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Professional Golf Turf Management School Two-Year Certificate Program

Fall Session October 4 - December 16, 2011

Winter Session January 4 - March 16, 2012 Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC Ryan Coburn, 2011 Graduate

Presented by the NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education together with the Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science

Professional Golf Turf Management School - The Premier Educational Program For Motivated Golf Turf Professionals

About Our Roots Who Should Attend • Superintendents • Greenskeepers • Assistant Superintendents • Foremen • Irrigation Technicians

Celebrating 51 years, the success of the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School is due in large measure to the values and visions of our program’s creator, Dr. Ralph Engel. Engel’s purpose was clear, “Provide a creative learning environment where golf course employees could build their skill level and knowledge base regarding the ever changing science of golf turf management.” Equally clear were Ralph’s values when dealing with his certificate students - mentoring first, encouragement second, and massive exposure to the finest educators in golf turf science that he could locate. Forty-eight years later we continue to honor Dr. Engel’s dream of creating a world-renowned learning center for golf course employees pursuing additional certification. Thousands have visited our campus since 1961 and hundreds are currently superintendents at many of the most highly regarded courses across the United States and around the world. We welcome you to come to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and experience the very best we have to offer.

• Mechanics • Spray Technicians • Other golf professionals with turf management responsibilities, e.g. owners, general managers, developers • Sports Turf Managers • College graduates in related fields who want to quickly establish a new career path • Veterans of the U.S. military

Fairview Country Club, Greenwich, CT Jim Pavonetti, 1993 Graduate

Why Choose Rutgers University? Meeting Your Learning Needs

• Our program has been designed exclusively for golf turf management professionals throughout North America, Europe and beyond. • We have developed a partnership with SallieMae to assist with your educational loan needs. • We offer many scholarships exclusively for first year students. Returning students have even greater access to other available scholarships. • We guarantee your tuition rate will be fixed for each year of your two-year program. • We offer the technical and managerial information you need to succeed as well as a university credential that is highly respected throughout the industry and around the world. • Since our first graduating class in 1962, over 2,000 golf turf professionals have graduated from our certificate program. Currently, over 700 have advanced in their fields to become recognized superintendents in all 50 states and 11 countries or have become leaders in related turfgrass careers. An additional 400 are assistant superintendents worldwide. • Our program consists of two convenient 10-week sessions over two years and a 200-hour internship of supervised field experience. In our intensive academic format, you will concentrate on the technical knowledge required of superintendents, apply the skills presented in the classroom to field situations, and develop essential qualities of leadership that all successful managers should master. • While on campus you will meet and work collaboratively with students from some of the world’s finest golf courses and will be educated by a highly talented and dedicated team of faculty and industry professionals. • Program classrooms are located in the Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center, located adjacent to our turfgrass research complex; at the Holly House, nestled within a world-renowned collection of American hollies in the Rutgers Display Gardens; and in our Campus Center, central to life at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. • Students in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School will develop a network of support and friendship among their classmates, Rutgers turfgrass alumni, and golf turf industry professionals worldwide. Whenever or wherever you wish to relocate, there will be Rutgers turf alumni nearby.

Our Vision

Learning Objectives

A World of Opportunity Today’s most successful golf turf managers are professionals who understand the game of golf, who have scientific knowledge of plants and their cultivation, and who know how to maintain an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound course. We believe successful golf course superintendents also require the skills to work within the constraints of a budget and to communicate effectively with their customers, managers/owners, vendors, and their golf course staff. This unique educational experience will prepare you for these challenges and more.

Our Goal Our goal is to provide an innovative learning environment which promotes creative opportunities for students to attain knowledge, develop skills, build self-confidence and ultimately become leaders in the golf turf industry.

Where Are They Now? Graduates of the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School currently are leaders in the following industries: • Golf Course Superintendents throughout the United States, Canada and Europe • Owners of golf courses • Agronomists • Directors of professional sports turf fields and facilities • Directors of corporate grounds and maintenance • Directors of county and municipal parks • Director of Nascar Infield Grounds • Directors and sales representatives in seed, irrigation and equipment companies

• To develop a better understanding of the science behind the cultural practices utilized by golf course superintendents • To refine and develop technical skills that are applicable to the art of greenskeeping that will be immediately useful in the management of golf turf • To develop and justify budgets that will best serve the needs of both your golf course customers and your facilities • To improve soft skills in personnel management and communication • To learn about ongoing golf turf research activities, their applications and benefits at Rutgers • To explore and attain national and international career opportunities in golf turf management and related industries Club Crabapple at Capital City Club, Atlanta, GA Drew Garner, 2011 Graduate

“... this program is second to none. It has turned me into a professional and a leader while giving me a tremendous amount of education. I believe attending this program was the best possible move I could have made for my future.”

- Timothy Mars, National Golf Links of America (NY), Class of 2010

Convenient Fall and Winter Sessions Our intensive program is designed to fit conveniently around your work schedule. You have the option of attending our Fall Session from October 4 - December 16, 2011 or our Winter Session from January 4 - March 16, 2012. Program content and admission requirements for the Fall and Winter sessions are identical. Students attending their first year in the Fall of 2011 will return for their second year in the Fall of 2012. Students attending their first year in the Winter of 2012 will return for their second year in the Winter of 2013. Class hours are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays for ten (10) weeks.

Our program is highly recommended for those who have demon nstrated a proven interest in golf turf management and who have displayed a strong commitment to advancement in a successful golf turf management career. Applicants are required to have a minimum of two years golf course employment experience or equivalent educational or workplace experience.


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Rutgers University Faculty and Staff Our Team of Nationally Recognized Instructors

Dr. Stacy Bonos, Assistant Professor, Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics Mr. Richard Buckley, Manager, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory

Leadership Team RUTGERS THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY Dr. Richard L. McCormick President

Mr. Joseph Clark, Principal Lab Technician, Turfgrass Research Farm Dr. Bruce Clarke, Director, Turfgrass Pathology, Center for Turfgrass Science and Extension Specialist Dr.Thomas Gianfagna, Professor, Turfgrass Physiology Mr. Josh Honig, Research Associate, Plant Biology and Pathology Dr. Bingru Huang, Associate Professor, Plant Biology and Pathology Dr. Richard Hurley, Adjunct Professor, Plant Biology and Pathology Mr. Edward V. Lipman, Jr., Director, Office of Continuing Professional Education

SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Dr. Robert M. Goodman Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Executive Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES)

Dr. William A. Meyer, Professor, Turfgrass Breeding Mr. James Morris, Associate Director, Office of Continuing Professional Education Dr. James Murphy, Extension Specialist, Turfgrass Management Mr. Charles J. Schmid, Graduate Assistant, Plant Biology and Pathology Ms. Sabrina Tirpak, Principal Laboratory Technician, Plant Diagnostic Clinic Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, CA Eric Schmitt, 2010 Graduate

Professional Golf Turf Management School - The Premier Educational Program For Motivated Golf Turf Professionals

Golf Course Superintendents Mr. Gary Arlio, Bergen County Parks, Hackensack, NJ Mr.Tom Breiner, Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, Far Hills, NJ Mr. Chris Carson, Echo Lake Country Club, Westfield, NJ Mr. Ken Krausz, Paramus Golf Course, Paramus, NJ Mr. Jim Lynch, Mount Olive Township, Mount Olive, NJ Mr. Mike Mongon, Sports Turf Systems, Paramus, NJ Mr. Jason Pierce, Heron Glen Golf Course, Ringoes, NJ Mr. Jesse Shannon, Manhattan Woods Golf Club, West Nyack, NY

2010 Awards and Recognition Dr. Stacy Bonos Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazines’s “40 under 40,” 2010 Dr James Murphy Dr. Crop Science Society of America, Turfgrass Science Division (C05), Incoming Chair, 2010

“Role of Nutrient Management in Urban and Suburban Landscapes in Nutrient Loading of Surface and Ground Waters,” Summit Organizer, 2010 New Jersey Fertilizer Act (A2290), Advisor, 2011 The Th R Rutgers T Turfgrass f B Breeding di PProgram, run bby iinstructors Bill Meyer M andd S Stacy Bonos, has the largest collection of cool-season turfgrass germplasm in the world. In 2010, 38 new turf cultivars were released by the Program for sale in the United States and abroad, and germplasm of 13 additional varieties was increased and named in 2010. Turf cultivars from Rutgers received top honors in the most recent National Turfgrass Evaluation Trials, with 90% of the top 30 tall fescue, fine fescue and perennial ryegrass entries, and 50% of the top 25 Kentucky bluegrass entries tracing their lineage back to the Rutgers Breeding Program.


M B Mr. Bob b Dobson D b was the h recipient i i off the h 2010 EExcellence ll A Awardd ffor EPA’ EPA’s 2010 WaterSense Partner of the Year. Bob helped lead the first New Jersey irrigation professional certification program to earn the WaterSense label. Now, all licensed contractors in NJ will be eligible to become WaterSense irrigation partners!

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Dr. Bruce Clarke Clarke, who presented three webcasts to golf course Congratulations to Dr superintendents across the United States this past year.


Student/Curricula Advisor Senior Program Coordinator

Specialists from Related Industries Mr. Robert Dobson, Middletown Sprinkler Company, Middletown, NJ


Dr. William A. Meyer

Associate Director, Faculty Advisor to The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School


Mr. Stephen Kay, Owner/Golf Architect, Golf Course Design LLC, Egg Harbor City, NJ Mr. Steven Kristoph, Owner, Steven Kristoph Nursery, Englishtown, NJ Mr. Steven Langlois, Langlois Turf Consultants, Pitman, NJ Mr. Bruce C. Neary, Owner, BCN Horticultural Services, Brick, NJ Dr. Karen Plumley, National Account Manager, Mitchell Products, Millville, NJ Ms. Marie Pompei, Sales Representative, FM Brown’s Sons, Inc., Sinking Spring, PA

Loch Lloyd Country Club Vlg Loch Lloyd, MO Nick LaPlante, 2008 Graduate

Mr. Gene Westmoreland, Assistant Executive Director/Tournament Director Metropolitan Golf Association, Elmsford, NY

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Grading Policy and Graduation Requirements Student performance will be evaluated in each class based on a combination of examinations, term papers, projects and class participation. Students should allow approximately 20 hours per week for class preparation. Certificates of Completion are awarded at our annual graduation banquet to all students who successfully complete both semesters of class work, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and who successfully complete a summer field internship of 400+ hours. Recognition for highest honors and honors is noted on certificates.

Recertification Credits

Mr. William Jamison, Communications Consultant, Toms River, NJ


Pine Valley Golf Club, Clementon, NJ Field Trip - Class of Fall 2010

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Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits are granted by most states for students in our program who have a current pesticide applicator license. If you wish to apply for recertification credits in your state, you must fill out a form that will be provided to you on your first day of class.


Professional Golf Turf Management School - The Premier Educational Program For Motivated Golf Turf Professionals

First-Year Curriculum

Second-Year Curriculum

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Instruction and practice in publ blic spe peak akin ak ingg. B Byy ma maki k ng ki presentations to your classmates, youu wi willll lea earn rn tto enhance your presentation skills when speaking to board members, city council members, the media and others.

Golf Course Co ons nstruc nst ucti t on I ti

An introductionn to o gol o f co couurse design principles and c ns co n truction, including contours, slopes, tee and sand bunk nker er con nstruction.

I trrod In oduc ucti tiion to So S ils

Physical propeerttie i s off soi oils ls, s, inncllud udin ingg so in soilil ttex exture re, stru st ruct ctur ure, e densi sity si ty, soill watter and drainage, and ty d soil survvey eyss ar aree ex expl plor lored ed.

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Landscape Plants I

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Mo Mowe owe er Te ech chno nology gy and n Reel Grindi ding ng

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Land La nd dsc scape Manage gem mentt

Mathem th hem ma attic icss for for Golf Golf C Cou o rse e Su Supe peri rint nten ende en dent n s

Look Look o aatt cr crit itic ical al asp spec ects of mo mow wer selection, set up and mainnte tennanc nce. e Und nder e stand d how cutting units operate to b tt be t er d devel elop op a mai aint nten nt ennan ance ce routine that will get the most ou ut of you ur eq equipm pmen ent. t t.

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Budgeting and Financ ncia iall Ma ana nage geme ment nt

Land dscape Pl Pla ants ts II

Identi Iden tifificcati ti tion on,, ch char aracte teri riza zati tion ti on aand nd sseelecti tion on of gr gras asse sess, gras gr a s bree eedi d ng, se seed ed d pro r du duct ctio ctio on, and nd ccer erti tififica cattion are revi re view ewed ed d.

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Current strategies for or ppro roje ro ject ctinng, mon onit ittor o ingg an nd contro rollllin inng co ost stss to o ach ch hie ieve ve fisca call co cour urse see ggoa oals ls. ls

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Students work in tea eams ms tto o ap ppl plyy the kn know owleedg dge th they ey have gained to solve real case problems in turrfg f ra rass ss management.

Golf Course Construction II

Cons Co nstr ns truuction cos osts, developing contracts, and d sche sc hedu dulilingg ccon onst stru ruct c ion projects, including ponds, cart path pa t s an and d gr gree eens.

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Turffgras Tu a s Disease e Id Iden en nti t fica ati tion on

Golf History and Design

Turf Dissea Tu ease se Lab abor ora atory

Insect and Disease Laboratory

Leearn arn valuuab ablee inf nfforma mati t on n on how turfgrass adapts tss to a va variet etyy of envviron et onm mental stresses and how to managee turffgr g ass effe f ct ctivvel elyy to pre r vent and con ontrol o damagge.

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Mowing, watering, fertilliziing, ing, cul ultiiva vating and co cont n ro rollling thattch c on greenss aand nd d ffai airw ai r ayss forr optima rw mall ef e fe fect ct aand nd minniim mal cost.

Turfgrass Weed ed Ide den ntificatio ion an and Weed Managem g men entt

The history of golf design, review of the great architects ts of the past, golf course types, golf course hole desiggn styles, and famous golf holes will be discussed. Hands-on identification of insect pests and disease symptoms/signs with emphasis on management and control strategies.

Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants Review diagnostic methods and management for cont ntro rollllin ingg insects and dise seases affecti ting ti ng orn rnam a enta am tall plant l ts.

“It was a great experience that really jumpstarted my career. One of the best decisions that I have made.” - Ted Morgan, Eagle Springs Golf Course (CO), Class of 2008

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Soill Fer ertility ty

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Innovative techniques and specifications ns ffor o seedi eedinng, spriigging and sodding along with currentt appliicaati t on ons and challenges.

Turfgrass Insects

Review diagnostic methods and management options for controlling turfgrasss in i se sect pests.

Turfgrass Mainte Tu ena n nc nce e II (inccludi ludi lu d ng g Worrk Ex Expe eri r ence))

Review Re e e cur urre r nt re n management prac a ticees on n the he ggol of ol co cour ourse se ffrom m ssttud u ent presentations covering their su umm mmerr w wor orrk ex e periences.

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Professional Golf Turf Management School - The Premier Educational Program For Motivated Golf Turf Professionals

Field Experience Scholarship Programs Thanks to the generous financial support received from New Jersey’s golf turf community and beyond, we are able to offer a significant number of scholarships to our incoming and returning students. Scholarship awards range from $100 to $5,000 and are awarded based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, service to the turfgrass community and financial need.

Our students are required to participate in 200+ hours of in-service, field experience (internship) following their first 10-week session in the program. Not all internships are of similar length - April 1 and October 1 represent traditional start and end dates.You may complete your internship in your current position or we can assist you in locating an internship position. Several internship opportunities exist at nationally recognized golf courses. Requirements for all internships include maintaining a daily log of activities, actual operation of various pieces of equipment and participation in various cultural practices. Students present their field experience activities in written and oral reports during their second 10-week session. Intern presentations assist students with practice in organizing and presenting information publicly, while providing the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other classmates from around the United States and globally.

• Discounted rates at the Rutgers University Golf Course • Student rates for Rutgers sporting events, including our nationally-ranked football and women’s basketball programs • Purchase of a discounted University recreational pass which includes: - Indoor pools - Weight rooms - Indoor driving range - Racquetball courts - Basketball courts - Intramural sports

Learning Resources Chang Science Library

First-year students receive an introduction to Rutgers’ library system and all of its resources including reference material, trade publications and on-line databases.

Rutgers Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center offers students instruction in effective studying and test taking strategies. The Center also offers free group tutoring sessions for students who feel they would benefit from extra assistance.

If you are interested in applying for a first year scholarship to either our fall or winter session, you MUST complete the scholarship application form included in this year’s catalog and attach it with your application for admission. Please be sure your letters of reference clearly address your qualifications to be awarded a scholarship.

Computer Laboratories

Computer laboratories are located in the Geiger Turfgrass Education Center and at multiple sites around campus. Use of the laboratories, along with classroom internet access, are available to all students in the program.

“This program changed my life. I had no direction before I came here. Now I am confident in my career choice and Rutgers taught me everything I need to know to be successful.”

- Doug Burdick, Shipyard Golf Course (SC), Class of 2008

Student Housing We have a wide variety of off-campus housing options available for students in our program. Students should budget approximately $2,500 to $3,300 for their housing expenses for each of our two ten-week sessions. Many of our housing options include laundry facilities and eatin kitchens, while others do not. Students should make housing arrangements immediately after learning of their acceptance. Like most university communities, the demand for temporary housing within central New Jersey and the New Brunswick area is great, so the best options are quickly rented.

Student Benefits and Recreation

Field Trips New Jersey is home to many of the world’s most highly-rated golf courses. During each session, students visit many of these acclaimed courses, including Pine Valley Golf Course, Pine Hill Golf Course, Baltusrol Golf Club, Bayonne Golf Course and others. Students will tour the USGA Museum and Archives, and go “behind the scenes” and meet the engineers in the testing laboratory where the USGA tests golf equipment. The USGA Museum is home to the world’s most extensive collections of golf memorabilia and literature.

“I can’t even count how many times something I learned at Rutgers has become applicable in my job. My time at Rutgers prepared me very well. When I speak of Rutgers, I talk about what a great turf education one receives there, what high quality instructors teach there, and how proud I am to be a graduate. It was such a complete and such an excellent learning experience.


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Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Association The Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Association enthusiastically supports all turfgrass management activities at Rutgers University. This active nationwide alumni network of over 2000 members offers career opportunities to recent graduates and provides support for one another on a daily basis. Our alumni participate each year as instructors in our program and are available when and where needed. You will not find a more dedicated community of professionals anywhere.

La Qunita Resort and Club, La Quinta, CA Eric Schmitt, 2010 Graduate

- Brady Klein, Minnesota Valley Country Club (MN), Class of 2010

Orchard Hills Golf Course, Paramus, NJ Kristyn Ulanday, daughter of Aquilino Ulanday, 2011 Graduate

Weyhill at Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, PA Zack Stimson, 2012 Graduate (anticipated)

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Professional Golf Turf Management School - The Premier Educational Program For Motivated Golf Turf Professionals

Our Teaching/Research and Outreach Partnership Undergraduate Degree Option Rutgers University offers a four-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science, with a Horticulture/Turf Industry option at the Center for Turfgrass Science (CTS). Some of our students select a research option which provides excellent preparation for graduate school.This program is designed for students who desire a more indepth study in applied science and entry into the turfgrass industry upon graduation. Our turf students are encouraged to take a Summer Co-op internship working at a golf course, sod farm, or sports field. We can arrange for students to experience a paid summer internship at some of the most respected golf courses in the world.

Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is a professional school supporting the citizens of New Jersey. We are home to the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, a source of mission-oriented basic and applied scientific research and outreach for the citizens of New Jersey. Central to our service mission was the 1991 establishment of the Center for Turfgrass Science (CTS). Its purpose is to generate and disseminate knowledge and provide education in turfgrass science by fostering a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary research, educational and outreach program. Rutgers University is internationally known for its turfgrass breeding program, which consistently develops superior cultivars of cool-season turfgrasses annually. We maintain strong relations with the New Jersey turf industry and turf-related trade associations. The New Jersey Turfgrass Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, the NJ Landscape Contractors Assocation, the Cultivated Sod Association of NJ, the Sports Field Managers Association of NJ, and the Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Association all provide support in the form of research grants and scholarships, and work cooperatively with Rutgers to help you further your profession. One visible sign of the cooperation fostered between the University and New Jersey’s turfgrass community is the Geiger Turfgrass Education Center, which is dedicated solely to turgrass education and research. “You think you know a lot in the field until you attend this program. The education brings you to another level.”

- Pete Strahan, Ashbrook Golf Course (NJ), Class of 20 010

“Countless lifelong relationships that continue to be built upon.”

- Chase Brackley, Berry Hills Country Club (WV), Class of 2010

Veteran Benefits

The United States Veterans Administration operates various education assistance programs for eligible veterans, surviving spouses or children of any war veteran killed while on duty with the Armed Forces, disabled veterans, dependents of a veteran with service that resulted in total disability, and certain members of the selected reserve. Admitted veterans are eligible for VA benefits. For more information, or to obtain a form, please visit

For more information on the Center for Turfgrass Science (CTS), please contact: Dr. Bruce Clarke, Director Phone: (732) 932-9400 E-mail: Dr. Richard Hurley. Phone: (732) 932-9375 ext.339 E-mail: You may also visit the website at:


Your Application Must Include: Please read this information carefully.

• A completed application form (included on the last page of this brochure). Please provide all information. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. • A letter of intent describing your education and work experience, why you are applying to the Rutgers program and how the course fits into your career plans. • Two letters of recommendation from current or past supervisors describing your duties, responsibilities, and potential for success in our program. If you are applying for a scholarship, your qualifications should also be addressed in the letters. • Original copy of your high school and college transcripts or a copy of your GED certificate, as applicable. • A $50 non-refundable application fee. All checks should be made payable to Rutgers,The State University of New Jersey.

Inquiries concerning eligibility and processing of your benefits should be directed to: Fran Koppell at (732) 932-9271 or

Lifetime Learning Tax Credit

Students who attend may qualify for a ‘Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.’ A family may claim a credit up to $2000 maximum, equal to 20% of the first $10,000 of educational expenses. Eligible education expenses are offset by scholarships, grants and employer-provided tax free educational assistance. The tax credit is subject to income and other limitations. For more details, consult IRS Publication 970, “Tax Benefits for Higher Education” or discuss with your tax advisor.

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French Creek Golf Club, Elverson, PA Brian Clair, 2011 Graduate

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Dan Cunningham, Head Ground Superintendent Stephen Kay, Instructor John Salcedo, 1991 Graduate

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$3,900 per each ten week session (New Jersey Residents), $4,100 per each ten week session (out-of-state) for new students. Tuition rates for our returning second year students will remain unchanged from last year: $3,800 (New Jersey Residents) and $4,000 (out-of-state). Tuition is payable upon acceptance to our program by credit card (MasterCard,VISA or American Express), certified check or money order, and must be paid in full prior to the beginning of each session. A late fee of $250 will be assessed to any accounts with a balance due after the first day of class. No personal checks will be accepted. Send your completed application packet to: Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School Office of Continuing Professional Education 102 Ryders Lane New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519

Application Deadline Friday, July 22, 2011 We must receive your completed application for our Fall 2011 and our Winter 2012 Session by Friday, July 22, 2011. Admission notifications will be mailed by September 2, 2011 to our Fall 2011 Session and Winter 2012 Session students. If you would like an early decision on your application status, please check the appropriate box when applying. In most cases, we will respond within two weeks of receiving all required application information.


Professional Golf Turf Management School

Professional Golf Turf Management School - The Premier Educational Program For Motivated Golf Turf Professionals

Three-Week Preparatory Short Course

The Ranch Club, Missoula, MT Jeffrey Nelson 2012 Graduate (anticipated)

January 9 - 27, 2012

Our intensive 15-day program is jam-packed with activities and topics that cover all aspects of golf turf management - from the basics of construction and maintenance to soil physics and employee management.

Practical training

This information can help improve the aesthetics of your course and increase your value as a turf manager.

Cost savings strategies

Being able to better identify turf diseases and insects will help you avoid and resolve problems on your own, reducing the expense of outside professional assistance.

Time saving strategies

Learn how to prevent mistakes - rather than repair them - through proper horticulture techniques.


A condensed course requires less time away from home and the intensive winter schedule offers flexibility to accommodate your work schedule.

For more information on our landscape management short courses, please call Dan Serpico at (732) 932-9271 ext. 648, or contact him via email at


Enhance your current resume with formal golf turf management education from a nationally recognized university.

Personal attention

Our professional and supportive administrative team will facilitate a unique learning experience for you.

Job placement

We receive over 300 job opportunities each year at courses worldwide, and regularly offer referrals to program participants and past graduates.

Only $1,495 Register Today! For additional information about our Three-Week Preparatory Short Course, please call David Breeding at (732) 932-9271 ext. 624, or contact him via e-mail at


Additional Short Courses Golf Course Irrigation

When your irrigation system breaks down in the heat of summer, there is no time for on-the-job training. This class delves into topics such as: piping and wiring maintenance, proper techniques for lateral and mainline repairs, transitioning to different types of pipe, communication and computer control applications and more.

Turfgrass Disease Management

Arrowhead Golf Course, Littleton, CO Zack Stimson, 2012 Graduate (anticipated)

This comprehensive three-week preparatory program has been designed specifically for the golf turf professional with at least one year of golf turf experience.This course is designed for those who wish to strengthen their technical skills in turfgrass management.

We offer continuing education courses in landscape management, construction and design as well as business, equipment maintenance, tree care, pest/disease management and turf. Whether you are a professional arborist, landscape contractor, pesticide applicator, horticulturalist or even a gardening and landscape enthusiast, we have a course that will meet both your professional licensing/ certification needs and your thirst for knowledge and new skills.

Led by Turf instructor, Rich Buckley, this one-day class focuses on major turf diseases, such as Brown Patch, Summer Patch, Dollar Spot, Fairy Ring, Pythium Blight and others.You will learn the most current cultural, chemical, and biological techniques to identify and alleviate the cause of the problem, rather than repeatedly treating its symptoms.

Managing Turfgrass Insects

This one-day course will improve your ability to assess the severity of an infestation and select the right control measures based on the insects’ biology. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Richard Crocombe, 2008 Graduate

Hazard Tree Identification

Hazardous trees pose a double danger. They are tough to recognize, and they can be costly – and even deadly – if not managed before an avoidable accident happens. Certified Tree Experts walk you through the step-by-step process of identifying a hazard, dealing with it, and properly documenting your findings.

Selected Topics • Introduction to Turfgrass Diseases

Small Engine Repair

Learn the keys to preventative maintenance and protect your equipment investment without waiting for or paying someone else to do it. You will learn the top reasons engines fail and how to maintain and perform routine repairs, without voiding your warranty. This handson class gives you answers to your specific questions - something a manual or video cannot deliver. Also consider the two-day Small Engine Troubleshooting course, where you will tear down an engine in class.

• Managing Turfgrass Insects • Introduction to Irrigation Principles • Introduction to Soil Fertility Options • Turfgrass Management & Maintenance Practices • Turfgrass Renovation Strategies • Managing Your Most Challenging Turfgrass Weed • Basics of Golf Course Construction • Turfgrass Morphology & Agronomic Principles • Applications of Plant & Landscape Science

Who Should Attend

Experienced golf turf professionals and employees with at least one year of experience on a golf course including: • Superintendents/Greenskeepers • Assistant Superintendents • Foremen • Irrigation Technicians • Mechanics • Spray Technicians Other golf professionals with turf management responsibilities (i.e. owners, general managers, golf professionals, developers, etc.) will also benefit.

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Athletic Field Construction and Maintenance

Maintaining healthy and safe athletic fields starts with understanding your own individual turf and soil requirements. This three-day course explores construction, renovation, establishment and maintenance of athletic fields, and it will benefit both experienced athletic field managers, as well as newcomers. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC Ryan Coburn, 2011 Graduate

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Professional Golf Turf Management School - The Premier Educational Program For Motivated Golf Turf Professionals

First-Year Scholarship Application

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Admission Application

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Please provide ALL information. Print clearly or type. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed. (First)

You must complete this application to be considered for an award. All students are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. There are multiple awards available with criteria that range from academic achievement and financial need to amount and depth of experience. Be sure to complete the scholarship application as fully as possible and return it with your admissions materials. Scholarship notifications will be included with the applicant’s acceptance letter. Name Permanent Address Telephone

B Bachelor’s Degree Earned G.P.A. SSome college (one or more semesters, no degree)


Social Security Number Home/Mailing Address City Work Phone E-mail address

Name for Name Tag (Street, PO or Apt. #) State

Zip Code Home Phone Cell Phone





A Associate’s Degree earned G.P.A. H High School Diploma



Please indicate the session for which you are applying: (select only one) Fall 2011 (Course Code AT0201CA12) W Winter 2012 (Course Code AT0201CB12) Yes! I would like to be considered for early admissions on my ap application.


FINANCIAL NEED (Please explain below. Attach additional sheets if necessary.)

How w did you hear about The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School Two-Year Certificate Program? M Mail Code: Search Engine: R Rutgers Website Other Website: R Referred by a Rutgers alumnus (Please specify. ecify.) R Referred by my supervisor (Please specify.) R Referred by a colleague (Please specify.)

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS/HONORS RECEIVED (Attach additional sheets if necessary.)

Havee you previously applied to this program? N No Y Yes If yes, when? FFall W Winter Year Have you attended our Rutgers Professional Golf Turf M Management nagem School: Three-Weekk Prep Preparatory atory Short Course? N No Y Yes Year Final Grade

Will you be receiving your regular salary while you are attending the program? N No Y Yes

EDUCATION UCA N High School Graduate? Class Rank Out of

N No

Y Yes Year If no, GED?

Is your employer paying any portion of your tuition? N Y No Yes If yes, what percentage?

COLLEGE OR TECHNICAL SCHOOL ATTENDED Graduated N No Y Yes If yes, Major? Degree Earned? d? N No Y Yes If yes, Degree? Final GPA Number mber of Credits Earned


WORK EXPERIENCE Your Current Employer Employment Dates Full time Position held Previous Employer Employment Dates Full time Position held Previous Employer Employment Dates Full time Position held

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WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST IN TURFGRASS SCIENCE? (Attach additional sheets if necessary.)

I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, all of the above information is correct and accurate. Signature


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B Bachelor’s

M Master’s N No Y Yes

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A World of Opportunity in Just 20 Weeks


Scholarships To Help Pay Your Way

More than one-third of our second-year students received one or more scholarships from private, state and local organizations. Numerous first-year students are also scholarship recipients.

Continuing Education Loans

We have developed a partnership with SallieMae which makes it more convenient for our students to apply for a school loan.

Experienced, Award-Winning Instructors • Rutgers faculty and staff • Leaders in related industries and turfgrass science • Golf course superintendents

Dedicated Administration

Our supportive and customer centered administrative team will facilitate a unique learning experience for all students.

Logistical Convenience

Intensive 10-week sessions require less time away from home, family, and your workplace.

Access to Alumni Database

Our international database of active alumni provides an invaluable network of contacts who know the value of your certificate.

Experience Building Internship Program Opportunities to work with nationally recognized golf course superintendents throughout America and worldwide.

Information You Can Put To Work

Our nationally-recognized program content will help you more effectively manage the challenges faced on your golf course.

Outstanding Learning Environment

The Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center is located next to our turfgrass research complex.

Convenient Off-Campus Housing

Our office maintains an exclusive list of current housing opportunities within a short driving distance to the Rutgers University campus.

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