The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation recognized David Willoughby this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented during the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course in December. Willoughby served as coordinator of the turfgrass management program at Ohio State ATI for more than 20 years, retiring in June 2015. 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, he continues to be a resource for students past and present.