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UC Riverside Works with Golf Industry To Solve Water and Land Issues

UC Riverside brings golf industry leaders to the State Capitol to highlight how UC research helps identify and solve water and land use issues for turfgrass, which is a $13-14 billion a year industry.

(May 20, 2004)

Assemblyman Russ Bogh, R-Cherry Valley, came off the Assembly floor for a brief visit with golf industry representatives.Enlarge

Assemblyman Russ Bogh, R-Cherry Valley, came off the Assembly floor for a brief visit with golf industry representatives.


RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- A team from UC Riverside accompanied golf industry leaders to the State Capitol Thursday, May 20, to highlight how UC research helps identify and solve water and land use issues for the $13-14 billion a year industry.

Representatives of UCR TRAC, an industry-wide partnership between UC Riverside and Southern California’s leading turf industry partners, met with lawmakers to emphasize the good results of this model private-public partnership. The partnership includes the Southern California Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, the Southern California Golf Association and the California Golf Course Superintendents Association, along with many other turf-related associations.

People who made the visit included:

Robert L. Green, PhD
Turfgrass Research Specialist, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Bruce Williams
Certified Golf Course Superintendent, Los Angeles Country Club &
President, Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of Southern California

Kevin Heaney
Assistant Executive Director, Southern California Golf Association

Tom Gustafson
Executive Director/CEO, Southern California Section Professional Golfers’ Association of America

"We made the visit not to ask for something, but to tell lawmakers about one very successful partnership between UCR and the turfgrass industry," said Bruce Williams, who represents golf course superintendents in Southern California. "They seemed genuinely surprised that we weren't there to complain."

Research funded by industry and performed at UC Riverside relates to how grass used on golf courses, home lawns and parks can thrive with care that does not pollute groundwater with chemicals, and uses the least amount of water possible.

"With growth in Southern California, it is likely that water use will be limited. We are looking down the road and being proactive now to find the best solutions," Williams said. "UCR is helping us in that goal."

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