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Turf Bowl A Success For UConn 

The University of Connecticut's Turfgrass Science Program was well represented at the 13th Annual GCSAA Turf Bowl in Anaheim, CA. UConn's top team finished in 14th place out of the 81 total teams entered. The top team was made up of Turf Club members Chris Orlich, Marc Dubour, Brian Tencza, and Nate Miller. A second, two-man team of David McIntyre and David Golembeski also had a strong showing in the competition. In addition to the undergraduates, graduate student Alex Putman (advised by Assistant Professor John Kaminski) took the top spot among all graduate students.

Student travel to Anaheim was supported by the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and UConn's Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center. This experience would not be possible without their generous contributions.
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Turf Club Heading to Anaheim 

By Nate Miller

The 2007 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Anaheim, CA is rapidly approaching and Turf Club is gearing up to make the trip out to the west coast. This yearly conference provides an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the industry and network with the numerous companies and individuals that attend. Members going this year include Chris Orlich, Marc Dubour, Brian Tencza, Nate Miller, David McIntyre, Alex Putman, and David Golembeski, who will be recognized for receiving a GCSAA Scholarship. These members received financial support from the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and UConn's Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center. This experience would not be possible without their generous contributions.

Members will be representing the Turf Club in the 13th Annual Collegiate Turf Bowl. Preparation for the competition began last semester, and the club is hoping for a strong showing this year. Representing the club in another facet is Brian Tencza, who will be sitting in on this years Student Advisory Board. Also, attendees will be working at the UConn Turfgrass Science Program booth during the trade show. The conference will be a very beneficial and rewarding experience for all, and hopefully for UConn's Turfgrass Science Program as a whole.
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UConn Turf Club Highlights History of Turf Management at Hort Show 

The University of Connecticut's Turf Club highlighted the history of turf equipment at the 2006 Hort Show, an annual event run by student clubs in the College of Agriculture. The theme of this year's Hort Show "125th Anniversary: It All Started Here" was designed to showcase the College of Agriculture as the start of UConn in 1881.



The Turf Club's design for the event showcased the advancement of the reel mower. In addition to the series of mowers, students constructed two miniature golf holes from bentgrass. Both holes were designed around a central water feature and included typical hazards that you would find on a real golf course. Students also constructed a miniature baseball diamond to represent the diversity in the career interests of the students.

Every October, students from the various clubs within the College of Agriculture design exhibits representing their interests. The Hort Show is held in the Ratcliffe Hicks arena located on the Storrs Campus. This years event helped to raise several hundred dollars for each club that will be used by students for various field trips and activities.
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