Hi-Lo Desert

Hi-Lo Desert

Presidents’ Message You are You.

Having some big struggles with envy? Eating your heart out because several others are a step or two ahead of you in the race and gaining momentum? Relax. You are you–not them! And you are responsible to do the best you can with what you’ve got for as long as you’re able.

The year 2000 logged in, and as we enter the year 2001 I am positive that it will bring more challenges than last year. First of all, I would like to thank the membership for voting me into another year as your president. Secondly, I have heard that a number of you have been concerned about my status in the association. I have explained to the Board of Directors a few months ago as to this issue. I have offered to step down as president and the Board of Directors and the membership has spoken. Please feel free to call me at any time if you have questions.

See you on the green….

Cary Lee

And Pieces

By Curtis Bruton, High Tech Irrigation

I hope 2001 finds everyone safe and secure after the holidays. There must have been something in the air this past December; wedding bells were ringing throughout the valley. First, Chris Beaty proposed to his girlfriend, Andreana. Shortly after, my long time friend and coworker, Pat Sherer decided to drop the question on Renee, his girlfriend of more than two years. And finally, I proposed to Theresa on my birthday. They all said yes, but of course who wouldn’t … look at what they caught! Congratulations Chris and Pat! I wish you the best of luck.

The Hi-Lo Christmas party was another huge success. If you didn’t make it, you should definitely try to attend next year. Peerless Golf and Irrigation Unlimited donated one of the best prizes I’ve ever seen: an all expenses paid trip to Napa Valley. It included a private plane, limousine service to the wineries, and food and hotel accommodations. The lucky winner was John Uselton. Other winners included: Stephen McVey walking away with a 27″ TV, Danielle won a telescope, and Theresa and I were the lucky winners of two mountain bikes. Be sure and thank Tina and everyone that volunteered their time to bring together such a wonderful evening.

The next day, a group of us took a trip to Thousand Oaks for the Ninth annual Duff Shaw Benevolent Tournament. If you aren’t familiar with this event, it is a tournament organized by John Pollok for his friend, Duff Shaw, who past away ten years ago. Duff was the superintendent at North Ranch Country Club when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of thirty-two. He left behind a lovely wife, Kristy and their daughter, Erin. The tournament is a huge success each year and raises money for a great cause.

COD Turfgrass Program Growing Strong

The Spring Semester of 2001 is now up and running, and once again it appears that interest in the Turfgrass Management Program at College of the Desert (COD) is still strong and healthy.

Many of the reasons that our program is so successful are not too difficult to figure out. Without a doubt, support from Hi-Lo and all of the local superintendents and vendors cannot be underestimated. Without your recognition, continued involvement and support, our program would barely be hanging on by a thread. This support comes in many forms. Donations of equipment, guest speakers, superintendents working with our students to accommodate their work and school schedules, and family support are extremely important.

Some of the projects that we have completed have been very educational and also a lot of fun. Probably our greatest accomplishment to date was the building of a USGA putting green last spring. Not only was the construction process a valuable experience, but now we can offer practical training in the maintenance of that green in a realistic manner.

Future projects should also give the students the type of challenge that will keep them interested and involved. This spring semester, we have two major projects planned. Our Landscape Management class will be taking on the task of renovating the College football field. Our job will be to develop a complete renovation program, which will include weed abatement, aerification, leveling, and establishing a new variety of seeded Bermudagrass. Our program will also include an ongoing maintenance program to insure that the field stays in top condition.

Our second major project will be made possible with a grant I secured from the State Vocational Education Training Administration. Our goal is to design and install a Rainbird “Maxi-com” irrigation system in our turf facility. This system will include valve-in-head sprinklers on the large turf areas and conventional irrigation on smaller turf and shrub areas. I am working very close with Don Johnson from High Tech and Sally Prusia from Rainbird. Don and Sally are a great help in supplying me with the equipment that will best serve our program needs. This project will also upgrade our facility while allowing the students to be involved in a very realistic and timely experience.

I would like to invite all of you to stop by and take a look whenever you have the time. Be prepared to give me your opinion on how things are looking and how they can be improved. I’m always ready to listen. Thank you for all your help and continued support.

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