USGA veteran Gross joins Ewing

USGA veteran Gross joins Ewing

Pat Gross worked nearly three decades as an agronomist and director of the Western Region of the Green Section.

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Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply recently added Pat Gross, formerly of the United States Golf Association, in the newly developed role of Ewing Golf Inside Sales.

Gross recently retired from the USGA after a 28-year career with the organization as agronomist and director of the Western Region of the Green Section. During his tenure with the USGA, he completed more than 2,000 on-site consulting visits to courses throughout the Southwest United States and Mexico, with a focus on providing practical information to help golf courses conserve water and improve course conditions.

“The Ewing Golf Team is thrilled to have the tenured Pat Gross on our team,” segment manager Steve Sakurai said. “His in-depth knowledge and experience in the golf industry will be a tremendous benefit for our golf course customers, as he will be reaching out to provide support to Ewing customers nationwide.”

Gross worked with courses that hosted a wide array of USGA championships, including 25 amateur championships and nine U.S. Opens.

“It was fun to be involved with golf at the highest level,” he said. “People would be amazed to see what goes on behind the scenes and learn how many years of planning goes into putting on a major golf event.”

Gross was especially proud of the development of the USGA Water Resource Center website. He was part of a team at the USGA that pulled together information and resources to help golf courses survive the severe drought in 2009, as well as share information with the general public and legislators on what golf was doing in response to the crisis.

“I have firsthand experience dealing with drought, and it was gratifying to share my ideas and help golf courses get through the crisis,” said Gross.

A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Gross earned his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture specializing in turfgrass management. Prior to joining the USGA, he was a golf course superintendent in the Los Angeles area for five years. He gained practical experience digging ditches and raking bunkers at several courses including Montaingate CC, Lakeside GC, Industry Hills and Hacienda GC before getting his first superintendent job at Shandin Hills and then returning to Industry Hills as the superintendent of the Eisenhower Course.

“At the time, Industry Hills was known as the ‘Cal Poly Proving Grounds,’” Gross said. “Several successful superintendents and agronomists came out of that program including Mike Huck, Dave Oatis, Robert Hertzing and many others.”