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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01.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 37 GCSAA DSA recipients Tom Tanto (left) and Ted Horton, CGCS, are two giants of the industry who came to the U.S. and have made an enormous impact. Tanto built a well-respected irrigation business, while Horton oversaw iconic golf facilities such as Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Photo of Tanto by Stacey Nedrow-Ross; photo of Horton by MacKenzie Dore would receive the DSA, Tanto was thankful — and surprised. "I never expected that. I didn't solicit it, wasn't campaigning for it," Tanto says. "I'm just humbled." What follows chronicles the numerous contributions Horton and Tanto have made through work that covers many decades. They will be recognized at the Golf Industry Show on Feb. 6 during the GCSAA's Opening Session, which is presented in partnership with Syngenta, at the San Diego Convention Center. Ted Horton, CGCS Ted Horton, CGCS, made a case early for being awesome. As a 23-year-old, Horton landed his first superintendent role. To say it was a big deal would be an understatement. In 1967, Horton was named superintendent at Winged Foot GC in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The historic venue's two courses have been the site of five U.S. Opens, a PGA Championship, a U.S. Amateur … you get the picture. So did Horton, who has worn glasses since he was 3 and clearly envisioned an unlimited path for himself in this industry. GCSAA Distinguished Service Award recipients Ted Horton, CGCS, and Tom Tanto weren't born in the U.S., but their major contributions to the industry proved to be the American dream. Howard Richman

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