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ESAGCS 2014 Fall Turfgrass Conference Recap


The ESAGCS recently held its 8th annual Fall Turfgrass Conference at the Princess Royale Hotel and Event Center in Ocean City, MD.  Nearly 125 attendees were treated to two days of education and networking opportunities at the event.  This was the first time the conference had been held at the Princess Royale.  The following serves as a recap of the entire conference event:


Day 1

Conference attendees were treated to a strong lineup of educational speakers.  Day 1 speakers were selected with the purpose to provide continuing education to superintendents, which helps them fulfill requirements to maintain professional certifications.  This is a brief rundown of the speakers and their topics:

  • Dr Rick Latin, Purdue University “How Fungicides Work” – Dr. Latin explained how fungicides work, why they work, and why sometimes they do not work. He reviewed current research efforts in the area of turfgrass pathology focusing on the management of diseases on golf courses, factors that affect fungicide performance, and fungicide resistant pathogen strains.  Attendees enjoyed the interactive aspect of Dr Latins presentation.
  • Dr. Max Schlossberg , Penn State University  “Nutrition of turfgrass and studies in soil fertility” – Dr. Schlossberg reviewed research in soil fertility and soil chemistry at Penn State, particularly in regards to turfgrass health and environmental quality.
  • Bob Farren CGCS Director of Golf Courses and Grounds, The Pinehurst Resort   “A look back at hosting not one but two US Opens, back to back!” – Mr Farren reviewed the changes made to Pinehurst in preparation for hosting the Men’s and Women’s 2014 US Opens.

Welcome Reception

As attendees socialized and mingled,  announcements were made regarding the 2014 Scholarship Recipient and 2014 ESAGCS Player of the Year:

2014 Scholarship Recipient:      Hunter Lowe, Bayside Golf Resort

2014 Finch Services Player of the Year:     Cody Beckley, Nutters Crossing GC


Day 2

The second day of the conference is traditionally low key, and usually featuring a wide variety of topics.  Here were the speakers of day 2:

  • Carol D. Rau, PHR Career Advantage Golf  “Winning Strategies in Career Planning” Carol presented winning strategies in resume building, interview preparation, portfolio consulting, and career coaching for professionals in the golf industry.
  • Steve McDonald, Turfgrass Disease Solutions  “What’s new for 2015 and a Look Back at 2014” Steve gave a year in review for the mid-Atlantic area. Disease resistance were addressed as it pertains to Dollar Spot, control of problematic insects in highly maintained turfgrass, and the identification of new diseases in the mid-Atlantic area. Steve shared his research trial information on new chemistry that he has been working on in field trials. Steve also talked about the involvement of the Golf Course Superintendent in the research process and discussed some of the field trials he has been doing on area golf courses.
  • Dann Harris  “Agronomics is my fame, management is my pain” Dann kept the group on their toes as he reviewed management and interviewing strategies.  Dann is not an attorney.  Dann does not give legal advice.

The ESAGCS would like to thank all attendees and sponsors of the event.  We sincerely appreciate your attendance and sponsorship.