Save The Date: USGA Southeast Regional Meeting March 25-26

By Patrick O’Brien and Chris Hartwiger, agronomists, Southeast Region
March 6, 2013

Plans are set for the 2013 USGA Regional Meeting March 25-26 at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. Co-sponsors of this meeting include the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, Carolinas Golf Association and the South Carolina Golf Association. This meeting will be enjoyable and beneficial for anyone associated with golf including superintendents, club managers, golf professionals, golf course owners, architects, course officials (e.g., Green and Golf Committee members) and any golfer interested in the topics.

March 25 – Golf at Carmel Country Club (South Course)  

The format is a two-person best-ball. Cost is $75 per person and includes green and cart fees, prizes and a reception. Golfers must also register for the conference to participate. Registration is limited to 120 golfers. 

March 26 – Meeting at Carmel Country Club

The meeting will be held at the Carmel Country Club, Charlotte, NC and the registration fee is $70. The meeting features many distinguished speakers: 

John Spitzer, USGA Technical Director

The USGA Test Center: Where Golf Meets Rocket Science

Brian Powell, Old Chatham Golf Club

Golfers Don’t Call Them Bermudagrass Putting Greens: Things I Learned in Making the Transition from Bentgrass to Bermudagrass

Bob Farren, Pinehurst Resort

Uncovering the Past to Find Our Future: The Renovation of Course No. 2 and How It Impacted Irrigation

Dr. Dara Park, Clemson University

Water Management Plan: Does My Golf Course Need One?

Chris Hartwiger, USGA Green Section

Maintenance Up the Middle

Chris Hartwiger, USGA Green Section

365 Days with the USGA Tru-Firm: What I Learned and What I Want to Know 

Dr. Jim Kerns, North Carolina State University

Accurate Disease Diagnosis: From Sample Preparation to Submission

Dr. Bruce Martin, Clemson University

Plant Disease Activators: The Next Step in Disease Control

Dr. Gerald Henry, University of Georgia

Removing Bermudagrass From Creeping Bentgrass: Is There Hope on the Horizon?

Patrick O’Brien, USGA Green Section

USGA Green Section Update

Tim Kreger, CGCSA

CGCSA Update

Jack Nance, CGA

Carolinas Golf Association Update

Connie Grimaldi, Carolinas Club Managers Association

CMAA Update

Early reservations are suggested as this regional meeting historically sells out. Signup is best done on the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents website at Simply click on the meeting event located on the home page calendar of events. Members and non-members can sign up from this location.

Registration forms are also available from the Carolinas GCSA or USGA Green Section Southeast Region offices. These can be faxed (864-843-1149) or mailed to the Carolinas GCSA office to complete the registration process. Registration is also available by calling the CGCSA office (800-476-4272).

Pesticide credits for superintendents and recertification points for PGA professionals will be available for attendees. Jackets are recommended attire for men and registration fees and lunch are included in the $70 fee.

Source: Patrick O'Brien at 770-229-8125 or  and Chris Hartwiger at 205-444-5079 or

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