Bayer CropScience announces Inaugural Plant Health Academy class

Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience, today announced the inaugural class of golf course superintendents selected to participate in the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy. The 12 GCSAA member superintendents chosen to attend the 2013-14 Academy sessions include the following:

Chad B. Corp, CGCS – Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Mich.
Anthony M. Girardi, CGCS – Rockrimmon Country Club, Stamford, Conn.
Jeffrey E. Holliday, CGCS – Salisbury Country Club, Midlothian, Va.
Ralph J. Kepple, CGCS – East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.
Andy Klein, Class A – Falcon Lakes Golf Course, Basehor, Kan.
Joseph A. Lasher, CGCS – The Resort at the Mountain, Welches, Ore.
Eric R. McPherson, CGCS – Omaha Country Club, Omaha, Neb.
Matthew H. Miller, Class A – Carey Park Golf Course, Hutchinson, Kan.
Jeffrey L. Seeman, Class A – Calverton Links, Calverton, N.Y.
Brian J. Stiehler, CGCS – Highlands Country Club, Highlands, N.C.
Douglas A. Vogel, Class A – Packanack Golf Club, Wayne, N.J.
W. Craig Weyandt, Class A – The Moorings Yacht & Country Club, Vero Beach, Fla.

“We are honored by the caliber of applications we received from superintendents with a demonstrated commitment to plant health,” said Scott Welge, head of marketing for Bayer’s Professional Turf & Ornamental (T&O) Business. “Bayer has a rich history of innovation and pioneered the T&O industry’s first plant health solutions more than two decades ago, with the development of StressGard Formulation Technology (FT). The Academy is an opportunity to continue driving the research that will support the next generation of plant health solutions.”

The Plant Health Academy consists of a two-part immersive plant health curriculum for Class A or Superintendent Members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The Academy sessions will involve in-the-field training at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C., Sept. 25-27, and classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., March 3-5, 2014.

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