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PGA of America Golf Professional Brent Lingel Earns PGA Master Professional Designation

FRISCO, Texas – PGA of America Golf Professional Brent Lingel, the General Manager and Director of Golf at Tucson, Arizona-based Rolling Hills Golf Course and Dorado Country Club, has earned PGA Master Professional Status, the highest educational designation a PGA of America Member can obtain.

The Association is composed of more than 30,000 PGA of America Golf Professionals, and Lingel, a Member of the Southwest PGA Section, joins a special group as the 445th to earn Master Professional status. He achieved his designation in Golf Operations.

The PGA Master Professional Program is available to those with at least 10 years of PGA Membership along with having achieved advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program. The curriculum includes an extensive project based on the specific certification previously acquired by the PGA of America Golf Professional. PGA Master Professional status is earned upon successful completion of the presentation.

The program was established in 1969 to recognize PGA of America Members who make a significant effort to improve as golf professionals and maintain the highest degree of excellence for themselves and their operations. The curriculum is designed to ensure golf professionals are prepared to meet the growing demands of the marketplace within the Executive Management, Golf Operations and Teaching and Coaching Designations.

“I’ve always dreamed of becoming a PGA Master Professional, this is my ‘cloud 9’ for sure,” said Lingel. “I’ve always been passionate about my education and it’s something I’m really proud to do for my family and career. I hope I can now inspire my staff to continue their PGA education. There are so many industry leaders and role models of mine that are Master Professionals, it’s an incredible group to be a part of.”

A PGA of America Member since 2008, Lingel graduated from the University of Arizona in 2006. In 2006, he worked for Tucson Country Club as an Assistant Golf Professional. In 2011, he was hired by General William Blanchard Golf Course to be the Director of Golf where he spent two years before becoming a Head Professional at Keeton Park Golf Course in Dallas, Texas until 2017. Lingel returned to the Tucson area and has now served as General Manager at Rolling Hills Golf Course since 2018 and was also named to the same role for Dorado Country Club in 2021.

Lingel has received numerous awards in the Southwest PGA Section including Assistant Professional of the Year (2010), the PGA Player Development Award (2014), Southern Chapter Professional of the Year (2019), Merchandiser of the Year Public (2019), Golf Professional of the Year (2022) alongside a number of other awards.

PGA of America Golf Professional Matt Keller Earns PGA Master Professional Designation

FRISCO, Texas – PGA of America Golf Professional Matt Keller, Owner of York Indoor Golf & Training Center in York, Pennsylvania, and Lancaster Indoor Golf & Training Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has earned PGA Master Professional Status, the highest educational designation a PGA of America Golf Professional can obtain.

The PGA Master Professional program was established in 1969 to recognize PGA of America Members who make a significant effort to improve as golf professionals and maintain the highest degree of excellence for themselves and their operations. The curriculum is designed to ensure golf professionals are prepared to meet the growing demands of the marketplace within the Executive Management, Golf Operations and Teaching and Coaching Designations.

Among the more than 30,000 that comprise the PGA of America, Keller, a Member of the Philadelphia PGA Section, joins a special group as the 444th to earn Master Professional status. He achieved his designation in Teaching & Coaching.

The program is available to those with at least 10 years of PGA of America Membership along with having achieved advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program. The curriculum includes an extensive project based on the specific certification previously acquired by the PGA of America Golf Professional. PGA Master Professional status is earned upon successful completion of the presentation.

“Becoming a PGA Master Professional is a huge honor,” said Keller, a PGA of America Member since 2003. “Coming from where I started, to reach this point of such an elite group of people, it’s taken a lot of persistence over the years. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to be a part of this Master Professional group now and continue to progress my teaching and coaching abilities within the golf industry.”

Keller graduated from the Penn State University PGA Golf Management program in 2003 with a degree in Recreational Park and Management. He earned a Master’s Degree from Ohio University in 2012, focusing on sport psychology, long-term athletic development, athlete performance, conditioning, recovery and injury prevention.

Before becoming owner of York Indoor Golf & Training Center in 2017 and Lancaster Indoor Golf & Training Center in 2021, Keller worked for several golf facilities in various roles throughout Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania, including The Club at The Strand, Lancaster Country Club, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club and Regents’ Glen Country Club. Additionally, Keller teaches Golf I at Penn State York, where he’s taught since 2018.

Keller resides in Manchester, Pennsylvania, with his wife Maureen and son Kurtis.

PGA of America VendorMatch Opens for 2025 Major Championships

FRISCO, Texas – The PGA of America has opened PGA VendorMatch registration for its spectator championships in 2025. Local and diverse-owned businesses are invited to provide products and services in support of the following events:

  • PGA Championship
  • Quail Hollow Club
  • Charlotte, NC
  • May 12 – 18, 2025
  • Senior PGA Championship
  • Congressional Country Club
  • Bethesda, MD
  • May 19 – 25, 2025
  • KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
  • Fields Ranch East at PGA Frisco
  • Frisco, TX
  • June 16 – 22, 2025
  • Ryder Cup
  • Bethpage Black Course
  • Farmingdale, NY
  • Sept. 22 – 28, 2025

Businesses owned by minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, Veterans, service-disabled Veterans and local small businesses are invited to participate in PGA VendorMatch. Interested companies can register here through July 3, 2024, to potentially meet with the PGA of America and/or its larger suppliers for procurement opportunities leading up to and during any of the four 2025 Championships.

The golf industry, valued at $102 billion, generates an estimated $31 billion in travel-related economic impact. Major championships play a significant role in boosting tourism and leisure spend in their respective regions. Through PGA VendorMatch, the PGA of America reinforces its pledge to enhance the economic prosperity of cities that host its championships and the neighboring localities. This initiative creates significant business prospects for diverse- and locally-owned businesses, emphasizing the Association’’s commitment to community and supplier inclusion.

“We envision a golf industry supply chain and workforce that reflect the diversity of our country,” said PGA of America Chief People Officer Sandy Cross. “By welcoming diverse-owned suppliers into our championships’ supply chain, we not only foster their growth but also enhance the economic vitality of our host communities. Diversifying our supply chain is crucial for building a resilient and dynamic economy. We’re excited to invite local and diverse-owned businesses to participate in PGA VendorMatch, showcasing their products and services to national and international audiences, including the 2025 Ryder Cup.”

PGA Family Golf Championship Set for Sept. 28-29 at Disney’s Palm Golf Course

FRISCO, Texas — The second annual PGA Family Golf Championship is heading to Walt Disney World® Resort.

Set for Sept. 28-29, 2024, at Disney’s Palm Golf Course operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the PGA Family Golf Championship brings together teams of 2-4 players who are all biologically or legally related. The inaugural PGA Family Golf Championship, held last year at PGA West in La Quinta, California, drew nearly 150 people from 24 states for a weekend of memories and moments with their loved ones.

“PGA of America Golf Professionals are helping families create meaningful memories and connect through the game for a lifetime with PGA Family Golf,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA Director of Golf at the Country Club of Lansing (Michigan). “The PGA Family Golf Championship is a reflection of what we see at golf courses every day—families enjoying the game together—and it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience at Disney’s Palm Golf Course.”

“The family nature of this tournament makes it the perfect event to be held at Walt Disney World® Golf which is passionate about bringing family fun to the game of golf,” said Alex Forsyth, PGA, Director of Sales and Marketing, Arnold Palmer Golf Management. “We have a long history of hosting a plethora of different events, from youth tournaments to PGA Tour events, so the PGA Family Golf Championships will further add to that tradition of extraordinary family-friendly golf events at the Walt Disney World® Resort.’’

At the 2024 PGA Family Golf Championship, teams will play in one of four divisions:

  • Junior: Teams include at least one adult and one junior
  • Adult: Teams include all adults
  • Professional Adult: Teams include at least one PGA of America Golf Professional or LPGA Professional
  • Professional Junior: Teams include at least one PGA of America Golf Professional or LPGA Professional and at least one junior

In alignment with the American Development Model (ADM), juniors competing in the Championship must be between the ages of 10-17 on September 28, 2024.

The first round will be a scramble format where two players hit a tee shot. Teams will select the best shot and two players will play from that spot and continue this process until the ball is holed. For those competing in a junior division, one adult and one junior must have an attempt at each shot. The final round will be a modified alternate shot format where two players hit a tee shot. Team will select the best shot and then alternate shots between players until the ball is holed. Junior division teams will alternate their shots between adults and juniors. The team with the lowest 36-hole stroke play total at the end of round two will be named the champion of their division.

PGA Family Golf launched nationally in 2022, inspired by the innovative and welcoming team-based format of the PGA of America’s successful PGA Jr. League program. PGA Family Golf brings family members of all ages and skill levels together on multi-generational teams, and programs are hosted exclusively by PGA of America Golf Professionals and LPGA Professionals.

Local PGA Family Golf participants can earn invitations to the National Championship through the below qualifications:

  • The top five teams in the two-player division; champions and runners-up in the four-player division; and champions and runners-up in the professional division at the 2023 PGA Family Golf Championship.
  • Winning teams from local PGA Family Golf events held after August 1, 2023.

The 2024 PGA Family Golf Championship will kick off Friday, Sept. 27, with optional practice rounds as well as a putting contest and welcome reception at Disney’s Palm and Disney’s Magnolia Golf Clubhouse. Competition rounds will be held on Disney’s Palm Golf Course Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, with awards distributed immediately following play.

To find a PGA Family Golf event near you, visit or connect with your local PGA of America Golf Professional.

John Wood Named Team Manager of the United States Ryder Cup Team

FRISCO, Texas – The PGA Ryder Cup Committee today named John Wood as Team Manager of the United States Ryder Cup Team.

Beginning with the 2025 Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black, Wood will work closely with the U.S. team captain, vice captains, team members and PGA of America senior management on all strategic and operational matters related to the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

Wood possesses a wealth of Ryder Cup experience having served as a U.S. caddie for five players in six Ryder Cups: 2002 – Mark Calcavecchia, ‘04; Chris Riley, ‘08’,10, and ‘14 Hunter Mahan and ‘16; Matt Kuchar.

He also worked as a U.S. team assistant during the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France.

Following his 20-plus career as a caddie on the PGA TOUR, Wood joined NBC Sports’ golf coverage as an on-course reporter in 2021. He covered the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy.

“We are thrilled to have John join our team as the new U.S. Ryder Cup Team Manager,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “John is a passionate and dedicated individual. His years of experience in domestic and international team competitions as well as his deep understanding of match play dynamics will be a tremendous asset as we create a strategic plan that delivers success at all future Ryder Cups. I’m not sure that we could have invented a better fit for this role in terms of experience, enthusiasm and relevance.”

In this first-of-its-kind role, Wood will provide valuable guidance across a variety of team management areas including player selection, recruitment, motivational strategies, logistical coordination and fostering a positive team environment.

“There is nothing, and I mean nothing, in my professional career, that I have been more passionate about than the Ryder Cup,” said Wood. “I have been blessed to be a part of six Ryder Cup Teams as a caddie and two as an NBC Sports on-course reporter and I have treasured every single minute of those special, memorable experiences. I am honored to work alongside my friends from the PGA of America, the PGA Ryder Cup Committee, and future Ryder Cup Captains, Vice Captains and team members to help our Captains and teams get ready to compete in one of the greatest sporting events the world has ever seen. I am grateful to NBC Sports for making it possible for me to take on this role, truly a dream job.”

Local Students Look “Beyond the Green” at 84th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

BENTON HARBOR, Michigan – The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores is more than simply a showcase for some of the game’s most accomplished golfers. Championship week also displays the many different industries that work in and around the game. Just before the tournament started, a group of local high school students attended PGA WORKS Beyond the Green, a career-exploration event.

On Wednesday, nearly 80 students from local schools and programs—including the Michigan Hospitality Foundation, Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan, the Benton Harbor Area Schools culinary program and the Boys & Girls Club—were given an exclusive opportunity aimed to educate and inspire people from historically underrepresented backgrounds about careers surrounding the $102 billion golf industry.

After a message from PGA of America President John Lindert, the day included tours of the Whirlpool Innovation Center and the Corewell Health Center for Wellness, as well as panel discussion led by hosts Doug Smith and Will Lowry on what it means to live a “Bold Life.” Students also had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with VR gaming, golf and, of course, cooking.

“Golf is not just about hitting a golf ball around a course, there are so many other roles and opportunities to be involved in,” Lindert, the PGA Director of Golf at the Country Club of Lansing, told the students. “Find something you’re truly passionate about and then find a mentor, someone who will guide you to opportunities. Hopefully today will open your eyes a little bit as to what the golf industry has to offer. But it’s really about looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘what do I love to do?’”

Students also heard from three-time Emmy-winning news reporter and 16 News Now Anchor Joshua Short; Realm Restaurant Group Executive Chef and Co-Owner Chris Covelli; PGA of America Director of Volunteers Rachel Wright; and Whirlpool Corporation Community Relations and Foundation Giving Leader Stefanie Harvey-Vandenberg.

“Be true to who you are,” Short advised. “I tried so hard to figure out who I can be like and what I can do to look like others I saw. Then I realized the most successful people are people who are just themselves. They have a talent, and they use that talent to continue to grow themselves, their brand and those around them. As soon as I did that, things for me started to change personally and professionally.”

The day introduced students to careers in the culinary, hospitality, medical, engineering and tech industries. They even had the opportunity to learn how to make pasta with their own hands.

“I learned a lot from the panels and the different places we toured today,” said Benton Harbor High School senior Jaidon Lacy. “I definitely see myself working in golf. Right now I’m playing golf in high school and my plan is to hopefully play in college and get into sports management.”

PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative, designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. Funded by PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS leverages fellowships, scholarships, career-exploration events and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from diverse backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry.

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, golf’s most historic and prestigious senior Major Championship, will be contested May 23-26 and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC. The action can also be taken in through and by following @seniorpgachamp on FacebookInstagram and X.

USGA Announces 30 Additional Players Exempt for 124th U.S. Open Championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 30 additional golfers, including 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, have earned full exemptions into the 2024 U.S. Open Championship, to be contested June 13-16 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. These exemptions bring the number of fully exempt players to 83.

Exemptions were awarded to 22 players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking® (OWGR®) as of May 20, who were not otherwise exempt. Rose will compete in his 19th U.S. Open. He owns five top-10 finishes, including his two-stroke victory at Merion Golf Club. He moved up 12 places from the previous world ranking to No. 56 by tying for sixth in last week’s PGA Championship.

At No. 6, Ludvig Åberg is the highest-ranked player in the current OWGR who was not previously exempt into the U.S. Open. Åberg, who will play in his first U.S. Open, recorded his first victories on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour last fall. The 24-year-old from Sweden was the runner-up in this year’s Masters. Thomas Detry climbed 17 spots from last week’s ranking to No. 54 by tying for fourth in the PGA Championship, his best finish in a major. He will compete in his third U.S. Open.

The other players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Byeong Hun An, Christian Bezuidenhout, Akshay Bhatia, Eric Cole, Adam Hadwin, Tom Hoge, Nicolai Hojgaard, Stephan Jaeger, Chris Kirk, Kurt Kitayama, Jake Knapp, Denny McCarthy, Grayson Murray, Alex Noren, Matthieu Pavon, J.T. Poston, Sahith Theegala, Cameron Young and Will Zalatoris.

Zalatoris, who is ranked No. 32, will compete in his fifth U.S. Open but first since he was runner-up in 2022 at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass. Bhatia (No. 37) and Knapp (No. 59) also earned entry through the OWGR and each will make his second U.S. Open start.

Eight other players earned exemptions based on their performances in three additional categories. The top five players in the current PGA Tour FedExCup standings, who were not otherwise exempt, are: Billy Horschel, Mackenzie Hughes, Peter Malnati, Taylor Pendrith and Erik van Rooyen. The top two players from the final 2023 DP World Tour Race to Dubai Rankings, who were not otherwise exempt, are: Adrian Meronk and Victor Perez. Rikuya Hoshino is the highest ranked player on the current Race to Dubai Rankings who is not otherwise exempt.

In addition, the winner of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship (May 24-29) and any multiple winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship will also earn an exemption. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the addition of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of Monday, June 10.

Three of the 13 final qualifiers for the 2024 U.S. Open are being held today, May 20, in Dallas, Texas, England and Japan. Final qualifying results can be found at

Other 36-hole final qualifiers will take place at 10 additional sites on June 3: Cherry Hill Club, Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada; Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif.; The Bear’s Club, Jupiter, Fla.; The Golf Club of Georgia, Alpharetta, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Canoe Brook Country Club (North & South Courses), Summit, N.J.; Duke University Golf Club, Durham, N.C.; Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course) and Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield (Ohio) Country Club; and Pronghorn Resort (Nicklaus Course), Bend, Ore.

The U.S. Open was previously hosted by Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999 (won by Payne Stewart), 2005 (won by Michael Campbell) and 2014 (won by Martin Kaymer). As an anchor site, Pinehurst will also host the U.S. Open in 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.

A list of the 83 golfers fully exempt into the 2024 U.S. Open as of May 20 (not including the final qualifiers from England, Texas and Japan) is below.

More information about the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, including local and final qualifying, is available at

The list of the 83 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2024 U.S. Open (as of Monday, May 20):

Ludvig Åberg 21 (Joohyung) Tom Kim 2, 11, 21
Byeong Hun An 21 Chris Kirk 21
Christian Bezuidenhout 21 Kurt Kitayama 21
Akshay Bhatia 21 Jake Knapp 21
Keegan Bradley 11, 21 Brooks Koepka 1, 7, 21
Sam Burns 11, 21 Ben Kohles 14
Patrick Cantlay 11, 21 a-Christo Lamprecht 17
Wyndham Clark 1, 2, 11, 21 Min Woo Lee 2, 21
Eric Cole 21 Shane Lowry 8, 21
Corey Conners 11, 21 Peter Malnati 13
Jason Day 11, 21 Hideki Matsuyama 6, 21
a-Santiago De la Fuente 20 Denny McCarthy 21
Bryson DeChambeau 1, 21 Rory McIlroy 2, 11, 12, 21
Thomas Detry 21 Adrian Meronk 15
Nick Dunlap 4 Phil Mickelson 7
Austin Eckroat 2, 21 Taylor Moore 11, 21
Harris English 2, 21 Collin Morikawa 7, 8, 11, 21
Tony Finau 11, 21 Grayson Murray 21
Matt Fitzpatrick 1, 11, 21 Alex Noren 21
Tommy Fleetwood 2, 11, 21 Matthieu Pavon 21
Ryan Fox 10 Taylor Pendrith 13
Rickie Fowler 2, 11, 21 Victor Perez 15
Lucas Glover 11, 12, 21 J.T. Poston 21
Emiliano Grillo 11, 21 Jon Rahm 1, 2, 6, 11, 21
Adam Hadwin 21 Justin Rose 21
a-Stewart Hagestad 5 a-Gordon Sargent 18
Brian Harman 8, 11, 21 Xander Schauffele 2, 7, 11, 21
Tyrrell Hatton 11, 21 Scottie Scheffler 2, 6, 9, 11, 12, 21
Russell Henley 11, 21 Adam Schenk 11, 21
Tom Hoge 21 a-Neal Shipley 5
Nicolai Hojgaard 21 Cameron Smith 2, 8, 9
Max Homa 11, 21 Jordan Spieth 1, 11, 21
Billy Horschel 13 Sepp Straka 11, 21
Rikuya Hoshino 16 Nick Taylor 11, 21
Viktor Hovland 11, 12, 21 Sahith Theegala 21
Mackenzie Hughes 13 Justin Thomas 7, 21
Sungjae Im 11, 21 Erik van Rooyen 13
Stephan Jaeger 21 Gary Woodland 1
Dustin Johnson 1, 2, 6 Tiger Woods 23
Martin Kaymer 1 Cameron Young 21
a-Bryan Kim 5 Will Zalatoris 21
Si Woo Kim 11, 21

Bold – U.S. Open champion      a – amateur

Key to Player Exemptions

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2014-23)
  2. From the 2023 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
  3. Winner of the 2023 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  4. Winner of the 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship
  5. Winners of the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur & U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships and the 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship runner-up (must be an amateur)
  6. Winners of the Masters Tournament (2020-24)
  7. Winners of the PGA of America Championship (2019-24)
  8. Winners of The Open Championship, conducted by The R&A (2019-23)
  9. Winners of The Players Championship (2022-24)
  10. Winner of the 2023 DP World Tour BMW PGA Championship
  11. Those players who qualified and were eligible for the season-ending 2023 Tour Championship
  12. Multiple winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation (June 2023-June 2024)
  13. The top five players in 2024 FedExCup standings as of May 20, 2024, who are not otherwise exempt
  14. The points leader from the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour season using combined points earned on the Official Korn Ferry Tour Regular-Season Points Standings and points earned in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals
  15. The top two players from the final 2023 Race to Dubai Rankings, who are not otherwise exempt as of May 20, 2024
  16. The top player on the 2024 Race to Dubai Rankings as of May 20, 2024, who is not otherwise exempt
  17. Winner of the 2023 Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A (must be an amateur)
  18. Winner of the 2023 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
  19. Winner of the 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship (must be an amateur)
  20. Winner of the 2024 Latin America Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  21. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 20, 2024
  22. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking as of June 10, 2024
  23. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

International Turfgrass Research Initiative Launched To Advance Worldwide Sustainability In Golf

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, ST. ANDREWS, Scotland and LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., USA – The Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation (STERF), The R&A, the United States Golf Association (USGA) have launched the International Turfgrass Research Initiative to further the advancement of sustainable approaches to golf course and turfgrass management.

The International Turfgrass Research Initiative is a legacy of the 14th International Turfgrass Research Conference (ITRC) hosted by STERF in collaboration with the International Turfgrass Society (ITS) in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2022. Development and sustainability were the themes of the conference, and STERF and ITS agreed that investing in international turfgrass research would be the most appropriate legacy from ITRC2022.

Beginning later this year, multi-year research projects will be funded to develop practical solutions which can be adopted by those managing golf facilities and turfgrass areas, in response to the most pressing challenges facing the management of turfgrass and golf courses worldwide, including pest control, water conservation, preserving biodiversity and landscapes, and understanding the climate impact on turfgrass and golf landscapes.

A call for research proposals will be issued in May and submissions reviewed by a group of researchers, practitioners and experts working in the field of golf course and turfgrass management. The successful applicants will be announced at the 15th International Turfgrass Research Conference being held in Japan next year.

The International Turfgrass Research Initiative compliments existing support already provided by each organisation in using scientific research to inform practical solutions, such as Golf Course 2030, the Mike Davis Program for Advancing Golf Course Management and STERF Research Programmes.

Maria Strandberg – STERF Director and Past President of International Turfgrass Society said: “For golf and other turf sports that use land and nature as their sports arena, the challenges are many and diverse, and will strongly affect future operations. New research, competence and modification of standard approaches in the golf and turf sports sector are needed to conquer these challenges.

“We are convinced that the only viable strategy to meet current challenges and to create a sustainable future is international collaboration. Therefore, we look forward to, in close partnership with our colleagues at The USGA and The R&A, realizing this important initiative. We want to support and inspire scientists all over the world to collaborate and create and supply new knowledge and tools that are essential for modern and sustainable golf course and turfgrass management – knowledge that is of practical benefit and ready for use, for example directly in golf course and turfgrass management or in dialogue with the authorities and the public, and in a credible environmental protection work.

Daniel Lightfoot, Director – Sustainable Golf at The R&A, said, “The International Turfgrass Research Initiative is an important step towards developing practical solutions that can be used by golf facilities worldwide to address the challenges being experienced in golf course and turfgrass management.

“We are aiming to positively influence standards and practice in sustainable agronomy through providing guidance and support to golf facilities so that they are better equipped to manage the impact that climate change and change in legislation can have on the maintenance of courses.

“We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at the USGA and Scandinavian Turfgrass Research and Environment Foundation to deliver this research initiative on a global scale.”

Cole Thompson, Ph.D., Director, Green Section Research at the USGA, said, “The future of our game is dependent on the steps we take today. Alongside our colleagues at The R&A and STERF, we encourage an international cooperation among scientists to align on important turfgrass management research topics. As stewards of the environment, we have a responsibility to develop innovative solutions that promote future sustainability, while also tackling the current critical challenges the industry faces. We’re excited to continue pushing the boundaries, not just domestically via our extensive USGA Green Section initiatives, but now with The R&A and STERF, aiming to create lasting impacts for generations of golfers to come.”

More information can be found Select the International Turfgrass Research Initiative programme at the bottom of the page.

TGR Foundation appoints Gyla Bell senior executive director TGR Learning Lab Anaheim

TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Gyla Bell as the senior executive director, TGR Learning Lab Anaheim. Bell, an experienced educational leader with a proven track record of delivering STEAM education programs to youth, will leverage her deep community relationships and expertise to drive impact at the flagship TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA.  

This new leadership role is an important position for TGR Foundation as it continues to expand its impact on youth through the TGR Learning Lab. Since opening its doors in 2006, the flagship TGR Learning Lab Anaheim has served nearly 200,000 students, fostering educational impact, growth and personal development to youth from under-resourced communities. Over the next two years, the TGR Learning Lab will build on this impact, expanding its programs focused on STEAM educational enrichment, health and well-being, and career and college readiness through new facilities in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

As Senior Executive Director, Bell will lead the daily operations, programs and overall impact delivered through the TGR Learning Lab Anaheim to the local community. In addition to leading the year-round programming and team members at the Anaheim campus, she will extend her reach by supporting the piloting and implementation of new program models that will be incorporated at new Learning Lab locations. She will leverage her years of program expertise in STEAM education by overseeing the TGR Learning Lab satellites currently operating in Philadelphia, South Florida and the Marine Corps Base in Quantico. Also, Bell will work across departments, driving outreach, partnerships and fundraising with the local community.  

Since joining TGR Foundation in 2005, Bell has played a pivotal role in developing the programs and curriculum used daily at the Learning Labs. She has been a constant and driving force of inspiration and impact on the students and communities served. A product of the Anaheim Union High School District, Bell began her career in education as a teacher at Betsy Ross Elementary in Anaheim and worked for the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota before undertaking various positions at the TGR Learning Lab Anaheim over the past 19 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from the University of California, Riverside along with a master’s degree in education from California State University, Fullerton. 

United States Golf Association Officially Opens Golf House Pinehurst

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today officially opened Golf House Pinehurst, its seven-acre campus located footsteps from the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club main clubhouse. The new location includes the organization’s equipment-testing and research facility, the visitor-friendly USGA Experience, an outdoor educational landscape feature and the recently relocated World Golf Hall of Fame, as well as administrative offices.

Visual assets of Golf House Pinehurst are available here: PHOTOS

“When I joined the USGA, I shared with our internal teammates that while the USGA will always celebrate history, we’re not going to be afraid to make some. Today is proof positive that we’re just getting started,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA, during the Grand Opening Celebration that took place today. “In four years, we’ve gone from vision to reality, and achieving this important milestone is the action of more than a visitor, but a neighbor. Together, we’re going to do great things for the good of the game that will live on for another 20, 50 years and beyond.”

Following Friday’s ceremony with representatives from the State of North Carolina, Moore County and the Village of Pinehurst and other dignitaries, attendees were given a firsthand look at the campus and attractions, including:

  • The USGA Experience, an immersive view of golf and the USGA’s work to unify, showcase, govern and advance the game. Designed by Luci Creative, the Science of Golf and Championship galleries feature interactive multimedia displays that incorporate augmented reality, interactive touch screens, sculptures and trophies;
  • The World Golf Hall of Fame, where sports fans can discover and relive the legacies of those who made the game great;
  • USGA Golf Museum Special Exhibitions that highlight the USGA’s deep collection of golf artifacts – the most comprehensive collection in the world;
  • The USGA’s Research and Test Center, the only one of its kind in North America solely dedicated to testing golf balls and clubs for conformance to the Rules of Golf;
  • The Glade, the USGA’s outdoor learning landscape that will help to elevate awareness of the USGA’s ongoing work to help make golf more sustainable, with native plants and pollinator habitats;
  • The Grove, a restoration of the ancient longleaf pine forest native to the region, through a unique partnership with North Carolina State University;
  • The USGA Shop, where golfers can purchase various products with the USGA championship logo of their choice as well as exhibit-related specialty items.

Golf House Pinehurst was made possible by a comprehensive economic development effort involving representatives from the North Carolina General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Moore County, the Village of Pinehurst and economic development experts. The land on which it is situated was generously provided by Pinehurst Resort & Country Club for a 150-year term.

Independent studies estimate that the total economic impact of the USGA’s long-term presence in Pinehurst, combined with the USGA championships it will bring as a designated anchor site, will exceed $2 billion to the state of North Carolina. The USGA has announced 12 future championships at Pinehurst Resort, including the 2024 U.S. Open (June 13-16) and the return of the back-to-back U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open in 2029, previously conducted at Pinehurst in 2014.

USGA staffers based in Pinehurst total 70 full-time employees representing Championship Operations, Equipment Standards, Player Development and Green Section teams, among others. They include some of the game’s foremost scientific and golf management experts. The campus is designed to complement, but not replicate, the association’s headquarters in Liberty Corner, N.J.

The USGA Experience and World Golf Hall of Fame will open to the public at 1 p.m. today, and operate from 10 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. In honor of the Grand Opening, admission is free through the month of June.