Tennessee Turfgrass - December/January 2020

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David L. Johnson


or those of you who love summertime, 2019 in the Memphis area has been a great year for you. I have a bad habit of thinking that when dove season starts on Labor Day weekend, our job is about to slow down and coast into the fall. As we all know, that was just the start of a record breaking hot and dry month. It seemed to be one of the longest months that I have worked through ever. I guess I’m just getting old and weak! I hope that

everyone survived and made it through without too many areas of weak turf going into the fall and winter. We actually did get one day that the weather cooperated in the month of September. On the 23rd, we had our annual Bushwood Classic tournament which was held at Memphis Country Club. A cool front and slight rain moved through the city that morning that allowed everyone to enjoy a nice day to play golf. The golf

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course was in immaculate condition as it always is. We would like to thank Jason Bradley and his crew for hosting this tournament at such a great venue. The winner of the cash prizes that are to be used for furthering education or entry into the GCSAA qualifier was Chase Smith of Olive Branch Country Club who won the gross score division. The winner of the Net score division was Andrew Foster of Windyke Country Club. Congratulations to both of them! The month of November had two meetings for the Memphis region. The annual Scott McNeer Scholarship and Research tournament was help on November 4th. This is our primary fundraiser which was held at Spring Creek Ranch. Thanks to Stephen Cox and all the staff for hosting such a great event. This is also an event that wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors and vendors. They support us every year and I would personally like to say thanks for your support. We ended our year with a day of fun by shooting skeets and a shrimp boil. This is an event for everyone to get away from the course and enjoy some good food. We all try to get some practice in on our shooting skills before hunting season begins. Bubba Jones always shows us a good time at his farm for this event. It is a great location for us to come and relax. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of 2019. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

David Johnson MAGCSA President


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