Stanley J. Zontek
||Stanley J. Zontek
Zontek is the director of the USGA Green
Section's Mid-Atlantic region. He is the longest tenured USGA
employee, joining the USGA staff in 1971. Prior to his current
position, Zontek has also been the director of the North Central
and Northeastern Green Section Regions. He also held the position
as Northeastern agronomist from 1971 to 1976, working under the
direction of Alexander M. Radko.
The son of a golf course superintendent, he was reared in a golf
environment. He played his first nine holes of golf at age 5 (he
shot a 88). Zontek mowed his first putting green at 12 years old.
He is a 1971 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors
Degree in Agronomy/Turfgrass Management.
During his tenure with the USGA, Zontek has
traveled extensively. He is a frequent speaker at local,
regional, and international turf conferences. The primary focus
of his presentations centers around the basic and practical
elements of turfgrass maintenance and management. One of
Zontek's ongoing responsibilities is overseeing and
participating in the maintenance of the putting green at the
He is the recipient of the 2006 GCSAA Distinguished Service
Award, the 1997 GCBAA Don Rossi Humanitarian Award, and the 1997
recipient of the Eb Steiniger Award, presented by the
Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents. He has
been a Kentucky Colonel since 1987.
Zontek is a Certified Professional Agronomist, and a member of
the Board of Directors for the Musser International Turf
Foundation. He is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America and the British International Golf
Stanley resides in Avondale, Pa.