Charles Granger, HGTC Chair and Professor of Golf and Sports Turf Management, Will Turpin, HGTC Golf and Sports Turf Management Student, Dominiq Jackson, HGTC Golf and Sports Turf Management Student, Connor Romanosky, HGTC Golf and Sports Turf Management Student, Brian Matthews, HGTC Golf and Sports Turf Management Student, Jim Huntoon, HGTC Associate Professor of Golf and Sports Turf Management
Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) proudly announces that its Golf & Sports Turf Management (GSTM) students have clinched the prestigious title of Turf Bowl Champions for the fourth consecutive year at the 2023 Carolinas Turf Bowl Championship. The championship, held during the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGCSA) Conference and Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, showcased the exceptional skills and dedication of the HGTC team.
The victorious team, coached by Professor Charles Granger and Associate Professor Jim Huntoon, consisted of four (4) outstanding GSTM students: Brian Matthews, Dominick Matthews, Connor Romanosky, and Will Turpin. Their triumph is evidence of the rigorous training and commitment fostered by the faculty at HGTC.
Charles Granger, HGTC Chair and Professor of Golf and Sports Turf Management, expressed his pride in the team's achievements, stating, "I could not be prouder of a team that bonded and worked hard to achieve the win. Each student on the team is employed by a local golf course. The win speaks volumes for academics and the importance of students being employed and supported by the golf course superintendents and turf managers while they are in school."
In a historic first-time tie, HGTC shared the victory with Clemson University, a testament to the caliber of competition in the Turf Bowl. Notably, no other college has ever secured the championship more than two years in a row, making HGTC's four-year winning streak a remarkable achievement in the competition's history.
HGTC has consistently excelled in the Turf Bowl, capturing the prize nine (9) times in the last 11 years.
Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President, expressed her immense pride in the team’s dedication and success, and emphasized the importance of this fourth consecutive win, stating, "This victory not only underscores the exceptional talent within our GSTM program but also highlights the commitment of our faculty, led by Professor Charles Granger, in nurturing a culture of excellence. The historic tie with Clemson University further demonstrates our significant standing among other esteemed institutions. I know it was tough competition, but we can proudly say no other college has ever secured the championship more than two years in a row, making HGTC's four-year winning streak a remarkable accomplishment.”
Other participating colleges in the 2023 Turf Bowl included Clemson University, North Carolina State University, Central Piedmont Community College, Alexander Baldwin Agricultural College, and the United States Golf Association Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Program.
HGTC's win reveals the commitment the College has to providing quality education and fostering excellence in every field and the essence of pride and accomplishment that resonates throughout the HGTC community.
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