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ENCTA President’s Newsletter

Eastern North Carolina Turfgrass Association

I hope everyone is geared up for the dog days of summer! Everyone in the East are ready to go. Over the past few months we have had some good meetings and fellowship. In April, we meet at The Beaufort Club (formally North River Club) where Dr. Brandenburg was schedule to speak. Unfortunately, Dr. Brandenburg became ill and Mr. Matt Martin was able to help out and give us a very informative talk. Jonathan Birkett had the course in excellent shape and playing was a real treat. Lunch was especially outstanding with Shrimp n Grits. We always eat great at our meetings! On a side note, everyone from the East wish Dr. Brandenburg a quick and speedy recovery.

In May we had our annual scholarship fundraiser golf tournament at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount. Dave Jacobs and his staff had the course in pristine condition. We had an excellent turnout with outstanding support from our sponsors. As special thank you to Triangle Chemical as our title sponsor as well as Green Resource, Regal, Revels John Deere, TSP and Southern Seed for close ups and long drives.
Congratulations to our winners:

1st Gross: Tri East Ag 1st Net Regal
2nd Southern Seed 2nd Kinston CC

Our next meeting is June 15th at Roanoke Country Club with Tommy Walston from East Carolina University. Also we will return to Kinston for our annual family night in August. The Down East Woodducks will be our host. I anticipate a great turnout. Make sure you contact one of our members and purchase a raffle ticket to support our Bill Sutton Scholorship Fund for several cash prizes.

In closing, Our thoughts and prayers have been with Tim Kreger and his family for his speedy recovery. Hope to see you out East soon!

Andy Ipock, President
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ENCTA President’s Newsletter

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year and had you batteries recharged for another year on the links. The east has had a pretty busy start to our season thus far. We had our annual planning meeting in early January to plan a very informative meeting schedule for the year. First line of business was to organize our annual Pesticide Conference at Wayne Community College hosted by Rob Woods.

This year’s event was the most attended in recent memory. I owe the reason for good attendance to the great speakers that were present. Many thanks to Dr. Jim Kerns, NCSU, Dr. Fred Yelverton, NCSU, and Bland Cooper, Competitions Agronomist Official for the PGA. All speakers were very informative and interesting. Thank you Rob Woods for hosting this event.

Please stayed tuned to our website for a very exciting meeting schedule. Somethings new this year will include a return to Kinston for family night with the new “Down East WoodDucks”! Also, we return to Benvenue Country Club in May for our annual fundraising golf tournament!

Thank you to our Sponsors and members. Without you our association does not thrive!

Andy Ipock, President ENCTA

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ENCTA President’s Letter

Eastern North Carolina Turfgrass Association

Everything in the east has been rolling along as we end the year. In October we had our annual Ryder cup match with the Cape Fear Association for the Coastal Cup. The event was held at North Shore and Brian Williams and his staff had the course in wonderful condition considering Hurricane Matthew recently made a visit. It was a challenge building a team with the cleanup efforts after Matthew but we showed up and battled and came up just short. Next year will be our revenge!

We did not meet in November but most of our association attended the CGCSA conference and trade show. And once again the Carolinas did a wonderful job! However, we did do our annual scholarship raffle drawing at Bummzz and the lucky recipient that received 4 Carolina Panthers home tickets in the club level with money for hotel was Reed Hobbs of Regal. Congrats to Reed and enjoy the game. Go Panthers!

We held our Annual Business Meeting at Carolina Colours Country Club hosted by superintendent Josh Purvis. It was a well attended event and the food was awesome. A special thanks to our executive director of the CGCSA Tim Kreger for coming and sharing a few words and showing support for the east. We also said goodbye to three outgoing board members. Kyle Oaks Falling Creek Country Club, Bo Barefoot Precision Labs, and Josh Stutts Brandwine Country Club. Thank you very much for your service and dedication to the ENCTA Board of Directors. Matthew Cox Three Eagles Golf Club, Todd Holt New Bern Country Club and Mark Benton Tri-State Pumps will fill their shoes and I’m confident they will serve the association well.

We also honored longtime member and supporter of the association Don Jackson with a lifetime membership. Don has served the turf industry for 30 years. Don started with the Potter Brothers selling Jacobson equipment then with US Steel and later with Helena, Wilbro, Harrels and finished with Trinity chemical. Don is enjoying his retirement with his lovely wife Lynn (Sparky) serving the lord and enjoying the outdoors. Don enjoy your retirement, you have earned it.

Our next meeting will be our Annual Pesticide Meeting at Wayne Community in Goldsboro on January 26. Follow our website for details. I hope everyone has a successful and blessed 2017.

Andy Ipock
ENCTA President
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November-December 2015 President’s Newsletter

ENCTA Members and Colleagues:

In August, we were at North Shore Golf Club in Sneads Ferry where we had a shared meeting with the Cape Fear Association. Matt Martin spoke on new fungicide strategies for spring dead spot control and fairy ring disease on ultradwarf bermuda greens. Brian Williams and his staff had the golf course in excellent condition for those of us who were fortunate enough to play golf.

In September, we had our largest crowd of the year show up at Falling Creek Country Club in Kinston to hear Mickey McCord and Bill Anderson, CGCS speak. Mickey McCord from McCord Golf Services and Safety spoke on how to develop your own golf course safety program. Bill Anderson, CGCS from the Carolina Golf Association (CGA) spoke on what he saw on golf courses during his travels this summer. Kyle Oakes and his staff had the golf course in championship form for the ENCTA championship. Dylan Jordan from Timberlake Golf Club had the low round of the day at 69 to win the overall championship edging our Drew Ramsey from Cutter Creek Golf Club who shot a 72. Charlie Boykin from Charlie’s Grinding & Mower Repair was the net champion with a net of 66. We also had a hole-in-one by Harvey Taylor of Taylor Landscape Company.

In October, we will be having our annual Coastal Cup matches against the Cape Fear Association at River Landing Golf Club in Wallace. This once a year grudge match has been lopsided for the last couple of years and the ENCTA are really looking forward to the opportunity to bring home the cup this year.

We will wrap up our year with our annual business meeting on December 3rd at Cypress Landing Golf Club in Chocowinity. At the annual meeting, we will be electing three new board members and honoring outgoing board members. The outgoing board members are Austin Allison with Timberlake Golf Club, Dean Baker, CGCS with Kinston Country Club and Jim Hoffman with River Bend Country Club. I want to thank those guys for all of their hard work that they put in for the last two years.

The ENCTA board of governors is so thankful for the support that we have received from our many sponsors this year. Please let us know if there is anything that the association can do to better. Please visit our website at www.encta.org and our Facebook page for more dates and information on our 2015 schedule.

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

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September-October 2015 President’s Newsletter


ENCTA Members and Colleagues:

What a summer we have had? It seems like this was one of the busiest summers we have had in a long time; from growing in the Bermuda grass on the fairways and greens from winter kill to a very wet spring to a drought during late summer. But ENCTA still found time to get together during these busy times even though we had to cancel one of our meetings.

Our June 19th meeting at Reedy Creek Golf Course was canceled due to the weather conditions. Mr. Mickey McCord from McCord Golf & Safety Services was going to speak on How to Develop Your Own Golf Course Safety Program. He will be rescheduled to speak at our September with Mr. Bill Anderson at Falling Creek Country Club in Kinston. This will be a two hour meeting.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Bill Sutton Scholarship is Kristen Edmonds, who is the daughter of ENCTA Treasurer Dale Edmonds. Kristen is a rising junior at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She is in ECU Honors College and she is majoring in Physical Therapy with a GPA of 3.9.

July gave the members of ENCTA and their families an opportunity to get together after hours at a Morehead City Marlins baseball game in Morehead City, NC. Andy Ipock, Vice President of ENCTA and GCS at the Crystal Coast Country Club hosted the July meeting and Vandemark Sod Farms sponsored the event. Kristen Edmonds, daughter of the ENCTA Treasurer Dale Edmonds, was presented with the Bill Sutton Scholarship in between the first inning. The food, attendance and organization were pretty good considering we were off the beating path. This was a great opportunity to relax and spend time with our families.

Our August meeting was a joint meeting with the Cape Fear Association at North Shore Golf Club in Sneads Ferry, NC, hosted by Brian Williams. Matt Martin was the speaker. In September we had our Annual Golf Championship at Falling Creek Country Club hosted by Kyle Oakes and sponsored by Cardinal Chemical. Mr. Bill Anderson, CGCS from the Carolina Golf Association spoke on what he saw in the summer of 2015 and Mr. Mickey McCord from McCord Golf & Safety Services spoke on How to Develop Your Own Golf Course Safety Program.

Hope to see everyone at the Carolina GCSA Conference in Myrtle Beach in November. Our ENCTA business meeting and end of year meeting in December will be at Cypress Landing Golf Club. We would like to thank all of our 2015 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 details and information on our 2015 schedule.

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

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July-August 2015 President’s Newsletter

ENCTA Members and Colleagues:

Our April 16th meeting took place at Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Club in Rocky Mount, NC. Thanks to David Coley and his staff for the hospitality. Mr. Jim Schultes from A. C. Schultes spoke on Understanding Wells and Pump Stations. We also gave away a Lifetime Member reward to Mr. Robert Hinton.

Our fundraising tournament sponsored by Smith Turf & Irrigation took place on May 14th at Timberlake Golf Club in Clinton, NC. Thanks to Austin Allison and his staff for having the course in excellent condition. The team of Green Resource with ENCTA members Chris Pearson and Brian Green were the winners in a playoff; followed by the team of Revels Turf & Tractor with ENCTA members Neal Duff and Cam Copley. The teams from Southern Seeds, Cypress Landing and TSP rounded out the top five. Donnie Page and Richard Frazier were our longest drive winners and Les Bailey, CGCS and Mike Kennedy were our closest to the pin winners sponsored by Howard Fertilizer and ENCTA.

On June 19th our meeting at Reedy Creek Golf Course was cancelled (postponed) due to the weather (extreme heat). Mr. Mickey McCord from McCord Golf & Safety Services was going to speak on How to Develop Your Own Golf Course Safety Program. We have rescheduled Mickey for September; we will have a 2 hour meeting at Fallen Creek.

Andy Ipock hosted our family night at the Morehead City Marlins baseball game on July 16th. 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 a joint meeting with the Cape Fear Association at North Shore Golf Club in Sneads Ferry, NC. Matt Martin will be our speaker. In September we will have our Annual Golf Championship at Falling Creek Country Club hosted by Kyle Oakes and sponsored by Cardinal Chemical. Mr. Bill Anderson, CGCS from the Carolina Golf Association will be speaking on what we saw in the summer of 2015 and Mr. Mickey McCord from McCord Golf & Safety Services will be speaking on How to Develop Your Own Golf Course Safety Program. We would like to thank all of our 2015 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 details and information on our 2015 schedule.

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

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May-June 2015 President’s Newsletter

ENCTA Members and Colleagues:

We had a very informative meeting in March. Thanks to Ken Gerhardt, General Manager and Josh Purvis, Golf Course Superintendent and their staff at Carolina Colours Golf Course in New Bern for hosting the event. Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Kristin Hicks and Dr. Weimin Ye all from NCDA & CS Agronomic Division, spoke to us on how to best interpret soil, tissue, water and nematode tests. I would like to personally thank them for taking time out of their day to spend with us. And for those of you who did not come; you missed a great lunch, the chicken and mac & cheese were awesome.

We had a great meeting in April. Thanks to David Coley and his staff at Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Club for hosting the event. Jim Schultes from A.C. Schultes spoke on the Understanding of Wells and Pump Stations. Great information was shared with us.

ENCTA has so much to be thankful for. Between the support of our renewing sponsors for 2015, our new sponsors for 2015 and everyone that supported our recent fundraising tournament. We are having a tremendous year, better than last. We have the most sponsors then we ever had. Our fundraising tournament sponsored by Smith Turf & Irrigation took place May 16th at Timberlake Golf Club in Clinton, NC. Thanks to Austin Allison and his staff for having the course in great condition.

Our next meeting will be at Reedy Creek Golf Course hosted by Roger Olmstead on June 18. Mickey McCord from McCord Golf and Safety Services will be speaking on How to Develop Your Own Golf Course Safety Program. In July we will be have a family night at a Morehead City Marlins baseball game in Morehead City, NC. This event will be hosted by Andy Ipock and sponsored by Vandemark Farms on July 16th and will give us a great opportunity to relax and spend time with our families. We would like to thank all of our 2015 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 2015 schedule.

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

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President’s Newsletter – March/April 2015

Eastern Members and Colleagues:

ENCTA started off the year with our annual pesticide conference at Wayne Community College. Rob Woods hosted the meeting that included 4 hours of education and a great lunch. Special thanks goes to Ryan Stanley from Foster Lake and Pond Management, Lee Butler and Dr. Travis Gannon both from NC State for their presentations.

Josh Purvis will host our March meeting at Carolina Colours Golf Club in New Bern. David Hardy from NCDA & CS will speak on How to Best Interpret Soil, Water and Plant Test Results. We have not been to Carolina Colours in a while and I know we will be in for a treat. I am sure the course will be in great shape for those who chose to play.

David Coley will host our April meeting at Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Club on April 16th. A representative from A.C. Schultes will speak on Understanding Wells & Pump Stations: Keeping Your Course on Course.
Our fundraising tournament will be on May 14th at Timberlake Golf Club. Please plan on joining us for this important event where the proceeds help support turfgrass research, scholarships and other aspects of the turf industry.

I would like to thank all of our 2015 sponsors and the ENCTA board members for their continued efforts to ensure the success of the association. Please visit our website at www.encta.org and our Facebook page for more dates and information on our 2015 schedule.

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

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President’s Newsletter – January 2015

ENCTA Members and Colleagues;

The fall of the year is a time for Superintendent’s to catch up with colleagues, relax and spend a little time with family. On October 14th, the Eastern NC Association competed against the Cape Fear Association for the Coastal Cup at Cypress Landing Golf Club. Although, we did not come out on top, everyone had a great time competing. This is a great event and we are already looking forward to the match next year.

Many members of the ENCTA traveled to Myrtle Beach for the annual CGCSA Conference and Trade Show in mid-November. What an excellent event and a great opportunity to take affordable education. Thank you to all of the staff of CGCSA and the board members for making this a success. It was a great show this year. The last two years a member from ENCTA has taken home $5000 as the winner from John Deere 27-hole challenge; this year we were not so lucky.

On December 4th, the members of ENCTA came together at Kinston Country Club for the annual membership meeting. Outgoing board members Daniel Lancaster from Wedgewood Golf Course, Chris Pearson from Green Resource and Brian Williams from North River Golf Club were honored and presented with plaques of appreciation for their service. Buckley Brockmann was honored and presented a plaque as out-going vice president; he has accepted another job and has gotten out of the turf industry. Andy Ipock from the Country Club of the Crystal Coast has been chosen to fill the vice president position. The new board members elected for 2-year terms were Bo Barefoot from Precision, Chris Parham from Greenville Country Club and Josh Stutts from Brandywine Golf Club.

ENCTA is extremely fortunate to have outstanding support from all of our sponsors. 2014 has been an excellent year for the association and we would like to thank you all and encourage all of our members to support companies that help make ENCTA and our industry so successful. Please visit our website at www.encta.org and our Facebook page for more dates and
information on our 2015 schedule. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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

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President’s Newsletter – November 2014

ENCTA Members and Colleagues,

In August, we were at The Emerald Golf Club in New Bern where Andy Priest from the Carolina Golf Association (CGA) spoke on the rules of golf and how to mark you golf course. Phil Kilmer and his staff had the golf course in excellent condition for those of us who were fortunate enough to play golf.

In September, we had our largest crowd of the year show up at The Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation in Hertford to hear Dr. Leon Lucas do his last meeting for the ENCTA. He spoke on what he saw on golf courses during his travels this summer. Dr. Lucas is retiring at the end of the year from the CGA. He is a fixture in the turfgrass industry here in the Carolinas and he is going to be missed. He was giving a Lifetime Membership to the ENCTA along with some other gifts. Mike Horton and his staff had the golf course in championship form for the ENCTA championship. Wade Faircloth from Taberna Country Club had the low round of the day at 77 to win the overall championship edging out Drew Ramsey from Cutter Creek Golf Club who shot an 81. Bill Jones from Southern Seeds was the net champion with a net of 65.

In October, we will be having our annual Coastal Cup matches against the Cape Fear Association at Cypress Landing Golf Club. This once a year grudge match has been lopsided for the last couple of years and the ENCTA are really looking forward to the opportunity to bring home the cup this year.

We will wrap up our year with our annual business meeting on December 4th at Kinston Country Club. At the annual meeting, we will be electing three new board members and honoring outgoing board members. The outgoing board members are Chris Pearson with Green Resource, Daniel Lancaster with Wedgewood Golf Course and Brian Williams with North Shore Golf Club. I want to thank those guys for all of their hard work that put in for the last two years.

The ENCTA board of governors is so thankful for the support that we have received from our many sponsors this year. Please let us know if there is anything that the association can do to better. 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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