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16th Annual Green Start Academy

November 15-17, 2021

Green Start Academy – World-Class Training for Assistant Superintendents

Green Start Academy is a leadership and development program co-hosted by Bayer, John Deere and our brand-new partner as of 2021, Rain Bird! This year, we are excited to announce that the program will be taking place at the historic Pinehurst Resort – host to some of golf’s most prestigious tournaments.

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Since 2006, the goal of this program has been to help assistant superintendents build a strong foundation for their careers as well as to support the future of golf courses and the entire golf industry by offering growth through networking, professional development courses and interactive peer groups.

This year’s program will feature educational and mentoring sessions from some of the most respected superintendents and leaders in the industry, including Carlos Arraya, Lukas Harvey, Matt Faurbach, Pat Finlen, Dan Meersman, Grant Murphy and more! Bob Farren, VP of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance at Pinehurst, will also play a role in this year’s event.

Assistant Superintendent at Green Start Academy
Presenting at the Green Start Academy

Meet the Green Start Academy Class of 2021

Thank you to everyone who applied to this year’s Green Start Academy program. We received a significant number of applications and competition was tough, so narrowing it down was no easy task. If you didn’t get accepted this year, we strongly encourage you to apply for a future class. There’s no limit to how many times an assistant can apply. (Only previous participants are ineligible.)

Congratulations to this year’s Green Start Academy class! We’ll see you in Pinehurst this fall!


Chad Allen
The Club at Chatham Hills

Spencer Barbour
Atlanta Athletic Club

Evan Bisek
The Country Club of Virginia- James River

Chad Blank
Hazeltine National Golf Club

Bobby Bolin
Omaha Country Club

Charles Brunner
French Creek Golf Club

Allen Buttner
Red Sky Ranch Golf Club

Colin Ciccotti
Saucon Valley Country Club

Tyler Clayton
Crag Burn Golf Club

Jack Cross
Duke University Golf Club

Austin Cyrus
Charles River Country Club

Sean Doherty
Sand Point Country Club

Robert Dohner
Fresh Meadow Country Club

Kristen Dull
Bent Creek Country Club

Zachary Erixon
The Olympic Club

Timothy Gallagher
Liberty National Golf Club

Drew Garner
Victoria National Golf Club

Austin Gentry
Forsyth Country Club

Christopher Gibson
Washington Golf and Country Club

Mark Gilbert
Canoe Brook Country Club

Robert Harper
JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club

Ryder Haulk
The Club at Holliday Farms

Vincent Hill
Cedarbrook Country Club

Bryan Ingerslev
Desert Mountain Club

Joseph Kopania
Aronimink Golf Club

Brady Lamar
TPC Four Seasons Resort and Golf Club

Mitchell Linnerud
Rochester Golf & Country Club

Mark Lyon
Teton Pines Country Club

Jacob Martens
Champions Run

Evan McFadden
Martis Camp Club

Mark Mello
Vesper Country Club

Ryan Moore
Union League National Golf Club

Joy Negen
Desert Mountain Club

Dylan Newton
Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University

Kevin Noble
Cherokee Town and Country Club

Patrick Oien
Overlake Golf and Country Club

Eric Platt
Indian Peaks Golf Course

Derek Price
Colbert Hills Golf Course

Kyle Roach
Manasquan River Golf Club

Cody Sander
Wilmington Country Club

Joseph Santoro
Indian Hill Club

James Shea
Maidstone Club

Owen Stone
The Quechee Club

Cody Stone
The Quechee Club

James Surico
North Jersey Country Club

Andrew Travers
Sunset Ridge Country Club

Cristian Vazquez
Sunset Ridge Country Club

Samuel Wagner
Findlay Country Club

Robert Welsh
Congressional Country Club

Andrew Wilfahrt
Valley Country Club

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