Turfgrass research endowment named in memory of Stanley J. Zontek

November 21, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Earlier this year, the U.S. Golf Association, the golf turfgrass industry and the Penn State turfgrass program lost a friend and colleague, Stanley Zontek. To honor his contributions to the golf-turf industry and his love for the University, Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. and Penn State have named a new endowment the Stanley J. Zontek Turfgrass Endowment.

Several years ago, a dedicated group of volunteer turf professionals formed a trust, Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc., and launched a campaign to raise funds for turfgrass research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. This campaign culminated in 2011 with the creation of a $300,000 endowment at Penn State.

Following the death of Zontek on Aug. 28, the board of the research trust and Penn State faculty asked the University to name the new endowment the Stanley J. Zontek Turfgrass Endowment.

A 1970 Penn State graduate, Zontek held several positions in the golf-turf industry. Most recently, he was director of the U.S. Golf Association Green Section's mid-Atlantic region. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

"No graduate from the Penn State turfgrass program had a bigger impact on our industry, and no one has been a better ambassador for the program around the world than Stanley Zontek," said Jerred Golden, chairman of Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. "We have all felt his loss, but honoring him through the naming of the endowment will keep his name forever associated with the school he loved."

Golden noted that the endowment provides critical financial support for faculty and students to perform research and provide solutions to turf problems in Pennsylvania and in other areas of the United States. "Naming the endowment after Stanley will ensure that all of his contributions to the industry will live on through continued research and discovery," he said.

  • A turfgrass research endowment in the College of Agricultural Sciences has been named in memory of alumnus Stanley Zontek.

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