Sales Manager Bill Corcoran from Lawn and Golf Supply came to speak at Penn State Turf Club on Tuesday, February 19, 2018. Mr. Corcoran talked about his beginnings in the turf industry working at a few golf courses in high school and college, including Merion Golf Club. He received his degree in communications at Susquehanna University. He originally thought he would run a radio station post-graduation but ended up sticking with what he loved and stayed with turf. Shortly after graduation he became a sales representative for Toro and went on to work for various equipment companies during his career. Lawn Golf and Supply is based out of Phoenixville, Pa.
On Tuesday, Andrew Green spoke to Penn State’s Turf Club on what he does for a living and how to be successful. Mr. Green is a golf course architect that is climbing his way to the top. After receiving two degrees within 5 years in Turf Management and Landscape Architecture from The University of Virginia, he started his career by working with McDonalds & Sons Golf Course Construction. After years of gaining experience for himself he decided to branch off on his own and create his own company called AH Green Design, Green Golf and Turf, Inc. located in Baltimore, Maryland. Since then, he has worked on many notable golf clubs around the United States including Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Huntingdon Valley Country Club, Saucon Valley Country Club and more. His most current renovation is of Inverness Golf Club.
One of the main points made in is presentation is the time he has put into his work over the years. This is because he spends a lot of time researching each golf clubs history before his renovations. He believes that if he can find the roots of the golf club he can use that as inspiration for green and fairway renovations without sacrificing the playability of the hole. Andrew Green has been recognized in articles from Golf Course Architecture, Golf Week, and Golf Digest just over the past year. Penn State Turf Club thanks Andrew Green for taking the time out of his schedule to come speak to us!
On Tuesday April 21st, John Deere Golf hosted a celebration dinner for Penn State Turf Bowl Competitors, faculty, and Alumni at the Nittany Lion Inn. Alumni from Augusta National, Merion, Shelter Harbor, and Mountaintop were present. The evening kicked off with a small mixer where students and alumni met and talked turf. Before dinner, Tom Hannigan and Dave Plaster of John Deere recognized the alumni present and the success of the PSU turf teams. Three teams placed in the top ten capturing 1st, 3rd, and 9th place. After dinner, stories and memories generated laughs by all in attendance. The students presented Dr. Ben McGraw their advisor with a framed picture of the group and a card thanking him for his dedication. Many stories about the late Dr. Joe Duich were also told, demonstrating the incredible impact he had on his students. We want to extend a big thank you to John Deere for assembling a great group and evening, celebrating Penn State’s Turf Bowl success!