Every year at the GCSAA Education Conference and the Golf Industry Show, teams of college students participate in the Collegiate Turf Bowl. The competition consists of a written exam, developed by superintendents, and a written essay. The exam focuses on all facets of the superintendent profession. The written essay is based on a business/financial case-study scenario. Each team submits one exam and essay, which is then graded by superintendents.
The competition is limited to current college students and recent December graduates who have not begun permanent, full-time jobs on golf courses. Students will participate in teams of up to four individuals; teams are determined by the students and their advisors in advance. Graduate students are not eligible to participate.
There is no charge to participate. Students should register for the Turf Bowl when they register for the conference and show. Team registration is handled on site the day of the competition. One student per team will be asked to sign in each team member and will be given the team number. Prior to the event, GCSAA staff will contact faculty advisors, asking for a team count. This isn’t an official count, but it assists GCSAA staff in planning for space, materials, food and beverages, so responses are greatly appreciated.
GCSAA provides a list of study materials to help students prepare for the Collegiate Turf Bowl exam.