A husband and wife team synonymous with the USGA Green Section rides off into the sunset soon.
Robert A. Brame, director of the USGA Green Section North-Central Region since 1995 and a 40-year member of GCSAA, is retiring effective May 31 of this month, the USGA reports. His wife, Rhonda, also is retiring. She has worked as his office coordinator since 1998.
Keith A. Happ, meanwhile, is being promoted to take Robert A. Brame's spot. Happ, 28-year member of GCSAA, has been serving the USGA as a senior agronomist in its Green Section Mid-Atlantic Region.
Robert A. Brame joined the USGA's Green Section staff in 1990, but before that was a golf course superintendent for 18 years, including cities such as Chicago, Ill., and Indianapolis, Ind., where he was in charge at Broadmoor Country Club, which hosted a Senior PGA Tour (now called Champions Tour) event. Brame, a graduate of Purdue University, also is a well known speaker and writer in his profession.
Happ, who began his USGA career in 1993 as an agronomist in the Mid-Atlantic Region working with Darin Brevard and the late Stanley Zontek, graduated from The Ohio State University. Before coming to the USGA, Happ was in the graduate program at Ohio State and worked at the Double Eagle Golf Club. He also has served eight years as the superintendent at Legend Lake Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio, where he earned certified golf course superintendent status.
For the remainder of the year, Happ will share a dual role and assist with golf course visits through portions of the Mid-Atlantic Region.