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  • 29 Dec 2023 10:26 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Many years after my first run as President back in the 90’s, I am honored to once again be writing a GCGCSA President’s message. The message hasn’t changed much, but the industry has changed a lot.

    We’ve been through the technology era, and we now face the A.I. era.  Electric mowers, autonomous mowers and many other great inventions are headed our way making life easier … or perhaps more complicated? Time will tell. The one entity that has not changed is our wonderful volunteers who have kept this organization going over the years.  They are the backbone of this great industry!

    I would be remiss if I didn’t begin by acknowledging Tony Dierkers, first and foremost.  Over the past several years Tony has filled the role of Chapter Administrator and filled it well, leading us through the pandemic and steering our ship when we needed him most.  We are thankful for his guidance, dedication, time, and talent throughout the years.

    I also want to thank our entire board for the past year.  They’ve been instrumental in putting on our educational events, scholarship tournaments, etc. Special thanks to our last two past presidents, Scott LesChandler and Tim Kelley.

    As we look forward to 2024, we have some new faces on the board.  Most importantly we have hired a new Chapter Administrator. Effective January 1, we will be managed by the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association, in particular Todd Johnson (Director of GCGA) and Dave Miller who will be working with us hand in hand. More details about this venture are to come in the upcoming months. Each of these gentlemen brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge. More importantly, we are bringing the region’s golf stakeholders under one umbrella. This will be a new beginning for us.  Exciting changes are to come, and we look forward to growing as a chapter similar to the way the GCGA grows the game of golf.

    Finally, we rely on you, our members, to support the organization. It’s what keeps us solvent and allows us to promote our profession to the masses. We will also be communicating our sponsorship opportunities and promoting our upcoming events to our industry partners. We will rely on our fellow Superintendents to host meetings and I personally challenge you to consider hosting a meeting or event which may consist of education, golf, or social. We have had many great folks host us in the past and we are looking forward to the next great group to host us in the future. We are currently looking for a scholarship outing venue, fall superintendents’ championship venue, and fall education venue. Please contact me or a board member for more details about hosting.

    Thanks,

    Dan Walter


  • 30 Oct 2023 10:40 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Steve Randall – 10/26/24

    85 delegates representing 87 chapters meet in person at GCSAA Headquarters and the Hilton Kansas City Airport

    Delegates from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) met in-person during a two-day event at GCSAA Headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., as well as the KCI Airport Hilton Hotel October 24-25, 2024.

    The meeting brings leaders together from GCSAA’s 95 chapters to discuss initiatives, provide insight on moving the association forward, and to begin discussions on electing board members and officers at the February 2024 annual meeting.

    First-day highlights included updates and information from CEO Rhett Evans on “Relentless Focus.” Delegates were asked to encourage participation and engagement in the industry from their staff and colleagues, while GCSAA continues to recognize the accomplishments of members.

    A government affairs update was provided, informing attendees of potential legislative and regulatory advances that will impact the golf industry. Delegates also received information on the Rounds4Research program, and the 2024 GCSAA Golf Championships and Conference and Trade Show to be held in Phoenix.

    On day two, delegates met at Headquarters in Lawrence. Discussion included various department leader updates, including information on the need for facility Best Management Practices. Facility BMP’s are essential to showcase how golf course superintendents are environmental stewards.

    Recently, GCSAA implemented a new program and service, focusing on the First Green Program and Workforce Development. Updates highlighted how these programs are introducing students and individuals to the game of golf. Labor continues to be a challenge and this area addresses those concerns.

    GCSAA has also formed a Centennial Committee. The association will turn 100-years old in 2026. Plans and activities to engage all members for the event were presented.

    Delegates also participated in breakout sessions. The breakouts allowed attendees to provide feedback and information on GCSAA’s current dues adjustment process using the Consumer Price Index, assisting with facility BMP implementation, ways to increase rounds/bidders for Rounds4Research, career development certificates, and Centennial plans.

    Candidate breakout sessions concluded activities. The delegates were awarded ample time to interact and ask questions of the candidates. Those running for the GCSAA Board in 2024 are:

    · For President – Jeff L. White, CGCS

    · For Vice President – T.A. Barker, CGCS

    · For Secretary/Treasurer – Paul L. Carter, CGCS; Doug Dykstra, CGCS

    · For Director (electing two) – Greg Jones, CGCS, MG; Ryan Kraushofer, CGCS, Christopher Reverie, Marc Weston, CGCS

    There are two open director positions for two-year terms. The terms of Dykstra and Weston are expiring. If Dykstra is not elected to the Secretary/Treasurer position, he will need to run from the floor for an open director position to remain on the board. If Carter becomes Secretary/Treasurer a third person will need to be elected for the one remaining year on his term.

    Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, will serve on the board for one year as immediate past president. Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, retires from the board after being immediate past president in 2023. GCSAA’s Annual Meeting will take place Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 8-10 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.


  • 15 Feb 2023 8:35 PM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Ohio PLANT Green Advocacy Day

    Ohio Green Advocacy Day sponsored by Ohio PLANT is slated this year for Wednesday, February 22 in downtown Columbus. The day consists of a morning of speakers from the legislature and the Department of Agriculture and the afternoon will consist of appointments with your elected state representative and state senator’s office. These relationships, coupled with the work of Ohio PLANT and OTF’s lobbying team, helped push HB 507 into law. The bill created preemption of the ban of pesticide use on private property. This measure will prevent local municipalities from creating their own rules regarding pesticide use on private property.

    The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF) is once again a sponsor of this event which includes 7 complimentary registrations. We want to have a strong presence at the event from the turfgrass industry. If you are able to attend, please contact Lori at lori@bennett-management-llc.com as soon as possible so appointments can be made with your elected officials.


  • 15 Feb 2023 8:31 PM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show attendance up by 69% over 2022

    Seminar seat numbers highest since 2008

    February 13, 2023 GCMStaff

    Filed to: GCSAA Conference and Trade ShowNews Release 2023

    2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show

    Attendance for the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, the largest annual event in the turfgrass management industry, was up 69% over the 2022 event in San Diego. Total attendance was 11,000 vs. 6,500 in-person attendance in 2022 and comparable with the 11,700 who attended the last pre-pandemic event held in Orlando in 2020. A total of 6,300 seminar seats were filled, which was up 70% over 2022, and was the highest number since 2008. In addition to education for superintendents, the event also included specialized education for assistant superintendents, equipment managers, students and more. 

    The trade show covered nearly 250,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Orange County Convention Center and hosted nearly 450 exhibitors. 

    The week began with the GCSAA Golf Championships presented by Toro. The event was sold-out and featured the launch of the Toro Par-3 shoot-out along with formats offering golfers an opportunity to have fun, meet new people, renew old friendships, and play in various flighted competitions. Dylan Foster, assistant superintendent at Verandah Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla., was the winner of the 2023 GCSAA National Championship

    Among the highlights, the conference began Monday with the launch of the GCSAA Interactive Facility Tours and ended with a Welcome Reception, presented in partnership with Syngenta, at Aquatica Beach with food, fun and comradery. Tuesday featured a continuation of education in the classroom and on the golf course as part of the GCSAA Interactive Facility Learning Tours, with the day capping off with the announcement of an MOU between GCSAA and The Warrior Alliance. 

    On Wednesday, the Sunrise Celebration, presented in partnership with Syngenta, saw John Newton, CGCS Retired, receive GCSAA’s Col. John Morley Award to begin the day. Then, attendees experienced the launch of the Interactive Grass Learning Stage built through a collaboration of the GCBAA, GCSAA, USGA and ASGCA at the trade show.

    Wednesday also featured the 2023 GCSAA Turf Bowl, presented in partnership with John Deere. Team No. 11 from Penn State University won the 2023 Turf Bowl. 

    Thursday saw the launch of GCSAA Auction $Bucks, enabling attendees to earn points used to bid on items in a live auction at the GCSAA Send-Off Celebration, presented in partnership with John Deere. The highlight of the Send-Off Celebration was the presentation of the GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award to Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops. 

    The GCSAA Conference and Trade Show is produced by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) along with its presenting partners the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), United States Golf Association (USGA) and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) .

    GCSAA will continue to offer conference learning with a two-day virtual event of new education offerings for everyone at the golf facility March 14 and 16, 2023. Details and registration information can be found at www.GCSAAConference.com.

    The 2024 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show will head to Phoenix Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2024, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

    Filed to: GCSAA Conference 


  • 02 Feb 2023 10:54 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    February 28, 2023

    Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center
    2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus Ohio 43210

    GOLF - SPORTS TURF - LAWN CARE - BEST CERTIFICATION

    The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF) is hosting an in-person education seminar on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at the Ohio 4-H Center with tracks in Golf, Sports Turf and Lawn Care, plus the BEST certification program. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the day. Please note the registration time for the BEST program begins before the tracks. Registration is available online at www.OhioTurfgrass.org. OTF has applied for ODA continuing education credits.


  • 18 Jan 2023 2:19 PM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Bill Includes OTF Provision Preempting Local Governments from Regulating and Banning Pesticides


    Last month concluded the two-year legislative term of the Ohio Legislature. Final work was completed mid-December, known as “lame-duck.” Priority pieces of legislation from both the House, Senate and Governor’s office were passed in these final days. The legislature tackled a wide-range of items, from distributing ARPA funding and voting law reform, to drilling gas on public lands. Any legislation that did not get passed and signed by the Governor is now dead and must be re-introduced this year to start the committee process back up again.

    We are pleased to report we found success in lame-duck with one of your top priorities, preemption of the ban of pesticide use on private property. As you are well aware, an out of state group called Beyond Pesticide has been advocating to local governments to ban the use of pesticides. They have a model municipal resolution on their website that advocates local governments adopt a ban for the use of pesticide on local government property, such as metro park ball fields for example. A plan was put together to stop this movement.

    Working with your organization, we established a legislative advocacy plan to ask for an amendment to be accepted that would preempt local governments from regulating or banning the sale, purchase, storage, distribution, use, or application of a registered pesticide on private property and private property open to the public (golf courses). This would give all authority to future proposals beyond pesticide proposed to be done at the state level through the legislature, and not individual local governments.

    We proposed the amendment and met with several key legislators in both the Ohio House and Senate to identify if such an amendment was possible. Throughout talks in the Spring, Summer and into Fall we had many positive conversations and garnered widespread support within the Republican Statehouse. During the final days of lame-duck, our efforts paid off! Representative Kyle Koehler (Springfield) was the sponsor of House Bill 507, which had several clean up items to Ohio’s agricultural law. Rep. Koehler supported putting our amendment into his bill. Chairman Tim Schaffer (Licking) of the Senate Agricultural committee spearheaded getting the amendment included in HB 507 before passing the bill out of committee. Eventually the full Senate and House both voted on and passed the bill with the amendment included. The last step was Governor DeWine signing the legislation into law.

    Because of other changes included in HB 507, most notably provisions to allow drilling on public lands, environmental groups were putting a lot of pressure on the Governor to veto the bill entirely. We want to work providing the Governor’s team on why this bill and our language were vital to the lawncare industry and your business. We were pleased the Governor finally signed HB 507 into law in early January. This new law will go into effect in early Spring.

    It was a great overall team effort from members within your organization to the outside lobbying groups working on your behalf and we look forward to working on many other important issues with you this coming year.

     

    Special Thanks to our Lobby Team!


  • 18 Jan 2023 9:09 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    Ohio Room information at the  Conference in Orlando 

    Wednesday, February 8th
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Miller's Ale House
    8963 International Drive
    Orlando, Florida

    Gather with your peers from Ohio during the GCSAA Conference in Orlando. Drink tickets and appetizers will be provided to attendees.


  • 10 Jan 2023 8:36 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    February 6-9, 2023
    Orange County Convention Center

  • 14 Dec 2022 8:38 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    GCSAA provides well-defined career paths for those seeking to be recognized at the highest level of their profession. Whether you are a superintendent, assistant, or equipment manager GCSAA has certificate and certification programs designed for you. These programs have been developed by members, academia and industry with guidance from professional psychometricians. Start your journey today.https://www.gcsaa.org/education/certifications-exams

  • 13 Jul 2022 10:57 AM | Tony Dierkers (Administrator)

    OTF & Ohio State Turfgrass Science Team Summer Field Day is Tuesday, August 2!

    Get the latest information from OSU’s Turf Team for managing healthy turfgrass and test out new tools and technology to make your program more efficient. Choose from the Golf Track or High Cut Turf Track.

    9:00 am – 9:30 am
    Opening Remarks from the Dean, OTF President, HCS Chair

    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    ABW Update
    Dr. Dave Shetlar, OSU

    An update on new populations in ABW in Central Ohio.  Also, we will discuss a review of preventative options and curative control.
    ODA Category 8

    10:00 am -10:30 am
    Turfgrass Weed Management Issues 2022
    Dr. Dave Gardner, OSU

    The most important weed issues in turfgrass (grassy and broadleaf) encountered in 2022 will be discussed, including recommendations for control.  New and upcoming herbicides as well as strategies for use of existing products will be discussed along with suggestions for optimal application timing.
    ODA Category 8

    10:30 am – 10:40 am
    Find your station location.

    Golf

    High cut

    10:40 am - 10:55 am
    Dr. Doug Karcher – Wetting agents

    11:00 am - 11:15 am
    Dr. Ed Nangle
     – Biostimulants

    11:20 am - 11:35 am
    Dr. Nicholas 
    Narog - DCD Amended Urea/Nitrogen

    11:40 am - 11:55 am
    Dr. Dominic 
    Petrella – Rolling and Fungicides

    10:40 am - 10:55 am
    Dr. Dominic Petrella – Shade and fine fescues

    11:00 am - 11:15 am
    Pam 
    Sherratt – Grass ID

    11:20 am - 11:35 am
    Dr. Dave Gardner – Herbicide Plot Update

    11:40 am - 11:55 am
    Dr. Karl Danneberger – Certificate Programs


    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Disease Research and Product Update
    Todd Hicks, OSU

    This talk will provide an update on turf disease research our program is conducting for the 2022 field season combined with a product update on new or recently released chemistry.
    ODA Category 8

    12.30 pm – 1:15 pm
    Vendor Showcase with Lunch


    1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
    Landscape Insect and Mite Update
    Dr. Dave Shetlar, OSU

    Spring-saturated soils followed by drought can be really stressful for landscape plants and borers often take advantage of this stress. We’ll cover some of the most important borers as well as the warm-season mite issues with suggestions for using preventive and curative control products.
    ODA Category 6a

    1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
    Controlling Weeds in Landscape Beds
    Dr. Dave Gardner, OSU

    In order to successfully combat weeds in landscape beds, it is important to be able to identify the weeds and know their life cycle. Based on this information, you can then determine if herbicidal control options are practical, including selection of the proper herbicide and the most appropriate application timing. Proper cultural practices and their contribution to weed control in landscape beds will also be discussed.
    ODA Category 6c



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