Turf event caps 6 days of thinking green


January 06, 1991|By John W. Stewart

The 15th annual Maryland Turf Conference will be held tomorrow through Wednesday at the Convention Center.

Day-long seminars are listed for tomorrow, with the trade show ++ on Tuesday and Wednesday. The latter two days are open to the public, for a nominal fee, with hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

This will conclude six straight days of grass-related programs at the Convention Center, as the Mid-Atlantic Nurserymen end their three-day trade show today.

"Actually, the conference came came about as the result of joining several different groups -- area superintendents, sod people and those in lawn care -- for the benefit of the industry," Thomas Turner said yesterday. Turner is an associate professor of agronomy at the University of Maryland and a turf-grass specialist.

This regional meeting fills a gap between the regular meetings of the Mid-Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association and the superintendents' annual national convention. It is especially helpful to those who do not want to take the time or the money to go to the national meeting.

"There will be three days of educational sessions regarding turf management, with quite a bit of emphasis on cultural practices and biological and environmental controls. There will also be a seminar on the proper use of chemicals and will serve as a recertification program for professional pesticide applicators," Turner said.

"The problems keep changing," Turner added, "and that is where the University of Maryland is able to fill a research role."

Increased awareness of the environment was also reflected recently by the appointment of a manager of technical communications and an environmental specialist by the United States Golf Association.

The appointments will enable the Green Section of the USGA better to provide the most current information available concerning turf-grass science, golf course management and environmental programs. The USGA announced last year it would allocate $5.4 million in research grants over the next three years to evaluate the impact of golf courses on the environment.

The annual meeting of the Maryland State Golf Association will held Friday evening at Bethesda Country Club.

Ned Pugh of Bethesda, in line to be the next president, heads the nominating committee's slate of officers. Reg Murphy, a member of the United States Golf Association's Executive Committee as vice president, will be the featured speaker.

Reduced-price tickets for the Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship at Bethesda Country Club will be available until Jan. 15, according to Washington-based Advantage International, the tournament manager.

Prior to that date, all tickets, season and daily, will be sold at 50 percent off the regular price. The tickets may be obtained by calling (202) 337-4653 within the Washington metropolitan area or (800) 395-4653 outside the Washington area.

The tournament is scheduled for June 27-30 and will be the second of the LPGA's four major championships. The Nabisco Dinah Shore will be March 28-31; U.S. Women's Open July 11-14; and the du Maurier Ltd. Classic Sept. 12-15.

Jack Skilling, an assistant professional at Columbia Country Club, won a recent Founders Club Professional Golfers' Association Tournament Series event at Cypress Lakes in Jupiter, Fla. Skilling, 30, shot a closing-round 4-under-par 68 for a two-round total of 138 and edged Chris Anderson, Wilmington, Del., 69-70139.

The victory was worth $3,000 to Skilling, who recently failed in his bid to earn a PGA Tour player's card.

Two others with Middle Atlantic ties were also in the 81-man field. Bob Dolan of Somerset, Pa., who played from Montgomery Village before turning professional, tied for fifth with 74-67141, and one-time Maryland Open champion Larry Rentz of Lanham tied for eighth with 72-70142.

Ben Crenshaw has been selected to receive the 1991 Bob Jones Award for distinguished sportsmanship in golf, a presentation made annually by the USGA.

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