Tennessee Turfgrass - April/May 2020

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FR O M T H E E T G C S A PRE S I DE N T

DJ Lerchen

HELLO SPRING! It

is finally here, and I know you all, like myself, have experienced record rainfall again to start our 2020 year. As I am writing this letter, our country is in turmoil due to the Coronavirus and our golf courses are shutting down by the day. It’s hard to believe something of this caliber could shut businesses down and put so many Americans out of work. We will continue to quarantine and keep our families safe and pray that we will keep our courses open for play. I’m proud to be returning as the President of the East Tennessee Golf Course Superintendents Association, and my fellow board members I’ve had the pleasure to serve with last year will be returning as well. The East Tennessee Board members are as follows:

The upcoming meetings are as follows:

Host Superintendent – Gary Southerland Speaker – Sam Adams, Arborist UT Grounds, “Tree Care on the Course”

PRESIDENT DJ Lerchen

JULY 14, 2020 Woodlake Lodge, Golf and Country Club

MAY 19, 2020 Link Hills C.C.

Host Superintendent – Corey Seals Speaker – Eric Taylor, Tennessee Smokies, “Renovation of Smokies Park”

JUNE 2, 2020 Egwani Farms Golf Course

Host Superintendent – Michael Medley Speaker – Dr. Tom Samples “Managing Natural Areas on the Golf Course”

VICE PRESIDENT Travis Hopkins

AUGUST 11, 2020 Lookout Mountain Club

SECRETARY / TREASURER Jordan Clark

Host Superintendent – Mark Hearn Speaker – Jimmy Abernathy

DIRECTORS Michael Crawford, Jeff Rumph, Tim Long, Joe Hill, Roger Frazier The board has been working diligently scheduling meeting sites and contacting speakers for each monthly meeting. Unfortunately, the April meeting has been cancelled due to COVID19, but we are looking forward to the upcoming months. We have some good speakers scheduled and I want to encourage everyone to come out to the meetings and bring your assistants, equipment technicians and other team members.

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OCTOBER 26, 2020 Oak Ridge Country Club 30th Annual ETGCSA Scholarship & Research Golf Tournament Host Superintendent – Guy Hudson

DJ Lerchen Golf Course Superintendent The Sevierville Golf Club

TENNESSEE TURFGRASS APRIL/MAY 2020 Email TTA at: info@ttaonline.org