University of Massachusetts Alumni to Honor William Spence at the Eighth Annual Joseph Troll Turf Classic



Press Release                            August 17, 2011
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University of Massachusetts Alumni to Honor William Spence at the Eighth Annual Joseph Troll Turf Classic

The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts is to host the eighth annual Joseph Troll Turf Classic, sponsored by the Alumni Turf Group.  The event will take place on October 11, 2011.

This year’s honoree is William Spence, the longtime Grounds Superintendent at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Mr. Spence, at his current position, has hosted many national and international events including the 1988 U.S. Open, 1995 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and the 1999 Ryder Cup.  The club will also host the U.S. Amateur in 2013, as part of celebrating the 100th anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s victory in the U.S. Open.  

Mr. Spence began a lifelong friendship with Dr. Troll shortly arriving in Amherst in 1970, working as Troll’s office assistant while in school. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Turf Management (’74), Spence became the Golf Course Superintendent for Monmouth(NJ)County Park System, managing both the Howell Park and Shark River Golf Courses at the age of 21.

In 1975, Spence moved on to the Pebble Beach Company where he became the 4th Golf Course Superintendent in the history of the Pebble Beach Golf Links.  In addition to the Links, Spence oversaw the Spyglass Hill and Old Del Monte Courses.  During his tenure at Pebble Beach, Spence hosted three Bing Crosby Pro-Am’s and the 1977 PGA Championship.

In 1978, Spence was lured to touring professional Tom Watson’s home course, Kansas City Country Club.  Spence served as Golf Course Superintendent at KCCC for 7 years.  When the position at The Country Club became open in 1984, it was Tom Watson that assisted in Spence landing the position.   

Over the years, Mr. Spence has remained connected to and been a major supporter of the turf program at the University of Massachusetts.  Spence frequently speaks to students at the Winter School and Stockbridge School.  He has mentored numerous University of Massachusetts interns, many of whom have gone on to superintendent positions at other clubs.  Spence was also a leader in the fundraising effort to construct the Troll Turf Research Center.    

Of the award, ATG President Steve Curry stated: “I am very pleased honor Bill for his remarkable career.  Of the many respected leaders in our profession countless have been impacted by Bill's impressive career.  Foremost though, Joe Troll is very keen to see Bill honored and was excited to hear of our choice."

The fundraiser was initiated in 2004 as a means to raise money for the new Dr. Joseph Troll Turf Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  With the building completed, the Alumni Turf Group has continued the fundraising efforts to support the turf program at the University.  

The Alumni Turf Group (ATG), formed in 2005, is a 501c3 organization made up of turf professionals who are graduates of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts.  Through fundraising, ATG hopes to further research and education, promote UMass alumni in the turf management profession, and instill pride and commitment in the turf programs at the University of Massachusetts.

Entry forms, additional information for this event, membership applications, and ATG information are available online at

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