JACOBSEN HELPING DEVELOP TURFGRASS CAREERS
Friday, April 27, 2012
Posted by: Stephen Tucker
N.C. (April 26, 2012) – Jacobsen, a manufacturer of high-quality turf
equipment and long-time supporter of industry education, recently had a chance
to reconnect with several groups and individuals who have benefited from the
company’s investments in education.
"At Jacobsen, we have always invested back into the industry which
has supported our company for so many years,” said David Withers, President of
Jacobsen. "We believe that education drives up standards and leads to a better
experience for golfers and supports the higher level of professionalism that we
are seeing across the industry.”
Since the 1980s, Jacobsen has been hosting the Future
Turf Managers’ program, an annual educational event for college seniors in several
of the world’s top turfgrass programs. The program brings top students into
Charlotte for a week of training, customer visits, factory tours and other
turf-related activities. This year’s event, slated for May, will include 30
college seniors from around the world.
The program is an opportunity for future golf course superintendents
and sports field managers to get out of the classroom and into the field.
Attendees get up close and personal with top turf professionals like Jeff Kent,
Superintendent of Quail Hollow Club and 17-year member of GCSAA and Clark Cox,
Sports Turf Manager for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
"You get to see what it’s really like to be a
professional turf manager from people who live it every day,” said Steve
Loughran, eight-year member of the GCSAA and newly-appointed Superintendent at
Rock Ridge County Club in Newtown, Connecticut. Loughran attended Jacobsen’s
Future Turfgrass Managers’ program in 2007. "I still use things I learned during my week
with Jacobsen. It’s an excellent program that helped prepare me for a
Training during the Future Turf Managers’ program is
held at Jacobsen University, an in-house educational facility that features
learning labs and provides hands-on training for turf students,
superintendents, technicians and salespeople. Nearly 150 attendees are expected
to train at Jacobsen University in 2012.
Jacobsen also supports education at the college level.
The company has been donating quality turf equipment to Florida Gateway College
in Lake City, Florida for more than 30 years. Sixty percent of golf course
superintendents in Florida are Gateway College graduates.
The college uses the equipment for a variety of
different training purposes, including ride-on training, hydraulic testing,
electrical testing and more.
"It’s one thing to show students a picture of a hydraulic
pump, but when I can put one in their hands, it’s a whole different story,”
said Mark Yarick, Professor and Program Coordinator of Turf Equipment
Management at Florida Gateway College. "Having them train on real equipment
better prepares our students for their careers. When they get to their first
job, there’s no learning curve because they know the equipment so well.”
Jacobsen dealer Golf Ventures West recently donated a
full fleet of Jacobsen equipment to Florida Gateway College, including a large
wide-area rotary mower (HR-9016), two super lightweight fairways mowers
(SLF-1880), a five-gang articulating rotary mower (AR-5) and an out-front
"Jacobsen also gives our students access to industry-leading
innovation,” said Yarick. "Several years ago, Jacobsen sent us an E-Walk, the
very first all-electric walking greens mower. Our students were able to see firsthand
the future of mowing technology. It was an incredible experience for them.”
Jacobsen is also involved in developing individual
careers. Scott Annesley, a native of Australia and graduate of The Ohio State
University’s Turfgrass Science Program, signed on as an intern at the famed
Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Working alongside Michael
Giuffre, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Congressional, Scott spent five months
preparing for the 2011 U.S. Open Championship.
After his tour ended, Jacobsen worked with Mike O’Keefe
of OSU to extend his mentor-ship. Through its exclusive partnership with Pebble
Beach Golf Links, Jacobsen was able to secure and fund an internship at the
famed course. Scott is now working with Chris Dalhamer, a 15-year GCSAA Class A
Scott will add to his incredible resume at The Castle
Course of St. Andrews Links in Scotland later this year.
"We, at Ohio
State, appreciate the fact that Jacobsen has the vision and foresight to help train
the future turf manager’s from around the world as these young people are the
future of this profession,” said Mike O’Keeffe, Program Manager for
OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ International