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GCSAA Field Staff Updates

Kevin Doyle, GCSAA

It seems like every year I am asked by a member to consider writing about a health-related item specific to our outdoor profession.  Recently one member addressed an issue he had at his facility and inquired if I would help spread the word about proper hydration.  Keeping hydrated is an extremely important health concern, and despite my personal efforts to encourage my athlete/golf course employee daughter to drink plenty of fluids, I am no expert.  So here are some tips for you and the staff from those in the know.  Some tips to stay hydrated, and equally important (as the above member pointed out) concerns to look for regarding dehydration.

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Great Lakes Turf Schools

GLTS Flyer 2022- Cool-Season Golf.pdf

Superintendent Spotlight

Steve Kurta, Tuscarora Golf Club

written by Michael Tollner, Bellevue Country Club

As the GCSA of NY heads into its third year, the association has elected a new president, one who has a strong vision for growth and development.  I was fortunate enough to sit down with Steve Kurta, golf course superintendent at Tuscarora Golf Club in Camillus, NY, over lunch recently to discuss what he sees as his main goals for 2022 and beyond.  Steve is someone I’ve gotten to know over the past few years, so the opportunity to learn a bit more about his past, his interesting career path to where he is today, as well as to sit down over a common interest for both of us, craft beer, was one I jumped on with excitement.  

Steve has been heavily involved with GCSA of NY since its inception and was a key player in the consolidation process.  He was one of three representatives from the former Central NY GCSA that served on the consolidation committee.  He believes that as the association continues to grow it’s important to not lose sight of the founding chapters' regional identity and to try to honor that when possible.   He believes one of the main goals of the association is service and that members need to see value in their membership. Doing that will require seeing things from the viewpoint of a prospective member and not just as the board president. As a former president of the Central NY GCSA, Steve brings a vision to this association that will help guide it for years to come. He’ll use that experience to reinforce the framework of the association for future presidents and directors.

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Message from our Chapter Administrator

Suzanne Mis

As the leaves change and fall, we are entering the last of 2022. Holiday time will be upon us, and the snow will be here before we know it. I hope you all had a great summer and are looking forward to a well-deserved break, from mowing at least!

The association is winding down its golf events and looking ahead to our annual Education Day and Annual Meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday December 6, 2022, at River Works in downtown Buffalo. This is a unique venue that we hope you will find to be a more relaxed, fun place for this event. River Works is right in the heart of downtown Buffalo, surrounded by hotels, eating establishments and other fun activities for all with Niagara Falls within a 30 drive. We are hoping to get many of you to come into town on Monday for our pre-event get together with our speakers and fellow members. The education day and annual meeting will start at 7am with breakfast along with our vendor tables. Dr. Ben McGraw will start us off with a NYS insect pest year in review followed by Dr. John Kaminsky speaking about the latest in dollar spot research. After a short break, Dr’s McGraw and Kaminski will continue with earthworm control and disease of annual bluegrass putting greens. There will be DEC credits and GCSAA education points given for these seminars. Lunch will be provided prior to our annual meeting and conclude with a Superintendent in review open forum discussion with Andy Eick, superintendent at Mohawk Golf Club and Mike Tollner from Bellevue Country Club. The entire event will conclude by 4pm. Registration is open via our website and the cost of this event is only $75 per person. I hope to see you all there.

I am looking forward to beginning our 2023 calendar of events and I am vey excited and thankful for Dr. Frank Rossi, who is willing to continue the walk and talk events across the state next year. We have had a great turnout and hope to continue to provide you with relevant and up to date information about issues and concerns within our area.

In the off season, feel free to reach out to me with job postings, equipment for sale and any other updates that you would like shared with the membership. Membership renewals will be sent out via email in December, so please make sure to update your membership if there are any changes.

I don’t want you to miss out on any of the exciting and educational events we have in store.

Thank you for your support of the association and feel free to reach out to me with questions or comments. Have a joyful and safe holiday season.

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