2020 President’s Award: Mark Mahady, Mark M. Mahady & Associates, Inc.

Mark Mahady began his golf and turfgrass career as a caddy at Somerset Country Club in West St. Paul, Minnesota (1965). At age 13, Mark’s first professional contributions to turfgrass maintenance involved washing and waxing the maintenance shop floor at Somerset Country Club for a salary of $1.00/hour (1967). Mark worked as a summer maintenance crew employee at Somerset Country Club from 1968-1976.

Mark Mahady received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota (1976), and his Master of Science Degree in Plant Science with a specialization in turfgrass research from the University of California, Riverside (1979).

For the last 28 years, following an eight-year stint with Chemlawn Services
Corporation, Mark has served as the President of Mark M. Mahady & Associates, Inc., a turfgrass research and consulting firm located in Carmel Valley, California that provides agronomic and diagnostic services to the golf course, sports field and landscape industries.

Mark is a Certified Professional Agronomist, a California state certified Pest Control Adviser and Qualified Applicator. He was the recipient of the 2004 Award of Excellence as presented by the California Weed Science Society.

Mark has presented research information at national, regional, state, and local conferences, and published articles in professional journals and trade publications. Mahady has over 40 years combined experience in the areas of practical turfgrass field research, and golf course, sports field, and landscape agronomic program development.

His company, Mark M. Mahady & Associates, Inc., guarantees precise agronomic evaluations and replicated field research, timely reports, quality interpretation, and complete confidentiality.