Bentgrass Sod For Sale

Springwood Golf Club in York, PA, is changing names to Bridgewater Golf Club and is being reduced to nine holes, leaving nine holes of L93 Bentgrass sod available for purchase.

Price: $0.25 per square foot, purchaser responsible for cutting and transporting
Contact: Dan Baker, PGA Professional, 717-440-6032/Dan Baker <dbaker@bridgewatergolfclub.com>

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Mother Nature Does it Again: Philly BLUE-OUT Special Moved to May 2

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Hopefully one week does the trick! The Philly BLUE-OUT Special will now be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018. All other details remain the same. Click here for information.

If you are already registered and still plan to attend, there is nothing further you need to do. If you are registered and cannot now attend the new date, please notify the office: kliebsch@pagcs.org.

If you are not registered and would like to attend the new date, Weds., May 2, please click here for registration.

All other details remain the same for this fantastic event!
Philly Blue-Out Special–Joint Meeting with CPGCSA and PTGA
Be sure to wear blue!
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Location: Middletown Country Club
Shotgun: 11 a.m.
Reception: immediately after golf
A portion of each registration will be
donated to the Els for Autism Foundation

Spring Delayed; So is “Bonnie” — another sneak peak

So, in the spirit of the delayed Spring of 2018, we held up the first issue of The Bonnie Greensward for a last minute contribution. Watch your inbox tonight or tomorrow for this very special season starter, all 40 pages of it! In the meantime, let’s take another sneak peak at one of the special features in this issue.

In a moment of good fortune, PAGCS member Andrew Green unearthed a classic article from the USGA Green Section Record announcing the career start of the industry’s beloved Stan Zontek. Below are a couple of excerpts to entertain you as you wait for the full story.

… No friendlier such face has been shown in this region than Stanley J. Zontek. Stan was an institution in Philadelphia and the greater Mid-Atlantic. He served for over 40 years as a USGA Green Section Agronomist, impacting countless turf lives over that period. We lost Stan in 2012, after a brief illness. His death rocked the turf community and left a void of support that is impossible to overcome …

… “He was like a superhero…armed with a camera bag and a soil profiler/probe. His superpower was genuine care for the game and people. He had instant credibility with members and blended storytelling, technical knowledge, and club politics like no one I have ever known. He was a shining example of how we should be in this business.”

Wonder what Stan would have to say about this year’s weather so far?

So This is Spring….Spring Issue of “The Bonnie” to Hit Inboxes this Week!

Here’s a little preview of what you will find in the upcoming issue of The Bonnie Greensward.

From the Desks of Drs. Mike Fidanza and Doug Linde …
This year, March went out like a wet, cold lamb. The Farmer’s Almanac actually predicted a prolonged winter for Pennsylvania, but did not predict an Eagles Super Bowl win or a Villanova NCAA victory.

Right now, the region is facing turf that is more saturated than normal for this time of year, due to a winter and early spring replete with regular snows and rains and short on sunny, windy days. As this is being typed, more torrential rains are pounding the PAGCS office window. As a result of the weather and soil conditions, regular maintenance practices, such as aerification, have been delayed, and even routine course maintenance is stymied because it could cause “self-inflicted” turf injury that will impact turf health and playing conditions later in the season.

Meanwhile, Bentgrass is still sleeping, and Poa annua seedheads are delayed, along with crabgrass germination. The forsythia that started to bloom in the last week of March has paused briefly but will soon resume full color display. Later this April, forsythia’s flowers should start to wither and fall away, and that’s nature’s way of telling us that minimum soil temperature near the surface is approaching about 55 F. Three or four consecutive days at that soil temperature, combined with good soil moisture, will get crabgrass seed germinating… More to come in the Spring Issue of The Bonnie.

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The spring thaw at Iron Lakes, courtesy of Shane Miller

PAGCS 2018 Calendar Takes Shape

The 2018 calendar is full of exciting themes, tournaments, and venues. Here’s what we know right now, and we look forward to seeing you for a very special day at Middletown Country Club on April 25 as we kick off 2018.

— May 2: The Philly Blue-Out Special, supporting autism awareness and
the Ernie Els Organization, in Philly Style at Middletown Country Clubpin

— May 21: our Annual Scholarship Benefit Tournament and Pig Roast at
Turtle Creek Golf Club

— June 11: The PAGCS Member-Member Tournament at
White Clay Creek Country Club

— July 16: The PAGCS Member-Guest at Applecross Country Club

— Sept 17: PAGCS benefit event for The Wee One Foundation at
Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

— Oct 15: The PAGCS Golf Championship at
Jericho National Golf Club

— Nov 5: PAGCS Annual Meeeting at
Stonewall

— Dec 20: PAGCS Annual Toy Drive and Christmas Party at
Barnaby’s Havertown

Vote For Cesar!

Head on over to the Lebanon booth [number 6069] at the Golf Industry Show next week and vote for Cesar as part of the Dog Days of Golf Calendar contest. If he wins, we win: That’s $3,000 for the PAGCS. Rumor has it, you might even get to pet a live pup and meet a war veteran. Now that’s a win-win.


Cesar is a 5-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog who spends his days at Biderman Golf Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Cesar is enjoying his first year in the turf industry with his owner, intern Dave Ward. Cesar feels right at home especially during the fall and winter seasons! His long coat is not suited for the hot summer days in the Mid-Atlantic. Instead he waits for the crew on the cool cement floors, greeting them with a smile after their hard work and exhausting days. Long before Dave joined the Bidermann team, Cesar loved to chase geese, deer, squirrels, and a variety of waterfowl. Now, Cesar gets to enjoy his passion every day on the golf course.

David Ward is a first year member of the GCSAA and an intern of the Bidermann Golf Club. Under the tutelage of Superintendent Jon Urbanski, Dave has grown in the discipline and knowledge of the turf industry. Dave will be returning in the Fall of 2017 to Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management Program for his final semester and is looking forward to his future career in the industry.

As part of the Lebaonon/GCSAA sponsored event, the winning dog earns $3,000 for the local chapter [let’s make it the PAGCS!], $500 cash prize for the dog and owner, and $2,000 goes to K9 for Warriors.

(Photo by Charles Lonergan)

PTC Rounds for Turfgrass–Donations Needed

Rounds for Turfgrass is an initiative where golf facilities can partner with the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council to sell rounds of golf with the proceeds dedicated for research. These rounds will be bid on and sold at the Philadelphia Golf Expo, to be held Feb. 9-11, 2018, in Oaks, PA. Thousands of golf enthusiasts attend this show each year. They are the end users in the golf industry and potentially future customers or members for participants.

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The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council over the last fifty years has been committed to the financial support of turf research at Penn State University. Since its inception, the council has raised more than 3.5 million dollars for research at the Joseph Valentine Turf Research Facility. This funding has helped to develop better turf varieties, control measures for disease and insect resistance, cutting edge technology to produce the best playing surfaces possible. Turf managers and superintendents depend on Penn State to help develop the tools and solutions of tomorrow.

Facilities can set the parameters including number of players, carts, amenities and the value of their donation. A letter explaining the details of the donation will be on display at the show for golf enthusiasts to bid on.

Donations can be emailed in PDF format to Andrew Dooley at andrewd@berkshirecountryclub.org or hard copies of donations can be mailed care of Andrew Dooley:
Berkshire Country Club
1637 Bernville Road
Reading PA 19601

Need Credits? Eastern PA Turf Conference Celebrates New Venue

The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council’s 2018 Eastern Pennsylvania Turf Conference will take place on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at its new location: Shady Maple Conference Center in East Earl, PA. Click here for the information and registration brochure: PTC 2018 Eastern 2018 PA Turf Conference Info and Registration 2.

Using a three-pronged approach, this one-day conference offers many options to earn PA pesticide credits in multiple categories and .4 CEU’s from GCSAA. Pre-registration ends on December 31 [$15 discount].

Featured at this year’s event are a combined lunch and trade show exhibition, as well as presentations throughout the day from respected industry leaders. Registration is also available online at www.paturf.org.

PAGCS in the Christmas Spirit

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The PAGCS knows how to play it: have fun AND do good! This year was no exception, from First Green to First Tee, and the Association wrapped it up nicely with the 2017 Toy Drive and Christmas Party on Tuesday at Barnaby’s Havertown.

All toys were donated to The Matthew Renk Foundation and their efforts on behalf of Toys for CHOP.

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PAGCS Teams Up for First Tee!

This fall, during Thanksgiving week, the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents held what has become their annual volunteer event at Walnut Lane Golf Club. Walnut Lane Golf Club is an Arthur Findlay design that is owned by the City of Philadelphia and leased to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTOGP].

A few years ago, the PAGCS began helping with the fall aerification, providing a volunteer force made up of a members. Now, under first year superintendent, Ben Davies, the staff at Walnut Lane has been able to complete aeration in house. So, this year, when Ben was approached about what would help the facility the most, he came up with some projects that could make a big difference in his continuing efforts to improve the turf quality.

15867 (2)First up was the 7th hole, which is next to the maintenance facility. There has been a drainage issue causing water to collect on the front of the green and to the left of the approach after any rainfall.

The second and main project was trying to create more airflow by the 10th and 3rd greens. The 10th green is the most difficult on the golf course to maintain. It has all the characteristics of the worst scenarios when trying to grow turf, including minimal sunlight, airflow restriction from trees, and a low-lying area that does not drain well. Thirdly, there was a significant need of stump grinding on the property.

As a request went out to the PAGCS membership, the first person to volunteer was Bill Brown, CGCS (20-year GCSAA Member) of Aqua-Aid. Bill offered the services of their Imants Root Pruner, a process that the golf course was in dire need of! Next to chip in were Shreiner Tree Care and Arader Tree Service, offering large commercial stump grinding services. To fill out the volunteer list were members from Lehigh CC, The Ace Club, Philadelphia CC, Huntingdon Valley CC, and Bala CC. Also donating their time were Mike Janzer (17-year GCSAA Member) from Plantfood Co., Jeff Hass from Golf Cart Services, Sumner Cross (31-year GCSAA Member) and Matt Brown from Lawn & Golf Supply Company and Andy Barone from Ventrac.

At the end of the day, the entire course was root pruned, all the old stumps on the course had been ground, and the 3rd & 10th Greens had significant tree removal from their surrounds. Also, the area around the 7th green had a new drainage system installed. Finally, there was also significant brush removal completed throughout the course using two Ventrac mowers.

All of this was topped off with a traditional Philly Cheesesteak lunch and a talk from special guest Mike Quick, a hometown favorite and Philadelphia Eagles Great, who currently serves as a TFTGP Board Member and works as the color analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles radio broadcasts. The PAGCS, TFTOGP, and Walnut Lane Golf Course are pretty sure the day could not have been more successful.

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Bill Hyndman, Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia had this to say:
“The Walnut Lane Golf Club and The First Tee are grateful to the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents. The course would not be in the shape it is today without the support and dedication of the many superintendents, crewmembers, and vendors who have helped us for a number of years. These individuals, who all have difficult jobs themselves, selflessly take time each year to help us, and we can see that they have made a tremendous difference. Thank you for helping us make a difference for our kids and for golf.“

To say that the course has gone through a revitalization, might be an understatement. In the last 3 years, the course has received a much-needed reinvestment. There has been over a $500,000 in TFTGP investments and kind services donated! The involvement of people like Frank Shuman (GCSAA 45 Year Member) TFTGP Board Member and longtime PAGCS member and PAGCS Past President & TFTGP past board member, Jay Parisian (25-year GCSAA Member) have been key in the current momentum at Walnut Lane Golf Club, home of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia!
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About the author:
Bill Corcoran is a 20-year GCSAA Member, Board Member of the TFTGP and a Commercial Representative on the Board of the PAGCS