USGA presents Science & Technology You Can Use in Your Business
Matt Pringle, Ph.D., and Jim Moore work closely together at the USGA using new and innovative technology to address challenges on the golf course, including pace of play. In this 90-minute webcast, they share how you can use GPS technology to see where your golfers go on the course. This lets you see where adjustments to intervals might need to take place, as well as adjustments to maintenance practices, which can result in both resource and cost savings. Learn more about how this technology can help make your course, and the game, more fun and affordable.
Original presentation date: Apr. 2, 2014
Using science and technology to preserve and enhance the game
The USGA continually tests golf equipment for conformity to the Rules. Without such rigorous equipment testing and research programs, advances in technology could soon overtake skill as the major factor in success. In addition, the engineering staff of the USGA is tackling the problem of pace of play, utilizing technology and the science of traffic management to ensure the game stays enjoyable for all. Matt Pringle, Ph.D., technical director for the equipment standards department, provides insight into some of the game’s most difficult challenges and how the golf course superintendent can be a part of the solution
It’s about more than conserving water – it’s about staying in business
Jim Moore, director of the USGA Green Section’s education and outreach program, shares the USGA’s efforts to address two of the most common reasons cited by golfers for not playing more: “It takes too long” and “It is too expensive.” Superintendents have a major role in meeting both of these challenges. Moore will share some innovative techniques to analyze and measure how courses are played and maintained.
About the instructors
Matthew Pringle, Ph.D., is technical director in the equipment standards department at the USGA. He graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked at the consulting engineering firm of Hatch Associates. Pringle has been with the USGA since 2000 after completing his doctoral thesis at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Pringle’s contributions to the USGA include the invention of the pendulum test for spring effect in drivers, the USGA TruFirm turf firmness measurement system used at all USGA championships as well as many other PGA Tour and major golf championships. He is also the co-inventor of the USGA’s GrooveScan portable groove measurement system. In 2010 he was named to Sports Illustrated’s Golf's 40 Under 40: The most influential people in golf under 40-years-old.
Jim Moore is director of the USGA Green Section's education program. His duties include the development of a wide range of educational materials including written, internet and multimedia resources for golf course management and environmental issues. Moore is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in agronomy and turfgrass management. Before joining the USGA, Moore was a golf course superintendent for seven years and completed his superintendent career at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco, Texas. His goal is the same as that of the Green Section – provide top quality golf course management related information to as many segments of the game and industry of golf as possible.
Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $45
Chapter price: $100
Education points: 0.2
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