The Stewards of the Chesapeake presented by Genesis Turfgrass

  • 31 Aug 2015
  • 11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Columbia Country Club, 7900 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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  • Includes four players, recognition in event literature and digital media, on-site signage
  • Includes four players
  • Individual Player - will be placed on a team

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The Stewards of the Chesapeake

presented by

Columbia Country Club, 

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Monday August 31, 2015

Supporting Sponsors

Tournament History

The Stewards of the Chesapeake event was established in 2000 by the MAAGCS in order to develop a primary source of funding to support local research projects, support environmental efforts, and government relations as they pertain to the golf industry. MAAGCS members can invite their club or company representatives to participate for the preservation and improvement of both the game of golf and our environment. The tournament has raised over $100,000 since its inception, and proceeds benefit the Maryland Association of Green Industries (MAGI), various universities, the GCSAA and other groups supporting environmental issues, such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. In 2014 the proceeds were used to help fund the MAGI, which advocates on our behalf our industry with local, state and federal legislators.

An exciting new element this year is the designation of proceeds to go towards the important Best Management Practices program that the association is preparing to launch. The association plans to partner with the University of Maryland, the GCSAA, corporate partners, allied associations, our own members and others who support this important cause. The initiative was kicked off last year with a donation from GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf. Developing Best Management Practices for our specific area will ensure that we have a sustainable approach to and can continue providing environmental, economic and social benefits to golf and society.  Your support of the Stewards of the Chesapeake event is a key element for our success.  

Columbia Country Club

Established more than 100 years ago, Columbia Country club is a private, member-owned club. The Club hosted the 1921 United States Open won by Jim Barnes.  Despite many improvements over the years and the addition of several acres in the 1930's, the golf course today is remarkably similar to the original design of 1911.

Supporting the BMP Program

A goal of the event is to showcase the environmental stewardship practiced by Maryland’s golf course superintendents to their staff members, general managers, club professionals, board members, committee chairs, legislators, turf professionals, industry suppliers, educators, students, government agency representatives and other interested parties. All proceeds will go directly to fund our BMP initiative.

Speaker - Pat Jones

Pat Jones, Publisher & Industry Consultant – For three decades, Pat Jones has been known for his insights into the golf and turf business. As publisher and editorial director of Golf Course Industry magazine, Jones runs the leading independent publication in the market and contributes articles, blogs, videos and his award-winning “Parting Shots” column each month.

Jones also serves as publisher of Lawn & Landscape magazine, the long-time top-rated publication for contractors and lawn care operators. He is a prolific writer, blogger and social media commentator and a frequent speaker and instructor at regional, national and international turf conferences.

Jones began his career in the industry at GCSAA headquarters, where he oversaw communications, fundraising and lobbying in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He lives and works in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.


11:00 a.m. – Registration, Driving Range Open

11:30 a.m. – Lunch with speaker Pat Jones

12:45 p.m. – Announcements 

1:00 p.m.  – Shotgun Start, on course beverages 

5:45 p.m.   – Awards Party with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres


The event is open to all MAAGCS members and suppliers, their friends, colleagues (club professionals, GMs, board members) and associates at golf clubs in and around Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. We encourage Maryland legislators to participate in this event, which gives promise to Maryland’s environmental stewardship. Clubs are encouraged to support this important cause by fielding a team.

Format and Rules

Format for the tournament is four-man Shamble. Each player drives and all players play from the selected spot. Two best balls net (80% handicap).USGA Rules govern play, as modified by Local Rules.


Columbia Country Club will have a both forecaddies and walking caddies available.  Forecaddies will be assigned to groups riding or you may request to walk with a caddie.  Forecaddie fees are $40 pp and regular caddie fees are $80 pp, including gratuity.  Fees are the player's responsibility and may be paid in cash. 


Prizes will be awarded to the overall winners. Other prizes will be awarded for closest-to-thepin and longest drive.

Entry Fee

Entry fee is $800 per team ($200 per player) and includes the following: green fees, cart rental, range balls, lunch and beverages, prizes, awards reception and tee gift.


Genesis Turfgrass is the Presenting Sponsor of the event.  Supporting Sponsors are $2,000 and include a four-man team - Helena, Syngenta, Turf Equipment & Supply Co. and Jacobsen are Supporting Sponsors.  Proceeds benefit Maryland's golf industry through the BMP project.  Other a la carte sponsorships are available as follows:

Hole Sponsor – $300 (see list below, available)

Putting Contest - $500 (booked - BASF)

Long Drive - $500 (booked - Bayer)

Closest-to-Pin - $500 (Turf Screen, Select Source, 2 available)

Beverage Sponsor – $1,000 available

Lunch Sponsor – $1,000 available

Awards Party Sponsor – $2,000 (booked ESAGCS)

Sponsorships may be booked by emailing David Norman: click here.

MAAGCS would like to thank the following hole sponsors: York Building Products, Central Sod, York Ag Products, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer, The Andersons, ESAGCS, Fisher & Sons, Newsom Seed, Aquatrols, Genesis, BASF, Floratine, and Linne Industries.  MAAGCS would also like to thank our Silver and Bronze Partners for supporting all golf events.

Your Host - Steve McCormick, GCS

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