The old order is changing at Baltimore Country Club.
Brian Morrison, director of golf at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., has been named head professional of the 36-hole Five Farms complex to succeed Dennis Satyshur, who has accepted a position as head professional at the new Caves Valley club.
Morrison, 38, will begin his duties Jan. 1.
The search was conducted at the highest level. More than 100 letters were written asking for references, and through referrals, the selection committee, chaired by Paul Obrecht, found some of the most qualified candidates, locally as well as nationally.
"We went into the backgrounds of our finalists, and the people with whom Brian Morrison has worked over the last 16 years had nothing but the highest praise for him. In the end, he was the unanimous No. 1 choice of the committee," said Paul Spellman, Baltimore Country Club general manager and a member of the committee.
Morrison has worked at such clubs as Oakland Hills in suburban Detroit and The Boulders and Tucson National in Arizona. Before going to Westchester CC last year, he had served as head professional at Canoe Brook CC in Summit, N.J., for seven years.
"The history of Baltimore Country Club made the position attractive to me," Morrison said during a Baltimore visit last week. "It is an old and historic club, one that has a high-caliber membership and has held national tournaments. And Tillinghast is my favorite architect." A.W. Tillinghast designed the internationally recognized East Course.
"The other aspect was that I felt I could be comfortable here," Morrison added. "I am very much a private club professional, service-oriented, and especially prefer the 36-hole clubs. That was the case at Canoe Brook and Westchester [45 holes] and one of the things that attracted me here."
Morrison is regarded as one of the finest pro shop administrators -- he was the runner-up for the Professional Golfers' Association national Merchandiser of the Year award in 1987 -- and is an excellent golfer.
Satyshur, the head pro at Baltimore CC for six years, was particularly proud that he had been given an opportunity to represent a club of its magnitude and to grow professionally. "Looking back, I like to feel I had some impact on the club's golf program -- including its holding of a successful U.S. Women's Open and the redesign of the West Course.