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FORE YOUR INFORMATION Ja nu a r y / Feb r u a r y 2 0 1 5

2015 GrassRoots Event Hosted by Bob Cline Wm Land Park G.C.

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

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February 21-26, 2015 GCSAA Golf Industry Show San Antonio

February 25, 2015 California Room 6:00 to 9:00



March 23, 2015 Annual Grass Roots Tournament William Land Park Hosted by Bob Cline & The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

May 4, 2015 Lake Wildwood Golf Course Hosted by Bill Hamilton, CGCS

July 27, 2015 Annual Scholarship & Research Tournament Valley Hi Country Club Hosted by Sean McPhedran

August 10, 2015 Annual Tri Chapter Meeting Coyote Creek in Morgan Hill

Hosted by NorCal GCSA



Rob Williams

Dave Bermudez Del Rio Golf & Country Club 209-341-2413 William Hamilton Lake Wildwood Association

Stockton Golf & C.C. 209-462-6734

VICE PRESIDENT Kurtis Wolford Cherry Island Golf Course 916-991-7659



Hulises Avila, Greenhorn Creek Resort 209-736-8164

Mike Scully Valley Crest/Modesto 209-578-9678


Fr o n t Cove rBOB CLINE

Scott Dickson Micke Grove Golf Links 209-369-7037

Affiliate Representatives Jim Barbuto Ewing Irrigation 916-502-3287 Joe Kurung West Coast Sand & Gravel 916-386-8177

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

EDITOR Bill Hamilton, CGCS OFFICE SNGCSA 5322 N. Leonard, Clovis, CA 93619 559-298-6262 Fax# 559-298-6957

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2015 GRASS ROOTS TOURNAMENT WILLIAM LAND PARK GOLF COURSE ROOTED This is the 12th year that our chapter will hold the Grass Roots Tournament. The event was the brain child of our own Sam Samuelson, CGCS. It is an event in which we get back to our “Roots” and remember who we are and why we love what we do. It is an opportunity to bring your crews and share the experience with them. The experience of what it means to be a member of the Sierra Nevada GCSA. It is also the opportunity to honor some of our members. "Distinguished Member of the Year, Turfgrass Manager of the Year , and Affiliate Merit of the Year". What better place to hold this event, than William Land Park G.C. in downtown Sacramento. To say that William Land Park’s 160 acres enjoys a rich history is an understatement. John Sutter wanted to ensure a city that would be above a consistently chal-

lenging flood plain. He located Sutterville at the southwest corner of what is now known as William Land Park. In 1911 Land left $250,000 “to purchase a public park within a suitable distance of Sacramento to be used as a recreation spot for the children and a pleasure ground for the poor.” William Land Park was established on its present site in the 1920’s and the golf course was built in 1924. It was the first golf course in Sacramento. The Sierra Nevada GCSA Members have supported the efforts of Superintendent Bob Cline and the 1st Tee of Greater Sacramento through countless hours of work, as well as donations of machinery, equipment and supplies during their annual field days. Our event will be on Monday, March 23, 2015. We will begin registration at 7:00 AM– and then start our shotgun tournament at 8:00 or if that is



a bit early you can start your golf and play as many holes as you can before 10:30- Show up and Play! Submit your best 9 to WIN Low Gross Trophy in Superintendent and Affiliate We will be hosted to a lunch courtesy of The First Tee which is being catered by JR's BBQ . Brian Whitlark, USGA Agronomist will do a brief talk and then we will present our annual awards as well as the tournament awards to the winning individuals. The price is only $25 for all this and you will want to get your reservations in early. You can go to our web site at ts-3/online-meeting-registration/ for information and to register for the event.

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The 2015 U.S. Senior Open is only a few months away! June 22nd through June 28th Del Paso Country Club will be hosting the best players in the world over 50. This is not only an exciting time for our Club but California and the Sacramento region specifically. The 2015 U.S. Senior Open will be the largest sporting event in Sacramento history. In order for something of this magnitude to be successful it requires people‌...good people! We are looking for volunteers to help us for the week of the Championship. It would be an honor to have the SNGCSAA and their members be a part of this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melinda Schwartz. or 916-246-7215. Thank You!

Mark McKinney, CGCS

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S A CR AM ENTO G OLF I ND US TRY W AT ER C O NSERVAT I ON T ASKFORCE U PDATE BY MATT DILLON, CGCS As the historic drought year of 2014 ended many of us likely started breathing collective sighs of relief thinking that maybe this drought would had finally come to an end. Sacramento averages just over 3” of rainfall in December. Some of the surrounding areas received 10” of rain and close to double that amount in the foothills. Then January came and the rain stopped. December’s rainfall did help add to California’s reservoirs and the snow accumulation in the mountains, which are in better shape than they were at the same point last year. However, the stubborn high-pressure systems keep steering storms away from our state. It is highly unlikely that the drought will end in 2015. Many of us believe that the diminished water supply caused by this drought and the water use on our golf courses will be the defining management issue moving forward for most of our careers. Availability of water along with its rising cost will also likely pose the biggest threat to the sustainability of our business.

Anyone who has worked in golf course management in the Sacramento area for any length of time now realizes that we have previously been very fortunate. We reside and maintain our golf courses right in and below some of the most productive watersheds in the state where a big portion of the states water originates. For the most part water has been plentiful and for the longest time economical. That was then, this is now. This historic drought will end at some point, but in the spirit of not letting a good crisis go to waste, it has been the impetus for local and statewide initiatives that will change the way all of us use water in California. Whether we purchase it from a municipality or water district or even pump it out of the ground underneath us, the times have changed for many of our colleagues in Southern California along with many parts of the nation. This is why the Sacramento Golf Industry Water Conservation Taskforce was started last year and in its first year was able to make some significant progress. First and foremost, driven by the efforts of Kurtis Wolford, the taskforce secured an affiliate membership with the Sacramento Regional Water Authority (RWA). RWA is a joint powers authority that serves and represents the interests of

nearly 21 water providers in the greater Sacramento area. The organization's primary mission is to “help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources”. The taskforce felt early on that getting in front of this consortium would be the most efficient way to present our message since they represent the water districts and municipalities that control our water supplies. Additionally RWA shares staff and membership with the Sacramento Groundwater Authority (SGA) which will be the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for many local golf courses that utilize groundwater. The affiliate membership fee for 2015 was shared by the SNGCSA and the Nor Cal PGA. Secondly we wanted to proactively develop and adopt a Alternate Means of Compliance (AMC) for large landscape areas and sports fields as an alternate reduction protocol to the likely restrictive drought stage language that various water agencies had already adopted or were in the process of adopting and / or altering. Right now the Sacramento Council of Government’s is working with RWA on coordinated regional water shortage stage language which includes days of the week and time of the day water restrictions for turf. These type of restrictions do not work for golf course operations that already manage irrigation well below ET rates right through the Sacramento summer in most cases. Getting this science based alternate reduction protocol in place so the municipalities, water districts and GSA’s will net even greater savings then the above restrictions will be a task. But we are positioned well to make our case proactively rather then have to react to

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S A CR AM ENTO G OLF I ND US TRY W AT ER C O NSERVAT I ON T ASKFORCE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 restrictions that haven’t worked in other parts of the State for our industry. The AMC protocols that were approved by the taskforce advisory board were edits from already existing Southern California AMC documents. We hope to get buy in from local industry professionals including Superintendents, PGA Pros, GM’s and Owners along with the local water agencies that control our supply. These protocols do not ask for an exemption or variance from the drought stage reductions imposed by the various water districts but requests an alternate protocol calibrated to achieve a higher level of conservation based on the scientific foundation contained in the

CA Dept. of Water Resources AB 1881. The AMC basically claims that in lieu of “days of the week” and “time of day” watering restrictions, applicants adhering to the AMC protocols will:  Conserve an additional 5% more water then current declaration by any said water district, municipality, or GSA.  Qualifying properties annual water budget will be based on Maximum Allowable Water Amount (MAWA) per CA Dept. of Water Resources AB 1881.  Calculated water budgets will be a rolling 12-month budget. Gaining widespread acceptance for the AMC from the local golf industry is the taskforce’s primary goal at this point. Therefore we are holding a industry wide taskforce meeting on Tuesday April 14th 2015 at 12:00 PM at Haggin Oaks. Everyone involved in golf in the Sacramento area is encouraged to attend. After gaining local industry acceptance the task force plans to strategically present the protocols to RWA where they then can start to be part of the water use discussion with individual water districts. We as

golf course superintendents and operators still have to deal with our individual water districts. Nothing has changed there. Although our hope is that by organizing and establishing our industry as the leaders in water conservation we can head off restrictions that are not conducive to the sound agronomic practices we employ daily in managing our golf courses and businesses. Matt Dillon CGCS Golf Course Superintendent Granite Bay Golf Club (916) 791-4930 office Kurtis Wolford Golf Course Superintendent Cherry Island Golf Course (916)-991-7659 Office Industry wide taskforce meeting on Tuesday April 14th 2015 at 12:00 PM at Haggin Oaks.

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My 2015 is off to a fast and furious start! I Jeff Jensen have hit numerous GCSAA chapter events throughout California and it’s been great to catch up with all of our valued members. As we rapidly approach the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, I want to take time and make sure that you are aware of some of the events going on throughout what is

sure to be an exciting, fun-filled and educational week: · The Opening Night Celebration presented by Syngenta will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 – 7 pm at The Towers of the Americas located next to the convention center. The event features appetizers, cocktails and a great opportunity to network with superintendents and industry professionals from all over the U.S.

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· The Opening Session presented by Syngenta will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 8 – 9:30 am at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in the convention center. GCSAA will recognize the best in our profession with awards for environmental leadership and stewardship, advocacy for the golf industry, the best superintendent-written article in Golf Course Management magazine and individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the game of golf. Additionally, the 2015 Old Tom Morris Award will be presented to Dan Jenkins, golf writer and (Continued on page 9)

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member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. · The Golf Industry Show General Session featuring the USGA will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 8 – 10 am at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. The USGA session is focused on managing the game and the course, highlighted by recognition of the USGA Green Section Award winner. The USGA West Region Green Section team of Pat Gross and Brian Whitlark will be featured speakers along with Henry Delozier from Global Golf Advisors.

· The Closing Celebration presented by John Deere Golf will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 5 – 7 pm at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. The event will include entertainment from golf’s funnyman, David Feherty of The Golf Channel and CBS Sports. Additionally, don’t forget to visit the Association Clubhouse located in Ballroom B. Stop by for a chance to network and meet staff who can help answer questions about association programs and services, and provide guidance for navigating the Golf Industry Show. Our GCSAA board of directors will be available on Wed.

Feb. 25 from 10:30 – noon and 2:30 – 5 p.m. to answer questions concerning member standards and our government relations staff will be providing regulatory updates on Wed. Feb. 25 from 9 – 11 a.m. and Thurs. Feb. 26 from 9 – noon and 3 – 5 p.m. I will be in San Antonio from Feb. 19-27 working both the GCSAA Golf Championship and the Golf Industry Show. If I can be of any assistance to you, please call or text me at 785-840-7879. I look forward to seeing all of you in Texas.

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2015 SCHOLARSHIP & RESEARCH TOURNAMENT V A L L E Y H I C O U N T RY CLUB BY DAVE BERMUDEZ Before we know it will be time for the chapter’s Research and Scholarship Tournament. This year’s tournament is scheduled on July 27 at Valley Hi Country Club. We thank Sean McPhedran, our host superintendent for offering us his fine facility for this special event. Once again Syngenta and Joe Ballmer have donated the tee prizes. We would like to thank all the golf industry suppliers who in the past had equipment displays, donated items for the live auction, sponsored meals and for those who sponsored tee signs and games on the course. Superintendents, we also want to thank you for attending, bringing guests as well as bringing some great prizes for the raffle. Soon the SNGCSA Board of Directors will be asking again for donations for this year’s event. It is important to remember that the money raised from this tournament goes to Scholarships, Turfgrass Research, Personal and Professional Development Program, and our Benevolence Fund. Over the last for four years the money raised from this event exceeds $100,000. We could not

have done this without everyone participants. Start looking for information coming out about this very important event. Kurtis Wolford and I will be co-chairing the event again this year and as always look forward to seeing everyone there. So save the date. July 27th..

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Taylor Halinski Somersett Country Club Class C William Hausch Farmload Distributing Class Affiliate Daniel Moak Merced Golf & Country Club Class A George Guerra Spring Creek Country Club Class C

2015 Auction Date: June 8-21, 2015 Questions? Contact Mischia Wright, Associate Director, EIFG 800.472.7878, ext. 4445 •

The Sierra Nevada GCSA would like your assistance in helping us become a bigger part of this worthwhile program. Lets start thinking about 2015. Contact the association office if you want to become a part of this program. Presented in partnership with The Toro Company.

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For the second year in a row the Mechanic Seminar hosted by Superintendent Scott McCullough was a huge success. Scott welcomed over 60 mechanics and superintendents from around our association. This event has gained national attention and we are one of a very small group of associations that holds this type of event for our members and their crews.

Attendees had the opportunity to not only hear about the equipment and products but to see and touch them as well. Much information was shared and everyone in attendance went away knowing the value that the Sierra Nevada GCSA brings to them. Thank you to everyone who participated and sponsored

The lineup of speakers was extremely well received and everyone is looking forward to this being an annual event.

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