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Participants Complete the 2022 GCSAA Nufarm EXCEL Program

Morrisville, NC – April 27, 2022 – The Golf Course Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA) and Nufarm welcomed 20 participants to the 2022 Nufarm EXCEL Program held at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, Illinois April 19-21, 2022.

The 2019 Nufarm EXCEL program graduating class was recognized at this year’s event.


  • Hunter Brewer, Auburn University Turf in Auburn, AL
  • Nicholas Carothers, Richland Country Club in Nashville, TN
  • Chad Gilkison, Cherry Creek Country Club in Denver, CO
  • Anthony Minniti, Inness in Accord, NY
  • Brett Oxley, Red Tail Run Golf Club in Decatur, IL
  • Daniel Palin, The Club at Arrow Creek in Reno, NV
  • Marty Savage, Broken Tee Golf Course in Englewood, CO 
  • Mike Teatum, Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, NY

2019 EXCEL Program Graduating Class in 2022
2019 EXCEL Program Graduating Class in 2022

“The Nufarm EXCEL Program is an intensive experience designed specifically for assistant superintendents to develop real leadership and development skills,” said Cam Copley, Nufarm’s Golf Segment Lead. “The unique format allows participants to build lasting relationships with their peers and current leaders within the industry to help them take their professions to the next level.”

This year’s event’s education and training sessions included best practices for assuming a leadership role, alternative management for turfgrass and grounds, individual and family financial and retirement planning, and an overview of the US turf technologies market. Participants gathered for an evening of networking and dinner at Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium for a Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays game.

“The Excel program is in its fifth year and has welcomed close to 50 people,” said Matt Brown, Director, Corporate Sales for GCSAA, “It has been a real joy to see the members grow professionally and develop into leaders in the industry.”

A visit to the Chicago Bears Soldier Field gave participants the opportunity to meet with the grounds crew for a special tour of the stadium’s sports turf and look at the facility’s operations, followed by a tour of the Nufarm Alsip, Illinois plant manufacturing golf turf technologies.

Funded by Nufarm and administered by the GCSAA Foundation, EXCEL is a three-year program for assistant superintendents designed to help them develop personally and professionally in the golf course management industry through cross-training, career development, and community leadership. If you are an assistant golf course superintendent, consider applying for the Nufarm US Turf & Ornamental EXCEL Leadership Program through GCSAA! For details and eligibility, visit the link below. Applications are due by June 16, 2022.


About Nufarm
Established more than 100 years ago, Nufarm is recognized as one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of plant protection in the world. As a top supplier to the US turf and ornamental market, Nufarm strives to offer a solution for every challenge from innovations such as Anuew to go-to products such as SureGuard® SC, Celero®, Escalade® 2, Arena®, Pinpoint®, Traction, Millennium Ultra 2, Safari®, TriStar® and the 3336® brand family. As the manufacturing landscape changes, Nufarm is expanding to bring innovation and choice to distributors, retailers and the professionals they serve. For more information and a complete list of Nufarm products, visit

Nufarm Americas Inc. is a subsidiary of Nufarm Limited, a manufacturer, supplier and marketer of crop protection products based in Australia. Nufarm is recognized as one of the leading agricultural and turf chemical manufacturers in the world. Nufarm Americas, Inc. formulates products that serve the agricultural, professional turf, vegetation management and forestry markets in the United States.