GCSAA/Golf Digest Name 2005 Environmental Leaders in Golf

In recognition of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose, Calif., and its certified golf course superintendent, Alan R. Andreasen, have been named the overall winners of the 2005 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA).

Judges selected winners in three national categories (public, private and resort courses), and an international winner, with an overall winner being selected from the five. Additional recognition was given to the top entry from each GCSAA affiliated chapter, and merit honors were awarded to those who did not earn national or chapter honors, but in the opinion of the judges deserved special recognition. The national winners include (facility and chapter):

  • National Public and Overall: Alan R. Andreasen, CGCS, Las Lagos Golf Course, San Jose, Calif.; California GCSA
  • National Private: David J. Faucher, CGCS, TPC at River’s Bend, Maineville, Ohio; Greater Cincinnati GCSA
  • National Resort (tie): Troy E. Russell, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Ore; Oregon GCSA; and Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, Renaissance PineIsle Resort & Golf Club, Sugar Hill, Ga.; Georgia GCSA
  • International: Ben J. Marshall, Club Pelican Golf Course, Golden Beach, Queensland, Australia; Australian GCSA

Golf course superintendents and their courses that have been named national, chapter or merit winners will be formally recognized Feb. 10, during the General Session of the 2006 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 9-11, in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, program sponsors will make donations to The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, in the names of all national and chapter winners.

“Through their efforts, these individuals and facilities have been vital in preserving the natural character of the golf course while protecting the delicate ecosystem and native wildlife and habitat to enrich the natural experience of the game of golf,” said GCSAA President Tim O’Neill, CGCS. Vice president and managing editor of Golf Digest Roger Schiffman said, ”These environmental leaders are prime examples of why golf courses can be valuable assets to a community. Golf course have a positive effect on a community and we are pleased to join GCSAA in communicating how that happens on the course.”

The Environmental Leaders in Golf Award recognizes golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence in the areas of resource conservation, water quality management, integrated pest management, wildlife/habitat management and education/outreach. In addition, these categories are judged on sustainability, criticality, originality and technology implementation/use.

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