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Green Start Academy now accepting applications from aspiring assistant golf superintendents

Program to be held at Pinehurst Golf Resort

June 13, 2024  By Turf & Rec

The application window for the 19th Green Start Academy (GSA) has opened. The leadership and development program for aspiring assistant golf superintendents is in its fourth year at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

The academy will be conducted in collaboration with industry partners John Deere, Envu and Rain Bird. The program aims to amplify and refine the expertise of assistant superintendents and help them acquire crucial knowledge that will elevate their professional trajectory. GSA is dedicated to empowering these professionals to realize their potential and thrive in the ever-evolving industry of golf course management.

“The success stories stemming from the alumni of Green Start Academy speak volumes, and we are excited to continue this tradition for a new class of assistant superintendents,” Kim Ehasz, global manager of market development and strategy at John Deere, said. “We are looking forward to welcoming the incoming 2024 class and to help contribute to forging their paths through the exceptional educational and networking opportunities that this program presents. ”

This year, GSA is set to host 50 of the finest assistant superintendents from throughout North America, offering a unique education and networking experience. Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in lectures and roundtable discussions conducted by the golf industry’s most respected figures. This program is designed to provide the best environment for assistant superintendents to impart essential knowledge and facilitate the sharing of industry best practices, with a clear focus on professional development. GSA is committed to equipping each participant with the essential tools and insights to thrive in their respective careers.

“Green Start Academy has consistently paved the way for assistant superintendents to excel in their careers,” Mark Ford, Envu customer marketing manager, said. “Our collaboration with John Deere, Rain Bird, and the Academy’s mentors allows us to offer an exciting opportunity for professional growth and industry leadership. We look forward to welcoming the 2024 class and witnessing their journey toward becoming future leaders in golf course management.”

The GSA program serves as a unique platform that drives participants towards both personal and professional success, by providing the essential tools and training needed. Additionally, it strives to connect and build relationships bonds among these industry leaders.

“This is one of my favourite weeks of the year” Tony Whelan, national sales manager at Rain Bird, said.  “Spending time with the mentors, our friends at John Deere and Envu at Pinehurst, the home of American golf.  What could be better?  Developing a program that helps prepare assistant superintendents from across the U.S. and Canada for their next role and seeing them building a network of peers and mentors.  I know the golf course community’s future is bright and in good hands with the graduates of this program.”

The program is currently accepting applications through Aug. 1. Those interested can apply for a spot in this year’s class on the Green Start Academy website.

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