John Deere Golf announced Penn State University is the winner of the 2019 GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl during the closing ceremony of the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. As the winner, Penn State University received a traveling trophy, $4,000 first-place prize and opportunity to volunteer at the 2019 PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in March.
As a part of the 2019 GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl, the winning team from Penn State University competed against 63 student teams representing 30 colleges and universities from across North America. The competition graded teams on overall industry knowledge and problem-solving skills in high-pressure situations, mirroring what superintendents often face daily. This year a total of $10,000.00 in cash prizes were awarded to the top ten teams.
“It’s amazing to witness the energy and excitement these students bring to the competition. The future of the industry is in their hands, so it’s critical to support their education and preparation,” said Manny Gan, global director of golf, John Deere. “The students from Penn State University showcased the skills and passion that any future superintendent must possess. We are excited to see where their careers take them.”
Again for 2019, John Deere helped prepare students for the Turf Bowl through the Tweet Rally. For the 2019 Tweet Rally, students were asked questions via Twitter in the weeks leading up to Turf Bowl. The students then tweeted the correct responses using a special hashtag, with the school with the most correct responses receiving a cash prize. This year, the winner of the 2019 Tweet Rally is Iowa State University. Also announced at the Closing Celebration, the team received $1,000 for the school’s turf club.