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We are saddened by the news of a fellow Assistant Superintendent’s passing, Jeff Williams, from Terradyne Country Club (Kansas GCSA member). Jeff was killed in a tragic accident at the golf course. He leaves behind his fiancé, little girl, and a baby on the way. Here is the link to the Go Fund Me Page to help his family out in a time of need: http://gf.me/u/kkuc54
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff’s family during this most difficult time.
JEFF WILLIAMS, TERRADYNE COUNTRY CLUB (1991 – 2018)
Jeffrey R. Williams, 26, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He was born September 16, 1991 in Wichita, KS. Jeffrey was passionate about his career at Terradyne Country Club. He loved sports and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan. Jeffrey enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Jeffrey is survived by his mother, Dawn (Garth) Kellenbarger; father, Richard Williams; fiancé with child, Nikita Baldwin; daughter, Remington Williams; siblings, Justin Williams, Joshua Williams, Jacob (Breanna) Williams, Zeth Williams, and Stormi Williams.
Friday, August 24, 2018, 2:00pm (with visitation 1 hour prior)
Smith Family Mortuary (501 SE Louis Blvd., Mulvane, KS 67110)
Go Fund Me Story:
It is with great sadness that we inform you that a great man Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Terradyne country club Jeff Williams has passed away August 14th 2018 about 7:21 pm.
Jeff was a great-great man, he was a son, brother, friend, father and soon to be expecting father with Nikita his true love. Jeff was a leader within the team at the maintenance department of his current job. On his first day, he walked into the superintendent office, closed the door and told him that he wanted the assistant’s position at Terradyne. A short time later, he had earned it. As much as Jeff learned from our superintendent about growing turf, we got back tenfold in the example of how he treated others. He meant a lot to the staff. He was the kind of guy that always helped out when someone was in need. Always buying lunch for guys that didn’t have money for food, or giving guys rides to and from work that didn’t have vehicles.
Jeff and his daughter Remi would hang together on the weekends while he was out hand watering and just had a great time and the love for her was so neat to watch.
The mother of his daughter, Nikita, is expecting their second child in the future. We will all miss Jeff but it will pale in comparison to how his family and loved ones will deal with it in the loss of Jeff.
The staff, members, friends and family are setting up this fund for Nikita, his daughter and his child on the way in an effort to help with their future needs. They owned a home together and need all the help we can provide in the future for bills, schooling etc.
This is the very least we can do to try and alleviate at least part of the burden for Nikita and the family to help ease the burden of Jeff’s passing. I encourage all of you to give deeply and generously. This family needs to feel the support of all the golf community, members, friends and extended community for all touched by Jeff in this tough time. The family needs it more than we can imagine.
Thank you for your support and our prayers are with Nikita, Remi and the entire family and all who knew Jeff and also for all who help in this fund. GOD bless you all in this tough time and we pray for His peace to come over you all.
Rounds 4 Research bidding begins on April 30. We have a variety of ways in which you can help us reach golfers to bid on the rounds. We have a series of videos by PGA Tour players that are being promoted on social media. Please share these on your communication channels to your members.
Celebrate the Nation's Day of Golf by promoting your industry to your clubs/course, your members/patrons, your peers and your community. #NationalGolfDay
PBI Gordon Donates $5,000 to HAGCSA
On Tuesday, January 6th at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Heart of America members converged on the PBI Gordon hospitality suite for a night of libations and networking. As an avenue to introduce their newest fungicide, named Tekken, PBI Gordon invited the entire GCSAA membership to attend. To further entice attendance, PBI offered the three GCSAA chapters with the most attendees monetary donations to their scholarship and research funds. The chapter with the most attendees to the hospitality event was your very own HAGCSA! Heath Schesser, PBI Gordon, awarded our chapter. Mark Newton, CGCS, Treasurer, accepted check for $5,000! Thank you to those who attended and also PBI Gordon for your continued support of our chapter and our industry.
Fellow Turf Professionals and Vendor Associates:
Big Cedar Lodge is excited to again host the
Bass Pro Shops Legends Of Golf April 16th through April 22nd.
We would like to cordially invite you to assist us in the preparation of the most exciting event in the Ozarks.
This year’s event has expanded from a three day event to four days to include competition rounds Thursday – Sunday.
We understand you have commitments, club responsibilities, and/or personal events; we can work with you and fit in
different days or shifts to accommodate your schedule. Shifts available are Monday through Saturday both am and/or pm
with Sunday am only shifts. Morning shifts start at 5am and afternoon shifts will begin at 3pm. We do ask that you remain
firm in your commitment to days and schedules you agreed to work. We will have a final schedule ready April 2nd, to verify
your position as a volunteer for the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
Please contact Director of Agronomy, Todd Bohn at firstname.lastname@example.org (HAGCSA Superintendent Member)
with times you would like to participate.
Thank you for your interest and help in this endeavor.
Sincerely, Todd Bohn, Director of Agronomy
Due to bad weather and the safety concerns to our members we will be rescheduling the bowling event to Thursday February 22. Registration will begin at 1:00 followed by bowling at 1:30.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Nels Lindgren
It is with a broken heart that I must let you know that my dear husband Nels passed away peacefully last night after living with Alzheimer's disease for many years. Nels was grateful for the friendship he shared with each of you who touched his life. We will miss him every day but his memory lives on in the golf courses he cared for, the bluebirds he protected, the pinewood derby cars he shaped, the tree houses he built, the barn he reconstructed, the Christmas poems he wrote, the children he raised, and the love he shared with each of us.
We hope you can join us for a visitation at McGilley Memorial Chapel, 12301 State Line Rd. Kansas City, Missouri this Saturday afternoon, December 30th, between 2-4pm. Please come and help us celebrate Nels' life as the amazing husband, dad, friend, accomplished professional, and all around sweet person that he was to all of us.
CPR Success Story
Our very own Terry Rodenberg, Superintendent, and Justin Biens, St. Andrews Golf Course, receive Overland Park Challenge Coin from the Overland Park Fire Department; for their CPR training and preparation that saved Brian Temple’s life.
September 11, 2017, Brian Temple collapsed while working at St. Andrews Golf Course in Overland Park. Lucky for Brian, two of his coworkers took immediate action and due to their CPR training and preparation – it saved Brian's life.
Are you trained in CPR?
Colbert Hills Golf Course Superintendent Strengthens Business Skills with Colleagues Across U.S.
Colbert Hills Golf Course superintendent participates in eighth annual Syngenta Business Institute
Competitive three-day educational program provides superintendents with key tools for business management
GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 24, 2017- Matt Gourlay, golf course superintendent at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas was one of 26 superintendents across the country to graduate from the Syngenta Business Institute™ (SBI). SBI is an exclusive professional development program for golf course superintendents hosted by Syngenta and the Wake Forest University School of Business in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
While agronomic expertise is critical to superintendent success, Syngenta also recognizes the need to provide superintendents with business management skills.
"We offer this program to 26 superintendents as a commitment to our customers and their development in the industry," says Stephanie Schwenke, golf market manager, Syngenta. "At the Syngenta Business Institute, we focus on the business aspect of superintendents’ responsibilities, rather than agronomics, and really work to hone their skills in leadership and management, which is just as important as managing turf quality."
During the three-day educational program, participants gained knowledge in financial and human resources management, negotiation skills, effective communications techniques, managing generational differences and more. Classes were led by professors from the School of Business at Wake Forest University, who provided ideas and tools to assist superintendents in their daily management and long-term planning.
Gourlay was selected from a talented pool of superintendents across the country based on an application process that reviewed their educational background, professional achievements and an essay that demonstrates why they should be selected for the program.
We Need Your Help!
Over the next few months we are presenting seminars at a few Industry shows on the topic of the “skills” that it takes to be a Golf Course Superintendent and Equipment Manager. The basis of this data collection is to get the top 10 skills that you feel are the most important or desirable or needed to be an effective Golf Course Superintendent or Equipment Manager. We are collecting this information from a few different perspectives, so there are separate surveys.
Please make sure you only fill out the survey that pertains to your position.
In order for us to collect an appropriate sample size we ask that you forward these links along to others at your Club and as many other Equipment Managers, Golf Course Superintendents and General Managers in your contact list.
We thank you for your participation, keep an eye out for the seminar offerings and have a great Holiday!!!
Tranquillo Golf Club
Pat Finlen CGCS
The Olympic Club
John Cunningham CGCS
Golf Course Superintendent
Bellerive Country Club
Equipment Manager (complete both):
Top 10 Skills for Equipment Managers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22PB6RQ
Top 10 Skills for Superintendents: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMH92GP
Golf Course Superintendents (complete both):
Top 10 Skills for Equipment Managers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2VWVYDH
Top 10 Skills for Superintendents: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXYCDV3
Top 10 Skills for Equipment Managers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXGTYWF
Top 10 Skills for Superintendents: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NNKYV89
Follow Us On Twitter Without a Twitter Account
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HAGCSA Unveils New and Improved Website
The HAGCSA has officially launched a new, more updated website. Though the new website may look different, the same content is available that was on the old website. Features that are being discussed at the board level before implementation include online event registration and credit card processing. These two features will give the HAGCSA a more streamlined and efficient way for members to conduct HAGCSA business. An added feature of the new website is also the "Upcoming Events" page where viewers can see all scheduled events that have already been planned for the year. If an event is not on the page, it is because the event does not have a date or location yet. As of right now, once clicking on an event, you will be able view the event details and download the registration form. You will also see on the left side of the page links to add the event to your Google calendar and/or your iCal. You will also notice, if using your mobile device when viewing the site, it is very mobile friendly and looks very similar to a well designed app. You are able to see and do everything on the mobile site you do on the desktop site. Concerning mobile devices, it is possible on all "smart phones" to add the website to your phone's "home page" by adding it as a shortcut. All phone's browsers are different so if you need help doing this go to this site for help. The website also features a viewable and downloadable HAGCSA roster. This is a page meant to viewed by HAGCSA members only. If you do not have the password, please email Kim Weitzel. Please be looking for updates to the entire site in the future. If you have questions, comments, or feedback concerningthe site please contact Tim Nielsen, email@example.com.
In an effort to keep member dues and event costs as low as possible, the HAGCSA Board of Directors has instituted a new policy regarding collection of past due accounts. This policy applies to delinquent membership dues, PRP commitments and meeting/event charges. The newly adopted policy is as follows:
“Any member with an outstanding balance that is greater than 90 days past due will not be allowed to participate in any association activities (meetings, tournaments, programs, conferences, etc.) until the outstanding balance is paid in full.”
Please also keep in mind that as a member of HAGCSA, you are responsible for full payment of any event that you register to participate in (even if unforeseen circumstances have caused you to miss the event and cancellation is not provided within a timely manner). This policy is necessary as the association is responsible for on-time payments to the booked event facilities based on committed registrations.
Thank you for your help and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Weitzel at the association office (816-561-5323).
HAGCSA Board of Directors