I’m very proud of the students for winning,” said Julia Ward, the team’s advisor and coach who serves as an instructional support associate in SUNY Delhi’s Golf and Sports Turf Management program. “They knew what was at stake, studied hard, and showed that, in tough situations, Delhi comes out on top.”
SUNY Delhi’s four-year team was comprised of Golf and Sports Turf Management majors Steve Slaughter, Wesley D’Angelo, Bill Considine and Mike MacCauley. In the Turf Bowl’s individual contest, Delhi students earned the top three spots with D’Angelo earning the top individual spot with the most points.
SUNY Delhi also competed in the Turf Bowl at the two-year level with team members Jack Leising, Tyler Lepore, Jacob Lamarche and Justin Hayward.
NYSTA’s Turf Bowl competition is designed to test the knowledge of college students in turfgrass management programs. During the annual competition, students identify turf grasses, weeds, insects and diseases using live specimens. Student teams also work together on management-related questions and an essay question.
In addition to the competition, students Jack Leising, Tyler Lepore, Ryan Thetga and Justin Hayward earned NYSTA scholarships ranging from $750 to $1,000.
SUNY Delhi will now move on to the national Turf Bowl competition February 26, 2015 at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The New York State Turfgrass Association is made up of a group of individuals in the green industry who have joined together to share technology, promote environmental stewardship, support education, advance research and disseminate research findings.