Careful management means more “green” for turfgrass industry

By Jonathan Veit

John Brown (right), president of NewLife Turf Inc. in Norway, South Carolina, presents a check to Bert McArty, turfgrass program director.The green, green grass of home begins with effective, research-based turf management protocols.  

That was the message shared with hundreds of eager ears of turfgrass industry leaders and golf course superintendents from across South Carolina at Clemson's Turfgrass Research and Education Field Day.  

Clemson experts presented research findings on managing bentgrass golf greens with organic products, using plant growth regulators to reduce mowing, postemergent weed control, and the effectiveness of using liquid products for thatch control.  

During the field day, John Brown, president of NewLife Turf Inc., a grower of golf-course quality turfgrass in Norway, S.C., presented a check to Clemson’s turfgrass program.  

"The Clemson Turfgrass Program has helped me a lot over the years. I think this is one of the best turfgrass teams in the country," Brown said. "The donation is my small way of supporting the research they’re doing here at Clemson."  

Clemson’s turfgrass program is conducted by an interdisciplinary group of scientists with expertise in horticulture, entomology, soils and plant sciences.  

"Donations like John’s and the support of Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGCSA) help Clemson provide cutting edge turfgrass research and produce future turfgrass industry leaders and golf course superintendents," said Bert McCarty, professor of advanced turf management in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.  

The Field Day was sponsored by Clemson, the CGCSA and Clemson’s Walker Golf Course.