The application process is now open for the 10th Annual Green Start Academy (GSA) by John Deere Golf and Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP. Assistant superintendents in the United States and Canada looking to advance their careers by honing their skills in critical areas and network with prominent industry professionals are encouraged to apply.

 The 10th Anniversary of Green Start Academy will take place dually at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, North Carolina, 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 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, which also includes submitting a resume and cover letter.

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.

Assistant superintendents interested in applying, or gathering more information, should visit


Photo above: Jeff Corcoran speaks to assistant superintendents during 2014’s Green Start Academy.