Montgomery County Revenue Authority
Airpark to Celebrate 50 Years on October 9, 2010
posted September 28, 2010
Montgomery County Revenue Authority Celebrates Earth Day with Increased Initiatives to Improve Environmental Footprint at its Golf Courses
Expanded Use of Organic Fertilizer, Soil Conservation Gains and Partnership with Audubon International Part of MCRA Green Commitment
In recognition of Earth Day 2009, the Montgomery County Revenue Authority (MCRA) renewed its commitment to improving the environmental footprint of all MCRA golf courses. As part of that effort, MCRA has partnered with Perdue AgriRecycle to treat its courses with an organic pasteurized poultry litter fertilizer, which helps to reduce the MCRA's environmental impact, yet also improves the playing surfaces in a more natural way.
The environmental benefits of the product include slow nutrient release from natural microbial breakdown, no foliar burn potential after application, and the availability of ten of the thirteen nutrients required by turfgrass for improved plant cell structure and vigor. Achieving a healthier balance of soil nutrition ultimately allows for the reduction of pesticide applications because the grass can withstand the attacks of disease pathogens and insects.
In addition to using organic fertilizer, the MCRA, as part of its environmentally friendly initiatives, is working with a soil consultant to help establish the proper nutritional levels for the primary playing areas and to minimize the amount of fertilizer needed. Additionally, the irrigation water used at MCRA courses is regularly tested to ensure healthy levels of nutrients and chemicals.
"The MCRA is proud of its commitment to improving the environmental footprint of our golf courses and taking a leading position in the promotion earth-friendly initiatives for the industry," said Jon Lobenstine, MCRA Director of Agronomy. "Switching to an organic fertilizer and working with a soil consultant enables us to achieve a healthier and better playing surface all while reducing our impact on the environment. By achieving the optimum balance of soil nutrition, the turf grass will be able to better withstand the attacks from weeds and pathogens and is able to recuperate more rapidly from the stress caused by golfers or temperature extremes."
The MCRA has also been an active partner with Audubon International in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program. The award-winning program works with golf course management to protect the environment while preserving the natural heritage of the game of golf. Once a golf course successfully completes the program, the course is honored with an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary certification. The MCRA's Little Bennett Golf Course completed its certification several years ago and is one of only 12 golf courses in the state to have that distinction. All other MCRA courses are now taking part in the multi-year Audubon certification process.
"Our partnership with Audubon International is another example of our focus on providing not only a superior golf experience for the citizens of Montgomery County but also one that is earth-friendly," added Mr. Lobenstine. "Little Bennett stands out as one of Maryland's premier eco-oriented golf courses and we look forward to achieving similar recognition for our other facilities."
Emily Delauter is Named Tournament & Event Coordinator
Wayne Rohauer, Director of Golf Operations, announced the appointment of Emily Delauter as the Tournament & Event Coordinator for Montgomery County Revenue Authority. This position will enable us to place a main focus on golf outing business by giving dedicated personal attention to each client. Ms. Delauter graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Mass Communications and has several years of experience in event planning and execution.
Rohauer said, "Emily will bring a much needed element into our operation, which will have an immediate impact on business growth and customer service."
Emily was most recently with Hollow Creek Country Club in Middletown, MD as an Event Coordinator. She was responsible for all events including golf outings, weddings, and meetings.
Ms. Delauter says, "I am excited about joining MCRA and I look forward to working with the golf outing organizers in the community to aid them in reaching the goals of their organizations."
Tour 2008 Event Information
MCG Year End Event and Shoot Out:
Montgomery County Golf is holding the annual Year End Event and Shoot Out at Little Bennett Golf Course in Clarksburg on Saturday, October 25. The day's events include the year-end golf sale, prize drawings, and the MCG Tour Shoot Out golf tournament. MCG Tour cards must be completed and free round must be played no late than October 17, 2008 to be eligible for the Shoot Out and any prizes. To register for the Shoot Out, call Little Bennett Golf Course at (301) 253-1515 starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October, 20, 2008. Lunch will be provided during tournament play, and Chick-fil-A will provide food during the prize drawings.
Individuals must be present to win any prize drawings. Proper ID required at check-in. MCG Tour cards are not transferrable. Event date and time subject to change. Please refer back to this website, to any MCG golf course, or to MCG E-Club messages for updates.
Montgomery County Amateur Tournament
The Montgomery County Amateur Tournament was held on August 2 and 3 at Laytonsville Golf Course. We had great turnout with 100 golfers. Also, Laytonsville Golf Course hosted the Middle Atlantic PGA Central Chapter Pro-Junior. The Laytonsville team, consisting of Head Golf Professional Dean Greer with juniors Kyle Dove, Jimmy Poe, and Scottie Fullerton, won the net division for the second year in a row.
Montgomery County Revenue Authority Golf Courses Will Participate in the Second Annual National Patriot Golf Day on August 30, 2008 Contributions will support families of Fallen Heroes
Rockville, MD - the Montgomery County Revenue Authority (MCRA) golf courses will participate in the nation's Second Annual Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. Golfers across the country and at the MCRA golf courses, have the unique opportunity to donate to the Folds of Honor Foundation to support families of those who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of military duty. MCRA golf courses will be donating $1 for each green fee that is processed on Saturday, August 30, 2008. In addition, many of the golf courses will be hosting events that will generate additional donations and create a fun atmosphere for the golfers. Many of the courses will have decorated military personnel on hand acting as Ambassadors for the event.
"We are extremely excited to be a part of this program for a second year and represent Montgomery County in helping the families of those who have lost their lives, or who have experienced life changing injuries," said Wayne Rohauer, Director of Golf Operations, Montgomery County Revenue Authority. "This is a wonderful opportunity for golfers in our community to give back to those who have given everything. Last year, we contributed over $7,000 and we have a goal of $10,000 this year."
For more information about Patriot Golf Day or to make a donation, visit PlayGolfAmerica.com or foldsofhonor.com
Montgomery County Golf to Hold Year End Event and Shoot Out on Saturday, October 25, 2008
Montgomery County Golf is holding the annual Year End Event and Shoot Out at Little Bennett Golf Course in Clarksburg on Saturday, October 25. The day's events include the year-end golf sale, prize drawings, and the MCG Tour Shoot Out golf tournament. MCG Tour cards must be completed and free round must be played no later than October 17, 2008 to be eligible for the Shoot Out and any prizes.
Individuals must be present to win any prize drawings. Proper ID required at chick-in. MCG Tour cards are not transferrable. Event date and time subject to change. Please refer back to this website, to any MCG golf course, or to MCG E-Club messages for updates.
Northwest Golf Course Junior Wins Maryland State Golf Association Womens' Division 2008 Junior Girls Championship
It is with great pleasure that we announce Karishma Thiagaraj, age 14, whose home course is Northwest Golf Course, won the Maryland State Golf Association (MSGA) Womens' Division 2008 Junior Girls Championship on June 24, 2008. Karishma's sister, Khushboo, 12 years old, won the 13-under division.
Karishma and Khushboo and their father have been in the U.S. for a handful of months, and this was their first tournament in the States. Their mother has been in the U.S. for about 2 years, working in the information technology field.
Their father, Charles Thiagaraj, said, "It all started at Northwest GC. We have received tremendous encouragement and support from everyone there, especially TR Snoots and Sang Moon."
Further, Thiagaraj shared, "The girls love playing there (Northwest GC), they like the friendly environmental guidance, which has been conducive to their success here in the U.S."
TR Snoots, PGA Head Golf Professional, Northwest Golf Course, says, "I am so proud of these two girls. It is a pleasure to work with two such talented, all-around good kids. I look forward to seeing them continue enjoying and excelling at the sport of golf."
The Thiagaraj girls are on Snoots' junior golf team at Northwest Golf Course. Montgomery County Revenue Authority, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Recreation Department, created four junior golf teams comprised of Middle School students - Northwest, Needwood, Falls Road, and Laytonsville Golf Course each had a team in the spring and plans are to expand them to the fall season.
For a link to the article on the MSGA website, click here.
For the link to the recent article in the Baltimore Examiner, click here.
Montgomery County Revenue Authority Using Environmentally Friendly Fertilizer at its Golf Courses
Montgomery County Revenue Authority (MCRA) is pleased to announce the recent addition of more environmentally friendly, organic fertilizer at its golf courses."It is a goal of our organization to use more environmentally friendly practices at our facilities," stated MCRA Executive Director Keith Miller.
When Jon Lobenstine, MCRA Director of Agronomy, approached Miller with the idea of using organic fertilizer - pasteurized poultry manure (PPM) to be exact - Miller was intrigued. The PPM fertilizer, MicroSTART 60, distributed by Davisson Golf, Inc. of Hanover, Maryland, comes from Perdue AgriRecycle in Delaware.
Jim Perdue, Chairman of Perdue Incorporated, said, "The product we are providing for use on golf courses is a viable and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical fertilizers, and we applaud Montgomery County for taking this step."
According to Cathy Klein, Vice President of Co-Products Sales for Perdue AgriBusiness, "By converting chicken letter to pasteurized organic fertilizer, Perdue AgriRecycle helps relocate excess nutrients to areas where they are needed and have not been traditionally sued in the past."
Lobenstine has had a bulk fertilizer storage bin placed at eight of the nine Montgomery County Revenue Authority golf courses. Lobenstine adds, "The initial cost is slightly higher than that of traditional chemical fertilizer, but we believe that the organic product is superior because the turf can more efficiently process the PPM and we get the added bonus of knowing we're being more environmentally responsible."
According to Lobenstine, "Not only does the PPM offer the nitrogen necessary for the improved turf vigor, but it also offers a full complement of ten essential nutrients that are important for plant development and sustainability."
Perdue AgriRecycle, LLC, is a joint venture between Perdue Incorporated, a leading food and agricultural products company and on of the country's largest poultry producers, and AgriRecycle, the company that helped to develop the litter pelletizing technology. Its manufacturing facility, the first-ever large-scale litter-pelletizing operation, is located in Sussex County, Delaware. Perdue AgriRecycle MicroSTART 60 meets the requirements of the National Organic Program for organic crop production. For more information, visit perdueagrirecycle.com.
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