Toy Drive moved to Top Golf Austin

 Due to forecasted inclement weather we have  decided to call one more audible. The toy drive  is being moved to Topgolf Austin. It will still be this Monday, December 19th from 12:00 – 3:00.

There will be a one hour competition with prizes to begin the day followed by 2 hours of free play. Lunch is included. We ask that you still bring your toys for Dell Children’s Hospital.
If you have already registered a team, please have the team leader send Carol Cloud an email letting her know who from your team will still be attending.
If you haven’t registered and would like to join us please use the registration buttons below.
Topgolf Austin
2700 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, TX 78758
Thanks to the University of Texas Golf Club for being flexible. We will be visiting that venue in 2017. Thanks to all our members for your understanding.
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$75 Per Player PLUS at least 1 Toy
(Unopened, $20 minimum value)
11:30 AM Registration
12:00 – 3:00 PM  Golf Fun
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Crew Appreciation Tournament – We had a blast! Click for photos!

We had a blast! Thanks to all of our great sponsors and attendees!
Nick Smitham and the entire Jimmy Clay staff rolled out the red carpet for more than 100+ players.


MVP for the day was Chef Rick Burlingame of The Club at Sonterra who did all of the great cooking. Great job Rick and thank you very much!


And our repeat winners of the Crew Championship Tournament………..Crystal Falls GC! Way to go guys!





Melrose Leadership Academy – Your opportunity to attend the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando.

Melrose Leadership Academy


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2017 Grant program are open through Sept 15, 2016.



The Melrose Leadership Academy supports the professional development of GCSAA member superintendents by providing individuals the opportunity to attend the Golf Industry Show. The program is set up to provide up to 20 scholarships every year. Applications for the 2016 Melrose Leadership Academy are now closed.

The academy is open to applicants who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a current GCSAA Class A or Class B member and GCSAA Chapter member in good standing.
  • Must be a Class A or Class B member for five or more years.
  • Class A or Class B members working for current members of the board of directors or the board of trustees, and children of GCSAA staff members shall not be eligible for the Melrose Leadership Academy.
  • Past recipients are not eligible.
  • Attendees of the Golf Industry Show in the last five years are not eligible to apply.

The history

The Melrose Leadership Academy was established in 2012 by Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., and is supported by a $1 million gift to the EIFG from The Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation. This program will have a positive impact for each superintendent selected and ultimately, the game of golf.

The program

While at the education conference, class members will attend sessions hosted by golf’s industry leaders, such as Melrose, CEOs of golf’s leading associations and recognized within the profession and the game. The event will also allow opportunities to network with GCSAA leadership, industry leaders and certified peers at various roundtables, receptions and events. The academy will offer education in the areas of:

  • Risk management (health, safety, and environmental copliance)
  • Efficient operations (agronomic, equipment maintenance, etc.)
  • Key business elements, including communication
  • Environmental stewardship

The benefits

Grant recipients will receive the following:

  • Golf Industry Show full package registration
  • Education seminars and leadership sessions
  • Airfare
  • Five nights’ hotel accommodations
  • $200 spending money
  • Following the conference and show, grant recipients will continue to receive communications recommending education, tools and resources offered by GCSAA to keep class participants engaged.

Graduates of the Melrose Leadership Academy will elevate their professional status and provide enhanced value to their facility through:

  • Education points
  • Leadership training
  • Development of a new network of peers and resources
  • A broad understanding of issues facing the golf industry
  • An understanding of how to build a professional network through attending the conference and show

Selection process

The selection process is designed to provide a class representative of the diverse elements of the GCSAA membership. The selection criteria takes into account qualifications, interest and financial need, and to the extent possible, will be focused on less experienced superintendents who will benefit most from the educational opportunity. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an increasing level of responsibility in their profession by working to advance in their careers, and the potential for continuing to play a leadership role with GCSAA and their GCSAA affiliated chapter. Work experience, scope of personal interests, level of community involvement, and recognition of leadership abilities through receipt of honors/awards may also have significant impact in the final selection process.

Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards – A great way to demonstrate your commitment to the environment!

Presented by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird, the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship.View a list of past winners.

When is the deadline and where should I send my application?

Applications for the 2016 ELGAs are due by Sept. 30, 2016.


Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants from the United States must be members in good standing of GCSAA and of an affiliated GCSAA chapter. Applicants from outside the United States should be members of similar local organizations.

Superintendents who have previously been recognized as a national or international winner of the Environmental Steward Awards or as a winner of Golf Digest‘s Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards are not eligible to receive 2016 Overall/National/International awards unless they have changed facilities.All entries are eligible for Chapter and Merit awards.


While GCSAA members may apply for the awards directly, members and non-members (including the general public) also may nominate GCSAA members for award consideration. Nominations, including the nominee’s name and mailing address, should be directed to GCSAA with a short description as to why the GCSAA member is being nominated. Nominees will be notified of their nomination and provided with an application form for completion. Those making the nomination will remain anonymous unless otherwise requested.

ELGA applications are reviewed and scored by an independent panel of judges. The judging panel includes university scientists, representatives from environmental organizations and golf industry professionals including irrigation specialists, independent agronomists, turfgrass consultants and other industry representatives.

What are the judges looking for?

Applications will be evaluated in the following categories:

  • Water conservation
  • Water quality management
  • Integrated pest management
  • Energy conservation
  • Pollution prevention
  • Waste management
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Communication and outreach
  • Leadership

Judges will evaluate each application and can award a total of 100 points, with 10 points available in each of the nine categories above. Judges also have up to 10 discretionary points available for innovation, exceptional efforts or creativity. Judges will use the 2016 ELGA Criteria as a guide to award points.

Applications will be totaled and scored using a truncated means when applicable. Awards will be given using top scores accordingly and provided GCSAA receives adequate and qualified applicants.

ELGA winners receive:

  • Recognition in Golf Digest and GCSAA publications
  • Recognition at the Golf Industry Show
  • An invitation for the Overall, National and International winners’ employers to attend the recognition activities at the Golf Industry Show
  • A personalized trophy or certificate of achievement
  • National, regional and local publicity

When are winners announced?

All applicants will receive a confirmation letter from GCSAA. Winners will be notified by December and recognized at the Golf Industry Show.

For more information, contact Carl Bowden, environmental programs specialist, at 800-472-7878, ext. 5163.

TARO – Working on behalf of the Texas Golf Industy

The Texas Alliance of Recreational Organizations is a non-profit alliance of clubs, other organizations and individuals interested in recreational activities within the State.  Its purpose is to participate effectively in the state’s legislative and regulatory processes for the benefit of its supporters and their constituents.  This participation involves a high quality lobbying effort with the Legislature, monitoring regulations under existing laws, a continuing communication program with its supporters centering on legislative and regulatory issues affecting them, and maintenance of an action network which is mobilized as necessary to advocate Alliance positions.  The further purpose of Texas Alliance of Recreational Organizations is to educate its supporters on issues affecting them and to foster good will among its supporters by preparation and circulation of periodic publications and sponsorship of educational programs.