Golf Tournament To Benefit Joseph Troll Turf Research Center
A golf tournament to help fun the construction of a new research building for the University of Massachusetts/Stockbridge School of Agriculture will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst, Mass.
All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Turf Building Fund at the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield, Mass.
The scramble-format tournament, scheduled to coincide with the ground breaking of the new research building, is open to the general public and limited to the first 144 individuals to register. Prizes will be awarded for team gross and net scores as well as a long-drive and closest to the pin contest.
Registration fees are $600 per foursome and $150 per single. Each entry fee includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner and a raffle ticket for a prize drawing following the tournament. If a player does not have a foursome, the tournament committee can form one. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. The deadline to enter is Sept. 17, 2004.
Improvements to the UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center began with an expansion of the research area from eight to 17 acres, and will continue with the construction of the research building that is expected to be fully operational by 2005. The campaign has raised nearly $600,000 to-date. The 3,000 square foot research building, which will include a laboratory, meeting room, office space and maintenance area for equipment and storage, was named in honor of Dr. Joseph Troll for his longtime service and dedication to the UMass turf program.
“Graduates have stepped up to support the campaign because we see it as a chance to give something back to a program that has given us so much,” said Bob Ruszala, superintendent at Hickory Ridge CC and chair of the planning committee. “The tournament is a chance for alumni and friends to get together, have some fun, recognize Dr. Troll for all he’s done and help finish off the campaign,”
If interested in tournament sponsorship, call the UMass Amherst Development Office at (413) 577-4295. The sponsorship deadline is Sept. 3, 2004.
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