2019 School of Grounds Management Summer Conference

Attendees will be treated to exclusive tours, top-notch education sessions featuring industry leading professionals and networking opportunities with fellow grounds professionals.

Click here to download the Summer Conference Brochure.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  No on-site registrations will be accepted.


Details on the Education Sessions and Tours can be found in the brochure.

Monday, July 22, 2019

7:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel (on your own)
7:30 AM Registration – Pick up your badge in the hotel lobby
8:00 AM Buses Depart Hotel for University of Puget Sound
8:20 AM Walking Tour of the University of Puget Sound
9:15 AM Coffee Break / Time with Suppliers
10:00 AM Conference Welcome
10:15 AM Meet the FFA Students
10:30 AM Education Session 1 – A Conversation about Leadership, Budgeting, and Human Resources: Considerations from an Associate Vice President’s Point of View – Bob Kief
11:25 AM Time with Suppliers
12:00 PM Lunch – Sponsored by TurfStar
 1:00 PM Education Session 2– Introduction to Irrigation System Auditing: What’s it all about and why? – Lynda Wightman
1:55 PM Time with Suppliers
2:50 PM Education Session 3– Combining Marketing, Networking and Production Management into Clear Success – Blair Coates
3:30 PM Buses Depart for Point Defiance Park
3:45 PM Guided Tour of Point Defiance Park
5:45 PM Dinner at Point Defiance Park – Sponsored by Walker Mowers
7:00 PM Buses Depart for Hotel

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

7:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel (on your own)
8:00 AM Buses Depart Hotel for Chambers Bay Golf Course
 8:45 AM Tour of Chambers Bay Golf Course
10:00 AM Education Session 4 – Essential Turfgrass Management & Cultural Practices – Dr. Gwen K. Stahnke
 11:00 AM Lunch at Chambers Bay Golf Course
12:00 PM Buses depart for Cheney Stadium
12:30 PM Tour of Cheney Stadium
1:30 PM Buses depart for Ruston Way
2:30 PM Tour of Seymour Conservatory and Wright Park
3:45 PM Closing Remarks
4:00 PM Buses Depart for Hotel / Conclusion of Conference

Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown
1515 Commerce St.
Tacoma, WA 98402Room Rate: $179 a night. PGMS has a limited number of rooms available at the special rate of $179/night plus tax. Reservations can be made by phone (800) 321-2211 or click here to book online. You must mention SGMR to receive the conference room rate. The deadline to reserve a room is Friday, June 28. Parking is $12 a day.

 Supplier Registration Information

  Supplier Member Supplier Non-Member
On/Before June 28 $300 $450
After June 28 $325 $475


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