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50 Years Ago: Apollo and Vietnam, from the perspective of a PAGCS Member

July 20, 1969

@DelVal:
50 yrs ago today, Delaware Valley University grad Henry Wetzel, Jr. landed in Vietnam for one year of service as platoon leader and then had a long career as a golf course superintendent at St. Davids Golf Club. He’s one of the most generous Aggies we know. Thanks for serving our country, Henry!

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Henry:
I will always remember this date, not for the Apollo 11 moon landing, but for Butch [me: Henry Wetzel] landing in Vietnam. I spent a year in the country as a platoon leader of a combat engineer platoon. To say the effort of the United States in Vietnam was a failure is beyond belief: We lost 58,300 plus of our brothers and sisters and between 2 and 3 million Vietnamese. I just can’t stop thinking of those lives lost.

I only ask that when you stop today to remember the Apollo 11 crew, please also think of our fallen comrades.

PAGCS Scholarships Available to Turf Students: Apply Now!

PAGCS Scholarship Application Process Now Open Through August 30: Click here

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The PAGCS is proud to offer scholarships to current turf students employed or previously employed by a PAGCS golf course superintendent. These scholarships are funded by the generosity of benefactors Frank T. Shuman, George E. Ley, and PAGCS members and supporters via the annual PAGCS Scholarship Tournament. Deadline is August 30, 2019.

Click here for full information and application process.

New Event: “Bluegrass, Buffet and Baseball”

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 – “Bluegrass, Buffet and Baseball” educational and social event at FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading, PA.

Education (pesticide credits awarded) – 10:00 – 11:00a.m.
All you can eat lunch (cash bar) – starting at 11:00a.m.
Reading Fightin Phils vs. Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Mets) game- 11:35a.m.
Post game – Q and A on the field

$30 per person includes the education, ticket to game in a private group area and lunch.

All are welcome: family, friends, co-workers, clients, etc. Event is presented by the Reading Fightin Phils.

Agenda and to order tickets: Bluegrass, Buffet & Baseball

I hope you can join us.
dan at reading phils

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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