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  • 15 Apr 2019 9:38 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)


    From the GCSAA:

    Tips For Spring Lawn Prep

    April 5th, 10:49 AM CDT by Ryan Sjoberg


    It's that time of the year again as some locals are getting antsy to get out and do a little yard work.

    However, most of the area soil still isn't warm enough to do everything the average home owner would like.

    For example, it's too early to fertilize, cultivate or seed.

    Now would be the perfect time to get the yard ready for those tasks and prepare it properly.

    "Rake up some of those matted down leaves," said Mankato Golf Club Superintendent Fred Taylor. "If there are any snow mold, which you would see is a white furry matter on top of the leaves, and then also look for any vole damage, some people call them snow mice, get that stuff raked up and then take an assessment of what you got out there that you may need to work on in the future."

    Taylor went on to add that the prime time to plant your garden is between April 15th and May 15th depending on the kind of plant it is.

  • 10 Apr 2019 4:02 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Winter injury on turfgrass is one of the most challenging, and poorly understood, aspects of managing turfgrass in northern climates. A team of researchers from six universities (University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Massachusetts, Rutgers University, and Iowa State University), as well as turfgrass scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, are submitting a grant proposal to the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative to help fund critical turfgrass winter injury research. Our objectives include monitoring conditions under ice and snow cover, developing best management practices to prevent and recover from winter injury, breeding more winter hardy turfgrass species, and exploring alternative snow mold control strategies. 

    However, we need your help. As part of our project we are proposing to collect environmental conditions during the winter on hundreds of golf courses throughout the winter. Your participation in this project would help in two ways. First, you would be providing important data for improved winter injury management for your golf course. Second, your donation of time would also be contributing towards our matching funds requirement for the proposal. The USDA requires that for every $1 we get in funding from them, we need to raise $1 in matching funding or in-kind donations (i.e. people’s time) from other sources. 

    Below is a description of what a commitment to help out with this would look like. Your commitment to this project is needed before we submit the grant (due in late April), but you will only need to take the measurements if we receive the grant. We should know if the grant is awarded by mid-summer of 2019. 

    How you can help 

    We need you to commit at least one hour per week from Oct 15, 2019 through May 15, 2020 to collect data on a golf green on your course. This would be the minimum we need. If you are interested in taking data on more than one green, or for a second year, all the better! 

    What are you committing to do? 

    Before and after winter (approximately Oct. 15 and May 15) you would estimate visually the percent annual bluegrass and creeping bentgrass (or other desired turf species) on the green, and send in some pictures of the green. Between these dates, you would visit the green each week and record information such as the following: (1) snow depth at 10 locations on the green, (2) presence of standing water, and (3) presence and thickness of ice. 

    How does this help superintendents? 

    The data collected on (hopefully) hundreds of golf greens across the northern U.S., Canada, and Scandinavia will help us better understand how golf greens (and turf in general) die during the winter. This information then can be used to design and test new turfgrass management strategies before, during, and after winter. We will also use data you collect, along with satellite imagery and weather data, to help build a sensor-based winter-stress damage prediction model that can help turfgrass managers identify times of greatest turf injury risk. Turfgrass breeders can also use these results to better target traits that are affecting winter performance and biosystems experts can develop low-cost sensors that help monitor winter stresses as they are occurring. 

    Submitting a letter of commitment 

    To show your commitment to our project, we need a letter to include with the grant proposal by the end of the day April 15, 2019. We have provided a letter template (Word document) to use to write your letter. The following elements must be included: 

    1. Address letter to: Eric Watkins 

    University of Minnesota 

    1970 Folwell Ave. 

    St. Paul, MN 55108 

    2. The title of the project “WinterTurf: A holistic approach to understanding the mechanisms and mitigating the effects of winter stress on turfgrasses in northern climates” 

    3. Your name and role at your facility 

    4. The name and location (city, state) of your course 

    5. How many hours you are willing to commit to this project each week during the evaluation period. One green (the minimum commitment) will take about one hour, so you should also state the number of greens you are willing to monitor. For example, “I commit to monitoring 1 green during the evaluation period. I estimate that this will take 1 hour per week for each of the 30 weeks.” 

    6. The “cost” of doing this, which would be your hourly rate and cost of benefits (fringe). If you make $25/hr with a fringe benefit rate of 18%, you would state, “This contribution is valued at $29.50/h.” and calculate the total amount contributed (see letter template). Please note that we will keep this information private and it will only be viewed by the project lead and the panel reviewing the proposal. 

    7. Address and phone number 

    8. Signature 

    9. (Optional) It would be great if you could share an example of winter damage on your course, the impact it had, etc. and any other thoughts you have about the value of this project. Statements such as these establish the critical need for the research by our stakeholders. 

    We would prefer that the letter be signed and then scanned/saved as a pdf and emailed to Kristine Moncada at monc0003@umn.edu. If you need help or would prefer to send the letter another way, please contact her. 

    We need these letters by April 15, 2019. If funded, we will send further instructions for how to submit data using your phone or other device. 

    Thank you for your help on this project. 

    Dr. Eric Watkins 

    University of Minnesota 

  • 05 Apr 2019 2:24 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF) is proud to announce that it is donating $104,475 towards Minnesota Turf and Grounds research. Since 1992, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation has donated $1,650,516 towards turf and grounds research.

    In March, the MTGF Board of Directors approved four funding requests at its March Board Meeting. The Board approved a donation of $65,000 towards TROE Center operations at its March Board Meeting. The Board feels the continued research at TROE Center is very beneficial for Minnesota turf managers. 

    The MTGF Board approved a MTGF donation of $34,475 towards Teaching, Research, and Outreach Programs at the Urban Forestry, Outreach, Research & Extension (UFore) Nursery and Lab. The funds will go towards Youth Engagement ($7,250); Conservation ($9,975); UM Elm Selection ($6,250); UM ESP Research ($5,500), and Pruning ($5,500).

    For a second year, the MTGF Board approved a $5,000 for students at the University of Minnesota/ Crookston to continue to work on a Pre-Game Agronomic Field Safety Assessment for Sports Fields: Future Implications of Risk Management. Field safety is a concern. This research and information will benefit sports field managers.

    The mission of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is to promote the green industry in Minnesota through support of research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. The MTGF pursues its mission in various ways. One of these is an annual "Call For Proposals," titled the "MTGF Research Gift Program," whereby researchers, instructors and outreach faculty and staff involved in turf and grounds work may submit requests for unrestricted gifts to support their activities. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, funding approved by the MTGF will not be subjected to overhead or other indirect charges or costs. The dates for submission, review and approval may change on an annual basis as well as the protocol stipulated for the submission of gift requests.

    For more information about the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, visit www.mtgf.org or contact the MTGF Business Office at 763-703-4983.

  • 15 Mar 2019 9:17 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)
    • ·      Would you like to have a blast with industry colleagues?
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    • ·      Add to your resume?

    After hosting 18 3M Championships on the PGA Tour Champions we at TPC Twin Cities will be making the transition to the PGA Tour this summer and hosting the inaugural 3M Open.  Notable players already committed include Jason Day, Patrick Reed, Bryson Dechambeau, and Phil Mickelson.  We would not be able to produce the conditions we do tournament week with out the support of volunteers.  If you don’t feel that you can be here the entire week that’s ok, we are happy to have you for the time you are able to give.  If you would like to rotate shifts with another member of your crew that’s great as well.  If you both could just fill out the volunteer form by following the link at the bottom of the page.  It’s our privilege to have you as part of our team for the week and we will do everything we can to ensure you have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  Thank you greatly for considering joining us and look forward to having you July 1st-7th.

    Volunteer Link


    Mark Michalski

    Golf Course Superintendent

    Cell: 763-442-7533

    Email: markmichalski@pgatourtpc.com

  • 06 Mar 2019 6:03 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The Hazeltine National turfgrass team is looking for 30-40 volunteers for this summer’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The event will take place June 17th-June 23rd. If you had the opportunity to be part of the 2016 Ryder Cup, or if you missed out, the KPMG Championship is another excellent chance to be part of a Major Championship in Minnesota.

    Given this Championship takes place in the busy summer months, we will be accepting applications for shared positions. Please note the two questions regarding this on the application. If you do plan to share a position, we ask that each individual be from the same facility and also that each person fill out their own application.

    Everyone on the Hazeltine turfgrass team looks forward to having many of our Minnesota colleagues take part in this wonderful Championship week.

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at ctritabaugh@hngc.com

     Link to application

    Best Regards,

    Chris Tritabaugh

    Golf Course Superintendent

  • 06 Mar 2019 6:38 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Do you care about hiring 16 and 17 year olds?

    On February 7th, 2019, House File Number 790 was introduced in the State of Minnesota House of Representatives. Why does this matter to you?

    • ·       This house file will provide clarification to 16 and 17 year-old employees to operate push lawn mowers, self-propelled lawn mowers, ride-on lawn mowers, lawn trimmers, and weed cutters that are not currently permitted. These 16 and 17 year-old minors may then lawfully operate or assist in the operation of these machines.
    • ·       The efforts made by the MGCSA in attending the Minnesota Day on the Hill have already impacted the initiative with the addition of a companion author in the Senate with Senate File 1805 for House File Number 790 on February 28th, 2019.
    • ·       House File 790 authors are: Franson; Layman and Brand
    • ·       Senate File 1805 Authors are: Hall; Anderson, B; Bigham; Pratt; Cwodzinski
    • The files are going to Committee but NEED YOUR SUPPORT to be heard and passed.

    Please phone your legislators in the House and Senate (typically you will leave a voice message as they are very busy, however their staff will weigh the calls) tell them you are a constituent and ask for their support of House File 790 or Senate File 1805.

    Helpful links:  Who Represents Me?

    Legislator Roster

  • 18 Feb 2019 8:20 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Monarchs in the Rough Program Goes Local


    The monarch butterfly is a North American icon, but the butterfly’s population has declined by more than 90 percent over the last two decades. To combat this decline and the decline of other key pollinators, Audubon International and Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to create Monarchs in the Rough, a program that partners with golf courses to restore pollinator habitat in out-of-play areas. We are working to create essential habitat for butterflies and increase awareness of the golf sector’s contribution to the monarch conservation challenge. Join our efforts to support the monarch butterfly and help the golf community be a part of the pollinator solution.

    Monarchs in the Rough is a partnership between Audubon International and Environmental Defense Fund. The program connects and supports superintendents and other golf course staff as they plan, install, and manage habitat projects for the monarch butterfly on their courses. Monarchs in the Rough provides regionally-appropriate milkweed seed to golf courses – enough to establish about one acre of high-quality monarch habitat when planted with a native pollinator seed mix.

    Monarchs in the Rough also offers signage, posters, and technical guidance to golf course managers as they install and manage habitat, and as they communicate with course members about their effort to save the monarch.

    By joining Monarchs in the Rough, golf courses can do their part to prevent further monarch losses while gaining recognition as an environmental leader and connecting with their communities in new ways.

    There are hundreds of courses gearing up for it nationwide, but just twelve Minnesota courses have joined in. We need more involved! Here’s a list of the Minnesota courses joining this great cause to date.

    Somerby Golf Club                          Wildflower Golf Course

    Green Lea Golf Course                   The Wilderness at Fortune Bay

    Enger Park Golf Course                  Minnesota Valley Country Club

    Legends Club                                    The Ponds at Battle Creek

    Keller Golf Course                           Meadowbrook Golf Course

    Braemar Golf Course                      New Richmond Golf Club

  • 01 Feb 2019 4:42 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    Sub-zero temps kill emerald ash borer

    You probably didn’t jump for joy when sub-zero air burned your cheeks this morning. And with good reason: these temperatures, ranging from -20° F in the metro to -40° F in northern Minnesota, pose a danger to us. But there is a silver lining: we can expect this cold to kill a significant portion of emerald ash borers (EAB) in the state.

    Emerald ash borer larvae overwinter under the bark of ash trees. Their larvae use one of Mother Nature’s more fascinating mechanisms to supercool: they generate chemicals to prevent their tiny bodies from freezing at the normal freezing point. It’s similar to the effect of salty compounds on winter roads. Still, they can—and do—freeze when temperatures reach the extreme lows we’ve seen across Minnesota in the past few days.

    “When temps get to -30° F, 70-90 percent of larvae may be frozen,” says Rob Venette, a USDA Forest Service research biologist. “[But] the precise relationship between cold and EAB mortality changes a bit from year to year.”

    The last Polar Vortex, in January 2014, offers a good example. The air temperature in the Twin Cities fell to -23° F that year. Samples taken from cut logs and standing trees that had been outdoors during the winter showed 60-70 percent of larvae had been killed in most locations, Venette says.

    So, this year’s Polar Vortex is good news for ash in Minnesota!

    In case you’re wondering: the extreme cold doesn’t have much of an effect on Minnesota’s native forest pests. They are well adapted to our cold winter temperatures. The eastern larch beetle, for example, can survive down to -56° F as larvae and -43° F as adults. In addition, many adult larch beetles overwinter under the snow line, which insulates them against low air temperatures. The eastern larch beetle has wiped out hundreds of thousands of acres of tamarack in Minnesota over nearly two decades, but it will take more than cold to stop it.

    While the cold won’t do much for our tamarack, it will help our ash. So, the next time you step outdoors and feel your eyelashes freeze, remember your suffering is not in vain.

    The Forest Health Team

  • 26 Jan 2019 6:23 AM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The MGCSA won second place last year and sent five students to the GLSTGS.  Thanks for participating

    We're awarding scholarship and research grants to the GCSA Chapters with the most members to visit us at GIS 2019!
    1st Place
    2nd Place
    3rd Place
    We'll announce the winners after the final day of GIS 2019!
    Get authoritative answers to your toughest turf questions!
    Wednesday, February 6
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Dr. Brandon Horvath, University of Tennessee
    Dr. Patrick McCullough, University of Georgia
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Dr. Jim Kerns, North Carolina State University
    Dr. Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee
    Thursday, February 7
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Dr. Matt Elmore, Rutgers University
    Dr. Dave McCall, Virginia Tech
  • 21 Jan 2019 2:02 PM | Jack Mackenzie (Administrator)

    The Don White Memorial Two Man Match Play Championship

    Contact Jack to register for this event jack@mgcsa.org

    Deadline to register is April 21st, 2019


    1.  The Don White Memorial Two Man Team Match Play event is an ongoing single-elimination tournament, with first round consolation bracket, in which two teams play match play (best ball net, aka Four Ball Match Play), during each round.  The winning team advances to the next round.  All players must be active members of the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association.
    2.  Each player plays their own ball from tee to green. The player with the lowest net score on a given hole wins that hole for his team. The match is won by the team that is leading by a number of holes greater than the number of holes remaining to be played. (e.g., 4 up with 3 holes to play – known as winning 4 &3).
    3.  The stipulated round is 18 holes; however, if both teams agree in advance, the stipulated round may be adjusted to 9-holes. This does not apply to the Championship match, which must be 18 holes.
    4.  If the match is even after the last hole, the match continues until a winner is decided. Handicap strokes remain the same for playoff holes.  In the event of darkness approaching for a tied match, teams may agree to a closest-to-the-hole chip-off or a coin flip to decide the outcome.
    5.  USGA Rules apply - Four Ball Match Play: a.  http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Rules-of-Golf/Rule- 30/#30-3 b. Decisions:  http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Rules-of-Golf/Decision-30/#30-3/1


    1.    You must be able to produce a verifiable handicap upon request from your playing opponents. If you are unable to produce a verifiable handicap, your opponents have the right to require you to play as a “0”.
    2.    Identify your USGA handicap index.  Max handicap for an individual is 24 for this competition.
    3.    Work with the Pro Shop to find your course handicap according to course and tees being played for the match.
    4.    Take 80% of the course handicap. (i.e., max competition handicap is 19, once 80% is applied)
    5.    Handicap strokes are allocated as net strokes from the lowest handicap player in the match per USGA guidelines 9-4a (iii) (i.e., lowest handicap plays with no strokes).
    6.    Ask the Pro Shop to prepare a card with dots on the appropriate holes for the match. Please let the Pro Shop know that this is a Two-Man Best Ball Match (Four Ball) when making your tee time so they can prepare the card in advance.


    1. The winners of each round shall advance to the next round. The brackets will be displayed on the mgcsa.org website.

    2. After completing your match: a. Send an e-mail or text with a picture of the signed scorecard and date of your match. Please include a picture of the winning team so we can post on website:

                        Jack MacKenzie at jack@mgcsa.org


    1.  Individual entry fee (for prizes): $25.00

    Team Entry: $50

    PRIZES & AWARDS: (Presented at Annual Meeting)

                    1st place team  - 50% split purse based on participation

                    2nd place team – 30% split purse based on participation

                    Consolation Bracket Champion – 20% split purse based on participation 

                   Prize amounts will be paid out in Visa gift cards.


    1.   It is the responsibility of the players to arrange their own matches, including the scheduling of tee times and course location.  You may not play at your home course. In the event of one player being absent at the starting time, a side may be represented by a single player. If the second player joins during the match, they must join between holes. See http://www.usga.org/rules/rules-and-decisions.html#!rule-30,30-3.

    2.   Please schedule your next match as soon as both winning teams are known.

    It is your responsibility to touch base with your opponents.

    3.   If a match schedule cannot be mutually agreed upon by the participants, assuming both teams made a good effort to find a mutually agreeable time, both teams will be removed from the event. The main goal is to complete the final match prior to September 30th.

    4.   You can only change your partner before the start of the first round match. Once you play the first round, you cannot switch partners. If the event your partner is unable to play after the first round, you must compete as an individual.

    5.     The final round for 2019 will be hosted by Brandon Schindele at Edina Country Club.


    Round 1: 31 Days

    May 1st

     May 31st

    Round 2: 30 Days

             June 1st

      June 30th

    Round 3: 31 Days

     July 1st

          July 31st

    Round 4: 30 Days

          August 1th

        August 30th

    Championship : 30 Days

       September 1st

    September 30th

    SCORE CARDS: Please fill in your score card completely!

    ● Record each player’s gross and net score on every hole (put “x” if the player picked up).

    ● Circle the winning score for each hole.

    ● Clearly mark on the front of the card the match play score (for example “Newton/Wilson d. Manning/Roethlisberger, 2 & 1”).

    ● Sign, attest, and date your card.

    MGCSA Two Man Match Play Rules 2019 - Final.pdf
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