2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Stonewall: Volunteers Needed

In September, Stonewall Links will be hosting the 36th United States Mid-Amateur Championship. Stonewall sits in Chester County on over 380 sprawling acres. The club boasts two outstanding championship golf courses. We realize that volunteering nine days of your time in September is a huge commitment, but without your help, this championship would not be possible.

We are currently compiling a list of individuals interested in volunteering as a member of the Stonewall Grounds Staff from September 8th-15th. We will begin with a mandatory orientation meeting at 4pm on Wednesday, September 7th, at the old course maintenance building. Volunteers will be provided tournament shirts, hats, meals, rooms for out of town colleagues and shuttle services. We ask that volunteers provide their own green collared golf shirts from September 8th till September 11th. We will provide four shirts for the rest of the championship. Please wear khaki pants, no cargo shorts permitted for the entire week and also be prepared for inclement weather.

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, please fill out the form [2016 United States Mid-Am volunteer form] and e-mail it to 2016usmidamateurstonewall@gmail.com by July 10th. Additional information concerning accommodations, transportation and other specifics will be addressed in later corresponding emails so please make sure an email address is provided on your form.

Thank you in advance for your time. We look forward to having you as a volunteer for the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Sincerely,
Daniel Dale
Golf Course Superintendent

2016 PAGCS Turf Student Scholarship Application Process Now Open; Deadline Is August 15, 2016

The PAGCS is proud to provide scholarships to current turf students who are or have been employed by PAGCS golf course superintendents. 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.

The application process is now open and runs through August 15, 2016. Please click here for full details.

PGA Tour Heads to Philadelphia Cricket Club Next Week

The Tour is in town! This coming week, the worldwide golf community will turn its attention to the Philadelphia Cricket Club, host of the 2016 Constellation Sr. Players Championship. [http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/constellation-senior-players-championship.html]

Want to be part of it? There are limited free tickets available to PAGCS members and their colleagues and families, courtesy of host superintendent Dan Meersman:

I have four tickets per day … June 7-12. Kids eighteen and under get in free with a ticketed adult.
Patricia Tobon, our Administrative Assistant, will start a will call list on a first-come basis that we will submit to the Tour for easy pick up. Her number is 215-754-0045, and her email address is ptobon@philacricket.com.

Below is the event link which includes directions to parking.

http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/constellation-senior-players-championship/local-info.html

Thanks,
Dan Meersman
Director of Grounds
Philadelphia Cricket Club
(215) 290-0268 cell

2016 PAGCS Scholarship Benefit Outing: Monday, May 16

The 2016 Scholarship Benefit is less than three weeks away! Get ready for a fun-filled day that opens with a 10 a.m. Shotgun followed by a phenomenal Pig Roast, supplied by George Ley, the founder of the PAGCS Scholarship program. Registration is now open. Once registered, you will receive an e-mail with a link to payment options.
Click Here To Register

Event Info
Location: Cobbs Creek Golf Course
Host: Eliezer Rodriguez
Tee Gift Sponsor: Pocono Turf Supply
Registration: 9 a.m.
Shotgun: 10 a.m.
Pig Roast Reception: 2:30 p.m., Sponsored by George Ley & Company
Reception Beverages Sponsored by Genesis Turfgrass
Skill Prizes Sponsored by Fisher & Son Company

Costs
Full Day: $75
Pig Roast only: $30
Hole Sponsorship*: $150
Twosome with Hole Sponsorship*: $275 [a $25 savings]
Foursome with Hole Sponsorship*: $400 [a $50 savings]
[*This is the only PAGCS event that offers hole sponsorship opportunities;
all proceeds go directly to fund the PAGCS scholarship program]

War at the Shore: PAGCS/GCSANJ Joint Meeting 2016

Registration is now closed. Please contact the office to be added.

It’s time for the annual Philly versus Jersey competition for the cup. This four-ball event requires verifiable handicaps to compete in the match/for net prizes, but all members are welcome. Registration is reserved for members of each association first: 60 players per chapter. Deadline to register is April 14.

Full Event Details:
Date: Thursday, April 21
Location: Scotland Run Golf Club, Williamstown, NJ
Host: Jeff England
Registration: 9-11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11-11:45 a.m.
Shotgun: Noon sharp
Reception: after golf, approx 5:30 p.m.
Costs: $110 full day [Lunch only: $30; Reception only: $55]
Dress code: no hats in the clubhouse, no cargo shorts on the course or in the clubhouse
Deadline to Register: April 14, 2016 [PAGCS members only until deadline]
Our Sponsors:
Title: Turf Equipment
Lunch: Bayer, Dryject NJ, SiteOne Landscape & Supply
On Course Beverages: Lawn & Golf Supply Inc.
Reception Beverages: Plant Food Company

PAGCS Seminar Awarded CEU’s; Deadline to Register is Today!

The PAGCS is pleased to announce that this Thursday’s seminar, Golf Course Management Workshop: Blending Recreation, Wildlife, and Waterways, has been awarded .35 CEU’s from GCSAA. This free education opportunity will be held this Thursday, March 31, at Cedarbrook Country Club. Deadline to register is today: click here.

Full Agenda
Golf Course Management Workshop: Blending Recreation, Wildlife, and Waterways
Cedarbrook Country Club
180 Penllyn Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Thursday, March 31th, 2016, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Welcome and Introductions – 9:30
Rob Nolek, Superintendent of Cedarbrook Country Club, Dennis Miranda, Executive Director of Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International will welcome participants and provide a brief background on their organizations.

Working Within Your Eco-Region: Using BMPs to Create A Healthy Course Environment – 9:45
Tara Donadio, Audubon International Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs
This workshop is designed to prepare participants to ensure clean fresh water supplies, while protecting the habitat integrity of their property. Case studies and group work will illustrate how to handle common problems. The goal of this presentation is to help golf course managers practice the skillful and conscientious act of integrating environmental planning, policies, and practices into day-to-day operations to bring about positive, productive, and healthy golf course management.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council: Golf Best Management Practices Manual – 11:00
Paul Racette, PEC Watersheds Program Manager
PEC created a manual that includes 18 Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can help golf course superintendents and staff improve water quality and manage stormwater and storm events on their property.

Montgomery County Conservation District: Local support programs – 11:20
Krista Scheirer, MCCD Watershed Specialist
The Montgomery County Conservation District offers many helpful resources regarding stormwater projects, education and grants important to golf course management.

Flood Management at Cedarbrook Country Club – 11:40
Rob Nolek, Cedarbrook Country Club Superintendent
Cedarbrook Country Club contains a section of the main stem of the Wissahickon Creek running through it. Due to stormwater issues in our suburban area, Cedarbrook has had to find new ways to manage flooding and erosion problems on their course.
– See more at: http://www.pagcs.org/blog/#sthash.vtUMgJhq.dpuf

PAGCS Free Education Opportunity March 31

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On Thursday, March 31, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) will partner with the PAGCS and Audubon International (AI), to offer a free education opportunity: Golf Course Management Workshop: Blending Recreation, Wildlife, and Waterways

Held at Cedarbrook Country Club from 9:30am – 12:30pm, this complimentary workshop will offer CEU’s and a continental breakfast. Topics include BMP’s, storm water management, managing floods and erosion on golf courses, protecting the integrity of course habitat, and much more. Click here or see below for full agenda: Golf Course Workshop Agenda

This event is courtesy of grant funding to the WVWA. Registration is required: Click here to register.

Full Agenda
Golf Course Management Workshop: Blending Recreation, Wildlife, and Waterways
Cedarbrook Country Club
180 Penllyn Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Thursday, March 31th, 2016, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Welcome and Introductions – 9:30
Rob Nolek, Superintendent of Cedarbrook Country Club, Dennis Miranda, Executive Director of Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International will welcome participants and provide a brief background on their organizations.

Working Within Your Eco-Region: Using BMPs to Create A Healthy Course Environment – 9:45
Tara Donadio, Audubon International Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs
This workshop is designed to prepare participants to ensure clean fresh water supplies, while protecting the habitat integrity of their property. Case studies and group work will illustrate how to handle common problems. The goal of this presentation is to help golf course managers practice the skillful and conscientious act of integrating environmental planning, policies, and practices into day-to-day operations to bring about positive, productive, and healthy golf course management.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council: Golf Best Management Practices Manual – 11:00
Paul Racette, PEC Watersheds Program Manager
PEC created a manual that includes 18 Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can help golf course superintendents and staff improve water quality and manage stormwater and storm events on their property.

Montgomery County Conservation District: Local support programs – 11:20
Krista Scheirer, MCCD Watershed Specialist
The Montgomery County Conservation District offers many helpful resources regarding stormwater projects, education and grants important to golf course management.

Flood Management at Cedarbrook Country Club – 11:40
Rob Nolek, Cedarbrook Country Club Superintendent
Cedarbrook Country Club contains a section of the main stem of the Wissahickon Creek running through it. Due to stormwater issues in our suburban area, Cedarbrook has had to find new ways to manage flooding and erosion problems on their course.

PAGCS Loses Esteemed Member: Lou Amadio

12643030_863316857115997_5888596882234462354_nThe PAGCS is saddened to share the news of the loss of esteemed member Lou Amadio. Lou served as PAGCS president 1978-1979, and, since his retirement in 1994 from McCall Field, he has remained an active participant in PAGCS events. He will be missed. Please comment in the “Leave a Reply” section below to share your memories and thoughts about Lou.

AMADIO
LOUIS of Belmont Hills, Pa. On Feb. 16, 2016. Beloved husband of Mary T. (nee Patrick) Amadio. Loving father of Louis (Beth) Jr. and Frank (Cyndi) Amadio. Devoted grandfather of Bryan (Andrea), David, Brittany, Devon, Emily, Samantha, Bella, and Matthew. Brother of Frances D’Addezio, Sandra DiNardo, and the late Mary Hamilton, and Antonette Ewer. Relatives and Friends are invited to his Viewing Friday at 9:00 A.M. and to his Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 A.M. in St. Matthias Church 128 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004. Int. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, an offering in Mr. Amadio’s name to the American Heart Assn. P.O. Box 15120 Chicago. Ill. 60693 would be appreciated.
(www.stretchfuneralhome.com) Published on Philly.com on Feb. 17, 2016foursome 11-15

GIS This Week: PA Hospitality/Networking

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The “big show” is now underway in San Diego.

Among the many events taking place, all PAGCS members and friends should not miss the Pennsylvania Hospitality and Networking Suite. It will be held this Wednesday, February 10, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd, Indigo Suite A.

This complimentary event is one of the most successful and well received regional events every year at GIS. Be sure to thank our sponsors for their generosity — they make this event possible.

Visit the PAGCS calendar on the website to see this event and other upcoming events for PAGCS members: click here.

PAGCS and Service: It’s Just What We Do

This week in January, every year, we are reminded to serve our communities, our fellow human beings. It is part of the annual celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

The PAGCS honors a tradition of service and a spirit of community all year long through many efforts and programs. Not the least among these is serving The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia.

This past September, the PAGCS held Aeration Days at Walnut Lane Golf Course, one of the homes of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia. Check out “Inside Golf” and its coverage of the PAGCS Aeration Days at Walnut Lane in this video [coverage of the Aeration Days starts at 13:45]: click here.