Applications Now Open for the 9th Annual Green Start Academy


Applications Now Open for the 9th Annual Green Start Academy
Assistant superintendents may apply now for the opportunity to attend premier educational and networking event

Cary, N.C. (May 19, 2014) – John Deere Golf and Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today announced the application process for the 9th Annual Green Start Academy (GSA) is open to assistant superintendents in the U.S. and Canada. Assistant superintendents looking to advance their careers, hone their skills in critical areas like labor management and budgeting and meet prominent professionals in the field are encouraged to apply.

GSA will take place on October 15-17 at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C., and the John Deere Turf Care factory in nearby Fuquay-Varina. Those in attendance will network with fellow professionals and gain insights from top industry leaders. Fifty assistant superintendents will be selected as participants, and will receive an expense-paid trip to attend the highly-regarded event.

“For nine years, we’ve been honored to help create the opportunity for assistant superintendents to grow professionally and personally through this unique program that connects them to leading superintendents from across the United States and Canada,” says Mark Ford, marketing manager for John Deere Golf. “We are also incredibly appreciative of the superintendent panelists who generously share their time and expertise with the assistants selected for the program.”

Assistant superintendents interested in attending should complete the online application, which includes submitting a resume and cover letter.

“We continue to be impressed by the quality of applicants and their commitment to advancing their careers,” says David Wells, golf business manager for Bayer’s turf and ornamentals business. “These men and women represent the future of our industry, and we are eager to play our part by providing the tools they need to succeed.”

Consideration is given to all applicants, from every type of club and course. An independent panel of golf industry experts will select the 50 highest-ranked applicants. Those who are selected to attend will be notified by mid-August.

This year’s judging panel includes:
• Chris Condon, Golf Course Superintendent, Tetherow Golf Club
• Jeff Corcoran, Manager of Golf Courses and Grounds, Oak Hill Country Club
• Paul Cushing, Assistant Deputy Director, Golf Division, Torrey Pines
• Chris Dew, Superintendent, The National Golf Club of Canada
• Bob Farren, Director of Golf Courses and Grounds, Pinehurst Resort
• Ken Mangum, Director of Golf Courses and Grounds, Atlanta Athletic Club
• Bryan Stromme, Regional Director of Agronomy, Midwest, Billy Casper Golf
• Billy Weeks, Golf Superintendent, Duke University Golf Club

Assistant superintendents interested in applying, or gathering more information, should visit

About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

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