Tennessee Turfgrass - April/May 2020

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F RO M THE TTA PRES I DENT

Doug Ward

To all TTA members: D

uring these unprecedented times, I hope you and your family are well and staying safe and healthy. With the onset of spring, conversations around the industry typically begin with the variables in weather and how each of us manage through them as we prepare for the summer ahead. While always challenging and sometimes frustrating, nothing at this time seems more daunting than the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the effects it has had on our country and communities, not to mention what impact it may ultimately may have on our industry. As you know, an untold number of guidelines and safety recommendations have been issued by various businesses and institutions. And with continued communication and sharing of new ideas and information that we have seen originate from our industry, I personally feel the spread of this disease will ultimately be halted.

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While there is no question everyone’s life has been impacted in one way or another at home and at work, it is my wish that everyone is able to safely carry on with their daily obligations and working in concert with one another to overcome this malady and return to a safer and more stable lifestyle in the near future. While not on the forefront of our members minds while we work to get back to normalcy, I hope to comment in our next issues (with less distraction) on our Board’s efforts as we prepare for the 2021 conference and show. Until then, I wish all those in our industry safe and healthy days to come!

Doug Ward Golf Course Superintendent Belle Meade Country Club TTA President

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