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About Mike Kenna, Ph.D.

Mike Kenna, Ph.D., is the retired director of research, USGA Green Section. Contact him at

Posts by Mike Kenna, Ph.D.

Off the Record: Water scarcity in the West drives need for good golf course management Posted on 07 Sep 2021 in the Columns & Current Issue & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Western water shortages bring more attention to golf courses, making it critical to use best practices to maximize conservation. Read more»

Field days return with a bang at Rutgers University’s Turfgrass Field Days Posted on 27 Aug 2021 in the Current Issue & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Research Editor Mike Kenna shares a snapshot of the research presented at Rutgers University's event and why it was great to be back on the test plots. Read more»

Super Science: Moss control in putting greens Posted on 26 Jul 2021 in the From the Magazine & Research categories.

Zane Raudenbush, Ph.D. initiated field studies to test the effectiveness of various soil surfactants on moss growth in creeping bentgrass putting greens. Read more»

Super Science Intro: Studying the benefits of precision irrigation Posted on 30 Jun 2021 in the From the Magazine & Research categories.

Researchers at Texas A&M University, University of Minnesota and The Toro Co. are evaluating the adoption of currently available soil moisture sensor (SMS) and mapping technologies to see if golf course superintendents can make significant water and cost savings. Read more»

Off the Record: Early USGA heroes Posted on 29 Jun 2021 in the Columns & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Mike Kenna discusses golf's roots in turfgrass science and how the game has played a role in shaping academic programs at universities across the country. Read more»

Sting nematode distribution in putting green root zones Posted on 08 Jun 2021 in the Featured & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Jim Kerns, Ph.D., and his graduate student Glen Galle observed sting nematodes’ annual behavior to improve chemical application timing. Read more»