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.

Busy Week A Win for PAGCS


Website launched … check; new sponsorship program rolled out … check; trade show traditions maintained … check! Last week was a busy one for the PAGCS.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit us at the Eastern PA Turf Conference and Trade Show. We truly enjoyed reconnecting with everyone in the new year. And the first week of 2016 gave us lots to talk about!

First up: the new website — the feedback so far is overwhelmingly positive. Speaking of the site, thank you to everyone who entered the contest for the $100 Visa gift card. By blind draw, the winner is Will McIlvaine, PAGCS member and proud representative of Primos Products!

In conjunction with the new site, we also rolled out a totally revamped sponsorship program for 2016. Check it if you have not: 2016 sponsorship. Let us know what you think and contact us with any questions.

Keep an eye out this week for an e-mail about when the 2016 Membership Renewal process will begin. Dues invoices will be sent out shortly and are due by March 31.

Now if we could only get some snow….

New Year Means New Online Presence for the PAGCS


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The PAGCS will kick off 2016 with a new online presence.  A year in the making, the PAGCS has rolled out a new tech savvy and mobile friendly website. In conjunction with the new site, the PAGCS is streamlining its social media accounts.

The new PAGCS website will feature a user-friendly interface, along with specialized features, such as the new PAGCS Blog and an easier-to-access Members Only area. Members and friends of the PAGCS alike will enjoy a site that is quick to navigate and provides the information you need in one click.

Speaking of one click: the PAGCS is one click away on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more. Check out the links on the home page or just search our handle: PAGCS 1925.

PAGCS Toy Drive Huge Success

toys 2Since 2012, the PAGCS has partnered with Think Grey and the Matthew Renk Foundation to collect Toys for CHOP during the Annual PAGCS Christmas Party. And 2015 proved to be the biggest success to date!

The Christmas party, held this year at Barnaby’s Havertown on Dec. 18, yielded over seven industrial sized [44 gallon] trash bags, overflowing with everything from books to games to gift cards.

The generosity of PAGCS members and friends proved once again that the spirit of Christmas always wins!


Passing of the Gavel: PAGCS Elects New Officers

Rob Nolek, Cedarbrook Country Club, accepts the gavel from outgoing president Jon Urbanski.

On Monday, November 9, the PAGCS held its Annual Meeting at Indian Valley Country Club. Among the order of business: elections.

The PAGCS elected former Vice President Rob Nolek, Cedarbrook Country Club, to the presidency, replacing the outgoing president, Jon Urbanksi, Bidermann Golf Club. Filling Rob’s shoes as Vice President will be Derrick Wozniak, Radley Run Country Club. Doug Rae, Applecross Country Club, will continue on as treasurer and Mark Rubbo, Spring Ford Country Club, as secretary.

For a full listing of Board Contacts, click here.


PAGCS Presents Top Award to Frank Shuman at Annual Meeting

The PAGCS 2015 Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for the Association to recognize some of its esteemed members. Among them, Frank T. Shuman, the 2015 recipient of the Eberhard Steiniger Award for service to PAGCS and the turfgrass industry.

The Eb Steinger award is presented to a turfgrass professional in the Philadelphia Region who exemplifies the spirit of Eberhard Steiniger, CGCS. No one in the PAGCS ranks does this more so than Frank Shuman. Frank is a tireless advocate of the golf course superintendent and selflessly devoted to advancing the profession and the game of golf.

The Eb Steiniger award is in honor of a man who dedicated his life to the game of golf by advancing the profession of golf course superintendent. Eb was the longtime superintendent at Pine Valley Golf Club in Pine Valley, NJ. His innovative research, mentoring of future superintendents, and professional involvement locally and nationally have made him a legend in the profession.

Many of the same things can be said about Frank, and more. As PAGCS Member Bill Corcoran said in his nomination letter, “Over the years, Frank has helped the PAGCS in many ways. He has also assisted people in the golf industry who were down on their luck. Not a few time, but on many occasions. All with the intent that no one found out.”

It is because of Frank’s devotion that the PAGCS is able to award a scholarship each year to a deserving turf student: “he has entrusted our association with over $20,000 to award scholarships at our discretion! To my knowledge we have bestowed 10 applicants various monitory awards that have assisted them in pursuing a career in turfgrass management with the funds Frank has unselfishly donated to us,” attests Jay Parisien, CGCS.

It would be horribly remiss to close without also mentioning Frank’s devotion to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia. In honor of Frank and the First Tee, the PAGCS sold Mulligans at the Annual Meeting and donated all the proceeds to Frank and the First Tee. Frank promptly matched the funds, and last we heard, Walnut Lane Golf Club, home of the First Tee here in Philly, now has a lovely new backpack blower and commercial grade trimmer.

PAGCS Awards Scholarships in Honor of Shuman, Ley

martinez shumanEach year, the PAGCS awards scholarships to deserving turf students who work for PAGCS members. This year, the PAGCS awarded two scholarships:  one Frank I. Shuman  and one George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship.

The George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship was awarded to Brandon McNally, an intern at Bidermann Golf Club working for PAGCS member Jon Urbanski. Brandon is studying turf science management at Purdue and aims to graduate with a B.S. in 2017.

The George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship gets its roots from George Ley and his generosity and desire to give back to the industry. George, a tireless supporter of the golf turf profession, began hosting golf outings to raise funds for scholarships in the 1990s.

The Frank I. Shuman Scholarship was created by Frank’s son, Frank T., to honor his father. The younger Frank, another quiet and tireless devotee of the golf turf profession and the golf course superintendent, has generously donated to this scholarship fund for a decade. This year’s recipient, Luis Martinez, also works at Bidermann and attends Penn State. He plans to graduate from the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Two-Year Program this coming spring.