Powell, superintendent of Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, will lead the association of 1,800 golf course maintenance professionals across North Carolina and South Carolina.
“I am pleased and humbled that my fellow professionals serving the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association deemed me worthy of becoming their new president,” Powell said. “To be able to represent Old Chatham as the leader of CGCSA is a high honor, and it indicates that the club is among the forefront of education and research regarding turfgrass management. I am excited for 2014 and look forward to working with CGCSA to enhance the game of golf through responsible turfgrass management.”
He takes over the position from Steve Hamilton, golf course superintendent from The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., while Bill Kennedy, golf course superintendent from Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie, S.C., becomes the new vice president for CGCSA.
The Carolinas chapter, formed in 1954, is the largest affiliated chapter of the Golf Courses Superintendents Association of America with about 1,800 members.
Powell serves on the U.S. Golf Association Green Section Committee and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Neuse River Modeling Project Stakeholders Panel. He previously served as chair of the N.C. Government Relations Committee for CGCSA and as the golf stakeholder for the 2008-2009 Water Allocation Study Team’s Allocation Report to the N.C. Environmental Review Commission.
He serves on the board of advisors for the Capital Bank office at Holly Springs and previously served on the building and grounds committee of the Cary Academy, an independent, coeducational, college-prep day school for middle and high school students in the Triangle. Growing up with golf in his genes, Powell played the game with his father, a golf course superintendent and professional for 35 years, and his mother, who was a golfer herself and once served as president of the N.C. Women’s Golf Association.
He held several golf-related internships until he became a paid golf course superintendent in 1990.