Golf Course Management

APR 2018

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 has a tiger for a mascot, a school cheer of "War Eagle!" and refers to its students as "Plains - men" — took the top prize. Auburn professor Beth Guertal gives some background: "Three years ago, when the guys had a top-10 finish (the highest ever for Auburn), they came back and said, 'We will win this.' Two of those team members are now seniors and are members of the team that did indeed win the Turf Bowl." This year, Purdue University placed second, and Penn State, which had won the three pre - vious competitions, took third and sixth place and won the 2018 Collegiate Spirit Award. Olds College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, became the second international school to breach the top 10, taking eighth place in the competition. — Teresa Carson, GCM senior science editor Grand opening Major golf champion Ernie Els wasted no time in proclaiming his take on GCSAA su - perintendent members. "Eighteen thousand of you worldwide. That's quite a group. Thank you for what you do for us," Els said after receiving the associa - tion's highest honor — the Old Tom Morris Award — during the GIS Opening Session, presented in partnership with Syngenta, in the Stars at Night Ballroom at the Henry B. Gon - zalez Convention Center. Els, who arrived earlier in the day from Flor - ida and was headed to Pebble Beach, Calif., to That moment represents the culmination of months of study — which sometimes begins immediately after the previous year's GIS — and a few anxious minutes before or during the exam. The GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl is pre - sented in partnership with John Deere Golf, which supports the Tweet Rally contest and supplies swag bags for the students, cash awards for their turf clubs, and a reception the night before the exam and breakfast the following morning. The company also offers members of the winning team an opportunity to join the grounds crew at TPC Sawgrass in preparing for The Players Championship the second week - end in May. Shortly before revealing the 2018 Turf Bowl victors, Dave Plaster, North American sales manager for John Deere Golf, introduced him - self to the students and gave them sound advice. "As a future superintendent, you will not only be responsible for growing grass. You will be responsible for leading a team and fostering member relationships. You will also be respon - sible for understanding the business of golf course operations. In many ways, you will be - come the Chief Operation Officer of your golf course, so if you haven't already, add some busi - ness management classes to your coursework," he said. Like last year's Turf Bowl, the 2018 event featured a significant "first." For the first time in turf Bowl history, Auburn University — which CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 A team from Auburn University won GCSAA's Collegiate Turf Bowl for the first time in Turf Bowl history. Shown from left are: 2017 GCSAA President Bill Maynard, CGCS; faculty adviser Dave Han, Ph.D.; the members of the winning team — Brock Pittman, Allen Car - roll, Austin Brown and Kyle Kinney; and John Deere Golf's sales and marketing manager Dave Plaster. 2018 GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Top 10 1st: Team 37, Auburn University ($4,000) — Austin Brown, Wayne Allen Carroll III, Kyle Kinney, Brock Pittman; Adviser: David Han, Ph.D. 2nd: Team 24, Purdue University — Chris Skronski, Tyler Prentkowski, Cameron Gurtner, Austin Dance; Adviser: Cale Bigelow, Ph.D. 3rd: Team 4, Penn State University — Nathaniel Leiby, Aleksander Schuler, Nicholas Chamberlin, Ethan Hull; Adviser: Ben McGraw, Ph.D. 4th: Team 23, Team University of Maryland — Max Sturges, Keaton Klee, Nicolas Tardif, Brendan Keane; Adviser: Geoff Rinehart 5th: Team 10, Iowa State University — Aaron Butler, Jarrett Chapman, Chet Caneff, Matt Collingbourne; Adviser: Nick Christians, Ph.D. 6th: Team 5, Penn State University — Dylan Eastin, Alex Hendler, Shawn Moore, Kevin Logan; Adviser: Ben McGraw, Ph.D. 7th: Team 8, Cal Poly Pomona — Brian Fuertes, Mark Nakatsui, Eric Green, Sean McLaughlin; Adviser: Priti Saxena, Ph.D. 8th: Team 19, Olds College — Andre Lens, Robert Balcom, Michael Davis, Fergus Butt; Adviser: Jason Pick 9th: Team 42, Michigan State University/ Purdue University — Ryan Bearss (MSU), Elena Cadenas Rivas (MSU), Brock Neff (Purdue); Advisers: Trey Rogers, Ph.D., and Cale Bigelow, Ph.D. 10th: Team 48, Rutgers University — James Surico, Raquel Schwartz, Zhonggi Xu, Shidi Wu; Adviser: Brad Park (MSU)

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