In an effort to help support industry education, Jacobsen, a Textron, Inc. company, donated new Jacobsen ECLIPSE walking greensmowers to 13 of the top turfgrass programs in the United States.

Turfgrass colleges and universities typically manage large turf plots that need to be maintained with the same professional equipment used on golf courses and sports fields. Jacobsen recently delivered ECLIPSE walking greensmowers to Clemson University, Texas A&M University, Auburn University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Florida, The Ohio State University, Mississippi State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Cornell University, Delaware Valley College, Gateway Community College and North Georgia Technical College.

Not only do the donations take some of the financial burden of turf maintenance off the schools, it also gives students the opportunity to operate some of the most advanced pieces of turf equipment on the market today.

"We have long believed that supporting education benefits the industry as a whole," said David Withers, president of Jacobsen. "We will continue to support education through equipment donations, scholarship programs and special events like our Future Turf Managers seminar in Charlotte, N.C., later this year."

Above right: Officials from North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) receive a Jacobsen ECLIPSE walking greensmower from local Jacobsen dealer Golf Ventures. Pictured from left: Brandy Lively, NGTC student; Rex Bishop, NGTC vice president of academic affairs; Josh Jackson, NGTC turf and golf course management instructor; James Dudley, sales representative at Golf Ventures; and John Mather, NGTC student. 

Above left: Officials from Texas A&M University recently received a Jacobsen walking greensmower from local Jacobsen dealer Luber Brothers. Pictured from left: Jay Loudermilk, Texas A&M agronomy student; Dr. Ben Wherley, associate professor of turfgrass ecology at Texas A&M; Charles Fontanier, Texas A&M graduate student; Dr. Richard White, Texas A&M professor; Kody Key, territory sales manager for Jacobsen; Terry Parsons, sales representative from Luber Brothers; and Andrew Dusek, Texas A&M agronomy student.