The GREEN Breeze
An official publication of
Greater Cincinnati GCSA
President's Message 3
Upcoming Events 5
Message from the Editor 6
Fanning Cup 8
April Host Course Blue Ash 9
Hall of Fame Inductees 10
Communicating about chemicals 12
GCSAA Update 17
Bowling Results 19
Useful links from the USGA 20
Board of Trustees 21
Inside this Edition
Rule #1 of Turf Club - Don't talk about 2018, Rule #2 of Turf Club - Don't talk about 2018.
I am excited to be your President for 2019. For those that don't know me I am the Superintendent of Wildwood Golf Club in Middletown, OH. I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, my amazing wife Katie and loyal pooch Bogey. We reside in Deerfield Ohio about a mile as the crow flies south of Kings Island.
I have managed turf in Cincinnati since 2002, and every spring always brings a new set of challenges. For the moment it appears as if spring is upon us. Bringing the infamous questions of when to spray for seedhead suppression, where can we find staff for the season, what will this summer bring and how can we do our job better. I don't have those answers, however lean on those around you, monitor the weather and learn from others success.
As an association it is the boards hope to bring everyone together this year from Equipment Managers to Retired Superintendents. We have many great events planned and hope to offer you every opportunity to learn from, compete against and communicate with your peers. It kicks off on March 22, 2019 with the "Seeding Party" for our inaugural Fanning Cup. This is a 2 man match play event. Followed by what will for sure be a great time at the stunning Blue Ash Golf Course in April. I challenge all of you to sign up for the Fanning Cup, it's an opportunity to play courses you otherwise wouldn't and meet new people. Please ask me or a board member if you have any questions, the rules and guidelines are also available on our website. This spring also brings the EIFG Rounds for Research online auction. This is an opportunity to drive our chapter and the research we rely on forward. Please consider working with your club to donate a round of golf to this cause as Greater Cincinnatri GCSA will see 80% of the funds earned from the auction, that's kind of a big deal!
In closing I challenge all of you to attend one more event this year than you did last year. I challenge you to get your Equipment Manager and Asst. Superintendent involved. To this day I am grateful for the professional and personal friendships I have made through this association in the last decade.
I wish you all the best of luck, lets punch 2019 in the face. I love you and thank you for your continued support of The Greater Cincinnati GCSA. ~DF
The Ohio Room in San Diego was held at The Whiskey Bar and was attended by 100+ industry professionals. State, ATI and OTF.
All 5 GCSAA Ohio chapters were represented as well as Ohio State and ATI faculty and students.
Fanning Cup Seeding Social (and March Madness!) March 22nd 2pm @ the BW3 in Blue Ash
Blue Ash Golf Meeting
May Golf Meeting
TBD Willing to Host??
Research and Scholarship Outing
Hyde Park Country Club June 24th
On the Road
TPC September 23rd
Message From the Editor
Last year was a challenging year for me both personally and professionally. Due to some unforgiving weather everyone had a challenging year maintaining our respective properties, but for myself things were compounded when an unexpected health issue arose. In August of 2017 I went in for my first colonoscopy. I had just turned 51 and had put the procedure off for the previous year always finding an excuse to not get it done. The prep wasn't nearly as bad as everyone seems to make it out to be and the procedure itself is hardly noticeable. Unfortunately what the doctor found was a good sized tumor in my colon, stage 3 colon cancer.
After surgery that August and another in October, I was lighter 3 feet of large intestine and a couple dozen lymph nodes. I embarked on an aggressive chemotherapy program for the next 6 months and this past September had another surgery to clean some things up. Finally though, in late October, my oncologist declared me cancer free!!
Why do I share this information? I was fortunate enough to have very good medical insurance, a very supportive and understanding employer, and a great network of friends and family. Not everyone in our industry is as fortunate as I was in this time of need. It has always been a desire of mine to set up a charitable trust as an arm of our local association to help those members of our association in a time of need.
Moving forward I will be reaching out to you to participate in various fund raisers to help raise money to establish this benevolence trust. It will start with the actual legal costs to establish the trust and then beginning to fund the trust. This isn't something that will happen quickly, but over time we can reach our goal to provide a helping hand to all those within our association during their time of need.
Our association can be something that provides unbelievable benefits for its members, we just have to have the vision, the patience and the persistence to achieve them.
Some things I foresee:
1. Benevolence Fund - to help our members in need.
2. Scholarship Trust Fund so that we can distribute larger more significant support for turf students in our area.
3. Membership Fund that helps pay for all local association dues after 3 years if you are an active member.
4. Professional development fund that helps offset costs for a broad spectrum of education and training.
5. Supportive Services Fund. This fund would be focused on providing support for our members in areas such as mental health, financial advisement and employment services.
What if we had $100,000 in each of the above mentioned trusts?
Stop and think of what being a member of an association that could provide these services would mean to you. Most people will say your dreaming if you think you can raise $500,000. I would say lets plot a path to get there. Everything ever done started with a single step, a single decision. It might take 15 years but I believe that it can be done and should be done. Join me in setting out to acheive this goal!
The GCGCSA is proud to announce the inaugural John Fanning Cup
John Fanning has dedicated his life to the golf course industry for over 45 years. His career as a superintendent, sales representative, and mentor has had an impact on many of us. His hard work and love for the industry has helped shape our profession to where it is today. The highlights of John’s career are numerous. Some of which include serving as President of the GCGCSA, OTF, and KTC. John was editor of the Green Breeze, official photographer, and historian of our association.
This event will help get members together more frequently and on a personal basis. The format will provide an atmosphere where you will spend 4 hours together with colleagues that you might not normally get together with.
This event will consist of 2 man teams of GCGCSA members only (only 1 can be an affiliate member). Format is match play, best ball with 80% of your registered GHIN handicap.
For all the rules and to register click the link below:
Deadline to sign up is March 21st.
Seeding to take place at social on March 22nd.
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Blue Ash Golf Course was built in 1979, designed by Michael Hurzdan and Jack Kidwell. The course sports 21 acres of fairways, and greens average 6,000 square feet. Currently, superintendent Scott Kincaid, has been slowly adding Better Billy Bunkers to the course.
Scott has been married to his wife Kathy for 26 years. They have two daughters, Alex and Taylor. Scott has been in his current position of Superintendent for the past two seasons after serving as Assistant Superintendent. He has been with Blue Ash since 1996. Before that, Scott worked at Deer Run Country Club and Cincinnati Country Club.
Key employees include Josh Bryant, Bubba Schneider and Glen Kraus. Josh is the Assistant Superintendent and has been with Blue Ash since 2016. He has been married to his wife Erin for 11 years and they have three children, Kyla, Cole and Sawyer.
Bubba is the Equipment Manager. He has been married to his wife Margie for 21 years, and they have three children, Catlin, Owen and Hope. They also have one grandchild, Alex, and one on the way, Natalie, who is due next month.
Glen is the Second Assistant. He has been married to his wife Michelle for 13 years and they have one daughter Leah who is 8.
Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Bill Hill Mike O'Connell Don Likes
Don was born in 1920, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Don’s uncle had a dairy farm that in the late 1930 was converted in to a nine-hole golf course called Park Valley. It was 100% sand, no grass. The only chemical treatment was oil. It was here Don formed a lifelong friendship with Marian Mendenhall who moved to Nebraska and a job at Park Valley.
Don served as an Ensign in the Navy during WWII in the South Pacific. He received a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska and later a Masters in Turfgrass Science at Purdue University, only one of six in the entire USA at the time.
In 1950, Don moved to Cincinnati and took the position of superintendent at Hyde Park County Club where he remained for twenty-four years until 1974. In 1967, he bought acreage in the Mason area, designed, and built a nine-hole golf course called Two Pines that opened in 1970. He added nine holes in 1975 and renamed the course Kingwood, since the two pines had died. Just as Don was beginning to believe he had made a huge mistake for investing his life’s savings in the course, his realtor called and told him his property value had doubled overnight with the announcement that Kings Island Amusement Park was being built in the area. In 1991, he bought 322 acres in Lebanon, designed, and built his second golf course, Greentree. It opened in 2000
Don became the first editor of The Green Breeze in the 1950s, the original print publication of GCGCSA. He served as president of the association in 1961 and 1962. He was very involved in the Golf Course Owners Association and served at one time as their president.
He received the Man of the Year award from OTF in 1980. In 1969, he was asked to speak at the National Convention in Miami on “How to keep Poa alive in Cincinnati, the transition zone because of his success at Hyde Park CC. His son Fred was present and recalls Don’s opening statement, “Trying to keep poa alive in Cincinnati is like trying to keep a Hersey Bar from melting in hell.” Don passed away in 2006.
Communicating with People about Chemical Applications
Portions of this article originally published in Sportsfield Management Magazine
Proper control of weeds, insects and diseases is an important and necessary component of any turfgrass management system. On athletic fields this is not only for the purpose of aesthetics but also from the standpoint of insuring that the turfgrass system provides proper traction and footing which hopefully reduces the possibility of injury to the users of the field. Depending on which pest you consider, pesticides are either a tool that can be used to make the management of turfgrass pests easier (for example, dandelions and other tap-rooted weeds), or perhaps they are the only plausible way of dealing with a particular pest (for example, grey leaf spot or another pathogen).
The use of pesticides became widespread on turfgrass systems in the 1960’s and 1970’s and the controversy associated with their use soon followed. Because of this controversy, there are many laws, that are quite variable, that govern whether and what pesticides you may use. Depending on where you are reading this article, you may be free to use legally registered pesticides, or the list of products may be restricted, or you may not be allowed to apply anything for the control of pests on the turf. In those areas where you are legally permitted to apply pesticides, in many cases you may be or have been faced with the issues of speaking with concerned citizens/users of the fields regarding the types of products that you are applying and any risks associated with their use.
Pesticide use has and continues to be a controversial issue. With any controversial issue there will be people who a) don’t care, b) think all pesticides are bad no matter, or c) have some concerns about whether the use of pesticides on your fields is appropriate and responsible. This month’s article attempts to address some of the more commonly encountered questions that I have heard over the years that people have asked about pesticides and then I will attempt to provide insight into why the question is asked and maybe even some possible responses.
Question: What are you spraying?
You are legally required to be able to answer this question. Not only the name of the product but also have available the label and safety data sheet (SDS) for inspection. Given the controversies around pesticide use its perfectly normal to hear this question. If they approach you while you are making the application then direct them off of the field before speaking with them. I find that this happens more often when an application is being made that is a granular formulation. I also find that it’s a good idea to be able to explain in laymen’s terms what the active ingredients are in the product that is being applied and what the specific target pest is. It’s also a good idea to explain what might happen to the field if the pest is not controlled.
Question: Is it safe for me (or my kid) to be around what you are spraying?
This is a really hard question to answer for no other reason than that the word “safe” means something a little different to everyone. The other part of the answer to this question depends on how long after the pesticide was applied is the exposure occurring.
The easy answer is to state that since you are using a registered pesticide according to its label directions that, after the reentry period, users should be reasonably safe. Personally I think it is risky to get into a lot of detail because of the risk of miscommunication. However, a bit lengthier version of an answer to the question follows:
All pesticides have some level of toxicity because, as the name implies, they are designed to kill something. The actual risk associated with a particular product depends mainly on a couple of things. One is its toxicity and the other is a person’s exposure to it. A German physician by the name of Paracelsus, way back in the 1500’s, basically summed it up by saying, and I’m paraphrasing, that everything is toxic if you are exposed to enough of it. So, for example, things like oxygen and water have been known to cause death.
We use a standardized measure called the LD50 to express a substance’s toxicity. It is defined as the lethal dose that is necessary to kill 50% of the test subjects. Typically, rats are used to approximate human response. It is measured in milligrams of substance per kilogram of body weight. Because of that, the lower the LD50, the more toxic the substance is, because less of it is required to cause death.
If you look up LD50 values for the active ingredients in our pesticides that are registered today and compare it to some other things we encounter in life they are usually not spectacularly more toxic. For example, the reported LD50 of glyphosate is 5180 mg/kg. Compare this to things like table salt (3320 mg/kg), bleach (2000 mg/kg), caffeine (200 mg/kg), or gasoline (50 mg/kg). I picked glyphosate on purpose because it has one of the highest LD50 values (so it’s one of the least toxic) of any pesticide we apply. This should make sense if you look at how it works. It acts to inhibit the formation of branched chain amino acids. Plants need to be able to do that and we do not. Now, a couple of caveats to this line of thinking: 1) there are other substances in formulated pesticides that might be more toxic than the actual active ingredient and 2) there are other active ingredients that are more toxic than glyphosate. The signal word on the pesticide container is the guide to its toxicity. For example, most formulated products containing glyphosate carry a caution label, which means the LD50 is between 500 and 5000 mg/kg. There are many pesticides that are more toxic, and so they will carry a warning (LD50 between 50 and 500 mg/kg) or a danger (LD50 less than 50 mg/kg).
There are many things around the house that are just as toxic as pesticides, such as antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, battery acid, bleach, and household cleaning products. As with any of those products, pesticides should be respected and we should be careful when we use them. Just like gasoline, pesticides can be dangerous when used improperly but are considered reasonably safe when used correctly.
A Potential follow up Question/Comment: Fair enough, but that tank seems pretty big, which mean you are applying an awful lot of material
Another important factor with pesticide safety is exposure, both short term (acute) and long term (chronic). The pesticide label contains a section called Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals that gives an overview of the risks.
With acute exposure, unless the user comes into contact with the concentrate they are unlikely to be poisoned by the pesticide. With one of our common herbicides, a 200 pound person would have to ingest about 4 gallons of formulated product to have a 50% chance of dying, which is not very likely.
Having said this, people can report symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and headaches as a result of exposure. On the product label it states the amount of time necessary following application before the treated area can be reentered. During this time the residues dry and become bound to plant, soil and organic matter.
Most evidence available in the literature shows that bound pesticide residues do not come off of (dislodge) from organic matter very easily. This varies by active ingredient. The risk becomes greatly reduced, but not completely eliminated, which may lead to:
Question: I’ve read or heard that a lot of pesticides are suspected of causing cancer (or other health problems)?
This is also a tough question because sometimes things we think are safe, including certain pesticide active ingredients, we later learn are not. The effects of chronic exposure (long term exposure to very small amounts) are much more difficult to study. And even if a product does pose a risk, determining if the risk is greater than that encountered due to exposure to other things in life (sunlight, air pollution, contaminants in drinking water, etc.) is in some cases nearly impossible.
In order for a product to be registered, it must be approved by the EPA. In order for this to happen, the product must go through over 100 different health, safety and environmental tests to assure that the product will not cause undue harm. This might seem like a relatively simple thing, but each one of these tests might involve research experiments in several states over a period of years. The bottom line is that it can take many years and millions of dollars to conduct all of the testing necessary to get a product registered for use.
Pesticides are also reviewed and if there is evidence that a particular active ingredient poses a risk, it is usually taken off the market. But, again, this can be tricky because with certain products there may be some evidence that the product causes health problems while other studies indicate it does not. The best course of action, once again, is to follow the label and laws that govern the application of the particular pesticide in order to minimize the risk.
Question: What happens to the product after you spray it?
In order for a product to be registered, the chemical company must show that the pesticide poses minimal risk to the environment when used according to label. Many of the pesticides labelled for use in turfgrass bind to organic matter in the soil, which minimizes or prevents leaching. The pesticide is then broken down into harmless compounds by microorganisms. Certainly this is a very gross simplification of pesticide fate processes. There are many other ways in which pesticides interact with the environment and are ultimately broken down. But, again, in order to be registered, the chemical company must show that the product when used according to label does not pose a risk of environmental contamination.
Question: Does the pesticide that you spray harm bees (or wildlife, or fish, or birds)?
All registered pesticides must be assessed for potential hazards to wildlife, including mammalian, avian and aquatic. Pesticides with too high of a risk are either classified as restricted use or are denied registration.
Bees are a different story. Certainly this has gained much attention and, as pollinators for many of our food crops, for good reason. Most of the pesticides we apply are harmless to bees. Harm due to the application of an active ingredient that is implicated in potentially causing problems can be greatly reduced if spraying is avoided on areas that contain clover when the clover is in bloom. This is one example of management recommendations that have evolved in order to help reduce potential non-target affects from the use of those insecticides.
The bottom line
The use of registered pesticides does carry some risk. However, if you follow the label exactly and follow all rules governing the application of pesticides in your location then the use of registered pesticides is considered reasonably safe. Users may ask questions about your use of pesticides. Thoughtful, educated answers can, in many cases, satisfy the concerns of end users of your fields.
Ohio BMP Update
by Shane Conroy, GCSAA Field Staff
The five affiliated GCSAA chapters in the state of Ohio came together over the course of several years to publish the Best Management Practices for Ohio Golf Courses document. A collaborative effort between industry, state and academia, the Ohio best management practices document solidifies the superintendent's role as an environmental steward and professional land manager.
The effort was led by a committee of superintendents from across the state. Encompassing a wide array of facility types and geographic regions within the state, the committee lent their expertise to ensure each of the twelve sections was relevant to the industry and featured the latest science based information. The committee members included: Ryan D'Autremont, Paul Derry, Tony Dierkers, CGCS, Matthew Doran, Tim Dunn, Mark Figurella, Bryan Fitch, Tim Glorioso, CGCS, Brian Heydinger Tim Kelley, Jason Mahl, Sean McHugh, CGCS, Shannon Pearson, Michael Takach and David Willmott. A very special thank you to these gentlemen for their tireless effort and expertise in review and preparation of Best Management Practices for Ohio Golf Courses document.
The chapters were additionally aided by turfgrass scientists and researchers from The Ohio State University. The Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Agriculture offered further input. The project also featured leadership from GCSAA Secretary/Treasurer Mark Jordan, CGCS, and golf course architect Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D. Hurdzan provided both the introduction and foreword for the document where he composes:
As a lifelong golfer and golf course architect, I have taken personal and professional interest in environmental matters on the golf course that began when I was a turf student and was required to read the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Throughout my architectural career, I focused on long-term sustainable programs with each course I was involved in and creating environmentally sustainable areas to live and recreate. It is with great pride and enthusiasm I endorse this monumental work of the Ohio chapters of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America to formalize Best Management Practices for Ohio Golf Courses.
This manual is a culmination of efforts between industry, state agencies and academia in Ohio. Input from golf course superintendents, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture and The Ohio State University’s turfgrass scientists and researchers, provided the content for this ground breaking document. The BMP’s will provide Ohio golf courses guidelines to become more sustainable and resource conserving.
Intuitively it makes sense that the Ohio golf course superintendents should take the leadership role in this massive effort, for they have dedicated their life and career to working cooperatively with the environment and focusing on long term sustainability. I applaud their initiative and I am honored to provide this endorsement of this extraordinary and selfless effort.
A huge thank you to all the aforementioned individuals who worked collaboratively on this groundbreaking project.
Now that the Ohio BMP manual is completed, superintendents can go to GCSAA.org and create a facility BMP manual. If you would like further information on the Ohio BMP or getting started on a facility BMP manual, please reach out to Shane Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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