President's Message

Matt Cowan
2018 CTGCSA President

Fall is upon us and hopefully all of you have gotten the relief we know we were asking for.  Nature of the business...scrambling to keep grass alive in triple digit weather to scrambling to mow grass after 2 weeks of rain.  

However, always put your woes into perspective as we should all keep those on the east coast dealing with Hurricane Florence in our thoughts and prayers.  
We are coming into the fall golf season hot and heavy with events right around the corner.  The Crew Championship will be held at Grey Rock Golf Club on October the 15th. Show your hard working crew some love and treat them to a fund day of golf, camaraderie and competition!  

That will be followed shortly by the rescheduled Texas Trophy at Corpus Christi CC later in October. We'll follow that up with the Toy Drive fundraiser at Dominion Country Club in November and then our annual meeting at The River Crossings Club in early December.  Again, a big shout out to all of our sponsors that allow us to put on these events throughout the year!
We are in the time of the year where we as a board are planning for next year and getting tournament locations and dates together.  If you have any interest in showcasing your golf course next year please reach out to a board member.

Upcoming Events

The Time Has Come....
for you to show your appreciation to your hard working crews and assistants.
This years venue will be Grey Rock Golf Club. Let's make it our goal
to have 100+ deserving employees attend this meeting.

Round up your 4-man team or two.
Every person on the team needs to bring an item
(hat, golf balls, towel or similar) for our special drawing

Superintendents and Vendors
We would love to have you join us and show your appreciation to all these
hard working folks. If you have a special treat or would like to just help us
pamper them we would welcome it all. Contact the office if you have 
some great ideas or if you plan on being there. or 512-215-4612.

10:00 am Registration
11:00 am Lunch
12:00 pm Shotgun Start

Cost / Format
$30.00 per person

Tee Shirt Sponsor

PMT Service is a family owned and operated business. Being a family operated business allows us the ability to respond to our customer sales and service needs personally, and efficiently. Our Goal is to give every customer the quality service they expect and deserve with the least amount of possible down-time .

With over 50+ Years combined FIELD EXPERIENCE, UNMATCHED QUALITY SERVICE 24/7, FREE PHONE SUPPORT 24/7, and TRUCKS STOCKED WITH PARTS we are able to achieve our Goal.

Our Service Technicians hold and maintain certifications for Every Major Turf and Municipal Water Pumping System Manufacturer. Including VFD Certifications for installation, start up, and warranty inspection/troubleshooting. Controls, Cla-Valves and Filtration are also a major part of our expertise.

Lunch Sponsors

Bayer has a long heritage of using science to help create a better life. Like our customers, we are dedicated to caring for the spaces where we all live our lives, because we know that healthy environments help lead to thriving communities. We work collaboratively with customers and partners across turf, golf, production ornamentals, vegetation and pest management industries to deliver innovative and inspiring solutions that help foster healthy environments where we all live, work and play.

BWI Companies, Inc. was founded in 1958 by Bob and Betty Bunch as a retail seed store in Texarkana, Texas. The company began wholesale operations in 1972 and has since expanded to a total of 18 locations, including 8 full line distribution centers across the Mid-south and Southeastern United States.

Our Host
Jim Papa
Superintendent at Grey Rock Golf Club

The Course
Welcome to the City of Austin's premier golf tennis club that's more than a place to play-it's a place to belong. Where your next 18 holes are mere minutes from downtown Austin, yet worlds away in the heart of the Texas hill country. Where 160 acres of stately oaks and majestic views reach their full potential at the hand of master course designer Jay Morrish. Our Tennis Club and Rock Grille provide a wonderful way to relax as well. The Tennis Club is nestled within fairways and beautiful views all around. At Grey Rock, we know how to make our guests feel at home and welcome with just the right balance of atmosphere and easy going elegance. We want you to enjoy this unique experience every day as a member or as a daily guest.

Grey Rock Golf Club, 7401 Hwy 45, Austin, TX 78739, 512-288-4297


The 33rd Annual Texas Trophy has been rescheduled for
October 28 - 30
Corpus Christi Country Club
Additional registrations are being accepted.

Remember....If you are playing in the Sunday Mixer both partner's must register.

This year we are adding a 9-hole Putting Contest following the Long Drive Contest.

Tournament Information

Tournament includes three days of golf and food.
Daily Proximities: Long Drive & Closest to Hole Cash Awards
National GCSAA Entry Fee Paid for the Top 3 Gross and
Top 2 Net Eligible Individual Finishers in the 2-day Texas Trophy Event
Individual Tournament Gifts
Individual and Team Championships are On the Line
Chapter Teams Take part in the Long Drive Contest
9 Hole Putting Contest

You must be a member of Lone Star GCSA to play in the Texas Trophy


Sunday, October 28
Welcome and Registration 10:00 - 11:30
Lone Star Texas Trophy Mixer
12:00 pm - Shot Gun Start
Two-Man Best Ball Pick Your Partner Event
Cash Payouts - Gross and Net

Following Mixer:
Long-Drive Championship
$500 Contribution to Winning Chapter
Drinks available during Long Drive
9-Hole Putting Contest
Food Sponsor: AmeriTurf

Monday, October 29
Lunch on your own
10:30 - 11:30 Registration
12:30 pm - Shot Gun Start
Day 1 - Lone Star Texas Trophy
(2-Day Stroke Play Event)
Flighted - Gross and Net Divisions

Dinner and Awards: 6:00 - 9:00
Sponsored by: WinField

Tuesday, October 30
7:30 am - Shot Gun Start
Day 2 - Lone Star Texas Trophy
Lunch and Awards Following Play
Entry fee per person:

$235 for 3-day event
$190 for 2-day event
$145 for 1 day

Entry Deadline: Thursday October 25

Top Stories
Howdy from Dallas!
Lindsey Hoffman, PhD
Assistant Professor & Turfgrass Extension Specialist
Howdy! My name is Lindsey Hoffman and I am the new Extension Turfgrass Specialist with Texas A&M at the Dallas Research and Extension Center.  I started in my position on July 9 and had the opportunity to meet many of you at the summer TTA conference in Bastrop.

I am excited to be a part of AgriLife Extension Services and look forward to working with industry professionals across the state of Texas.     
2019 Texas A&M Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
17360 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75252
Researchers from the AgriLife Research and Extension Programs will be presenting on topics such as breeding for improved turfgrasses, weed identification and herbicide selection, water conservation tools and techniques, disease diagnosis and fungicide use, and management of insect pests. Field day attendees have the opportunity to earn up to four (4) CEUs from TDA and four (4) CEUs from TNLA.        Click here for more information and to register

Turfgrass expert clips his last blades of grass  for research purposes

Writers: Kay Ledbetter and Beth Ann Luedeker
Dr. Richard White retired from his position as a professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass management scientist in College Station on Aug. 31.
White came to Texas A&M after working as an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Cook College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn University and his doctorate from
Virginia Tech.
Click here for full article
Event Wrap Ups

Aaron Clary fired a 1 over par 73 to capture the 2018 Central Texas GCSA
Chapter Championship.  Our affiliate Champion for the day was Dale Miller who battled the heat and carded a 2 over par 74.  

Overall we had a great Day at FalconHead GC!  

Thank you to Ameriturf for sponsoring this event and thank you to our host Halsey Hammond for getting the course in such fantastic shape for our event.

Check Out All The Pictures From the Event

S uperintendent Champion Aaron Clary (left) and Matt Cowan

Championship Flight Winners: 1st Net Adam Hewitt (left) and 2nd Net Jay Cockroft (right)

First Flight Winners: 1st Gross Anthony Nash (left) and 1st Net Greg Dreyer (right)

Affiliate  Champion: Dale Miller (right)

Affiliate Flight Winners: 1st Net Scott Poynot (left) 2nd Net Brian Cloud

Proximity Winners: Top Left - Charlie Trammell, Top Right - Adam Hewitt,
Bottom Right - Matt Cowan
50/50 Pot Winner Bottom Left - Reagan Olsen

Thank you to all who participated and to our great sponsor AmeriTurf. 

We had a great day at Falcon Head!
GCSAA News and Updates

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego, Calif., as part of the 2019 Golf Industry Show. 
After careful evaluation by the Nominating Committee, the following members have been nominated for the GCSAA Board of Directors and will appear on the ballot:  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

The GCSAA has officially assumed leadership for  First Green with a new logo and website (  that promotes a program centered on golf courses as environmental "learning labs" for students in middle school to 12 thgrade. GCSAA brought the 21-year-old First Green under the GCSAA umbrella of member programs five months ago in cooperation with its philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf. With its nearly 18,000 members from 78 countries and 99 local chapters GCSAA  has  committed resources to expand and enhance several aspects of First Green operations and marketing. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

Having dental insurance can provide you with much-needed peace of mind-especially considering the high cost of dental work. With a quality dental insurance policy, you can receive coverage for anything from routine exams and cleanings to more complex procedures such as root canals and extractions.

Dental insurance is separate from major medical insurance. Obtaining dental insurance ensures that you and your family will receive affordable, routine preventative dental care, access to valuable discounts and network providers.    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

2018 Annual Sponsors