CGSA conference comes to Banff

Turf and Rec Staff
February 08, 2019
By Turf and Rec Staff
CGSA conference comes to Banff
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Banff, Alta. is the setting for the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference, scheduled for March 4-7. The event, presented by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, will feature more than 15 hours of education sessions as well as a two-day trade show.

In addition to the regular education seminars Tuesday through Thursday are 16 hours of programming scheduled for Monday, March 4 that are broken up into four separate four-hour sessions.

Speakers and their session topics are:

Monday, March 4
  • Creating a workplace culture (Grant Murphy, associate superintendent, National Golf Club of Canada; & Carlos Arraya, director, grounds and agronomy, Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO).
  • New trends in putting green and fairway management (Adam Moeller, education director, USGA).
  • Managing change is par for the course – practical tools and strategies to ensure employees embrace and implement transformation at work (Dr. Melanie Peacock, chartered professional in human resources).
  • Soil under your turf – what’s going on down there? (Dr. Beth Geurtal, president, Crop Science Society of America).
Tuesday, March 5
  •  Communicating with confidence, clarity and credibility: are you undermining your success? (Keynote address by Laura Katen, president, Katen Consulting, a professional development training company).
  • Current human resource challenges and development in the Canadian landscape (Dr. Melanie Peacock, chartered professional in human resources).
  • New trends in putting green surface management (Adam Moeller, education director, USGA).
  • Thatch and thatch control (Dr. Beth Guertal, president, Crop Science Society of America).
Wednesday, March 6
  •  Be the leader for the generational workplace (Carlos Arraya, director, grounds and agronomy, Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO).
  • Moss management (Dr. Jack Fry, department of horticulture and natural resources, Kansas State University).
Thursday, March 7
  •  The new rules of golf – how you’ll have to change what you’re doing to accommodate (Dr. Jack Fry, department of horticulture and natural resources, Kansas State University).
  • Here’s what I think I know – 31 years of watching grass grow has taught me this (Grant Murphy, associate superintendent, National Golf Club of Canada).
  • Dealing with the pressures of the job while dealing with anxiety (Miranda Robinson, superintendent, Summerlea Golf Club, and consulting superintendent, Western Trent Golf Club; and Paul Robertson, superintendent, project manager, clubhouse manager, Victoria Golf Club).
  • Leadership and balance – building a team and having a life while maintaining a championship golf course (Chris Tritabaugh, superintendent, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.).
Representatives from Syngenta, Belchim (formerly Engage Agro) and other companies will make a number of product presentations on Wednesday, March 6. A “Turf Talks” presentation will be made on Thursday, March 7, addressing innovative practices that include GPS spraying and managing fescue in Canada.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit https://golfsupers.com/banff2019.

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