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Tee Off News November/December 2017

NEXT EVENT 2018 WINTER CONFERENCE & ANNUAL ELECTION MEETING Sandpiper Golf Course Santa Barbara, CA January 15, 2018


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President’s Message Steve Showers After just over two years as the President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Central Steve Showers California (GCSACC), for the second time, it is my pleasure to write one final presidents message. I have enjoyed serving the association during this current tenure and hopefully have left it in a better place than when I started. I would like to single out Andy Cordova, for providing a strong voice as Vice President during my time as President and serving in my absence on more than one occasion. I feel that the association under Andy's guidance will be in strong hands during the next year or two. It is important for younger mem-

bers to serve on the board of directors and Andy has stepped up and brought a refreshing perspective to the board and will provide strong leadership as the association moves forward. Along with Andy I would like to thank Glenn Matthews, CGCS for serving as Secretary/Treasurer the past two years. As Andy and Glenn move up the ranks I would like to thank and welcome Paul Barr as the presumptive new Secretary/Treasurer, it's nice to see another young professional moving forward to lead this group. Another big thank you goes to Irene and Kim for all that they do, you know that in reality Kim and Irene keep the association up and running virtually on their own, it makes being on the board really easy working with them. If you haven't already signed up for the January event down at Sandpiper Golf Course please do. Tennessee has set up a great group of speakers

and as always will have the golf course in great shape. We are currently setting up the lineup for courses for our meetings next year, if at all possible please volunteer your course and host an event. In closing I would like to thank all of the board members that I have served with over the years, and give special thanks to Tennessee, the outgoing Past President of the GCSACC, great working with you Tenn! Have a great and safe holiday season and please make a resolution to attend at least three meetings or events next year, we need member support to continue the great things the GCSACC does.







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, 5322 N. Leonard Clovis, CA 93619 Phone (559) 298-4853 Fax (559) 298-6957 Email Newsletter Chairman & Newsletter Editor Zachary Moran Executive Directors Irene Cline & Kimberly Milne


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Save The Dates January 15, 2018

August 21, 2018

Winter Conference & Annual Election Meeting Sandpiper Golf Course Host Superintendent Tennessee McBroom

Tri Chapter Tournament Cinnabar Golf Club Hosted by the NorCal Chapter

October 2018 February 3—8, 2018

San Antonio, Texas California Room February 7, 2018

Lowell Stone Charity Tournament Location to be determined

December 1, 2018 Annual Holiday Event Windows on the Water Morro Bay, CA

The Buckhorn Texas Ranger Museum & Bar

March 2018 Spring Educational Meeting Location to be

July 16, 2018 Al Glaze Memorial Scholarship & Research Tournament San Luis Obispo Country Club Hosted by Paul Barr

2019 Winter Conference & Annual Election Meeting Location to be determined

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NOTICE The California GCSA BMP committee has hired a third party consultant. The committee which is being headed up by Josh Heptig Golf Superintendent for SLO County., will be finalizing the contract with this company within a short time and will have an outline of how and when the BMP’s will be implemented and then available for our California GCSA members and clubs. The original date of selection was postponed as the selection of this company/individual was more difficult than originally thought. The hope still is to have the BMP Template available to all California Chapter Members in late 2018.

This process is being funded by the California GCSA which has been doing fund raising efforts for the last 4 years. All net proceeds of the California Room have been set aside to put toward the BMP Program along with a grant from the GCSAA. These fund raising efforts will continue into 2018 and beyond if necessary to enable the process to be completed. In addition to our efforts we have received two grants from the GCSAA to help with out efforts. If you have questions please feel free to contact any of the California GCSA officers or our chapter representatives to the CGCSA Board , Glenn Matthews, CGCS or Tennessee McBroom.

We are still in need of two volunteers to run for the board of directors for 2018 If you are interested please contact the association office at 559-298-6262


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From the Field Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region I hope this finds all of you enjoying the holiday season and getting ready for a great 2018. As we embark on a new year, I Jeff Jensen wanted to go over a few housekeeping items: As a reminder, early registration for the Golf Industry Show closes on Jan. 12. Registration is $450 thru the 12th and $550 from Jan. 13 – Feb. 2. Online registration is available at http:// registration/registration-fees for both the show and all seminars.

GCSAA Golf Championship registration closes Jan. 3. Five great San Antonio area courses are hosting this year’s event including Cordillera Ranch, La Cantera, The Quarry and TPC San Antonio (Oaks and Canyons). Competitions include the National Championship, Golf Classic, Four-Ball and Shamble. Registration is available at http:// From the regulatory front, Indemnify in now registered for use on turf in California. Indemnify delivers preventative and curative nematode control without costly course closures or undesirable application methods. Indemnify can be used on both warm and cool season turf, on all areas of the golf course as well as non-golf turf areas such as sports fields and residential turf. Indemnify has shown to be a game-changing product for the golf industry, particularly with the Oct. 6 expiration of Nemacur. It works on numerous species of nematodes (Sting, Root Knot, Spiral) and has been very effective on the Anguina pacificae species that wreaks havoc on Poa annua putting surfaces in the Northern portion of the state. For more information on Indemnify,

contact your Bayer representative. The California golf industry has been working with GCSAA and the EPA on Proxy. The EPA had requested a reduction of Proxy annual use from 30 fl oz./1,000 sq. ft. (20.4 lb. a.i./A) to 20 fl oz./1,000 sq. ft. (13.6 lb. a.i./A) per year. While the lower use/application rates work for many parts of the country, superintendents in Arizona and California have clearly identified the need for the annual use to remain as is. With assistance from Mark Mahady, Dr. Dave Kopec and various superintendents from around Arizona and California, we have been working with the EPA on the annual use/application rate and hope to hear back from them with a final decision shortly after the first of the year. As we close out 2017, I would like to thank you for a great year and I look forward to continued successes for the golf industry in 2018. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me at and Happy New Year to all!

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In Memory of Steve Scarbrough, CGCS It is with sympathy to family and friends of Steve Scarbrough, CGCS that we write of his passing. I first had the Steve Scarbrough, CGCS opportunity to interview Steve for an article for our newsletter back in 1999 when Steve was preparing to host the annual Al Glaze Scholarship Tournament. I learned at that time that Steve was born and raised in the Kern County area. His father owned and operated the Bear Mountain Nursery in Arvin and Steve learned the direction he

wanted to go with respect to his career. He studied landscape design at Bakersfield College and Fresno State University before taking his first job out of school with Bakersfield Country Club as an irrigation technician. Steve was promoted to the assistant superintendent position under Willis Ward who had been with the club from the early 1950’s. Steve loved working with Willis and learned a lot from him. At that time Steve still wasn't sure the golf course industry was where he belonged and studied to become a landscape contractor. He obtained his license and started doing side jobs. He even left Bakersfield Country Club for a short while and became a full time landscape contractor in the Bakersfield area. In 1987 Willis decided to re-

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tire and recommended Steve for the position of Superintendent. Steve jumped at the chance to return and remained the superintendent until his passing on November 15, 2017. His experience in the nursery business and the landscape contractor business became very useful over the years at Bakersfield C.C. He loved projects and he had a great talent in his use of annuals and plant ornamentals. He was honored with multiple awards, served on many professional committees, was featured in numerous magazines, and recognized for some of the first drought-tolerant landscaping in Bakersfield. Through his Steve landscape contractor business, Scarbrough Landscape Design, he de-

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In Memory of Steve Scarbrough, CGCS continued from page 6 signed many homes and businesses throughout Bakersfield. Steve served on the GCSA Central California Board of Directors as President from 1990 until 1992. He was an active board member for several years prior to that. Steve is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carrie Scarbrough; daughter Elizabeth (Gregory) White; daughter Jennifer (Adam) Papasergia; daughter Rachel Scarbrough (fiancĂŠ, Gregory LeFave); father and mother, Lawrence and Virginia Scarbrough; father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Betty Handel; sister Nancy (Bill) Smith; sister Lorri (David) Michael; sister-in-law Debbie (Victor) Pichardo; sister-in-law Michelle Kundert; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, fam-

ily and friends. Steve will be missed by not only the members of our association but by the many club members who supported him in his position for the last 36 years. The services for Steve were held on November 21, 2017 in Bakersfield where a reception followed at Bakersfield Country Club. The family graciously set up a memorial scholarship fund through the GCSA of Central California for future turf students. There will be Pictured above is Steve Scarbrough receiving future scholarships offered to stu- one of the many awards given to him throughdents that choose turf grass man- out his career. agement as a career. This was a tremendous gift to our industry on Thank you to the behalf of a man that loved his job and will forever remain in the hearts Scarbrough family for this gift. of all that knew him.

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2018 Winter Leadership Summit

The 2018 Winter Leadership Summit will be held at Sandpiper Golf Course on January 15, 2018. Superintendent Tennessee McBroom will be hosting the event and has put together a lineup of speakers that you won’t want to miss. We will be starting the day off with a continental breakfast at the club at 7:00 AM. You will want to get registered and have your breakfast so you will be ready at 7:30 for the Welcoming and Introductions. At 7:40 Retired NBA Coach Gary Colson will be entertaining us with a talk on “What Kind

of Coach are You” He will share his experiences with the NCAA and NBA which I am sure you will enjoy. Then at 8:00 am Rhett Evans, the GCSAA CEO will be sharing his ideas on “What the Leadership Role and Today’s Superintendent” is. At 8:45 Josh Heptig, SLO County Superintendent and GCSACC Member will be updating us on the “GCSAA GrassRoots Ambassador program and on the California BMP Program”. At 9:00 am GCSAA Sec/Treas and Central California GCSA member Rafael Barajas, CGCS will be talking about “A Balanced Leader, At work and at home”. Then at 9:30 am Pat Finlen, CGCS will be talking about “The Business Leader”. Like I said you won’t want to miss any of these fantastic speakers.

After our Leadership Summit the GCSA Central California will hold their 2018 Annual Elections and will have information available to the attendees in an annual report. That’s not all as we will be holding a golf tournament for those that are interested that should start directly after our lunch. You will have ample time to share with our speakers and ask questions that you may have. Thank you to Tennessee McBroom for putting this together and Thank You to Sandpiper Golf Course for allowing us to share in their beautiful facility.

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2017 Holiday Event Highlights Thank You Sponsors Turf Star Belkorp Wilbur Ellis Aquatrols CPS Bayer Andy & Mike host the white elephant gift exchange. Always lots of comedy!

Randy Haines & Steve Showers At left is Matt Pearce with Roxi Selck, at left is Mark Weitz with his wife. Below Paul Barr with and his guest

At left Denise Eppich (Kevin Eppich) and Kevin Jr. At right is Peggy Haines with Colleen Scott.

At right is the The Trini Hernandez Family At right is Jim Culley and Kendi Vizulis


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