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2020 Turf Bowl results

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Team #44 from Cal Poly Pomona wins 2020 Turf Bowl

Cal Poly Pomona's Team #44 took first place in GCSAA's Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf. It was the first Turf Bowl title in the school's history, and the first team with female team members to win. The winning team includes Phuc Nguyen, Stephen Espinosa, Julissa Gomez and Hailey Taniguchi and advisor Priti Saxena.

Rounding out the top 10:
Purdue University - Team 52
Auburn University - Team 23
Penn State University - Team 37
University of Maryland - Team 5
Michigan State University - Team 54
Cal Poly Pomona - Team 43
SUNY Delhi - Team 46
Iowas State University - Team 41
Virginia Tech University - Team 33

Fifty-six teams, composed of 214 students from 31 different schools, competed in the event Jan 30.

2020 Turf Bowl Scoring Results

Turf Bowl Competition


The Turf Bowl Competition consists of physical and visual identification of samples, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, essay, short answer and matching questions.


To participate in the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition, students must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a turf program or have graduated
    at the end of the most recent fall semester but not yet entered a graduate
  • Must be an active GCSAA student member
  • Be a registered attendee at the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry

Schedule of Events

Turf Bowl Kickoff Reception

January 29

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Team Sign Up


5:30-6:30 p.m.


MOVED to N220 – North Concourse

All Turf Bowl participants are encouraged to attend this event to kick off the annual GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf. Teams will have the opportunity to register for the exam. Teams will sign up to participate in the Turf Bowl exam starting at 5:00 p.m. prior to the start of the reception at 5:30 p.m. The networking reception is for teams, advisors and superintendent mentors. 

GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Breakfast 

January 30, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Room: N220ABCD – North Concourse

This breakfast is held the morning of the competition for participants, faculty advisors and volunteers.

GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition

January 30, 7:30-11a.m.
NA1– North Concourse

The Turf Bowl exam features a written case study, as well as a wide variety of multiple choice, short answer and identification questions covering the agronomic, business and financial management aspects of the superintendent profession.

This exam is for turf students only in teams of up to four participants. Each participant must be a member of GCSAA, a registered attendee of the Golf Industry Show and register as part of a team on site before the exam or at the Turf Bowl Kick-Off Reception. A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top 10 teams during the Closing Celebration.

Utilize this study guide to help you prepare for the exam. 

Past Winners


January 30, 3-4 p.m.
Trade Show Floor – South Concourse

Check back soon for more information!

Closing Celebration

January 30, 4 p.m.

Doors Open


4:30-6 p.m.


North Hall, Main Stage – North Concourse

Check back soon for entertainment information!

The fun isn’t over yet! Join us for the 2020 GIS Closing Celebration to celebrate a great week of education, networking, and fun!