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The 2019 Golf Industry Show in San Diego was well attended by members of the Hawaii Golf Course Superintendents Association. The Educational Events and the Trade Show are always helpful for us Hawaii folks to keep current on new products and technologies which are changing fast. Also the chance to network with 6,000 other Golf Industry decision makers from 60 or so countries made the trip up to the mainland a valuable experience.
Leslie Jeremiah Jr., 2018 HGCSA
Superintendent of the Year
Annually the HGCSA chooses a member for their Superintendent of the Year (SOY) award for their ability to excel at one or more of the following criteria: educating and advancing the careers of colleagues and assistants, negotiating with government agencies, maximizing budget limitations, preparing for tournaments under unusual circumstances, service to golf clientele, upgrading and renovating golf courses, dealing with extreme or emergency conditions and the member’s lasting impact on the Hawaii Golf Industry.
- At 8 years old, Les was introduced to the game of golf from his two uncles, golfing at Bay View GC
- First job was picking up range balls at Bay View GC; proceeded to work on the golf course grounds crew cutting cups, mowing greens & spraying RoundUp
- At 18 years old, got his first full time job at Minami Golf Course (Koolau) under Sean Hoolahan
- Waikele Golf Club – construction grow-in w/ Kalani Voeller
- Bay View Golf Course – worked way up to GC Supervisor
- Various Landscape companies (intermittently)
- Bay View Golf Course – construction grow-in w/ Curtis Kono
- Challenge @ Manele – Asst. Supt under Earl Mamuad
- Makena – Asst. Supt under Dan Honma
- Experience @ Koele – Head Supt.
- Challenge @ Manele & Experience @ Koele – Head Supt.
- DHR Construction – Director of Agronomy & GC Construction (S. Korea, Philippines, Hawaiian Islands)
- Hoakalei CC – Director of Golf Maintenance
- Turf certificate @ UH Windward
- Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS)
- Golf Course Management certificate @ Ohio State University
- Golf Course Turf consultant work in Guam
- Speaker at Turfgrass Management seminar in Thailand & Philippines, and Hawaii conferences
- Active Board Member for Hawaii Turfgrass Association & HGCSA
- Mentored numerous members who have become/are currently Head Superintendents & GM’s
A few weeks ago I attended the 2018 GCSAA Delegates Meeting in Kansas as your representative and below are the “Outcomes” of that meeting.
. . . Russ
The GCSAA Board of Directors, 2019 board candidates, and 89 delegates representing 91 of GCSAA’s 99 affiliated chapters, convened at the Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel and GCSAA Headquarters on November 13 – 14, 2018, for the 26th annual Chapter Delegates Meeting. Thirty-six of the delegates were first-time attendees.
- CPI Dues increase proposal will move forward for a vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
- Go To Meeting presentations will be scheduled with the delegates to discuss the membership recruitment and retention strategies as they are further refined.
- Proposal to add a Friends category to the bylaws will move forward for a vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting.
- Proposal to add a Facility Membership category to the bylaws will move forward.
- Proposal to add flexibility to the Annual Dues section of the bylaws will move forward.
- The Board of Directors will consider the Board Policy Oversight Task Group (BPOTG) recommendations at its Winter Meeting.
Conversation with Hualala’i Director of Golf Maintenance Dan Husek about Hawaii’s first “First Green” program.
Pretty cool thing Dan did here. Great PR for all of us.
First Green, a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) program, pairs golf courses with local schools for unique Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities. Check it out at thefirstgreen.org
Book your Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort room for the event at special rates, available HERE on an exclusive basis.
Hotel reservations for our upcoming event are now being accepted on this web page.
Or call 1-877-622-3140.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort
The 2018 HGCSA Annual Golf Tournament will be held on September 14, 2018 at the Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf Kings´ Course.
Shotgun start is at 8:00 a.m. This years tournament will be highlighted with a Hole In One and Putting Contest. Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend this special day with us.
Please CLICK HERE to view the online Tournament registration form and for access to the printable registration form download.
The 2018 Annual Seminar is being held Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort September 13, 2018 10 A.M. to 5 P.M followed by cocktails & pupus.
Featured Presenter at this year’s Seminar is Dr. Fred Yelverton, discussing Pesticide Management.
GCSAA CEUs and Pesticide Points will be awarded for attendance.
Please CLICK HERE to view the online Seminar registration form, for access to the printable registration form download. There is also a Reception only payment option.
For our Tee Sponsors (thank you so much for the support!) you can find everything you need to contribute HERE, again, Mahalo!
Here is a quick update on SB3095 SD1 HD1 CD1 that is about to pass. This bill started out with restricting pesticide spraying within 100 feet of schools and banding chlorpyrifos pesticides. It has changed to having any user of restricted use chemicals to report annual use to the state. CLICK HERE tp view the bill on the state legislature website.
Mandatory Pesticide Disclosure; Pesticide Reporting and Regulation Program; Chlorpyrifos; Pesticide Use Revolving Fund; Pesticide Drift Monitoring Study; Appropriation
Beginning 1/1/2019, requires all users of restricted use pesticides to be subject to a requirement to report on their use of restricted use pesticides to the Department of Agriculture (DOA). Prohibits the use of a restricted use pesticide on or within 100 feet of a school during normal school hours beginning on 1/1/2019. Prohibits the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient beginning 1/1/2019; provided that the DOA shall grant any person, upon request, a temporary permit allowing the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos through 12/31/2022. Provides for the deposit into the pesticide use revolving fund of all penalties and fines collected under the Hawaii Pesticides Law. Revises the ceiling and use of the pesticide use revolving fund. Requires the DOA to develop a pesticide drift monitoring study no later 7/1/2019. Appropriates general funds for the pesticide drift monitoring study, establishment of two full-time equivalent positions, and outreach and education. (CD1)
Rounds 4 Research is an innovative program aimed at generating resources to fund research and help ensure golf’s future. The premise is simple: Golf facilities can support the effort by donating rounds of golf for two or four or “stay and play” packages and other items that are auctioned online.
Opens for Bidding April 30, 2018
Whether you are an organization looking to solicit rounds or a golfer looking for the opportunity to support research while enjoying the sport you love, Rounds 4 Research provides a way for all aspects of the game to come together to ensure its future.
The awards recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach, and leadership.
From the GCSAA Press Release announcing the awards:
Main’s Mauna Kea Resort is the oldest resort and oldest golf course on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its position right on the Pacific Ocean presents unique challenges, not only in compatibility with the marine ecosystem, but also because of soil that contains crushed lava and an average annual rainfall of 4.2 inches. Transitioning the course from bermudagrass to paspalum, which is salt-tolerant and requires less water, is just one aspect of the water conservation program.
In keeping with the Hawaiian culture’s dedication to wildlife, Main has partnered with the Department of Land and Natural Resources to rope off areas and display signage to protect nesting nene, Hawaii’s state bird and the world’s rarest goose. In the past three years, the course’s nene population has increased by 300 percent. Ocean wildlife is important too, and Mauna Kea participates in an ongoing study with the University of Hawai’i at Hilo to help gauge Mauna Kea’s water quality and its effect on coral reefs.
Congratulations to Scott and Mauna Kea Golf Course!
This an a update on what is going on at our HI Legislature session this year. There are a lot of bills that have to do with pesticides and a couple of them deserve watching.
- HB 1756 HD1 has to do with the state banning the use and sale of any products with chlorpyrifos in it. This type of bill has been around for a few years. Not sure what will happen this session.
Here is the published submitted testimony from Scott E. Enright Chairperson, Board Of Agriculture for the April 2nd hearing:
Please CLICK HERE to view the testimony.
- HB 2722 HD1 is about restricting the use of neonicotinoid and glyphosate products. This one could pass but it did get re-referred back to EEP/AGR committee.
If you read the bill it says use on state/public property and will need a restricted use license.
Please CLICK HERE to view the bill.
- HB2721 HD1 is posting public notice before spraying, it also was re-referred back to committee.
Please CLICK HERE to view the committee report.
Please take a look at these bills and any others on the legislation website https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/ and type in pesticides at the keyword line.
If you have any concerns, we are forming a response to these bills, please send them to Mike Atwood at [email protected]
Russell Dooge, CGCS