Penn State Grads Hold Integral Role In PGA

August 8, 2013 in 4-year, Alumni


Call it a twist of fate or a coincidence, but the people responsible for preparing the golf courses for the masters, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship this summer are all Penn State graduates.

Oak Hill Country Club takes your breath away. From the tudor style clubhouse to the meticulously groomed greens and fairways.

“I fell in love with Oak Hill along time ago, but I love the short par 4s. I love 2; I love 12; I love 14. Great holes,” Jeff Corcoran said.

Jeff Corcoran is in charge of the science behind this work of art. As Manager of Golf Courses and Grounds at Oak Hill, he leads a staff of 60. He first became interested in turf as a means to an end when he was growing up outside Ithaca.

“Before I got to this point in my career I actually used to play a lot of golf,” he said. “And it was a way for me to get free golf.”

That led Corcoran to Penn State University. He’s part of an elite group of graduates. The superintendents in charge of the golf courses for all three U.S. Majors this year came from Penn state.

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