Tournament raises funds for scholarships and turfgrass research in the memory of past GCSAA President Clifford Wagoner and his wife Myrtle
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California (GCSANC) hosted its 13th annual Clifford and Myrtle Wagoner Scholarship & Research Tournament on Oct. 26 at The Club at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton, Calif.
The event honors the late Cliff and Myrtle Wagoner who were instrumental in the operations of GCSANC. Cliff, who spent most of his career at Del Rio Country Club in Modesto, served as President of GCSANC in 1959, 1965 and 1967 and served as President of GCSAA in 1973. He oversaw the development of the GCSAA Certification Program.
Myrtle started with GCSANC in 1960, becoming Executive Secretary in 1968. She oversaw the operations of GCSANC until her retirement in 1989. Cliff and Myrtle were married for 76 years.
This year’s event was limited to 72 players due to the pandemic and the auction was held online as no indoor gatherings are currently allowed in California. A number of great products and golf packages were provided for the auction by GCSANC industry partners and local golf courses.
The fall weather was beautiful in Northern California and Ruby Hill Director of Golf Course Maintenance Steve Agin had the course in terrific shape with the Bermudagrass fairways providing perfect playing conditions. Steve is a 38-year member of GCSAA.
The format was individual stroke play, and the tournament winner was Billy Witt of Hidden Valley Lake Golf and Country Club. Billy fired a 4-under par 68 to defeat Dan Quinn of Green Valley Country Club who shot an even par 72.
Funds from the event will benefit local turfgrass research as well as provide scholarships for students majoring in turfgrass management and other fields of study.
For more information, visit GCSANC.