Mark Kuhns Says Farewell at GCSAA

March 13, 2010 in 4-year, Alumni

Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, completed his term as GCSAA’s 73rd president, Feb. 12, 2010, at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego. He will serve on the GCSAA board of directors as immediate past president until the February 2011 annual meeting in Orlando.

Kuhns, who was first elected to the board of directors in 2003, has been the director of grounds at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield , N.J., since 1999. Previously, he was golf course superintendent at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club (1991-99); Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa. (1979-91); and Ligonier (Pa.) Country Club (1977-79).

A 29-year GCSAA member, Kuhns first earned certification in 1983. He is a member of the Mountain & Valley GCSA, the Greater Pittsburgh GCSA, the GCSA of New Jersey, and is a past president of the Mountain & Valley GCSA. He is a director of the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research Foundation and a past director of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council.

Kuhns’ resume includes extensive major championship experience. He has hosted the 1989 U.S. Senior Open at Laurel Valley Golf Club; the 1992 U.S. Women’s Open and the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club; the 2000 U.S. Men’s Amateur and the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. Kuhn’s will host the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol.

Kuhns is also a member of the New Jersey Turfgrass Association and the Tri-State Turfgrass Research Foundation. He serves as secretary/treasurer for Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc., and is a past member of the Penn State University Agronomy Advisory Council.

A native of Ligonier, Pa., Kuhns graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. He and his wife, Janet, have two daughters; Elizabeth and Kristen; and a son, Stephen.