Grass seminar plants seeds for growth


January 05, 1992|By JOHN STEWART

The annual educational seminar of the Maryland Turf Grass Council will be held tomorrow through Wednesday, with the trade show at Festival Hall and the meetings at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor.

The council serves as an umbrella group for organizations of golf-course superintendents, turf-grass growers, seed growers, and lawn-care personnel. The program includes nationally recognized researchers, including professors Hellman Mathias of the University of Maryland and Jack Fry of Kansas State University, plus Gayle Jacklin, active in finding improved varieties of turf grass.

Since licenses are required of bulk users of chemicals, such as those applied by superintendents, the schedule also includes a pesticide-research recertification session with Mary Ellen Setting of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Steve Potter, golf-course superintendent at Woodholme Country Club, will be installed as the new Turf Grass Council president during tomorrow morning's session.


New president: Ken Ingram, one-time Woodholme CC assistant golf course superintendent and currently the head superintendent at Port America Golf and Country Club (nee Tantallon CC) in Fort Washington, has been elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents.

The action came during the group's year-end meeting at Sparrows Point CC. The new president succeeds Nick Vance, head superintendent at Laytonsville GC.

Ingram, 33, is a native of Pinehurst, N.C., and a graduate of the turf program at the University of Massachusetts. He began his career as an assistant superintendent at Columbia CC in Chevy Chase, moved to Woodholme for one year, then returned to Columbia as the head superintendent, switching places with Steve Potter in 1981. He moved to Port America two months ago.

In addition to Ingram, the new slate of officers for the 386-member organization lists Potter, vice president; Lou Rudinski, Eisenhower GC, secretary; and Scott Wagner, Leisure World, treasurer. Two new directors were also elected for three-year terms, Mike Gilmore of Turf Valley CC, and Bill Shirk, Queenstown Harbor GC.

Gilmore, 33, is a Lutherville native and another graduate of the UMass program. Before assuming his current position as head professional at Turf Valley two years ago, he served two years at Mount Pleasant GC and two years at Clifton Park GC.

Shirk, 40, is backed by 24 years in the profession. He worked at Sparrows Point CC during the years he attended Penn State, went to Seaford, Del., after graduation and stayed for seven years. He was hired at Prospect Bay CC during that club's construction 14 years ago, and, obviously a glutton for such punishment, moved several miles east to Queenstown Harbor 18 months ago, while that club was still in the construction stage.

The MAAGCS annually awards scholarship funds to recommended applicants for continuing education, and the latest recipients are Michael Augustin, Indian Spring; Ryland Chapman, Hobbit's Glen; David D'Orazio, Congressional; Gary Harshman, Bethesda; Mark Kingora, Bethesda; John Pollaro, Naval Academy; David Smith, Woodholme; and Edward Brown, Rehoboth.

The 1992 schedule of meetings: March, Northwest Park; April, WestWinds; May, (Pro-Superintendent championship), Queenstown Harbor; June, Naval Academy; July, Swan Point; August, Hobbit's Glen; September, Geneva Farms; October, Winchester; November, Eagle's Nest; December, Rolling Road.


Added dividend: When Payne Stewart earned a one-day check $260,000 in the recent Skins Game, one of the happiest people was Kate McLane, director of public awareness for the Baltimore-based RP Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Each of the event's four PGA Tour players selected a charity to receive 20 percent of his winnings, so when Stewart collected his single biggest check, making a clear birdie to end a string of seven straight halved holes, it meant $52,000 for his choice, RP (retinitis pigmentosa, a group of inherited progressively blinding diseases).


Miscellaneous: The Maryland State Golf Association will hold its annual meeting and election of officers Friday night at Baltimore Country Club's Roland Park clubhouse. Thomas Hardinge of Fountain Head CC in Hagerstown is scheduled to be installed as the new president.

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