Speakers for the 2014 conference include turfgrass scientists, golf course superintendents, and golf administrators.
Milt Engelke, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil & Crop Science at Texas A&M University. He is also a consulting agronomist, science advisor, author, and entrepreneur. He is a renowned turfgrass breeder, having released more than 19 cultivars, including Diamond, Cavalier, and Zorro zoysiagrass, and Crenshaw, 962, and Cato creeping bentgrass. Engelke is an engaging speaker and has taught many courses about turfgrass management, especially on zoysiagrass management, root zone maintenance, and putting green maintenance. He has been honored with awards from many organizations including the Crop Science Society of America and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He will be speaking about zoysiagrass performance and management in Asia.
John Sorochan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee (UT). He is also the Co-Director for the UT Center for Athletic Field Safety. In his research, Sorochan studies environmental turf stress physiology including heat, shade, drought, and wear stress. He has given over 70 invited presentations at regional, national, and international professional meetings. Sorochan will be speaking about managing putting green speed for warm-season grasses, and on managing warm-season grasses in shade.
Julia Khin Swe Aye is Project Director at the Royal Myanmar Golf Club. She has a B.Ag. from the University of Agriculture in Yezin, Myanmar, and has extensive experience throughout tropical and temperate regions in Asia as a golf course superintendent, holding positions previously in Singapore and at Spring City Golf & Lake Resort in Kunming, China. Aye has also been a lecturer at the State Institute of Agriculture. She will be speaking about golf course maintenance in Myanmar.
Muhammad Fahmy is Consultant to Dago Endah Golf Club in Bandung, Indonesia, and has previously worked as a golf course superintendent or general manager at clubs such as Sentul Highlands Golf Club and Modern Golf and Country Club. He is a class A member of GCSAA, a member of CMAA, and is a past president of ASPGI (Asosiasi Superintendent Padang Golf Indonesia). Fahmy completed his studies at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in 1986. He will be speaking about course improvement with low budgets.
Mohd Nizam Othman is the Golf Course Superintendent at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. He has almost 20 years of golf course maintenance experience, including previous work at Kota Permai Golf and CC, Horizon Hills, and Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort. He has been in charge of course preparations for the CIMB Classic on the PGA Tour, four Maybank Malaysia Opens (European PGA Tour), four Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournaments (LPGA Tour), as well as four Volvo Masters events and one World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Othman will be speaking about preparation of the seashore paspalum surfaces at KLGCC for professional tournaments.
Korapat Jayaphorn has a bachelor's degree in agricultural science from Kasetsart University and is currently a master's degree student in the Department of Agronomy at Kasetsart University. His research project involves the propagation and cultivation of native grasses such as Sporobolus indicus. He will be sharing the results of his research into these grasses, in a presentation on the topic of native grasses for low maintenance rough.
Dominic Wall is Director Asia-Pacific for The R&A. He has more than 25 years' experience at national and international level sports management including 16 years in a number of roles for the Australian Golf Union and Golf Australia. He has served as Tournament Director for the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, Tournament Director for the 2009 and 2010 Asian Amateur Championships, and was the overall Team Coach for the 1988 Australian Paralympic Team. He will be speaking about course setup and desired playing surfaces for championship and normal play.
Micah Woods, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist of the Asian Turfgrass Center and an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee. He has been a golf course superintendent in China and Japan. Woods has recently worked with scientists from PACE Turf to develop the minimum levels for sustainable nutrition (MLSN) turf nutrient guidelines. He will be speaking about irrigation water quality, turfgrass nutrient requirements, and new turfgrass research around Asia.