WESTERN ONTARIO GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
Supporting Each Other est. 1929
















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WOGSA 2019

 

 

Welcome to the 2019 WOGSA season.  The “off” months seem to go by quicker every year but we are excited to get things rolling again. We’re all looking forward to some warmer weather over the horizon as it has certainly been a slow moving spring.

 

     This past December the WOGSA Board of Directors held our annual luncheon meeting to discuss the “state of the nation” and the direction of our Association. The hard working Board of Directors consist of Trevor Hunter, Angelo Capannelli, Gavin Kellogg, James Raynor, Dan Sliasas, and Craig McCutcheon. The WOGSA mandate is to keep our meetings relaxed, fun to attend, and most importantly affordable for all our members!! This continues to be a challenge in today’s times with the cost of almost everything rising. We as a group are feeling a bit more of a pinch however we are as determined as ever to try and give our members the best value for their money.

 

     Areas we will continue to focus on moving forward include:

 

  • The annual WOGSA membership fee will be $ 30.00
  • The cost of each meeting has been set for the coming season.  We are offering an early payment option for 2019, pay for all 4 golf events up front ($340.00) and save $40.00 (membership fee plus $10) and guarantee a spot at the Taylor Barnes.
  • The square deposit method for accepting credit card payments will be available at all events.
  • Anyone attending a meeting who is a golf industry guest will be charged an extra $ 10.00 on top of the day’s fee as a non-member. (The guest fee will be waived for Assistants or GC Staff)
  • Instead of golf prizes for our first 3 events, we will award closest to the pins and run a skins game with cash payouts for skins (a $5.00 skins entry fee will be automatically included in the cost of the day) Any donated prizes or leftover cash from the event will be awarded by draw prizes
  • We will be offering a free membership to all our retired members as we are always happy to see our older friends J
  • Once again, we’ll be asking our suppliers for a monetary donation for the Taylor Barnes event. It’ll be hosted at Hamilton Golf & CC and will also be a retirement celebration for Rhod Trainor and his support of our Association.  
  • We will continue to contribute scholarship awards to several key industry institutions
  • Our primary goal is to run affordable, relaxed and informative golf events for our members and guests to gather, network, and hopefully learn a bit in the process.

 

     The BOD’s have done a great job this past winter in coming up with a stellar lineup for the 2019 season which is no small feat in today’s challenging financial times. Before I get ahead of myself, let me take a moment to thank our generous event hosts in 2018 which included Mike Giblin at Willow Valley GC, Martin Kastrau at Millcroft GC, Shane Courtney at Turnberry GC, and Aldo Bortolon at Lookout Point CC.  Your commitment and support of the WOGSA is greatly appreciated!

 

     Without further ado here is the lineup:

  

  •    Tuesday May 28th – Springview Farms GC – host Tracey Boerkamp    
  •    Tuesday July 16th – Victoria Park Valley GC – host Dave Decorso  
  •   Thursday August 29th – Brampton GC – host – Martin Kopp  
  •   Thursday October 3rd – Hamilton G & CC – host Rhod Trainor

  (Rhod’s retirement party)

 

 

     Lastly, one very important reminder!  PLEASE CALL TO CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION FOR AN EVENT, IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, AGAIN PLEASE CALL TO CONFIRM. As a courtesy to our host clubs and to the Association we need accurate numbers for our events. More and more clubs charge the Association for the numbers given at registration so if you sign up and don’t show up, the Association is still on the hook for your fee for the day. It is getting increasingly harder to get onto courses so the easier we can make it for our hosts, the better. Please take a moment to update your contact info and return it to us so we have all your current information. As always if you know of someone who may be a potential member, please forward our info to them. We look forward to seeing you at a WOGSA event this year.

 

 

                              For the WOGSA

                              John Taylor – President