The purpose of the Association is to promote and support the Golf Course Superintendent, to promote better turf for golf in our
community, and to further research and interchange scientific and practical knowledge relating to the care of golf courses and turf
grass operations, thus bringing about a more efficient, economical, and environmentally aware operation of golf courses in our
community, and increase prestige for this Association

By Laws Article II Section 1
Dear Friends of NYSTA:
At the recent Western Regional Conference, Senator Grisanti, Chair of the
NYS Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, recommended that
industry professionals let their legislators know they support amending the
pesticide reporting law.  He encouraged attendees to send letters and
participate in NYSTA's Turfgrass Advocacy Day, stating "this has a
significant impact on a legislator's vote".

The Governor's budget lifts the pesticide reporting burden from the certified
pesticide applicator community.  Pesticide applicators have spent countless
hours at a great cost.  Researchers acknowledged that the information is
not usable. The Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner
Joe Martens testified at a budget hearing that changes need to be made.
This budget proposal is an appropriate cost reduction action given that the
data has not been compiled nor requested by researchers.

Again, NYSTA is requesting your assistance.  A letter is prepared for you on
the New York Farm Bureau website:  (Or go to, click
on the black box that says E-Lobby and follow the directions).  This will only
take a few minutes and is a great way to communicate to legislators in
support of our industry.

This issue will be included in NYSTA's Turfgrass Advocacy Day agenda on
March 12, 2014.  Only you can educate legislators as to your business
practices and environmental stewardship.  If you have not registered to
attend and would like to, please go to:, or contact Jill Cyr
at 518-783-1229.

Sincerely,   Rick Holfoth, CGCS   NYSTA President

Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses

is now available online.

Click here to access the BMP website

   Finger Lakes Association of Golf Course Superintendents
Annual Christmas Party
December 5, 2014
Champion Hills CC
5:30 – 7:00 pm Open Bar
7:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner and Dancing
Music presented by Beyond Boarders Band
Cost of event $35.00 per person
Please come and enjoy the night

There have been significant changes to the water withdrawal laws that will
effect us all. Here is a link to the DEC page for Part 601 Water Withdrawal
Permit Application

We received a proposal from Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, PC to
provide your facility with the nessecary engineering report to apply for this
permit. The link below is for their proposal to FLAGCS members.

Hunt Engineering proposal.pdf