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  • June 10, 2020 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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

  • March 30, 2020 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for our webinar series last week! Whether it was the golf, sports, or lawn and landscape session, we had great turn out and some valuable conversations.

    Each webinar last week was recorded, and we now have them posted on our YouTube channel:

    3/25 Golf Session: Click here
    3/26 Sports Session: Click here
    3/27 Lawn and Landscape Session:  Click here

    Because we had such a great turnout last week, we have decided to hold each one of these webinars WEEKLY (previously we had planned for the Sports, and Lawn and Landscape webinars to be held every other week).

    The links for each webinar this week will be the same, but are again listed below for your convenience. Additionally, we have even secured guests for each session this week.

    • Sports Turf – 10am Thurs, Apr 2 – Dr. Bill Kreuser joins us to discuss growth management on sports turf including plant growth regulators:
    • Lawn and Landscape – 10am Fri, Apr 3 – Dr. Matt Ellmore answers weed management questions like “what if I don’t apply a Pre-emergent this year?”:

    Carl Schimenti
    Cornell Turf Research Program Manager
    School of Integrative Plant Sciences
    Cornell University  |

  • March 26, 2020 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our members had been contacted by the Centerville/Osterville/Marstons Mills Fire department on behalf of all Cape fire departments. They are looking for any safety equipment the golf course or anyone may have that can be donated to their local fire departments.

    They are in desperate need of:

    • N95 Dust masks
    • Surgical masks
    • Tyvek spray suits
    • Eye protection

    If you have any of these items, please call your local fire department to see where things can be dropped off. Any questions please email Lt. Gordon Williams,  

  • January 20, 2020 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod met on Thursday, December 12, 2019 for the Annual Meeting at The Brookside Club.  Below is a recap of the meeting.

    GCSACC Board of Directors for 2020
    President:        David Stott
    Vice President:        Kurt Calderwood
    Secretary:        Ed Gianni, CGCS
    Treasurer:        Peter Lanman
    Director:        Scott Gilmore
    Director:        Rene Vadeboncoeur    
    Affiliate Director:     John Bresnahan
    Past President:        Brian Smoot

    We also gave out many awards at this meeting.  We had two 50 year members - Norman Mucciarone, Jack Nugnes, CGCS.  Our newly retired members were Jeff Carlson, CGCS; Steve Carr, Bucky Hall.

    We thanked our meeting hosts with a gift.

    January – Ben Whiting
    April - Kurt Calderwood
    May-S&R Tournament – Dana Hancock
    June – Scott Nickerson and Chris Tufts
    August – Will Stearns
    September – Scott Gilmore and Josh Lyon
    October – Joe Felicetti
    November – Dan Read
    December – Joe Deely

    GCSACC also awarded members with 15 and 25 year pins.

    15 year pins:
    Mike Cummings
    Jim Fitzroy
    Rodney Hine
    Dr. Nathaniel Mitkowski
    Sean Oberly
    Mark Pendergast
    Dr. W. Michael Sullivan
    Alden Tallman
    Alan Vadala
    Ryan Walsh
    Chuck Welch

    25 year pins:
    Mike Cornicelli
    Shawn Fernandez
    Paul Heher
    Joe Lazaro

    GCSACC would also like to thank everyone who donated towards the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse.  We were able to make a donation of $310.

  • August 27, 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation has been funding research now more than 20 years with more than $2.5 Million in funds spent as of 2019.  Currently, the foundation has 8 projects being funded for 2019 that amount to $135,131.00.  Since the start of this initiative, 86 projects have been funded by the foundation.  Some are multi-year projects, and some are just for a one-year duration.  Even though we are extremely proud of these numbers, it is by no means all the research that is ongoing at local universities.  By making your way to a university field day, you will gain a greater understanding of the whole picture and what our New England schools mean to our industry.  Here are some quick explanations of what is being funded by the foundation and researched during the growing season of 2019.

    1.    Solvita™ Soil Test Kits to Categorize Golf Course Fairway Responsiveness to N Fertilization.  Dr. Karl Guillard of UConn has been working on this subject for the last 3 years and will soon be completed.  This funding is partial funding of a larger project of the same name with the USGA focusing on fairway turf which is the largest part of a golf course’s fertilization program.  Using this method of testing could assist superintendents to adjust N-fertilization amounts depending on the response expected which can have positive benefits on their budgets and the environment.

    2.    Evaluation of Fairway Rolling Frequency, Rolling Start Time, and Thatch Accumulation for Control of Dollar Spot.  Dr. Geunhwa Jung of UMass had conducted research to exam the potential of rolling for Dollar Spot control which resulted in a 40-60% reduction.  This project is an expansion of that original research using rolling techniques to benefit Dollar Spot control efforts.  This research will further evaluate rolling frequency, determine a seasonal start time and investigate the influence that rolling may have on thatch accumulation due to a compression effect.   With all the money spent controlling Dollar Spot each year, looking outside the box and identifying steps that show reductions is a welcomed sight.  This project is going beyond 2019 and data collection will be completed in the fall of 2020.

    3.    SDHI Resistance in Dollar Spot, Development of Management Strategies and Detection Testing.  Dr. Jung had confirmed SDHI resistance of Dollar Spot in New England in 2017.  This project will determine the extent of cross-resistance of SDHIs, determine practical recommendations to combat resistance, monitor changes in resistance and then to develop a diagnostic test to determine resistance type.  The SDHI fungicide class is the largest class of fungicides on the market.  Six of eight active ingredients are labeled for dollar spot, understanding the fate of an application and the potential resistance would be critical to a superintendent.

    4.    The Effect of Turfgrass Seed Mixtures, Seeding Rate and Mowing Timing on Weed Productions in Establishing Pesticide-Free Athletic Fields and Lawn Areas, Dr. Jason Henderson and Ms. Vickie Wallace of UConn are nearing the end of this 2-year project.  Due to the growing number of restrictions on athletic fields associated with youth sports, this project addresses the topics within establishment to reduce weeds on pesticide free athletic fields and home lawns.  Determining factors like seed mixtures, seeding rates and mower timing all could affect an acceptable outcome and better conditions for youth to play on.   

    5.    Evaluation of Wildflowers and Trap Nests to Increase Forage and Habitat for Bee’s around New England Golf Courses.  Dr. Steve Alm, URI recently submitted this project for three years.  The long-term objective is to recruit golf courses into helping local bee populations recover from the recent declines in populations by creating available pollinator habitats, shelters and minimizing the negative effects of pesticides.  Golf courses and especially those that have out of play areas will be encouraged to establish bee forage plantings, install trap nests to help bees establish colonies on the property, and evaluate insecticide choices to minimize adverse effects on populations.  One of the outcomes Steve hopes to make available will be a seminar introducing beekeeping to golf courses.  

    6.    Earthworm Species, Seasonal Phenology and Effect of Wetting Agents on Earthworm Castings and Abundance on New England Golf Courses.  Dr. Olga Kostromystka, newly appointed professor at UMass submitted this project for funding for two years.  Most superintendents recognize the goodness to the soil ecosystem and the nuisance to the playing surfaces of earthworm populations.  More knowledge is needed to understand the habits of earthworms and the use of registered products with possible benefits that can help prevent worm castings on the surface.  Wetting agents have shown some promise but more information is needed.

    7.    Exploring Methods to Enhance Biocontrol of Turfgrass Diseases.  Dr. John Inguagiato of UConn submitted this proposal in 2019 for two years.  The idea of expanding biocontrol management of turfgrass diseases would greatly benefit places such as schools where they have band the use of pesticides.  Sports turf also uses loads of Perennial Ryegrass which is susceptible to Gray Leaf Spot.  It would be an objective to identify a product that could be used in this capacity and be permissible on restricted space.  John is also communicating with Dr. Joseph Roberts at the University of Maryland.

    8.    Comparing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Microbial Populations from Turfgrass Fertilized with Slow-release Synthetic Fertilizer or an Organic Fertilizer.  Dr. Karl Guillard, UConn, submitted this two-year study in 2019.  There is much speculation and differences of opinion of benefits of organic versus slow release synthetic fertilizers to the environment.  Questions concerning soil microbe populations and the status of greenhouse gas emissions will be measured to clear up this speculation.  

    These eight ongoing projects as well as the final chapter’s preparation of the BMP project, which are expected to be finished this summer, may increase the total funding for 2019 to $165,131.00.  If you have any questions about any of the research being presently done, please feel free to communicate with these researchers. 

    There is much going on, and we compliment everyone involved for their hard work and dedication. 
    Thank you,
    Gary J. Sykes, Executive Director  

  • August 07, 2019 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Massachusetts Winter School for Turf Managers

    Winter School students participate in a grass ID lab. The UMass Winter School for Turf Managers is a certificate program designed to convey concepts essential to maintaining high quality turf, with emphasis on environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility. This comprehensive, dynamic short course is especially suited for experienced professionals associated with the management of golf courses, athletic fields, parks, municipal and private grounds, fine lawns and landscapes.

    Winter School is an excellent choice for practitioners who seek to expand their knowledge and practical skills. The program is also uniquely suited for those who want to advance in their career, but cannot schedule a two- or four-year program, as well as career changers who want to enter the field of turf management.

    Students are immersed in an intensive, full-time program scheduled Monday through Friday for six weeks. Classes are scheduled: Mon-Th 8 AM - 5 PM, and Fri 8 AM - noon. This schedule is designed to accommodate weekend commuters who may want to stay in the Amherst area Monday through Thursday evenings but head home on the weekends. Some area hotels offer special accommodation and rate packages for UMass Winter School students.

    UMass Amherst faculty and distinguished guests lead a combination of classroom, laboratory, group project and discussion activities. Close-knit classes offer an opportunity to learn from the experiences of fellow students and to form relationships that will last a lifetime.

    Mary Owen teaches at Winter School. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the program requirements. A high school diploma or GED is required for admission.

    Pesticide recertification contact hours will be offered for all New England states, and 20.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.

    The Winter School 2020 session dates are January 6 - February 14, 2020.
    Application review will begin in early September, 2019.

    The application deadline for U.S. applicants is November 1, 2019.  Late applications may be accepted pending availability of seats.

    The application deadline for international applicants is September 13, 2020, to allow time for visa processing.

    For more information and to apply, visit

  • March 25, 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We thought this article about Glyphosate alternatives in landscapes might be of interest to our members.

    Please click here to read full article

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