NTA Board Member Honored with ELGA

Mike Bednar, the superintendent at Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman who is in his first year on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, recently was honored with a chapter award among the 2016 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.

The awards, presented by the GCSAA and Golf Digest along with Syngenta and Rain Bird, recognize superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication, outreach and leadership.

Bednar was one of 19 chapter winners from around the country.

Other members and friends of the NTA also were honored with Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.

Ken Nice, the Director of Agronomy at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore., won the national award for resort courses.

“We are thrilled to receive the award, and it is a great honor,” said Nice. “We work hard at our environmental initiatives and it really speaks to our owner, Mike Keiser, and his commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Bandon Dunes was voted the “Best Green Workplace” in Oregon in 2016 and has been a Green Star Award winner from Golf Digest.

Others joining Bednar as chapter winners included Mark Trenter of Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., Kurt Noonan of Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, Ore., and Carl Thompson of Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, Wash.

Among nine receiving merit awards nationwide were Alan Nielsen of Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash., Jason Haines of Pender Harbour Golf Club in Madeira Park, British Columbia, Ron Kuhns of Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, Wash., and Gary Heath of Glendoveer Golf and Tennis Club in Portland, Ore.

“The ELGA winners are not only stewards for the environment, but excellent examples of the focus our industry keeps on sustainable efforts,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of the GCSAA. “They are on the frontline of how superintendents are making great playing conditions and environmental management practices work in tandem.”

All the award winners will be recognized during the opening ceremonies of the Golf Industry Show on Feb. 7 in Orlando.

OSU Presents Update Report on Research

The Turfgrass Management Program at Oregon State University—namely Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald and Clint Mattox—has prepared updates on its research on Fungicide Alternatives Management of Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose.

The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $15,000 toward this research in 2016 and $40,000 toward similar research in 2015.

Click here for the written report.

Three Elected to NTA Board of Directors

In voting that concluded at the annual business meeting of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, three new directors have been elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the NTA.

Mike Bednar of Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash., Dave Kennedy of Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia and Russell Vandehey of The Oregon Golf Club were the top vote-getters of the seven on the ballot.

Coming off the Board will be Jason Otto of Planet Turf and Josh Lewis of Almaden Country Club, while Carl Taylor, the current NTA president, will slide into the Past President position once a new president is elected by the Board later this month.

At the just concluded annual conference of the NTA at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, the 157 attendees were treated to two educational sessions led by Dr. Cale Bigelow of Purdue University and Jeff Mingay of Mingay Golf Course Design. Support from Western Equipment/Turf Star helped make everything possible and golf also was held at two of the courses at Bandon Dunes. Here are the results from the competitions:

Results Sunday from Bandon Trails
Results Monday from Bandon Dunes

The next annual conference of the NTA is set for Oct. 1-3, 2017 at the Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum, Wash.

OSU Turfgrass Program presents annual report

Dr. Alex Kowalewski has prepared his annual report of the turfgrass program at Oregon State University, with a breakdown of activities of both faculty and staff. Among the details, there were 40 extension teaching events conducted by the staff and there are now 12 undergraduate students in the program.

Click here for the entire report.

Details from OSU Field Day now available

Detailed information, including speakers’ notes and charts, is now available from the recent Oregon State University Turf Field Day at the Lewis-Brown Farm in Corvallis.

Click here for a 21-page report from Dr. Alec Kowalewski on the research discussed and the activities of the day.

NTA Donates $50,000 to Turfgrass 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 mpsparks90@aol.com 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.

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: http://hdl.handle.net/1957/57194

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.”

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