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  Volume 1, Issue 6
December 21 , 2007

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GCSAA Selects UConn Student as Mendenhall Award Winner


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded scholarship money to 16 college students as part of the Scholars Program administered by the GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf.

The first-place winner, David Golembeski, will receive a $6,000 scholarship as the Mendenhall Award Winner. Golembeski, of New Milford, Conn., is a senior majoring in turfgrass and soil science at the University of Connecticut. As the winner, he will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to the GCSAA Education Conference (January 28-February 2) and Golf Industry Show (January 31-February 2) in Orlando.

The GCSAA Scholars Program, funded by the Robert Trent Jones Endowment, was developed to recognize outstanding students planning careers in golf course management. Winners were selected to receive scholarship awards based on the final ranking in a competition judged by GCSAA's Scholarship Committee that factors academic achievement, potential to become a leading professional, employment history, extracurricular activities, the recommendation of a superintendent with whom the student has worked, and a current academic advisor.

Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major field related to golf/turf management and be a GCSAA member. Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours or the equivalent of one year of full-time study in an appropriate major.

The Mendenhall Award is given in memory of the late Chet Mendenhall, a pioneer in the golf course management industry. A native of Kingman, Kan., Mendenhall's upbringing on an Oklahoma farm served him well. His career in working with the land began in 1920 as an employee of the Wichita (Kan.) Parks and Forestry Department, where he designed and built his first course despite having no previous experience with the game.

In 1928, Mendenhall accepted an invitation to become superintendent at Wichita Country Club. It was during his tenure there that Mendenhall assisted California-based golf course architect Billy Bell in designing and constructing a new course. Taken by the process, Mendenhall entered night school to learn surveying, drafting, bookkeeping and other related subjects.

He moved in 1934 to the Kansas City, Mo., area, where he served as superintendent of the Mission Hills Country Club for 31 years until his retirement in 1965. Mendenhall was a charter member of GCSAA and his service to his profession included serving as a director of the GCSAA from 1940-46, vice president in 1947 and president in 1948. He received the GCSAA's Distinguished Service Award in 1986, and in 1990 the USGA honored him with its Green Section Award. Mendenhall passed away in 1991 and was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 1996.


GIS 2008: See UConn at Booth 5368

It's that time of year for the annual Golf Industry Show. This year's show will be held in Orlando, Florida between January 31 and February 2. As in the past, the University of Connecticut's Turfgrass Science Program will be well represented by faculty, staff and students. We encourage all of you to stop by the booth and say hello.

Through a successful fundraising effort, a total of 11 Turfgrass Science students will be making the trip to participate in the conference and trade show. Students will also participate once again in the 14th Annual Collegiate Turf Bowl on Friday February 1st. This year's teams are eager to top last year's 13th place finish.

The trip to Orlando would not have been made possible without the assistance of several organizations. The students thank the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, GCSAA, University of Connecticut's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UConn's Department of Plant Science, and the UConn Turf Club for providing the financial support necessary for the trip!

Click on the photos to the right for a map of UConn's booth location!


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Whole floor plan

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Close up of UConn Booth


In the field    
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December 21 , 2007

As the ground is covered with snow and there is not much that can be done in terms of disease management at this time, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

The Diagnostic Center was once again busy this year and we appreciate your support of the Turfgrass Science Program at UConn in 2007. As always, we hope for a quiet year for the lab in 2008 as this usually indicates that troubles are a minimum in the field. As you begin to develop your pest management strategies for the upcoming year, however, feel free to contact the Diagnostic Center for any assistance.

Visit www.turf.uconn.edu/diagnosticcenter.shtml for more information.

In the field    
  Explore The Depth of UConn's Turfgrass Website    

Find Out More About UConn Turf Faculty
The UConn Turfgrass Science Program Faculty are involved in a variety of disciplines including nutrient management, soil characteristics, weed science, pathology, entomology and many others. Visit each faculty member's website to read more about their research, teaching, and outreach interests.

To visit faculty websites, visit http://www.turf.uconn.edu/faculty.shtml

In the field    
  News From The Plant Science Research and Education Facility    

In Case You Missed It...A 2007 Recap!
This has been a busy year at the UConn Plant Science Research and Education Facility. Many new improvements have been made including an expansion of the irrigation system, the purchasing of several new pieces of large equipment for turfgrass research, and the addition of our new turfgrass technician, Kyle Knox.

As always, your support and contributions to the program are very appreciated. We wish to thank you for all of your support! We look forward to the expansion of our research and educational facilities in 2008. If you would like to be a part of this exciting growth and development of the the UConn Turfgrass Science Program, please feel free to contact us or stop by!

From all of us at the Farm, Enjoy the Holidays!

To learn more about research and educational activities at the resesarch farm contact stephen.olsen@uconn.edu

  In the field    
  Keep Current on UConn and Turfgrass Industry Events    

January 8-10. Northeastern Weed Science Society Annual Meeting, Philidelphia, PA.
January 8-10. Eastern PA Turf Conference, Valley Forge, PA.
January 8.
GCSA of New England, Annual Meeting, Andover Country Club.
January 9.
Northeastern GCSA, January Symposium, Van Patten Golf Club.
January 10.
. GCMA of Cape Cod, Winter Seminar, Southers March Golf Club.
January 14. Rhode Island GCSA, Annual Meeting, Kirkbrae Country Club.
January 15.
CAGCS Winter Seminar, Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT.
January 16. METGCSA Winter Seminar, Westchester Country Club.
January 28.
GCSAA Educational Seminars at GIS, Orlando, FL.
January 28. Golf Industry Show, Orlando, FL.

January 28. Connecticut Turf & Landscape Conference, Hartford, CT.

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