Rasnic, Carl (1992)

About Rasnic, Carl (1992)

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1922 – 1997. Carl Rasnic, a native of Lee County, Virginia, held a greater variety of leadership positions in the MAPGA than any other figure in the second half of the Twentieth Century. His legacy includes being both President and Executive Director of the Section.

Carl entered the Marine Corps in 1944 after two years at Virginia Tech, where he also played basketball and baseball. He saw action in the Pacific theater, notably Iwo Jima. Never having played golf, his initial foray into the sport took place while on “R and R” in Hawaii. Following the War, Carl worked for the Veteran’s Administration for two years. His entry into the golf business started when he opened a driving range in 1949 in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.

In 1957, Carl officially became a golf professional when he took the head professional job at the Gunpowder Golf Club in Laurel. From December 1958 through much of 1961, Carl held the head professional position at Fredericksburg CC, which also included the course superintendents and club manager’s responsibilities. While there, he oversaw the construction of the second nine, which he designed. An eight-year stint as head PGA Professional at Fort Meade followed. In 1969, he began the Golden Triangle golf course project in Crofton, Maryland, where he remained until 1978. His last PGA professional position took place at Martingham, now Harbourtowne, which ended in 1981. For the next several years Carl Rasnic held paid positions with the MAPGA. Beginning in 1981, he worked as the Tournament Director and Club Relations Coordinator through 1984. He concluded his career as the MAPGA’s Executive Director starting in late 1984 and continuing into 1986.

Carl Rasnic never played in an amateur golf tournament. His first experience with tournament golf occurred in the District of Columbia Open at the original Indian Spring. Carl’s name appeared at the top of the leader board for the first time in 1955 in the Pro-Junior at Elkridge, where he bested Andy Gibson and Johnny Musser by a stroke. In regional events, Carl finished third in the 1958 Maryland Open at Chevy Chase. The next year, and the year after, he won pro-ams at Argyle and Bonnie View. In 1962, he topped his professional colleagues at the Willow Oaks pro-am with his Hall Fame comrades Clarence Doser, Dick Whetzle, and Leo Steinbrecher all behind him. In MAPGA Championships, he and Colonel Ed Quarantillo won the Pro-President Series in 1963 at Fountainhead CC. Then, in 1967, in the Pro-President event at Hermitage, he shot 67 to win the pro sweeps and followed that with a win at Lakewood.

After being elected to PGA membership in 1962, it took only four years for Carl to rise to the MAPGA President’s position. Carl Rasnic, Leo Steinbrecher, Bill Clarke and Bill Strausbaugh formulated the agreement which gained PGA membership for the non-PGA guys who had at least five years of professional experience. They entered the MAPGA as full members, and at the time created the Virginia Chapter of the MAPGA in 1966. He also oversaw the opening of the Section’s first office. He held the chairmanship of the MAPGA’s Board of Control and the Tournament Committee as well. In 1965, the MAPGA named him the Professional of the Year. Twenty years later, 1986, the Section awarded him the Bill Strausbaugh award for “special recognition…in the field of Employment and Club Relations by promoting and enhancing improvement in employment relations in the mid-Atlantic region.”

The MAPGA named their Pro-Assistant Championship Trophy in honor of Carl Rasnic.  (rev. 2004)