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ENCTA Meeting – October 14, 2014

NEXT MEETING:
2014 Coastal Cup
Cape Fear vs. ENCTA
Tuesday October 14, 2014
Cypress Landing Golf Club
Chocowinity, NC
Host: Stanley Elliott, CGCS
9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM Shotgun – Format: 18 hole team and single matches: Each match is worth one point. Halved matches will count as half point per team.

Box lunches will be provided.

Cost: $40 per person.

For information: Please contact Chris Pearson at 919-795-2649.

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ENCTA’s President Newsletter – October, 2014

ENCTA Members and Colleagues,

Late summer as everyone knows in the golf course management industry is a time when we must focus most of our effects and energy on the responsibilities at our respective golf courses. Those who manage bentgrass greens are counting the down the days until they can aerify and have consistent 60-degree nights while those of us who manage ultradwarf bermudagrass greens have plenty to do with the cultural practices that go along with our management.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Bill Sutton Scholarship is Cassidy Willoughby, who is the daughter of ENCTA past President Richard Williams, who passed away in 2012; and the niece of ENCTA board member Brian Williams. Cassidy graduated in June from South Lenoir High School. She had an overall cumulative GPA of 4.7 and was in the top 5 of her class. Cassidy will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill, where she will be majoring in Biology.

July gave the members of ENCTA and their families an opportunity to get together after hours at a Wilson Tobs baseball game. Dale Edmonds with the City of Wilson hosted the July meeting and Vandemark Sod Farms sponsored the event. Rob Woods with Wayne Community College grilled a fabulous brisket that everyone enjoyed. Buckley Brockmann, Vice President of ENCTA, son Dash threw out the first pitch of the game and Cassidy Willoughby, daughter of the late ENCTA President Richard Williams, was presented with the Bill Sutton Scholarship before the rained out game. The food, attendance and organization were exceptional; except for the monsoon that washed out the game.

Our August meeting will be at the Emerald Golf Club in New Bern. Phil Kilmer will host the meeting on August 21st and a representative from the Carolina Golf Association will be our speaker and he will be speaking on “How to Mark Your Golf Course”. This should be very informative topic for Golf Course Superintendents. I am sure Phil cannot wait to show off his new Champion bermuda greens.

On September 18th we will travel to The Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation where Dr. Leon Lucas will give us a presentation on what he has seen in his travels this summer in the Carolinas. Dr. Lucas will be retiring at the end of the year and this will be a great opportunity to wish him the best with your attendance. We all would like to think Dr. Lucas for every thing that he has done for us throughout the years. Michael Horton will be host and will have the course in fabulous condition and the greens should be rolling great for the Annual ENCTA Championship.

The ENCTA board of governors is so thankful for the support that we have received from our many sponsors this year. We all look forward to the summer winding down and everyone’s stress levels getting back to normal. Please let us know if there is anything that the association can do to better. We would like to invite all of our members to our next few meetings. Please visit our website at www.encta.org and our Facebook page for more dates and information on our 2014 schedule.

Stanley Elliott, CGCS
ENCTA President
Cypress Landing Golf Club
252-378-5743

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ENCTA Meeting – September 18, 2014

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday September 18th
The Sound Golf Links @ Albemarle Plantation
Hertford, NC
Speaker: Dr. Leon Lucas
Topic: What We Saw In The Summer Of 2014?
Host: Michael Horton
9:30 AM Registration: $20.00 for the meeting and lunch; $20.00 for golf. Or $40
both (Please call ahead or use e-vite; we need an accurate head count)
10:00 AM Guest Speaker: Dr. Leon Lucas

1 Pesticide credit available

GCSAA credits are applied for

11:00 AM Lunch – Golf will follow
ENCTA MEMBERS CHAMPIONSHOP GOLF TOURNMENT

CURRENT MEMBERS ARE ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR GOLF PRIZES

Please call Southern Seeds by Friday, September 12th at 1-800-682-1102; so we can make adequate accommodation or use e-vite to inform us that you are coming; but do not use both.

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ENCTA In The News

Cypress Landing Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Published 7:44pm Wednesday, August 13, 2014

From Audobon International

CHOCOWINITY – Cypress Landing Golf Club has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“Cypress Landing Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Doug Bechtel, executive director of Audubon International.

Cypress Landing Golf Club is one of 18 courses in North Carolina and 902 courses in the world to receive the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2011. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every two years.

This year the recertification process, coordinated by Stanley Elliott, CGCS, Golf Course Superintendent of Cypress Landing Golf Club, Stan Cohen, Audubon Advisory Chair, and many volunteers from Cypress Landing, required a visit by a local community representative. Jacob Searcy of North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Services was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International. “Cypress Landing Golf Club and the surrounding community have made great efforts to make the golf course a desirable place for both golfers and wildlife,” reported Searcy. “Cypress Landing serves as a fine model for other Eastern North Carolina golf courses to imitate.”

“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Bechtel. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”

About Audubon International

Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.

For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, 518-767-9051, e-mail at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.

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ENCTA Meeting – August 21, 2014

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday August 21st
Emerald Golf Club
New Bern, NC
Speaker: Andy Priest, Carolina Golf Association (Director of Championships & Association Operations)
Topic: Course Set-Up and Marking
Host: Phil Kilmer
9:30 AM Registration: $20 for Meeting and Lunch; $20 for Golf or $40 for Both
(Please call ahead or use e-vite; we need an accurate head count)
10:00 AM Guest Speaker: Andy Priest, Carolina Golf Association
11:00 AM Lunch; Golf will follow

No pesticide credit available

GCSAA credits applied for

Please call Southern Seeds by Monday August 18th at 1-800-682-1102; so we can make adequate accommodations or use E-vite to inform us that you are coming, but do not use both.

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ENCTA President’s Newsletter – August, 2014

ENCTA Members and Colleagues,

Our fundraising tournament sponsored by Cardinal Chemical took place on May 15 at Wedgewood Golf Course in Wilson, NC. Thanks to Daniel Lancaster and his staff for having the course in great condition. Les Bailey, CGCS, and his team from TSP were the runaway winners followed by Chris Parham, GCS and his team from Greenville Country Club. The teams from Green Resource, Southern Wayne Country Club and Wilson Parks & Recreation rounded out the top five. Eric Woods, Jeff Harold, Les Bailey, CGCS and Mark Bitzenhofer were our closest to the pin winners; and Jacob Kallam and Mark Miller were our long drive winners sponsored by Halifax Fertilizer and Best Sand & Gravel.

On June 19th our meeting was held at Morehead City Country Club hosted by Willie Toms. Mr. Rick Fetcher from NuFarm spoke about fungicide resistance and rotation. Mr. Fetcher did an excellent job. After our meeting, everyone enjoyed a beautiful day of golf.

Dale Edmonds hosted our family night at the Wilson Tobs baseball game on July 24th. This event was sponsored by Vandemark Farms. This was a great opportunity to relax and spend time with our families.

Our next meeting will be at The Emerald Golf Club hosted by Phil Kilmer on August 21. A representative from the Carolinas Golf Association will be our speaker and he will be speaking on “How to Mark Your Golf Course”. In September we will have our Annual Golf Championship at The Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation hosted by Mike Horton. Leon Lucas will be speaking on what we saw in the summer of 2014. We would like to thank all of our 2014 sponsors and invite all of our members to our next few meetings. Please visit our website at www.encta.org and our Facebook page for more dates and information on our 2014 schedule.

Stanley Elliott, CGCS
ENCTA President
Cypress Landing Golf Club
252-378-5743

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ENCTA Meeting – July 24, 2014

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday July 24th
Family Night at Fleming Stadium
Wilson, NC
Host: Dale Edmonds
Sponsored by: Vandemark Farms
Wilson Tobs Game www.wilsontobs.com
We will be doing something a little bit different this year. We will be having a tailgate before the game.
5:30 – 7:30 Tailgate: Meet in the parking lot at 5:30. (Location: 1st base side of parking lot, look for blue tents and ENCTA banner) Rob Woods will be grilling a brisket. Tea, lemonade and soft drinks will be provided. BYOB. Corn hole boards will be set up. Bring your own lawn chairs. Fill free to tour NC Baseball Hall of Fame, as well.
7:05 Tobs Game Starts.
Tickets will be at Will Call.

Please call Southern Seeds by Monday July 21st at 1-800-682-1102 or use E-Vite to let us know how
many will be in your party, so we can make adequate accommodations, but do not use both.

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ENCTA President’s Newsletter – June 5, 2014

ENCTA Members and Colleagues

We had a great meeting in April. Thanks to Jim Hoffman and his staff at River Bend Country Club in New Bern for hosting the event. Peter Maybach from M & M Consulting did an excellent job and we would like to thank him for coming. He talked about how your water quality affects turfgrass.

ENCTA has so much to be thankful for. Between the support of our renewing sponsors for 2014, our new sponsors for 2014 and everyone that supported our recent fundraising tournament. We are having a great year. Our fundraising tournament sponsored by Cardinal Chemical took place on May 15 at Wedgewood Golf Course in Wilson, NC. Thanks to Daniel Lancaster and his staff for having the course in great condition.

In March, we loss a long time ENCTA member, Ronnie McGhee, he was a loving husband and father; he was a veteran of the US Air Force and retired from the US Postal Service. An avid golfer, he spent years employed at Green Hill Country Club in Louisburg. Our prayers go out to his family.

Our next meeting will be at Morehead City Country Club hosted by William Toms on June 19. Rick Fletcher from NuFarm will be speaking on Fungicide resistance and rotation. In July we will have a family night at a Wilson Tobs baseball game, sponsored by Vandemark Farms. This event will be hosted by Dale Edmonds on July 24th and will give us a great opportunity relax and spend time with our families. We would like to thank all of our 2014 sponsors and invite all of our members to our next few meetings. Please visit our website at www.encta.org and our Facebook page for more dates and information on our 2014 schedule.

Stanley Elliott, CGCS
ENCTA President
Cypress Landing Golf Club
252-378-5743

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ENCTA Meeting – June 19, 2014

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday June 19
Morehead City Country Club
Morehead City, NC
Speaker: Mr. Rick Fletcher, NuFarm
Topic: Fungicide Resistance and Rotation
Host: Willie Toms
9:30 AM Registration: $20 for Meeting and Lunch; $20 for Golf or $40 for Both (Please call ahead or use e-vite; we need an accurate head count)
10:00 AM Guest Speaker: Rick Fletcher
11:00 AM Lunch; Golf will follow

Pesticide credits applied for

GCSAA credits applied for

Please call Southern Seeds by Monday June 16th at 1-800-682-1102; so we can make adequate accommodations or use E-vite to inform us that you are coming, but do not use both.

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ENCTA Fundraiser – May 15, 2014

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday May 15th
Wedgewood Golf Course
Wilson, NC
Host: Daniel Lancaster
Sponsored by: Cardinal Chemical
10:00 AM Registration: $280 per team. “New Format” Texas Scramble; Everyone will hit a tee shot and the team will pick the best tee shot and everyone will play their own ball from that spot. The team will record the two lowest scores on the hole. No mulligans. Men over 65 will play the senior tees and ladies will play the ladies tee. Payoff will be 1/3 of the field. Lunch will be served on the turn. Dress code: Golf Attire (No Jeans). 20 Team Limit
11:00 AM Shotgun

Please call Southern Seeds by Friday, May 9th at 1-800-682-1102, so we can make adequate accommodations.