Golf Course Management

APR 2019

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 Turf Bowl XXV: The Nittany Lion roars back e eastern cougar (Puma concolor couguar), the inspiration for Penn State's mascot, may be extinct, but the Nittany Lion has roared back, retaking first place in the 25th GCSAA Col - legiate Turf Bowl competition after ceding the top honors to Auburn University in 2018. e remaining Penn State teams placed fourth and fifth, bringing the university's total prize money to $5,500, equal to more than half of the $10,000 awarded to the top 10 teams com - peting in the Turf Bowl. For four of the past five years, Penn State students have dominated the Turf Bowl competition, taking first and sixth place in 2017, first and 10th in 2016, and first, third and ninth in 2015. For the 10th year, the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl was presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, which supports the event by providing cash awards, student swag bags, a re - ception the night before the event and break- fast the morning of the exam. Members of the victorious team were also offered the chance to join the grounds crew at an upcoming PGA Tour event. Penn State took three teams and two addi - tional students to GIS this year, and it's not just to give them an edge in the Turf Bowl. Ben Mc - Graw, Ph.D., faculty sponsor for the students, says, "We try to take at least three teams. I wish body referred to me as an American," an emo - tional Tanto said around pauses. "It was the first time I realized the great fortune for hav - ing given me the opportunity to experience the American dream." e last wrinkle came in the awarding of the Old Tom Morris Award, GCSAA's high - est honor, which is presented to an individual who, through a continuing lifetime commit - ment to the game of golf, has helped mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style ex - emplified by Old Tom Morris. For the first time, the award went to a group of individuals: the pioneering Powell family, which created and still maintains Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio, the first and only golf course in the U.S. designed, built and owned by an African-American. Late patriarch William Powell hand-created the course, which opened in 1948. His son, Larry, a 44-year GCSAA member, still serves as the course's superintendent, and William Powell's daughter, Renee, is its PGA professional. Larry and Renee Powell were interviewed by ompson on stage after receiving the Old Tom Morris Award and spoke reveren - tially about their late father. "He was so deter- mined to return fairness to the game of golf," Renee said. — A.H. For the fourth time in five years, Penn State University students won the GCSAA's Collegiate Turf Bowl trophy. Shown from left are: 2018 GCSAA President Darren Davis, CGCS; faculty adviser Ben McGraw, Ph.D.; the members of the winning team — Nicholas Chamberlin, David Alex Hendler, Seth Re and Ian Patterson; and Manny Gan, John Deere director of global golf. turf bowl 1st: Team 61, Penn State University ($4,000) Ian Patterson, David Alex Hendler, Seth Re, Nicholas Chamberlin; Adviser: Ben McGraw, Ph.D. 2nd: Team 29, Iowa State University ($2,000) Jarrett Chapman, Alex Polnow, Thomas Gould, Aaron Butler; Adviser: Nick Christians, Ph.D. 3rd: Team 58, University of Maryland ($1,000) Clayton Young, Benjamin Word, Brendan Keane, Max Sturges; Adviser: Geoffrey Rinehart 4th: Team 36, Penn State University ($800) Marcus Lounello, Aaron Cabanaw, Raul Iurk, Nathan Wattier; Adviser: Ben McGraw, Ph.D. 5th: Team 56, Penn State University ($700) Daniel Voorhees, Micah Osenbach, Brady Scales, John Shupp; Adviser: Ben McGraw, Ph.D. 6th: Team 14, Auburn University ($300) Joshua Milam, Adam Hughes, Eli Russell, Maddux Richardson; Adviser: David Han, Ph.D. 7th: Team 50, Cal Poly Pomona ($300) Julissa Gomez, Stephen Espinosa, Phuc Nguyen, Hailey Taniguchi; Adviser: Priti Saxena, Ph.D. 8th: Team 24, Clemson University ($300) Nathan Bailes, Ryan Ponder, William Landry, George Fant; Adviser: Donald Garrett, CGCS 9th: Team 1, Purdue University ($300) Matthew Rollyson, Easton Davis, Garrett Mitchell, Luke Simon; Adviser: Cale Bigelow, Ph.D. 10th: Team 4, University of Guelph ($300) Scott Powers, Daniel Ye, Andrew Radonicich, Isaac Swanton; Adviser: Stephen Fleischauer

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