March 28th Meeting Results

Our meeting at Osage National was a great success, despite the changing and threating weather forecast. We had 28 attendees listen to John Thorman from the Missouri Amateur Golf Association give a presentation on the new rule changes for 2019. Some great discussions occurred from the question and answer session that followed, and I put some of what we learned into practice as I got to take relief from a cart path bordering a hazard, after an errant drive.

We followed that with a nice lunch of BBQ, sides, and too many cookies. Much thanks to the banquet staff at Osage National for that great lunch. Also much thanks to Golf Course Superintendent Jeff Sommerer and his staff for preparing a fun day on the golf course, where the greens were rolling true. Also thanks to the pro shop staff for their help in getting all the gift cards prepared and working out some great deals with golf and prizes.

We also want to extend our thanks to Barry Siems and Precision Turf for donating the closest to the pin prizes, and to all our Gold and Silver Partners for their support in allowing the chapter to keep our dues and meeting cost reasonable.

We had 24 golfers out challenging the course, and now for the winners! The tournament committee came up with a game that pitted lower handicap players to play their own ball, setting them up in three man teams and scoring with their best ball vs. 4 man scramble teams. They reported some close scoring among the groups. In first place, Team Oliver, with long time turf professionals, Bubby and Gary, along with grandson Hunter, and Brad Minnick, CGCS, Irrigation sales with our Gold Partner, Professional Turf Products. In second place, Matt Strong, with VGM, a Silver Partner, Joe Mannuci, Golf Course Superintendent at Piney Valley Golf Course, and they drug Melvin Waldron, CGCS at Horton Smith Golf Course around the golf course. In third place was the team of Jay Butler, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Twin Oaks C.C., Kyle Knierim, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Highland Springs C.C., Andy Klein, Equipment sales with Gold Sponsor Vanwall Equipment, and Tyler Fishel, with Golf Sponsor GreensPro. Tyler had to leave before they were able to finish, but I have not heard if the team’s performance suffered or improved?

The closest to the pin winners sponsored by Precision Turf were Bubby Oliver, Matt Strong, Brad Seidt, Golf Course Superintendent at Lake Valley Golf and Country Club, and OTA President Sam Richart, Golf Course Superintendent at Fremont Hills Country Club.

A good time was had by all. Don’t forget to mark April 30th on your calendar, when Toby Burkhart will host our next meeting at Island Green Golf Club. Our speaker will be Derek Nees, with Brotcke Well and Pump discussing wells.

Thanks for reading!

Mel

March 24th News

Hi all, just want to thank those that have RSVP’s for Thursday’s meeting. We have 21 who have done so. The weather forecast as of this moment, looks great for our meeting, but of course we know that here in the Ozarks, things can change quickly. Sometimes a great forecast will keep many of you back at your courses, preparing for spring. Hopefully since the warm season grasses are not growing yet, you can still find time to attend.

Another note this week, Dr. Lee Miller, from the University of Missouri, has started his Disease Reports, if you are on his emailing list, you will be receiving these already, but if your not, you can find the link to his reports under the Disease Reports tab.

We also want to share, Melvin Waldron, CGCS, just returned from serving on the GCSAA Membership Recruitment and Retention Task Group. While many ideas and topics were discussed, and will be forwarded to the GCSAA Board of Directors, we mention this to encourage our members, who would like to serve their fellow members, of the opportunities that exist, to volunteer for committees and task groups. Some that will even require no traveling, and work is done through conference calls, and go to meeting services. Besides the satisfaction of serving your fellow members, and networking with fellow group members, you will also receive service points that can help you maintain or earn Class A status. We will remind people this fall when the volunteer application process opens again.

One last note, if you, your staff, or your facility has some good news to promote, please feel free to send to us. We would love to share it.

Thanks for reading!

Mel

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March 28th Meeting Notice

Hello Members,

We are two weeks away from our first golf meeting to be held at Osage National Golf Club, on March 28th.  Jeff Sommerer will be our host superintendent and our speaker will be John Thorman a rules official with the Missouri Amateur Golf Association. 

He will be updating us on the new rules for 2019.  For any of you spending time on social media, this has been a huge topic.  I think a committee of chiropractors came up with the new drop rule, and for anyone playing the course when I’ve changed cups, might want to rethink leaving the flagstick in while putting.

We have requested education points from GCSAA, which I expect to be approved in the very near future. 

Registration will begin at 9:00 AM, our speaker will start at 10:00 AM, lunch will be at 11:00 and golf at noon.  Our format will consist of some sort of team game devised by our tournament committee of Jim Pyle and Maron Towse.

Please RSVP by next Friday March 22nd, you can do that by either emailing us at ozarkturfassy@yahoo.com or calling 417-860-9449, or even text your RSVP to that number, just make a note of who is texting, I don’t have everyone in the phone’s contact list yet.

Cost for members will be $20 and non-members $30.  

Thanks! Mel

2019 Bowling Meeting Results and other news

Hi all,

We first want to thank the 22 members who came out to Enterprise Lanes for our annual bowling meeting.  We had 20 bowlers and 2 observers, who got to observe a variety of bowling skills and styles.  As we mentioned before, we did award prizes!

For the bowler with the best score, Lee Davis, golf course superintendent at Randel-Hinkle Golf Course, City of Mt. Grove. won a $25 gift card to Bass Pro Shops.  Lee rolled a 3-game series total of 502.

We also gave out $25 gift cards to Bass Pro Shops to each member of the team with the highest total score.  Members of that team included Lee Davis, Jeff Sommerer, golf course superintendent at Osage National Golf Resort, Jared Brewster, golf course superintendent at Highland Springs Country Club, and Matt Strong, Director of Membership Development at VGM, a new Silver Partner this year.  We have identified the sandbaggers of this group (or whatever bowlers are called), and most likely they will all be team captains next year. 

On another note, we hope you will visit the website more often, we will look to keep the news tab current with stories like this, which hopefully keeps your email inboxes from getting too clogged with OTA news, and email can be used more for meeting reminders and other pertinent information.  The schedule is updated through the Border War meeting.  We will also update it when we have speakers confirmed for our regular meetings (next one is at Osage National on March 28th).  So, visit it often.  

Also, you will note, we are working on updating our Gold and Silver Partners on the website, their support is what allows us to keep our dues and costs affordable, while giving members the opportunities to network and attend educational sessions.  New this year, if you would like to visit a Partner's website, just click on their logo and a new page will be opened, and you can see what they have to offer.

 For those that have paid their membership dues and/or joined as Partners, much thanks to you all.  For those that have not, hopefully you will send in payment soon.  Most importantly would be for those thinking about Partnerships, we will need time to get the banner, that will be displayed at all our meetings, made.  For regular members, we need to submit our roster to GCSAA by the end of the month, which is required for all affiliated chapters of GCSAA, we would love to have you on that list.  We have attached the invoices and forms, and they can also be found on the website.  Payment can also be made through PayPal on the website.  If mailing a payment, as a reminder, the new address is 4032 W. Sierra Street Battlefield MO 65619-8246  

 In other news, we are attaching a letter from Todd Bohn, Director of Agronomy, at Big Cedar Lodge, asking for volunteers for the "Legends of Golf" event being held at the end of April.  If you are available to spare some time, we encourage you to look into it.  We will also post this on the website.

 Thanks for taking the time to read this letter, and as always, if there is anything the chapter can do, or if you have some suggestions, please don't hesitate to let us know. 

 Thanks!

Mel

 

Feb. Bowling Meeting

Thanks for all that attended the bowling meeting!

We had 28 people at the meeting with 22 Bowlers.   They' re some pictures from the meeting on our new facebook group page, if you would like to see what you missed out on.  Also as a reminder the 2017 membership dues date is in less than a 10 days, please get them to me if you have not yet sent something.

Thanks, Happy Spring

Scholarship Recipients for 2016 !

Just wanted to congradulateScholarship Awards recipients for this year

Legacy Award Ricipieant is Matthew Davis. He is the  son of Lee Davis Superintendent of Randle- Hinkle Golf Course Mtn. Grove MO. He is attending CofO at Point Lookout MO pursuing a degree in wildlife management.

Scholars Award Ripieant is Jody Wing. He currently attends CofO and works at Holiday Hills Golf Course going on three years now. He magor is ag business, and has thoughts of pursuing a career in the golf industry as a superintendent after gradution

 

Scholarship and Research Tour. Update

Last week on Thursday Sept 8, 2016 we host our annual scholarship and research tournament at Silo Ridge C. C. in Bolivar, MO

Good Turn out 18 teams for a total of 72 players for a soggy/rainy day on the course

Big Thank you to Ronnie and Bryan and Silo Staff for Hosting a Great Event!

Winners were Team Vanwall - Barry Siems, Mike Irvine, Scott Welch, and Justin Beck

With your help wee raised a total  $2400 for Scolarships and Research

News: March 23,2016

Yesterday, was our March Meet held @ Rivercut in Springfield MO. A Big Thanks to Dan Kersting and the Rivercut Staff for hosting the event.  We had 25 members in attendance for the meeting, and another special thanks to John Dexter of Dexter Pump Service for Speaking. 20 of us played golf yesterday, the format is 4 man shamble to 2 best ball .  

Winners :

Jim Pyle,Kurt Neuburt .Mike Irvine, Ty Unger

Also: Sam Richart hit a hole in one on #2

Memership

Invoices and Roster Sheets were sent out via mail today, so if you didn't receive one by email you should be getting one in the mail this week. Remember if you want topay for 2 memberships per 1 invoice you can and would just ask you make a copy of the roster sheet and fill out individually and they are due by March 1, 2016 if you want to be a part of the GCSAA roster