Our Host & Honoree
Jeff Wentworth, CGCS
Pelham Country Club is one of the premiere country clubs in the North East. Pelham Country Club is a family-oriented club with first-rate recreational, social and dining facilities. Located only 15 miles from Manhattan in the picturesque Village of Pelham Manor, the Club is both a community focal point and an accessible escape for city dwellers. The Club offers its members and guests excellent indoor and outdoor facilities along with gracious, friendly service in a congenial and unpretentious atmosphere. Golfers can hone their skills on an 18-hole course that hosted the 1923 PGA Championship, described by many as one of the most dramatic finishes in history. Gene Sarazen's winning shot on the 38th hole of his match with Walter Hagen remains in the top 10 all-time great shots in the event's history.
The Alumni Turf Group (ATG), formed in 2005, is made up of turf professionals who are graduates of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts. The Alumni Turf Group’s mission is to:
Use our fundraising capabilities through the distribution of funds, to enhance and further research and education at the University of Massachusetts.
Promote UMass alumni in the turf management profession.
Recognize the achievements of successful individual alumni through annual events.
Provide a directory of active turf alumni.
Provide reunion opportunities.
Instill pride and commitment in the turf programs at the University of Massachusetts.
“The turf world lost a friend, a great professor, and mentor of mentors. Joseph Troll left an indelible mark on the turf industry by educating and mentoring some of the most successful superintendents of his time. This mark was so impressed on those he taught, that the impact is felt today by those who are two and three generations removed from his teaching. As the driving force behind the construction of a new research center at the UMass turf facility in 2004, Joe further extended his impression on many superintendents and students. This effort led directly to the formation of the Alumni Turf Group in 2005 for which Joe deserves much credit in his inspiration and dedication. Many of Joe's students, and those they mentored, hold some of the most influential or prominent positions in the turf grass industry today."