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Keith Happ, a longtime USGA Green Section agronomist, died on Oct. 27. Happ was serving as the Green Section’s Central Region director before suffering an illness.

He was 58.

Happ was appointed director of the North Central Region in 2013 and continued his leadership in the restructured Central Region through this year. He also served on the USGA Research Committee and was a member of the board of directors of the First Tee of Pittsburgh.

Prior to taking on the role as agronomist in the USGA’s Mid-Atlantic region in 1993, Happ attended The Ohio State University College of Agriculture, where he earned a bachelor of science degree.

Before enrolling at Ohio State, Happ had several years of turfgrass management experience, serving eight years as the superintendent at Legend Lake Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio. During this time, he attained Certified Golf Course Superintendent status. While at Legend Lake, he also served on the board of directors for the Northern Ohio Superintendents Association as well as the GCSAA Public Relations Committee.

Happ is survived by his wife Mary Beth and sons, Christopher and Ian.