Penn State team dominates 21st GCSAA Turf Bowl, places three teams in top 10

February 27, 2015 in Articles

11001923_10152769726162449_6141567359659301155_nPenn State University placed three teams, including the champion foursome, in the top 10 of GCSAA’s 21st annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, Feb. 26 at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio.

The foursome of Chris Marra, William Ellinger, Kyle Patterson and Alexander Bonini will return to State College, Pa., with the traveling trophy and a $4,000 first-place cash prize. Teams from Penn State also took 3rd and 9th place. Rounding out the top 10 were teams from the University of Maryland (2nd), Michigan State University (4th), Iowa State University (5th and 6th), Cal Poly Pomona (7th), Purdue University (8th) and the University of Arkansas (10th). This year 252 students on 69 teams from 33 colleges and universities participated in the competition.

The Turf Bowl challenged students from universities/institutions to identify turfgrass species, diseases, weeds and insects, as well as answer questions on mathematics, growth and development. The exam also allowed teams to collaborate for the case study portion and submit an essay that addressed business management facets of the golf course superintendent profession, while emphasizing the importance of communication skills.

As part of extended Turf Bowl activities, alumni and fans of participating schools took part in the Turf Bowl Tweet Rally Jan. 29-Feb. 25. Twitter users included scbool-specific hashtags to support their favorite schools to win the GCSAA Collegiate Spirit Award and $500. The University of Guelph won the Spirit Award with more than 2,200 tweets.

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