Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 AT THE TURN (environment) Scott Hollister Applications for the 2018 GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards are now open. The program went through the most significant revamp in its history prior to this year's contest. Photos courtesy of Paul Carter New look, same mission Revamped for 2018, the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards program maintains its focus on recognizing superintendents for their good work on the golf course. If anyone is qualified to speak authoritatively about the benefits of sustainably managing golf courses, it's Paul Carter, CGCS. Carter, the director of agronomy at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay just outside of Chattanooga, Tenn., is among golf course management's most decorated superintendents in the environmental management arena. He and his facility earned wide acclaim for the Harrison Bay Eagle Cam project, which provided live online updates on a family of bald eagles that came to nest on the golf course. He earned GCSAA's highest environmental honor, the President's Award for Envi - ronmental Stewardship, in 2015. And two years prior to that, Carter was recognized as the National Public and Overall win - ner of the GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA). Carter is a long- time proponent of the ELGAs, and that recognition remains one of his proudest professional achievements. at's a big reason why he was a willing participant in the process to revamp that program. ose changes debut this month with the opening of applications for the 2018 edition of the ELGAs, which are presented in partnership with Syngenta. "I've seen the value of managing golf courses in an environmentally responsible manner, and I've seen the value of awards programs such as the ELGAs," the 25-year GCSAA member says. "When superintendents are allowed to show off what they're doing, highlight their knowledge and expertise, and be rewarded for that, I think that's a big positive for the industry as a whole, and definitely for our association and our members. I think the new ELGAs have been designed to accomplish all of that."

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