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  • November 16, 2020 2:03 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Fall greetings to everyone.  I am sure many of you are awfully glad to have the summer of 2020 behind you.  Some of the driest conditions in more than 25 years affected many areas of the northeast.   Golf on the other hand has had some of its highest numbers in years because of the pandemic.  This has added to maintenance challenges but resulted with some clubs being in a better place financially.  With all these challenges, a determination of cutting out a trade show for our 24th conference and show had to be made and was the last thing we wanted to do.  We have spent lots of time discussing alternatives, if we could hold it, if the convention center opened, if restrictions were eased, if attendees would support it, if exhibitors would come, if the hotels would be open, if, if, if, if, if,…… just too many ifs.

    The decision was made so to give the foundation a chance to focus efforts on preparation on a virtual conference.  This made sense and helped to bridge the gap of the uncertainty of the pandemic.  So, we announced that we would attempt a two-day program of one-day of turf seminars and a day of education on shorter subjects.  We are planning to offer credits, to cover a lot of subjects, and to draw on the local and national turf experts to ensure the highest quality of education program we could construct.  We have had lots of discussion over how it will be offered.  We have decided that using Zoom would fill our needs.  So, the new plan is to bring our education conference to you via Zoom, into your office or to your home, or wherever you might be the first week of March of 2021.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and will find the education line-up will be valuable to your efforts and by participating you will not miss a beat!  This virtual event will not be the new normal, but just a needed adaptation in a challenging time for 2021

    Please watch for a “Save the Date” postcard coming out in the next few weeks.  That will give you some of the information to put on your calendar.  We then hope to communicate to you the full program, the pricing and other things pertaining to your participation.  A brochure will be out and our website will be updated in early December.  Online registration will open December 15th.  We will have several seminars including a 2-hr. Sports Turf seminar on Tuesday, March 2.  Seminars will be 1-4 hrs. in length and include credits if warranted.  We will then offer a full day of education on Wednesday, March 3 just like we do at the show.  These topics will be ½ or 1hr in length with 4 tracts planned: Golf, Sports Turf and Grounds, Lawn Care/Landscape and Equipment Technicians.  Again, we will be offering credits for recertification in the Turf Industry for all New England States.  We are also planning an online silent auction for Research!  We are excited to bring to our attendees’ great speakers, important topics, fair prices, and easy access.  Keep an eye on your mailbox soon!   

    Gary Sykes, Executive Director

  • November 16, 2020 2:02 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    In this article, Kevin shares his conversation with GCSACC Member Bruce McIntyre on his experiences switching to organic golf course maintenance.

    Click here to read article

  • November 06, 2020 10:57 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Updated Golf Facility Guidance
    Effective November 6, 2020

    The updated golf facility guidance was posted at 8 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

    The two major updates are:

    • early facility closure (9:30pm-5am)
    • mandatory face coverings for all customers and workers

    Click here to read the full guidance

  • September 14, 2020 2:07 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Many of you know the significance that the battle of Gettysburg had on the outcome of the Civil War.  Without that win for the Union Army, the war could have turned majorly in favor of the South.  Some of you may know what Joshua Chamberlain’s role in the battle was too.   Historians have focused on the 2nd Maine Regiment in the battle and have determined that if the Maine Regiment had failed in its assignment to protect the left flank of the Union Line, then that battle could have gone to the Confederate Army.  Fortunately, they held, even as they were outnumbered, even though the ran out of ammunition, even though they charged the confederates with empty guns with fixed bayonets while they were being fired upon.  When things were down and out, the Maine 2nd Regiment commanded by 34-year old Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain and many other heroes dug in to face their greatest fears, then ran out of ammunition, then stood up, fixed their bayonets, and charged against all odds at the firing confederates.  This startled the enemy and they retreated.  At first, they held and then advanced their flank which allowed the rest of the battle to go in favor of the Union Army.  Without their efforts, history could have been quite different.

    The civil war was an ugly time for our country.  Stories like this gives us insight that even when all odds may be against you, heroic actions, some may call miracles, are possible and can occur.  No doubt there were heroes on both sides of the line that sacrificed all that they had for their families, comrades, and leaders.  We must never forget them, especially that 2nd Maine Regiment!

    Recently, we have found ourselves amidst tough times.  Today the enemy is much different, but it has certainly disrupted the lives of citizens all across our country and world.  Businesses, schools, sports, churches and beaches all are struggling in their own way.  It looks like it is going to affect even our conference and show for 2021 to the point that we believe a physical trade show will not be possible.  The foundation’s board has been contemplating what we could do as we approached the time to make this major decision.  Our analysis tells us that even though we cannot host the displays of products and machinery, that we could still partially service our industry by hosting a virtual conference.  

    What exactly is a virtual conference?  In our minds it will take the form of hosted education program on a webinar on a meeting software platform like Zoom.  Attendees could watch the presentations from their home or office.  The schedule would be practically the same as we have had in Providence.  Our plans are to do one day of seminars and only one day of education sessions.  Education sessions would include: Golf, Sports Turf/Grounds, Lawn Care/Landscape and Equipment Technicians.  We plan to hold it on the same dates we had scheduled for our show for 2021.  Seminars will be held on Tuesday, March 2, and education sessions on Wednesday, March 3.  We would offer pesticide credits for applicable seminars and sessions for those who attended.  This means you would get a passcode to get into the session or seminar.  The Foundation would be able to monitor your computer to know that you have logged in.  To receive credit, you must stay logged on until the end of the full session or seminar.  Only those registered will be permitted to enter the session or seminar.   It will be different, but we believe it will work.  It will allow attendees to learn, stay up to date and to also service their pesticide credit needs.  An important benefit, as you prepare for a new growing season, will be having new information that could be critical for your success.  As in other worldwide crisis’ major adjustments have had to be made during critical times.  World War II comes to mind as so many were affected by the challenges they faced.  We look forward to a time when we can get back to more normal times and activities.  We hope you will take advantage of what we have to offer and plan to attend even remotely.

    FYI, currently, the RI Convention Center is set up as a 600 Bed Corona Virus Hospital and is under contract to later this fall.  The state of Rhode Island has two of these facilities ready to service the community if virus numbers become worse and overload the regular hospitals.  We all hope these hospitals will stay empty.  It is most likely that one of these facilities will close by October 15th so long as the virus seems not to be furthering its advancement.  We don’t know which facility will return to normal activity.  The remaining one will be contracted until May 2021.  Once the convention center is returned to the convention authority, then it will take about 2 months to get it up and running again.  A second challenge includes our governor’s state restrictions.  Currently, we can only host a maximum of 25 people/room at one time.  This may change or it may not.  If this doesn’t change, our education program, not to mention our trade show would be a great challenge using multiple rooms and increased spacing.  These restrictions also affect the hotels and restaurants in the area, some are closed and others struggling to stay open.  A big question would be if attendees would be enthusiastic about gathering at this point.  There are many tough questions yet to be answered.  So, as you can see, the board members were faced with hard decisions.  They decided to act quickly and voted to cancel the trade show and avoid the issue of making people stay over in Providence. 

    We hope you’ll understand and move forward with us when we host the 24th annual, but our 1st, New England Regional Turfgrass Virtual Conference on March 2nd & 3rd.  More information will be soon to follow….stay tuned!

    Gary Sykes, Executive Director
    New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, Inc.

  • September 03, 2020 3:12 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show will be a virtual event for 2021.  The dates of the event will be March 2 & 3, 2021.

    Please click here to read more about this virtual event.

  • August 19, 2020 11:26 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    We wanted to update you on the status of the GCSACC Scholarship & Research Tournament that was scheduled for October 21, 2020 at Woods Hole Golf Club.  Unfortunately, we are canceling the event for this year.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the uncertainty of running a successful tournament, we had to make this difficult decision.

    We will still be giving out scholarships to students.  The deadline to submit an application is November 2nd.  Click here for more information.

    If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship & Research Fund, you can mail a check to GCSACC, c/o Julie Heston, PO Box 603, North Scituate, RI 02857.  If you would like to make a donation with a credit card, please contact Julie Heston (401) 934-7660 or

    You can also support the S&R Fund by participating in the Year-Long Raffle Sponsorship.  Click here for more details.

    Thank you,

    GCSACC Board of Directors
    Joe Felicetti, Scholarship & Research Chairman

  • June 10, 2020 9:29 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The GCSACC Scholarship applications are usually due on July 1st.  Since the Scholarship & Research Tournament has been rescheduled to October 21st, we have moved the deadline for scholarship applications to November 2nd.

    To find out more information on the scholarship application process, please click on the link below.

    Click here for scholarship information

  • May 25, 2020 3:20 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The FAQ page was updated late last night and now includes language on the single-rider carts (same household) as well as some clarifying language on F&B take-out services (no on premise consumption).  Listed under "Other."

    Click her for Updated FAQ

  • April 03, 2020 10:37 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Click here to find an informational bulletin and update on the treatment of Pesticide Examinations during the current COVID-19 State of Emergency.

    Please also note that the UMASS Pesticide Education Program (PEP) workshop are also postponed. To check on the status of UMass Extension workshops please visit the website at

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