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Assistant superintendents can apply to Green Start Academy


June 30, 2015
By Mike Jiggens

John Deere Golf and Bayer Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, have announced the application process for the 10th annual Green Start Academy (GSA) directed at assistant superintendents in Canada and the United States who are looking to further advance their careers, hone their skills in critical areas, including labour management and budgeting, and network with prominent professionals in the field.

The milestone anniversary of the Green Start Academy will take place dually at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C., and the John Deere Turf Care factory in nearby Fuquay-Varina, on Oct. 7-9. Those in attendance will meet with fellow professionals and gain valuable insights from top industry leaders. Fifty assistant superintendents will be selected as participants and will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the highly regarded event.

 “Since 2005, Green Start Academy has provided assistant superintendents with the tools to advance their careers and highlight their commitment to ongoing professional development,” said Ren Wilkes, marketing manager for John Deere Golf. “Through programs like Green Start Academy, John Deere can help support the ongoing success of promising assistant superintendents who represent the future of the golf industry.”

Assistant superintendents interested in attending should complete the online application at http://www.backedbybayer.com/golf-course-management/green-start-academy, which also includes submitting a resume and cover letter.

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“It has been exciting to witness the evolution of GSA over the years, but one constant remains true,” said David Wells, golf business manager for the Bayer turf and ornamentals business. “The high quality applicants – all committed to the game of golf and to advancing their careers – continue to inspire Bayer’s ongoing commitment to elevate and equip the next generation of leaders to succeed and grow the industry.”

Consideration is given to all applicants, representing every type of club and course. An independent panel of golf industry experts will select the 50 highest-ranked applicants. Those who are selected to attend will be notified by mid-August. Individuals who are not selected will have the opportunity to take advantage of a professional resume review and critique.  

Chris Dew, superintendent at the National Golf Club of Canada, is among the panel of judges.