear would have left me in severe Glenn Matthews, CGCS debt upon graduation. With help from scholarship dollars I earned from those Over the years I have had the associations I was able to comfortably good fortune to have developed a work my way through school, but strong network of professional associmore importantly I began the developates and friends in the golf industry. ment of what has become a valuable Most of those relationships were estabprofessional network I benefit from to lished through grassroots participation this day. in local chapter events, which I began Scholarship season is upon us. attending as a young greens-keeper The Central California GCSA annually and assistant superintendent while a distributes thousands of dollars student. Today, as an active member of through its Turfgrass and Legacy my local and national professional asScholarships. Turfgrass scholarships sociations, I see service to our industry are available for individuals pursuing

degrees related to turfgrass management and related fields. Legacy scholarships are available to children of association members pursuing degrees in higher education. If you know students deserving of financial support please download a scholarship application from our website and have them submit it for consideration by the board of directors. There are many members of our chapter and current board who have benefited from this program. Please help our chapter get the word out about this valuable program. I hope to see you at meeting soon,

Glenn Matthews, CGCS









Executive Directors Irene Cline & Kimberly Milne





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Save The Dates 2020 April 20, 2020 Field Day with UC Extention Ridge Creek G.C. Hosted by Maggie Reiter UC Extention Rob Lomeli Superintendent

June 21, 2020 Al Glaze Memorial Scholarship & Research Tournament Eagle Spring Golf & C.C. Hosted by Bob Brueggemann

August 24, 2020 Tri Chapter Event Hosted by the Sierra Nevada Chapter Del Rio Country Club Hosted Superintendent Dave Bermudez

September 2020 Step up and host an event Contact Irene Cline 559-298-6262

October 5, 2020 Lowell Stone Charity Event Madera Country Club Hosted by JJ Gonzalez

December 5, 2020 Annual Holiday Event Windows on the Water Morro Bay

2021 January 2021 Annual Election Meeting Volunteer Today!

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2020 Annual Meeting Visalia Country Club The 2020 Election was held at Visalia Country Club in January. Elected as President of the Central California GCSA is Glenn Matthews, CGCS. Glenn is the Superintendent at Visalia C.C. and the host of our 2020 Annual Election Meeting. Paul Barr from San Luis Obispo C.C. will step up to the VP position and Mark Weitz, Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort will take the position as Secretary/Treasure of the association. Andy Cordova moves to the Past President position. We welcome Candelario Ortega, Rancho Del Rey G.C. to the board. Returning board members include Jose Alvarez, Fort Washington C.C., Rob Lomeli, Ridge From left standing is Rob Lomeli, Candy Ortega, Andy Cordova, Sitting Creek Golf Course, and Albert Nunes, Morro Bay is Jose Alvarez, Glenn Matthews, CGCS, and Mark Weitz. Not shown G.C. Coming in as our affiliate this year is Jim Culare Paul Barr, Albert Nunes, Jim Culley, and Matt Graves. ley, Seed King, and returning for one more year is Matt Graves, BelKorp. We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Steven Showers for his many years of service to our members.

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Rounds 4 Research WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Matt Nisbett Class C Copper River C.C. Pat Simmsgeiger Class E DWI Inc. Neil Edwards Class A Sherwood C.C.

The annual Rounds 4 Research auction is scheduled for April 27-May 3. As in the past, 80% of the funds generated from the auction go back to the chapter in which the rounds were solicited to be used for turfgrass research, education or advocacy purposes. There has been good success selling the rounds in the Southwest Region, but we simply need more courses to donate to the auction. We would like to see our chapter have more of our courses that can donate to do so. This is a perfect opportunity to raise some additional funds for our chapter which will help with bottom-line operations. It takes approximately 10 minutes to fill out the online donation form at https:// www.eifg.org/ research/rounds-4research/donate-around and superintendents can submit their own certificate or GCSAA can make one for

them. You can put restrictions on the rounds including days of the week, times, blackout dates, etc. GCSAA trys to make this as easy as possible on the donating facility. To view the auction, visit https:// www.biddingforgood.com/auction/ auctionhome.action? vhost=rounds4research and click on the state of your choice to see who has donated. If you have any questions concerning the auction, please let Irene or Kim know and we hope that you all choose to participate this year and generate some funds to assist you with programming.

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From the Field

Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region

As we move into Spring, this will find many of you with high school seniors getting ready for graduation and thinking about how to finance their college educations. As a reminder, GCSAA offers scholarships for not only students pursuing careers in the golf industry, but for students pursuing other areas of higher education through Legacy Awards sponsored by Syngenta and the Environmental Institute for Golf. Jeff Jensen

The Legacy Awards are open to children and grandchildren of GCSAA members and the scholarships are $1,500 each. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, they must have been accepted at such an institution for the

next academic year. The deadline for applications is April 15 and will be reviewed by an independent committee consisting of three high school educators and three college administrators. All decisions of the committee will be final. Applicants will be notified of their status by mail by June 15 of the year submitted. For complete information on how to apply, eligibility and criteria, visit https://www.gcsaa.org/education/scholarships. In other news, its time to start getting in your donations for the annual Rounds 4 Research auction. The auction is scheduled for April 27 – May 3. The Rounds 4 Research program was designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research and advocacy related issues. Rounds of golf are solicited from local golf facilities for the auction with 80 percent of the funds raised in the auction going back to the participating chapter. The remaining 20 percent goes to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to assist with the costs associated with running a national auction of this size. Donating facilities can stipulate times, days of the week, blackout dates, etc. when donating rounds. Donations of rounds can be made online at https://www.eifg.org/research/rounds-4-research/donate-a-round/online-form with the entire process taking approximately 10 minutes. You can send in your own certificate for the auction or the EIFG can create one for you. To view current donations or to bid on golf when the auction opens, visit https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=rounds4research. Rounds 4 Research is a great and easy opportunity for you to assist your chapter and the industry with issues of critical importance. Thank you for your support and if you have any questions contact me at jjensen@gcsaa.org and please visit my regional webpage at https://www.gcsaa.org/resources/regional-resources/southwest for industry updates and a regional calendar of events.

Official Publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Central California. The purpose of this publication is information and education for the membership. Published bi-monthly by GCSACC, 3273 Richert, Clovis, CA 93619 Phone (559) 298-6262 Fax (559) 298-6957 Email gcsacc@aol.com Newsletter Chairman & Newsletter Editor Michael Scott, CGCS Executive Directors Irene Cline & Kimberly Milne


Member Highlight

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By Jim Culley

When Irene called and asked if I would replace Mike Cline as the affiliate member to the chapter board, I thought about it for a minute but of course said yes. This is the first chapter I joined back in 1994 while working for Stover Seed. I’ve enjoyed the friends I’ve made between superintendents and affiliates in the chapter all these years. I could mention some of those people from the early years but so few of you may know of them except for events held in their honor. I played golf with Al Glaze a few different times and enjoyed chatting with Lowell Stone at functions. The history of this chapter is a storied one and remembered fondly by those of us lucky enough to have been members back then.

affiliate spotlight on me. I grew up in Southern California attending a junior high and high school that were leaders in agriculture programs. I competed in Future Farmers of America competitions in ornamental horticulture. I attended Humboldt State University and graduated in 1986 in Botany. I worked for retail nurseries, wholesale suppliers and even Home Depot before joining Stover Seed in 1993. I called on retail nurseries, Home Depots and parks and rec departments before starting the golf course side of business. I worked for Stover until 2016 when I moved on to S&S Seeds. I split from them back in June 2019 and formed my own consulting and supply business for golf courses and municipalities throughout the state.

I should probably do the first

I’ve been involved with all 6

chapters in California plus the Cactus and Pine in Arizona and Southern Nevada chapter in Las Vegas. I’ve been the Southern affiliate member to the California GCSA Board since 2011 and have just finished my second term on the GCSAA BMP Resource Task Group. I’ve always believed you get out of work what you put into it. Serving the GCSAA on many levels using my expertise provides me with a high level of satisfaction. It’s something I see from all of you. You go above and beyond to provide golf courses that benefit many and we affiliates look forward to helping you create those works of art. I look forward to serving the Central chapter in it’s endeavors this year and for as long as they’ll me.

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California Room Highlights Pictured at right are Gordon Vosti and Mark Mahady. Below are Joe Ballmer with Dean Kinney and one other. This event is always a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Pictured above are Jeff Jensen with Brad Snavely and his wife. It was a great evening with about 250 attendees. We greatly appreciated everyone that made the trip to Orlando and who attended the event.

At right Dave Bermudez and Dr. Jim Baird arrive at the California Room at the Blue Martini Lounge


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GIS Highlights At left the boys from Andersons had a great booth on the trade show floor. We ran into Dr. Frank Wong at the Bayer booth. Pictured at right

Above the trade show floor was the place to be. Mike Cline and Ken Mauser, at right Mike Basile datails out a product for a potential client. At left Barenbrug had a busy time at their booth

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