Syngenta to Highlight New Turf Innovations and Personal Wellness at GIS 2019

  • Play the trivia challenge for a chance to win an Apple Watch or Fitbit 
  • Complimentary wellness checkups at the Mobile Wellness Unit
  • Health in Action 5K to benefit the EIFG

At the 2019 Golf Industry Show (GIS) Feb. 2-7 in San Diego, California, Syngenta will spotlight the latest tools for keeping turf in top shape, including Posterity® and Secure® Action fungicides and Manuscript® herbicide. Superintendents can test their knowledge on these products and more with the in-booth turf trivia challenge (#3222).

Additionally, as part of the Condition. Perform. Recover. platform from Syngenta, which focuses on turf health as well as superintendents’ personal health, attendees can participate in the Health in Action 5K fun run and receive free wellness checkups at the Mobile Wellness Unit.

“We are excited for superintendents to learn about our latest innovations in disease, weed and insect control, including Divanem® nematicide, which was recently registered for use in California,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager at Syngenta. “We’re proud to provide educational activities like our in-booth trivia challenge and the Shop Talk sessions on the show floor, and we also hope attendees take a moment to focus on themselves with a fitness and health checkup at our Mobile Wellness Unit.”

Below is an overview of all the Syngenta highlights at GIS 2019:

In-booth Turf Trivia challenge

Syngenta Booth #3222

Feb. 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Attendees can stop by the Syngenta booth for some friendly competition and show off their turf knowledge with an in-booth trivia challenge. The top scorers each day of the tradeshow will win an Apple Watch® Series 4. Everyone who plays will be entered for a chance to win one of six random drawings for a Fitbit Alta[1].

Mobile Wellness Unit medical checkups

Booth #2916 – near GCSAA member services

Feb. 6-7, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

For the second year, Syngenta will be offering free health screenings for turf management professionals at its Mobile Wellness Unit.  

To help alleviate the stress of scheduling a health and wellness checkup, a registered nurse will be available to provide blood pressure measurements, cholesterol level assessments, glucose analyses and more. Health counseling for medical concerns and informational brochures discussing health and wellness topics will also be provided at no cost. For a preview of the wellness checkup, watch this video.

Sign up for an appointment with our registered nurse here.

Opening Reception

Convention center, Center Terrace

Feb. 5, 5-7:30 p.m.

Syngenta and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will host a reception for all GIS attendees to meet and network with industry professionals from across the country, while enjoying complimentary appetizers and cocktails.

Opening Session

Convention center, Ballroom 20

Feb. 6, 8:30-9:50 a.m.

To kick off the show, Syngenta and the GCSAA will honor several industry professionals, including the Certified Golf Course Superintendent Class of 2018, the recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award and the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. Mike Parkin, global head of Lawn & Garden Controls at Syngenta, will provide a special welcome to attendees.

GCSAA Certification Luncheon

Convention center, Ballroom 20

Feb. 6, 12:30-2 p.m.

At this invitation-only luncheon, Syngenta and the GCSAA will celebrate the Class of 2018’s newly Certified Golf Course Superintendents (CGCSs) and provide special acknowledgements of 25- and 40-year CGCSs in attendance.

Shop Talk – Managing difficult weeds & diseases in warm-season turf

Booth #5929

Feb. 6, 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Lane Tredway, Ph.D. and Dean Mosdell, Ph.D., Syngenta technical services managers, will host an educational session featuring the latest solutions for weed and disease control in warm-season turf. They will detail ways to control grassy weeds like goosegrass, dallisgrass, crabgrass and tropical signalgrass. Then they will share options for tackling foliar diseases, including leaf spot and one of the most destructive diseases in warm-season turf, spring dead spot.  

Ladies Leading Turf Networking Reception

Convention center, Room 28

Feb. 6, 4-5:30 p.m.,

Syngenta, Ladies Leading Turf and the GCSAA have partnered to host a networking reception specifically for women in the turf industry. Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta, and Leasha Schwab, superintendent at Pheasant Run Golf Club, will provide welcoming remarks, and Maureen Kahiu, superintendent at Vetlab Sports Club in Kenya, will speak about her experience in the turf industry.

Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a session on diversity and inclusion, featuring keynote speaker Nikki Gatch, PGA regional player development manager, which will be open to all GIS attendees.

Health in Action 5K

Starting at the Embarcadero Marina Park North

Feb. 7, 6 a.m.

On Thursday morning, Syngenta and the GCSAA will partner to host the third annual 5K fun run to help attendees get their bodies started. Online registration is open, and all registration proceeds will benefit the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). Register by Jan. 4 to be guaranteed a t-shirt in your preferred size. Follow and join the conversation on social media using #GIS5K.

Shop Talk – Advancements in controlling dollar spot

Booth #5929

Feb. 7, 11:30 – 12:15

Mike Agnew, Ph.D. and Matt Giese, Syngenta technical services managers, will discuss the latest advancements in dollar spot control, including Posterity and Secure Action fungicides. Don’t miss this critical information about new research, dollar spot prediction models, and resistance management strategies, plus tips for building an agronomic program to help condition your turf so it performs at its best and recovers quickly from stress.  

Superintendent of the Year Presentation

Syngenta Booth #3222

Thursday, Feb. 7, 1:30 p.m.

Syngenta and TurfNet will announce the annual TurfNet Superintendent of the Year award, which recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding golf course superintendent nominated by his or her peers. Syngenta looks forward to honoring all of the well-deserving finalists.

For more information about Syngenta at GIS 2019, visit

[1] See full contest rules here.

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