THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE OHIO TURFGRASS FOUNDATION | 2016 | ISSUE 3
2710 NORTH STAR ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43221
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR
TURFGRASS WEED CONTROL: STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE
DR. ED NANGLE
LIMITED BUDGET, MAXIMUM RESULTS
NATIVE SOIL ATHLETIC FIELD MAINTENANCE CALENDAR
OTF SCHOLARSHIP OUTING RECAP
TURF TEAM CONTACTS
BRAUN ON THE BIG STAGE
in this edition
Green Velvet Sod Farms
Fry Straka Global Golf Course Design
Toledo Country Club
OHIO TURFGRASS FOUNDATION
DR. JOHN STREET
Director of Education
The Ohio State University
Imm. Past President
Your Lawn, Inc.
As I am writing this message, I already have several early order forms scattered around my desk. I remember some of the first early order programs that were available years ago. They were so complicated and confusing that companies had to have training sessions for distributors so they could explain them to the end users. Luckily, over the years they have become a little less complicated.
If they still seem complicated, just contact the manufacturer reps and distributor reps in your area and I am sure they would be more than happy to help you.
If you attend OTF events like the conference and show, you should already have a strong network of vendors that can help. The relationships you build over the years with your suppliers will only help you be more successful in the future.
The deadlines have also changed over the years. My first early order that I ever did was for fertilizer and the due date was in January. Now to get the best saving available you need to have everything in by the end of October for most suppliers. It may seem a bit early but the savings is well worth the time invested in planning a little earlier than you may like.
Our job as turfgrass managers is to provide a quality product while being financially responsible. The early order program allows us to save money and do more with the budgets we are given. The savings can be used to treat other areas, reallocated to other areas of your budget or used for educational opportunities like the OTF Conference and Show. Most suppliers also have very flexible payment plans that fit into your facility's cash flow model.
My personal favorite thing about early order is that it allows me to have product on hand when needed. Going into the heat of the summer knowing that I have a majority of the products that I will need to combat any issues that arise is a huge stress reliever.
Many of our OTF partners have early order programs, so make sure you sit down with them and take a look at what savings are available to benefit your facility. Also, make sure you take some time to get to know these vendors at the conference and show. The relationship will likely pay off down the road.
Brian J Laurent
OTF Executive Director
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR
Addressing our biggest challenge
While our industry does have concerns and items to watch legislatively, we have an even bigger challenge at hand. It's an issue that almost everyone I speak with is facing:
Nearly all of my conversations with members eventually make their way to the topic of finding people to work. Organizations are struggling to find hourly labor, interns, assistants and leaders.
The problem reaches far beyond Ohio's borders. It's a topic of discussion at the national and even international level.
The problem seems to be the result of several factors...
It's no secret that the "millennials" have different priorities. As I've heard in multiple meetings and conversations lately, "...these kids work to live and I live to work."
Not only does the next generation look at the work/life balance differently, but they also have very different skill sets and personality traits. Instead of communicating with phone calls, letters and one-on-one conversations, they prefer texts, emails (although that's changing as well) and whatever the latest mobile app and social media site is. They've grown up with technology and seemingly can do just about anything with a phone, tablet or computer.
Another challenge in front of us is the perception of our industry. Some can't get beyond the image of a rough around the edges Carl Spackler from the movie Caddyshack.
Others simply think of the industry as seasonal employment for high-schoolers.
This goes a bit with perception, but many just don't understand the opportunities available within the industry.
As you know, there are countless possibilities to have a rewarding, well-paying and even enjoyable career in the turfgrass industry!
Yes...I said it, ENJOYABLE!
Remember why you got into this industry to begin with...you probably enjoyed being outside, playing golf, baseball, football or a variety of other activities outside and you found your way into turfgrass management.
These three reasons just barely scratch the surface of problems regarding labor these days. There's also pay, hours, education and a laundry list of other items.
Your trustees and I, along with a dedicated group of committee members, are focused on tackling some of these issues. We're working to get in front of younger
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people to encourage them to consider positions in turf.
We'll be allocating resources in the coming years to also empower you to be an advocate for the industry.
In the meantime, here are a few ideas to help...
Find ways to work with their schedule
Harness their love of and capabilities with technology; maybe they can figure out new ways to accomplish a task that you've never thought of
Encourage young people on your staff to recruit their friends
Talk to friends, neighbors, youth coaches, cub scout groups (anyone that will listen) about what you do, the opportunites and how they can get into the industry
Be a mentor to someone...you probably had one
It won't happen overnight, but with enough advocacy on behalf of the industry, we'll see this trend reversed.
Want to get involved? Contact me to learn how you can be a part of our advocacy and outreach committee. Email me at email@example.com.
PROMOTION & ADVOCACY
THE FLOW OF SUPPORT
As you likely already know, we lost an exceptional member of our industry this summer. Darian Daily was not only one of the best in his chosen profession, but he was an even better teacher and mentor, and most important of all...a great friend, husband and father.
OTF, OSTMA and other affiliated organizations are making arrangements to honor Darian's legacy. Stay tuned for more information.
When asked to speak or write about what was unusual in a year of weed management and what does that mean for the coming year, I usually pause because, honestly, weed growth tends to be opportunistic and unpredictable.
The only predictable thing about weed growth and answers to questions such as “Which weeds will be a problem this year” is the unpredictability. Having stated this, there were some trends in weed management this year that were somewhat different from the past few years.
While perennial weed management was fairly typical this year, it was the summer and winter annual weeds that stood out as management issues
WINTER ANNUAL BROADLEAF WEEDS
Winter annual weeds were a significant issue at the beginning of 2016. The reason is pretty easy to explain. If we look back at the weather over the winter and in particular the month of December, temperatures were significantly above normal. In fact December in Columbus saw temperatures more similar to what we would see in a typical month of March.
Winter annual weeds tend to germinate in October or November and then persist as vegetative over winter before growing and setting seed in very early spring. Because of the mild December, winter annual weeds had about twice as much time to grow and develop in the fall. In addition, temperatures in January and February were not that cold and March warmed up quickly.
The result was a significant increase in cover of winter annual weeds such as common chickweed, henbit, purple deadnettle and hairy bittercress (See Figure 1).
Properly maintaining cool season turf this fall will help to combat winter annual broadleaf weeds. Since they are annuals they are coming from seed and do not establish as effectively when there is a dense cover of turfgrass to compete. But, along with proper turf cultural management practices, there are selective herbicides to deal with winter annuals. The key is to choose the right product and apply it at the right time.
As far as product selection, generally speaking a 3 or 4 way combination product will be your best choice. However, you will want to make sure that whatever you select contains at least one phenoxy (2,4-D, 2,4-DP, MCPP, MCPA) or pyridinoxy (triclopyr, clopyralid, fluroxypyr) that is in an ester form.
You can determine this by looking at the list of ingredients on the label. It is important to select an ester, because that formulation is more likely to penetrate the weed leaf tissue and therefore more effectively control the weed when making applications in cooler weather.
Amine formulations are used more in spring time because they have lower volatility and therefore are less likely to injure nearby ornamentals when applied in warmer temperatures. However, amine formulations do not work as well in cool weather. Because of this, and the fact that most ornamentals lose their leaves in the fall (decreasing but not eliminating their susceptibility to spray drift) ester formulations are by far the better choice for an autumn application.
When to apply is just as important as what to apply. You should make sure that the target winter annuals are germinated, which is usually by the start of November. Ideally, air temperatures will be consistently in the 40’s and soil temperatures will still be in the 50’s.
Another indicator for proper timing is that the grass is no longer growing and being mowed but is still green. By applying the right herbicide at the right time you should significantly reduce the likelihood that winter annuals will be an issue for you the next spring.
The other benefit is that fall is also the best time of year to treat perennial broadleaf weeds such as dandelion, white clover and creeping Charlie.
While a springtime application may provide 8 weeks of control, a properly timed and applied herbicide in fall may control perennial broadleaf weeds for up to one year.
ANNUAL RYEGRASSES OF UNUSUAL SIZE
Another interesting consequence of the warm winter temperatures was unusually large and well developed clumps of annual ryegrass that then persisted later into the summer than would normally be observed.
It’s impossible to tell how this winter will compare to last winter. As of this writing the National Weather Service is predicating above normal temperatures for the period September-November and then normal to slightly below normal temperatures for the remainder of winter.
What happens with annual ryegrass germination and development this fall and winter and if it will be as much of an issue next year is somewhat dependent on if this weather forecast holds or not.
However, if annual ryegrass was a problem for you this spring you can partially control whether it will be an issue for you next year by 1) avoiding seed mixes that contain it and 2) maintaining your other turfgrasses as dense as possible in order to provide competition against the seedlings.
ANNUAL GRASSY WEEDS
If you had a significant issue with crabgrass or other summer annual grasses such as foxtail this year, the weather may have partly contributed. After three consecutive summers of cooler than normal weather, much of Ohio had above normal temperatures this summer, which stresses the turfgrass and provides weeds such as crabgrass and foxtail more opportunity to compete.
What may have also contributed to the problem is if you applied a preemergence herbicide too early in the spring and the residues dissipated below a level necessary for effective control before weed seed stopped germinating for the year.
Now is the time to track where crabgrass was a problem. All of the brown dead tissue in October and November marks where the crabgrass will germinate next year.
There are a couple of strategies to deal with severe summer annual grass infestations. One is to wait and apply both a pre and postemergence herbicide in May. The postemergence herbicide will control the seedling crabgrass and the late application of the preemergence herbicide will increase the likelihood that residues remain effective for the entire season.
You can either tank mix or there are products on the market which combine pre and postemergence herbicides or that have both pre and postemergence activity, such as DimensionÒ, Cavalcade PQÒ and EchelonÒ.
The other strategy is to try either topramazone (PylexÒ) or Last CallÒ herbicide postemergence on tillering crabgrass during early and mid-July. Quinclorac is also effective when used either in May-June or after the third week of July.
Turfgrass Weed Control:
Staying Ahead of the Curve
Dr. Dave Gardner, The Ohio State University
Figure 1. Common winter annual broadleaf weeds. An application of the ester form of a broadleaf herbicide in November is generally the most effective control strategy against these weeds.
Spiny Sowthistle – Sonchus oleraceus
Purple Deadnettle – Lamium purpureum
Common Chickweed - Stellaria media
Hairy Bittercress – Cardamine hirsuta
Henbit - Lamium amplexicaule
Common Groundsel – Senecio vulgaris
SIGHTS FROM TURFGRASS RESEARCH FIELD DAY
Ed Nangle, Ph.D. Returns to Ohio
Assistant Professor Horticulture Technologies
The Ohio State University ATI
aving returned ‘home’ I feel more than excited to write this for the OTF magazine. Brian Laurent had emailed me about 20 minutes before I actually moved into the house and I realized that my feet were going to be moving pretty quickly once I came back to The Ohio State University / ATI.
Having traipsed around the turfgrass world, the fit seemed right when the opportunity arose to come back and work at the program. I grew up in Ireland and learned the basics of turfgrass management at Myerscough College in England. I then gained insight into warm season grass management in Australia and South Carolina, ending up at what would become a place I rapidly learned was the most fortunate, unbelievable experience and time in my life, at The Ohio State University.
Since the completion of my MS (Looking into shade management strategies) and PhD (Influence of UV-B light on physiology and pigmentation of cool season grasses) I have spent time at the University of Florida on my Post-Doc and most recently completed a 4 season stint with the Chicago District Golf Association where I was the pathologist of record, but ultimately the all kinds of everything person.
The opportunity at ATI is a huge one and to be able to work side by side with Dr. Zane Raudenbush and Dr. Dan Voltz is very exciting for me personally. My appointment is 75% teaching and 25% extension and I aim to bring support to the turfgrass industry in many different ways.
I have already about spoken at field day and both of us are looking forward to contributing to OTF and the annual conference. I expect to collaborate with everyone in Columbus to help elevate the whole turfgrass program and build a level of interest that has been missing for a while. I believe the program is second to none and with the climate and industry support in the state, there is huge potential to give students and turf managers alike support and focus to allow their careers progress as they desire.
I believe the potential is there to bring enthusiasm and passion to the industry and I will be on the road singing and dancing as much as I can be. I know that Dr. Raudenbush has already visited courses in the northern part of the state and I will look to continue with this pattern, making sure that our stakeholders know we are available to help if there are questions and problems. I am already hearing much about the vaunted annual bluegrass weevil and feel somewhat fortunate that there is an expert in the state like Dr. Shetlar who can really give insight on the latest management strategies. I will look to work on environmental issues impacting turfgrass as well as looking for research sites in the Cleveland area for various other more applied topics of interest.
I am living in the Cleveland area and have already found many similarities to my time in Chicago. I will continue to be an avid follower of the Buckeyes while also enjoying the lifestyle as much as possible in the Cleveland area. It’s a place that really feels like home and I’m very glad to be back – with the dog and all!
Tips for providing a quality golf experience
with limited resources
Written by Darden Nicks
Golf Course Superintendent, Foxfire Golf Club
Foxfire Golf Club, Inc is the only 36 hole semi-private, family owned golf faculty in Central Ohio. Even though rounds and revenue have increased slightly the last three years at our facility, we still must be prudent with our expenditures. Since my arrival in 2013 many logistical challenges have have been presented and we prioritize each one utilizing a "risk vs rewards" mantra.
Every club, business, or department must have a mission statement or statement of purpose. The Agronomy department at Foxfire Golf Club mission statement is as follows: " The Agronomic Department will strive to Provide two championship quality golf courses and practice facility, on a daily basis, within the budgetary conceptual framework." This means we will do our very best each day to provide championship results and not spend funds outside our means for our department.
The last twenty four years of training and education have aided in preparing me for this task by working with a leading scientist, and several top superintendents across the country. We utilize best management practices agronomically and fiscally in our department.
First, seventy-five percent of all golf shots are directed towards the putting surface, ergo the consistency of the ball roll and trueness on the putting greens is the top priority. Through twelve years or more of research I have found that it is not necessary to core aerify sand based putting greens. This saves money up front on time, labor, water, utilities, raw materials and opportunity cost forgone due to lost revenue of down time and recovery.
We still try to verticut and topdress as much as possible, but the putting surfaces are not interrupted with regards to playability because we do not have holes to putt through and the trueness stays consistent.
I realize this is contrary to popular historical practices, but it has worked for many of us and given the scope of this article I will save any further discussion for another time or date. I estimate that foregoing coring, we will save upwards of $18,000 if done twice a year.
Second, we mine nutrients based on the physical hydraulic conductivity of the soil and water. This means knowing the ph of both and utilizing sound chemistry for the uptake of plant nutrients in an effort to create a healthy, self sustaining, underground biological ecosystem for vigorous plant growth.
This allows us to utilize the nutrients already in the soil which would not normally be available, by adjusting the ph of the water to increase the efficacy and synergism of certain products being applied.
Third, we have equipment that has 6000 to 7000 hours and for the last two years have only had one fairway mower and one tee mower 90% of the time for 72 acres of turf. Also, we only have one tractor blower from the 1980's. My solution has been to reallocate a portion of the savings from above to utilize plant growth regulators. This has aided in reduced verdure, disease, and labor from cleaning up clippings or allowed us to skip a mowing which in turn saves on fuel and labor.
Fourth, we are progressing and have a commitment to upgrade approximately 20-50k in capital annually with a potential increase in 2017. Some of our savings have permitted us to begin a bunker remodeling project this fall which includes adding sand and eliminating certain sections of the bunkers that do not affect playability nor the architectures intentions of the design.
Finally, upon my tenure
I have relied on the veteran superintendents from around Central Ohio and the state to help absorb as much history and knowledge of the area to have a better comprehension in making these decisions.
Without my peers and my faith I would not be able to accomplish any of this. I probably communicate with 5 to 10 different guys around the Central Ohio area every week to see "what's going on."
Stay up to date with Darden's work at Foxfire by visiting: www.dardensagronomy.com
Bunker renovations at Foxfire has included adding sand and re-shaping.
Native Soil Athletic
Field Maintenance Calendar:
October to December
Written by Pamela J. Sherratt
The Ohio State University
Dr. Dave Minner once coined the phrase “putting the field to bed” to highlight the importance of carrying out certain agronomic practices in the fall and early winter. The following practices have been selected to ensure that fields enter the winter stress period with good grass cover and healthy, free-draining soils, so that they are ready to go once spring 2017 arrives.
Mow fields at 1-3” height (Table 1) at least 2 to 3 x week until the growth starts to slow down, then 1 x week, changing direction each time the field is mowed. Mowing at the lower end of the mowing height range increases sward density, which is important for fall sports.
Mow frequently, to ensure that the leaf clippings get mulched back onto the turf thinly and evenly. Returning leaf clippings also returns about 1/3 of the annual nitrogen needs back to the system. Keep mowing as long as the ground isn’t frosted, frozen or overly wet.
If using growth blankets over the winter period, keep the mowing height low to prevent diseases like pink & gray snow mold.
Aerate high-traffic areas, or areas with hard, compacted soil between games and immediately after the playing season, to improve gas exchange and enhance surface drainage. Recovery from aeration/soil cultivation done in December may be slow since grasses might not be growing, but the benefits are long-term.
Aerating and topdressing athletic fields are the fundamental operations that ensure fields are smooth, even, and consistent for the athlete. They also maximize drainage and seed establishment.
A more recent approach to the aeration & topdressing practice, and one which by testimonial appears to work very effectively, is to “recycle dress” fields. Recycle dressers pull cores, pulverize them and topdress them back onto the playing surface in one pass (Figure 1).
Apply a turf maintenance fertilizer in September at a rate of 1.0 lb. N/1,000 sq.ft. with a fertilizer that contains 30-50% slow release (water insoluble) nitrogen. Apply a late-season fertilizer application after the very last mow of the year when top growth has stopped. This is usually around Thanksgiving time. Apply the late season fertilizer at a rate of 0.5-1.0 lb. N/1,000 sq.ft. with a quick release (water soluble) source of nitrogen.
Never apply fertilizer to frozen, bare or snow covered soil, as it could run off and end up in a storm drain or water system.
Aim to enter the winter period with a full stand of grass, especially if early spring sports are scheduled. If weather permits, continue to over-seed high traffic areas like goal mouths. Apply seed anytime thin turf or exposed soil is evident.
Fall is the best time to establish new turf for many reasons:
(1) Soils are warm
(2) Low weed pressure (especially from weeds like crabgrass and prostrate knotweed)
(3) Timely rains are likely
(4) There is adequate time to establish good roots by the following spring
The best date to establish seed in the Midwest is typically between August 15 and September 15, but keep seeding if weather permits!
Sod can be used anytime, as long as the soil isn’t frozen. The key to good seed establishment is to provide the seed with moisture, so it is critical to have good seed:soil contact and if possible, to cover the seed with soil, straw or a growth blanket. Another way to achieve good seed:soil contact is to slit-seed.
Weed control during seed establishment is approached in two ways; pre-emergence and post-emergence. There are three pre-emergence herbicides that are labelled for use at seeding time. These are siduron, mesotrione, and topramazone. Most postemergence herbicides for broadleaf weed control have language on the label that states that following seeding, the turf needs to be sufficiently established so that it has been mowed 3 times before the product can be safely used.
However, there are three active ingredients/products that have label language that allows their use on turfgrass seedlings. These are SquareOne® (carfentrazone + quinclorac), carfentrazone and pyraflufen-ethyl. SquareOne® is a more recent introduction that combines carfentrazone with quinclorac. According to the label, SquareOne® can be applied as soon as 7 days following the emergence of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue and fine fescue.
An ideal way to approach turf establishment is to carry out several maintenance practices together: aerate, apply seed and fertilizer, provide weed control, irrigate it all, and then cover with something to conserve moisture. Doing these tasks together ensures greater success than doing each of them on their own.
Broadleaf weed control: the best time to control perennial broadleaf weeds like dandelion, plantain, and clover is in the fall. Control is better because of better translocation through the plant tissues, including the below ground roots and storage organs.
An additional benefit is that winter annuals, such as chickweed, are germinating and the seedlings are much easier to control than the mature plants will be in the spring.
Best time to control is when the grass is mowed for the last time, which is typically in the middle of November. The grass is still green but not growing and air temperatures are in the 40’s and soil temperatures are in the 50’s. Use the ester formulation of the herbicide as amines become not as effective in cooler weather.
Plant growth regulator (PGR) applications have typically ended by September/early October. For athletic turf managers considering a PGR program, our research has shown quick spring green-up and healthy, dense turf the following spring if PGR applications were made the previous fall, which could be a big benefit for baseball, lacrosse and other spring sports.
Insect damage rarely occurs in the winter months but if white grub damage is seen in the fall, plan to have a white grub prevention applied in spring 2017.
Fall diseases like rust and red thread are common on low-input athletic fields, particularly if there is a lot of perennial ryegrass in the sward. Timely applications of fertilizer should control both of those problems.
Snow mold diseases may be a problem over the winter period, particularly on perennial ryegrass fields. Refer to Todd Hicks’ and Joe Rimelspach’s fact sheets at turfdisease.osu.edu for more information.
Irrigation should be applied on an as-needed basis. If there is no precipitation, turfgrasses typically need between 1.0 – 1.5” water per week (depending on ET rates), but depth of rootzone and local conditions dictate a more “as-needed” approach. Irrigation systems are typically winterized in Ohio by the end of November or beginning of December.
(Fig. 1) Two directions of recycle dressing on back-to-back days.
Same field, 16 days later.
Bauer Voss Consulting
Dr. Mike Boehm
Dr. Karl Danneberger
Greater Cincinnati GCSA
Rattlesnake Ridge GC
BRONZE - $1,500
EMERALD - $500
GOLD - $5,000
Dr. Chuck Darrah
Northwest Ohio GCSA
SILVER - $3,000
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR
FOUNDERS CLUB MEMBERS
Dr. Susan Everett
Dr. David Gardner
Dr. Harry Niemczyk
Joseph Noppenberger Jr.
PLATINUM - $10,000
Central Ohio GCSA
Northwest Ohio GCSA
DIAMOND - $25,000+
Double Eagle Club
Fairmount Santrol/ Best Sand
Serving the turf industry
in NW Ohio
The Founders Club is an exclusive group of donors who have invested in the future of turfgrass research, education and scholarships in Ohio.
As the primary funding source of the Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust, the 501 (c) 3 charitable arm of OTF, Founders Club investments are placed in a restricted account which will serve as a perpetual source of giving to turfgrass initiatives in the future.
Founders Club members have been given access to exclusive member events, including an invitation only function this December before the OTF Conference and Show.
Learn more or become a contributor by visiting ohioturfgrass.org/otrt.
(Left to right) Northwest Ohio GCSA members, Paul Derry and Don Lawrence present OTRT board member, John Mowat with a check for $10,000 towards their Founders Club account. The check was presented following the NWOGCSA's annual research & scholarship outing at the Catawba Island Club. In addition to the $10,000 this year, the chapter committed another $5,000 to be paid over the next five years, making the chapter our second Diamond level member of the Founders Club.
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Field Construction & Renovation
Design & Build
Irrigation & Drainage
Special thanks to our outing hosts, Tony Dierkers and the Heritage Club in Mason, Ohio.
(Left to right) The winning team of Mark Pena, Aaron Lawson, Adam Corrill and Taylor Hause
Thanks to all of the players and partners of the
2016 OTF Scholarship Golf Outing
THE RESULTS ARE IN...
2nd Place - 58
1st Place - 57
(Left to right) Century Equipment's team of John Mowat, Jason Brown, Scott Papania and Jim Farmer
Northern Ohio GCSA
Brian Fitch/David Willmott - 13-10-13 = 36
Mark Pena/Brad Stewart - 13-9-13 = 35
Lenny Marino/Alan Clark - 12-8-14 = 34
Shane Uber/Tim Hughes - 12-11-11 = 34
Total Points = 139
Northwest Ohio GCSA
Jim Benton/Jim Hemrick - 13-11-14 = 38
Jon Moyer/Greg Pattinson - 9-12-14 = 35
Tim Sutor/Tim Glorioso - 12-9-13 = 34
Jeremy Karl/Paul Derry - 10-6-15 = 31
Total Points = 138
Central Ohio GCSA
Matt Fellows/Keith Kresina - 15-9-16 = 40
Brian Laurent/Mike Takach - 13-10-14 = 37
Darden Nicks/Sean Magginis - 11-7-12 = 30
Jim Cola/Justin Ross - 5-7-13 = 25
Total Points = 131
Miami Valley GCSA
Scott Papania/Terry Taylor - 10-9-12 = 31
Troy Martin/Shannon Pearson - 12-7-12 = 31
Jason Mahl/Ryan D'Autremont - 12-8-10 = 30
Jim Dillard/Mike Gafkjen - 13-7-7 = 27
Total Points = 119
Thanks to OTF member, Jim Cola and the Worthington Hills Country Club for hosting this great event!
Each year, Ohio's five affiliated chapters of the GCSAA come together for a friendly competition known as the Ohio Cup.
Teams are comprised of eight members from each chapter and they play six holes of alternate shot, six holes of scramble and six holes of best ball. The two man teams earn points based on the stableford scoring system to develop their team score.
Congratulations to the Northern Ohio GCSA for the 2016 Ohio Cup!
Horticulture & Crop Science
Dr. Karl Danneberger
Dr. David Gardner
Dr. John Street (Emeritus)
Mrs. Pamela Sherratt
Mr. Matt Williams
School of Natural Resources
Dr. Ed McCoy
Dr. David Shetlar
Dr. Francesca Peduto Hand
Mr. Todd Hicks
Mr. Joseph Rimelspach
2-Year Turfgrass Program
Dr. Zane Raudenbush
Dr. Ed Nangle
Mr. Dennis Bowsher
Mr. Brian Gimbel
Mr. Mike O'Keeffe
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY TURF TEAM
The Ohio State University
Turfgrass Management with a minor in Landscape Construction
Internship and Work History:
Oakmont Country Club, Pittsburgh, PA; internship for summer 2016 and full time after graduation, hosted 2016 US Open.
Columbus Crew S.C. Grounds, Columbus, OH job during the school year for 201516 and 201718. Hosted 2015 MLS Cup.
The Weston Golf Club, Boston, MA; internship for summer 2015.
Four Bridges Country Club, West Chester, OH; grounds staff summer 2014.
Blue Ash Golf Course, Blue Ash, OH; grounds staff for the summers of 2012 and 2013.
My favorite class was Professor Joe Rimelspach’s Turf Pathology class. It was so interactive and fun to be a part of while also being one of the most beneficial classes I’ve ever taken.
We developed spray and fungicide programs, chemical budgets, visited various sites and met many professionals, did mock interviews, and on top of all that learned the diseases of turfgrass and how to combat them. All around amazing class!
One Lesson Learned in College:
Planning is always key, especially within the turf industry. College is the same way! When you have to be all over campus for meetings and classes, have multiple assignments or exams due, and have to find time for friends and parties, organization and good planning keeps you productive and sane while allowing you to not skip a beat!
Favorite Memory in College:
This is a tie between Ohio State winning the National Championship my sophomore year (2014) and partying for a week straight, or hosting the 2016 US Open at Oakmont during my second internship and not sleeping for a week straight! Both were amazing experiences and are something that most people only get to experience (or may not experience) once in a lifetime!
I do not have one specific mentor, but I have been lucky to be surrounded by multiple people who have had an influence on me and stay in touch, especially a few of my former employers (Dan Walter, John Zimmers) and my professors (Dr. Danneberger, Pam Sherratt, Joe Rimelspach).
The Next Step:
I have accepted a full time position on the grounds staff of Oakmont Country Club upon my graduation in May of 2017.
My ambitions are to continue climbing the ladder of the turf industry. I plan on staying at least a few years at Oakmont to enhance my knowledge of maintaining turf before I venture out to try and earn an Assistant Superintendent's position.
Ultimately, my goal is to become a Golf Course Superintendent.
How Do You Plan on Staying in Touch With Your Alma Mater?
Although I am leaving Ohio without knowing if I will ever be able to live in this wonderful land again, I do plan on staying in touch with my professors, employers, fellow classmates, and organizations.
I have managed to stay in touch with many of my friends in the turf program who have already graduated and moved away (Isaac Santel, Justin Jones, Tim Matty, Andrew Northeim) and it feels odd knowing that I am becoming one of the guys to graduate and leave but I know that it will not be a problem. I will be back frequently enough.
Oakmont Country Club
OTF Scholarship recipient in 2012 and 2013, Peter Braun has been enjoying opportunities made possible by Ohio State's world-renowned intern program led by Mike O'Keeffe.
After listening to Mike discuss international opportunities during a Turf Club meeting, Braun decided to apply and was awarded the 2014 TurfNet international intern position where he blogged about his experience on the staff at Mt. Juliet in Ireland.
Peter's adventures continued as he took advantage of additional chances to be a part of crews as far away as New Zealand, at tournaments like the Players Championship and most recently, as part of the team at Hazeltine National for golf's biggest event, the Ryder Cup.
Braun was responsible for maintaining the practice areas for the game's biggest stars. We'll give him credit for the team USA victory!
SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ON THE BIG STAGE
TOP: The first tee at the Ryder Cup held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
Left: The Ohio Program's international intern director (aka, the most interesting man in turf), Mike O'Keeffe with Peter Braun at the Ryder Cup.
Bottom: Peter, along with a small crew were responsible for keeping the practice facilities ready for the world's best golfers during the event.
Did you see sod in the "Shoe?"
On Wednesday, July 27th, Real Madrid faced off against Paris Saint-Germain in an international friendly at Ohio Stadium.
It took nearly 20 hours to lay sod over the existing artificial surface for the game.
Learn more about the process at the OTF Conference & Show. Visit www.otfshow.org for schedule information.
Photo courtesy of Siobhan Cusack
Sod in the Shoe!?
THANKS TO OUR 2016 PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE
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