Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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36 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 ERICA A DE I N They came to the U.S. from different countries. Their impact since has reverberated from border to border — and beyond. Ted Horton, CGCS, and Tom Tanto have a few things in common. Both arrived in America with no guarantees, but this much is certain: Horton and Tanto, immigrants who became American citizens, have made an enormous worldwide impact on the golf industry. The two men, who were even married on the same day — June 26, 1965 — though in differ - ent countries, also share this: They are the recipients of the 2019 GCSAA Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award (DSA), named in honor of the association's founding father. The award is given annually to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advancement of the golf course superintendent profession. "I consider this a peer award. I just think it's very special that your peers recognize you," says Horton, who was born in Canada and served as the superintendent at places such as famed Winged Foot Golf Club and later oversaw the golf courses at Pebble Beach. Tanto, from Hungary, came to America with essentially nothing. In time, he built an irrigation business that became highly respected in the industry. When he heard that he

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