Eric David Named Superintendent Of The Naval Academy Golf Course
June 26, 2017
Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced on Monday that Eric David has been named Superintendent of the Naval Academy Golf Course. David comes to the Naval Academy with 15 years of experience in golf course management, including the last 10 years at the prestigious Baltimore Country Club. David has served as course superintendent for both the West and Championship East course at the Baltimore Country Club since 2013. He replaces Tom Schemmel, who has accepted a position in his home state of Michigan.
“First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Tom Schemmel for a wonderful 20 years as our Superintendent of Grounds for the Naval Academy Golf Association,” said Gladchuk. “Tom is a quality person with a terrific personality and a devoted work ethic. He will be missed for his leadership and friendship to many. Secondly, the Baltimore Country Club is one of the finest facilities in the nation and exemplifies all the qualities that we aspire to emulate at Navy. Eric David will be an extraordinary addition to our Association and his experience will bring our strategic vision to reality.”
"It’s an honor and privilege to join such a prestigious institution with a long-standing culture and tradition,” said David. “I look forward to creating the best possible playing conditions for the Naval Academy Golf Course."
The Baltimore Country Club is a private country club with 36-hole golf course, clubhouse grounds, pool and tennis facility with over 3,000 total members and 1,000 golfing members. The club features an 18-hole Championship East Course, which was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1926, and an 18-hole West Course designed by Bob Cupp and Tom Kite in 1988. The club has hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Amateur, the Walker Cup, U.S. Women’s Open, the Senior Championship and will host the Big Ten Championship in each of the next two years. It was recognized in 2013 by Links Magazine as one of the 100 Most Prestigious Clubs in the World.
“We are extremely delighted and proud that the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club has chosen Eric David as the next Golf Course Superintendent,” said Tim Kennelly, the Head Greenkeeper at the Baltimore Country Club. “Eric has been an integral part of the Baltimore Country Club for the past 10 years and we wish him great success. Eric is an exceptional young man and he will work tirelessly to make the USNA Golf Club the finest military golf course in the nation.”
“I think Eric’s experience at Baltimore CC and his training under Tim Kennelly makes him the perfect candidate for the job,” said Schemmel. “I know Eric is a hands-on manager and has a meticulous eye for detail. After spending time with him during the interview process, I am convinced that he will make a smooth transition. I could not be happier for the Naval Academy Golf Club moving forward with all of the changes that are coming to have the leadership of Eric at the helm.”
Prior to the Baltimore Country Club, David worked at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Okemos, Mich.
David has extensive knowledge on the management of ryegrass fairways and bent grass greens in the Mid-Atlantic. He has also worked on multiple construction projects with outside contractors including green, tee and bunker renovation.
David graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Western Michigan University, earned his certificate in Turfgrass Management from Michigan State and his Masters in Turf Management from Penn State.