Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience, announced the 2015 annual Plant Health Academy class at a reception at the 2015 Golf Industry Show (GIS) held last week in San Antonio. The third annual Academy is part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, an initiative Bayer developed in collaboration with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to advance plant health research and education for superintendents.
Bayer and GCSAA selected 12 superintendents to attend the 2015 Plant Health Academy:
— Ryan Bourne, Class A member, Terradyne Country Club, Andover, Kan.
— Rodney Crow, CGCS, Class A member, Touchstone Golf Management – Battleground Golf Club, Deer Park, Texas
— Jamey Davis, Class A member, Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, Birmingham, Ala.
— Anthony Gustaitis, CGCS, Class A member, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
— Brian Haines, CGCS, Class A member, Westchester Country Club, Boynton, Fla.
— Sean Hoolehan, CGCS, Class A member, Wildhorse Resort, Pendleton, Ore.
— Nicholas Janovich, Class A member, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, W.Va.
— Tray Maltby, Class A member, Reunion Resort, Davenport, Fla.
— Jay Neunsinger, superintendent member, Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkeley, Calif.
— Brent Racer, superintendent member, Awarii Dunes, Axtell, Neb.
— Alex Stuedemann, superintendent member, TPC Deere Run, East Moline, Ill.
— Jeff White, CGCS, Class A member, Indian Hills Country Club, Mission Hills, Kan.
“We were blown away by the high caliber of candidates we received this year,” said David Wells, golf business manager for the turf and ornamentals business at Bayer. “It says a lot about our industry that we have so many bright, ambitious leaders and we are proud of their commitment to continuing education and their passion to advance their knowledge of plant health and turf management.”
The Plant Health Academy is a two-part education and training curriculum over two-and-a-half-days where golf course superintendents receive a comprehensive education and training curriculum. The first of two sessions is a classroom training held at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., on April 20-22, 2015, and the second is an in-the-field training at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton, N.C., from Sept. 23-25, 2015. The Plant Health Academy is part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, an initiative by Bayer through funding of the EIFG that provides webinars and scholarships to advance the golf industry for the future.