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4th Annual Assistant Superintendent Tournament

September 21, 2009

Plan to participate in the 4th Annual Assistant Superintendent Tournament. We are well on our way to raising over $1,000 in cash and prizes. We look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

When: September 28

Where: Gates Park Golf Course in Waterloo.

Details: Golf starts at 10am
$30 covers golf, cart, lunch, and prizes.

See the registration form for all additional information.

Please let me know if you have additional questions,



Derek Harmon Memorial Golf Tournament

October 22, 2009

The Derek Harmon Memorial Golf Tournament took place on Sunday, October 18 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course. Derek was a turfgrass student at Iowa State who possessed an unconditional love for golf courses and nature and the tournament was held to honor his memory and to create a scholarship for turfgrass students attending Iowa State. There was an overwhelming show of support from family, friends, and the industry and close to $12,000 was raised towards a scholarship in Derek’s name.

A big “thank you” goes out to John Newton, CGCS, and his crew along with the entire clubhouse staff, all the participants, and everyone else that was involved in the planning and preparation for this event. Derek would be very proud.

Derek, in your honor as a superfan of all Chicago sports.



Additional pictures from the tournament








Derek worked at Ballard Golf and Country Club, Roaring Fork (Colorado), Pinehurt (North Carolina), and Biltmore Country Club, (Illinois)








A bench in Derek's honor resides behind the green on the 15th hole.





Approximately 160 golfers played in the tournament. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Marcus Jones

Graduate Research Assistant


Derek Harmon Memorial Golf Outing and Fun Day

October 13, 2009

Sunday October 18th, 2009 - Veenker Memorial Golf Course
Host Superintendent: John Newton, CGCS
Registration 10 – 10:45
Shotgun Start 11:00
Format of Play: 4 Player Best shot
Awards and Social Immediately Following Golf
Entry Fee: $30 / player, lunch included at the turn
Additionally, In-Kind Donations will be accepted.
ALL proceeds from this event will go to establish a scholarship through the ISU Horticulture Dept.

Registration Form


ITI/IGCSA Benefit Tournament Recap

October 3, 2011

The 30th Annual Iowa Turfgrass Institute/Iowa Golf Course Superintendent's Association Benefit Golf Tournament was held October 3 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa.  The success of this event depends on the involvement of many individuals, vendors and allied associations.  Funds raised from the tournament support turfgrass research and scholarships.


Wakonda Superintendent John Temme working hard right up until the start of the tournament.  Thanks for such an enjoyable day John.

Special thanks to golf course Superintendent John Temme and his entire staff for hosting the event and having the golf course in impeccable shape.  Everyone who participated was treated to beautiful weather and striking fall colors.  To see what the Wakonda Staff has been up to, check out their maintenance blog, Wakonda Grounds. 

Marcus Jones
Assistant Scientist


9th Annual Derek Harmon Golf Outing

April 14, 2017

Please join us for the 9th Annual Derek Harmon Classic Golf Outing on Saturday April 22, 2017 at Veenker Golf Course in Ames, IA. This golf tournament benefits scholarships for Iowa State University Horticulture students in the turfgrass option. Proceeds from this event and auction go to the scholarship endowment thorough The Iowa State University Foundation in Derek's name to benefit this year's winners and future students. Registration starts at noon with a shotgun start at 1. Over 20 Derek Harmon Memorial Scholarships have been awarded. Previous Derek Harmon Scholarship winners have been named: the Assistant Superintendent of the Year by the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Toro Super Bowl Internship Award winner, and  many are now working in the turfgrass industry.

Before golf a silent auction will be happening. Specialty hole prizes include a hole-in-one for a Ford Mustang and other fun prizes. After golf there will be complimentary food and a live auction for various golf equipment, restaurant coupons, rounds of golf, and other fun items. 

For more information and to register please visit:

Hope to see everyone next week!!