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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:


VICE PRESIDENT — Travis Hopkins


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.

The upcoming meetings are as follows:

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 – Gary Southerland

Speaker – Sam Adams, Arborist UT Grounds, “Tree Care on the Course”


JULY 14, 2020

Woodlake Lodge, Golf and Country Club

Host Superintendent – Michael Medley

Speaker – Dr. Tom Samples “Managing Natural Areas on the Golf Course”


AUGUST 11, 2020

Lookout Mountain Club

Host Superintendent – Mark Hearn

Speaker – Jimmy Abernathy


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

DJ Lerchen