President's Message
Craig Felton
2019 CTGCSA President

With dove season upon us, fall is in the air and this long, hot, dry stretch of summer is nearing the end. I find it ironic that as grass farmers we are so anxious to grow grass in March coming out of winter and YET so dang tired of it come September. This year April, May and June spoiled most of us with abundant rain and mild temperatures and then July smacked us in the face reminding us that its summer time in Central Texas.

Whether it's Poa in the spring, goose grass in the summer or nematodes most anytime, this profession is ever changing and continues to keep all of us on our toes.

Just a few weeks ago, Central Texas lost a couple members (LEGENDS) in our association. Jeff Mathis passed away on August 19th. Jeff was the President of C&M Air Cooled Engine and was a huge supporter of CTGCSA. Jeff lived life "LARGE"!  He was a gracious man who contributed to numerous charities and if you were lucky enough to be in his inner circle there was not a better friend in the world.

Just a few days later on August 28th we lost Steve Houser. Steve was simply a farmer and one of the kindest souls you'd ever meet! Steve loved everything about growing something ...... anything! It didn't matter if it was nursery plants, turf grass or vegetables,  Steve could do it all with grace and a big ole smile on his face.
Looking ahead:
October 14th brings cooler weather and a chance for you to show your appreciation to your staff at the crew event hosted by Northern Hills Country Club.
November 4th takes us far south to Brigg's Ranch and bent grass greens for the Annual Toy Drive. We encourage you to bring your General Manager, golf staff or other key personal from your club for this terrific event benefiting a GREAT cause.
December 2nd is our Annual Meeting at Plum Creek where we will elect new officers, earn some ceu's and award the 2019 Scholarship winners. 
Craig Felton

Event Wrap Ups

Our 2019 Superintendent Champion was crowned in June at The Bandit Golf Club. Congratulations to Reagan Olson who fired a super low 71 on a great day at the Bandit. 
Our host Michael Thomas and the entire Bandit staff provided a great day and great hospitality for our group. 

Superintendent Champion Reagan Olson won a nice gift certificate for his 
outstanding round of 71. He also won an entry in to the Texas Trophy. 
Good luck Reagan and represent the CT well!

Gross Division Results
2nd Place   Aaron Clary   74
3rd Place   Wayne Slaton   77

Net Champion was Ryan Olson who carded an impressive 68 to capture the crown.
Ryan will also represent the CTGCSA at the Texas Trophy!

Net Division Results
2nd Place   Anthony Nash   70
3rd Place   Adam Hewitt   74

1st Flight Gross Champion - Scott Robertson   83
Scott also will represent the CTGCSA at the Texas Trophy.

1st Flight Gross Results
2nd   Craig Felton   90
3rd   Fred Larned   93

1st Flight Net Champion - Ramiro Esquivel   75
Ramiro will round out the CTGCSA team at the Texas Trohy

1st Flight Net Results
2nd   Brian Acosta   75
3rd Stephen Karsh   82

Affiliate Flight
Thanks to all of our great affiliate members who participated in the event and
always step up to the plate with their support and sponsorship.

Gross Championship Results
Champ   Matt Cowan   71
2nd Place   Seth Logan   79
3rd Place   Scott Poynot   81

Net Championship Results
Champ   Ryan Brooks   71
2nd   James Windham   72
3rd Daniel McCann   73

Maury Miller was the lucky 50/50 winner. (r) Congrats Maury!

Congrats to happy Scott Poynot who won the affiliate drawing and a round of
golf at Corpus Christi CC!

Top Stories
CTGCSA 2019 Inaugural
Founders Cup
Sponsored by Helena

    Round 2 Results

Round 3 deadline to complete matches: 
September 27!!

Tournament Payouts
1 st = $720.00 team
2 nd = $540.00 team
3 rd = $360.00 team
Consolation winner= $180.00 team

Apple Rock Golf Course Renovation Complete

One of Central Texas' quintessential Hill Country golf experiences, the 18-hole Apple Rock course at the AAA-Four Diamond- and Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award-winning Horseshoe Bay Resort, re-opened signaling the completion of the resort's three-year restoration of all three of its acclaimed Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designs.

The Underdogs of Turf make a comeback

Man's best friend is back - for the 2020 Underdogs of Turf calendar, that is. Presented by  Rain Bird John Deere  and Golfdom, the Underdogs of Turf calendar is back for the third year in a row. The brainchild of Kasey Kauff, director of grounds at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, the calendar pictures dozens of dogs on each page rather than one dog per month.

"It's rewarding to see the Underdogs calendar back in Golfdom, and we couldn't do it without the support of our friends at John Deere, Rain Bird, Kasey Kauff at Trinity Forest and, of course, the many superintendents who submit their dog photos," said Golfdom Publisher Craig MacGregor. "Last year's calendar was a big hit with readers, and we think the 2020 calendar will be even better."

The calendar will be distributed with the December issue of Golfdom. It'll be mailed to 22,000 subscribers across all 50 states. What's more, the 2020 calendar will be larger in size than the 2019 calendar.

"Rain Bird is so excited to be partnering with John Deere and Golfdom to make the Underdogs of Turf Calendar even bigger in 2020," said Matt Corentin, global technological sales manager at Rain Bird Golf. "As most people know, we didn't come with the idea of the dog calendar, just how to make it the best dog calendar in the turf industry by leaving no dog behind."
Golf industry professionals have until Oct. 1 to submit pictures of their hounds, retrievers, terriers and mutts. To submit a photo, visit One lucky dog will be randomly selected by Kauff and Golfdom Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones on Facebook Live to be the 2020 cover model. The chosen dog will be professionally photographed for the calendar.
Upcoming Events

GCSAA News and Updates

EXCEL Leadership Program Funded by Nufarm

The EXCEL Leadership Program offers leadership training for personal, career, and community/industry stewardship for assistant superintendents; the future leaders in the golf course management industry. Applications for the 2020 program are open through Oct. 1.

E - Educating golf industry leaders of tomorrow.
X - Cross-training opportunities so they can share what they have learned.
C - Creating community leaders who serve more than take.
E - Encouraging future leaders through advisory boards and councils.
L - Developing leaders who will mentor others.

The EXCEL Leadership Program features two, two-day education and training sessions and a trip to the annual Golf Industry Show for assistant golf course superintendents. The education and travel for 2020 includes:
  • Golf Industry Show, Jan. 25-30, in Orlando
  • Spring Meeting, TBD, at GCSAA headquarters, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Fall Meeting, TBD
To be considered, a GCSAA Class C member must complete the application and respond to two pre-selected essay questions. Up to eight assistant superintendents will be selected for this opportunity to develop their leadership skills over a three-year period.
Applicants must be:
  • Currently employed as an assistant golf course superintendent within the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) or Canada.
  • A Class C member of GCSAA
  • Able to participate for three full years
  • Not be working for current members of the GCSAA Board of Directors or EIFG Board of Trustees, children of GCSAA or Nufarm staff, or current employees of those organizations
GCSAA has introduced three new membership opportunities to engage golf facilities that have leaner budgets, facilities with multiple GCSAA members, and individuals or groups outside the profession who want to show their support for golf course superintendents.

During the 2019 Annual Meeting, held Feb. 7 at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego, the membership approved bylaws changes to implement Facility Membership, Multi-Member Promotion, and Friend of the Golf Course Superintendent. The efforts aim to support GCSAA's mission of serving its members, advancing the golf course superintendent profession, and enhancing the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf.
The 4 Ts for improving your golf course
without spending a dime

Tasked with doing more with less? A lower budget doesn't have to mean a lower-quality golf course. These no-cost strategies will help you rise to the challenge.

"Do more with less." We've all heard the instruction. It's tossed around so regularly that it can seem like a fad. It often precedes notification from a board member that your budget has been cut, or a rant from a superintendent who is dealing with shrinking resources. 

2019 Annual Sponsors