Potter to head course superintendents

Golf NOTEBOOK

December 13, 1992|By John Stewart

Steve Potter is looking ahead to his year as the newly elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents.

Although keeping him active in association affairs, the position still figures to be a lot less stressful than his responsibilities of the last year.

Potter, head superintendent at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, is finishing a year as president of the Maryland Turf Grass Association, a group that supports direct research in turf grasses at the University of Maryland's farm.

In that position, he had to deal with Gov. William Donald Schaefer's possible budget cuts and how they might affect funding for the farm, as well as handle the usual duties of the office.

At the same time, he was overseeing a project at his club -- all 18 greens had to be gassed and seeded. Club members will continue to play temporary greens until the new ones are ready in May.

Potter, 37, grew up in Aberdeen and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in agronomy. He became interested in the profession while working on the grounds crew at the CC of Swan Creek from the time he was 15 until college graduation.

"I enjoyed the outdoors and liked the work," Potter says of choosing his profession. Lou Rudinski gave him his first professional job in 1978 at Baltimore Country Club, where he stayed until going to Woodholme in 1982.

Potter's board lists Rudinski, Eisenhower, vice president; Rhys Arthur, Indian Spring, secretary; D. Scott Wagner, Leisure World, treasurer; and two new directors, Bernie Bevan, Breton Bay, and Steve Cohoon, Cedarcrest. The other directors are Dean Graves, Bethesda; Mark Merrick, Elkridge; Bill Shirk, Queenstown Harbor; and Mike Gilmore, Turf Valley.

The MAAGCS will participate in Turf Grass '93, scheduled for Jan. 4-6 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, and a seminar of the Northeast Weed Science Society, Jan. 7 at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

The annual daylong meeting with Greens Section of the U.S. Golf Association will be held March 25 at Congressional CC, but perhaps of even greater area impact will be the organization's joining representatives of the Maryland State Golf Association March 6 at Columbia CC for their annual informational meeting with officials of the USGA.

Miscellaneous

A team from Holly Hills CC won the scramble event in the seventh annual Rums of Puerto Rico National Club pro-am tournament at Dorado, Puerto Rico. Head professional Mike McGinnis teamed with Craig Rhoderick, Richard Hough and Lou Fisher for a 15-under-par 57. McGinnis won a four-way playoff with a birdie on the fourth extra hole to finish as low pro. The four had tied at 2-under-par 70. . . . The Maryland State Golf Association will hold its annual meeting Jan. 8 at Manor Country Club. . . . Chris Ayers, former assistant superintendent at Baltimore CC, is the new superintendent at Lakewood CC. . . . John Haley has moved from WestWinds in Frederick to Chartwell CC in Severna Park, where his assistant is Bill Sapp, a new association member.

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