Syngenta Business Institute which is held at Wake Forest University. This is a unique educational opportunity offered by Syngenta in that it does not deal with any agronomic information but rather deals entirely with the business side of our industry. Financial management, negotiating, and personnel management are the center of attention of this gathering of 25 golf course superintendents selected from around the nation. We can all grow grass but getting a refresher course in business is unique and greatly needed. I would suggest that every superintendent apply for the Syngenta Business Institute. It is a great opportunity to meet other supers from around the nation and gain friendships that otherwise would not happen in a special setting and I thank everyone at Syngenta for this special learning opportunity.
Tennessee Turfgrass Association. For the past two years I have had the honor and privilege of serving as president of TTA so this made it even more special. We had a fantastic lineup of presenters including Chris Tritabaugh of Hazeltine National-home of the next Ryder Cup, Ms. Laura Katen of Katen Consulting, Dr. Clint Waltz of the University of Georgia among many, many more great informative speakers. We also had an extremely successful mock trial, which was the talk of the show and of twitter, which pitted the values of bentgrass greens vs. ultradwarf greens in the transition zone.
|TTA VP Theo Lankford presenting Coach Fulmer with a gift|
Sustainability in Golf and speaking at the Winter Green Express for University of Tennessee Extension Service on The Environmental Benefits of Golf Course, I also had the pleasure this past week of traveling to Greensboro to speak at the 9th Annual Turfhead Summit held at Bryan Park Golf Course. All three of these educational opportunities gave me a chance to gain valuable information that I can bring back to our golf course to improve it but also gave me the opportunity to tell others about what we are doing and having successes at so hopefully they can implement some of our practices and programs to improve their operations.
Education is invaluable and there are so many ways out there to gain this information these days. I have to thank our supervisors in Nashville for providing and encouraging us to take these opportunities to better ourselves and invest in our futures. I also have to thank my staff who maintain the golf course in my absence without skipping a beat.
Now on to the Golf Industry Show in San Diego and the New England Regional Turfgrass Conference in Providence, Rhode Island to wrap up this years educational circuit.