UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — The US Golf Association recently presented its Green Section Award to Penn State alumnus David Franklin “Frank” Dobie, who graduated from the Golf Course Turf Management Certificate Program at College of Agricultural Sciences in 1960.
The award honors distinguished service to golf through an individual’s work with the turf, and it’s hard to imagine a more deserving recipient than Dobie, of Sharon Center, Ohio, according to Penn State turf faculty members. who know him. He has helped develop many golf course innovations during his 60 years in the turf business.
Superintendent, Senior Agronomist and retired General Manager of Sharon Golf Club, Dobie has passionately promoted turf research, education and innovative turf maintenance practices throughout his career. A mentor and friend to countless golf managers for over six decades, he began working on golf courses at the age of 15.
He has devoted himself to the stewardship of the Musser International Turfgrass Research Foundation, which honors the best turf doctoral students nationwide. Through hands-on trial and error, he has co-developed more than a dozen golf course innovations, including bunker surfacings that improve drainage and quality, air pumps on the greens, and systems automated irrigation.