Conference Registration at Bandon Now Open

Registration is now available for the Northwest Turfgrass Association’s annual conference, set for Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Southern Oregon coast.

The 70th edition of the annual conference will feature tremendous golf at Bandon Dunes and great speakers in Dr. Cale Bigelow from Purdue University and Toronto-based golf-course architect Jeff Mingay. Dr. Alec Kowalewski from Oregon State University and other leading researchers from the Northwest also will be sharing their latest insights.

Best of all, the annual conference this year will have a low registration price of $595, which includes lodging for two nights, two rounds of golf, the two educational sessions and all meals from Sunday night to Tuesday morning.

Click here for the online registration form.

The $595 rate is based on double occupancy, and the accommodations at Bandon Dunes are set up perfectly for double-occupancy as the resort caters to golf-buddy road trips. If you don’t have someone in mind to be your roommate, go ahead and fill out the registration form anyway and Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, will set up your lodging arrangements.

Western Equipment/TurfStar has agreed to be the leading corporate sponsor for the 2016 conference and the NTA would like to thank them for their support and friendship.

Other sponsorships are still available, and the breakdown of opportunities is available by clicking here.

The schedule of events again calls for golf Sunday afternoon, education sessions Monday morning with golf Monday afternoon and then the closing educational session Tuesday morning.

Click here for a complete breakdown of the current schedule.

Any questions on the conference or on sponsorship can be directed to Paul Ramsdell at or 253-219-8360.

NTA Donates Nearly $50,000 Toward Research

The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated nearly $50,000 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2016 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. The total in grants awarded in 2016 was $49,560.34. It didn’t reach the $61,000 awarded in 2015, but was substantially higher than the $29,500 awarded in 2014.

Two separate grants of $15,000 led the way in 2016 for research being done at Oregon State University for Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose, and at Washington State University in Pullman on Bio Control of Poa. In all, six different programs in the Northwest were supported through the grants, which were decided by the Board of Directors after recommendations from the Research Committee.

The grants from the NTA are made possible through the numerous and generous contributions from clubs and individuals throughout the Northwest.

This pushes the amount donated to research from the NTA to $1.167 million over the past 20 years. Click here for a complete breakdown.

For 2016, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:

Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose
Oregon State University $15,000.00

Bio Control of Poa
Washington State University—Pullman $15,000.00

Water Use on Golf Courses in the Pacific Northwest
Washington State University—Puyallup $12,000.00

First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation $5,000.00

Outdoor Turf Lab
Walla Walla Community College $1,560.34

Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College $1,000.00

For more information on how to apply for grants for 2017, or to contribute directly to the NTA, contact Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the NTA, at or 253-219-8360.

The NTA also is preparing for its annual conference, to be held this year at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon on Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Paul Ramsdell is available for more information on that as well.

OSU Sets its Turf Field Day for September 8

Oregon State University will hold its annual Turf Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Lewis-Brown Farm in Corvallis.

Among the topics of discussion for the day under the guidance of Dr. Alec Kowalewski, the turfgrass specialist at OSU, will be fungicide alternatives for microdochium, cost analysis of synthetic and natural grass athletic fields, low maintenance ground cover for Oregon schools, greywater use on perennial ryegrass, wetting agents and anthracnose, fine fescue NTEP trial updates, fungicides for management of anthracnose, and humates and organic fertilizers.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast. The field day starts at 9 a.m., followed by lunch and then golf and dinner.

Registration for the full package is $90 by Aug. 26, and then $115 after that.

More information is available by clicking here.

Purdue's Bigelow to Highlight NTA Speakers

Dr. Cale Bigelow, a professor of horticulture for turf science and ecology at Purdue University, will lead the educational sessions of the 70th annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, slated for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

Joining Dr. Bigelow will be Jeff Mingay, a golf course architect based in Toronto who has been involved in numerous high-level restoration projects of classic golf courses in the Northwest and Western Canada.

Also on tap for the three days at Bandon Dunes will be updates from all the research and educational projects the NTA plans to support in 2016.

Dr. Bigelow received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and his doctorate from North Carolina State. The purpose of his research is to provide practical information that enables turf managers of all abilities to grow the highest quality turf using the fewest management inputs (e.g. mowing, fertilization, irrigation and pesticides). This is being accomplished by emphasizing adapted turfgrass species and cultivar selection, proper establishment methods and employing sound cultural practices with an emphasis on soil fertility and nutrient management related issues.

Mingay has become somewhat of an expert renovating the original designs of Arthur Vernon Macan, the famed Canadian architect who started his career a century ago. Among the courses Mingay has consulted with are Victoria Golf Club, Inglewood Golf Club, Broadmoor Golf Club, Fircrest Golf Club, Overlake Golf & Country Club and Kelowna Golf & Country Club.

Mattox's Microdochium Patch Research Available

Clint Mattox has completed his masters’ dissertation at Oregon State University and his research is available to you, thanks to the donations the Northwest Turfgrass Association has made to the turfgrass management program at Oregon State.

“Managing Microdochium Patch Using Non-Traditional Fungicides on Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens” is available by following this link:

Here is a brief description of the research:

Currently, fungicide applications are the predominant method of control for the cool-weather pathogen Microdochium patch. Increasing pesticide restrictions have generated concern regarding management of Microdochium patch. Three separate field trials exploring non-traditional fungicides were conducted between 2013 and 2015 on an annual bluegrass sand-based putting green at the Lewis Brown Horticulture Farm in Corvallis, Ore. The objective of the first project was to evaluate the effects of the cultural practice of rolling in combination with mineral oil and fertility on Microdochium patch incidence. The objective of the second trial was to quantify the effects on Microdochium patch incidence using biological control products in combination with rolling. Finally, the objective of the third experiment was to quantify the effects of different nitrogen and iron sulfate rates in combination with simulated golfer traffic on the effects of Microdochium patch incidence as well as turfgrass recuperation.

Mattox currently is working on his PhD at Oregon State and is continuing his exploration of “Alternatives to Non-Traditional Fungicides.”

Carl Taylor Elected President of NTA

In a vote of the Board of Directors, Carl Taylor was elected president of the Northwest Turfgrass Association during a Board meeting at the conclusion of the 69th annual conference of the NTA, which was held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho.

Taylor, who handles sales and service for the golf irrigation division of Western Equipment, had been the treasurer of the NTA for the past year. Before joining Western Equipment, Taylor had been the irrigation technician at Sahalee Country Club for 20 years.

Other officers elected to positions at this meeting were Steve Link, the superintendent at Skagit Golf & Country Club as vice-president, Jason Otto of Planet Turf as treasurer and Thaddeus Lalley, assistant superintendent at Everett Golf & Country Club, was elected secretary.

In a vote of the membership at the annual conference, three positions on the Board of Directors were filled. Those positions will be held by Jacob Close, the superintendent at Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club, Jason Habeck of TORO and Greg Matz, the superintendent at Inglewood Golf Club.

The Board of Directors in 2015-2016 will guide the way for the NTA, which made $61,000 in research donations in 2015, as it prepares for its annual conference in 2016 at Bandon Dunes.

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