Auburn competed against student teams from 28 colleges and universities from across the nation. Student teams were graded on overall industry knowledge and problem-solving skills in high-pressure situations, similar to what superintendents frequently experience on the job. In 2018 a total of $10,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the top 10 teams.
“As a leader in the golf industry, we understand the critical importance of supporting the next generation of golf course superintendents. Collegiate turf programs play an important role in furthering the industry, and we are excited to be a part of their education through our support of the GCSAA Turf Bowl,” said Dave Plaster, sales manager for John Deere Golf. “The job of a superintendent requires a special set of skills and a unique dedication to the game of golf, which was fully displayed with this year’s top teams, including the winning team from Auburn University.”
In addition to sponsoring the Turf Bowl, John Deere once again helped prepare students for the competition through the Tweet Rally. This year students were asked three questions during the weeks leading up to the Turf Bowl. Students were asked to respond with the right answer using a special hashtag, which was tallied to determine the winner of 2018 Collegiate Spirit Award. Michigan State University was named the winner during the closing celebration and received $1,000 for the school’s turf club.