Rudinski to lead superintendents group


Lou Rudinski, head superintendent at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, has been elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents.

With the election held during the organization's annual meeting at Turf Valley Country Club last week, Rudinski was joined by Scott Wagner, Leisure World, vice president; Bill Shrk, Queenstown Harbor, secretary; and Dean Groves, Bethesda CC, treasurer.

At the same time, Jim McHenry of Caroline CC and Sean Remington of the Chevy Chase Club were elected to two-year terms as directors, and Gordon Caldwell, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, was elected for a one-year director's term.

Among those completing their terms as directors was Mark Merrick of the Elkridge Club. Also cited was Mike Gilmore of Turf Valley, the points leader for the group's golfer of the year.

Rudinski recently completed his 15th year at Eisenhower, after having served five-year stints at Baltimore CC and Bonnie View CC.

A native of Turner Falls, Mass., and a 1961 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Rudinski was at a club in New Jersey for one year before going to Bonnie View in 1964.

During his tenure in the Mid-Atlantic Section, he has served as secretary, treasurer and vice president, and has headed a committee on communications and publicity.

One of the organization's long-range goals is under discussion -- that of hiring a management firm to handle the administrative duties.

"Our association has grown so -- 54 new members this year and a membership of more than 400 -- it was felt we needed help with the day-to-day details," Rudinski said. "Those things took a lot of the board's time and with an outside agency in place, it will allow us to do our jobs better, and better serve our members."

One thing the new president plans to continue is the MAGCS's program of educating the public in general, and the golfing public in particular, about superintendents and the major roles they play in our environment-minded society. Toward this end, Graves, the group's education chairman, has presented a series of seminars, and more are planned. One of these will be the second annual meeting with representatives of the Maryland State Golf Association and its member clubs to discuss news and views pertinent to both organizations.

The meeting marked the conclusion of a successful two-day regional seminar, which had as its theme environmental considerations in golf course management.

Among things discussed were understanding regulatory compliance requirements for protecting water resources, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas; learning how to educate golfers and the general public about the environmental benefits of golf courses and how to deal with media and consumer concerns; and developing pesticide management strategies.

Another facility

Two former area champions will have key positions when Fair Oaks Golf Park opens in February on Route 50 in Fairfax, Va.

Karen Jones of Silver Spring, a two-time winner of the Maryland State Women's Amateur, has been named director of golf, and Roger Simpkins of Falls Church, Va., a former two-time Middle Atlantic PGA Player of the Year, has been named head professional for the complex.

The layout includes a nine-hole par-3 course; a lighted 58-tee driving range, 20 of which are covered and heated; an 11,000-square foot putting green; a bunkered chipping area; and five target greens, one an island.

Simpkins, a Chestertown native and graduate of the University of Maryland, served as an assistant at Suburban, Indian Spring and Woodmont before accepting a head pro position in Connecticut. He returned to the section about a year ago and had playing privileges last season as an active member.

Jones attended Oklahoma State, where she played on the women's golf team, then worked at golf facilities in the Washington area. She was away from golf for a while, but recently became involved again, turning professional and becoming a member of the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division.

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