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Tee Off News September/October 2017

NEXT EVENT 2017 Holiday Event Windows on the Water Morro Bay, CA December 2, 2017


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Around the Green by Irene Cline It is with great sadness that we report that Chris Thomas Executive Director & C.O.O. of the Northern California PGA and President of the California Alliance for Golf has passed away. There will be a memorial service on November 15th at El Macero Golf Course. If you would like to join in making a donation to a special college fund for his children Taylor and Tara, you can do so through the "Chris Thomas Memorial Fund" at Five Star Bank, 2400 Del Paso Rd. Ste. 100, Sacramento, CA, 95834 Additional sad news is the passing of Dan Holmes, Superintendent at Brookside C.C. Dan had been battling esophageal cancer for quite some time. He gave a good fight. Danny was a long time GCSAA member and past

member of the Central California Chapter. It was just reported to the association office that Bob Dalton, Retired Member of the GCSACC was in a biking accident. He is reported to be doing pretty good considering he suffered a broken collar bone, two broken rib, two chipped teeth, and a pulled right hamstring not to mention the road rash. He is still hospitalized in Visalia and would love to hear from some of his friends. We hope for a speedy recovery for Bob. On a happier note, Glenn Matthews, CGCS had a little fun on Halloween with his spooky golf cart. Great job Glenn! The association will be sending out the annual renewals for membership dues on De-

cember 1st. . The annual meeting for the association will be held on January 15, 2018 at Sandpiper Golf Course. At that time we will hold the annual election and have the annual report ready for the membership. If you are interested in running for a board position please contact Steve Showers. We greatly appreciate Jon Christensen for hosting the 2018 Lowell Stone Charity Event at Sunnyside C.C. This was the 16th year for this event and we had a good turnout. The Charity once again this year was Youth On Course. Thank you also to Tom Johnson for his hard work in getting teams together for the event as well as obtaining numerous raffle items and sponsorships. It was a very special treat to see Lowell Stone himself make an appearance at the 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, 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 December 2, 2017 Annual Holiday Event Windows on the Water Morro Bay, CA

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

2018 January 15, 2018 Annual Election Meeting Sandpiper Golf Course Host Superintendent Tennessee McBroom

August 21, 2018 Tri Chapter Tournament Cinnabar Golf Club Hosted by the NorCal Chapter

February 3—8, 2018

October 2018 Lowell Stone Charity Tournament Location to be determined

San Antonio, Texas California Room February 7, 2018 The Buckhorn Texas Ranger Museum & Bar

March 2018 Spring Educational Meeting Location to be determined

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

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Welcome New Members The California GCSA BMP committee continues its efforts to hire a third party consultant. The committee has narrowed the search to three excellent candidates. The BMP Selection Committee will be interviewing these applicants within the few weeks. The committee which is being headed up by Josh Heptig Golf Superintendent for SLO County., will be making the final decision after the interviews are completed. The original date of selection has been postponed as the selection of this company/individual has been more difficult than originally thought. The hope 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. 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.

Todd Newell Class B Montecito Country Club Evan Moffett Class Affiliate Site One Landscape Supply Thomas Karrar Class A Turlock Golf & C.C.


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From the Field Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region Registration is now open for the 2018 Golf Industry Show (GIS) and the GCSAA National Championships to be held Feb. 3-8 in San Antonio, TX. The newly renovated Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will play host to GIS and early indications are that the floor space and number of exhibitors will continue their upward growth. Jeff Jensen

Advance registration fees for GIS (through January 12) is $450 for GCSAA members. Seminars are $185 for a fullday (.70 education points), $130 for a halfday (.35 education points) and $80 for two -hours (.20 education points). More than 430 hours of education including 97 semi-

nars and 20 sessions are available in San Antonio. Information on all the educational offerings is available at http:// Some other events during the week to put on your calendar include the Opening Night Celebration, Women in Turf Reception, Health In Action 5K, GCSAA Annual Meeting and Election and the Closing Celebration. And don’t forget about the annual California Room event that will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Registration for the California Room is available by clicking here. To register for GIS visit ration and housing (including a low rate guarantee) is available at In addition to the Golf Industry Show, The GCSAA Golf Championship is scheduled for Feb. 3-5. The event features the National Championship, Golf Classic, Four-Ball and Shamble. The event returns to the host courses that were used in 2015 including Cordillera Ranch, La Cantera Resort, The Quarry and TPC San Antonio.

first 100 superintendents with a handicap index of 5.0 and below) and the Golf Classic (flighted by handicap, using a point quota scoring system) are $475 per player through Dec. 20 ($575 for affiliates participating in the Golf Classic). Entry fee for the Four-Ball and Shamble are $175 per player through Dec. 20 ($275 for affiliates). Tournament entry includes green fees, cart, range balls, tee prize, grab-andgo breakfast, drink tickets, on course contests, awards, Welcome Reception and 19th Hole receptions following each day of play. Registration for the championships is available at If I can be of any assistance to you with planning your trip to GIS or if you have any questions concerning our showcase event, please feel free to contact me at Thank you for your support and I look forward to catching up with many of you at upcoming chapter events.

The National Championship (open to the



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2017 Charity Event Highlights Thank You To Our Sponsors

Thank you to Bayer and Gordon Vosti for sponsoring the continental breakfast and the after golf nacho bar.

Farmload Distributors Mike Farmen who provided the Beverages on the Course. Steve’s Chevrolet and Aquatrols for the special games. Also Thank You to Anderson’s Pump, United Park Inc., Speedy Ent, Turf Star, BelKorp, & Wilbur Ellis Co. for their Tee Sponsors. As always it was great to see Speedy at the event and several of the new members had the opportunity to see his card tricks. They were greatly impressed. Pictured with Speedy is Brett Billideau.

The founder of the Charity Tournament is Lowell Stone. We were fortunate to have Lowell attend the event. Lowell is pictured at right with his great nephew Derek Stone

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2017 Charity Event Highlights The winning team was Matt Graves, BelKorp, Kevin Eppich, Turf Star, Brett Billedeau, Eagle Springs, and Kevin Wiles, Dragon Fly. Congratulations everyone on a successful tournament. See you next year.

Wilbur Ellis, Mike Cline sponsored a fun putting contest on the new Champion Putting Green. Andy Cordova won the contest in a “put off� with no other than Mike Cline.

The boys from Ewing worked hard providing lunch for the hungry players. Thank you so much to Phil Chan and Scott Furtak and Ewing for providing the wonderful Sausage Sandwiches and their famous chili. As always everyone loved it.


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