Bill L. Rose



When the game of golf crossed the ocean from Scotland and Britain to America, so did the turfgrass.  The grass, originally called south German mixed bentgrass, became a subject of local research and development, and in 1954 Pencross cultivar was registered by Pennsylvania State University.  With its smooth and elegant surface, the new cultivar became a dominant turfgrass for golf greens, and efforts continued for adaptation to the western/southern climates yet Augusta National Golf Club finally decided to convert their greens to bermudagrass.

Penn A2, a member of new bentgrass cultivars, boasted the highest shoot density in the bentgrass family and was the locomotive leading the high-speed golf-greens boom in Japan.  The name “Penn” obviously comes from Pennsylvania.  While it is said only those who can imagine the background should know why it’s called “A”, you should know Bill L. Rose who grew this Penn A2 in his vast crop field in Oregon and passed away recently.  His contribution in leading the U.S. turgrass seed industry is immeasurable.  I would say golfers owe him more than they do Arnold Palmer.  Such a name worth remembering.

rest in peace



Cultivator/Norifumi Yawata