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