Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council Announces 2006 Leadership

Vice president will be Jeffrey L. Fry, Lebanon Country Club, Lebanon, Pa., and secretary-treasurer will be Matt Shaffer, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa. Jerred D. Golden, Hersheys Mill Golf Club and Landscape Company, West Chester, Pa., is the immediate past president. The officers serve one-year terms. Shaffer replaces Terry Laurent, who moved out of Pennsylvania.

Chassard said he will continue to work to raise awareness of the Penn State Turfgrass Research Fund and its important “Growing the Game” program to raise funds to support research. He is a 1984 graduate of Penn State.

Joining the Board are Sam Stimmel, Profile Products LLC, Washington, Pa., and Mark DelSantro, Syngenta Professional Products, Glenmoore, Pa., whose terms will expire in 2008. Those continuing service and the years their terms expire include Darrin Batisky, Chartiers Country Club, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Thomas R. Bettle, Birdsfoot Golf Club, Leechburg, Pa.; Daniel A. Douglas, Reading Phillies Baseball Club, Reading, Pa.; James Loke, Bent Creek Country Club, Lititz, Pa.; Richard Pagett, Centre Hills Country Club, State College, Pa.; Scott Schukraft, Huntsville Golf Club, Shavertown, Pa.; and, Daniel A. Douglas, Reading Phillies Baseball Club, Reading, Pa.

Those who have completed service on the board include: Terry Laurent, Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.; and Michael R. Smith, Gulph Mills Golf Club, King of Prussia, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council promotes professionalism in all facets of the turfgrass industry by providing educational opportunities, grants and support for education and research projects, encouraging future industry leadership through scholarship and awards, and promoting interaction with government agencies, private institutions and the general public.

Members include golf course superintendents, owners/operators of lawn care services, nurserymen, landscapers, sod growers, sports field managers and industrial representatives. For more information, contact their Web site at

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