Penn State Golf Turf Conference

A Preconference Seminar, by Dr. David McCall from Virginia Tech, and a Keynote, by Rodney Smith, Jr., Founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, are just a few of the highlights of this conference that you won't want to miss!
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When: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)
Wed., Nov. 14, 2018 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Where: The Nittany Lion Inn
200 West Park Ave.
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
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registration deadline: November 11, 2018
11:59 p.m.

The 2018 Penn State Golf Turf Conference will provide practical information on golf course management to practitioners, industry reps, and students. The program will feature some of the best and brightest in the industry including USGA agronomists, university faculty, golf course superintendents, industry representatives, graduate students, and others.

This year's conference will feature a special Preconference Seminar by Dr. David McCall from Virginia Tech entitled, "Closer to Reality: Drones and Site-Specific Management on Your Golf Course." Also featured is Keynote Speaker Rodney Smith, Jr., Founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, who will speak about his nonprofit and goal to inspire to youth to serve in their community. Other features include a Job Fair (exhibitors welcome), Turf Club Luncheon, and Open Reception.

We hope you will join us!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Optional Preconference Seminar

08:00 am Closer to Reality: Drones and Site-Specific Management on Your Golf Course (Preregistration Required - Capacity Limited. Cost: $75) 
Combat the stereotypical perception that golf course superintendents are environmentally insensitive when it comes to exhibiting luxury consumption of turfgrass inputs, such as fertility, irrigation, pesticides and cultivation. Entire fairways are often irrigated when isolated zones begin to show signs of drought stress, and recent research has attempted to change this practice by reducing inputs through improved scouting and utilizing new technologies for the implementation of site-specific turfgrass management.

This seminar will focus on the sensor technologies that are available in the industry and how to interpret the data generated from integrating those into daily golf course management practices. If attendees apply the principles and skills from this seminar into their daily golf course management practices, they are more likely to:

  • Identify, operate and integrate the use of several hand-held and equipment-mounted sensor devices into daily management operations.
  • Utilize the application of sensor technology to create maps of key soil and plant parameters
  • Analyze and interpret maps to implement site-specific management practices.

10:00 am Conference Registration Opens <11/13> Sponsorship Available

01:00 pm The 2018 Year in Review

01:45 pm Plant Defense Response in Turfgrass Pathosystem: Exploring a New Component of IPM Strategy

02:15 pm Break <11/13/2:15>

02:30 pm Monitoring the Weather in a Digital World

03:15 pm Nematodes and Emerging Diseases of Golf Course Putting Greens

04:30 pm Job Fair (Exhibitor Preregistration Required - Capacity Limited. Cost: $90 Per Club/Organization)

Registrants are invited to exhibit at the Job Fair for an additional $90, one-time fee per club/organization. The exhibitor fee is in addition to the registration fee.

08:00 am Conference Registration Opens <11/14> Sponsorships available

09:00 am Potassium Requirement of Penn Series Putting Greens and its Influence on Stress Tolerance

09:30 am UAV on Golf Courses: These are Not the Drones You’re Looking For

10:15 am Break <11/14/10:15>

10:30 am Robots on the Course: Transitioning Towards Autonomous Mowers

11:15 am To Measure is to Know: Using Analytics to Maximize Resources

12:00 pm Spouse/Guest Ticket for Turf Club Luncheon  (Preregistration Required. Cost $20) 
For a spouse/guest not participating in the conference.

12:00 pm Turf Club Luncheon  (Preregistration Required. Cost $20) 

02:00 pm Social and Economic Value of Golf Courses as Natural Capital

02:45 pm The 50-Yard Challenge: Raising Men While Giving Back to the Community

03:30 pm PTC Update and Presentation of Distinguished Service Award

04:00 pm Open Reception

  • Food and drink tickets provided
  • Sponsorship available

08:00 am Conference Registration Opens <11/15> Sponsorship Available

09:00 am Understanding Mechanisms of Imidacloprid in Controlling White Grubs in Turfgrass

09:30 am Fore the Superintendent: How Superintendents Can Improve the Playing Experience of Their Course

10:15 am Sustainable Turfgrass Systems: Is it Possible?

11:00 am Conference Concludes Save the date for next year’s conference: Nov. 19 - Nov. 21, 2019


Epidemiology and management of turfgrass diseases Population biology of turfgrass pathogens Host defense response in turfgrass pathosystem Chemical control of turfgrass diseases

Rodney Smith, Jr.

Darin Bevard

Benjamin Brace

Elliott Dowling

Brian Horgan

Andrew Huling

David McCall

Pete Ramsey

Paul Robertson

John Shaw


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