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NMSU Turfgrass Management team competes at national competition

New Mexico

The New Mexico State University Turfgrass Management team placed in the top 50 at the annual Turf Bowl Collegiate Competition held Feb. 6 in New Orleans.

The national competition was held during the Golf Industry Show and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America annual meeting. This is the third year NMSU has competed, and the first time it has placed in the top 50.

"The team was well prepared, professional and represented NMSU extremely well. I am most pleased with how the team tackles the case study portion. The team consistently performs among the top teams in this section," said Ryan Goss, team coach and assistant professor.

The contest included grass, seed, disease and pest identification and a written portion, with multiple choice and short answer questions and a case study.

Team members who traveled to the contest were Matt Alcala, of Galveston, Texas; Dan Martinez, of Santa Fe, N.M.; and Jason Tomko, of Bloomfield, N.M. Team members who did not attend are Kyle Peterson, of New Castle, Utah, and Adolph "Butch" Walters, of Tularosa, N.M.

To prepare for the contest, the team participated in practice sessions and a class. Members also participated in fundraising efforts throughout the year, including a golf tournament held in Truth or Consequences, N.M.

Students in the turfgrass science and management program can have careers as golf course superintendents, professional, college and high school athletic field managers, and lawn care operators. Students also have had internships at many prestigious golf courses and athletic fields throughout the nation, including the Cyprus Point Golf Club and the Albuquerque Isotopes playing field.

The Turf Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month during the school year. For more information, contact Goss at 575-646-3297.

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