Dr. Bobby Kerr Senior Director of Turfgrass Programs
Dr. Kerr joined the CDGA in May 2019. The Senior Director of Turfgrass Programs is responsible for overseeing a rapid golf course diagnostic service to all CDGA member organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Additionally, this position coordinates the applied research program in collaboration with other industry professionals across the Midwest. These research findings are disseminated to turfgrass practitioners through various in-person and online avenues including educational meetings, field days, bi-weekly scouting reports, social media, and other digital platforms.
Phone (O): 630-685-2307
2019 | PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences | Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
2014 | MS in Plant Agriculture | University of Guelph, ON, Canada
2006 | BS (Hons) in Turfgrass Science | Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, United Kingdom
2019 – Current | Senior Director of Turfgrass Programs, CDGA, Lemont, Ill.
2016 – 2019 | Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
2014 – 2016 | Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2012 – 2014 | Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
2005 | Research Assistant, Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
2004 | Research Assistant, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Turfgrass Management Experience
2011 – 2012 | Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Mac Donald Island Corporation, Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
2010 – 2011 | Greenkeeper, The Grove Hotel, Watford, United Kingdom
2009 | Seasonal Greenkeeper, St. Andrews, United Kingdom
2008 – 2009 | Seasonal Greenkeeper, Kauri Cliffs, Kerikeri, New Zealand
2006 – 2008 | Greenkeeper, Dundonald Links, Irvine, United Kingdom
2003 | Intern Greenkeeper, Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, N.Y.
1998 – 2002 | Apprentice Greenkeeper, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Ron Townsend Director of Turfgrass Research
Ron Townsend began working with the Turfgrass program with the CDGA in March of 2014. Ron oversees all of the research trials. Managing trials and organizing data allows the turfgrass team at the CDGA to provide greater support for the Chicago District superintendents. Bringing prior experience with research primarily in turfgrass pathology, Ron is a great resource to the turfgrass team.
Working with Todd Hicks and Joe Rimelspach at the Ohio State University, Ron was able to gain valuable experience. Working with the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation the turfgrass pathology team was able to perform numerous trials during the year on various types and heights of turf. Drawing from prior experiences Ron will go above and beyond to help the district superintendent and provide them with sound agronomic information.
Phone (O): 630-685-2310
2016 | MS in Plant Pathology | University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.
2012 | BS in Turfgrass Science, Plant Pathology minor | The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
2014 | Director of Turfgrass Research, CDGA, Lemont, Ill.
2012 - 2014 | 2nd assistant, Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park, Ill.
2010 - 2012 | Crew member/intern, Oakhurst Country Club, Grove City, Ohio
2011 | Kirtland Country Club, Willoughby, Ohio
2009 | Pinnacle Golf Club, Grove City, Ohio
2008 | Ohio State turfgrass pathology team, Columbus, Ohio