John Singleton to Receive ASGCA Donald Ross Award

Golf course irrigation pioneer John Singleton will accept the coveted Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects during its annual meeting on April 18 in Pebble Beach, Calif.

ASGCA President Bill Love will present the award during the Donald Ross Award Banquet at The Lodge at Pebble Beach Resorts. The award is given annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the game of golf and golf course architecture.

"John Singleton is a true gentleman, problem solver and friend to everyone in the golf industry," notes Love. "During nearly 40 years at The Toro Company, his dedication to golf and golf course architects has helped facilitate golf's global expansion and provide the world's golfers with the best possible playing conditions."

Love continued, "Golf course architects have certainly benefited from his attention to the goings-on in the industry as Toro's 'architect liaison.' No one knew more about how to get the job done than John."

Singleton's career began after his return from the U.S. Army in 1948 and the completion of his education at Boston University. He started installing automatic irrigation systems in the late 1950s just before the introduction of plastic sprinkler heads. He recognized the potential of the plastic technology and installed prototype systems in several courses.

His work was recognized by Toro, which at that time was concentrating on tractor and large commercial mower sales. Their long-term relationship began with his hiring in 1967. In addition to the sprinkler head technology, his industry impact was compounded with the popularity and utility of "Automatic Control Systems."

In recent years, he has taken his expertise around the world, and spent considerable time working with golf course developers and operators in Europe.

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