PRESS RELEASE February 22, 2012
New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation
The 15th Annual New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show was held February 6-9th, 2012 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. More than 2,000 attendees came to Providence to participate in 64 hours of education and view 150 exhibiting companies within the 350 booth trade show. The NERTF also announces the 2013 dates as March 4-7. Here are a few highlights from the 2012 show:
Since, the organizing of the Conference and Show in 1998, the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation has committed $1.5 Million in turfgrass research funding at UConn, UMass, URI and UNH. The foundation continues to focus on turfgrass research. Recently, the foundation committed to creating a new funding initiative to be called: Tee-Up New England! The initiative will encourage area golfers to bid on donated rounds of golf (foursomes) online in April. All proceeds will go into the New England Regional Turfgrass Research Trust to be applied to research in New England. The foundation hopes the initiative will become an annual event that will help to fill the gap for research funding needed by the industry. The auction will give golfers the opportunity to play places of interest that they may not normally had access to. Participating golfers will contribute through the initiative to improving turf which will also improve the game of golf. Hence, "Better Golf through Turfgrass Research." For more information visit: www.nertf.org.
- More than 400 seats were sold for eight ½-Day Seminars on Monday
- An expanded session for Sports Turf and the USGA Session on Tuesday was well attended
- Ray Bourque, former Boston Bruin and Hockey Hall of Famer gave a keynote address.
- More than 40 exhibitors were presented with commemorative gifts thanking them for their 15 years of continuous support for the show.
- Wednesday was busy with 4 Education Sessions both morning and afternoon, while the Trade Show marketplace kept pace.
- The Live and Silent Auctions netted $18,000 again this year. It was noted that the auctions have contributed more than $150,000 in Turf Research Funding over the last 8 years in New England.
- The Turf Bowl Crown was protected again for the fourth straight year by UMass though UConn, URI and SUNY Colbleskill schools mounted respectable challenges.
- "Tee-Up New England!" was introduced as support continues to grow for the new initiative to increase turfgrass research funding!
- Sponsors help to make the show again with: Two Receptions, Keynote Speaker, Early Morning Refreshments, Lanyards, Lunch Vouchers, Nine Holes, Show Program and Driving Range all sponsored!
- NERTF has announced $117,000 in Research Funding for 2012.
2012 Executive Board
PRESS RELEASE May 25, 2010
New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, Inc. elects new officers for 2010-2011.
The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation announces that Michael A. Buras, CSFM, Head Grounds Superintendent of the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, MA has been elected as the 14th President for the 2010-2011 Fiscal year. He has served on the NERTF Board of Directors since 2005 as a delegate appointed by the New England Sports Turf Managers Association. Mike has been at Longwood Cricket Club for the last 14years and will replace 2009-2010 President Robert A. Matthews, CGCS of Barcellos & Kane Landscape, Hingham, Massachusetts, who will continue to serve as the foundation's Immediate Past President. Christopher Cowan, of newly founded Atlantic Golf & Turf will serve as Vice-President. Roderick W. Blake of Rockingham Country Club, New Market, New Hampshire will serve as Treasurer for a second year. Scott Cybulski, CGCS of the Martindale Country Club, in Auburn, Maine will serve as the Foundation Secretary for the next two years. Other board members include: John Clark, NHGCSA; James H. Connelly, MALCP; Anthony Grosso, CAGCS; James Hodge, MGCSA; Ted Maddocks, VTGCSA; Steve Mann, GCSACC; William Morton, RIGCSA; Philip Neaton, CAGCS; Mark Richard, RIGCSA; Robert Ruzala, GCSANE; Michael Stachowicz, GCSANE. Also serving in an advisory capacity is: Mary Owen, UMass Extension and Dr. Noel Jackson, URI.
The Foundation enjoyed a successful 13th Turfgrass Education Conference and Trade Show on March 1-4, 2010 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. More than 3000 individuals attended 4 days of education conference and trade show activities. The 14th Annual New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show scheduled dates for 2011 are March 7-10th. The NERTF continues to fund turfgrass research in the New England Region and since 1996, the foundation will soon reach 1.2 million dollars of research funding. For more information concerning the foundation, the conference and show, or funded turfgrass research go to www.nertf.org.
Submitted by: Gary J. Sykes, Executive Director (401-841-5490)
Board of Directors of the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, May 12, 2010. Front row (l-r): V-Pres Christopher Cowan, President Michael Buras, Mary Owen, Secretary Scott Cybulski, Treasurer Rod Blake, Immediate Past-President Robert Matthews. Back row (l-r) Cliff Dreszek, Robert Ruszala, Jim Connelly, Jim Hodge, Mark Richard, Dr. Noel Jackson, Michael Stachowicz, John Clark, Bill Morton, Philip Neaton. Absent were: Anthony Grosso, Steve Mann and Ted Maddocks.
PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2009
New Officers for the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, Inc.
The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation announces that Robert A. Matthews, CGCS, CIA of Barcellos & Kane Landscape, Hingham, Massachusetts has been elected as the 13th President for the 2009-2010 Fiscal year. Bob has been serving on the NERTF Board of Directors since the year 2002 as a delegate appointed by the Golf Course Managers Association of Cape Cod, which has recently been officially change to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod . Bob replaces William R. Morton, CGCS golf course superintendent of The Misquamicut Club of Westerly, Rhode Island. Bill Morton will continue to serve as the Immediate Past President. Michael A. Buras, CSFM of the Longwood Cricket Club, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts will serve as Vice President. Roderick W. Blake of Rockingham Country Club, New Market, New Hampshire will begin serving as Treasurer. Christopher Cowan, sales representative of Turflinks, Inc., of Sutton, Massachusetts will serve as the Foundation Secretary.
The Foundation enjoyed its 12th Annual Turfgrass Education Conference and Trade Show on March 2-5, 2009 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. More than 3000 individuals attended 4 days of education conference and trade show activities. The 13th Annual New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show is scheduled for March 1-4th, 2010. The NERTF has funded more than $900,000 in turfgrass research in the New England Region since being formed in 1996. By the year 2010, the foundation will reach the 1 million dollar milestone of research funding. More information concerning the foundation, conference and show, and funded turfgrass research is available at www.nertf.org.
PRESS RELEASE May 10, 2007
New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, Inc.
The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation announces that Robert A. Ruszala, golf course superintendent of Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst MA, has been elected president for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. Bob has been serving on the NERTF Board of Directors since 2000 as a delegate of the Golf Courses Superintendents Association of New England (GCSANE) which he served as president of in 2000 & 2001. He replaces Ted Maddocks of Ekwanok Country Club, Manchester VT, who will continue to serve on the board as the immediate past president. William R. Morton, CGCS of The Misquamicut Club (Watch Hill, RI) will serve as vice-president, Bob A. Matthews, CGCS, CIA, of White Cliffs Country Club (Plymouth, MA) will serve as secretary, and Michael A. Buras, of Longwood Cricket Club (Chestnut Hill, MA) will serve as Treasurer. The foundation has recently enjoyed its 10th Educational Conference and Trade Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. More than 3000 individuals attended the 4 days of education conference and trade show activities. The 11th Annual New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show will take place on March 3-6th, 2008. The NERTF has funded more than $763,000 in Turfgrass Research in the New England area since being organized in 1996. More information may be obtained concerning the foundation, the conference & show and turfgrass research funded by the foundation, by visiting our website @ www.nertf.org.
Attached (below) with this release is a picture of: Incoming President Robert Ruszala, Outgoing President Ted Maddocks, Executive Director Gary Sykes presenting NERTF Show Manager David Rosenberg with a framed 10th Anniversary Show memento at this year's annual meeting on May 10th, 2007.
PRESS RELEASE June 22, 2006
New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, Inc.
The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation announces that Ted A. Maddocks of the Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vermont has been elected president for the 2006-2007 fiscal year. Ted has been serving on the NERTF Board of Directors since 1999 and represents the VtGCSA along with Chris Cowan (TurfLinks, Inc.). He replaces James B. Hodge of Frye Island Country Club in Maine, who will continue on the board as the immediate past president. Robert A. Ruszala of Hickory Ridge Country Club will serve as Vice President, William R. Morton, CGCS of The Misquamicut Club will serve as treasurer, and Bob A. Matthews, CGCS, CIA, of White Cliffs Country Club will serve as secretary. The foundation is beginning its 11th year since incorporating in July of 1996. In March of 2007, the 10th New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Rhode Island on March 5-8th. The foundation has funded more than $600,000 in Turfgrass Research in the New England area since being organized in 1996.
Press Release July 31, 2001
A new mailing by the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation has just been sent out to all New England Golf Courses. The mailing includes an informative brochure explaining the rich history and the hopes of a bright future for the turfgrass research and education opportunities available in the New England Region along with information about the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation. It is hoped that the mailer will attract golf course owners and operators to be a part of securing the future for these valuable programs by making a $200 or more donation to the New England Regional Turfgrass Research Trust. The foundation is applying for 501(c)(3) tax deductible status for the research trust with the IRS. Eventually all private donations will be tax deductible to the NERTRT. All donations will go directly into local turfgrass research projects to benefit most those facilities in New England. This research will also help to support the future of the turfgrass curricula opportunities in New England. These donations would come from those who benefit most from all research, the end user, the golfer! As this mailer is received and questioned at each facility, we hope all superintendents will help it along and encourage your clubs to make their donation. A newsletter will also be produced over the winter to be sent to each facility that contributes to the New England Regional Turfgrass Research Trust. The Board of Directors has high hopes that this will greatly increase the foundations ability to fund more research that is greatly needed in the New England golf and turf industry.
A new Mission Statement has also been approved by the Foundation's Board: Improving Turfgrass Through Research, Education and Environmental Stewardship. The Foundation hopes to communicate the focus on these three important aspects of the industry using this mission statement. For more information please contact the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation's office @ 401-841-5490.