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  • 16 Oct 2018 8:33 PM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)


    So far, GCSAAPAC has made several, bipartisan donations to Members of Congress who have impacted golf. $500 was contributed to Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who is the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee which has jurisdiction over water and pesticide issues. $500 was also contributed to Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), who has supported a number of our positions on environmental issues and represents GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas. $500 was contributed to Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3) as part of a larger event attended by GSCAA superintendents and staff at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kansas. Finally, $500 was contributed to Senator John Barrasso, the Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

    Learn more here

  • 28 Sep 2018 7:47 PM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    The GCSAA Podcast features relevant association and industry content that includes educational information, updates on GCSAA programs and services, reports from industry events, human interest stories and interviews with some of the biggest names in golf course management.

    Whether you listen out on the course, during your daily commute, or while catching a work out, make the GCSAA Podcast a permanent addition to your podcast playlist.

    GCSAA Podcast

  • 05 Jul 2018 10:28 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Gov. John Kasich wants to crackdown on phosphorous run off that feeds Lake Erie algal blooms

    Read more  Kasich on phosphorous

  • 20 Apr 2018 9:07 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

     Before administering the naturalization oath of allegiance to a recent class of new U.S. citizens, federal judge Stephanie K. Bowman reminded them never to take for granted what she was about to bestow upon them.

    read the rest here  http://www.turfnet.com/news.html/_/pat-obrien-completes-path-to-us-citizenship-r1020

  • 28 Nov 2017 8:54 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

     A funeral mass will be held at 12:30 PM on Saturday, December 2nd at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton, FL. A “Celebration of Life” will follow the mass at the Mercy Center at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jerry’s life.

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial foundation is being established in Jerry’s honor. More details will be available this week on social media and at www.jerrycfoundation.org

  • 14 Nov 2017 7:50 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jim Westendorf our Superintendent Champion and Jason Brown our Affiliate Champion for 2017

    Both shot rounds of 78 at Cincinnati Country Club 

  • 14 Sep 2017 8:42 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Below is a link to an excellent info graphic you can pass on to your golfers who don't understand the specs when it comes to aeration.  Also there is a link to a good article on bunker maintenance that can be printed in PDF form.



  • 06 Mar 2017 12:02 PM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

     TURF TIPS - MARCH 3, 2017
    Thinking about applying your annual bluegrass seed head suppression apps? Learn what Dr. Dave Gardner has to say about the topic in this week's Turf Tips.


  • 06 Jan 2017 9:39 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)



    Charlie Tadge


    TADGE, Charles H., age 85, formerly of Dayton and Cincinnati, of Cleveland, died Thursday, December 22, 2016. He was born on November 25, 1931 in Dayton, OH, a son of the late Charles Nelson and Anna Lecetta (Middlestetter) Tadge. He was a 1949 graduate of Northridge High School, University of Cincinnati with a BS in Industrial Management in 1954. He also attended Purdue University, post graduate studies in Agronomy Turfgrass Management. Charles served in the US Army during the Korean War, and was a 1st Lt. and Commander of a Nike Missle Battery in CA. He worked 44 years as a golf course Superintendant at several well known courses, including; Miami Valley Golf Club, Dayton, OH, Mayfield Country Club of South Euclid, OH. Charles concluded his career with the Hamilton County Parks District, having retired from the Vineyard Golf Club in February of 2002. He also held various positions in professional organizations such as President of the Golf Course Superintendants Assoc. of America in 1979, President GCSA of Miami Valley in 1984, President of the Northern Ohio GCSA from 1972-73, and Midwest Regional Turf Foundation in 1968, the Ohio Turf Foundation in 1968, Sec./Treas. Of the Greater Cinti GCSA from 1992-2002. He was elected to the GCGCSA Hall of Fame in 2015 and has an annual scholarship in his name recognizing his service to the industry.  He spoke at many conferences and meetings in USA, Canada, Mexico, Scotland, and England. He also served as a course rater for Cinti Golf Assoc. He served on Golf Magazine panel to select the “top 100” courses in the US. He played over 70 of the “Top 100” courses and played in all 50 states and DC. Charles worked as a volunteer and grounds crew member at The Masters from 2003 to 2008, and was finally nominated to the Northern Ohio Golf Hall of Fame. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Carolyn Tadge (Knotts) in 2015. Survived by 2 sons Erik R. (Lori) Tadge of Perry, OH, and Stephen D. (Judy) Tadge of Hillsborough, NC, 5 grandchildren Kevin Tadge, Megan Tadge, Kelly Tadge, Bryan Tadge and Kyle Winner.   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve 17876 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44110, www.hospicewr.org. On-line condolences for the family may be sent to www.bakerhazelsnider.com

  • 01 Dec 2016 10:14 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)


    Eighty-two delegates from 84 chapters convene at GCSAA headquarters


    2016-Chapter-Delegates-imageLawrence, Kan. (Oct. 18, 2016) – Membership engagement and growth, advocacy efforts and an upcoming best management practices guide were among the key topics of the 2016 Chapter Delegates Meeting. The 82 delegates from 84 chapters also heard from nominees for the 2017 GCSAA Board of Directors. The two-day meeting, held Oct. 11-12 in Kansas City, Mo., and at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., also offered delegates the chance to discuss issues and provide input in small group sessions and during a "town hall" session.

    While one third of attendees were first-time delegates, many of the veteran delegates return for the opportunity to make a difference for the association and profession.

    "It's good to come and meet new people," said Sean Wilson, CGCS at The Club at Falcon Point and delegate for the South Texas GCSA. "You feel like you are truly a part of changing things for the better."

    For five-time delegate T.A. Barker, CGCS at Fore Lakes Golf Course and a member of the Intermountain GCSA, the annual delegates meeting allows him to hear about the different challenges and the common concerns superintendents face around the country.

    "We are all a family," Barker said. "We come here facing different issues, but we are a family and we come together to help each other out."

    The event opened with updates from GCSAA President Peter J. Grass, CGCS, and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans, as well as check presentations to chapters that participated in Rounds 4 Research in 2016. The second day offered staff presentations on key initiatives, including:

    • Membership engagement and growth: Plans to increase member engagement include strategies across all classifications. Contact with new members will increase, with personalize messages sent at one, three and six months after joining. There will also be focused efforts on moving Class B members up to Class A, creating new member packets specifically for the equipment manager (EM) class, and strengthening the connection between student members and local chapters. Potential bylaw changes to the definitions of the EM class and International Superintendent Members could broaden growth opportunities.
    • Government affairs: The Grassroots Ambassadors program continues to grow, and government affairs efforts are currently focused on the issues of H-2B, Mega 16 initiative, WOTUS and the overtime pay rule. Discussions were also held on engagement through the use of the #golfvotes hashtag on social media during the upcoming election season, participation in the 10th anniversary of National Golf Day in 2017 and options for expanding GCSAA advocacy efforts.
    • Best Management Practices Planning Guide and Template: Delegates got a sneak peek at GCSAA's BMP Planning Guide and Template, which will be launched at the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando. The tool will provide a road map for golf-centric organizations at the state level to develop and implement BMP programs. The goal is to have BMPs for all 50 states by 2020. Delegates were provided with talking points to help promote the program.

    The business portion of the delegates meeting concluded with presentations from and breakout sessions with the candidates for the 2017 board. The election will take place on Feb. 9 at the GCSAA Annual Meeting in Orlando.

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