Dr. Clint Waltz joined the UGA Turfgrass Team in 2001 as a Turfgrass Extension Specialist. He is located at UGA Griffin and has state-wide responsibilities in all turfgrass management areas, including turfgrass water management. As an agronomist, Waltz must have a full understanding of the turfgrass system, the soil, the plant, pests, and environmental influences. Because turfgrass is a quality-oriented business – nobody brags about a brown lawn, golf course, or sports field – blending science with functionality is critical to his daily routine.
Waltz received his degrees from Clemson University. He finished his doctorate in the area of soil amendments for golf course putting greens. His master’s degree focused on plant growth regulators used in turfgrass, and his bachelor’s degree was in horticulture. While in grad school at Clemson, Waltz worked with two weed scientists, gaining him a strong background in pest management.
Although his appointment is 100% extension, Waltz conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass and pest management. He is active in the evaluation of various turfgrass species to the environmental stresses of the Southeastern United States. These evaluations allow sod producers, golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, other turf professionals, and homeowners to make informed decisions about the adaptabilities of these cultivars.
Waltz is well published in scientific journals and makes regular contributions to the newsletters of the State’s trade associations. Furthermore, he makes numerous presentations to turfgrass professionals form golf course superintendents to homeowner groups.
Within the UGA Turfgrass Team, Waltz takes leadership in coordinating the biennial UGA Turfgrass Research Field Day and managing the Team’s website, www.GeorgiaTurf.com. The field day, one of the largest in the country, is routinely attended by 800+ practitioners from all turfgrass management areas. Additionally, Waltz supports county extension agents through in-service and foundational trainings, calls and emails, site visits, and speaking at local programs.
Through his service on several state trade association Boards, Waltz represents CAES within the turfgrass industry and contributes a scientific approach to developing professional development programs, workshops, and trainings.
His work has been recognized by receiving the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension, the GACAA Senior Specialist Award, the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach, and the Turfgrass Educator Award of Excellence from the Turfgrass Producers International.