Golf Course Management

MAR 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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and manufacturing and plant engineer. Hood, an avid golfer, was a veteran of the Korean War and member of the VFW and American Legion. He is survived by his sons Larry Hood and Darren Hood, and grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. Gino A. Turchi, 96, died Dec. 15, 2012. Mr. Turchi was a 43-year member of GCSAA and a 46-year member of the New England GCSA. One of Turchi���s biggest achievements was winning the National Superintendents Senior Championship at Pebble Beach (in his prime, Turchi carried a 1-handicap, and he notched four holes-in-one). In 1963, he purchased 145 acres in Ballston, N.Y., where he designed and built Northway Heights Golf Course. The front nine opened in 1965, followed by the back nine a year later. Turchi operated the course with his wife, Willie, and son, Eugene (also known as Gigi), until selling the course in 1991. Turchi and his wife became involved locally after Gigi Turchi died, establishing the Turchi Family Scholarship at Siena University to support the school���s golf programs. Siena honored him with an honorary doctorate degree in 2005, and his acceptance speech is framed in the Turchi Theater located at the Marcelle Athletic Complex. The family���s philanthropic ways also touched Albany University���s pharmacy and health sciences departments and the Schenectady YMCA, where their son was honored with the naming of the Turchi Family Center. In 2004, Gino received the Capital District YMCA President���s Award for outstanding service, unsel���sh commitment and dedication. He is survived by his wife, Willie. GCM

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