"for a greener Tennessee"


56th Annual Conference & Tradeshow

January 10 - 12, 2022
Embassy Suites
Murfreesboro, TN

Early Bird Registration Discount Ends on December 21. You are encouraged to register early!

Monday, January 10, 2022



8:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Doug Ward, TTA President

8:15 – 9:00AM


George Toma (via Zoom)

9:00 – 10:00 AM

World Golf Championships Come to TN

Nick Bisanz, TPC Southwind

10:00 – 10:15 AM


10:15 – 11:00 AM

It’s Good to Be in the Tennessee Green Industry


Dr. Ashley Stokes

Dean, University of Tennessee Extension

Dr. Hongwei Xin

Dean, University of Tennessee AgResearch

Dr. Caula Beyl

Dean, Herbert College of Agriculture

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

UTK North: Valhalla Country Club Preparing for the PGA


John Ballard, CGCS

Valhalla Country Club

Phil Vineyard
Valhalla Country Club

Amanda Potter

Valhalla Country Club

Jeremiah Barker

Valhalla Country Club


12:00 – 1:30 PM

TTA Awards Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting


Back to School: Deep Dives into Turfgrass Science

1:30 – 3:15 PM

All You Ever Wanted to Know

 about GDD


Bill Kreuser, PhD




So You’re Interested in

Zoysiagrass Greens


John Sorochan, PhD

University of Tennessee

Tyler Carr

University of Tennessee

David Doguet, PhD

Bladerunner Farms

3:15 – 3:30 PM


3:30 – 5:00 PM

Poa365: A Deep Dive into Turf’s Most Interesting Weed


Jim Brosnan, PhD

University of Tennessee

Devon Carroll

University of Tennessee

New Weapons for Warm Season Diseases


Brandon Horvath, PhD

University of Tennessee

David McCall, PhD

Virginia Tech

5:15 – 6:00 PM

TGCSA Annual Meeting

TVSTMA Annual Meeting


Tuesday, January 11, 2022


Professional Development

Hands-on Workshop

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Can You Get Our Attention?


Kraig Kann

Kann Advisory Group




What’s in the Bag? A Review of Fertilizers and How to Apply Them Correctly


Tom Samples, PhD

University of Tennessee


Brad Jakubowski,

Penn State University


12:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Lunch and Fun on the Trade Show Floor

6:00 – 9:00 PM


Top Golf Event


Transportation Provided





Wednesday, January 12, 2022


Golf Turf

Sports Turf


Sod Producers

Pesticide Certification

8:00 – 8:45 AM

State of the Game in the Tri-Star


TN Golf Association



Nicole Sherry, Baltimore Orioles


Equipment Managers Workshop



Ryan Erickson

Brentwood CC


Chris Pinkston

Troubador Golf & Field Club


Andy Gasparini
Belle Meade Country Club


Tom Alexander

Precision Reels


Veda Pugh

Seasonal Harvesters



Casey Reynolds, PhD

Executive Director, Turfgrass Producers International





Sod Production Roundtable


Training for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Pesticide Certification Exam


Learn all you need for the Category 3 and Category 7 Exams required to be a certified application in TN


Dr. Darrell Hensley

University of Tennessee

8:45 AM

Trends in Golf Architecture and Construction in America



Tyler Rae, GCA

Tyler Rae Design


What Goes Into Getting a Field Painted for TV?

Bryan Ogle, UT


9:45 AM

Preparing for the 2026 World Cup: UT Turfgrass Leading the Way


John Sorochan, PhD

University of Tennessee


Kyley Dickson, PhD

University of Tennessee


Alan Ferguson

FIFA via Zoom


10:30 – 11:30 AM

Resurrecting The Lido


Jimmy Humston

The Lido



Nicole Sherry, Baltimore Orioles

11:30 AM





12:30 – 3:00 PM

Take the Exam to Become a Certified Applications in TN

Dr. Darrell Hensley

University of TN



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