The first ever sports field specific WCTA Travelling Annual Road Show (TARS) took place August 29th at Nat Bailey Stadium, hosted by Head Groundskeeper Tom Archibald and Assistant Groundskeeper Trevor Sheffield. About 30 sportsfield personnel showed up for a very interesting talk about and tour of the Scotiabank Field followed by a presentation from Dr. Brian Holl, Professor Emeritus University of British Columbia, WCTA Director and principal of Lamorna Enterprises, a consulting company for the sportsturf industry.
The Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides posted its 118 page report on May 17, 2012 concluding there is insufficient evidence to warrant a provincial wide ban on pesticides used for cosmetic purposes. The Allied Golf Association of British Columbia was heavily involved in the process since August 2010 as a both committee witness and resource. The AGA was also active in motivating individual golf facilities to contact their local politicians to voice their opinions on the matter.
The Northwest Turfgrass Association has put together a virtual 1-2-3 punch for its 66th annual conference, set for this fall on Oct. 28-30. First, Tim Moraghan, the former director of championship agronomy for the USGA, will be the featured speaker both days of the conference. Secondly, legendary Oregon State University researcher and educator Tom Cook will come out of retirement to lead a panel discussion. And thirdly, everything happens at Bandon Dunes, one of the most magical golf destinations in the world.
On July 24, British Columbia Environment Minister Terry Lake met with a small group of local golf industry personnel at the Radium Resort Golf Course in Radium Hot Springs to discuss concerns over the issue of ‘cosmetic’ pesticides. While the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides struck by Premier Christy Clark released a no-ban recommendation at the end of May, many golf business people remain concerned about implementation of the recommendations and cost of complying with any new regulations.
By Molly Shen Published: April 30, 2012
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Not many school field trips include a round of golf, but a unique teaching program is doing just that by taking students out of the classroom and onto the greens.
As of August 11th, there were still limited spots available to participate in the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association ‘Fall Field Day’ taking place Saturday, September 15 through Monday, September 17 at the NK’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver, BC and Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos.
The organizing committee for the 50th Annual Western Canada Turfgrass Association Conference and Trade Show met for the second time on August 9th and members are already excited about the event planned to take place in Penticton March 3-5, 2013.
“Much of the initial meeting was spent figuring out what we would like the conference to look like,” said WCTA President Tab Buckner and Organizing Committee Chair. “It has to be dynamic while providing the educational, networking and quality trade show we’ve come to expect.”
The Western Canada Turfgrass Association has over 700 members who are interested in further education, turfgrass research and the exchange of information related to turfgrass management. The members represent a diversity of interest such as golf courses, school boards, municipalities, sod farms, nurseries, landscapers, lawn bowling greens and the trade which supplies the industry.