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PAGCS in the Christmas Spirit

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The PAGCS knows how to play it: have fun AND do good! This year was no exception, from First Green to First Tee, and the Association wrapped it up nicely with the 2017 Toy Drive and Christmas Party on Tuesday at Barnaby’s Havertown.

All toys were donated to The Matthew Renk Foundation and their efforts on behalf of Toys for CHOP.

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PAGCS Teams Up for First Tee!

This fall, during Thanksgiving week, the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents held what has become their annual volunteer event at Walnut Lane Golf Club. Walnut Lane Golf Club is an Arthur Findlay design that is owned by the City of Philadelphia and leased to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTOGP].

A few years ago, the PAGCS began helping with the fall aerification, providing a volunteer force made up of a members. Now, under first year superintendent, Ben Davies, the staff at Walnut Lane has been able to complete aeration in house. So, this year, when Ben was approached about what would help the facility the most, he came up with some projects that could make a big difference in his continuing efforts to improve the turf quality.

15867 (2)First up was the 7th hole, which is next to the maintenance facility. There has been a drainage issue causing water to collect on the front of the green and to the left of the approach after any rainfall.

The second and main project was trying to create more airflow by the 10th and 3rd greens. The 10th green is the most difficult on the golf course to maintain. It has all the characteristics of the worst scenarios when trying to grow turf, including minimal sunlight, airflow restriction from trees, and a low-lying area that does not drain well. Thirdly, there was a significant need of stump grinding on the property.

As a request went out to the PAGCS membership, the first person to volunteer was Bill Brown, CGCS (20-year GCSAA Member) of Aqua-Aid. Bill offered the services of their Imants Root Pruner, a process that the golf course was in dire need of! Next to chip in were Shreiner Tree Care and Arader Tree Service, offering large commercial stump grinding services. To fill out the volunteer list were members from Lehigh CC, The Ace Club, Philadelphia CC, Huntingdon Valley CC, and Bala CC. Also donating their time were Mike Janzer (17-year GCSAA Member) from Plantfood Co., Jeff Hass from Golf Cart Services, Sumner Cross (31-year GCSAA Member) and Matt Brown from Lawn & Golf Supply Company and Andy Barone from Ventrac.

At the end of the day, the entire course was root pruned, all the old stumps on the course had been ground, and the 3rd & 10th Greens had significant tree removal from their surrounds. Also, the area around the 7th green had a new drainage system installed. Finally, there was also significant brush removal completed throughout the course using two Ventrac mowers.

All of this was topped off with a traditional Philly Cheesesteak lunch and a talk from special guest Mike Quick, a hometown favorite and Philadelphia Eagles Great, who currently serves as a TFTGP Board Member and works as the color analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles radio broadcasts. The PAGCS, TFTOGP, and Walnut Lane Golf Course are pretty sure the day could not have been more successful.

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Bill Hyndman, Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia had this to say:
“The Walnut Lane Golf Club and The First Tee are grateful to the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents. The course would not be in the shape it is today without the support and dedication of the many superintendents, crewmembers, and vendors who have helped us for a number of years. These individuals, who all have difficult jobs themselves, selflessly take time each year to help us, and we can see that they have made a tremendous difference. Thank you for helping us make a difference for our kids and for golf.“

To say that the course has gone through a revitalization, might be an understatement. In the last 3 years, the course has received a much-needed reinvestment. There has been over a $500,000 in TFTGP investments and kind services donated! The involvement of people like Frank Shuman (GCSAA 45 Year Member) TFTGP Board Member and longtime PAGCS member and PAGCS Past President & TFTGP past board member, Jay Parisian (25-year GCSAA Member) have been key in the current momentum at Walnut Lane Golf Club, home of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia!
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About the author:
Bill Corcoran is a 20-year GCSAA Member, Board Member of the TFTGP and a Commercial Representative on the Board of the PAGCS

Meet the 2016 Recipients: PAGCS Turf Student Scholarship

The PAGCS is proud to offer the Turf Student Scholarship Program, helping advance the careers of talented men and women who will shape the future of the industry. This year’s deadline is fast approaching: click here for full details and application.

The 2016 recipients represent the top of their class, such as Joe Kopania. Joe was awarded the 2016 Frank I. Shuman Scholarship. This award is funded by the generosity of Frank’s son, Frank T. Shuman, in memory of his father. Frank I. Shuman was an industry leader and Eb Steiniger Award recipient. Like father, like son, Frank T. Shuman followed his dad’s lead and has been one of our industry’s best friends. In 2015, he was awarded the Eb Steiniger Award.

Joe Kopania is working on a Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass from Penn State University. A previous intern at the Bucks Club under Joe Agnew, he plans to graduate in May 2019.

Next up, meet Jacob Shughart, whose equally impressive resume includes stints at Maidstone Club and Bidermann Golf Club with Jon Urbanski. Jacob received one of two scholarships awarded in the name of the PAGCS. He earned his two- year certificate in turf from Penn State this past spring and currently serves as Assistant Project Manager at Total Turf with Greg Hufner.

The second recipient, Seamus Foley, is a current Penn State student, studying Turfgrass Science. Before heading to his current internship at Saucon Valley under Jim Roney, Seamus worked for John Gosselin at Aronimink. He plans to graduate this coming May.

Among the scholarships available each year, there is one that is the most tenured. The George E. Ley Scholarship, so named for its benefactor, has been awarded since the 1990s. George has supported the PAGCS, its members, and the Scholarship Program for decades, and the annual scholarship outings were his brainchild.

Please meet the 2016 George E. Ley Scholarship Recipient: Scott Musser. Scott earned his B.S. in Biology-Ecology from West Chester University in 2015 and proceeded to intern with Paul Stead, CGCS, at Kennett Square Golf & Country Club in 2016. He is now enrolled in Penn State’s World Campus working on a masters of science and has taken on the roll of Paul’s second assistant superintendent. Scott plans to graduate this December.

Please share the scholarship program information and the Sept. 30th deadline with any student you know who has worked or is working for a PAGCS superintendent: http://www.pagcs.org/member-services/turf-student-scholarship-program-information-and-application/

It’s Finally Here: PAGCS September Extravaganza with Wee One

Agenda
8:30 Registration & Breakfast
10 a.m. Silent Auction Opens
11 a.m. Shotgun: four person scramble
4 p.m. Post Golf Celebration begins, with live band, horseshoe competition, and more
6 p.m. Silent Auction closes
6 p.m.-’til Party Under the Stars
Registration closes on or before 8 a.m. Friday, September 16: Click Here
Registration is open to anyone who loves a good time!
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Event Highlights
*Golf one of the region’s premier courses!
*Celebrate the end of summer in style!
*Enjoy live entertainment by regional hit band Rattle Snake Drive
*Be part of classic camaraderie and competition, both on the course and during the horseshoe tournament

The PAGCS could not be more excited to host the Wee One Foundation for a fundraising outing and BBQ celebration at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club. Full day participants will enjoy a great golf course, one the PAGCS has not visited in a very long time. Afterwards, everyone will be treated to a party to remember! Bring your significant other, friends, family, neighbors, anyone who loves a good time for an evening that will include a BBQ dinner, live rock & roll with Rattle Snake Drive, a horseshoe competition, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction, along with plenty of refreshments and cold beverage — all outside and under the stars and lights.

PAGCS Party With a Purpose: One Week From Today and Filling Up

This is it: final chance to register for the September PAGCS Event. This event promises to be very special, a celebration with a purpose. Registration has been opened to the entire Philadelphia Golf Alliance, so please do not wait to register if you plan to attend. http://www.weeone.org/Philadelphia-Wee-One-Fundraiser

One week from today, the PAGCS will host the Wee One Foundation for a fundraising outing and BBQ celebration at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club. Full day participants will enjoy a great golf course, one the PAGCS has not visited in a very long time. Afterwards, everyone will be treated to a party to remember! Bring your significant other, friends, family, neighbors, anyone who loves a good time for an evening that will include a BBQ dinner, live rock & roll with Rattle Snake Drive, a horseshoe competition, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction, along with plenty of refreshments and cold beverage — all outside and under the stars and lights.

There are several opportunities to enjoy this event and be part of helping the Wee One Foundation continue its amazing mission of helping members of our golf course maintenance community:

Individual registration [all are welcome until filled, so bring your family and friends for golf and/or celebration]: http://www.weeone.org/Philadelphia-Wee-One-Fundraiser

Want to be part of this event on a bigger scale? Check out the really cool sponsorship packages: http://www.weeone.org/event-2313192

Silent Auction: we are planning some pretty tempting items for bidding wars, but we could use a few more. Contact the PAGCS office or you can submit your donation when you register.

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]

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!