Toro Championship Tournament Training Program Winners Announced: Three to U.S. Open, Three to PGA

Six Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) members have been selected to learn first-hand what it takes to prepare for the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. As winners of the Toro Championship Tournament Training Program, three participants will attend the U.S Open at Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill., and another three will attend the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y., serving on the golf course maintenance staff for the respective events.

Joining superintendent David V. Ward at Olympia Fields Country Club will be: Trent Bartman, assistant golf course superintendent at Quail Ridge Golf Club, Ada, Mich.; Dwight Staats, assistant golf course superintendent at Highland Hills Golf Course, Greeley, Colo.; and Su-Jung Jung, student at Horry-Georgetown Tech College, Conway, S.C. Joining superintendent Paul B. Latshaw, CGCS, at Oak Hill Country Club will be: Brian Boll, assistant golf course superintendent at Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minn.; Troy Tietjens, assistant golf course superintendent at Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and Jonathan Baker, student at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

The six winners were selected from 54 assistant superintendent and 15 student entries that included past work experience and an essay about future career goals. Ward and Latshaw then selected the participants from a slate of finalists.

The Toro Company established the Toro Championship Tournament Training Program in partnership with the GCSAA to provide an opportunity for assistant superintendents and student members to learn what happens at the highest level of golf course management. The Toro Championship Tournament Training Program is part of the Toro Scholars Program, which promotes professionalism in turf careers through scholarships, education and training programs throughout the industry.

"We established the Toro Championship Tournament Training Program to bring the experience and knowledge of major tournament preparation to GCSAA's junior members," said John Wright, director of marketing of Toro's Commercial Division. "The experience is designed to expose superintendents at the beginning of their careers to a variety of cultural practices and management techniques that make major tournaments a success."

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