18th Annual Golf Course Property Manager's Conference


November 25th – 27th, 2012 Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Canmore, AB

A professional development program for those Involved in the management of golf courses including:

Golf Course Managers Turf Equipment Technicians Golf Course Horticulturists

For registration information call the AGSA office at (403) 912-0130

or fax (403) 948-9527

E-mail:  agsa@shaw.ca

Speaker’s Biographies

Kolby Beaton – Kolby is currently one of the Assistant Superintendents at Pinebrook Golf & C.C. in Calgary. He has 18 years of golf course experience having previously worked at Country Hills in Calgary, Bathurst Glen in Richmond Hill, ON and Gormley Greens in Stouffville, ON. He will be sharing his US Open volunteer experience with Albert Wong. They will discuss the volunteer process, volunteer benefits, championship week and The Olympic Club.

James Duthie - One of the most talented and funniest stars in Canadian media today, James Duthie is the host of TSN's extensive NHL coverage, including the award-winning NHL on TSN. He was also the daytime host of CTV's highly acclaimed 2010 Olympic coverage, and the host for CTV's coverage of Team Canada's historic gold medal hockey run. In his time at TSN, he has also hosted NBA, CFL, NFL, PGA Golf, and Sportscentre. Duthie is also the author of two best-selling books: The Day I Almost Killed Two Gretzkys and other off-the-wall stories about sports and life and They Call Me Killer, stories from coaching legend Brian Kilrea. James has now won 3 straight Gemini Awards as Canada's Best Sports Broadcaster, and was recently honoured with the prestigious Sports Media Canada Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. His topic ‘Keeping the Balance’ will offer his thoughts on understanding and recognizing the importance of maintaining a healthy balance to our busy lives. He will give us his insight into ‘letting go’, being effective, and taking time away to be better at our jobs on a more consistent basis.

Dr. Kevin Frank – Kevin is an associate professor at Michigan State University. His research interests include turfgrass nutrition and fertilizer programming, nitrogen and phosphorus fate, winterkill prevention and irrigation programming. Kevin will be doing a 4-hour seminar on Sunday discussing cool season turfgrass nutrition, fertilizers and programming. He will also do a talk on Monday on irrigation strategies for creeping bentgrass. Research was conducted at MSU that compared different strategies to schedule irrigation to a USGA specification creeping bentgrass green and the results may surprise you.

Corinne Hannah – Corinne is a graduate of Olds College and has been with the Calgary Zoo in various capacities since 2002. She coordinated the Alberta Perennial Trial project for 7 years and is currently the Horticulturist at the Zoo. Over 5,000 perennials, shrubs and trees have been added to the Dorothy Harvie Gardens and her presentation will include information and images on recent picks and pans according to the Calgary Zoo gardeners.

Gord Koch – Gord is an instructor at the Olds College School of Environment and is in his 12th year delivering courses in the management, design and implementation of traditional and sustainable landscape applications. Gord will be discussing living walls. Learn about the benefits and challenges of living wall installation / maintenance and the types of systems and materials available when considering a living wall project.

Eddie Konrad – Eddie started working as the Head Mechanic of the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto in 1986 and worked there until he retired in 2008. He is currently a contract professor at Seneca College in Ontario teaching Reel Technology and gives seminars in Canada and Europe at Turfgrass conferences. He also writes the Mechanic’s corner for the CGSA magazine Greenmaster. Eddie’s all day seminar for the equipment technicians titled ‘Let’s Get Electrified’ will focus on all aspects of electrical needs for equipment managers.

Philip Massier – Philip has been involved in Pesticide Management since 1985. He is currently the owner of Bullseye Environmental Ltd., a commercial pesticide application business specializing in Industrial Weed Control and Applicator Training. Philip will be offering the 4 hour seminar on Sunday focusing on a review of Pesticide Legislation Information.

Matt Nelson – Matt is international marketing manager for Grigg Brothers Foliar Fertilizers, an independent agronomist and golf design consultant, co-owner of Magic Valley Bentgrass and an executive with Rocky Mountain Golf Services. Matt will be discussing putting green renovation including construction methodology, agronomy, design and project timing.

Dale Miller – Dale has over 30+ years experience in the turf industry and has been a Superintendent / Director of Agronomy at several properties in Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Nevada. He is currently the National Turf Agronomist for Redox Turf covering courses in the US, Canada, Europe and China. His discussion will start with old and new fertility tchnology, chemical, soil, water and nutrient basics… all as they influence fertility management and efficiency. He will then move into soil / water analysis, and will discuss options, programs and products that provide solutions to fertility challenges.

Scott Niven, CGCS – Scott has been a Superintendent for 33 years and a Certified Golf Course Superintendent for the past 27 years. He is currently the Property Manager at Stanwich Club in Greenwich, CT. Scott will be discussing how to re-grass Poa annua greens with bentgrass washed sod in a 3 week time span. He will include all steps as well as details on how to keep the new bentgrass Poa annua free as well as maintenance highlights for the first 3 years.

Dwayne Neustaeter – Dwayne is president, curriculum programmer and lead instructor of Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd. Dwayne has over 20 years experience in tree care and related industries. His session will explain and explore what trees need to establish, survive and thrive in the golf course environment and look at practical ways to improve planting practices and quality tree selection.

Jason Pick – Jason has spent 25 years in golf course maintenance. He is a former Superintendent and currently an instructor of diploma and degree programs at Olds College. He is a Director of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association. Jason will be discussing golf course employee retention techniques, particularly in Alberta.

Derf Soller – Derf is completing his 5th year as an Agronomist for the Northwest Region of the United States Golf Association Green Section. He has over 20 years of experience in golf course maintenance and has completed construction, grow in and maintenance of two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses. Derf will recap findings and observations of his last year’s Turf Advisory Service (TAS) visits and also share information from two 2012 USGA Championships; the Amateur Public Links Championship held at Soldier Hollow Golf Course, Midway, UT and the U.S. Amateur, held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Aurora, Colorado.

Marie Thorne – Marie has been involved in the golf industry for over 30 years and currently holds the position of Senior Turf Specialist for Syngenta Crop Protection. She is a familiar face to golf course Superintendents across Canada, and is a member of the CGSA Environmental Committee. Her presentation will focus primarily on snow mold fungicide applications, what happens after you apply them, and the environmental factors that influence efficacy.

Albert Wong – Albert is currently an Assistant Superintendent at Pinebrook Golf & C.C. in Calgary. He has spent 14 seasons on golf courses all in the Calgary area – Glencoe Golf & C.C., Calgary Golf & C.C. and Bearspaw Country Club. He has an Olds College Turf Diploma and a University of Massachusetts turf management certificate. He will be presenting with Kolby Beaton – discussing their US Open volunteer experiences including the benefits of volunteering, the volunteer process, championship week and the Olympic Club.

Geoff Wood – Geoff has been with Ball Horticultural Company sales in Alberta for 12 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. He will be  resenting on new annual flowering plants for the landscape as well as organic versus synthetic fertilizer use in horticulture.