Northern California Golf, Turf & Water Summit

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Boundary Oak Golf Course
3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek
8:00 a.m. Registration | 9:00 a.m. Program

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!


(Subject to change)

Event Moderated by Radio & Podcast Personality John Abendroth of “Hooked on Golf”

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Welcome (Marc Connerly, CGCOA/GCSANC/NCSFMA; Hunki Yun, USGA)

Part 1: Our Current State

9:05 – 9:15 a.m. | TBD

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | (Virtual) Golf’s Use of Water in the Southwest (Mark Johnson, GCSAA)

9:15 – 9:45 | TBD

Part 2: Preparing for the Future 

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Facility Strategy Planning (Justin Mandon, Pasatiempo Golf Club)

9:45 – 10:15 | TBD

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Unpacking the Facility Toolbox (John Abendroth, Hooked on Golf, Moderator)

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

Irrigation Technologies to Improve Irrigation Efficiency (Chris Mitchell, Russell D. Mitchell & Associates; Craig Zellers, Golf Irrigation Consultants)

New Breeding Selections for Bermuda and Kikuyu (Jim Baird, Ph.D., UCR)

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

Drought Tolerant Turfgrass Cultivars for Northern California (Will Barragan, West Coast Turf; Jeff Henninger, Delta Bluegrass)

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

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Lunch/Networking

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Community Engagement (Josh Heptig, San Luis Obispo County)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Water Conscious Design – Architects/Contractor Panel (John Abendroth, Hooked on Golf, Moderator)

Jay Blasi, Jay Blasi Design

Todd Eckenrode, Origins Golf Design

Dave Linngren, Landscapes Unlimited

Derek McKee, Verde Design

Andy Staples, Staples Golf Design

Part 3: What’s Next? 

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Roundtable Discussion: Innovation through Collaboration (Mike McCullough, Monterey One Water, Moderator)

The State Perspective (Sean Maguire, SWRCB) – 15 minutes

Innovation (Parker Cohn, PRM) – 5 minutes

Drones and Soil Sensors (Kevin Hauschel, Greensight) – 10 minutes

2:15 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. | BREAK

2:25 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. | Superintendents in Action (Brian Boyer, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, Moderator)

Sean Tully, Meadow Club

Kyle Butler, The Preserve Golf Club

Ryan Nicholson, Diablo Country Club

2:25 – 2:55 | BREAKOUT–Sports Field Managers: PFAS in Turf (David Teter, GeoKinetics)

2:55 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | “TRANSITION TO JOINT MEETING ROOM”

3:00 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. | Public/Private Partnerships (Craig Kessler, Jeff Jensen)

3:25 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. | Water Purveyor Panel (Mike McCullough, Monterey One Water, Moderator)

Charles Bohlig, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Dominic Debellis, Contra Costa Water

Richard Foss, Contra Costa Sanitary District

Shilen Patel, California Water Service

3:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Thank You and Closing (John Abendroth, Hooked on Golf)