Turf Bowl

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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