The American Junior Golf Association has presented the Superintendent of the Year Award to Keith Wood of Sedgefield Country Club for his work with the FJ Invitational. The event, held annually in June, features 90 of the nation’s top junior boys competing on the course that also hosts the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship.
“I am so grateful to the AJGA for this award, and I take it on behalf of my staff, because I think of this as a team award rather than an individual one,” Wood said.
The grounds crew at Sedgefield Country Club faces a difficult challenge each year hosting the FJ Invitational two months before the annual PGA TOUR event.
“The time of year that the FJ Invitational is played definitely busy, but it provides us some great opportunities,” Wood said. “In fact, because of the course played in June, I would say it is tougher for the FJ Invitational than it is for the professionals in the Wyndham Championship.”
Sedgefield Country Club is a storied club, dating back almost 90 years, having played host to legends of the game such as Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and many others. There are two courses on the Sedgefield property, the Donald Ross Course and Pete Dye Course, named after the course architects.
“Working at this course is such a wonderful experience,” Wood said. “Just getting to watch the AJGA staff run this tournament and see these incredibly talented kids attack this course is an honor as well.”
Although this marks the first Superintendent of the Year Award for Wood, the FJ Invitational has been honored with the 2012 Charitable Giving Award, the 2007 Volunteer Award and was named the 2004 Tournament of the Year.