University of Massachusetts Alumni Honor Stephen Rabideau at Winged Foot Golf Club

Press Release December 5, 2018

For more information, contact: Bob Ruszala, President Alumni Turf Group,

University of Massachusetts Alumni Honor Stephen Rabideau at Winged Foot Golf Club

On September 4, 2018 the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY played host to the fourteenth annual Joseph Troll Turf Classic where Stephen Rabideau, CGCS was honored by the Alumni Turf Group [ATG].

Rabideau was introduced to turf as a career and a college major at the now closed Petersham Golf Club in Massachusetts. He then interned at Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard. Next came a stint at Seawane, a Devereux Emmet designed club in the Five Towns area of greater New York City, then Hamlet Golf and Country Club, and then one final stop before Winged Foot: a decade-long tenure at Wheatley Hills, another Devereux Emmet design.

" The Alumni Turf Group is very happy to have Steve Rabideau as our honoree for the 14th annual Dr. Joseph Troll Classic Fund Raiser. The yearly award goes to a turf grass professional who demonstrates exceptional leadership and professionalism, and who is a friend and or graduate of the Stockbridge/UMASS turf program. He has given back so much to the turf program at UMASS by being a mentor and educator to many. I am happy to say that knowing Steve for many years and seeing his career unfold truly makes all of us UMASS turf alumni very proud,” said ATG President Robert Ruszala.

“Steve is not only a great golf course superintendent, he is

a great leader. It is exciting to see a UMass alum preparing Winged Foot for the 2020 US Open where he will showcase his masterful artwork to the world. All of the UMASS turf family and friends congratulate Steve, are proud of all his accomplishments, and wish him well in the future!”

The annual golf tournament rotates locations throughout the northeast, to keep as many alumni connected to the event as possible. It also serves as the main fundraiser to support turf research at the University. ATG has raised $1.5 million dollars to date, with distributions going to fund an endowment (now worth over $300,000), the turf research center, equipment, and turf research at the University of Massachusetts.

Sponsorship Chairman Jonathan Heywood stated that sponsorships were the key to the success of the tournament. "The Alumni Turf Group would like to express its deepest appreciation to Tom Irwin, Inc. for their unparalleled support in being our Premier Sponsor for 14 years and running. The relationship between Tom Irwin, Inc. and Dr. Joseph Troll runs deep. Jack Peterson was the previous owner and the (late) father of Chris Peterson, President of Tom Irwin, Inc. Both had a great relationship with Dr. Troll. This mutual respect and friendship continue to be honored today as we continue to grow the turfgrass program at University of Massachusetts Amherst and Stockbridge School of Agriculture."

Dave Pease, ATG’s Executive Director, stated “This year’s event raised over $83,000. This will add to ATG’s support for UMass that has provided tangible impacts such as direct funding for research, facility equipment, and research staffing.”

ATG was formed in 2005 and is a 501c3 organization of turf professionals who are graduates of Stockbridge School of Agriculture and University of Massachusetts. Through fundraising, ATG hopes to further research and education, promote UMass alumni in the turf management profession, and instill pride and commitment in the turf programs at the University of Massachusetts.

Entry forms, additional information for this event, membership applications, and ATG information are available online at

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