August 2008

August 7, 2008

Golf courses around our province are rebounding after a dreadful spring. The main culprit, mostly in the southern part of the province, was desiccation. With the cool spring greens in particular had a tough time coming back. Greens at the Hillcrest in Moose Jaw were excellent this spring. Hard working superintendent Gary Cross did a fine job removing snow and hauling water to his greens early in the spring. The same was true in Swift Current where Doug Leavins and Richard Berg hauled water to their greens early in the spring also.

July 2008

July 6, 2008

The STA is holding its Research Golf Tournament at Jackfish Lodge Golf Club in Cochin, Saskatchewan on Tuesday August 12, 2008. Entry is $70 per person or $280 per team of four. The Shotgun Scramble will start at 11:00 am sharp. Included with this newsletter is an entry form which I hope you fill out immediately and send back to me by fax (306-244-0513) or email me your entry at . Please enter and help fulfill our commitment in supporting Turfgrass Research in Saskatoon.

June 2008

June 9, 2008

It’s June and we need rain badly throughout most of Saskatchewan. Golf Courses in parts of the province suffered from the wrath of last winter and perhaps this spring. From calls I’ve received and people I’ve talked to, conditions are the worst they’ve seen in years. This is not to say all courses got hit because there are some in excellent shape. Time will bring good things and everything will return to good shape.

May 2008

May 5, 2008

Most of our members have now started their seasons. Courses and Parks in the province are now open for business. There is still snow in the Northwest and flooding in the Northeast. The South generally is suffering from draught conditions. Most courses are in good shape and, as is the case every year, there are some who have had some winter damage.

April 2008

April 6, 2008

In the near future the STA Board of Directors will have their spring meeting. Among items that will be discussed is the proposed 2009 Conference and Trade Show, the 2008 Research Tournament at Jackfish Lodge Golf Club August 12th and upcoming Educational Sessions throughout the summer and fall. Highlights of this meeting will appear in the May newsletter.

March 2008

March 2, 2008

I’ve attended seminars on trees for almost 50 years. All were very informative and worthwhile, but I’ve never heard a speaker with more information than John Ball, Wednesday's headliner at the STA's 2008 Spring Seminar. He is a dynamic speaker that will captivate the audience. He has spoken at numerous conferences in North America on the subject of tree management.

February 2008

February 10, 2008

One of my pet peeves when I was a green superintendent was the excessive marking of “Ground Under Repair”. Too much white paint alters the play of the game we all love. I used to boil when tournament officials would ask for the paint gun. To me, this was communicating a less than positive message to golfers about course conditioning.

January 2008

January 5, 2008

The S.T.A. Spring Seminar will be held March 18th & 19th. The C.G.S.A. Seminar will be held March 19th. The topic – Managing Trees in Parks, on Golf Courses and in Towns. The speaker will be John Ball from the University of South Dakota. March 18th will include two 2-hour sessions, followed by a reception. Around this time Oakcreek is hosting a service school.

December 2007

December 4, 2007

The Wind-up seminar was well attended with 65 people total. This is one of our better attended wind-ups. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Laurie Unruh, Ron Dagert, Darren Crilly and Doug Leavins for their efforts in calling members to come to Dakota Dunes Casino for a tremendous day.

November 2007

November 3, 2007

Most recently I attended the Saskatchewan Golf Association’s Annual Meeting and Banquet. This was a well organized meeting, the highlight for me was being presented with a cheque for $1500.00 that goes toward turfgrass research. This will go to the Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre along with the S.T.A.’s contribution.

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.