The ninth annual Green Start Academy is in the books. For many of them, it sounds as if it will be a memorable chapter in their careers.
"I've had a ball," says Randy Gatlin from Turtle Point Yacht & CC in Killen, Ala.,who is one of 50 assistants that has spent the last three days in North Carolina. "You get to meet people at high end, low end, public, private and hear about how their lives are at their places."
The Green Start Academy, which is a collaboration of John Deere and Bayer, finished up this afternoon. The three-day event experience provided a chance to visit Deer and Bayer facilities, meet others who may become lifelong friends and to learn industry information from a variety of sources. Having the opportunity to hear from golf course management industry veterans such as Bob Farren, CGCS at Pinehurst Resort, was awesome for assistant Patrick Fallow from Alpine CC in Cranston, R.I.
"It is great to get advice and hear stories from people who have come up through the ranks like we are doing now," Fallow says.