"for a greener Tennessee"


58th Annual Conference
January 8 - 10, 2024
Embassy Suites
Murfreesboro, TN

The deadline for regular registration is Wednesday, January 3rd. After January 3rd, late registrations will be charged an additional $50 per registrant. You are encouraged to register by the 3rd!

Conference Schedule

Monday, January 8th, 2024




8:00 – 8:10 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks – The Mission of TTA

Chris Sykes, TTA President

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

8:10 – 9:00 AM

A New Member of the UT Turf Team

Dr. Becky Bowling, University of Tennessee

*will be introduced by Dr. Samples*

9:00 – 9:10 AM



9:10 AM – 10:00 AM








Labor Trends & Insights

Tyler Bloom, Tyler Bloom Consulting

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote Speaker


Fundamentals of Winning: Performance Training and Team Building

Jason Kuhn

Stonewall Solutions


12:00 – 1:30 PM

TTA Awards Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting




1:45 – 3:15 PM



The Current Status of Turfgrass Internships


Dr. Brandon Horvath, University of Tennessee
Dr. John Sorochan, University of Tennessee

Tyler Bloom, Tyler Bloom Consulting


Luke Bennett (intern, Seminole GC)

Wesley Flatts (intern, Boston Red Sox)



Take the Exam to Become a Certified Applications in TN


Dr. Darrell Hensley

University of TN

3:30 – 5:00 pm

FIFA World Cup 2026: A UT Turfgrass Update

Dr. John Sorochan, University of Tennessee

Dr. Kyley Dickson, University of Tennessee

Tuesday, January 9th, 2024


Turfgrass Deep Dive

Sod Session


7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Prayer and Fellowship

Scott Lehman, In His Grip Golf Ministries

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

2022 Rounds for Research Update
Paul Carter, CGCS, Bear Trace at Harrison Bay


Mid-South Turf Council Information Exchange



Residential & Commercial Landscape Irrigation Overview


This session will provide hands-on training to optimize residential and commercial landscape irrigation systems, including both drip and bed irrigation.


Kyle Denham

Ewing Irrigation






8:15 AM – 12:15 PM

* 10 min break at 10:15 am

What is the Modern Transition Zone?


Growing conditions in Tennessee have always been challenging and continue to present new challenges. This session will provide a comprehensive, data-driven, overview of growing conditions in the state and discuss implications for turfgrass management.


Garrett Bastardi
T3 Weather

Dr. Jordan Booth
United States Golf Association


Bland Cooper
PGA Tour Agronomy

Dr. Jim Brosnan
University of Tennessee

Dr. Brandon Horvath
University of Tennessee

Dr. John Sorochan
University of Tennessee



12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Lunch and Fun on the Trade Show Floor

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Top Golf Event

Transportation Provided


Wednesday, January 10th, 2024


Golf Turf

Sports Turf

Hands-On Workshop

8:00 – 10:30 AM

Golf Course Renovations Across the Volunteer State



Bill Bergin, ASGCA


Scott Freund, Richland CC


 Brad Erickson, Brentwood CC

Ryan Emerson





Maximize the Bang for Your Buck

Dr. Austin Grimshaw




Spanish for Turfgrass Managers


Jose J. Vargas, University of Tennessee


Ivan Navarrete
University of Tennessee




Turfgrass Management at Western Kentucky University

Kyle Davenport, WKU


Behind the Scenes at AutoZone Park in Memphis

Tylor Meppelink,

Memphis Red Birds


Bart Cash,
Crossroads Sod

10:30 – 10:45 AM



10:45 – 11:45

A Look Behind the Curtain at the PGA Championship



David Elliot
Oak Hill CC


Sports Turf Irrigation to Minimize Pest Pressure


Dr. Becky Bowling, University of Tennessee

11:45 – 12:00 PM

TGCSA Update & Annual Meeting

TVSFMA Update & Annual Meeting

12:00 PM



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