2015 Partnership Promotion Program


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 Joe Troll

Dr. Joe Troll passed away June 16, 2015.  He was a mentor, friend, teacher, advisor, researcher, husband, father, grandfather and many other titles to those who knew him.


Joe and his wonderful wife, Lonnie, were married for 71 years.  They married when Joe was in the U.S. Navy where he enlisted when he was 17 years old.  He was stationed in the North Atlantic and rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.


He was a fifty-year member of the GCSA of New England and the recipient of the Association’s Distinguished Service Award. The Canadian Golf Course Superintendents Association also awarded him their Distinguished Service Award.  His importance to the industry was further acknowledged by the United States Golf Association when they awarded him their Green Section Award, one of the most prestigious awards in golf.  He was inducted into the Western Massachusetts Golf Hall of fame in 2013.


He had many accomplishments as a professor of Agronomy at the University of Massachusetts, but his biggest thrill and proudest moments came from teaching students.  He was so proud of the students that went on to careers in the green industry.  And in conversation would remark how someone who had just received some notoriety was one of his students at UMass.  As former student Al Wilson said, “No matter who you were, he was the teacher that could find something good in what you were doing.”  


Joe was a prime mover for turf research at UMass and was the driving force behind the research facility established in South Deerfield, MA.  The facility was named in his honor and Joe was very proud of what his untiring efforts had accomplished.


Joe influenced how golf courses were maintained and he had an effect on the world of golf course maintenance.  As Tom Alex, a former student, now a superintendent in Florida, said about Dr. Troll, “He was one of those pioneers that created the conditions of the way we do business today.” 


I first met Joe when I was a student at the UMass Winter School in 1968.  I had heard about Joe and his influence in the world of golf course maintenance and was excited to meet him.  He was every bit all I had heard about him, and then some. He was an inspiring individual, a wonderful person -  a giant!  Someone I’ll never forget.  


Russ Held, sports writer for the Springfield Republican and long-time reporter of the western Massachusetts golf scene wrote a nice article about Dr. Troll and there are quotes from those who knew him well that added to the level of affection and esteem at which Joe was held.  To read this article, please click Dr. Joe Troll


In lieu of flowers Dr. Troll’s family has asked that memorial donations in

Dr. Troll’s name be made to the Troll Turfgrass Fund.  


Checks should be made out to the University of Massachusetts and sent to: 

UMass Amherst 

Records & Gift Processing 

Memorial Hall 

134 Hicks Way 

Amherst, MA 01003-9270


Mass will be July 7th at St Marks the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 7081 SE Hwy 42, Summerfield, Florida.  There will be a repass after the service in a separate building behind the church.



By Don Hearn








JULY 15, 2015

Take a short break from your busy schedule to join us for a morning of education and insight… on our turf!  Come to learn about cutting-edge turf research, catch-up with colleagues and UMass staff, and meet with industry exhUMass logoibitors.  Pesticide re-certification contact hours and professional certification credits have been included in the price of  registration.

As always, this year’s event will be held at the UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center on River Road in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Support the UMass Turf Program with your presence at Turf Field Day 2015! For complete information, including how attendees and exhibitors can register online or by mail, visit: https://ag.umass.edu/events/fieldday15

For information on any aspect of UMass Turf Research Field Day, call Jason Lanier at (413) 545-2965, Mary Owen at (508) 892-0382 or e-mail fieldday@umassturf.org

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please inquire.

Questions or comments?  E-mail webmaster@umassturf.org

Thank you,

The UMass Extension Turf Program



Vesper hole 17 resized


The 2015 Scholarship and Benevolence Tournament will be held at the Vesper Country Club
Monday, September 14.


Steve Hicks resized 


Our host will be
 Steve Hicks, Superintendent


        More information will be published
at a later date.




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