"for a greener Tennessee"

52nd Annual Conference & Tradeshow
January 8 - 10, 2018
Embassy Suites
1200 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Printable Conference Schedule

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Monday, January 8, 2018

 

Turfgrass Science Workshop

TN Pesticide Certification Credits - 3 Pts in C03, C10, C12 and 1 Pt in C06

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Meteorology Today…The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

James Spann, CBM, ABC 33/40


This presentation will provide an overview of how weather patterns affect turfgrass pest management practices and how accurate understanding of meteorology can aid in management.


9:30 - 9:45 AM

BREAK

9:45 -11:00 AM

Pest Management Update

Dr. Brandon Horvath & Dr. Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee


This presentation will provide an overview of the latest options for controlling diseases and weeds in warm- and cool-season turfgrasses on golf courses, sports fields, and lawns.

11:00 - 11:15 AM

BREAK

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Optimizing PGRs for Bent & Bermudagrass Greens

Dr. Brandon Horvath & Dr. Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee


This presentation will provide an overview of how to maximize the efficacy of plant growth regulator applications on creeping bentgrass and ultradwarf bermudagrass greens to maximize turfgrass aesthetic and functional quality, thereby reducing infestations of diseases and weeds.

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch On Your Own

 

Professional Development Workshop

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Communicating with Confidence, Clarity, and Credibility

Laura Katen, Katen Consulting


This professional development seminar will emphasize the importance of communication in all aspects of the turfgrass industry. From interacting with members on a golf course to discussing the needs for pest management practices to be implemented on soccer fields, all turfgrass managers will benefit from this session.

 

Annual Meetings

4:30 – 5:00 PM

TGCSA

 

TVSTMA


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 

Golf Turf Workshop

TN Pesticide Certification Credits -

3 Pts in C03, C10, C12

Sports Turf Workshop

TN Pesticide Certification Credits -

3 Pts in C03, C10, C12

Hands-on Workshops

8:30 - 9:10 AM

North American Golf Innovation Symposium: Agronomy Perspective

Chris Hartwiger, United States Golf Association


This presentation will provide an overview of agronomic outcomes from the recent United States Golf Association North American Golf Innovation Symposium

New Bermudagrasses for Athletic Fields: A Comprehensive Workshop

 

Dr. John Sorochan,

University of Tennessee

 

Dr. Yanqi Wu

Oklahoma State University

 

Jeff Salmond, CSFM

University of Oklahoma

 

Chris May, CSFM

Georgia Tech

Optimizing Nozzle Selection and Sprayer Setup to Maximize Pest Management Effectiveness

Aaron Johnsen, Winfield United

 

TN Pesticide Certification Credits -

2 Pts in C01, C02, C03, C05, C06, C10, C12


This is a hands-on workshop designed to teach attendees how sprayer setup and nozzle selection can affect the performance of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. Use of precision sprayer technology will be discussed as well


9:10 - 9:20 AM

BREAK

9:20 – 10:00 AM

A Golf Professional’s View of the North American Golf Innovation Symposium

Chad Anderson,

Tennessee Golf Association

This presentation will provide an overview of rule changes to the game of golf that will affect golf course superintendents

10:00 – 10:40 AM

Renovations at Memphis Country Club

Jason Bradley,

Memphis Country Club

Learn about recent renovations to the historic Memphis Country Club to improve both agronomics and playability.

BREAK

10:40 - 10:50 AM

BREAK

Irrigation Troubleshooting & New Technologies for Golf and Landscapes

Clint Hickman & Greg Welk,

Smith Turf & Irrigation

 

Brian Burns & Steve Ryan,

Keeling Company

 

TN Pesticide Certification Credits -

1 Pts in C03, C10, C12


This workshop is designed  to aid attendees in troubleshooting irrigation systems used in turfgrass management, as well as to make them aware of new technologies for irrigating turfgrass to reduce chemical inputs for pest  management

10:50 – 11:30 AM

A New and Improved Maintenance Facility at Belle Meade

Doug Ward,

Belle Meade Country Club


Learn about the new maintenance facility at Belle Meade Country Club

11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Recruiting Interns in Today’s Industry

Thomas Ashfield, Quaker Ridge Golf Club


Struggling to find interns? Learn how to attract some of the top young talent in the industry by providing an optimal internship experience teaching students all aspects of turfgrass management.


12:00 – 5:00 PM

Lunch in the TRADE SHOW

5:00 - 5:30 PM

Cocktail Function

5:30 - 7:00 PM

TTA Annual Business Meeting & Awards Ceremony with Keynote Speaker Charlie Rymer, Co-Host of Morning Drive


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 

Golf Turf Workshop

TN Pesticide Certification Credits -

3 Pts in C03, C10, C12

 

Sports Turf Workshop

TN Pesticide Certification Credits -

3 Pts in C03, C10, C12

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Golf Course Architecture Feature

Rob Collins

King Collins Golf  


Learn about the sustainable design of Sweetens Cove, recently named one of the top 100 golf courses in the United States by GolfWeek


8:30 – 9:15 AM

Field Maintenance for the World Baseball Classic

Anthony DeFeo,

Tennessee Smokies


This presentation will provide an overview of agronomic practices used to prepare fields for the World Baseball Classic


9:15 – 10:00 AM

Managing a Multi-Sport Complex

Chad Robinson,Choccolocco Park Oxford, Alabama


This presentation will provide an overview of the agronomic challenges associated with managing a complex of multiple athletic fields. Cultural and chemical management techniques will be discussed.


10:00 - 10:15 AM

BREAK

10:15 – 11:00 AM

Preparing for Championships

John Zimmers, CGCS

Inverness Club


Learn about turfgrass management practices used to prepare some of the most famous golf courses in the industry for the world’s greatest players


 

Daily Challenges of Managing Synthetic Turf

Ryan Storey, Vanderbilt University


This presentation will provide an overview of grounds management practices at Vanderbilt University, highlighting the challenges associated with synthetic turf playing surfaces


11:00 - 11:05 AM

BREAK

11:05 AM - 12:00 PM

Golf Course Renovations

John Zimmers, CGCS

Inverness Club


Learn about strategies for renovating golf courses to facilitate improved agronomics and healthier turf that is less susceptible to pest invasion.


 

Sports Turf Round Table Discussion

Facilitated By:

Kyley Dickson, Univ. of Tennessee

Bill Marbet, Southern Athletic Fields

Connor Schutzman, The Ensworth School


This will be a roundtable discussion of current issues in the sports turf industry, particularly pest management challenges faced by sports field managers in the previous season.


12:00 PM

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