Canadian Turfgrass Conference
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Speakers

 

CARLOS ARRAYA, CGCS, is the Director of Grounds & Agronomy at Bellerive Country Club located in Saint Louis, MO.  Bellerive Country Club was founded in 1897, and is currently ranked as the 32nd Platinum Country Club in America.  The course was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones SR, and since has been renovated by Rees Jones in 2013.  The club has hosted numerous tournaments throughout the years with the most recent the 2018 100th PGA Championship.  Bellerive CC has a rich golf history and is one of only 3 courses in history to host all four travelling men's major championships.  

Arraya earned his associate of science degree in electronics engineering technology in 1998 from ITT Technical Institue and subsequently obtained an associate degree in golf course operations in 2001.  Carlos has been leading private golf and country clubs his entire career and since 1996 his teams have hosted, managed and prepared championship course conditions for several PGA, USGA and major state championships.  He is an accomplished executive golf course project manager and received national recognition from Golf Digest in 2006 and 2007 for a national accredited top redesign.  In 2012, Arraya earned the GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent designation.  In August 2018 he and his team hosted the historic 100th PGA Championship.

 

 

  JACK FRY, PHD is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University where he has been since 1991. Jack teaches courses in turfgrass culture and golf course and sports turf operations, and conducts research on turfgrass environmental stresses, establishment, and pest control.   Dr. Fry is a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America and recipient of that society’s Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award.

 


ADAM MOELLER is the Director, Green Section Education of the United States Golf Association.  Moeller joined the Green Section's Northeast Region as an agronomist in 2008, conducting Course Consulting Service visits in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ontario. He now serves as Director of Green Section Education, guiding education and outreach materials related to golf course management.

Moeller graduated from Purdue University with a Master of Science degree from the department of agronomy.  His graduate research included the investigation of putting green rootzone management, fertility, PGR's wetting agents, creeping bentgrass cultivars performance and bunker sands.  A Wisconsin native, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin.  He gained experience working on several golf courses in Wisconsin.  

Adam is based at USGA headquarters in Liberty Corner, PA.

 


GRANT MURPHY is the Associate Superintendent at The National Golf Club of Canada and has held this position for 15 years.  He currently serves on the selection panel for the GreenStart Academy and is a speaker at the Golf Industry Show.  He is married to wife Nicole and is the father of 6 kids.  

He says, "I love to speak to - and listen to - people who are invested in improving their personal story.  I truly believe that being a manager is a privileged position.  We play an impactful role in the lives of our employees.  If you choose to invest in the relationships in which you find yourself - the rewards are often surprising."

 

 

MELANIE PEACOCK is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with almost 30 years experience in Human Resource Management.  She brings a rich and diverse set of experiences to her work and has guided HR teams to create and implement numerous processes and systems that enable organizations to engage their employees and achieve strong results.  Projects have included facilitating strategic planning and team building sessions, developing corporate performace management and recruitment systems and developing/implementing training programs.  Melanie has been a speaker at numerous professional development events and is known for her energetic and informative presentations.  She is also an active local, provincial and national media contributor and has been a Board member for CPHR Alberta (formerly Human Resources Institute of Alberta).

As testimony to her exceptional work within the HR profession, Melanie was presented the CPHR Alberta Distinguished Career Award in 2014.  As well, Melanie was awarded the inaugural Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and the Western University Alumni Association's 2016 Professional Achievement Award.  In addition, Melanie was recognized in Human Resources Director magazine's 2017 Hot List featuring 30 of the most outstanding HR professionals in Canada, serving as a further testament regarding her contributions to, and status within the profession.

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