Golf Course Superintendents Association of America members Michael Stachowski, superintendent at the Golf Course of Concordia in Cranbury, N.J., and Patrick Blum, superintendent at Colonial Acres Golf Course in Glenmont, N.Y., have been selected to receive the 2006 Excellence in Government Relations Awards.
The International Network of Golf announces the election of five new advisory board members by the membership. Elected to three-year terms were Steve Asman, CEO of Gustbuster/Sunbuster; George Baker, CEO of Razor Golf; and Ron Garl of Ron Garl Golf Course Design. Two of the elected — Melissa Suttles, general manager of Mystic Dunes Golf Club in Celebration, Fla., and John Johnson, president of Johnson Design Golf Marketing — will be filling the uncompleted terms of previous advisory board members.
Datrek Miller International hires Randall J. Frapart as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame member Betsy King has been unanimously selected as captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team that will compete in 2007 in Sweden. King, a 29-year member of the LPGA Tour with 34 victories to her credit, was named captain by a five-member selection committee formed by the LPGA board of directors. Beth Daniel will serve as assistant captain.
Nicklaus Golf Equipment appoints Randy Ramsey as its new director of national account sales.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club announces twp appointments to St. Andrews Links Trust — Neil Crichton as a trustee and Dennis Matthews to the LMC.
Strategic Shaft Technologies announces the promotion of Brian Adair to chief operating officer.
IMG agent Mark Steinberg will be among the speakers at GolfEx Dubai, Jan. 29-30 in Dubai. Steinberg, agent for Tiger Woods, will address the subject of managing champions and the future direction of player sponsorships.
Stephen Brine is appointed operations director for Pete Richardson Communications Ltd.
Nancy Lopez will be the keynote speaker at the 2006 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Education Conference‘s opening session on Feb. 9 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Professional Clubmakers’ Society announces eight graduates from its Advanced Fitting School, held Dec. 14-16.
Photographer Bill Thompson announces he will display his work at the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., in late January.
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson agrees to serve on the board of directors for The First Tee‘s first Native American chapter, The First Tee of The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, S.D.
PGA Professional Steve Atherton, vice president of instruction for Denver-based GolfTEC, was recently accredited as a Master Professional in Instruction by the PGA of America.
Nicklaus Golf Equipment appoints Matthew Valentine to the position of regional sales manager for California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.
The Royal & Ancient appoints Colin Phillips as its first director for Asia-Pacific.
Legendary Marketing announces the appointment of Doug Miner as Web site developer.
SkyGolf announces the following additions to its national sales team: Scott Hinding (Connecticut, Western Massachusetts), Rose St. Pierre (Long Island, New York), Ken McSwain (Arizona), Jim Hauth (Iowa, Nebraska), Dan Hosch (Kentucky, Tennessee) and Bill Keeler (Michigan).
The Northern California Section of the PGA announces Jim Langley of Cypress Point Club has been named NCPGA Golf Professional of the Year.
Running Horse Golf and Country Club in Fresno, Calif., announces Kipp Bates as director of golf and membership, and Tim Zirkle as project manager.
Gary L. Schaal, past president of the PGA of America and currently on the board of directors of the National Golf Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the National Institute of Golf Management, Jan. 8-13.