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September 2013

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Tournament Day at St. Georges Golf Club

On Monday, September 9th, the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation held its annual fundraising golf tournament at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke and what a terrific day this turned out to be. From the moment participants arrived they were treated to first class service from the historic and highly regarded club. Golf Course Superintendent Keith Bartlett and his staff had the course in stellar condition as players enjoyed one of the finest layouts in the country. The level of service in the clubhouse and from the Pro Shop was equally impressive as a great day of golf turned into a great evening of camaraderie amongst industry peers.   Of course a day like this would not be possible without the help of our many generous sponsors, not the least of which are our platinum sponsors, Green Horizons, Turf Care and Bayer. The goal of this event, as always, is to raise money for turfgrass research. With the help of generous donations from the Golf Association of Ontario, the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association, the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation, as well as the support of all those who attended the event, the OTRF was able to make this one of the most successful tournaments in recent memory.
The OTRF board wishes to thank the great staff at St. George’s, our generous sponsors and, of course, all the participants, this truly was a wonderful day in support of turfgrass research.
Check out the tournament page for event pictures and list of sponsors

New OTRF President and Board

The OTRF would like to welcome and congratulate our new president Dave Smith. Dave has been a fixture in the turf industry for over 30 years. He is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGSA), a Registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag), and an Ontario Certified Horticulturalist. After several years as a superintendent at multiple properties, Dave is well known now for his consulting business, DCS Agronomic Services. Dave had this to say about his new role with the OTRF:
In my tenure as President, we need to focus on our mission statement which defines us as ‘directing and promoting research for the benefit of the turfgrass industry and the general public.'”
The OTRF is very fortunate to have an individual with his expertise and experience in the turf industry at the helm. The OTRF would also like to welcome our newest board members;Jim Melvin, PMA Landscape ArchitectsDiane Squires, SmithValeriote LLPMike Van Beek, former Seneca College Golf Course Technician InstructorAlexander  Dickie, Turf Services Manager, Zander Sod.

These individuals collectively bring a unique and diverse background to our foundation and will no doubt be great assets as we move forward. One final change to note with the Board is with the Research Chair position, as Corrie Almack, Almack Agronomics, hands over the reins to Dr. Brenda Nailor, Nailor Consulting. Dr. Nailor, who has been on the Board for a few years now, has a wealth of knowledge in turfgrass research. She has a Doctorate in Plant Pathology and specializes in regulatory and pest management consulting for the plant science industry


OTRF Annual General Meeting

In June, the OTRF held its annual AGM, followed by a BBQ lunch on the GTI patio. The OTRF Board as well as members attended and had the opportunity to play a round of golf at the Victoria Park Valley golf course afterward. Many thanks go out to the DeCorso family and host superintendent Jason Sewell, as well as the OTRF members who participated

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The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundationis a volunteer board of professionals of the turfgrass industry dedicated to the future of turf research. Their objectives are to support the scientific research of turf culture for the advancement of the turfgrass industry.