JULY 13-14, 2018
Wins Rain-Shortened Chapter Clash Golf Tournament in La Crosse
On July 13, MPSTMA members met Iowa and Wisconsin STMA chapter
representatives in La Crosse, Wisc. The day started off with
overcast clouds but always looking like a threat to rain. Each state
provided 2-man scramble teams with groups going off the front and
back side of Forest Hills Public Golf Course featuring a unique,
usable train track in the middle of the course.
Umbrellas were not needed until groups reached their 11th or 12th holes.
Then the rains came. Pouring enough for standing water on top of the
greens. Host Peter Bemis, Wisconsin STMA Chapter Manager notified
the players that this year's tournament was complete. Golfers would
not be allowed back on the course. Everyone then enjoyed a great
lunch under the awnings of the pro shop while it rained.
The tournament was reduced to nine holes. Minnesota was first, Iowa
second and Wisconsin third - fitting that all three states medaled.
Most everyone stayed the night in La Crosse. The next day, the group
met at the University of La Crosse to tour the track and sports
fields and maintenance facility.
ABOVE LEFT: At a previous Chapter Clash, former Iowa State Professor Dr. David Minner, showed
Minnesotans how to
tell the difference between ryegrass
On the right, Mike McDonald, CSFM,
TCF Bank Stadium, takes a closer look at the
grass stems through magnifying glasses.