MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Turf Team of Joe Taylor, of Hendersonville; Myles Brewer, of Hohenwald; John R. Brewer, of Puaski; and Colton Jones, of Savannah, finished 11th in the 2014 Golf Course Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA) Turf Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
The Turf Bowl is a rigorous three-and-a-half hour exam that tests every aspect of golf course management, and universities from all over the nation traveled cross-country to participate in the competition earlier this month.
Contents of the exam included the following: sight identifying about 20 grasses, 15 weeds, 10 diseases, eight insects, five grass seeds, and three soils; listing scientific names for about 20-30 turf grasses; completing 10 fertilizer, spray-rig, and topdressing calibrations; labeling mower diagrams; determining soil particle sizes for a USGA regulation putting green soil profile; answering more than 200 multiple choice questions covering a wide array of topics from plant science to personnel management; and completing a golf course scenario essay in less than 30 minutes.
More than 70 teams competed in the annual GCSAA Turf Bowl competition, and out of more than 600 points, UT Martin was four-and-a-half points away from tenth place and five points from ninth.
The Top 10 teams in the Turf Bowl were:
1. University of Maryland
2. Michigan State University
3. Penn State University
4. Cal Poly‒Pomona
5. Purdue University
6. Iowa State University
7. Rutgers University
8. University of Massachusetts ‒ Amherst
9. The Ohio State University
10. Kansas State University
11. UT Martin
In preparation for the Turf Bowl, Dr. Wes Totten, associate professor, and the four students started meeting weekly for practices back in September.
The team also attended the Golf Industry Show that was sponsored by John Deere Golf.
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MARTIN, Tenn., Feb. 26, 2014 – UT MARTIN TURF TEAM FINISHES AMONG LEADERS – The University of Tennessee at Martin Turf Team, which includes Myles Brewer, of Hohenwald; John R. Brewer, of Pulaski; Joe Taylor, of Hendersonville; and Colton Jones, of Savannah; finished 11th in the GCSAA Turf Bowl Competition in Orlando, Fla.