Richard E. Valentine, 78, of Bryn Mawr, superintendent of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore for 27 years, died of a heart attack Friday at home.
Mr. Valentine grew up helping to groom the greens at Merion. His father, Joseph, was superintendent there for 45 years and turned the job over to his son in 1963.
The renowned course has hosted many U.S. Golf Association championships. In 1971, when he was preparing for the prestigious U.S. Open, Mr. Valentine told a reporter: "This is where the satisfaction, the compensation comes in, watching the course stand up to championship play."