John Deere has announced Penn State University as the 2016 winner of the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl. John Deere and the GCSAA awarded the team the traveling trophy and $4,000 first-place prize.
At the 2016 GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl, teams of students from more than 30 universities and colleges across the nation competed for the chance to win a cash prize for their school’s turf program, and first place bragging rights.
“We know for the industry to be successful, we need to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow, which is why our involvement with the GCSAA Turf Bowl is so important,” said Dave Plaster, North American sales manager, John Deere Golf. “This competition is a great way to build excitement about a career in the Golf industry and show our support for future generations of superintendents.”
The Turf Bowl tested teams on both their turf management knowledge and ability to think quickly under pressure in order to identify solutions to challenges superintendents often face.
In addition, a “Tweet Rally” was held in conjunction with the Turf Bowl. Competing teams and industry members were invited to vote for a Turf Bowl team in the form of tweets with a custom hashtag. The school with the most support through hashtag votes, which was Michigan State University, was awarded “Best School Spirit” and received a $1,000 cash prize.