The speakers at the 2015 conference will be teaching about a range of topics related to turfgrass management in Asia. See the conference schedule here.
Dr. Clint Waltz joined the University of Georgia turfgrass team in 2001 as a Turfgrass Extension Specialist. Clint is located on the UGA – Griffin Campus but has state-wide program leadership responsibilities in all turfgrass management areas, including turfgrass water management. Other state responsibilities include serving as ex officio board member for the Georgia Urban Ag. Council (UAC). Additionally, he serves the golf course industry by serving on the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GGCSA) education committee and Water Task Force.
Although his appointment is 100% extension, Clint conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass management. He is active in the evaluation of various turfgrass species to the environmental stresses of the Southeastern United States. These evaluations allow sod producers, golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, other turf professionals, and homeowners to make informed decisions about the adaptabilities of these cultivars.
Clint has published in scientific journals, trade magazines, and makes regular contributions to the newsletters of state associations. Additionally, he makes numerous presentations to turfgrass professionals form golf course superintendents and county extension agents to homeowner groups. Clint has also been responsible for the UGA turfgrass website www.GeorgiaTurf.com.
Clint received his degrees from Clemson University. He finished his doctorate in the area of soil amendments for golf course putting greens. His master’s degree focused on plant growth regulators used in turfgrass, his bachelor’s degree was in horticulture.
Steve Isaac left University with an Honours Degree in Applied Biology, joining the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), Europe’s leading turfgrass research and consultancy service, in May 1985. After a year on the research team, he became a turfgrass agronomist visiting around 100 golf courses a year through the remaining 17 years of his time at STRI. During this period, Steve was the consultant agronomist to The R&A for their matches and championships. Steve performed this role for the 1999 Walker Cup at Nairn and at three Open Championships: Carnoustie in 1999, St Andrews in 2000 and Muirfield in 2002.
In 2003, Steve took up a full time role with The R&A. He is responsible for The R&A’s sustainability programme, the main function of which is advocacy to protect the enjoyment of the game whilst safeguarding the financial operations of golf facilities, in a manner which preserves natural environments and enhances community engagement. The R&A has a website that is dedicated to promoting its message that responsible environmental and social practice is good for golf courses and the golf business, and this can be viewed at randa.org/golfcoursemanagement
Steve produced the R&A publication ‘Affordable Golf Facility Development – Growing the Game’ and his work has taken him to most European countries and also to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the USA.
The R&A promotes the use of objective assessment of golf green performance, and implements such assessment at all of its Open Championship venues. Steve was heavily involved in developing the assessment procedure.
From 2009 to 2013, Steve also provided secretarial support to the European Golf Association Golf Course Committee (EGA GCC), now superceded by the EGA Sustainable Golf Committee, whose remit is to monitor developments in European Union legislation which may affect golf in Europe and to build relationships with appropriate contacts in the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Jack Cheong has an Associate of Science degree in Golf Course Operations from Lake City Community College (Florida) and a MBA from the University of Newcastle (Australia).
He has worked at TPC Sawgrass in Florida and in Malaysia has been involved in the golf course industry since 1997 with work in golf course construction and maintenance.
He has served at the Royal Selangor Golf Club for over 10 years, including overseeing the major renovations of the courses which commenced in 2005. The RSGC is the oldest remaining golf course in Malaysia and the course was completely renovated with new Tifeagle greens and seashore paspalum fairways.
Jack was recently elected as the President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Malaysia.
Rey Patricio, Jr., is the golf course superintendent at Cebu Country Club. He has a M.S. in Agronomy with a minor in Soil Science, along with a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños.
He is a consultant to many golf courses in the Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines, and has also worked as a golf course superintendent in Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates.
Rey has been involved with golf course construction, grow-in, maintenance, and renovation, specializing in environmental management systems, operations management, and project management.
Dr. Jim Brosnan is an Associate Professor in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee.
Currently, he is the head of the turfgrass weed science research and extension program at UT. His research focuses on effective and economical strategies for broadleaf and grassy weed control in various turfgrass systems, including golf courses, athletic fields, and residential landscapes.
Recent research has focused on exploring the issue of herbicide resistant weeds in managed turfgrass as well as the emerging problem of off-type grasses in ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens.
Panuwat Nanrum is the golf course superintendent at Suwan Golf and Country Club near Bangkok.
He has a bachelor's degree from Maejo University in Chiang Mai.
Panuwat was the President of the TGCSA in 2011-2012, and was the host superintendent for the Thailand Open championship.
At Suwan, he manages Miniverde ultradwarf bermudagrass greens, and seashore paspalum fairways.
Dr. Zhaolong Wang is executive director of the Turfgrass Institute at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He got his Ph.D. from Nanjing Agricultural University in China and worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Turfgrass Center at Rutgers University, U.S.A. in 2001-2002. He was involved in the course preparation for the 2007 Ladies Open Championship in St. Andrews Old Course while he got PDA training in golf course management at Elmwood College, Scotland. He serves as the Board member of the International Turfgrass Society, Course Management Committee of Chinese Golf Assocition, and Deputy Director of Turf Committee of Shanghai Golf Association.
Dr. Wang’s research focuses on turfgrass stress physiology and breeding, ecological management of golf courses, and solutions for the difficult problems in turf management. He released two eco-turfgrass varieties (“Civil” and “Fairway” centipedegrass) and developed an easy and efficient weed method for bermudagrass course, a solution for inhibiting bermada encroachment in seashore paspalum course, and ecological turfgrass disease control by Trichoderma harzianum. Dr. Wang also serves as a turf consultant to many golf courses in China.
Dr. Micah Woods is Chief Scientist at the Asian Turfgrass Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee.
He grew up in Oregon and studied horticulture at Oregon State University, then worked for three years as a golf course superintendent in China and Japan. From 2001 to 2005, he studied at Cornell University in New York, writing his dissertation about nutrient availability to turfgrass grown in sand rootzones.
In 2006 he founded the Asian Turfgrass Center and has since been doing research and sharing turfgrass information in more than 20 countries.