Parker Anderson loves golf; the game, but also the lessons and the impact that the game provides. He currently acts as lead consultant for the Greener Golf Group.
Formerly, Parker was a research scientist in the Turfgrass Science Lab in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota facilitating research focused on developing strategies to address sustainability challenges facing the golf industry and promote and implement best practices leading to a sustainable future for the industry.
Parker is a member of the PGA and GCSAA, and holds master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Sustainable Systems (MS) from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. His master’s project, “Greener Golf: An Ecological, Behavioral, and Communal Study of the University of Michigan Golf Courses” explored the position of the two university golf courses with regard to environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
In addition to the study, the project provided innovative recommendations to guide the golf courses towards sustainable management practices as well as created a design for a 19-acre nine-hole sustainable golf living learning laboratory, the Gateway Course, adjacent to one of the university golf courses.
Parker was a team member in the construction of “The Loop” at Forest Dunes with Renaissance Golf Design, an innovative Tom Doak-designed reversible 18-hole golf course located in Michigan. Additionally, Parker is an experienced beekeeper and pollinator advocate, teacher, and consultant.
Previous to his graduate school work, Parker served as director for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association; worked as a PGA professional certified in instruction and golf operations in Palm Desert, the Twin Cities, and Chicago; and competed on various professional golf tours.
Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a founding member of the band Iration. Parker has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, Waimea, Kauai, Aspen, Palm Springs, Minneapolis, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Saint Paul, and Santa Cruz.
ON FRANKLY SPEAKING TURFNET PODCAST: https://www.turfnet.com/podcasts/rossi/parker_anderson/
ARTICLE IN THE MINNESOTA ASLA JOURNAL: https://issuu.com/asla-mn/docs/_scape_summer_2017
MGCSA Article: MGCSA Hole Notes June 2016
Parker Cohn is focused on turning a passion for environmental conservation into reality through his business Performance Resource Management, which helps golf courses, farms and other agricultural enterprises use less water while achieving superior results. Parker holds a BA/BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of San Diego, where he discovered and developed his strong interest in the future of water conservation.
Parker founded Performance Resource Management in 2016. PRM is a premium agronomic service designed to deliver superior results. By implementing a holistic approach to resource management and improving the health of soil, PRM improves playing conditions while conserving water and reducing other operational costs. Parker serves on the board of directors for Trevor’s Trek Foundation and for Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association (SWIMBA).
FRIENDS OF GREENER GOLF
Dr. Brian Horgan
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SOIL AND MICROBIAL SCIENCES
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Horgan serves as Chairman of the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Dr. Horgan collaborated with Parker Anderson to facilitate the Science of the Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota.
Additionally, Dr. Horgan has acted as a mentor and supporter of Parker Cohn and PRM.
In addition to being an accomplished and well regarded professor, Dr. Horgan’s research interests focus on the fate and transport of pesticides and nutrients, water conservation strategies, and low-input turfgrass systems. Horgan’s most recent award recognizing excellence in the turfgrass industry was the prestigious Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association President’s Award. He is past chair of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program advisory committee, science editor for Turf News, and past chair of the Turfgrass Science division of the Crop Science Society. In addition to his participation in various state and regional turf conferences within the United States, Horgan has taught soil fertility and plant nutrition in Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, and New Zealand. He has taught for the GCSAA since 2006.In addition, Dr. Horgan outreaches to the community as a Turfgrass Extension Specialist. The position gives him opportunity to interact with the industry and facilitate educational programs designed to meet the needs of the state. He is a faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (also known as Turf Club).