This year’s Fall Education was held at one of the premier resort courses in our area, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. It marks the second year in a row we have held an event at La Costa and I have a feeling the trend may continue. First and foremost the association would like to thank Paul Brown, the Director of Golf Maintenance, for hosting us on the Legend Course for the event. The course was in spectacular shape and was a real treat for our members and their guests. We would also like to thank the rest of the La Costa event staff for helping out with the event. They did a great job coordinating the event and everything went seamlessly.
For this year’s event the board of directors wanted to bring in an expert in the world of turf management to speak at our event. We were fortunate to have Dr. Joe Vargas, from Michigan State University as our keynote speaker. Dr. Vargas has published three books, written over 300 published articles, and presented on numerous topics over 1000 times. He is a regular presenter at the GIS, and has been a professor at Michigan State University for….well let’s just say he is very experienced! He has spend a large portion of his career traveling the world studying Poa Annua, a species that is very near and dear to all of us in the So Cal area. A special thanks needs to be extended to Jim Davis with Harrell’s who helped coordinate and fund a portion of Dr. Vargas’s trip to San Diego. Thanks again Jim! Our second group of speakers for the event were Rocio Lara, and Colleen Carr from the County Department of Pesticide Regulations. The association would like to extend our gratitude for their participation in the event. The information they presented is very valuable to our members and is always a great refresher on the current laws and regulations.
The golf portion of the event was a two man scramble. The winning score for the event was -6 which was carded by two teams. Matt Partridge and Brad Baker, as well as, Jon Kelly and Jon Kelly. The team of Matt Partridge and Brad Baker won in a card off, with team Jon Kelly taking second place. During the event there were also a few skins awarded as well as long drive and closest to the pin. Our next event is the Scholarship and Research Tournament at The Crosby, hosted by Mark Licon. We look forward to another great event.