Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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38 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 "I'd worked very hard. I knew the place inside and out," says Horton, who learned under legend Sherwood A. Moore, CGCS, who was GCSAA president in 1962. "Sherwood let me do a lot. I felt I was ready." For more than 40 years, his efforts have proven it. Horton's list of credentials — including his ability to build customer service and show - case golf 's environmental pluses — is long and impressive. In 1989, he, with much help from Mary Medonis, his assistant superintendent at the time, won the Leo Feser Award that is presented annually to a GCSAA member superintendent in recognition of the best superintendent-written article in GCM. The article dealt with workplace safety at West - chester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., where Horton was superintendent from 1980 to 1991. In 1999, Horton received GCSAA's President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. In 2005, he was named to Golf Digest's list of the top 100 most powerful people in golf and also was picked as one of the top four superintendents. In 2008, Horton was honored with the USGA Green Section Award for outstanding contributions and dedication to the game of golf through his work with turfgrass. Nearly 54 years ago, Horton and his new wife took a leap of faith to see whether the grass truly was greener in a new home — and a new country. He and his girlfriend since ninth grade, Nancy, were married in their native Canada. Their honeymoon — and their future — would play out in America. "The night of our marriage, we crossed the border (from Canada to the U.S.) around midnight after our wedding reception. That's when we started our journey," says Horton, father of two sons. Horton learned golf from his mother, Evelyn, who told him in his youth, "Learn to play golf and bridge. They're the two constructive things you can do the rest of your life." The newlyweds drove to the St. Petersburg, Fla., area. Horton had studied agricultural biology at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Montreal when he launched his Top left: Horton (far left) and his wife, Nancy (next to him), forged an enduring friendship with the late Univer - sity of Massachusetts turfgrass icon Joseph Troll, Ph.D., and his wife, Lonnie. Photos courtesy of Ted Horton Top right: During his time overseeing multiple golf courses at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Horton (left) was often in the company of then-USGA championships agronomist Tim Moraghan (center) and then-Pebble Beach GL superintendent Mark Michaud. Bottom right: This image from 1972 at Winged Foot Golf Club shows Horton (left) with assistant super - intendent Scott Benty, both of whom were part of the modification process in preparation for a U.S. Open that was coming in two years.

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