Ty McClellan


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Ty McClellan

Agronomist, West Region

Ty McClellan joined the Green Section staff as an agronomist in 2007 and conducts Course Consulting Service visits in California, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and North and South Dakota, working with regional director Pat Gross.

McClellan previously served as Manager of the Green Section’s Education Program for three years after initially being an agronomist for five years in the Mid-Continent Region (now Central Region). In addition to agronomic site visits and managing the Green Section education program, McClellan has served as lead agronomist for 12 USGA National Championships, delivered over 100 presentations and written dozens of scientific and industry articles.

McClellan holds a B.S. degree in agriculture with an emphasis in golf course management from Kansas State University and a M.S. degree in horticulture specializing in turfgrass science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A former GCSAA MacCurrach Award Winner and recipient of the Watson Fellowship, McClellan also helped initiate a new internship program with the PGA TOUR in 2003.

Prior to joining the USGA, McClellan worked for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) as their first field staff representative.




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