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Green Start Academy World-class training for assistant superintendents

Green Start Academy is a leadership and development program co-hosted by Bayer and John Deere. The event will be held at the Bayer and John Deere facilities in North Carolina, October 24 - 26, 2018.


Since 2006, the goal for 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 industry.

Attendees have the unique opportunity to network with peers and receive valuable insights from industry veterans. With topics from career development to budgeting to labor management, the Green Start Academy provides attendees with the education, networking and career insights they need to excel as superintendents and lead our industry into the next decade and beyond.



Applications for the 2018 Green Start Academy open Monday, May 21, 2018. To apply, please submit an application, résumé, cover letter, letter of recommendation and an essay describing the top three things that will drive change in the golf course maintenance industry over the next 10 years (minimum 600 words). The 2018 advisory panel will evaluate and select the 50 highest-ranked applicants to attend the October event.


The program is open to assistant superintendents in the U.S. and Canada only. Although we’d love to see Academy alumni, previous Green Start Academy participants are not eligible for future academies. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm ESDT Monday, June 25, 2018.

Program Timeline

Application period: May 21 – June 25, 2018
Panelist evaluation period: July 9 – July 27, 2018
Selection notification: Week of August 6, 2018
Registration/book travel: August 20 – Sept 21, 2018
Program: October 24 – 26, 2018
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, Crabtree, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617


Academy Alumni

We're proud to say we have over 600 graduates from across the U.S. and Canada.

That's 12 years of recruiting the best in the industry! If you’re an Academy alum and know of a great candidate, please share our page to get the word out about this exciting opportunity.


"Attending the inaugural Green Start Academy in 2006 was a defining moment in my professional development. Interacting with and listening to the distinguished panel of contributors was a great opportunity. The ability to network with similar, driven assistant superintendents only provided greater motivation in my daily work. John Deere and Bayer provided a first-class, fantastic experience that proved to be very beneficial. I recommend applying to Green Start Academy to our current assistant superintendents on an annual basis."

David Delsandro,
Grounds Superintendent, Oakmont Country Club
"I would recommend every assistant apply to be a part of Green Start Academy. The knowledge you gain from industry experts and your peers is invaluable to continued success in the turf industry. The first-class treatment provided by Bayer and John Deere is an added bonus as well. As a past participant, I can truly say that attending Green Start Academy was part of the jump start I needed to now be a superintendent."

Tyler J. Otero,
Golf Course Superintendent, North Jersey Country Club


2018 Advisory Panel

Billy Weeks
Golf Course Superintendent
Houston Country Club • Houston, Texas  
Bob Farren, CGCS
Director of Golf Courses & Grounds
Pinehurst Resort • Pinehurst, North Carolina
  Michael Stevens
Regional Director of Agronomy • Southeast Region
Billy Casper Golf • St. Augustine, Florida
  Andy Morris
Golf Course Superintendent
Country Club of Peoria • Peoria Heights, Illinois
  Grant Murphy
Associate Golf Course Superintendent
The National Golf Club of Canada
Woodbridge, Ontario
  Tyler Otero
Golf Course Superintendent
North Jersey Country Club
  Lukus Harvey
Director of Agronomy
Atlanta Athletic Club • Johns Creek, Georgia
  Pat Finlen
General Manager
The Olympic Club • San Francisco, California
  David Delsandro
Grounds Superintendent
Oakmont Country Club • Oakmont, Pennsylvania