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ASSISTANTS MEETING
CHARTER OAK COUNTRY CLUB
OCTOBER 29, 2018

HOST - SCOTT REYNOLDS
Superintendent

This year's Assistants Meeting will be an 18-hole scramble with a box lunch and an after-golf buffet.

Charter Oak Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and is one of his few designs in the area.

The format will be a 4-person team scramble using 80% of the averaged handicaps of the players. You do not need to register as a team. You can register as a single or up to four players in your group.

                                        SCHEDULE
     Registration                                                              10:00 AM
     Shotgun Start with Box Lunch                               11:00 AM
     Dinner Buffet                                                            After Golf

              Cost: Member Assistant - complimentary
                       Non-Member Assistant - $75.00

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Noon, Thursday, OCTOBER 25.
To register click the link below

            Register Now

NINE HOLE MEETING
WHITINSVILLE GOLF CLUB
NOVEMBER 5, 2018 

HOST SUPERINTENDENT  
Mike Hughes

The final golf meeting for the year will be held at the Whitinsville Golf Club in Whitinsville, MA, November 5.  This event will be a bramble.

The weather is not known.  It could be warm, cold, sunny, windy, calm and combinations of each.  Regardless, this is a fun day for all who come to wrap up their golf season.  For others, it might be the beginning of their cold weather golf ventures.

We will have a new member of the UMass Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, Dr. Olga Kostromytska, attend this meeting to introduce herself and to solicit your assistance with her research on Annual Bluegrass Weevils.  Please read her biographical information here.  To read about her research efforts, please click on this link.

Please come to welcome and help Dr. Kostromytska feel comfortable as a new member of our group.  She will be looking for cooperators to assist with her research.  This is an opportunity to help her and others learn more about ABW's.

SCHEDULE
    Registration and Continental Breakfast            
10:30 -11:30 AM
 
Brief Meeting and Introduction of 
Dr. Kostromytska    11:30 AM

 Shotgun Start    12:00 PM

Lunch and Prizes   After Golf 

COST                    $50.00
RETIREE               $25.00
LUNCH ONLY      $25.00

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
NOON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND DONORS WHO HELPED MAKE THE 2018 SCHOLARSHIP AND BENEVOLENCE TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS

Premier Sponsor
Tom Irwin, Inc.

Diamond Sponsor
MTE - Turf Equipment Solutions

Platinum Sponsor
Read Custom Soils

Gold Sponsors
Syngenta
Northeast Golf & Turf Supply
Harrell’s
GreenSight Agronomics

Bronze Sponsors
Mass Golf
Chas. C. Hart Seed Co.
A-OK Turf Equipment
Bayer
New England Specialty Soils
Atlantic Golf and Turf
Hillcrest Turf Services
Country Club Enterprises
BASF
Turf Products
An Anonymous Superintendent
Salem Country Club
Helena Chemical Company
VGM Club

Donors
New England Golf Course Owners Association
Bob Healey – Irrigation Management Services
Greg Cormier – Tom Irwin, Inc.
Keith Tortorella – Country Club Enterprises
Tom Ackley – Retired Superintendent
Kevin Strong – Nutrien Solution
Len Curtin – George Wright Golf Course

THE BLISTERING SUMMER OF 2018

This article appears on the Mass Golf website and in the most recent GHIN e-revision email that was sent out to all active Mass Golf/GHIN members.

As a golfer and interested observer of course conditions, you might wonder why the course you play is having problems this season.  I’ve heard some say, “This must be a good year for grass because of all the rain.”  While a “lot of rain” might be good for a lawn, it’s not what you want when coupled with high heat and humidity on golf course turf.

The summer of 2018 will be a memorable one for all the wrong reasons.  Golf Course Superintendents, veterans and fledglings alike, experienced conditions that haven’t been so widespread for many years. 

Spring started for some with winter injury and difficulty germinating seed due to the cold air and soil temperatures.  As temperatures warmed and seed germination began, saturated soils and extreme heat and humidity beginning in June led to more turf loss.  Areas of poor drainage and shallow pockets called “bird baths” filled with excess water from frequent heavy rains.  This led to more turf loss when the hot weather cooked the turf in these spots.

Turf disease such as pythium thrives in wet, hot, humid temperatures.  This year these conditions were frequent and created an ideal environment for pythium to take hold. Many superintendents couldn’t apply fungicides because of the frequent rains and heavy downpours.  This created a helpless feeling.  The only hope was for the rain to stop long enough for fungicide applications to stem the rampant diseases present.

August rolled around, which is the month many superintendents aerify because they believe it to be the best time for the process and generally is a good time for seed germination.  Others believe it’s the only time they will have the staff needed to complete the project.  There is risk that in some years the weather will prove to be the conqueror.  This was that year.  In many instances the process is devoted to a date on a course golf schedule and no optional date is included for adverse weather.  So, the process proceeds and chances are taken.  Sometimes you win.  Sometimes you lose.  Some were fortunate to be the former.  Some were, unfortunately, the latter.

Among golf course superintendents in the region, the consensus is, no matter what tools you had in your kit, around August 15, turf loss was evident.  High performance turf (that which is grown on golf courses) just melted away.  Some turf was lost literally overnight.  Turf that was in good condition at day’s end was devastated by pythium during the night-time hours.  Additionally, an insect known as ABW (annual bluegrass weevil) decided to make an out-of-season visit in early August.  This caught some by surprise and created more stress and damage to the already stressed plants.

The most basic of maintenance procedures – mowing, was a huge task and the cause of much damage for many courses this season.  For some it became a “damned if you do – damned if you don’t” situation.  Because of the heavy rain, one course reported not mowing fairways for close to a week.  An immense crop of clippings was the result after mowing.  Certainly, there was a setback of the turf from the shock of having so much growth being removed.

As of the end of August, this was the 6th hottest summer on record, missing the all-time record by .6 of a degree.  In Boston, there were 27 nights when the low temperature was above 70 (3 nights shy of the record set back in 1983).  Farther inland the temperatures were even warmer!  This low evening temperature is an important one for a turf manger since some diseases are very active if the temperature does not drop below 70 in the evening.

In addition to the stress to the grass plants, there is a physical and emotional component to this season.  People get tired, worn down, a bit grouchy at times and relationships can suffer.  Tempers flare, and courtesy and social graces can become scarce.  Cooler weather will bring all back to normal.

This article was compiled from personal observations and input from superintendents and commercial representation from the field.

By Don Hearn, Executive Director
Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS - THE UMASS WINTER SCHOOL FOR TURF MANAGERS

The UMass Winter School for Turf Managers immerses students in a full-time program, focused solely on the management of fine turf and taught primarily by UMass faculty and staff.  Winter School is a comprehensive certificate program designed to furnish turf managers with the fundamental concepts essential to maintaining high quality turf, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility.

Winter School 2019 runs January 7 - February 15, 2019, at the UMass campus in Amherst, in a recently revised, time-efficient six week format. Classes are scheduled: Mon-Th 8 AM - 5 PM, and Fri 8 AM - noon. This schedule is designed to accommodate weekend commuters who may want to stay in the Amherst area Mon-Thurs evenings but head home on the weekends. Some area hotels offer special packages for UMass Winter School students.

The international student application deadline is September 14, 2018.  Application review for US students will begin in early September, with a deadline of October 31, 2018 (late applications may be accepted pending availability of seats).  Space is limited.

Pesticide recertification contact hours will be offered for all New England states, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered.

For more information, including application instructions, visit https://ag.umass.edu/turf/education/turf-winter-school.  Questions on Winter School? Call (413) 545-5202, or email Karen White at kwhite@oe.umass.edu.

Questions or comments?  E-mail webmaster@umassturf.org

Thank you,
The UMass Extension Turf Program
ag.umass.edu/turf
facebook.com/umassturf

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