Northern California Golf, Turf & Water Summit registration now open

The Northern California Sports Field Management Association (Nor-Cal SFMA) announced that the Northern California Golf, Turf & Water Summit will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Boundary Oak Golf Course, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek, Calif.

The program begins at 9 a.m. (On-site registration opens at 8 a.m.)

AGENDA (Subject to change)

Event Moderated by Radio & Podcast Personality John Abendroth

9 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. | Welcome (Marc Connerly, Hunki Yun, USGA)

Part 1: Our Current State

9:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | SWRCB

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Golf’s Use of Water in the Southwest (Mark Johnson, GCSAA) – Virtual presentation

Part 2: Preparing for the Future

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Facility Strategy Planning (Justin Mandon, Pasatiempo GC)

10:30 a.m. | BREAK

10:45 a.m. – Noon | Unpacking the Facility Toolbox (John Abendroth, Moderator)

Multiple Roads Lead to Water Savings (Brian Whitlark, USGA)

Irrigation Technologies to Improve Irrigation Efficiency (Russ Mitchell, Craig Zellers)

New Breeding Selections for Bermuda and Kikuyu (West Coast Turf, Delta Bluegrass)

Chemical Options for Drought Alleviation (Jim Baird, Ph.D., UCR)

Invisible Irrigation: The Story of Sub-Surface Drip (Matteo Serena, Ph.D., USGA)

Noon – 12:45 p.m.  | Lunch/Networking

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Community Engagement (Josh Heptig, San Luis Obispo County)

1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. Water Conscious Design (Architects/Contractor Panel)

Part 3: What’s Next

2 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. | Roundtable Discussion: Innovation through Collaboration (Mike McCullough, Moderator)

Innovation (Parker Cohn, PRM)

Drones and Soil Sensors (Kevin Hauschel, Greensight)

2:15 p.m. | BREAK

Superintendents in Action (Brian Boyer, Moderator)

Sean Tully

Kyle Butler

Public/Private Partnerships (Craig Kessler, Jeff Jensen)

Water Purveyor Panel (Mike McCullough, Moderator)

Contra Costa Sanitary District – Richard Foss

Contra Costa Water – Dominic Debellis

3:55 p.m. Thank You and Closing (Marc Connerly)


Registration is free. Capacity will be limited, so early registration is highly encouraged! Lunch will be included.

This meeting is intended for superintendents, golf professionals, GM’s, owners, green committee chairs, golf course architects and contractors, golf vendors, sports field managers, water district representatives, golf trade association representatives, and local and state public officials!

Also, enjoy breakout sessions targeted specifically to sports fields!