BASF Honors Golf Course Superintendents at ĎPeople vs. The Prosí
BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals recognized superintendents nationwide at the BASF People vs. the Pros golf tournament, held Aug. 18 to 22 at Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.
Twenty-two BASF-sponsored superintendents were a part of a field of 200 competitors vying to play against PGA professionals Retief Goosen or Gary McCord for the opportunity to win $50,000 for the charity of the winnerís choice. The top two scoring superintendents not playing against the pros competed against one another in the third annual BASF Superintendentís Cup.
Ron Dobosz, superintendent at Ludlow Country Club in Ludlow, Mass., and Steve Jones, superintendent at Greenville Country Club in Greenville, S.C., teed off at Pinehurst No. 8 on Aug. 22, to compete for the third annual BASF Superintendentís Cup. Jones won the May 21st regional qualifier tournament hosted by the Carolinas GCSA at Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte, N.C., and Dobosz was the winner of the July 10th New England GCSA qualifier held at Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northboro, Mass.
Dobosz was this yearís leading superintendent, with a total net score of 217 in the 18-49 age division, placing 3rd overall with his 0 handicap. Jones scored a net 218 with the benefit of his 9 handicap in the 50-and-over age division, placing 4th overall.
After competitive play by both superintendents, Jones ended the handicapped match-play with a victory on the 17th hole, winning 2 and 1. Jones won the Cup, along with a $10,000 check from BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals and an additional $10,000 worth of BASF products for use on his golf course. Runner-up Dobosz earned $5,000 for his second-place finish.
Fifty-four-year-old Jones is a member of the Upstate Turfgrass Association and has served as superintendent at Greenville C.C. for 19 years. He is a recreational golfer, playing two to three times a month with the pros and seniors on his course.
As the tournamentís title sponsor, BASF hosted more than 1,000 superintendents who participated in 18 regional qualifier tournaments held throughout the spring and summer in conjunction with Golf Course Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA) chapters from across the country. Each regional qualifying superintendent won an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Pinehurst final, and BASF donated $2,000 to the hosting chapterís education fund.
The Grand Prize Match of the People vs. the Pros and highlights from the BASF Superintendentís Cup are currently scheduled to air on ESPN2 on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
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