Golf Course Management

APR 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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(From left) Scott Welge, head of marketing for Bayer's Professional Lawn and Golf businesses, presents GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans and 2012 GCSAA President Sandy Queen, CGCS, with a check that establishes the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy. New Bayer initiative to benefit GCSAA, EIFG Bayer Environmental Science has launched a new program aimed at advancing plant health research and education, with GCSAA members and the association's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, serving as the prime benefciaries. Dubbed Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, the multi-faceted program will include in-person training for select superintendents, as well as plant-health focused demonstration courses, webinars and scholarships. To fund the program, Bayer will invest a percentage of sales of its StressGard fungicide products each year for three years — expected to be a minimum of $100,000 each year — to the EIFG. "We are appreciative of Bayer Environmental Science's backing of the Environmental Institute for Golf. It demonstrates a commitment to the future of the game," said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA and the EIFG. "The funds will be invested in research-based programs that will support golf course superintendents and enhance the effectiveness and effciency of their operations." One of the prime outcomes of this program will be the creation of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy, which will feature a two-part plant health curriculum that will involve classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., and in-the-feld training at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton, N.C. Twelve superintendents annually will be selected to participate in the academy, with all expenses covered by the program. For more information, visit www.backedbybayer.com/healthy-turf. "Bayer is uniquely positioned to provide technologies and the depth of knowledge to optimize plant and community health," said Jose Milan, the head of Bayer's turf and ornamentals business. "Our support of the EIFG is a natural result of our shared commitment to education and sustainable practices and will help ensure the health of superintendents' courses — and that of the industry — now and in the future." 64 GCM April 2013 winning team the opportunity to join approximately 80 volunteers who will be helping to prep and maintain TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship. The students will spend May 4-14 working with golf course professionals from all over the world and will experience frsthand the planning and work that goes into putting on a PGA Tour event. There was plenty of joy in Amherst and in San Diego as Pat Vittum, Ph.D., one of the faculty sponsors of the UMass team, embraced the students and her friends, and the students embraced each other. Michelle DaCosta, an assistant professor at UMass who has mentored the student teams over the last few years, was unable to attend the conference this year. In an interview with GCSAAtv, Vittum had nothing but praise for the UMass students. "They're just wonderful kids — very professional, very well spoken," she said. "They've worked very hard." She also played down her role in the win, saying that she was "just flling in" for DaCosta, "who deserves a lot of the credit." This year's Turf Bowl fulflled some long-held dreams as schools that had not been in the top 10 for some time rose to the occasion. The winners were: 1st. Team 40, University of Massachusetts–Amherst — Peter White, Evan Bradstreet, Kevin Shewmaker, Sean Raposa; faculty sponsors, Michelle DaCosta and Pat Vittum 2nd. Team 67, University of Arkansas — Grant Harrison, Nathan Tompkins, Ethan Charles, William Mears; faculty sponsor, Doug Karcher 3rd. Team 32, University of Maryland — Josh Malnik, Brian

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