Turf Bowl

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2021 Turf Bowl results

Team #8 from Purdue University wins 2021 Turf Bowl

Purdue Turf Bowl 2021Purdue's Team #8 took first place in GCSAA's Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, which was conducted virtually for the first time in the event's history. The winning team includes Matthew Koebcke, Grant Fellers, Blake Notzen, Nicholas Oyler and advisor Cale A Bigelow, Ph.D.

Rounding out the top 10:
Penn State University - Team 6
Olds College - Team 26
University of Nebraska - Team 16
Cal Poly Pomona - Team 23
Michigan State University - Team 10
Olds College - Team 25
University of Maryland - Team 11
Mississippi State University - Team 20
Ohio State University - Team 15

Twenty-six teams, composed of 87 students from across North America competed in the event.


The 27th Annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition will make history with its first virtual competition. The virtual Turf Bowl still includes your two favorite components, an exam and the case study.

To participate in the Turf Bowl Competition, students must:

  • 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 program
  • Be an active Student member with GCSAA
  • Be a registered attendee at the Golf Industry Show

Your GIS registration gives you access to all GIS education sessions. With the virtual GIS, you have the opportunity to view education on your schedule for 30 days, giving you access to world renown instructors in the turf industry.

Turf Bowl Components

The virtual exam will be timed exam delivered using a testing platform that GCSAA has been using for years to deliver GCSAA's Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series and Equipment Management Certificate Program exams. While this is still a team event, each team member will take the online exam. The scores from each team member will be averaged to determine the team’s score for this portion of the competition. The exam will only be available to participants to take on Jan. 26, 2021. Make up exams will not be available.

For the case study, team members will work together to create a PowerPoint presentation that provides a solution to the problem outlined in the case study section of the study guide. In support of the case study, the two videos on this page show the actual problem on a golf course in the transition zone, as well as the equipment available to resolve the program. Each team must submit their PowerPoint presentation by Jan. 11, 2021.

Study Guide

To help you prepare for the competition, a Study Guide is available. In addition to the study guide, the two videos support the case study.



The results of the 27th Annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition will be announced live at the Closing Celebration on Feb. 4.

Standard Operating Procedures

View the list of past winners.

Important Dates

  • Dec. 18, 2020: List of all participating students, their assigned teams and team photos due to Diana Kern
  • Jan. 11, 2021: Case Study PowerPoint presentations due
  • Jan. 26, 2021: Virtual exam
  • Feb. 4, 2021: Results announced at the Closing Celebration