Here is a post from Derek Settle of the Chicago District Golf Association. It is about Pink Snow Mold caused by (Michrodochium nivale). This is the earliest report of this disease that I am aware of in the region. I normally see it in late winter.
It has been a strange year and there are many things showing up at strange times. I find that what Derek sees in Chicago, we generally see here in Iowa.
The first three pictures are from North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. They were taken by Derek on November 16. They are on a Poa/bent 50/50 mix.
Derek is at
Derek Settle, PhD
Director of Turfgrass Program
Chicago District Golf Association
11855 Archer Ave
Lemont, IL 60439
This is a slide from my teaching set showing the canoe shaped spores of Microdochium. This is what you would look for under the microscope to determine if the symptoms are caused by Microdochium.