2006 Toro Championship Tournament Training Program Winners to Attend the PGA Championship

Three members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) have been selected to learn first-hand what it takes to prepare for one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. As winners of the Toro Championship Tournament Training Program, three participants will attend the 88th PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., serving on the golf course maintenance staff.

Joining superintendent Thomas Lively, CGCS at Medinah Country Club and his crew will be: Brad Charma, assistant superintendent at Harbor Links Golf Course, Port Washington, N.Y.; Bryce Koch, assistant superintendent at Hideout Golf Club, Naples, Fla.; and Jon Cancel, student at the California Poly Pomona, Corona, Calif.

The winners were selected from assistant superintendent and student entries that included past work experience and an essay about future career goals. Lively selected the three participants from a slate of 12 finalists.

“The Toro Championship Tournament Training Program brings the experience and knowledge of major tournament preparation to GCSAA members,” said Bob VandenBoom, senior golf marketing manager at Toro. “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.”

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 program is part of the Toro Scholars Program, which promotes professionalism in turf careers through scholarships, education and training programs throughout the industry.

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