Introducing the New GCSANC Preferred Partner Program

The Board of Directors and staff of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California (GCSANC) are very pleased to introduce to you the new GCSANC Preferred Partner Program here, replacing the GCSANC Annual Sponsorship Program. Not only does the program have a new name, acknowledging the important relationship between Affiliate members and the association, but it also includes a wide array of added benefits intended to provide you with maximum value for your investment in GCSANC, including complimentary event attendance, the opportunity to bring superintendents or assistants as your guest, GCSAA education credits for holding a qualifying event at your facility (Titanium level or higher), and more.

The program was designed with the intent of providing “one-stop shopping” for vendors seeking exposure to GCSANC members throughout the year, and eliminating “going back to the well” for additional event sponsorships on top of the annual contribution.

A great deal of effort went into the creation and refinement of this document, both on the part of the Board and GCSANC staff, and we believe it is a big step in a very positive direction. In part because the effort was led by GCSANC Affiliate Director Coby Byers of Turf Star, we believe the new Preferred Partner Program captures the needs and desires of our Affiliate members. We appreciate Coby’s efforts to this initiative.

On a final note, you should have already received your 2020 Affiliate dues invoice. All of the Partner levels include one or more Affiliate memberships, so if you have paid your 2020 Affiliate dues and would like to upgrade to an Annual Partner level, simply call the GCSANC office at (916) 485-6364 and we will adjust your Partnership invoice to reflect a credit for the Affiliate membership. If you have not yet paid your Affiliate invoice, simply register online as an Annual Partner, and we will activate your Affiliate membership and void the current dues invoice.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the new GCSANC Preferred Partner Program, and thank you for participating in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California.

Marc Connerly, Executive Director

EPA reaffirms finding that glyphosate does not cause cancer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reaffirmed its finding that glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is not a cancer risk to users.

“There’s no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer,” said Alexandra Dunn, an EPA assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “There’s no risk to public health from the application of glyphosate.”

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Member Denis Kerr featured in Golf Course Trades

Check out the below article in Golf Course Trades featuring GCSANC Member Denis Kerr, Quail Lodge Superintendent and winner of the 2017 GCSANC Excellence in Turfgrass Management Award (Public)!

The immaculate playing conditions of our 18-hole golf course is often what draws people to play at Quail. But our golf course doesn’t simply grow that way. Behind the scenes is a team of dedicated greenskeepers – scratch that – scientists, led by a man of whom deserves far greater recognition, yet asks for none. An unsung hero who commits his life to ensuring that our golf course is second to none. He is dedicated, passionate and handsome (albeit self-proclaimed) beyond compare. To those within the world of Golf Course Superintendents, he is referred to as “the man,” “the myth” and sometimes even “the legend.” But to us here at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, we simply refer to him as Denis. Our appreciation, admiration and respect, however, fall nothing short of in line with the aforementioned references.

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In Memoriam: GCSANC Member John Grant

It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of John Grant, Retired-Class A Life Member who passed away on March 10th at the age of 91.

John attended Norte Dame and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He was a pilot in the Navy and was still serving in the Navy Air Reserve at Alameda into the 1980’s when he started work in the Bay Area with The San Francisco Examiner. Following his tenure with the newspaper, John began work with the William Sherman Company—Golf Course Consultants in San Rafael as a Western Representative for the National Golf Foundation. He then worked for the City of San Francisco as the Golf Director before moving to San Mateo Golf Course where he became the golf course superintendent in 1981. John worked for San Mateo until 1994 when he became a Retired-Class A Member of the association.

John was a longstanding member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California  and also served on the GCSANC Board of Directors.

John’s retirement was spent with his family, and in his free time he attended GCSANC meetings and made time for golf.

We send our condolences to the family of John during this time. 

Rounds 4 Research 2019

As you may know, Rounds 4 Research was started in 2012 to address funding shortages in the areas of turfgrass research, education and advocacy.

The premise of the program 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 will be auctioned online through a nationwide auction from April 29 – May 5, 2019.

The proceeds from the online auction are designated by the participating facilities to their local GCSA chapter (in this case, GCSANC). 80 percent goes to the chapter with the remaining 20 percent going to EIFG to assist with marketing and technical costs of running the national auction.

The auction is conducted through the bidding platform Donated items can be viewed here. GCSANC can then decide how best to spend the funds in the areas of research, education or advocacy efforts.

We are asking you to consider donating a twosome or foursome from your facility to the auction. In times of declining membership, participation and sponsorship, these additional funds can be critical to our chapter to continue providing the member services to which you have become accustomed. The donation process can be completed online and takes approximately 10 minutes. You can visit here to complete the form.

The participating facility has the ability to restrict rounds to certain days and times, as well as the option of setting your opening bid. You can send in your own certificate for the donation or the EIFG will create a certificate for you.

Thank you for your time and consideration. You will be assisting your local chapter as well as raising funds for the future of the game.

View the Rounds 4 Research FAQ sheet here.