Gullikson Named TOCA Environmental Communicator of the Year

Jeff Gullikson, certified golf course superintendent from Spokane Country Club, Spokane, Wash., has been named the 2005 Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Environmental Communicator of the Year. The award was presented to Gullikson at the TOCA annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn. He is the seventh recipient of this award.

The award, given annually, recognizes outstanding efforts in communicating the benefits of environmental stewardship to a particular audience within the turf and ornamental industry. As a founding father of the “First Green of Washington” program, a turfgrass management program for high school students in the state of Washington, Gullikson has seen the program grow through 70 high schools. He has hosted teachers from the entire state and shows how a golf course can be used as an education tool and living laboratory for students.

Gullikson also has been recognized with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s 2004 President’s Award for Environmental Leadership.

“We are thrilled to recognize Jeff for his accomplishments,” said Den Gardner, executive director of TOCA. “Jeff joins a long list of distinguished winners who practice environmental stewardship and take it well beyond the confines of their own daily business lives and make others aware of its importance.”

Frank Standfuss, regional sales manager for Certis USA, the program’s sponsor, presented the award. Standfuss said Gullikson epitomizes what is good about the Green Industry and those who practice environmental stewardship. “Jeff is a leader by example and his commitment to educating teachers and students about stewardship on golf courses and other green spaces is commendable. It’s exciting to know that this type of program is now being developed nationally.”

Gullikson has been a golf course superintendent since the late 1980s. He has been at Spokane Country Club since 2001.

Previous winners of the award include Mark Welterlen, Grounds Maintenance Magazine; Bill Love, W.R. Love Golf Architecture; Tim Doppel, Atwood LawnCare, Inc.; Doug Fender, Turf Producers International; Allen James, RISE; and Ron Dodson, Audubon International.

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