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    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • Katke Golf Course at Ferris State

    Following nominations and a voting process by the Hall of Fame Committee and past Hall of Fame Inductees, we are pleased to announce the 2018 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame honorees. This year’s class of recipients will be formally inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 2. The Induction Ceremony will be at The Holiday Inn located next to the Katke Clubhouse. We cordially invite you to be a part of this momentous occasion.

    Schedule of Events

    9:30 to 10: 30 a.m. - Registration

    11:00 a.m. - Shotgun Start - Boxed lunch included, A PGM Student from Ferris State University will be joining each foursome for golf as a fifth golfer

    4:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception at the Holiday Inn in the University Room

    5:00 p.m. - Dinner at the Holiday Inn in the University Room - Induction Ceremony immediately following dinner. A block of rooms have been reserved for our guests at the Holiday Inn - Click Here to Reserve Your Room or call (231) 796-4400.

    The 2018 Inductees are Bud Erickson, Tom Harding, Gordon LaFontaine and Debbie Williams-Hoak!

    The individuals we recognize have made history.  Through your participation and support, we can help celebrate their honor and deserved recognition. Golf attire is acceptable for dinner and induction ceremony.

    Sponsorship Opportunities are also available.

    To register or sponsor visit the MGHoF website by clicking here: Michigan Golf Foundation Web Page

    • 03 Jun 2018
    • Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia


    • 04 Jun 2018
    • Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia


    • 07 Jun 2018
    • Capitol Building, Lansing


    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Coyote Preserve Golf Club
    Register

    The Gordon LaFontaine Endowment for Turfgrass Research was created to establish a solid source of funding for basic research in the field of turfgrass science. Donations to the LaFontaine Endowment create a legacy to fund research long-term, as these donations work in perpetuity to generate interest for fundamental research projects to help solve tomorrow’s problems today. The LaFontaine Golf Outing is an annual event held to generate income for the LaFontaine Endowment.

    *Payment may be made online with registration or during check in at the golf outing.  Choose "Invoice Me" option and a printable invoice will be emailed to you.


    • 12 Jul 2018
    • The Fortress, Frankenmuth


    • 24 Jul 2018
    • Treetops Resort, Gaylord


    • 25 Jul 2018
    • Treetops Resort, The Jones Masterpiece, Gaylord


    • 15 Aug 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hancock Turfgrass Research Center


    • 15 Aug 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hancock Turfgrass Research Center

    Schedule:

    7:30 AM Registration Opens 

    8:45 AM Opening Comments

    9:00 AM Morning research tours begin

    12:00 PM Catered lunch by Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe

    1:00 PM Afternoon workshops/field tours begin

    3:00 PM Afternoon workshops/field tours conclude

    5 MDARD pesticide recertification credits available.

    3 credits available for 3A, 6, or Comm. Core for the morning tour. 2 credits available for 3A, 6, or Comm. Core for the afternoon diagnostic tours. 

    Morning Research Tours 

    There are separate tours for Golf and Lawn Care/Grounds/Athletic Fields. Each tour will have 6 stops of 30 minutes in length.

    Golf Research Tour (3 MDARD pest. recert credits; .30 GCSAA Education pts)

    Topics/Stops include:

    Managing diseases on golf courses

    Turfgrass abiotic stress

    Cultural & mechanical methods for controlling organic matter

    Putting green renovation practices

    Insect control recommendations

    Phosphorus deficiency research

    Lawn Care/Grounds/Athletic Field Tour (3 MDARD pest. recert credits)

    Topics/Stops include:

    Disease management

    Spring post emergence broadleaf weed control

    Grub control recommendations

    Crabgrass control recommendations

    Soil testing, P limits, and potentail P deficiencies

    Species and cultivar evaluations

    Afternoon Workshops/Tours

    1. Weed Walk (2 MDARD pest. recert credits; .20 GCSAA Education pts) limited to 60 registrants

    As the weed walk enters it’s 17th year, the summer of 2017 has produced another bumper crop of weeds infesting turf.  Aaron Hathaway will lead the tour of the turf center and teach identification characteristics of the common turf weeds and the best control practices.  Tour will include discussion of best management practices both with and without herbicides to ensure high turfgrass quality and most importantly customer satisfaction. 

    2. Disease Walk (primarily golf turf diseases) (2 MDARD pest. recert credits; .20 GCSAA Education pts) limited to 60 registrants

    The turf pathology research team will lead this diagnostic tour for pathogens.   If you have difficulty distinguishing between Laetisaria fuciformis and Limnomyces roseipellis on your golf course you definitely need to attend this workshop.  Participants will learn:

    • 1)    How to identify the common turfgrass diseases using both in-field techniques and microscopes
    • 2)    Management options for common diseases including: dollar spot, brown patch, crown-rotting anthracnose, red thread, and pythium blight and root-rot.
    • 3)    How to recognize the symptoms of summer decline of both bentgrass and Poa annua

    3. Insect Walk (2 MDARD pest. recert credits; .20 GCSAA Education pts) Registration is Full


    Proper insect management demands proper identification of damage and the insect.  Join MSU entomologist Dr. David Smitley for an insect diagnostics walking tour of the MSU campus.  During the tour various ornamental and turfgrass insect damage symptoms will be observed and cultural and insecticide management options will be discussed. 

    4. Athletic Field Tour (2 MDARD pest. recert credits)

    Torrential rains this spring flooded the MSU soccer, baseball, and softball complexes resulting in turf loss. The fields were established beginning in May and by field day should be ready for play. Discussion will include different establishment techniques used, herbicide recommendations for establishment during summer, and fertilizer programs to hasten establishment.

    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Hawk Hollow, Bath


    • 07 Sep 2018
    • College Fields G.C., Okemos


    • 17 Sep 2018
    • Blythefield C.C., Belmont


    • 08 Oct 2018
    • Walnut Creek, South Lyon


    • 30 Nov 2018
    • The Lodge at Keego Harbor, Keego Harbor


    • 06 Dec 2018
    • Buffalo Wild Wings, Traverse City


    • 07 Dec 2018
    • The Blue Moose, Grand Rapids


    • 14 Dec 2018
    • Goodrich C. C., Goodrich


    • 11 Jan 2019
    • Detroit Curling Club, Ferndale


    • 22 Jan 2019
    • Kellogg Center, East Lansing


    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • MSU Kellogg Center


    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • MSU Kellogg Center


    • 02 Feb 2019
    • 07 Feb 2019
    • San Diego, CA


    • 06 Feb 2019
    • TBD, San Diego



Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 27156, Lansing, MI 48909

The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation exists to promote safe, healthy turf surfaces for all Michigan residents.

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Office: +1 517 392 5003

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PO BOX 27156

LANSING, MI 48909

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