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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.

Inside the USGA’s playbook on golf’s water usage Posted on 22 May 2023 in the Current Issue & From the Magazine categories.

Mike Kenna, Ph.D., examines the USGA's new approach to limiting water usage in golf, and how they're selling golfers on the change. Read more»

What makes a disease-resistant bentgrass popular? Posted on 26 Apr 2023 in the From the Magazine categories.

Mike Kenna, Ph.D., examines the Biology, Etiology and Management of Dollar Spot in Turfgrass project from several golf industry researchers. Read more»

Off the Record: Can a golf course function without pesticides? Posted on 20 Apr 2023 in the Blog & From the Magazine categories.

Retired Director of Research for the USGA, Mike Kenna, Ph.D., examines a research project that questions what a course without pesticides would look like. Read more»

A better way to optimize nitrogen applications on bentgrass greens Posted on 17 Mar 2023 in the From the Magazine & Research categories.

Mike Kenna, Ph.D., shares a two-year experiment using the PACE model on creeping bentgrass growth response and corresponding N fertilizer usage. Read more»

Off the Record: What we can learn from golf’s battle with nitrogen leaching Posted on 15 Mar 2023 in the Blog & Columns & From the Magazine categories.

Golfdom Research Editor Mike Kenna, Ph.D., gives an inside look at the golf industry's ongoing battle with nitrogen leaching. Read more»

A novel management strategy for root-knot nematodes Posted on 06 Mar 2023 in the Featured & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Meloidogyne spp., root-knot nematodes, are among turfgrass’s most economically-important plant-parasitic nematodes in the U.S. Read more»