Editor’s note: The following was provided to GCM courtesy of John Deere Golf and the members of the winning team in the 2015 GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl from Penn State University. They are among the volunteers at this week's Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass working under the direction of Tom Vlach, CGCS, Sawgrass' director of agronomy and GCSAA Class A superintendent Clay Breazeale, who oversees the Stadium Course.
Among the volunteers gathering to help the Sawgrass team are four students from Penn State University who recently took home the title of GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl champions at the 2015 Golf Industry Show. The team from PSU not only took home a check for $4,000 for their school’s turf program, they also received a unique opportunity from John Deere Golf to volunteer on the maintenance team at TPC Sawgrass alongside some of the best professionals in the field.
The State College team is lead by Benjamin McGraw, Ph.D., and is made up of four very talented students — Mike Bonini, William Ellinger, Christopher Marra and Kyle Patterson. All of the students, except for Kyle Patterson, a junior, will be graduating upon their return from TPC Sawgrass.