Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS

Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, is a Past President of The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), serving as President in 2009.

Kuhns, who was first elected to serve on the board of directors in 2003, has been the director of grounds at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., since 1999. Previously, he was golf course superintendent at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club (1991-1999); Laurel Valley Golf Club and Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pa. (1979-1991); and Ligonier (Pa.) Country Club (1977-1979).

A 40-year GCSAA member, Kuhns first earned certification in 1983. He is a member and Past President of the Mountain & Valley GCSA, Former Vice President of the Greater Pittsburgh GCSA and Currently serves as Government Relations Chair for the GCSA of New Jersey. Kuhns is also a current member of CGSA (Canada), BIGGA (Great Brittan) and Slovenian Greenkeepers Association (SGA). A past director of the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research Foundation, currently a director of The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. and a past director and current member of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council. Recipient of the 2016 George Hamilton Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council. Recipient of the 2017 New Jersey Turfgrass Association Environmental Stewardship Award. Recipient of the 2018 GCSANJ Shaun M. Barry Distinguished Service Award. Recipient of the 2018 Canadian Golf Superintendent’s Association (CGSA) John B. Steele Distinguished Service Award. Past Trustee for the Environmental Institute for Golf (2006-2009). Currently serving on the board as President of the New Jersey Green Industry Council (NJGIC). Currently serving on the Rutgers Turfgrass Advisory Board. Past Chairman of the Student Resource Group Committee of GCSAA. Currently serving as a board member of the Si Russel Turfgrass Scholarship Foundation, The Joseph M. Duich Scholarship Foundation and the New Jersey Turfgrass Association Foundation. Served on the 2018 Ag Alumni Society Tailgate and Silent Auction Committee. A Life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and the Ag Alumni Society.

Tournament experience includes hosting the following events:
US Senior Open 1989, Laurel Valley Golf Club.
US Women’s Open, 1992, Oakmont Country Club.
US Open, 1994, Oakmont Country Club.
US Men’s Amateur, 2000, Baltusrol Golf Club.
PGA Championship, 2005, Baltusrol Golf Club.
PGA Championship, 2016, Baltusrol Golf Club.
US Boy’s Junior Amateur 2018 at Baltusrol

Kuhns, 63 (born March 16, 1955), is also a member of the New Jersey Turfgrass Association, the Tri-State Turfgrass Research Foundation and a past member of the Penn State University Agronomy Advisory Council. A native of Ligonier, Pa., Kuhns graduated from Ligonier High School in 1973. The Pennsylvania State University in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science. Saint Vincent College 1989 – 1991 Business Studies. He and his wife, Janet, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Kristen, a son Stephen, a son-in-law Simon and a granddaughter, Abigail.

Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS
82 Katydid Drive
Branchburg, NJ 08876
February 21, 2019