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PAGCS Earns Grant for a Third Time

In the Spring, the PAGCS applied for a GCSAA Chapter Outreach Grant to further the Association’s efforts to promote the industry and our sponsors. The GCSAA announced recently that the PAGCS was among 15 chapters awarded a grant for 2019. Click here for release.

The PAGCS was awarded a grant in 2018, as well. The grant helped fund the PAGCS partnership with the show “Winning Golf” and enabled the PAGCS to promote the profession of the superintendent, as well as our sponsors. You can view that show by clicking here.

The 2019 grant will enable the PAGCS to continue to partner with “Winning Golf” to promote our sponsors, the industry, and the golf course superintendent. The PAGCS also applied for and won this grant in the mid 2000s to help fund the partnership with Tony Leodora’s “Superintendent’s Corner” feature on his show “Inside Golf.”

A First Tee Student Feature: Proof that the First Tee Program is Making a Difference

Please join us on Monday, April 15, as we celebrate and support the future of golf with the First Tee. The PAGCS partnership with the First Tee is only possible with your help and support. Click here for full details, registration, and ways to support.

Before we get to the feature story below, did you know: The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTOGP] is growing every year. Of special note is the First Tee’s National School Program here in the region. “The program helps elementary students learn about the basic skills of golf through safe and fun activities. By also incorporating The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits, we’re putting students on course to a healthy and active lifestyle.” [Courtesy of the First Tee website: www.thefirsttee.org]

Also of note is TFTOGP’s expanding satellite locations. Programs are available at Applecross Country Club, Abington Club, Bensalem Township Country Club, City Line Sports Center, FDR Golf Course, Warminster Township Five Ponds Golf Club, Flourtown Country Club, John F Byrne Golf Club, Rossi Golf & Sport Center, Valley View Golf, as well as Walnut Lane Golf Club.

Below is just one highlight that proves the program makes a difference in students’ lives.

Student Experience: Saving the Golf Team — and Other Ways I Learned to Lead
by Victoria Wajda

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If you’re thinking about playing golf for the first time, here’s what you need to know:

It doesn’t matter if you’re good or not. You just have to be ready to get frustrated. That’s not a bad thing, because golf will teach you to persevere — so when you do succeed, you get a huge boost of confidence.

That sense of accomplishment is one of the things I love most about golf. So when I found out my team at John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls was getting cancelled due to low membership, I didn’t give up. Instead, I took action.

We had three members, but we needed six. I started attending school open houses to share my love of golf. I encouraged girl after girl to think about playing. After months of conversations, my efforts paid off. We doubled our membership — and saved the team! And three short years later, we’re setting literal records.

In October, our team — now with eight members — won the Philadelphia Catholic League Girls’ Golf Championship. The year before, I won first place individually in the Philadelphia Scholastic Athletic Association District XII Golf Championship.

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It was our school’s first team championship title in 22 years — and the first time a Hallahan student won that title in the history of the school. I’ll never forget how the whole school went wild.

That’s the kind of place Hallahan is. Our community is small enough that everyone gets a chance to speak up and take on new challenges. When you succeed, people see it — and celebrate. No good deed goes unnoticed.

Having that support and sisterhood has made me a stronger leader. I always feel comfortable voicing my opinion and pushing for change — whether as a school ambassador, a participant in my forensics class (my favorite!), the captain of the golf team, or as a member of SpeakUp!, a program where students can discuss tough topics with adults and one another.

I’m excited to use those skills next year when I start college. I haven’t decided on a school yet, but I am grateful to have scholarships to my top picks — which, of course, all have golf teams.
Part of me is looking forward to a new adventure. Another part of me is nervous. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that even if things get difficult, I can persevere — and win big.
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Victoria Wajda is currently a senior at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School located in Philadelphia. This article was originally posted at https://www.aopcatholicschools.org/exploreaops/student-experience-saving-the-golf-team-and-other-ways-i-learned-to-lead/?fbclid=IwAR0jGqsXIfYXVbMjt217FI0NtvJVH3mUw6D9IW0Pc9VKrA104i51RKdoz1M as well as on TFTOGP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheFirstTeePhilly/

PAGCS 2019 Event Calendar Now Set

Mark your calendar and save the dates–2019 is going to be a great year of special events. Check out what’s ahead:

–First Tee Fundraiser: Monday, April 15, 2019, Walnut Lane Golf Course

–PAGCS Scholarship Benefit and Pig Roast: Monday, May 6, 2019, Turtle Creek Golf Course

–Member-Member: Monday, June 3, 2019, Llanerch Country Club

–Member-Guest: Monday, July 15, 2019, Coatesville Country Club

–September Outing: Monday, September 16, 2019, Old York Road Country Club

–Golf Championship: Monday, October 7, 2019, Lookaway Golf Club

–Annual Meeting: Monday, November 4, 2019, Radley Run Country Club

PTC Rounds for Turfgrass Needs Your Help!

Dear Friends,

The PTC and our Rounds for Turfgrass Committee asks for your support in our upcoming auction of golf rounds held on February 8th – 10th at the Golf Expo in Oaks PA. Last year, we raised over $13,500 by auctioning off 4-somes of golf donated by local private and public golf courses. The 2019 Philadelphia Golf Show will be our 3rd consecutive year representing Penn State Turf and fundraising for the Turf Project. We hope that you and your club or golf facility will continue to support our efforts.

Please see the attached letter from our PTC President Pete Ramsey. I am writing to ask for your support by not only donating a 4-some of golf at your club, but to also assist in spreading the word of our campaign to other superintendent’s and golf courses in your region. I have chosen to reach out to you because I know you are either a Penn State Alum, PTC supporter and/or an advocate of the turf industry. Please contact or forward my email and attached letter onto as many superintendent’s in your region as possible. Our goal is to raise $15K this year. I know we can do it with your support and just a few calls or emails to a nearby superintendent. Courses who are able to make a 4-some donation can email a certificate in PDF format to my email address. Those courses that have a specific hard copy certificate and wish to mail it, please mail to my club:

Berkshire C.C.

Attention – Andrew Dooley

1637 Bernville Road

Reading PA 19601

Any specific details or restrictions must be listed on the certificate (i.e. can only be redeemed on weekdays after 12pm). If they would be willing to list the going rate for the 4-some that would be best. I will then print the PDF and display them at the Expo. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email at your convenience.

Thank you in advance for your support of PTC and Penn State research!

Regards,

Andrew, PTC Past President

Spotted Lanternfly Management Workshop Next Monday, November 19

Spotted Lanternfly Management Workshop For Large Landowners/Managers
How to protect your property?
What is being done?
How can you help?

If you want answers to any of these questions, please join us for this special workshop organized for large landowners/managers like you. Discussion items will include background information on the invasive planthopper, current study results from the PA Dept of Ag and USDA and tips & techniques to protect your property’s trees, crops and other natural resources.

Presenter: Emelie Swackhammer, Penn State Extension
Monday, November 19 @ 10:00am
Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus
1175 Conshohocken Rd
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Free Admission*

To reserve your space, please send names and email addresses to Derek Dureka at DDureka@upperdublin.net.
*.2 CEUs are $5 (PRPS Member)/$10 (Non-members) – Check payable to PRPS
4 PA Pesticide Recertification Training Credits available at no cost
Categories: PC, 05, 06, 10, 18, 23

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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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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

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