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Mother Nature Does it Again: Philly BLUE-OUT Special Moved to May 2

Hopefully one week does the trick! The Philly BLUE-OUT Special will now be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018. All other details remain the same. Click here for information.

If you are already registered and still plan to attend, there is nothing further you need to do. If you are registered and cannot now attend the new date, please notify the office: kliebsch@pagcs.org.

If you are not registered and would like to attend the new date, Weds., May 2, please click here for registration.

All other details remain the same for this fantastic event!
Philly Blue-Out Special–Joint Meeting with CPGCSA and PTGA
Be sure to wear blue!
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Location: Middletown Country Club
Shotgun: 11 a.m.
Reception: immediately after golf
A portion of each registration will be
donated to the Els for Autism Foundation

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

PAGCS 2018 Calendar Takes Shape

The 2018 calendar is full of exciting themes, tournaments, and venues. Here’s what we know right now, and we look forward to seeing you for a very special day at Middletown Country Club on April 25 as we kick off 2018.

— May 2: The Philly Blue-Out Special, supporting autism awareness and
the Ernie Els Organization, in Philly Style at Middletown Country Clubpin

— May 21: our Annual Scholarship Benefit Tournament and Pig Roast at
Turtle Creek Golf Club

— June 11: The PAGCS Member-Member Tournament at
White Clay Creek Country Club

— July 16: The PAGCS Member-Guest at Applecross Country Club

— Sept 17: PAGCS benefit event for The Wee One Foundation at
Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

— Oct 15: The PAGCS Golf Championship at
Jericho National Golf Club

— Nov 5: PAGCS Annual Meeeting at

— Dec 20: PAGCS Annual Toy Drive and Christmas Party at
Barnaby’s Havertown

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)

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/

Local Chapters Mourn the Loss of Industry Friend and Leader: Michael Gilmore

The PAGCS extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael J. Gilmore. Mike passed away on August 27, 2017. He was a former golf course superintendent, past president of MAAGCS, and more recently the owner of Growing Solutions.

Michael is the beloved husband of Jody Gilmore; cherished son of Jeanne S. Gilmore and the late Dr. George T. Gilmore; devoted father of Katherine Wroten and her husband Eric, Lucas Gardner and his wife Amanda, Christopher Gilmore, Jamieson Gilmore and the late Megan Ann Martinek; loving grandfather of Madison, Jonas, Jayce, Hannah and Olivia; dear brother of Susan, Timothy, Thomas, Patricia, Peter, Jeanne, Mary, Paul and the late George. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held on Friday, September 1, 2017. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Esophageal Cancer Action Network, P.O. Box 243, Stevenson, MD 21153.

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

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!
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.

PAGCS September Golf Outing: So, What is “Wee One”?

The PAGCS September meeting will be held on Monday, September 19, at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club. In unique fashion, this event will incorporate some fun Philly themes [cheesesteaks wit, anyone?] while benefiting one of the golf turf industry’s leading foundations: Wee One.

So, what is Wee One? Turns out, “Wee One” was a who: Wayne Otto, CGCS. Wayne was a cherished friend of many in the golf course superintendent industry who died from cancer in 2004. The Foundation was named to honor Wayne and to continue to help those in need who face economic hardship due to illness. Click here to read more about Wee One history.

There are many ways to be part of this event. Click here for more information and to register. Special sponsorship opportunities are also available: click here or see below.
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Wee One Platinum Sponsorship: $1,500.00

 Includes entry fee for a foursome
 Company or individual name on main signage and at reception
Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor during the award presentation.

Wee One Gold Sponsorship: $1,000.00

 Includes entry fee for a twosome
 Recognition as a Gold Sponsor during the award presentation.

Food/Snack Station Sponsor: $1,250

 (4 available)
Opportunity to man a station and have personal interaction with every contestant
 Excellent networking/advertising venue
 Fantastic opportunity to include your non-golfing staff in the event
 Food or Snack is the responsibility of the sponsor

Beverage Station Sponsor: $1,500

 (4 available)
Opportunity to man a station and have personal interaction with every contestant
 Excellent networking/advertising venue
 Fantastic opportunity to include your non-golfing staff in the event
 Beverage (alcoholic or non) is the responsibility of the

Par 3 Hole-in-One Sponsor: $500.00

(4 available)
Display of manufactures equipment on a par three tee  Extra large hole-in-one sponsorship signage
 Excellent company exposure

Skill Prize Sponsor: $400

 (6 available)
 Extra-large sponsorship sign at associated skill tee
 Recognition as Skill sponsor during awards presentation
 Opportunity to network with contestants at your associated skill tee

Tee Sponsorship: $200.00

 Affords company, club, facility, individual or family to be recognized with signage posted on tee box
 Recognition as Tee Sponsor during award presentation

Silent Auction Donations:

Donate an item you think will draw interest from attendees: please note that many attendees, including those who are attending the post golf celebration, will be from outside the golf turf management industry, so donations that appeal to a broad audience are encouraged.

Recognition of your gift at the silent auction

*Donations can be made with your sponsorship registration.

Thank you in advance for your kind attention to the Wee One Foundation and the PAGCS’ efforts to help this great organization.