Walnut Lane Golf Course, Home of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, to Host First Green Event, Thursday, October 24, 2019

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 21, 2019

(Philadelphia) – Walnut Lane Golf Course, in partnership with TFTGP and the PAGCS, will host an innovative environmental education outreach program that uses golf courses as environmental learning labs, when Golf Course Superintendent Ben Davies welcomes over 70 9th grade students from Parkway Northeast High School for a First Green event, Thursday, October 24, 2019.

First Green focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles, where students get hands on learning opportunities in a real-life setting. First Green curriculum has been benefitting students in the Delaware Valley from 3rd grade through high school by helping them apply their classroom knowledge in an outdoor setting.


Students will participate in the follow stations:

• Soil Lab: Mike Cavanaugh, Executive V.P./Co-Owner, Floratine Products Group: Students will pull samples and analyze, as well as manipulate technology and tools used to retrieve sensitive data

• Math Lab: Chase Rogan, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America [GCSAA]: Using the land and bunker features of the golf course, students will work through equations to determine solutions

• Putting Station: Rebecca Caimano, Program Director, TFTGP: Students will be able to learn the mechanics of hitting a golf ball on a putting green

• Tree Lab: Mike Kachurak, ISA Certified Arborist, Shreiner Tree Care: Students will learn the significant roles and relationships of trees, insects, turf, wildlife, and the environment while experiencing hands on training in the care of trees

• Irrigation Lab: Brad Helcoski, Senior Regional Golf Account Manager/Tim Riismandel, Golf Account Manager for Eastern PA, Ewing Irrigation: Students will witness the technology and inner workings of water use for Best Management Practices [BMP]

• Golf Swing Station: Leila/Courtney, Philadelphia Section, PGA: Students will experience firsthand the physics of swinging a golf club

• Water Conservation Lab: Lindsay Blanton, Water Programs Coordinator/Jenn Bilger, Program Director, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association: Students will learn about the wildlife that inhabits our region’s waterways and surroundings, including the endangered species and the roles students can play as stewards of the environment

• Technology and Mechanical Engineering Station: Walnut Lane Grounds Management Staff/Jon Moraglia, Owner, The Drone Life/Creator, Jon’s Mini Golf: Students will be treated to a drone display and learn the inner workings of technology, engineering and the mechanics of the equipment fleet


Students are scheduled to arrive at Walnut Lane Golf Course between 9 and 9:15 a.m. The schedule includes a brief introduction and then students will begin rotating in small groups through the eight stations in 15-18 minute intervals, concluding around 12 p.m., followed by lunch. Busses depart at 12:30 p.m.

Media are encouraged to attend the event, and should contact one of the individuals in the contact list prior to the day of the field trip.

To learn more about First Green visit www.TheFirstGreen.org

First Green is a program of the Environmental Institute of Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), which is the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. The association provides education, information and representation to more than 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. Learn more at www.GCSAA.org


Ben Davies
Golf Course Superintendent
Walnut Lane Golf Course

Bill Hyndman
Executive Director
The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTGP]

Kristen Liebsch
Executive Director
Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents [PAGCS]


Association’s Annual Meeting to Feature Eb Steiniger Award Presentation

The Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents [PAGCS] will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019, at Radley Run Country Club. In addition to the usual Association business, the PAGCS is excited to announce that the Eb Steiniger Award will be presented for the first time in four years.

This award is presented to an individual in the turfgrass profession who exemplifies the spirit of Eberhard Steiniger, CGCS. Eb Steiniger, who passed away in 2002, served as PAGCS president in 1966 and 1967. He dedicate his life to the game of golf by advancing the profession of golf course superintendent. His innovative research, mentoring of future superintendents, and professional involvement locally and nationally have made him a legend in the profession.

The 2019 Eb Steiniger Award Recipient exemplifies the exact spirit of the award. In his over 40 years in the turf industry, he has been dedicated to advancing the careers of industry professionals and supporting the future of the industry with an unwavering passion. The PAGCS is proud to announce the 2019 Eb Steiniger Award Recipient:
George E. Ley.

Three decades ago, George pioneered the region’s first turf student scholarship program, paving the way for many industry professionals to succeed in the turf management profession. The George Ley Scholarship Program has provided tens of thousands of dollars to nearly 100 students over the decades and continues to thrive today, thanks to George’s support and leadership.

George is the owner of George Ley Company and Eastern Irrigation and Pump Company, where he has developed many working relationships with golf course superintendents, as well as numerous other individuals in the industry. He enjoys giving back to the community in many ways: be sure to join us on Monday, November 4, to hear more about George’s life and work.

George E. Ley, left, with Son Brian, at the 2019 Scholarship Outing and Benefit
George E. Ley, left, with son Brian, at the 2019 Scholarship Outing and Benefit

The list of past winners of the Eb Steiniger Award represent the “best of the best” in the golf turf management industry:

Mr. Fred Byrod -1990
Mr.William H.White -1991
Dr. Joseph M. Duich -1992
Dr. Donald Waddington -1993
Dr. John C. Harper II -1994
Mr. Richard E.Valentine -1995
Mr. Charles H. Cadiz Jr., CGCS -1996
Mr. Stanley J. Zontek -1997
Mr. William Marberger -1998
Mr. John A. Segui, CGCS -1999
Mr. Frank I. Shuman -2000
Mr. Joseph H. Way -2001
Dr. Thomas L. Watschke -2004
Mr. Michael R. Smith, CGCS -2005
Mr. Edward Roynan -2006
Mr. Henry Wetzel -2012
Mr. Frank T. Shuman -2015

PAGCS Crowns Golf Champions

This past Monday, the Association held its annual Golf Championship at Lookaway Golf Club–a first rate host for this premier PAGCS event. With rain in the forecast, a field of hopeful contestants took a swing at winning a trophy–thank you to Turf Equipment and Supply for sponsoring.

In the end, the rain held off, the temperatures were moderate, and the wind eventually died down to create very nice playing conditions, even if the greens were rumored to be stimping at 14. Thank you to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia for hosting our on course refreshements and to Genesis Turfgrass for being the Tee Sponsor for the day.

In the end, everyone was a winner — the reception featured some amazingly delightful selections and one of the favorites had to be the carving station, with the shrimp wrapped in bacon a close second. Thank you, Noble Turf, for sponsoring this wonderful reception and stepping up to provide the skill prizes, too! Here’s a sneak peak at the results and check out the next Bonnie newsletter for full coverage of the event. Thank you to Dave Renk and all the staff at Lookaway for a great event.