Bayer Environmental Science Donates Merit Insecticide to San Diego First Tee Golf Course

The First Tee of San Diego at Colina Park Golf Course received a donation of a year’s worth of Merit Insecticide from Bayer Environmental Science at the Golf Course Association of America’s Annual Conference and Show held here.

Bayer made the donation in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Merit. The product is widely used to control all major species of grubs in turf and a broad spectrum of ornamental pests, such as aphids, borers, and hemlock woolly adelgid.

“We are very happy to receive the donation of Merit from Bayer,” said Doug Sparks, golf course superintendent at Colina Park. “We have problems with black turfgrass ataenius, white grubs, and cutworms in turfgrass, as well as aphids, whitefly, thrips, and mealybugs in ornamental plants. Merit provides excellent control of these insects.”

The First Tee program is a national organization with 148 facilities on golf courses throughout the country. Its mission is: “To impact the lives of young people around the word by creating affordable and accessible golf facilities primarily to serve those who have not previously had exposure to the game and its positive values.”

Colina Park Golf Course became a Chapter of The First Tee in 1999. Since then, the facility has built a new clubhouse and enlarged its practice areas and teaching facilities. It has served more than 4,000 kids in its short history.

“Our program was started as the Pro Kids Golf Academy, built in the City Heights section of San Diego,” said Chip Boldin, director of golf. “In this area, we have children from a wide variety of backgrounds, speaking 44 different dialects. Golf is not a traditional pasttime for them.”

For more information about The First Tee program, visit

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