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Become a MGSA Member

The MGSA is supporting the Canadian Turgrass Research Foundation. The CTRF approached the MGSA to resume the relationship. The flow of information has begun and will continue. Please click the following links to view current reports.

Management of bentgrass cultivars for improved resistance to microdochium patch

2016 Interim Progress Report: Rolling and Resistance

Potassium Research Update

Vargas Report - Rolling Greens

Feb 2017 Progress Report - Bentgrasses

Effect of Temperature on Microdochium Severity

Activation of Disease Resistance in Turfgrasses


 


 

 

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

Greenspace Horticulture Diploma Turfgrass Stream

October, 2015 Update

Are you looking for a career with lots of job prospects? If so, the turfgrass stream of the Greenspace Horticulture Diploma Program at Red River College may be the career choice for you.

In our June blog we discussed the fact that although the golf economy shrunk in the period between 2008-2013, there has been slight resurgence in recent years. Although no a return to its heyday of the 1985-2005 time period, the golf economy is at the very least not showing negative growth, but rather neutral or slightly positive growth across North America. This can likely be viewed as a correction of sorts as the number of golf courses built in North America in the 1990's and early 2000's surpassed demand and the sport saw a decrease in play as a result of the economic downturn in 2007.

Nonetheless, golf course maintenance job prospects have remained positive, and in the period from 2011-2015 an annual average of 100 golf and turf postions across western Canada have been advertised by the Red River College Greenspace program. These postions range from graduate postions as golf course superintendents and sales representatives to graduate or work co-op positions as assistant superintendents, foreperson's and groundskeepers.

As a result, the ratio of jobs to students is definitely in the students favor as turfgrass management program enrollments across western Canada have declined during this same period. Furthermore, many students entering into turfgrass management programs return to postions that they either were in at the time of enrollment, secured as a work co-op postion in their first work co-op or obtained on their own initiative by applying for an unadvertised postion with an employer they want to work with.

Consequently, if this is a career you are interested in consider obtaining an education that will set you apart from those who are not trained in this area. Red River College is committed to offering the Turfgrass Stream in the 2016-2017 school year. If this is a field you're interested in, speak with your employer or contact me at 204-632-2302 or e-mail rofficer@rrc.ca.

Rob Officer is the turfgrass instructor with the Greenspace Horticulture Diploma Program at Red River College.

 

 

 

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Executive Director

Ian Martinusen is the new executive director.

MGSA address is now:

Box 55041, Dakota Crossing

Winnipeg, MB.

R2N 0A8

Phone: 204-326-3460

Fax: 204-500-0750

email: manitobagolfsupers@gmail.com

 

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We’re still here and you’re still needed!

Greenspace Horticulture Diploma Turfgrass Stream
June 30, 2105 update

The Greenspace Horticulture Diploma has existed in three different versions since its inception in 1997. In the two most recent versions, including the current version, students have a choice after completing the first year of the program of one of two streams, either landscape/horticulture or turfgrass management. This allows students to focus their studies in their specific area of interest in both second and third year.

Although recent turfgrass stream enrollment numbers have been low, employment opportunities remain high. This likely a result of two things; one, the golf market has been ‘soft’ which has resulted in reduced revenues and subsequently reduced expenditures at golf courses across North America. This means that Golf Course Superintendents have to “do more with less”. This combined with the negative publicity surrounding the golf economy may be dissuading some people from pursuing a career in the golf sector. Still, there is a need, and it could be argued a greater need, for highly skilled and experienced turfgrass management staff. This may be the case now more than ever as superintendents’ labor resources are reduced and golf clubs and superintendents alike are more focused on hiring quality personnel to allow them to maintain quality, while reducing costs. This coupled with what now appears to be a stabilized golf economy put trained individuals in a favorable position.

Trained personnel possess the knowledge and skills that can be applied to deliver the outcomes golf clubs are looking for. However, many golf clubs are finding it difficult to secure such individuals either as superintendents, particularly at rural golf clubs, or as assistant superintendents located in or near urban centers. In fact, in some instances, employers are only receiving one or two applications for quality assistant superintendent positions and at rural golf club’s no applications for superintendent positions. Sounds like a perfect world for would be turfgrass professionals!

Consequently, if this is a career you are interested in consider obtaining an education that will set you apart from those who are not trained in this area. Red River College is committed to offering the Turfgrass Stream (second and third year of studies) in the 2016-2017 school year. Register now for entry in the general first year.

If this is a field you’re interested in, speak with your employer or contact me at 204-632-2302 or e-mail rofficer@rrc.ca

Rob Officer is the turfgrass instructor with the Greenspace Horticulture Diploma Program at Red River College

 

 Greg Mitchell presenting Superintendent of the Year 2014 to

Dan Ciekiewicz, Elmhurst Golf & country Club

Dan 

 

Vic Peters - Meadows

Vic Peters, first recipient of the MGSA Distinguished Service Award, Meadows, May 23, 2014.

The citation reads:

In appreciation of the lifetime efforts
on behalf of the golf industry
and the
MANITOBA GOLF SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
the MGSA presents this
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
to

Vic Peters

2014

 CONGRATULATIONS to Ray Savard on his induction into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.

 

COMPETITION REPORT  2015

Larters Golf Course

 

It was a great day out in St.Andrews at Larters Golf Course. Hosted by Tim Larter, Him and his crew had the course in tremendous condition. The winner to the mystery number of the day was Mike Gottfried who shot 97, Highest number on mystery hole #13 was Lawrence Anseeuw. The closest to the hole winners on the day were Don Munroe, Chris Spicer, Mike Gottfried, and Farrol Asham. Big kudos to Tim hosting us, and the kitchen for putting together a tremendous meal.

 

Oak Island Golf Course

 

This month we drove out to western Manitoba to Oak Island Golf Course. Des Koop and his crew have been working very hard on their course and it showed. The weather was beautiful all day accompanied with some great networking. The closest to the hole winners on the day were “Senator” Ian Martinusen (x 2) , Colton Willms, and Chris Unrau. The competition was 6 ( Alternate shot), 6 (Stroke Play), and 6 (Best Ball). The winners in order were Ian Brooks & Joey Chartrand, Chris Spicer & Darren Dundas, and Chris Unrau & Colton Willms. Thanks again to Kitchen Staff, Pro Shop and Des Koop for making the day very enjoyable.

 

Rossmere

It was a warm overcast day for the 2015 John B. Steel Competition. Greg Mitchell and his crew had the course in spectacular shape for the day. The winners for their respective divisions are as followed.  The Winning Superintendent was Jeff Anderson (Pinawa), Asst. Superintendent was Jon McMorris (Niakwa), and the winning Commercial/Greens Chair was Tyler Kearns (Glendale). Kudos also goes out to the Pro Shop and Kitchen who made the day go by smoothly.