O'Keefe elected president of GCSAA
John J. O’Keefe, CGCS, director of golf course management at Preakness Hill Country Club in Wayne, N.J., has been elected president of GCSAA for 2015. Peter J. Grass, CGCS, will be vice president and William H. Maynard, CGCS, will serve as secretary/treasurer. Rafael Barajas, CGCS, will continue on the board as a director and Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, was appointed to the board for a one-year term. Also at the Annual Meeting, the membership approved a slight dues increase for 2015.
New Equipment Manager membership classification approved
GCSAA members voted to introduce an equipment manager classification for association membership. The vote took place as part of the Annual Meeting. Equipment managers will be welcomed with a complimentary introductory membership through 2015 and can register online at www.gcsaa.org. GCSAA has compiled a collection of tools and resources specifically for equipment managers.
Penn State dominates 2015 Turf Bowl
Penn State University placed three teams, including the champion foursome, in the top 10 of GCSAA's 21st annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf. The foursome of Chris Marra, William Ellinger, Kyle Patterson and Alexander Bonini will return to State College, Pa., with the traveling trophy and a $4,000 first-place cash prize. Teams from Penn State also took 3rd and 9th place. Rounding out the top 10 were teams from the University of Maryland (2nd), Michigan State University (4th), Iowa State University (5th and 6th), Cal Poly Pomona (7th), Purdue University (8th) and the University of Arkansas (10th).