The UMass Turf Club is composed of students primarily from the A.S. and B.S. Turfgrass Science and Management programs. It is an active organization that helps to promote career development and networking with turfgrass industry professionals. Some of the activities of the Turf Club include organizing the Stockbridge Turf Internship Fair, inviting industry speaker to campus, and community service events such as athletic field renovations. Mentorship among students is also a strong tradition for the Turf Club, and often involve support for resume reviews and preparation for internship and job interviews.
Since 2007, undergraduate students in the Turf Club have annually participated in two major national academic competitions, including the Collegiate Turf Bowl sponsored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Student Challenge sponsored by the Sports Turf Managers Association. The extensive three hour exam tests knowledge in various areas of turfgrass science and management, including plant growth and development, physiology, soils and fertility, pest management, environment, and business and personnel management. We are very proud that the UMass teams placed in the top ten over the last several years, including 1st place, among over 80 teams from colleges and universities around the country.
The students typically spend several weekends during the fall semester performing fundraising activities, which include leaf cleanups, fertilizing, and renovating home lawns in the Amherst area. In the past they have been able to raise anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 each year, which has allowed them to travel to places including California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida. All in all, participation in these conferences has proven to be a great opportunity for the students to meet and network with turfgrass industry professionals and alumni.
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