Fourth annual NYSTA collegiate turf bowl

On November 15, the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) held the fourth annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition. The competition is designed to test the knowledge of college-level students in turfgrass management programs. A hands-on session examined the student’s knowledge of turfgrass species, weed, insect and disease identification with live and preserved specimens, while a written exam challenged general turfgrass knowledge and a team question gave the students a practical problem to solve.

Three teams of students in two year programs and three teams of students in four year programs competed for a total of 23 students. Turfgrass programs at SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Delhi were represented.

This year’s Turf Bowl was conducted by David Chinery of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and Dan Brooks of Sagamore Golf Club, with guidance from Steve Griffen of Saratoga Sod Farm, Inc. High-scoring teams and individuals were recognized as follows:

Two-Year Winning Team - SUNY Cobleskill Team members were: Jeff Madison, Brett Scales, Dan Rogers and Ed Leonard.

Four-Year Winning Team – SUNY Cobleskill Team members were: Tom Newkirk, Andy Bobiak, Adam Hunter and John Cairns.

Teams receive ribbons, NYSTA student memberships, and the honor of taking back to school the gleaming silver Turf Bowls. The student memberships are awarded by the school’s turf advisor to deserving students.

Two-Year Individual Winners - SUNY Cobleskill First Place Ed Leonard, Second Place Jeff Madison and Third Place Brett Seiler.

Four-Year Individual Winners - SUNY Cobleskill First Place Tom Newkirk, Second Place John Cairns and Third Place Andrew Bobiak.

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