Speaker Spotlight - Matt Shaffer
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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.