Bayer Announces Third Annual Plant Health Academy Class at the 2015 Golf Industry Show

March 3, 2015

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Mar. 4, 2015)Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, announced the 2015 annual Plant Health Academy class at a reception at the 2015 Golf Industry Show (GIS) held last week in San Antonio, Texas. The third annual Academy is part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, an initiative Bayer developed in collaboration with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA’s) Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to advance plant health research and education for superintendents.

Bayer and GCSAA selected 12 superintendents to attend the 2015 Plant Health Academy:

  • Ryan Bourne, Class A member, Terradyne Country Club, Andover, Kan.
  • Rodney Crow, CGCS, Class A member, Touchstone Golf Management - Battleground Golf Club, Deer Park, Texas
  • Jamey Davis, Class A member, Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Anthony Gustaitis, CGCS, Class A member, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
  • Brian Haines, CGCS, Class A member, Westchester Country Club, Boynton, Fla.
  • Sean Hoolehan, CGCS, Class A member, Wildhorse Resort, Pendleton, Ore.
  • Nicholas Janovich, Class A member, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Tray Maltby, Class A member, Reunion Resort, Davenport, Fla.
  • Jay Neunsinger, superintendent member, Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Brent Racer, superintendent member, Awarii Dunes, Axtell, Neb.
  • Alex Stuedemann, superintendent member, TPC Deere Run, East Moline, Ill.
  • Jeff White, CGCS, Class A member, Indian Hills Country Club, Mission Hills, Kan.

“We were blown away by the high caliber of candidates we received this year,” said David Wells, golf business manager for the turf and ornamentals (T&O) business at Bayer. “It says a lot about our industry that we have so many bright, ambitious leaders and we are proud of their commitment to continuing education and their passion to advance their knowledge of plant health and turf management.”

The Plant Health Academy is a two-part education and training curriculum over two-and-a-half-days where golf course superintendents receive a comprehensive education and training curriculum. The first of two sessions is a classroom training held at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., on April 20-22, 2015, and the second is an in-the-field training at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton, N.C., from Sept. 23-25, 2015. The Plant Health Academy is part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, an initiative by Bayer through funding of the EIFG that provides webinars and scholarships to advance the golf industry for the future.

About Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, Bayer invests a percentage of StressGard® Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year for three years – a minimum commitment of $300,000. Funds generated through the program will also be dedicated to the EIFG to support research, education, advocacy and scholarship initiatives executed by GCSAA.

Bayer has been developing products with plant health attributes for nearly 20 years, starting with the origin of StressGard FT, a technology now featured in Bayer fungicides including Tartan®, Interface® StressGard, Chipco® Signature™, Fiata® StressGard and Mirage® StressGard. StressGard Formulation Technology helps fortify natural plant defenses and promote plant growth. To learn more about StressGard FT and other Bayer solutions, please visit

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The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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