Anyone who works in the golf industry knows that change is a part of our business. As the USGA Green Section prepares to celebrate 100 years of helping golf facilities in 2020, we are also preparing to see members of the Green Section family that have worked with us for decades retire from the USGA in the autumn of 2019. These people have played key roles in making the Green Section what it is today, and their impact on the game has been tremendous. We know that many of you have worked closely with the staff leaving the USGA and join us in wishing them all the best in their next chapters.
Departing staff will not be the only change on the horizon for the Green Section. A new agronomist will be hired in our West region along with a research position in the coming months as we continue our long tradition of supporting turfgrass and environmental research for the golf industry. These new staff members certainly have big shoes to fill, but we know they will be up for the challenge. The Green Section will also merge with the USGA's Research, Science and Innovation Group, led by Dr. Matthew Pringle. He has spearheaded the RSI group since its formation in 2016 and has played a key role in the USGA’s pace of play and resource management tool efforts. Since starting with the USGA in 2000, Matt has been, and will continue to be an advocate for science and committed to the role that science plays in pushing the game forward. We know he will be a great leader and advocate for the Green Section’s work into the future.
While a lot of change is occurring in a short period of time, there are some things that are definitely not changing. The Green Section remains committed to providing science-based information and recommendations to golf facilities and golfers. The Green Section staff are here to help solve problems at individual facilities – both the challenges of today and those on the horizon. While the agronomists working with some of you may be changing, you will still receive the same high level of expertise and the same commitment to understanding the issues at your facility and developing solutions that fit your specific needs. The Green Section research program and education and outreach efforts will also continue playing their key roles.
As we look to the future, with a new team and some exciting new projects on the horizon, we also want to reflect on the careers of those who will retire and thank them once again for all they've done for the Green Section, for the USGA, and for golf.