Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 Poking the Nittany Lion In early February, when college football is over and March Madness is more than a month away, sports fans will still have a chance to cheer for their favorite schools, this time as they compete in GCSAA's Collegiate Turf Bowl at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. This year marks the 24th year of the Turf Bowl, which has been presented in part - nership with John Deere since 2011. Over the years, the contest has been fierce, and the 2017 event was exceptionally so. When Penn State and Cal Poly Pomona tied for first place, the tiebreaker rule was applied, with Penn State being declared the winner for the third time in three years. Sixth place was also a tie for teams from Penn State and the University of Guelph (which fronted the only team from a two-year program ever to break into the top 10). In another first, SUNY Delhi broke into the top 10, garnering fourth place and $800 in prize money. SUNY Delhi faculty sponsors — assistant professor Marvin Seaman and instructional support technician (IST) Julia Ward — work as a team to prepare the students. Their secret to success is setting expectations and letting the students know they're capable of win - ning the competition. Seaman, who came to SUNY Delhi in 2015, knows what he's talking about — he participated in the Turf Bowl as an undergraduate at Cal Poly Pomona. In 2016, when Seaman and Ward first took a Delhi team to the Turf Bowl, their best team came in at 11th place. Being so close to the top 10 gave the students the confidence they needed. "They thought, 'We can actu - ally hang in there with the bigger schools,'" says Seaman. "The more times they take the test, the more comfortable they are. ... I think it's great for the students. It's a very practical exam. They get so much out of it." CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 The GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl offers much more than the industry's preeminent competition for turfgrass students and future superintendents. To check out everything available to Turf Bowl participants, go to . high-stress profession — they're hard workers, and a lot of things are out of their control — so mindfulness can be useful to them, and many of them are seeing the appeal in it," says Kelli Flanner, senior manager of curriculum at GCSAA. In Monday's new seminar "Mind - fulness and Millennials: Using Both to Get Results and Keep Your Sanity," you'll get an introduction to mindfulness and how to tap this innate ability for the purposes of dealing with stress, becoming a stronger leader, and fostering a positive workplace environment. Room for debate In "The Great Debate," a fast-paced, lighthearted one-hour session on Tuesday, you'll hear from a selection of superintendents as they debate agronomic practices, with the topics dictated by the spin of a wheel. Enjoy exposure to differing views on the pursuit of common goals. Return engagements Love a previous year's session on, say, social media or do-it-yourself projects? The present - ers in all sessions change every year, so you'll find a fresh batch of insights and perspectives beneath each tried-and-true subject matter umbrella. Access the full list of sessions and presenters at gcsaa-education-conference/sessions . — Megan Hirt, managing editor

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