Greg Jones, CGCS, director of agronomy for Champions Run in Omaha, Neb. welcomed seventh graders from Conestoga Junior/Senior High on Tuesday, April 23. This was the very first, First Green event in Nebraska. Greg had help from the Nebraska GCSA, his staff and other local superintendents to run 12 stations. Steve Randall and Leann Cooper were in attendance representing GCSAA and the First Green. The stations included:
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln turfgrass team including Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D. and Bill Kreuser, Ph.D. were on hand to run the soils and agronomy station.
- How to find if you are greens a rolling at a consistent speed by using a Stimp Meter. The kids also witnessed what happens to the greens after they are rolled.
- Drones – by far the most popular lab of the day. They got to fly the drones and learn how these tools can be helpful to superintendents.
- Irrigation – students learned a lot about water usage and irrigation technology. Including irrigation head assembly and using a radio to turn the sprinklers on and off.
It was covered on WOWT NBC Omaha.