GCSAA Field Staff Updates
Kevin Doyle, GCSA
Hopefully you were able to learn how GCSAA provides and delivers valuable resources directly to you the member in our last newsletter. This article dives into the resources available to your local association. The affiliation between GCSAA and your local association are very important and the ability of your chapter to deliver value to you, the member, is key to the success of our industry. The goal of utilizing resources and benefits delivered from GCSAA, your local chapter, to you the member is to build the “we” instead of the “us” and “them.”
Great Lakes Turf Schools
Erik Larsson, Timber Banks Golf Club
written by Michael Tollner, Bellevue Country Club
Timber Banks Golf Club in Baldwinsville, NY hosted the 2023 GCSANY member guest tournament on June 20th of this year. The golf course was in fantastic shape thanks to the efforts of superintendent Erik Larsson and his staff. The weather was perfect and the winner of the event was none other than the superintendent who grew in the golf course back in 2009, Chris Richter, and his partner. I was fortunate enough to sit down recently with Erik and discuss details about the course, and about Erik’s career path and what brought him to the Syracuse area, as well as how he landed at Timber Banks a few years ago
Message from our Chapter Administrator
Since my last newsletter, the association has had several events. The En-Joie Walk was unfortunately cancelled due to a scheduling conflict, but I have already confirmed this event for next year. We plan on scheduling it again in the spring of 2024.
Congratulations to Oak Hill Country Club for hosting the 2023 PGA Championship event in May. I was able to attend for two of the days thanks to Mike Bamann from First Turf and Ornamental and Scott Howell from Finch Turf. The weather made the event challenging to say the least, but it was well attended despite the rain. Jeff Corcoran along with his staff did an amazing job. Congratulations! What a great way to showcase this wonderful part of New York State.
Dr. Frank Rossi held a Walk and Talk event at East Aurora Country Club in May and another in July at Corning Country Club. Thank you to Drew and John for hosting and Dr. Rossi for sharing his knowledge and insight on turf maintenance, BMP’s, water conservation and many other topics. There are still 2 more opportunities to attend a walk with Dr. Rossi. On August 8th we will be at Mohawk Golf Club and October 24th at Tuscarora. Registration is currently open. The event is only $10 for GCSA of NY members and includes lunch. Golf is also available for an additional small fee.
The Member-Guest event at Timber Banks was held on June 22nd and it was a beautiful day. Congratulations to Chris Richter and his guest Mike Mancari. Thanks to Atlantic Golf & Turf and Finch Turf for sponsoring this event. We are hoping to continue this yearly event at Midvale Country Club in 2024.
Registration for the POA Tournament and Fundraiser is open on our website and is scheduled for Tuesday August 29th. We have many spots available and are hoping to fill both golf courses this year. The cost is $600 per team and includes a cookout lunch, sweeps, tee prizes, proximity prizes and golf. You can register a 4-man team, 2-man team or as an individual. Looking forward to seeing you all there. It is always a fun day.
Look out for a couple additional events for the fall. We will be having a Ryder Cup type event with the Western Ontario Golf Course Superintendents at Park Country Club on Monday October 2nd. This will also be an event to celebrate Scott Dodson on his 30 years as the Superintendent of Park Country Club and 50 years in the Golf Course Industry. Of course, our Annual Meeting and Education Day is always a great event. This will take place on Tuesday December 5th at the Syracuse Mets Stadium in Syracuse. We will have a full day of education with HR Specialist, Jodie Cunningham, Director of Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Lab and Nematode Detection Service, Rich Buckley and our very own Jeff Corcoran and Chris Hyman. I am hoping to open registration soon for these upcoming events.
As always, thanks to our sponsors and all the members of the association for supporting us and showing up for these events.
It is an honor to be part of this association.
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