PAGCS Member Needs Our Help!

PAGCS member Ron Gorniak and his family are facing an uphill battle. Ron’s 21-year-old daughter, Lauren, is bedridden by a disease called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. This genetic condition manifests in many ways, some more challenging than others, and for Lauren, it has meant special accommodations to finish high school and, finally, a year of bed rest.

The only option is a rare surgery only performed by one doctor in the US. Lauren’s surgery is set for Dec. 4. To help cover the travel costs and other medical expenses that this surgery will cost, the family has set up a Go Fund Me page, where you can also read more about the disease and its impact on the family. Please consider helping the Gorniak family: Click Here.

Thank Our 2017 Sponsors: Three Events Left This Year!

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Next up is the joint meeting with ESAGCS on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Get ready for lots of cool giveaways and some spirited competition.

Mark your calendars for October 23rd and the PAGCS Golf Championship at Waynesborough Golf Club. This will be one spectacular day with the ever popular crystal up for grabs!

We will close out the year with the Annual Meeting on November 6 at Ledgerock. Elections, awards and more! Be there!

None of this would be possible with our 2017 Sponsors. Please take the time to thank them for their support of the PAGCS and all of its members.

Meet the 2016 Recipients: PAGCS Turf Student Scholarship

The PAGCS is proud to offer the Turf Student Scholarship Program, helping advance the careers of talented men and women who will shape the future of the industry. This year’s deadline is fast approaching: click here for full details and application.

The 2016 recipients represent the top of their class, such as Joe Kopania. Joe was awarded the 2016 Frank I. Shuman Scholarship. This award is funded by the generosity of Frank’s son, Frank T. Shuman, in memory of his father. Frank I. Shuman was an industry leader and Eb Steiniger Award recipient. Like father, like son, Frank T. Shuman followed his dad’s lead and has been one of our industry’s best friends. In 2015, he was awarded the Eb Steiniger Award.

Joe Kopania is working on a Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass from Penn State University. A previous intern at the Bucks Club under Joe Agnew, he plans to graduate in May 2019.

Next up, meet Jacob Shughart, whose equally impressive resume includes stints at Maidstone Club and Bidermann Golf Club with Jon Urbanski. Jacob received one of two scholarships awarded in the name of the PAGCS. He earned his two- year certificate in turf from Penn State this past spring and currently serves as Assistant Project Manager at Total Turf with Greg Hufner.

The second recipient, Seamus Foley, is a current Penn State student, studying Turfgrass Science. Before heading to his current internship at Saucon Valley under Jim Roney, Seamus worked for John Gosselin at Aronimink. He plans to graduate this coming May.

Among the scholarships available each year, there is one that is the most tenured. The George E. Ley Scholarship, so named for its benefactor, has been awarded since the 1990s. George has supported the PAGCS, its members, and the Scholarship Program for decades, and the annual scholarship outings were his brainchild.

Please meet the 2016 George E. Ley Scholarship Recipient: Scott Musser. Scott earned his B.S. in Biology-Ecology from West Chester University in 2015 and proceeded to intern with Paul Stead, CGCS, at Kennett Square Golf & Country Club in 2016. He is now enrolled in Penn State’s World Campus working on a masters of science and has taken on the roll of Paul’s second assistant superintendent. Scott plans to graduate this December.

Please share the scholarship program information and the Sept. 30th deadline with any student you know who has worked or is working for a PAGCS superintendent: http://www.pagcs.org/member-services/turf-student-scholarship-program-information-and-application/

Local Chapters Mourn the Loss of Industry Friend and Leader: Michael Gilmore

The PAGCS extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael J. Gilmore. Mike passed away on August 27, 2017. He was a former golf course superintendent, past president of MAAGCS, and more recently the owner of Growing Solutions.

Michael is the beloved husband of Jody Gilmore; cherished son of Jeanne S. Gilmore and the late Dr. George T. Gilmore; devoted father of Katherine Wroten and her husband Eric, Lucas Gardner and his wife Amanda, Christopher Gilmore, Jamieson Gilmore and the late Megan Ann Martinek; loving grandfather of Madison, Jonas, Jayce, Hannah and Olivia; dear brother of Susan, Timothy, Thomas, Patricia, Peter, Jeanne, Mary, Paul and the late George. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held on Friday, September 1, 2017. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Esophageal Cancer Action Network, P.O. Box 243, Stevenson, MD 21153.

Lottery Open for 2017 Member-Guest at Philadelphia Cricket Club

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LOTTERY REGISTRATION for the 2017 Member-Guest Tournament at Philadelphia Cricket Club is now open and will close on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Due to the overwhelming response we anticipate for this event, we will be holding a registration lottery for the 2017 Member-Guest Tournament. All lottery entries will take place online [no e-mails or phone calls]. Entrants will be notified of the outcome by Friday, June 30, 2017.

Special notes:
1. Members who have attended meetings this year will be given extra lottery entries.
2. This is a member-guest tournament, so the lottery will work to accommodate partner requests.

Event Highlights: Full-day package includes Lunch, Green Fee [Wissahickon Course] and Caddie Fee [tip is incumbent upon player and paid in cash day of], On-Course Refreshments, and an Open Bar Reception after golf. We are able to offer this wonderful package at only $165 due to the tremendous efforts and support of our sponsors and our host, Dan Meersman and Philadelphia Cricket Club

Title Sponsor: Pocono Turf Supply
Check-In: 9:45 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Shotgun [Wissahickon Course]: Noon
On Course Refreshments Sponsor: Turf Equipment and Supply
Reception, Dinner & Awards: 5-7 p.m.
Open Bar Sponsor: Genesis Turfgrass
Skill Prize Sponsor: Turf Equipment and Supply
Full Day Price: $165 per person
Click here to enter the lottery.

Member-Member to Benefit First Tee and Walnut Lane

This coming Monday, the PAGCS will host its annual Member-Member tournament. Always a highlight on the event calendar, this year, the Member-Member will be even more meaningful and special.

Why? Maybe because the post golf reception will feature Philly cheesesteaks, hoagies, water ice — all things Philadelphia, courtesy of Frank Shuman. Or maybe because our beverage sponsors, Turf Screen and Lebanon Turf, have provided some really cool giveaways. Possibly, the highlight of the day will be the hole-in-one contest and a chance to win a fully loaded Audi Q5 SUV, sponsored by Ventrac, or the multitude of additional skill prizes up for grabs, sponsored by Fisher & Son. We like to think the lead crystal trophies courtesy of Lawn & Golf are special, too!

Bottom line is all of these amenities will make for one incredible day, but what makes this event special and meaningful is that we are headed to Walnut Lane Golf Club, home of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTOGP]! As a result of this event, the PAGCS plans to make a donation to Walnut Lane and TFTOGP. But we need your help to make this event a success! Please register today: Click Here for full event info and registration.

TFT-Greater-PhilThe First Tee is a network of programs throughout the United States and beyond, offering character education through the game of golf. In 2016, this network reached more than 5.3 million young people. Started in 1997, The First Tee began as a way to bring an affordable junior golf program to youth and communities that did not have them. Soon after, the program leaders discovered that by blending the rules of the game with life and leadership skills, kids and teens didn’t just learn how to putt – they were learning important values.

Based on Nine Core Values and through teaching Nine Healthy Habits, The First Tee aims to improve life quality among our youth. Please visit The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia for more information on this powerful program.

Please join us this Monday as we enjoy a day of camaraderie and competition for a very special cause.
Registration: Click Here
Event Info: Click Here
TFTOGP: Click Here

It’s POINTS for the Win! March 27 Course Marking Seminar Approved for .35 CEU’s

We are happy to announce that GCSAA has approved .35 CEU’s for the March 27 Course Marking Seminar at Rivercrest.

Key Information
Date: March 27, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. to Noon, followed by lunch
Location: Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve
Cost: $65 [includes continental breakfast, education, lunch]
Instructor: Kirby Martin
Who Should Attend: Golf Course Superintendents, Professionals, any key member of a golf course facility
Registration: http://www.gapgolf.org/seminar.asp?id=5

The Golf Association of Philadelphia presents a Course Marking Seminar for club professionals, superintendents and key club members from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 27 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve. The instructor will be Kirby Martin, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Director of Competitions.

Cost is $65 per person and includes a continental breakfast, luncheon and a complimentary copy of the 2016-2017 Decisions on the Rules of Golf. Those interested in attending may register up to four individuals per entry. Reservations are limited to the first 80 received by the Association Office.

The Course Marking Seminar is open to those interested in learning more about the Rules of Golf and course marking. It marks another avenue through which the Association fulfills its longstanding mission: to preserve, protect and promote the game of golf throughout the region.

Forecast Says Points…does that mean we get sleet?

The PAGCS hopes everyone is safe today and making it through this March winter storm [yes, apparently the calendar says it is still winter; who knew?!].

We have good news to share about the upcoming Course Marking Seminar on March 27: we have applied for CEU points from GCSAA and all forecast models show we should get a few. We predict anywhere from 1-4, but there is a slight possibility we could get sleet instead.

We will notify everyone as soon as the final results are in. Here is the information on the seminar:

Learn more about the Rules of Golf, marking your course on March 27 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve–Deadline to Register is Less Than a Week Away: March 16!

Click Here to Register: http://www.gapgolf.org/seminar.asp?id=5

The Golf Association of Philadelphia presents a Course Marking Seminar for club professionals, superintendents and key club members from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 27 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve. The instructor will be Kirby Martin, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Director of Competitions.

Cost is $65 per person and includes a continental breakfast, luncheon and a complimentary copy of the 2016-2017 Decisions on the Rules of Golf. Those interested in attending may register up to four individuals per entry. Reservations are limited to the first 80 received by the Association Office. The entry deadline is Thursday, March 16.

The Course Marking Seminar is open to those interested in learning more about the Rules of Golf and course marking. It marks another avenue through which the Association fulfills its longstanding mission: to preserve, protect and promote the game of golf throughout the region.

GAP Course Marking Seminar March 27

Learn more about the Rules of Golf, marking your course on March 27 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve–Deadline to Register is Less Than a Week Away: March 16!

Click Here to Register: http://www.gapgolf.org/seminar.asp?id=5

The Golf Association of Philadelphia presents a Course Marking Seminar for club professionals, superintendents and key club members from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 27 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve. The instructor will be Kirby Martin, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Director of Competitions.

Cost is $65 per person and includes a continental breakfast, luncheon and a complimentary copy of the 2016-2017 Decisions on the Rules of Golf. Those interested in attending may register up to four individuals per entry. Reservations are limited to the first 80 received by the Association Office. The entry deadline is Thursday, March 16.

The Course Marking Seminar is open to those interested in learning more about the Rules of Golf and course marking. It marks another avenue through which the Association fulfills its longstanding mission: to preserve, protect and promote the game of golf throughout the region.

PAGCS Rolls Out 2017 Sponsorship Program

The PAGCS is please to announce that sponsorship opportunities for 2017 are now available. The 2017 sponsorship program offers a variety of package options to suit many levels of support and needs.

We are also excited to share the 2017 calendar of events, which includes some new formats! Be sure to check it all out: 2017 sponsorship programFinal 1-30-17

All sponsorship is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis through the PAGCS office. Please let us know if you have any questions.

2017 Events Calendar

April:
4/17, Tri-Cup Challenge,
Schuylkill CC

May:
5/15, Scholarship Outing,
Turtle Creek GC

June:
6/12, Member-Member,
Walnut Lane GC

July:
Member-Guest, TBD

September:
9/19, Joint with ESAGCS,
Bulle Rock CC

October:
10/23, Golf Championship,
Waynesborough CC

November:
11/6, Annual Meeting,
LedgeRock GC