April Event – Mira Vista Country Club

The North Texas GCSA is excited to announce that we will be visiting the beautiful Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth in early April. Past President Mike Epps and his staff have graciously invited the chapter and will certainly have the golf course in great condition for a fun day of competition. Helena Chemical is our Platinum Sponsor and will be our education provider that will deliver useful and practical information.


9:00 – 10:00     Check-In / Registration
10:00 – 11:30     Education
11:30 – 12:30     Lunch
12:30     Golf
$60.00 per person

CLICK HERE to Register

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.

February Education

Thank you BWI and to our great speakers for a terrific day of
education at Dallas Country Club.
If you weren’t able to join us, you missed out on these speakers
as well as TDA and GCSA Continuing Education Points.
Check out all of the photos from our great day: Click Here

Laura Miller
BASF County Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture Texas,
AgriLife Extension Agent Tarrant County
Topic: Laws and Regulations

Raymond Miller
Senior Sales Specialist – Dow AgroSciences
Topic: Best Management Practices for Pre-Emerge Herbicides

Gary Brooks
Bayer Environmental, M.S. Entomology Texas A&M
Topic: Integrated Pest Management

Emmett Muennink
Arborjet, M.S. Texas Tech University,
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
Topic: Top 5 DFW Tree Problems and Best Management
Application Techniques

Wes Eppele
Territory Manager for BASF
Topic: Best Management Practices for Fungicide Applications

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor!

Winter Chapter Connect Now Available

Enjoy the Winter Issue of the
NTGCSA Chapter Connect

It is packed with information about our
upcoming 2018 Annual Awards Banquet
Make plans to join us at Bent Tree CC

There are also nomination letters for the 2017
A.C. and Garry Bearden Superintendent of the Year Award
Congratulations to nominees Scott Miller CGCS, Bryan Tupa,
and Anthony Williams CGCS. All very deserving!

This issue also includes a very informative article from
Affiliate Member Curt Franklin title
“Colorants (Dyes, Pigments, and Paints)
Thank you for your contribution, Curt!

All this and lots more news and information.