Bayer CropScience Announces Inaugural Plant Health Academy Class

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Twelve superintendents to participate in plant health research and education program

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We are honored by the caliber of applications we received from superintendents with a demonstrated commitment to plant health. The Academy is an opportunity to continue driving the research that will support the next generation of plant health solutions.

Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience, today announced the inaugural class of golf course superintendents selected to participate in the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy. The 12 GCSAA member superintendents chosen to attend the 2013-14 Academy sessions include the following:

  •     Chad B. Corp, CGCS - Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Mich.
  •     Anthony M. Girardi, CGCS - Rockrimmon Country Club, Stamford, Conn.
  •     Jeffrey E. Holliday, CGCS - Salisbury Country Club, Midlothian, Va.
  •     Ralph J. Kepple, CGCS - East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.
  •     Andy Klein, Class A - Falcon Lakes Golf Course, Basehor, Kan.
  •     Joseph A. Lasher, CGCS - The Resort at the Mountain, Welches, Ore.
  •     Eric R. McPherson, CGCS - Omaha Country Club, Omaha, Neb.
  •     Matthew H. Miller, Class A - Carey Park Golf Course, Hutchinson, Kan.
  •     Jeffrey L. Seeman, Class A - Calverton Links, Calverton, N.Y.
  •     Brian J. Stiehler, CGCS - Highlands Country Club, Highlands, N.C.
  •     Douglas A. Vogel, Class A - Packanack Golf Club, Wayne, N.J.
  •     W. Craig Weyandt, Class A - The Moorings Yacht & Country Club, Vero Beach, Fla.

“We are honored by the caliber of applications we received from superintendents with a demonstrated commitment to plant health,” said Scott Welge, head of marketing for Bayer’s Professional Turf & Ornamental (T&O) Business. “Bayer has a rich history of innovation and pioneered the T&O industry’s first plant health solutions more than two decades ago, with the development of StressGard Formulation Technology (FT). The Academy is an opportunity to continue driving the research that will support the next generation of plant health solutions.”

The Plant Health Academy consists of a two-part immersive plant health curriculum for Class A or Superintendent Members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The Academy sessions will involve in-the-field training at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C., Sept. 25-27, and classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., March 3-5, 2014.

About Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow is a multi-faceted program aimed at advancing plant health research and education for superintendents to help ensure the health of their courses – and the industry – for the future. In addition to the Plant Health Academy, the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program also includes plant health-related webinars, demonstration courses and scholarships. Two Plant Health Demonstration Courses have been selected to serve as ‘living labs’ to generate data and case studies on plant health that will feed into the Academy. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., was chosen to represent the Cool Season region, and the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was selected to represent the Warm Season region.

Bayer will invest a percentage of StressGard FT product sales, a minimum of $300,000 over three years, to fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, and to support the mission of the GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). StressGard FT, a technology now featured in four Bayer fungicides including Tartan®, Chipco Triton® Flo, Interface®, and Chipco® Signature™, helps fortify natural plant defenses and promote plant growth. To learn more about StressGard FT and other Bayer solutions, please visit

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission “Bayer: Science For A Better Life”. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

About the EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at

GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at

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