April 2023

After one week of spring, winter returned at many areas of the province in the south up to the Saskatoon area with areas receiving from 6-20 cm of snow. Temperatures are predicted to be back to normal early next week with some courses hoping to open the last week of April—through to early May.

So far turf conditions look quite promising in the Saskatoon area but still early to tell until things start growing.

Our Summer Field Day is back on June 13 at Humboldt Golf Club, hosted by Glenn Wildeman. It will be a great day for education, networking and playing golf at a great golf course. Glenn always has the course in great shape so don’t miss out.

The Don Campbell Research Tournament will be held at Kenosee Golf on August 24. Kenosee is known as a hidden gem in the province and we are excited to head down south for the event. Be sure to register early as this, I’m sure, will be a sell-out.

The optional skins game will be held at the White Bear Golf Course. Long time member Kelvin VanWinkoop and Larry Palmer are the hosts of this event. If you plan to attend and are staying overnight be sure to book a room now as space is limited that time of year.

This year the Board has provided an option to pay for all events along with your annual dues so please take advantage of this if it makes things easier for you. The Board has also introduced new incentives to becoming an STA member. Some of our events will have Member and Non-Member pricing. Please note that if a superintendent is an STA member, then any staff working at the same course can register for the events for member pricing.

Annual dues packages were sent out the first week of April. Please contact Kim at saskturf@sasktel.net if you did not receive yours. Or you can renew your membership easily online at: https://www.saskturf.com/sta-membership-application-form

The CGSA, along with The Portage Group completed a national compensation survey. Results are now available on the website. Thank you to everyone who contributed by completing the survey.

I hope Mother Nature cooperates and everyone has a successful opening of their courses with minimal winter damage. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

- Doug

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About the STA

  • Saskatchewan's Turfgrass Association, founded in 1979, is a non-profit organization. The S.T.A. was organized by a group of Turfgrass Professionals which has grown to include people from Parks, Golf Courses, Sod Growers, Cities and Commercial Companies.