Two GCSAA Member Superintendents Awarded $2,500 to Advance Education in Plant Health
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2016) – Environmental Science, a division of Crop Science, a division of Bayer, today announced the selection of two Plant Health Scholarship recipients as part of an ongoing commitment to the advancement of plant health research and education in the turf care industry. Each recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship to be used toward continuing education in the area of plant health. The Plant Health Scholars include: Leslie A. Carpenter, Jr., GCSAA Class A superintendent, Newton Country Club, Newton, N.J.; and Terry Negen, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Marshall Golf Club, Marshall, Minn.
As one of four educational opportunities available to superintendents as part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, the Plant Health Scholarship was developed by Bayer in collaboration with Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the non-profit arm of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program is a multi-faceted initiative aimed at advancing plant health research and education for superintendents and, in turn, the industry.
“The Plant Health Scholarship is a multi-year commitment by Bayer and EIFG to encourage continuing education and promote best practices around plant health,” said David Wells, golf business manager for Bayer’s turf and ornamentals (T&O) business. “As this year’s Plant Health Scholars, we are thrilled to honor Les Carpenter and Terry Negen, both of whom have demonstrated lasting dedication to improving plant health conditions on their courses.”
Carpenter serves as secretary on the Executive Board of Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey as well as various committees. A second-generation superintendent serving his 30th season at Newton Golf Club, Carpenter is also a GCSAA ambassador, this year’s recipient of the Environmental Stewardship Award (New Jersey Turfgrass Association) and alum of the 2015 Melrose Leadership Academy (EIFG). With funds from the Plant Health Scholarship, Carpenter plans to attend educational seminars offered by GCSAA at the 2016 Golf Industry Show in San Diego, Calif.
“Newton is a modest golf course, but we’re one of just 30 Certified Audubon Cooperatives in New Jersey. With natural areas, bears, coyotes and turkeys, we have been certified since 1998 and will be recertified for the eighth time this year,” Carpenter said. “What I find most valuable about GIS is learning from other guys and many of the seminars regarding plant health chemicals. I’m looking forward to attending a show again.”
Negen has worked more than 22 years in the golf business, the past 15 of which have been as a head superintendent. Last year marked his third year at Marshall Golf Club in Minnesota. He is currently working toward becoming a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) and is roughly 60 hours into the certification process. An active member of GCSAA and a nine-year member of the Minnesota GCSA, Negen plans to attend educational seminars at GIS with funds from the Plant Health Scholarship.
“I’m really interested in the seminars on plant growth regulators, increasing greens speed, best management practices and budget constraints,” Negen said. “Networking with other superintendents at GIS is a great opportunity.”
About Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
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, Bayer has invested a percentage of Stressgard®
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