Two high profile superintendents are making career changes.
Paul B. Latshaw, CGCS, is leaving his position as director of grounds at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, to replace Matt Shaffer, who is retiring as the director of golf course management at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Shaffer, 64, tells GCM that he plans to stay at Merion for as long as Latshaw wishes during the transition phase. Latshaw tentatively begins at Merion in late March.
It also will be a homecoming of sorts for Latshaw, 29-year association member. When he was 26 in 1992, Latshaw became superintendent at Merion. He stayed there until taking the job at Oak Hill Country Club in 1999. At Merion, Latshaw oversaw the 50th U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in 1998. Son of 2017 Old Tom Morris Award recipient Paul R. Latshaw, Paul B. Latshaw has been at Muirfield Village GC since 2003, overseeing the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour, which is hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who for years has praised Latshaw's work there.
"I truly love Muirfield Village. Now, though, to get back and finish my career where I started is something great," Paul B. Latshaw, 51, said this afternoon. "Really, all of this wouldn't have happened without Mr. Nicklaus giving me the opportunity at Muirfield Village in the first place."