Save These Dates: USGA SE Regional Meeting March 24-25

By Patrick O’Brien and Chris Hartwiger, agronomists, Southeast Region
March 5, 2014

Plans are set for the 2014 USGA Regional Meeting on March 24-25, 2014 at the Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, 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 for anyone associated with golf including superintendents, club managers, golf professionals, golf course owners, golf course architects, Green and Golf Committees, and any golfer interested in the topics.

The Line Up  

March 24 – Golf at Pinehurst Course #8   

The format of play will be a two-person best-ball. There will be an entry fee of $75 per player that includes green and cart fees, prizes, and a reception following play.  Net and gross winners from each of the six flights will receive gift certificates. If you don’t have a partner, the Carolinas GCSA will pair you based on handicap. Foursomes will be assigned by the Carolinas GCSA. Those wishing to play must register for the March 25 meeting. Registration is limited to 120 golfers. 

March 25 – Meeting at Pinehurst Resort  

The meeting will be held at The Carolina Hotel at the Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.   The registration fee for the meeting is $75. The meeting features many outstanding topics and speakers: 

An Overview of the Restoration at Pinehurst Course #2  

Mr. Bob Farren, CGCS & Mr. Kevin Robinson, CGCS Pinehurst Course #2

Panel Discussion:  How It’s Done – Preparing for Back to Back US Opens     

Mr. Bob Farren, Mr. Kevin Robinson, Mr. Alan Owen & Mr. John Jeffreys, Course #2 Staff 

How It’s Done – Course Setup for the 2014 US Women’s Open    

Mr. Ben Kimball, Director, US Women’s Open Championship

How It’s Done – Outside the Ropes at the US Opens     

Mr. Leighton Schwob, Director, US Open Operations

Balls in the Rough At Course #2 Bermudagrass “Out” and Native Plants “In”

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, Assistant Professor Crop Science, NCSU

Pace of Play – Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask

Mr. Chris Hartwiger, USGA Green Section

New Strategies for Nematode Suppression    

Dr. Bruce Martin, Clemson University

A Very Candid Look at the State of the Industry  

Mr. Pat Jones, Publisher, Golf Course Industry Lawn & Landscape

A GCSAA Perspective: Federal Issues Impacting the Golf Industry  

Ms. Chava McKeel, Director, Government Relations, GCSAA

2014 US Amateur:  Five Things You Need to Know  

Mr. Ken Mangum, Director of Golf Course & Grounds, Atlanta Athletic Club


Industry Updates  

Mr. Timothy Kreger, Executive Director, Carolinas GCSA – Rounds for Research

Mr. Jack Nance, CGA Executive Director – Carolinas Golf Association Update

Mr. Happ Lathrop, SCGA Executive Director – SC Golf Association Update

Ms. Jennifer O’Brien, WSCGA Executive Director – SC Women’s Association Update

Ms. Connie Grimaldi, Carolinas Club Managers Association – CMAA Update

Mr. Ron Wright, GCSAA SE Field Staff – GCSAA Update

How to Register  

Early reservations are suggested as this Regional Meeting historically sells out. Sign up is best done on the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents website ( 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 and USGA SE Region offices. Forms may 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 for the men. Registration fees and lunch are included in the $75 fee.

Source: Patrick O'Brien ( and Chris Hartwiger (

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