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FORE YOUR INFORMATION Ja nu a r y / Feb r u a r y 2 0 2 0

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P R E S I D E N T ’ S M E S S AG E Many of us thought this false spring may pass but with temperatures expected to be in the upper 70’s this week in Sacramento it’s looking like and feeling like spring has sprung. Many of the trees are blooming and the oak’s, like myself, are still ready for a little bit more of winter. Another golf season is soon to be here, and we will all be pedal to the metal with spring aeriScott McCullough fication, pre-emergent applications, and any spring projects. The golf market seems to be doing well since there are a few courses within our association that will be doing renovations and new irrigation systems in the near future. Last week, the board had to make the tough decision to drop some members because of unpaid dues. Board members have been reaching out to association members who have not paid their dues. We are also checking to make sure all member contact information is current and up to date. The dues invoices went out on October 1, 2019 and monthly reminders were emailed. The final notice was a hard copy that was mailed out last month. If you find out that you were dropped, please contact the association office at (559)-298-6262 to get your dues paid and we can then reinstate your membership. Each year we have to send a report to the GCSAA of how many members we have, in good standing. The SNGCSA also has to pay a fee based upon the total membership to continue to be affiliated with the California GCSA. Please contact us if you have not seen your dues invoice.



The Association is getting the monthly meetings planned for this year. We are now working to have the April meeting at Woodcreek G.C. with a club we have our next monthly meeting possibly hosted by Jeff Fagerhaug, the education speaker will be Jeff Jenson. He will be speaking about BMP’s (Best Management Practices). The BMP’s have been created to make it really easy for everyone to complete their own BMP plan. The Grass Roots tournament will be hosted by Bob Cline at William Land Park on May 13th. Bob has Pat Gross speaking at that event. In June we will have a two-man Scramble. The two-man scramble will be a Superintendent and Vendor Team. You will have the opportunity to pick your team or we can help pair you up with a Vendor or Superintendent. The Scholarship and research Tournament will be in July at North Ridge Country Club. Other future events are the Tri-Chapter on August 22nd at Del Rio Country Club, Presidents Cup at Grizzly Ranch on September 21st, the Election Meeting will be confirmed soon, and lastly the Annual Holiday party will be returning to Teal Bend in December with John Farley barbecuing the food. I hope everyone’s spring goes well and I look forward to seeing you at the April meeting

Visit us on line at SierraNevadaGCSA.com The SNGCSA is now on Facebook and Twitter.

2019 SNGCSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Scott McCullough The Ridge Golf Course VICE PRESIDENT Sam Samuelson, CGCS Wildhawk Golf Course

SECRETARY/TREASURER John Farley Teal Bend Golf Course DIRECTORS Dave Bermudez Jason Wolf Tracy Shanahan Del Rio Golf & Country Club Lincoln Hills G.C. Peach Tree C.C. Affiliate Representatives Rodney Muller Sierra Pacific Turf

PAST PRESIDENT William Hamilton CGCS Lake Wildwood Association Keith Hill, CGCS Hidden Valley C.C. Mark Stutsman

Association Managers Irene Cline and Kimberly Milne 3273 Richert Ave. Clovis, CA 559-298-6262

Michael Cunniff Clear Creek GC

Simplot Partners

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2020 M E E T I N G DA T E S

April 20, 2020 Woodcreek Golf Club Hosted by Jeff Fagerhaug Pending final confirmation

May 13, 2020 GrassRoots Tournament William Land Park Hosted by Bob Cline

August 24, 2020 Tri Chapter Event Hosted by the SNGCSA Del Rio Country Club Hosted by Dave Bermudez

September 21, 2020 President’s Cup Tournament Grizzly Ranch Golf Course Hosted by Mike Baty

November 2020

June 2020

Annual Meeting Location to be confirmed

Educational Meeting & Tournament Confirmation Pending

December 2020

July 13, 2020 Scholarship & Research Tournament Northridge Country Club Hosted by Larry Johnson, CGCS

Annual Holiday Tournament & Dinner Teal Bend Golf Course Hosted by John Farley Visit our On Line Industry Calendar for all event https://californiagcsa.org/?page_id=3712

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2020 SCHOLARSHIP & RESEARCH TOURNAMENT Before we know it will be time for the chapter’s Research and Scholarship Tournament. This year’s tournament is scheduled on July 13, 2020 at North Ridge Country Club. We thank Larry Johnson CGCS, our host superintendent for offering us his fine facility for this special event. We were last at North Ridge in 2012 so it will great to get back a see everything Larry has been doing. Once again Syngenta and Joe Ballmer will sponsor the tee prizes. We would like to thank all of our golf industry partners who have helped us in the past by providing equipment displays, items donated for the auction, sponsoring meals, and for those who sponsored tee signs and games on the course during the tournament. Superintendents, we also want to thank you for attending, bringing guests and bringing some great prizes for the raffle. Soon the SNGCSA Board of Directors will be asking you once again for donations for this year’s event. The money raised from this tournament goes to Scholarship and Legacy Awards, Turfgrass Research, Personal and Professional Development Program, and our Benevolence Fund. Over the last for eight years the money raised from this event is over $250,000. We could not have done this without everyone’s participation. The Scholarship Applications and the Legacy Award Applications will be out to you in March. They will also be posted on our web site for your convenience. Be sure that these get into the hands of anyone that will qualify. Lets make this another great year!

Thank you, David Bermudez and Kurtis Wolford Co Chairmen

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT D AV E R A I N E Y , B R O W N S A N D I N C . By Dave Bermudez Please allow us to introduce our newest SNGCSA member Dave Rainey who is Brown Sand Inc’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Dave comes to us with a wide variety of skill sets and an extensive background in the construction industry. Dave’s work history includes 16 years at Graystone Block in Modesto, CA where he was Sales and Operations Manager. Following his time there, Dave went on to Davis Colors, an international pigment producing company where he rose to become Western Region Sales Director of North America and managed a sales force while supplying color pigments and automated color dispensing systems to the concrete manufactured products and paint and coating industries for 28 years. Dave grew up in Tracy, CA where he was active in sports in high school. After attending San Joaquin Delta College, He was called to serve his country and spent two years in the United States Army where he served as a Still Photographer in the Psychological Operations division which was attached to the 7 th Special Forces. Dave and his wife Mary Louise reside in Tracy with their pups Vinnie and Fionna. Dave is active in his community where he is a member of the Rotary International Organization. Dave is an avid golfer and photographer who has enjoyed travels throughout Western Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico. Dave can be contacted at (209) 993-5211 and his email address is dave@brownsandinc.com

800 MOSSDALE RD, LATHROP, CA. 209 234-1500 www.brownsandinc.com PRODUCTSSERVICES AVAILABLEUSGA Top Dressing Sand Deliveries by Magnum Transportation Inc. Greens Top Dressing Sand Blend Materials to Customers Specifications Bunker Sand Profile / Sand Blends 0-0-50 / Kiln Dried Sand blends Kiln Dried USGA Sand - 3000lbs Super Sacks Dakota Peat Sand Blends Peat Inc Sand Blends Pea Gravel Top Soil


DAVE RAINEY – Director of Sales and Marketing Cell# 209 993-5211 E-mail: DAVE@brownsandinc.com

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Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region As we move into Spring, this will find many of you with high school seniors getting ready for graduation and thinking about how to finance their college educations. As a reminder, GCSAA offers scholarships for not only students pursuing careers in the golf industry, but for students pursuing other areas of higher education through Legacy Awards sponsored by Syngenta and the Environmental Institute for Golf. The Legacy Awards are open to children and grandchildren of GCSAA members and the scholarships are $1,500 each. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, they must have been accepted at such an institution for the next academic year. The deadline for applications is April 15 and will be reviewed by an independent committee consisting of Jeff Jensen three high school educators and three college administrators. All decisions of the committee will be final. Applicants will be notified of their status by mail by June 15 of the year submitted. For complete information on how to apply, eligibility and criteria, visit https://www.gcsaa.org/education/scholarships. In other news, its time to start getting in your donations for the annual Rounds 4 Research auction. The auction is scheduled for April 27 – May 3. The Rounds 4 Research program was designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research and advocacy related issues. Rounds of golf are solicited from local golf facilities for the auction with 80 percent of the funds raised in the auction going back to the participating chapter. The remaining 20 percent goes to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to assist with the costs associated with running a national auction of this size. Donating facilities can stipulate times, days of the week, blackout dates, etc. when donating rounds. Donations of rounds can be made online at https://www.eifg.org/research/rounds-4-research/donate-a-round/online-form with the entire process taking approximately 10 minutes. You can send in your own certificate for the auction or the EIFG can create one for you. To view current donations or to bid on golf when the auction opens, visit https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=rounds4research. Rounds 4 Research is a great and easy opportunity for you to assist your chapter and the industry with issues of critical importance. Thank you for your support and if you have any questions contact me at jjensen@gcsaa.org and please visit my regional webpage at https://www.gcsaa.org/resources/regional-resources/southwest for industry updates and a regional calendar of events.

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2020 T U R F T E C H W O R K S H O P H I G H L I G H T S The 2020 Turf Tech Workshop was once again a huge success. We had over 100 golf course mechanics, irrigation techs, assistance superintendents, and superintendents that attended from around the northern part of our state. This years group was more engaged than in past years and our speakers welcomed the questions and input from the audience. Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Representative and Shelia Finney GCSAA Sr. Director, Member Programs handed out GCSAA memberships to all the mechanics that attended the event. Almost all took advantage of this offer and the SNGCSA matched the offer with a complimentary one year membership to the Association. There was great education, great hands on opportunities, and a lot of great networking opportunities. Here are some highlights of our event.

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Highlights from the 2020 California Room

Akoni Ganir sharing a laugh with a good friend.

Dr. Jim Baird and Dave Bermudez Matt Moore and Pete Bowman.

Jeff Jensen catching up with Brad Snavely and his wife . We had a total of 250 visit the California Room. It was a great venue and a great opportunity for our vendors to meet with clients and old friends.

Joe Ballmer with Dean Kinney enjoying the evening with friends.

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Highlights from the GIS Trade Show Floor Below we caught Jessie Creencia waiting his turn while Manny Pina relaxes with a complimentary shoe shine. At right we found Dr. Frank Wong catching up with old friend Dave Davies.

Bob Miller and the boys are sporting some pretty nice shirts on the trade show floor.

Below on the left Kim Milne ran into David Piper for a photo op and below Mike Basile has an opportunity with a potential new client.

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FORE YOUR INFORMATION Published by the Sierra Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association EDITOR Bill Hamilton, CGCS OFFICE SNGCSA 3273 Richert Ave., Clovis, CA 93619 559-298-6262 Fax# 559-298-6957 sngcsaa@aol.com

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January/February 2020 Issue  

Bi Monthly Publication

January/February 2020 Issue  

Bi Monthly Publication