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Government Relations Update 10 Yrs of Grass Roots Honorees

Dates to Remember

March 4th 2013 Grass Roots Tournament Wildhawk G.C.

Sierra Nevada GCSA An Affiliate Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America





On March 9th, 2004 the Sierra Nevada GCSA held the First Annual “Grass Roots” Memorial Tournament at Bing Maloney G.C. That year we honored Dick Howe and Paragon Singh, two well known superintendents who came up through the ranks, true grass roots golf superintendents. For the past 10 years we have remained focused on honoring such great individuals. The tournament was the brainchild of Sam Samuelson, CGCS

2013 GRASSROOTS TOURNAMENT who was at the time serving as a director on the Sierra Nevada GCSA board. It was Sam’s feeling that in the modern day evolution of high profile golf properties, we sometimes have a tendency to overlook the guy or gal down in the trenches who has developed their craft primarily through in the field experiences. Sam felt all superintendents started in this business somewhere down towards the bottom rung of the turf ladder. Some of them had the good

2013 MEMBER Once again we look to celebrate our “roots” as well as our current success stories, by recognizing our peers for their commitment to the association and accomplishments in the field of turfgrass management. We call you, the members, to nominate a candidate who you feel


fortune of higher education and the benefit of training with highly qualified and experienced turf managers. He felt it really didn’t matter how you obtained your knowledge to succeed or what golf property you were managing, only the fact that everyone was practicing a craft that maintains optimum playing conditions within a given budget, all the while being stewards of the environment. Sam also be(Continued on page 4)


embodies the qualifications necessary to receive the award of Distinguished Member of the Year, Turfgrass Manager of the Year, and the Affiliate Merit Award. You will receive the nomination forms by email or you can contact the association office to have the forms sent di-

rectly to you. All those chosen will be honored at the Grass Roots event on March 4th, so it is important that we get those nomination forms in by the deadline date, and be sure to attend the Grass Roots tournament.

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Fore Your Information EDITOR Jim Alwine Bernardo Heights G.C.


OFFICE SNGCSA 5322 N. Leonard Clovis, CA 93619 559-298-6262 Fax# 559-298-6957 PRESIDENT Jeremy Payne Winchester C.C. 530-878-9099

VICE PRESIDENT Jesse Seguin Lincoln Hills Golf Course 916-434-7200

SECRETARY/TREASURER Bob Franco Micke Grove Golf Links 209-598-0564

PAST PRESIDENT Jeff Couwenhoven 916-771-7370

DIRECTORS Dave Bermudez Del Rio Golf & Country Club 209-341-2413 Scott McCullough The Ridge Golf Course 530-888-7122 ext 2 Kurtis Wolford Cherry Island Golf Course 916-991-7659 Rob Williams Stockton Golf & C.C. 209-462-6734

Affiliate Representatives Dave Wilber Sierra Pacific Turf Supply 916-630-7600 Pete Bowman Target Specialty Products 916-396-9394

FORE YOUR INFORMATION Published by the Sierra Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association

Jeremy Payne

Just recently, the new Board had our first meeting of 2013 which, as tradition has it, focused on our Strategic Planning and setting goals for the calendar year. While those goals continue to be refined with more details to follow as

the year progresses, a big part of achieving all that we set out to do is the creation of committees focused on our association’s core undertakings for the year. Though our board members have always done an outstanding job in their respective committees, we are infinitely more successful when we have the support and assistance from those outside the board who wish to take part in helping us achieve our mutual goals. To that extent, let me outline the committees for 2013 for everyone’s benefit and reference:



Membership –focused on welcoming new members, retaining and satisfying existing members and reaching out to those not currently part of the association Meetings – responsible for planning, organizing and executing our monthly meetings and finding ways to make them be as successful and well-attended as possible Communications – charged with making sure all our members are receiving information and updates from the association, as well as spreading our message about who we are and what we stand for (Continued on page 3)

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to the golfing public and industry at large through use of a variety of communication tools Government, State & National Relations – stays abreast of all issues, actions and laws on a state and national level that impact our industry, conveying that information to our membership and providing support with compliance, as well as interacting with the GCSAA on national association issues Finance – ensures the stability and well-being of our association on an economic level and develops initiatives and proposals toward maintaining our financial success C/GMS Member Outreach – a new committee this year; tasked with engaging an underrepresented portion of our mem-

bership in our assistant superintendent and golf maintenance staff (mechanics, spray techs, greenskeepers, etc.) members and involving them in association planning and activities Affiliate Feedback –provides our board and association with perspective “from the other side” and offers support, information and advice coming out of the vendor/sales world that may be of benefit and interest to our superintendent members, as well as helping us better understand how we can interact better with our affiliate members Fundraising & Awards – responsible for the planning and execution of the annual Scholarship & Research tournament, as well as being in charge of distribution of

raised funds and awards toward scholarship, industry & association recognition, grants, research and benevolence You can see that our committees cover a wide range of important tasks, issues and benefits to our members and our success lies in their effectiveness in working as small, individual teams to bring positive plans and ideas to the group as a whole. If there are any committees that resonate with you and that you would like to be a part of, please contact myself or Irene and we will get you set up with our established teams so that you can make a difference within the association as well! Remember, you often only receive as much as you put in, so get involved today!

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lieved that every superintendent at every facility should be recognized for his or her talents. This was the beginning of the “Grass Roots’ Tournament and has remained a key event on the Sierra Nevada meeting schedule for the last 10 years. It has remained our way of honoring these fine individuals. Along with the “grass roots” ideas and ideals, the association has always focused on a “back to the past” meeting price for this event. Meetings priced just like the good old days, was the theme 10 years ago and has remained consistent. It is a time when we hope that many superintendents, assistants, and any staff members with aspirations of climbing the turf ladder are en-


couraged to attend. We encourage all of our members to bring the crew for a Sierra Nevada GCSA experience. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary Sam Samuelson, CGCS has once again volunteered to host the event. This year we are being treated to Wildhawk Golf Club in Sacramento. It is an 18 hole, 6,718 yd. facility that opened in 1997. It was designed by J. Michael Poellett. The signature hole, #16, that is affectionately called the “if you dare” hole is a short par 4 over water. Sam says it is a fun course to play, “it doesn’t take you to your knees”. Sam started working at Hueston Woods Golf Course at age 13 in 1968. He was walk-mowing greens in the summers. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1979. His major was Agronomy and Plant Genetics. Sam’s first superintendent position was in 1980 at the 49er’s Country Club in Tucson. During this time he also served on the

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Board of Directors of the Cactus & Pines Golf Course Superintendents Association. In 1984 Sam moved to San Diego working at the Tecolote Canyon Golf Course and Mission Trails Golf Course. He then went to work on a grow-in at the Vineyard at Escondido. He moved to Sacramento in 1994 as superintendent for the City of Sacramento, growing in Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course. He served as superintendent at all of the city’s golf courses until 2011 when he found his way to Wildhawk. He received his certification with the GCSAA in 1987 while at Tecolate Canyon G.C. in San Diego. In 45 years of working on golf courses, 33 of those years as a superintendent, Sam has seen a lot of things and learned a lot of things, good and not so good. Everyday continues to be a learning experience and he still enjoys what he does. He attributes his success to his awesome wife Kathy and two sons, Jack and Willie. Sam loves skiing, golf, tennis, and especially watching his boys play sports. Be sure to come see our very own Grass Roots Superintendent Sam, on March 4th. Phoenix AnaLync Gro-Power Aqua-Pucks (800) 322-8417

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MEETING SCHEDULE February 4-8. 2013 Annual Conference & Show San Diego, CA California Room USS Midway Wednesday Feb. 6, 2012

May 5, 6, & 7, 2013 California GCSA Annual Meeting and Golf Championship Hosted by the Sierra Nevada GCSA Location to be Announced

June 2013 To be confirmed March 4, 2013 Annual Grass Roots Tournament Wildhawk Golf Club Host Superintendent Sam Samuelson, CGCS

April 1, 2013 Micke Grove Golf Links Host Superintendent Bob Franco

July 8, 2013 Annual Scholarship & Research Tournament Rancho Murrieta C.C. Host Superintendent Rich Scholes

August 5, 2013 Tri Chapter Event Spring Creek C.C. Host Superintendent Phil Brown

If you are interested in hosting a meeting email Jeremy Payne at or Dave Wilber at

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Wilber’s Sierra Nevada News by Dave Wilber Could it be that for the moment the music has stopped and everyone has a chair? There isn't much to report in the Dave Wilber way of job changes with just two moves which for most is a good thing and others, not so much. Brad Wunderlich is the new Super at Edgewood Tahoe. Brad was the assistant at Montreaux

in Reno. Jeff Cady remains at Edgewood as Brad's right hand. SNGCSA Board Member Bob Franco takes the reins at Micke Grove Golf Links in Lodi. Bob moves from the operation at Van Buskirk GC in Stockton. By the time you read this, the GIS will be getting going and many from our world will be headed to San Diego. Kudos to the State Chapter for creativeness in party hosting. An aircraft carrier. Pretty cool place to have 600 or so California Turfheads for a meet and greet on Wednesday night. In 1991, I was in charge of the Hospitality

Suite for California. Two adjoining hotel rooms and a hotel bartender set up in the corner. Big difference. The SNGCSA board is really excited. A strong strategic planning session just after the holidays has a lot if creative juice flowing. The chapter is in good hands and our event calendar is looking like one of the best ever. In face we are already starting to look at 2014 dates!

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SNGCSA GOLF COURSE DOGS “ L A N C E ” B Y D AV E B E R M U D E Z My name is Lance and I’m a purebred border collie. I’m a three year old male and was born in North Carolina. I’m the bird dog for Del Rio Golf and Country Club. I’m a quiet kind of dog and very shy, until I get out on the course, then my true personality comes out! My job is to keep the Canadian geese and other water fowl away from our golf course. I was trained in Monterey, California by P & K Kennels. I live with David Bermudez, who is our great golf course superintendent, (and he’s also my boss), Cindy, his wife, and Sadie my Pomeranian step sister! Working in golf course maintenance my day starts at four in the morning. We’re normally at work around five and the crew begins their shift at five thirty. I spend my day driving or running around with David looking for water fowl, squirrels, skunks, coyotes, and other assorted critters. When I see geese or ducks I run after them and chase them away. Sometimes if the geese are in the lakes I jump in and swim at them.

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JEFF JENSEN, GCSAA FIELD STAFF, SOUTHWEST REGION I would like to welcome all of our Sierra Nevada GCSA members to San Diego. As you are reading this, most of you will be on Jeff Jensen your way or shortly arriving at the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show. I hope you enjoy all that San Diego has to offer and please stop by the GCSAA Member Headquarters if you need any assistance during your show experience. I wanted to update you on the progress of the Environmental

Institute for Golf (EIFG). EIFG enjoyed tremendous success in 2012 and is continuing its mission of fostering sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Nine affiliated chapters have made EIFG donations with the most recent being a $5,000 donation from the Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association. Other contributing chapters include the Alabama GCSA, Everglades GCSA, Florida GCSA, Heart of America GCSA, GCSA of New Jersey, Midwest Association of GCS, Palm

Beach GCSA and Wisconsin GCSA. These donations are being used to fund projects in a variety of areas ranging from water use and energy conservation to pollution prevention including the soon to be published GCSAA Golf Course Environmental Profile. While the support from our affiliated chapters and industry partners has been outstanding, we still need individual support from our loyal superintendent members moving forward. To that end, EIFG established the “Give 5� campaign in the fall of 2012 to provide an easy and affordable way to (Continued on page 9)

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support EIFG. Take 5 seconds to donate $5 at It’s that easy to show your support for the industry and to ensure the game’s long-term success. Additionally, the Rounds 4 Research program has shown some early success and auction dates for 2013 will be announced shortly. Currently over 40 affiliate chapters nationwide participate in the program including all of the chapters in California. If you have not donated a foursome from your facility, I urge you to do so as 80 percent of the funds from the auctioned rounds of golf go back to the chapter in which they were secured to be used for research, education,

advocacy, scholarships and environmental programs. You can donate online at and the entire process takes approximately 10 minutes. If you have questions on any GCSAA or EIFG programs, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or send me a message via Twitter @GCSAA_SW. I look forward to seeing you all in the near future and thank you for the continued support of GCSAA.

Welcome New Member Doug McCullough, Bayer Environmental Affiliate Member The SNGCSA is now on Facebook and Twitter. Check it out!

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G OV E R N M E N T R E L A T I O N S U P DA T E Senators Roberts and Johanns Introduce Bill to Eliminate Costly and Redundant EPA Permit Requirements for Applications of Pesticides WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) have introduced legislation to eliminate a burdensome, costly and redundant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit requirement for applications of pesticides. “This double layer of red tape is costly to the agriculture industry and consumers. It also takes aim at public health departments by requiring permits on top of existing permits for pesticide use,” said Roberts. “This creates confusion and the potential for significant penalties. Our bill eliminates this redundant permit requirement while at the same time ensuring proper pesticide use through existing law.” "Not only is EPA pursuing regulations that are economically crippling, they are also pursuing regulations that are clearly duplicative,” said Senator Johanns. “The agenda being pushed by this Administration’s EPA amounts to more red tape, more roadblocks and more needless headaches. President Obama has repeatedly promised to eliminate duplicative regulations,

but actions speak louder than words. That’s why we’re acting on an economically and environmentally responsible solution to this government-made problem.” At issue is the January 2009, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in National Cotton Council v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that requires pesticide applications to be permitted under the Clean Water Act. This National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is now in addition to any label requirements or restrictions already placed on the use of a pesticide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since early in 2012, the EPA has enforced a now permanent rule in response to the Sixth Circuit Court ruling requiring approximately 35,000 pesticide applicators to get permits to cover about 500,000 applications per year. EPA estimates determined the permit rule will cost states, local entities and pesticide applicators $50 million and require one million hours to implement per year. Under the Clean Water Act, unlawful discharges are subject to $37,500 per day in fines. This requirement is of particular concern for public health

officials who are now restricted in their ability to control mosquitoes, and the spread of diseases like the West Nile virus. It is also a significant issue for agriculture. Senator Roberts and Johanns’ bill, S. 175, ensures Clean Water Act permits are not needed for the applications of pesticides and amends FIFRA by stating that no permit shall be required for the use of a pesticide that is registered under FIFRA. Roberts introduced the same legislation in the last Congress where it was blocked from consideration on the Senate floor. Also in the 112th Congress, the House and the Senate Agriculture Committee passed similar legislation, H.R. 872, with strong bipartisan support. The bill has the following original cosponsors: Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Roy Blunt (R-MO) John Barrasso (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), David Vitter (R-LA), Michael Enzi (R-WY), James Inhofe (R-OK) and John Boozman (R-AR). ewsroom/press/release/senatorroberts-introduces-bill-to-eliminatecostly-redundant-and-burdensomeepa-permit-requirement-forapplications-of-pesticides

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10 Y E A R S O F G R A S S R O O T S H O N O R E E S Our first Grass Roots awards in 2004 went to Dick Howe and Paragon Singh, two wellknown superintendents who came up through the ranks. True Grass

In 2007 Kevin Breen, CGCS was honored as the SNGCSA Member of the Year and as the Grass Roots Honoree. Kevin Breen, CGCS In 2008, the SN GCSA recognized these attributes in member Joel Blaker, CGCS and awarded him with the SuperinAbove is a picture of the Howe and Singh families. Accepting on behalf of Dick Howe tendent of the and Paragon Singh. Year. In 2009 Jim Hust- Joel Blaker, CGCS and Roots golf course superintendents. ing, CGCS was his wife. In 2005 we honored three long time chosen as the Sacramento area legends, Dale Member of the Year. His endless Achondo, Rich Scholes, and Tom dedication to the indusUnruh. All of these fine gentlemen try led the board to a signified years of devotion to the unanimous decision profession while climbing up the that year. Jim was also ranks. Dale, Rich, and Tom led honored at the 2010 and mentored many area superinGCSAA level with the tendents and blazed a path for felDistinguished Service low superintendents to follow for Award. years to come. 2006, as many may In 2010 the remember, was almost a rainout but Jim Husting, CGCS board decided to most persevered change things up a and stayed to bit and honor on difhonor Rich ferent levels. They created a Turfgrass Manager of the Year Sizelove. Award, Distinguished Member of Rich Sizelove

the Year Award, and Affiliate Merit Award. The 2010 honorees were Kyle Jones for Turfgrass Manager of the Year, Bob Cline for Distinguished Member of the Year, and Dave Macy for Affiliate Merit Award. In 2011 Jim Ferrin, CGCS received the Distinguished Member of the Year Award. Scott Bower was recognized as Turfgrass Manager of the Year. Joe Goldbronn was recognized as this year’s President’s Grass Roots Award for Outstanding Individual Career. In 2012 we honored Mathew Hoyt as the Turf Grass Manager of the Year, Kelly Kerr as the Affiliate Merit Award Winner, and Jim Alwine received the Member of the Year. Bob Grassroots Award. This year’s decisions will be just as tough as in years past and we need your help in choosing our award recipients. Look for your nomination forms coming your way and be sure to make your recommendations.

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