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TeeOff News

March/April 2021

2021 Al Glaze Memorial Scholarship & Research Tournament San Joaquin C.C. June 7, 2021

Rancho Del Rey Golf Course Superintendent Candy Ortega


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President’s Message Glenn Matthews, CGCS contact your local assemblymen or state representative. The world is opening back up! On April 19th Dairy Creek Golf Course hosted an in person event featuring its beautiful 9 hole golf course and its brand new Top Tracer hitting bays. The Top Tracer technology has the ability to provide Glenn Matthews, CGCS feedback on launch angle, ball speed, curve, and distance in real time. A variety of games can be played by players of all levels. It was exciting for our group to be able to experience the fun. The space offered magnificent views of San Luis Obispo and surrounding peaks. 20 superintendents and affiliate members enjoyed the day.

Finally, now that public spaces are opening up the association is excited to offer a full calendar of events for the coming year. There is an equipment demo day coming up at Woodbridge C.C. May 17th, the Al Glaze Scholarship in June, the Tri Chapter event at Del Rio C.C. in August, a field day at Ridge Creek G.C. in September, the Annual Charity event in October, and if all goes well our annual Holiday event at Windows on the Water in December. Please make an effort to support your association and attend an event. See you soon,

Glenn Matthews, CGCS

2021 Al Glaze Memorial Scholarship & Research Tournament San Joaquin C.C.

On a less fun note, AB 672 was introduced to the California State Assembly in February and was amended in April. The bill directly targets public golf in California by allowing cities and counties to rezone public land for affordable housing. In California more than 20% of golf courses are owned and operated by cities and counties. So this bill could have a negative impact on many courses. The bill does not include other open space properties like parks, sports fields, or hiking trails. This is a direct threat to our industry and requires action from you. To get more information on how you can have your voice heard please reach out to the association office for information about how to

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Executive Directors Irene Cline & Kimberly Milne Newsletter Editor Michael Scott, CGCS




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Save The Dates 2021

May 17, 2021 Vendor Day

Jointly with Sierra Nevada Chapter Woodbridge Golf & C.C. Hosted by Kurtis Wolford

June 7, 2021

Al Glaze Memorial S & R Tournament San Joaquin C.C. Hosted by Dario Olivares

August 9, 2021

Tri Chapter Event Del Rio Country Club Hosted by Sierra Nevada GCSA

September 13, 2021 Field Day Ridge Creek G.C. Hosted by Rob Lomeli

October 2021

Annual Charity Event Location Pending Confirmation

December 4, 2021 Holiday Event Morro Bay “Windows on the Water”


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From the Field

Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region

I hope this finds all of our Central California members safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing you at some events this summer. With the increase in vaccinations and the relaxation of regulations throughout California, it’s nice to see the chapter getting back to some regular meetings.

vides answers, resources and links to California regulatory information that will save you valuable time.

You can access the GCSAA BMP Facility Tool at https:// www.gcsaa.org/environment/bmp-planning-guide. This will allow you to clone the California guide for your facility as well as publish it in a PDF or Word document following completion. Located on the same page is a great series of short How-To videos that will assist you with each step. As we move into the summer months, The guide is a great way to showcase your operation with I would ask that all of our superinten- golfers and members, your management staff and employJeff Jensen dent members take a look at adopting ees, media, community and maybe most importantly, our the California Golf Industry Best Management Practices lawmakers and regulatory agencies. Guide (BMPs). The guide is a comprehensive document that focuses on agronomic, environmental and regulatory The guide is also available in Spanish (California is the practices in California and assists you with operating your only state with this version). The Spanish version is currently limited to a PDF, but we hope we will be able to facility in a more efficient and sustainable manner. make this document a digital and editable one in the near The guide is available in a digital and editable format that future. Both the English and Spanish version can be allow you to personalize it for your facility needs. In ad- viewed in PDF’s by visiting https://www.gcsaa.org/ environment/best-management-practices/state-bmpdition to the ability to edit all 18 chapters, you can customize the cover page as well as add photos, so the guide guides. reflects your operation. There is also a Frequently Asked It is extremely important that we are able to get courses to download and adopt the guide. If you have any questions, Questions section at the back of each chapter that proplease don’t hesitate to contact me at jjensen@gcsaa.org or feel free to reach out to Emily Fuger, GCSAA Manager of Environmental Programs at efuger@gcsaa.org and we will be glad to assist you. Thank you for your continued support and I hope all of you have a great start to our summer golf season.



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Around the Green by Jim Culley & Matt Graves Sierra Nevada GCSA is hosting a Vendor Demo day which they have invited our chapter to attend. The event will be held on May 17th and will be at Woodbridge Golf & C.C. in Woodbridge, CA This will be a great opportunity for our members to take their crews out for a day to experience hands on equipment demos and talk to factory reps. Don’t miss this opportunity. There is a new superintendent at Stockton Golf & C.C. Harjindor Toor comes to the valley from Orinda. The mechanic hunt continues throughout the valley. Anyone knowing of a mechanic that would like to work in the golf industry please send them our way. We have lots of opportunities. Rio Bravo has a new superintendent, Chris Hansen now has the job. We hope that Chris will be joining the association soon. In the south valley Seven Oaks G.C. is hosting a golf tourney for first responders on May 18th. GCSAA along with members of CAG, and the California GCSA will be working on the National Golf Day on May 12th. Numerous members of all the California Chapters will be assisting and participating in virtual meetings with Congressional staffers and members. Hot topics include the MPS, the PHIT act and H2B visa initiatives. As always please send any news our way so we can share with our members.

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Welcome New Members


Remember When Pictured at far left is past president and member Tim Kelly. Circa 2000 Pictured in the middle is Speedy Lipari in his famous relaxation mode from 2000

Tom Lipscomb Class A Sever Oaks C.C.

Peter Reece Class E Reece Top Dressing

Paul Meredith Class A Cypress Ridge G.C.

Pictured at left is Randy Haines and Mark Weitz in 2003. At right is Brett Miller in 2000.

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N e w s l e t t eT r T l e- O F F Ei tE


Dairy Creek Highlights April 2021 Dairy Creek has become the place to learn, practice, and play the game of golf in San Luis Obispo. . The facility has converted it’s 18 hole course to a 9 hole public facility that boasts the best practice areas within SLO County complete with an all grass driving range tee, practice greens, chipping and bunker greens, and they have just completed the construction of the Cal Poly Learning Center which is also available to the public. In addition they have opened Toptracer®. This is digital technology which takes golf to a new level of fun and excitement. Using the same technology seen on PGA broadcasts, Toptracer® computers transform the old “driving range” experience using launch, speed, curve and other data analysis – all delivered in real time as you hit your ball out onto our live range. All those attending were treated to the opportunity to try out this new technology. El Chorro Regional Park is located right next to the Golf Course and offers a variety of outdoor attractions and facilities including barbecue areas, softball fields, botanical gardens and various hiking trails. There are full hook up RV areas as well as tent camping. Plans for a zip line, miniature golf course, race way, and some rental cabins are in the works. This is also becoming a popular disk golf location for the competitive teams in California.


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ChAPPter Challenge There are two ways for [CHAPTER] to win: most chapter members signing up or largest percentage of membership.

ChAPPter Challenge May 4 - July 30 Help our chapter win $500 by downloading the GCSAA Now mobile app! There are two ways to win: •

Most chapter members who have downloaded the GCSAA app

Highest percentage of the chapter membership who have downloaded the GCSAA app (Users must be affiliated with a GCSAA recognized chapter.)

HOW TO HELP OUR CHAPTER THROUGH THE chAPPter CHALLENGE: You must be a member of the GCSAA-affiliated chapter for your download to count in the contest. Once you download the app, share the tweets below (or the QR code found at the bottom of this toolkit) with your fellow chapter members to increase your chance of winning. https://bit.ly/3wyWYHvABOUT THE GCSAA APP GCSAA Now is the new mobile app to give you GCSAA news and information in the palm of your hands. Download documents, interact with fellow members, update your membership info and more. GCSAA Now has new features to make the most of your app experience including: •

Login once, and you are in!

Relevant, up to date GCSAA news and content.

Interact with other members through the Discussions and private messaging features.

Find other members in your geographic proximity with the Near Me feature.

Keep track of national and local GCSAA happenings with the Events feature.

Have easy access to membership documents and other information in the Resources section.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR CHAPTER MEMBERS By downloading the APP you can help our chapter earn $500! Join me; download by July 30: https://bit.ly/3wyWYHv


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Highlights From Dairy Creek

Sheep at Dairy Creek help with the continuous overgrowth

Preparing to experience Tracer Golf are Mark Weitz and Andy Cordova. Above Josh Heptig explains the plans for building of rental cabins which will overlooks the golf course

Overlooking the Tracer Golf area. At right Andy Cordova is testing his skills Overlooking the Tracer Golf area. Kevin Eppich and Paul Meredith watch the Tracer Golf . Thank you to Turf Star for helping host our event. 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

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