Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council Raises Funds for Scholarships and Research

The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) recently presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to the Center for Turfgrass Science at Penn State. Of the total contribution, research activity will receive $90,000 and $10,000 will be allocated to scholarships. Since 1955, the PTC has provided in excess of $2,000,000 to support the work at Penn State

In support of PTC’s fund raising efforts, nearly 3,450 people participated in educational conferences, tournaments and trade shows organized by the organization throughout 2004-2005.

John A. Chassard, director of grounds at the Lehigh Country Club, Allentown, and president of PTC says, “These activities are vital to supporting PTC’s mission of providing education opportunities, as well as generating revenue for turfgrass research. I commend all those in the industry who participate in the events sponsored by PTC and who also contribute to PTC’s efforts through the payment of dues. It is this outstanding support that allows us to keep our commitment to the ongoing research at Penn State.”

The Penn State Golf Turf Conference, held by PTC in November, brought 685 attendees to the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, where they received the most recent research results on golf course management. A job fair sponsored by the Penn State Turf Club during the conference provided an excellent opportunity for students in Penn State’s Turfgrass Program to network with firms in the golf industry.

More information on these and other activities can be found at www.paturf.org.

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