Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Graduate Student Profile: Chase Rogan
Chase Rogan began his pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Agronomy this fall under the guidance of Dr. Max Schlossberg. His undergraduate work in Turfgrass Science was completed at Penn State in 2007. Chase has nine years of work experience on three different golf courses, getting his start at Meadville Country Club in 2001. Upon graduation, he completed a summer internship abroad at Huvudstadens Golf Club in Sweden. Prior to returning to Penn State, Chase served nearly two years as an Assistant Superintendent at Edgewood Country Club in Pittsburgh.
Chase's research will examine the effect of nitrogen and plant growth regulator applications on winter damage and spring green-up of creeping bentgrass/annual bluegrass cohabited fairways and putting greens. Plant health and vigor will be examined following several different application regimes (i.e. rates and timings). He hopes the study will provide further insight on how to prevent injury over tough winter seasons. Chase will also investigate aspects of water retention in hydrophobic/repellent sand root zones, particularly as they relate to commercial wetting agent applications
Chase is from Saegertown, Pennsylvania. His career goal is to positively influence the turfgrass industry as he moves forward after Graduate School. Chase loves to tee it up in the summer time, and rides his mountain bike up steep inclines with unflagging speed.