GCSAA Members Recognized For Excellence In Government Relations

Four members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will be recognized with 2004 Excellence in Government Relations (EGR) Awards for their outstanding government relations efforts in advocacy and compliance.

The awards will be presented Feb. 11 during the General Session of the GCSAA Education Conference and inaugural Golf Industry Show in Orlando. The Golf Industry Show (Feb. 10-12) combines the trade shows of the GCSAA and the National Golf Course Owners Association. Also participating as supporting organizations are the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the Golf Course Builders Association of America.

Those to be honored are Craig A. Hoffman, golf course superintendent at The Rock Golf Course on Drummond Island, Mich.; Stephen A. Kealy, CGCS at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash.; Kenneth N. Lallier, CGCS at The Quechee Club in Hartford, Vt.; and Sean A. Kjemhus, golf course superintendent at Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

"Like many of their peers, these individuals are committed to working with the appropriate legislators and regulators to ensure golf's compatibility with the environment," said GCSAA President Mark J. Woodward, CGCS. "These distinguished four have taken an active role in helping to establish relationships that have had a profound effect on preserving the environment. I congratulate Craig, Stephen, Ken and Sean for their efforts and dedication."

EGR Award nominees were judged on how their efforts best served the interests of the golf course superintendent profession and the golf course management industry. Members of the government advocacy and compliance task group conducted the award selection.

Hoffman will receive an advocacy award for developing working relationships with state and local government officials. His efforts helped increase awareness and understanding of golf-specific issues at the local, state and federal levels of government and kept superintendents across Michigan informed of government actions impacting the golf industry. Because of these efforts, Hoffman was invited in 2003 to serve on the governorís Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council, a precedent-setting appointment for the golf industry in the state.

Kealy will be presented with an advocacy award for increasing public and lawmaker understanding of the golf industry and enhancing the industryís image. During the 2004 Washington State legislative session, he worked diligently toward the successful passage of legislation exempting golf courses from paying sales tax on the value of a donated green fee to non-profit groups. In 2002, he served on the stateís Clopyralid Technical Advisory Committee.

Lallier will receive an advocacy award for taking a lead role during the 2004 Vermont legislative session in responding to proposed legislation that would have had negative impacts on the Vermont golf industry. Lallier worked with his state representative, a member of his golf club, to educate state lawmakers on golf industry practices and get the bills amended. For 13 years, Lallier also has attended the monthly meetings of and provided practical guidance and testimony to the Vermont Pesticide Advisory Council.

Kjemhus will be honored with a compliance award for his efforts to implement a broad variety of environmental measures and programs at Stewart Creek to comply with local, state and federal environmental and occupational laws and regulations. His efforts have set an example for golf facilities in Canada. Stewart Creek was constructed within a legally designated wildlife movement corridor and Kjemhus has worked to preserve habitat integrity and maintain species diversity.

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