GCSAA Turf Bowl


Twelve students representing the Department of Plant Agriculture’s Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management program recently competed in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Turf Bowl competition in Orlando, Florida.  With nearly 60 universities and colleges participating from across the United States and Canada, the University of Guelph team placed sixth, the first time an international school has earned a top ten finish.

The Turf Bowl was part of the 2017 Golf Industry Show – an annual  conference that attracted 15,000 golf course superintendents and turf staff to the Orange County Convention Centre to share innovative ideas regarding turf management. 

Turfgrass management students at the GCSAA Turf Bowl competition

The DTM turf team:

Top row, left to right: Luke Aram, DTM director Steve Fleischauer, Denver Hart, Phil Bodini, Jeffrey-William Thoburn, Caleb Evans, Alex Slabczynski

Seated, left to right: Dalton Rowbotham, Alex Corken, Jacob Wetzel, Isaac Ford, Marco China, Andre Lens

The team that placed sixth in the competition

The sixth-place GCSAA Turf Bowl team from left to right: Andre Lens, Dalton Rowbotham, Alex Corken, and Marco China, with DTM director Steve Fleischauer