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Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS tournament supports the Chesapeake Bay and environmental efforts

MAAGCS 2007 Board of Directors

The Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS (MAAGCS) board and members are committed to being environmental stewards. The chapter raises funds to support environmental efforts in the Mid-Atlantic area. This is done by hosting the Stewards of the Chesapeake Tournament.

Established in 2000, the tournament was developed as a primary source of funding to support local research projects, environmental efforts and government relations. It has also provided a great opportunity for MAAGCS members to bring their respective club or company officials to participate in this event aimed at the preservation and improvement of both the game of golf and the local environment. The tournament is held in close proximity of the Chesapeake Bay to heighten awareness of the superintendents’ responsibility to help preserve one of the area’s most treasured resources – the Chesapeake Bay. The MAAGCS has raised in excess of $50,000. These funds have been used for turf research and to help fund the chapter’s lobbyist.

The 2007 Stewards of the Chesapeake was held Aug. 6 at The Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, MD. The MAAGCS sent out invitations to members, as well as to neighboring chapters. There were 108 golfers who played in the tournament. The teams for the day were made up of all different members of the golf community. Golf course superintendents, golf professionals, golf course architects, general managers, green committee chairmen, board members and vendors were partnered with each other to create a truly memorable event. Theresa Baria, executive director of the MAAGCS, said it was quite a sight to see the golfers start the day with 54 caddies following along. Chevy Chase does not allow golf carts. The chapter was pleased to have a representative of the Environmental Protection Agency as its guest for the event.

While the bulk of the funds raised are granted to universities for turf research, the chapter does tag some of the money to help with the costs associated with its lobbying efforts. The MAAGCS shares a lobbyist with other green industry associations in their region.

Randall Pinckney, chapter president and golf course superintendent at The Manor Club in Frederick, MD, knows how important it is to have a presence in Annapolis. “We can’t help but see what’s going on in other states in terms of water restrictions and pesticide legislations. It’s important that our voice is heard before any legislation is written,” Pinckney says.

Building relationships with environmental officials is also why the chapter invited a representative from the EPA to the tournament. “Many environmental officials have superintendents lumped in with the green industry as a whole. It’s really important for them to be educated and create a relationship with them, so they understand how educated our members are on the proper use of pesticides,” Pinckney explained. In fact, the tournament isn’t the first time the MAAGCS has reached out to the EPA. The Chevy Chase Club was the site of a meeting several years ago with 30 EPA officials. Dean Graves, CGCS, superintendent at Chevy Chase took the group around the course and explained its maintenance practices.

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