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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