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Terry Vassey, PhD

Seminar 1: Drought Management, H2O Conservation for Turfgrass

Seminar 2: Cultivation & Thatch Management on Golf Greens

Presented by Dr. Vassey, PhD, California Polytechnic State University


Dr. Vassey, originally from Atlanta, teaches courses primarily in turfgrass, landscape and golf course management at Cal Poly and is the advisor for the Cal Poly Turf Club and Environmental Horticulture Club. His research interests are in sustainable turfgrass management, environmental stewardship, native and ornamental grass establishment and management, and golf course management practices. He is associated with many turfgrass and golf course management organizations and contributes often to their educational efforts.

He received his BS degree from the University of Georgia in 1980, his MS from Iowa State University (1983), and his PhD in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Missouri in 1986. From there he completed two Post Docs; one at the University of Illinois and one at the University of Wisconsin. Vassey worked as a golf course superintendent from 1992 till 2003 in Atlanta and later in coastal North Carolina. His last position, before entering academia fulltime, was as the General Superintendent at Sea Trail Resort and Golf, a 54-hole golf resort in Sunset Beach, N.C.

Course (1) Title: Drought Management, H2O Conservation for Turfgrass

Course Description:The presentation will focus on issues facing the turfgrass, golf course and sports field industry as it relates the use, quality, and availability of water for the future. Many practitioners will be faced with use restrictions, water of lower quality, and perception problems while at the same time be required to maintain standards ever more high. In times when the use of turfgrass continues to be reviled as a waste of valuable resources, many find it difficult to maintain these expectations. Such things as irrigation philosophy, new equipment, and techniques to better utilize available water will be discussed.

Course (2) Title: Thatch Control in Golf Greens

Course Description:This presentation is design to provide the golf course superintendent with the strategies to manage and control excessive thatch production and accumulation in golf greens. Techniques for identifying and reducing thatch problems will be discussed along with the specific causes of thatch accumulation and the problems associated with not properly controlling it.

Schedule subject to change

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