Auburn University Students Win 2018 GCSAA National Collegiate Turf Bowl

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Auburn University students won first place from the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America’s 2018 National Collegiate Turf Bowl championship, bringing home their first national title from the competition. Four seniors in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Auburn made up Team No. 37 who outscored 52 other student teams from 28 universities across the country, with Purdue University and Penn State University coming in second and third, respectively. The Auburn team was awarded the traveling Turf Bowl trophy and a $4,000 donation from the GCSAA for Auburn’s Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Club. This money will fund club activities and future Turf Bowl trips.

The Turf Bowl competition is a national competition consisting of a three-hour exam that includes a written case study, extensive physical and visual turf grass and weed identification components, as well as extensive multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank and short-answer questions. The GCSAA designed the exam to test students aspiring to become golf course superintendents on their knowledge of every agronomic and environmental, business and financial management aspect of the superintendent profession. The exam requires diligent study and lots of memorization to outscore major rival universities.

The winning team was made up of Auburn seniors Austin Brown, Allen Carroll, Kyle Kinney and Brock Pittman. The team’s coaches were David Han, an associate professor of turf grass management and extension specialist at Auburn, as well as former golf course superintendent and current doctoral student Adam Boyd.

To learn more about the GCSAA’s Turf Bowl or Auburn University, read more here.

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