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Speaker Spotlight - Matt Shaffer

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  
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Mr. Matt Shaffer
Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Director of Golf Course Operations

Mr. Shaffer will present on Wednesday, December 10th in the Golf Turf Management track. His presentation, "A Different Approach to Growing Grass" will be at 1:00 PM in the Zambezi Room.

Matt Shaffer is a Penn State graduate. He spent 38 years of his career as a Golf Superintendent; 13 years as the Director of Golf Course Operations at Merion Golf Club. He has worked at just about every conceivable type of Golf Course Operation; public, resort, private country clubs, and championship golf venues. Under Matt’s guidance, Merion hosted the 2005 US Amateur, the 2009 Walker Cup and most recently the 2013 US Open.

Matt is a member of the USGA Green Section Committee. He is the former President of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council, and is also GCSAA Class A member. Matt received an ELGA award in 2013 by the GCSAA/Golf Digest recognizing him as an Environmental Leader in Golf in the national private category.

Married for 39 years, Matt enjoys fishing and restoring homes with his wife Renna. She supported him throughout his career and 11 job-related relocations within the states.

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