The Education Season Is Upon Us – Don’t Miss Out

By David A. Oatis, director, Northeast Region
February 20, 2013

The winter education season is in full swing, and upcoming educational opportunities include the New England Regional Turf Conference, the Long Island GCSA Winter Education Seminar, and a trio of USGA Regional Meetings in the coming weeks. These are great opportunities to learn about new products and practices, and the USGA Regional Meetings provide a great opportunity to help educate your green committee and course officials. Dates and locations are listed below.


February 27, 2013

Long Island GCSA Winter Education Seminar
Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y.

March 4-7, 2013
New England Regional Turf Conference
Providence, R.I.

March 21, 2013
USGA CMA Regional Meeting
Transit Valley CC, East Amherst, N.Y.

Register for the conference here:

Event Code: 0311


March 26, 2013
USGA Massachusetts Golf Association New England Regional Meeting
Blue Hill CC, Canton, Mass.

March 27, 2013
USGA Metropolitan Golf Association Green Chairman Education Meeting
Willow Ridge CC, Harrison, N.Y.

The days are getting longer, and although you may not be ready yet, the 2013 season is just around the corner. Who knows what surprises it will bring? Another round of extremes, perhaps? To put things in perspective, two years ago at this time many courses in the region were encased in ice, and concerns over the possibility of winter injury were rampant. Indeed, there were a lot of winter injured greens that year, but thankfully temperatures moderated a bit in late winter and widespread catastrophic damage was avoided. We were just one or two more freeze/thaw cycles away from major damage on many courses, so it could have been much worse. Moving to the opposite end of the spectrum, at this time last year many courses were beginning to mow grass. Temperatures were so mild that turf growth was initiated more than a month early, and pest development occurred on a similar timetable. The grass never stopped growing, so it was an exceptionally long season.

Thus far, it has been a good winter for facilities in most of the Northeast. There are always a few concerns regarding winter injury, but temperatures have been consistently colder this year, and cold temperatures foster hope that nematodes and insect populations may be naturally held in check. One certainly hopes so.

Even with cold temperatures, it will not take adult annual bluegrass weevils long to become active once warmer temperatures arrive. Therefore, now is the time to fine tune control strategies and prepare to install pitfall traps. Annual bluegrass weevils remain the biggest insect challenge for turfgrass managers in this region, and staying on top of their development and migration is key to their control. They seem to get moving earlier every year, so start looking before you actually expect to see them.

It is impossible to predict what we will encounter this year, so now is the time to relax, plan and take advantage of remaining winter educational opportunities. Best of luck for a successful 2013 season and, as always, give us a call if we can help you and your facility.

Source: Northeast Region Green Section - Dave Oatis, director doatis@usga.org; Adam Moeller, agronomist amoeller@usga.org Jim Skorulski, senior agronomist jskorulski@usga.org

Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
Chevron
   

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

Chevron image
Rolex
   

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.



Rolex image
IBM
   

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

AmEx image
Lexus
   

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

AmEx image
American Express
   

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment


AmEx image