Four horticulture/agronomy students from Oklahoma State will compete in the 2016 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition Thursday at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego.
The four students, all seniors, are Cheyenne Roberts of Jenks, Jordan Moss of Oologah, Taylor Roberts of Owasso and Ryan Thomas from Dewey. The Turf Bowl consists of a written examination including live plant and weed identification, essays, physiology, turf math and more, according to new OSU’s Turfgrass Science assistant professor Dr. Charles Fontanier, who will accompany the team to San Diego.
OSU has one of the nation’s most respected turfgrass and agronomy programs and has produced superintendents galore but has not competed in the Turf Bowl in recent years. Fontanier said he intends to make it a regular occurrence. The OSU team will compete against up to 100 other teams from across the country.
Although all four students have worked on golf courses, two intend to make it their livelihood, Fontanier said. Moss has summer work lined up at The Patriot in Owasso while Thomas will intern at Big Sky Country Club in Montana.
"They are all good students," Fontanier said. "With capable and interested students, this is something we hope to make an annual tradition."