Beth Guertal, Ph.D.
Beth Guertal is a Professor in the Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department at Auburn University, AL. Dr. Guertal received her BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University, and her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Her research program focuses on soil fertility issues in turfgrass management. Guertal served as a Technical Editor for Crop Science, and as an Associate Editor for the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Journal, Crop Science (CSSA) and Agronomy Journal (ASA). She is a past-Chair of Division C-5 (Turfgrass Management, CSSA), a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of CSSA, SSSA and ASA.
Jim Kerns, Ph.D.
Jim Kerns is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Turfgrass Pathology at NC State University. His program focuses on the etiology, epidemiology and management of both cool and warm-season turfgrass diseases. Currently Jim has 4 graduate students working on dollar spot population dynamics, sting nematode biology, Rhizoctonia leaf and sheath spot management and Pythium root rot etiology and management. Each year his program conducts 50 to 60 fungicide efficacy trials on numerous diseases and nematodes and typically presents his research and extension efforts at 30 to 40 different venues throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. His program also houses the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab at NC State, which receives 500 to 800 samples each year from the continental US. Jim is an avid golfer and loves spending most of his free time with his wife Anna, son Nathan and dog Dash.
Harshada Abhyankar Bhagavati, M.Sc.
Harshada Abhyankar Bhagavati is the golf course superintendent at Poona Golf Club in western India's Maharashtra state. She has 12 years of work experience on golf courses in India, including serving as the golf course superintendent at Karnataka Golf Association in Bangalore and at Aamby Valley in Maharashtra.
Susut Suthachana, MBA
Susut Suthachana is assistant golf course superintendent at Nikanti GC. He has previously worked as the golf course superintendent of the Waterside course at Siam CC and as the golf course superintendent of Phoenix GC. He has more than 20 years of experience in Thailand, and is a former vice-president of the Thai GCSA.
Sovann Seyha is assistant golf course superintendent at Angkor Golf Resort, Cambodia, where he has 12 years of work experience. He has a bachelor degree of business administration of management, and after graduation he has worked in golf course construction, supervision of equipment operators, fertilizers and pest control, and is now assistant superintendent.
Vu Minh Son
Vu Minh Son is the golf course superintendent at Vantri GC in Hanoi, Vietnam. His university degree is from the University of Languages and International Studies in Hanoi. He has worked as the assistant to the construction manager and then as assistant to the golf course superintendent before promotion to the superintendent position in 2010. He also has a Certificate II in Horticulture from the Chisolm Institute, Australia.
Sam is the manager of golf development at the Golf Environment Organization (GEO). Since joining GEO in 2013, Sam has been instrumental in devloping and growing GEO's work with new golf developments in both established and emerging markets. He is also responsible for raising awareness of this work amongst governments and tourism bodies around the globe. Most recently, Sam has facilitated development of Sustainable Golf Development Criteria with the International Sustainable Development Working Group, which includes leading golf industry thinkers, NGO's, academics, and government figures. The criteria are focused on establishing a framework for golf to grow in a responsible and sustainable way.