September 2015 Newsletter

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Hats off to Thornhill G &CC for OTRF fundraiser!

As in any charity, our existence is all about raising money for a worthy cause and such is the case with the OTRF. Our mission to support the scientific research of turf for the advancement of the turf industry is contingent on successful fundraising. Annually the OTRF, with sponsorship from the turfgrass industry, raise a significant portion of research money in a one of a kind industry golf tournament. As this year’s host club, Thornhill G & CC provided a spectacular venue for this annual fundraising event, providing a challenging course for the participants and firstrate service from their entire staff. A successful tournament also depends on the regular attendance of our faithful golfers who come out every year to support our event. Attending new this year, we had golfers who travelled from Manitoba, Alberta and Philadelphia such as Joe Chartrand of Brett Young in Manitoba, who shot an amazing 355 yard drive to win Bayer’s longest drive contest. John Gallinger from Meadowbrook G & CC impressed the field with his hole in one shot and without a doubt, won Zander Sod’s closest to the pin contest and Greenhorizon Sod’s longest drive contest. The Corrie Almack team of Mike Dermott with brothers Brad and Rob Bell took home the 4 man better ball team award. The OTRF draws a number of excellent golfers who all enjoyed a day out with their colleagues in the industry raising $42,000 for turfgrass research.

The OTRF’s fundraising pool is also dependent on its annual contribution from industry professional associations. The Ontario Golf Superintendents Association showed their support by presenting a cheque for $20,000 from their membership at the tournament banquet. Similarly, the Golf Association of Ontario donated $15,000 on behalf of their members. Together with the tournament profits, these donations will go towards the OTRF’s commitment of $140,000 in turfgrass research grants this year. Dr. Brenda Nailor presented the banquet audience with depiction on how the money we raise and then invest in turfgrass research sustains the turfgrass industry. Using graphic photos, Dr. Nailor showed that without ongoing research, golf courses, home lawns and sports fields will not be able to maintain the condition of grass that we take for granted now, in the future. Research projects the OTRF is investing in include, work on biological controls for dandelions and dollar spot disease using beneficial microbes isolated from corn. As governments and regulating agencies put more pressure on reducing and eliminating chemical inputs, control products that use natural ingredients will be in high demand. Sports field managers will be interested in the results of a study the OTRF is funding at Olds College in Alberta that will validate the use and rate of application of compost and compost teas on highly worn in use turfgrass sports fields. The OTRF Board of Directors would like to thank, along with the people who registered to golf in the fundraising event, the many sponsors who helped make the day a success Click here to see our tee sponsors. ¬†Join us in August 15th next year at Mississauga Golf & Country Club.

OTRF Past – Treasurer, John Wright ¬†passed away in August. John was our Treasurer for a number of years and and an advocator for turfgrass research and it’s role in preserving our green space for our future generations . He was a founding member of Landscape Ontario and Chair of the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation. A man of many great ideas but also a “doer”, contributing to our foundation on many levels. Join us in our condolences to his family.

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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.