Rain Bird Recognizes Golf Course Conservation Excellence

As co-sponsor of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), Rain Bird Golf recognizes the 2005 winners.

The ELGA program recognizes golf course superintendents around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship. As a presenting partner of the awards, Rain Bird made a donation to the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, in the names of the national, international and chapter winners.

ďRain Bird is pleased to recognize those individuals who excel in advancing ecological practices and water conservation solutions in the golf irrigation industry,Ē said Barbara Booth, Rain Bird Golf Division director. ďThese environmental stewards have demonstrated their commitment to preserving the earthís resources and best demonstrate Rain Birdís commitment to The Intelligent Use of Water."

National and International winners of the 2005 ELGA awards were:

National Public and Overall Winner: Alan R. Andreasen, CGCS, Las Lagos Golf Course in San Jose, Calif. Andreasenís 18-hole course is the largest remaining riparian habitat in the South San Francisco bay area and is critical to the many species of raptors in the area.

National Private Winner: David J. Faucher, CGCS, TPC at Riverís Bend in Maineville, Ohio. Faucherís course is Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program-certified and lies adjacent to the Little Miami National Wild and Scenic River, which provides habitat for a variety of wildlife.

National Resort Winners: Troy E. Russell, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., and Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, Renaissance PineIsle Resort and Golf Club in Sugar Hill, Ga. Russell is superintendent at a course built on approximately 3,000 acres bordering the Pacific Ocean. Williamsí course, which achieved Audubon certification in 2005, is located on a group of islands in Lake Sidney Lanier and is under the jurisdiction of the mobile district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

International Winner: Ben J. Marshall, Club Pelican Golf Course in Golden Beach, Queensland, Australia. Marshallís course includes 110 acres of terrestrial plant communities with 76 acres of native rough and wetlands, which contains 146 bird species.

Visit www.gcsaa.org for a complete list of chapter winners.

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