David Willoughby served as coordinator of the turfgrass
management program at Ohio State ATI for more than 20 years. Nearly 1,000 students have
graduated from the program during his tenure and his students have gone on to have successful
careers in the industry, including at several top 100 and world-renown golf facilities.
Willoughby not only trained his students while enrolled at Ohio State ATI, but continues to serve as a
mentor to graduates of the program long after they leave the Wooster campus. Even after his
retirement on June 30th, he continues to be a resource for students past and present.
The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation will recognize David Willoughby this year with a Lifetime Achievement
Award to be presented during the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course.
The presentation will take place on Tuesday, December 8th during the Awards, Scholarships and
Keynote ceremony which begins at 2 pm in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
For more information about the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show and Ohio State
University Green Industry Short Course, please visit www.otfshow.org or contact OTF at