Fall Field Day Seminar Announced

September 6th, 2019

The Fall Field Day educational seminar, sponsored by Bayer, has been confirmed with two leading presenters in the turf industry.  CGSA is excited to bring Paul MacCormack, to share his Mindful Superintendent seminar; and Brandon Horvath, Ph.D., to present Big Data and History of Mowing and Fungicides.

The Mindful Superintendent, presented by Paul MacCormack
The Mindful Superintendent seminar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness and how it can help mitigate the common stressors we face as turf professionals.  Themes like presence, kindness, compassion and simplicity will be explored and related back to our lives as turf managers, leaders and human beings.

Paul MacCormack is the Superintendent and General Manager of Fox Meadow Golf Course, located in Stratford, PEI.  He is also the author of the Mindful Superintendent blog on Turfnet, a platform that focusses on the importance of self-care, balance and mindful living as it relates to the lives of turf professionals.  Paul is lucky enough to live on PEI with his amazing wife Jill and three kids; Maria, Lucas and Clara.

Big Data, presented by Brandon Horvath, Ph.D.
This presentation will focus on how golf course superintendents can engage their clientele and management using the same data these golfers are using to learn about and improve their games.  By understanding these data, superintendents can solve real turf problems that they often face and help establish buy in from their management and clientele.

History of Mowing and Fungicides, presented by Brandon Horvath, Ph.D.
This presentation will explore the historical underpinnings of two practices involved in disease management; mowing and fungicides.  We will explore how despite major technological improvement; mowing is still the same practice today as it has ever been.  We will discuss the various fungicide modes of action that are part of the arsenal for golf course superintendents; where they came from and how they came into existence.  Knowing where we have been will help us understand where we are heading.

Brandon Horvath, Ph.D. is an associate professor of turfgrass pathology in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee where he’s been since May 2009.  He received his MS and Ph.D. in turfgrass pathology from Michigan State University.  He received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in agronomy with a minor in plant pathology.  He has worked at several championship golf courses and conducts research in the area of turfgrass disease epidemiology that enables turfgrass managers to maintain healthier turfgrass stands with fewer chemical inputs.  He is also currently engaged in research that blends the playing of the game with managing the surfaces that the game is played on.  He has given over 50 presentations and published numerous articles about his work.

The Educational Seminar is included in your Fall Field Day registration 
and is generously sponsored by Bayer

It will start at 8:00 am on Thursday, October 10th at the Maintenance Shop at Cabot Resort.