Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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38 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 manage facilities," Bowen says. "It was really just a unique experience to have that kind of relationship with a facility manager. It's why they've received so much acclaim for their ap - proach." The latest commendation comes from the GCSAA. CourseCo was selected as the 2019 recipient of the President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. "You have no idea how thrilling this is for us. It gave us affirmation, and it couldn't have come from a higher place," Isaak says. The award was established in 1991 to recognize "an exceptional environmental contribu - tion to the game of golf, a contribution that further exemplifies the golf course superinten- dent's image as a steward of the land" and is selected by GCSAA's Board of Directors. Nearly 20 superintendents in CourseCo's stable have been recognized in the GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), including Gary Ingram, CGCS, director of agronomy at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, Calif. He's the recipient of multiple ELGAs, including the 2014 national public and overall awards and the 2018 Communica - tion and Outreach ELGA. "They usually give the President's Award to a person. I think it's great it went to a com - pany," Ingram says. "It's the GCSAA's way of saying we have to do this in collaboration. We can't succeed in changing the attitudes of the general public by having one person do it. It has to be a company, an entire industry, showing that golf is for everybody." The award will be presented to CourseCo at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego on Feb. 6, during the Opening Session, which is presented in partnership with Syngenta. CourseCo has received numerous honors, including California's most prestigious environ- mental achievement, the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Riverside Golf Club of Grand Prairie, Texas, General Manager Jay Clements appreciates the road map that CourseCo established. "They work hard for it, but they don't do it for the recognition," Clements says. "They do it because it's the right thing to do." Top left: Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Calif., created its own area for mixing and loading under the watchful eye of Class A superintendent Brandon Coulter. Photo courtesy of Brandon Coulter Top right: The scenic Cherry Island Golf Course in Elverta, Calif., is overseen by superintendent Kurtis Wol - ford, whose college degree in environmental horticultural science is the perfect fit with CourseCo. Photo courtesy of Kurtis Wolford Bottom right: CourseCo founder Tom Isaak has been an environmental proponent dating to his days at Stanford University, where he participated in the first Earth Day in 1970. He started CourseCo in 1989. Photo courtesy of Gary Ingram

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