Bayer Sponsors Second Future Superintendents Academy

Forty-two assistant golf course superintendents from the Carolinas recently attended the 2005 Future Superintendents Academy at the Bayer Environmental Science Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C. The two-day program was sponsored by Bayer Environmental Science and Smith Turf & Irrigation, a Toro distributor.

The program focused on personal growth and technical seminars. George Thompson, CGCS, director of grounds at the Country Club of North Carolina and a teacher at Sandhills Community College, told the group that self-discipline, communications skills, good health and networking are the keys to success in the business.

Other highlights included:

  • Tips on grub control from Rick Brandenberg, N.C. State University entomologist.
  • Test driving a multi-purpose prototype of the Sandpro, a single body designed to handle 20 tools ranging from sand rakes to cart-path edgers.
  • Developing a personality profile and receiving pointers on working with others who may approach challenges from a different perspective.

Part of Bayer’s on-going commitment to education and excellence in the golf market, the program was the second Future Superintendent Academy held at the Clayton facility.

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