The University of Georgia Hosts Turfgrass Field Day and Golf Tournament

On Aug. 14, the Georgia Turfgrass Foundation Trust (GTFT) will host the “Weed Whacker Golf Tournament” at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge. This Tom Fazio-designed golf course has been a perennial LPGA tour stop and ranked as one of the “10 Best” courses in Atlanta. An objective of this tournament is to honor the distinguished career of Professor B.J. Johnson, who was instrumental in developing many of the weed management programs employed by all segments of turfgrass industry. The GTFT’s second objective is to raise money to help cover operational expenses of its turfgrass research efforts. For sponsorship and registration information contact Christy Page at (800) 687-6949 or email

The University of Georgia is having its Turfgrass Research Field Day on Aug. 15 at the Griffin Campus in Griffin, Ga. On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. and research tours will start at 9 a.m. In the afternoon, participants will have opportunity to visit with turfgrass vendors, observe equipment demonstrations and interact with turfgrass scientist through self-guided tours of research plots.

This field day is intended for golf course professionals, landscapers, professional lawn care operators, facility employees, administrators and owners, commercial pesticide applicators, sports field managers, sod producers, municipal authorities, regulatory agents and the general public. Participants will learn the latest in turfgrass research to better manage pests, improve water conservation, identify best adapted species and cultivars and improve the educational training of Hispanic employees.

The Field Day has been certified for 6 hours of pesticide recertification credits in Category 24 (Turf and Ornamental) and Category 21 (Plant Agriculture), 0.40 GCSAA education points, 4 hours of Certified Crop Advisor credits (1.0 hour of Soil and Water Management, 2 hours for Pest Management, and 1.0 hour of Crop Management) and Georgia Certified Landscape Professional (GCLP) CEUs.

Spanish translations will be made available for the entire research tour and a 2-hour training of “Principles of Turfgrass Management” will be presented in Spanish as an afternoon workshop.

The registration fee is $40 prior to July 28 and $55 afterwards; a 10-percent discount is available for groups of four or more. The fee includes instruction, tours, access to workshops, demonstrations and exhibits, a copy of “2006 Turfgrass Field Day” manual and barbecue lunch. For registration information contact the office of Continuing Education at (770) 229-3477 or visit, and click on “Turfgrass Field Day”.

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