Registration Open – 2018 NTGCSA Chapter Championship


Chapter Championship

Superintendent and Affiliate Championship

June 14th, 2018

Trophy Club Country Club

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Join us on June 14th at the beautiful Trophy Club Country Club for our annual Chapter Championship.  The championship is open to members and affiliates.  All skill levels and handicaps are welcome and there will be gross and net prizes awarded.


Individual Stroke Play Gross and Net

Title Sponsor

Thank You Longhorn Inc.



About Trophy Club Country Club

Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW (Avid Golfer, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015), Trophy Club Country Club is proud to be the home club of legendary LPGA golfer and Golf Hall of Fame Member, Kathy Whitworth, for more than 20 years. The Club houses the majority of Kathy’s trophies from her 88 tour victories, and she still holds the record for the most tour victories by any professional golfer, male or female. Displayed in a beautiful trophy case in the main dining area are pictures, trophies and other incredible memorabilia from her years on tour with the LPGA.

If you are more inclined to spend time off the course, our tennis programs are unprecedented in the Metroplex. You can also find yourself relaxing by our junior Olympic pool, sweating it out in the fitness center with a personal trainer or hosting a meeting in our private meeting space.

Trophy Club Country Club is a place to meet new friends and strengthen ties with old friends. Social activities for the entire family abound. Come be part of our great heritage and tradition. The Members and staff at Trophy Club Country Club invite you to join us.

In “The Best of the Private Clubs,” Avid Golfer magazine named Trophy Club Country Club “Best Value” and “Best Practice Facility for the Money” in 2015 and 2017. Also named in 2017 in the “Coolest Tech” category for our GolfZon simulator.


2018 Stephen Best Memorial – A Great Day at Sky Creek Ranch

Check out the Pictures From the Event

Stephen Best Memorial

Pro/Superintendent Championship

Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club

May 14, 2018


What a great day we had at the 4th Annual Stephen Best Memorial Pro/Superintendent Championship. Sky Creek Ranch is a fantastic Venue and we thank our host Bryan Tupa for a great day!

For those of you that did not have the privilege of knowing Stephen Best, please enjoy this memorial video.

Platinum Title Sponsor

Professional Turf Products is the South Central United States premier provider of outdoor beautification solutions. We provide exceptional products from the Toro Company as well as many other topflight manufacturers. We sell to independent dealers, golf courses, schools, municipalities, parks, landscape and irrigation contractors. We are committed to customer satisfaction and we strive to develop long-term customer relationships!
Our mission is to exceed the needs of both our internal and external customers with services supporting the sale and distribution of our products.

Meet the Host

Our host Superintendent is Bryan Tupa. Originally from North Dakota, Bryan has worked at a variety of golf courses. He started working at a 9 hole municipal course in Beulah, ND at the age of 14 and worked the summer golf seasons throughout high school. After graduating, Bryan attended Bismarck St College and studied Computer Science. While in school he worked at Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck for 2 years. After really getting involved in the golf business at Hawktree , Bryan decided to make a career out of it. He went on to attend  Rutgers University’s Turfgrass Management Program where he graduated in 2005. During his tenure at  Rutgers, Bryan did an internship at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, CO.
After graduating he was hired on as a crew leader at Castle Pines where he worked for 2 more years and was involved with 3 PGA tournaments. In the spring of 2007 Bryan moved to California for a job at La Costa Resort and Spa. Bryan spent 7 years as the Assistant Superintendent at La Costa and was involved in a 36 hole renovation and 2 LPGA tournaments. In February of 2014 Bryan made the move to Texas for the Superintendent job at Sky Creek Ranch. He currently lives in Keller with his girlfriend Angel and their dog Saydee. Bryan is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Blackhawks and the University of North Dakota’s hockey team.

The Course

For three quarters of a century, the Jones name has been synonymous with imaginative, well-crafted, environmentally sensitive golf course design.  Expanding upon his father’s considerable legacy, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. established Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects – an innovative modern golf course design firm with global reach and a reputation for creating value. Along with his award-winning team, Jones strives to incorporate the unique character and distinct topographical features of each site into the design, diminishing their impact on the environment. As early as the 1970s, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was introducing new ideas for integrating golf with coastal wetlands and other sensitive environments, enhancing wildlife habitats while creating playable golf courses rich with strategic value.
Jones crafted this Texas golf gem in the old style, leaving the terrain completely natural. Offering a perfect balance of playability and strategy, the course features undulating Bermuda fairways framed by corridors of stately oak trees, including numerous doglegs; meticulously manicured, tiered bentgrass greens; an abundance of white sand bunkers; and breathtaking views. Jones’ reverence for nature is evident in every rugged bend. The picturesque Big Bear Creek comes into play on 16 of the 18 holes, with numerous lakes and tributaries adding to the course’s spectacular beauty…as well as its challenge.
While difficult enough to test the mettle of scratch golfers, multiple tees on each hole enable golfers of all abilities to enjoy the subtle nuances and unique design elements that have brought Jones worldwide acclaim. Among the numerous tournaments that have been held at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club are the 2007 Texas State Public Links Championships; the 2008 Gateway Tour; the 2008 Texas Mid Amateur Qualifier; and the 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013 U.S. Amateur Qualifier.

March Chapter Connect Now Available

Check out the latest issue of NTGCSA Chapter Connect
It includes a wrap up of the 2018 Annual Awards Banquet

Review of next week’s Chapter Event at Mira Vista
sponsored by Helena

Jorge Croda CGCS wins Turfnet Superintendent of the Year

Good luck to our NT Tour Stops

Tribute to Marian Takushi

Wrap up of Education Event at Dallas Country Club

And all the latest NTGCSA and GCSAA news and information.

Click here to read the issue online

Click here to download and print a PDF

April Event – Mira Vista Country Club

What a great day at the beautiful Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth for our April Chapter Event.  Thank you to our Past President and Host Mike Epps and his staff for treating us all to a great day of golf, the course was in fantastic shape.  We are so thankful to have had Helena as the Title Sponsor for the event.  Thank you to Brad Shaver and Rick Blasi for a very informative and interesting educational meeting.  Congratulations to Robbie Boyd and Andy Wright on winning 1st Gross, and Scott Alford and Jeff Smith on winning 1st Net.  Thank you to all our NTGCSA Members for participating in the event.

Click here to view photos from our great day at Mira Vista
Title Sponsor

Founded in 1957, Helena Chemical Company has grown to be one of the nation’s foremost agricultural and specialty formulators and distributors in the United States. Products and services offered include Crop Protection Products, Fertilizer and Fertilizer Application Services, Specialized Nutrients, Seed and Seed Treatments, Financial Services, and Precision Ag Services and Software.  Helena also offers its own line of products – Adjuvants, Bioscience, Branded Fertilizers, Nutritionals, Seed Treatments and Value-Added Products – through the Helena Products Group (HPG).

Helena is headquartered outside of Memphis in Collierville, Tennessee. Across the country, Helena has over 4,000 employees that work in about 450 branch locations, as well as division offices.

Helena’s overriding goal is to help its customers succeed.  This is achieved with a unique combination of dedicated and knowledgeable people, unique and useful products and the latest technical knowledge.  The company defines its own success through the success of its customers.

The theme of People…Products…Knowledge… pervades all levels of the company, with customer success as the goal and ultimate end result.


Brad Shaver – Helena Chemical
Topic: Biostimulants and Phytohormones in Turfgrass Management Programs
This talk will explore various categories of Biostimulants, how they help the plant respond to stress and how these products can be used in an integrated management program.

Brad Shaver received his Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences from ClemsonUniversity in 2015 in Plant and Environmental Sciences where he studied plant-parasitic nematodes in turfgrass. Previously, Brad worked as a sales rep and branch manager for Helena Chemical Company in North and South Carolina. He returned to Helena in 2015 as the specialty division agronomist. Brad covers the entire US for Helena, providing training and technical advice for sales reps and customers. Brad lives in Lyman, SC with his wife and two children.

Rick Blasi – Helena Chemical
Topic – Maintaining Optimum Turf Growth and Health
Plant Extracts and their impact on Turf.  Covering Renova, Viva , and Utilize, three unique products from Helena.

Rick Blasi joined Helena Chemical company in 2001 as a Territory Manager for KS/MO. He was promoted to National Account Manager with Helena in 2006 and promoted again to Helena Product Manager in 2009, his current position. Rick has a B.S. in Agribusiness from Kansas State University. After graduation he worked for a Fertilizer Retail Facility as a Crop Advisor and Applicator for 3 years. He got involved in Distribution to the Golf Industry in 1997.   Rick has been involved in the golf industry for 20+ years and has loved every minute of it. Rick enjoys the outdoors which include Golf and Hunting.

The Course

In 1985, the Mira Vista development group purchased 625 acres of ranch land in west Fort Worth -now home to a world-class golf course and gated community. Jerry L. Thomas broke ground in 1987, with a vision to turn the raw, yet spectacular ranching terrain into an exclusive, upscale golf course community.

The spectacular terrain and exhilarating views soon became the inspiration for the community’s name and identity. Mira Vista, which in Spanish means “See the View”, perfectly captured the image of the country club.

The centerpiece of the Mira Vista planned community is a masterful golf course that is the creation of golf professional Tom Weiskopf and golf course architect Jay Morrish. Their efforts have resulted in the design and construction of one of the most outstanding championship golf courses in North Texas.

Opening day -August 22,1987 marked the first new country club in Fort Worth in 15 years. Mira Vista began with 84 Charter Members and in the past 25 years has grown to include over 650 memberships. Mira Vista became a member-owned country club in 2008 and continues to look forward and welcome what the future holds.