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01.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 41 Their reach stretches far and wide, touching lives and communities across the nation and beyond. In the academic world, Nick Christians, Ph.D., and Patricia Vittum, Ph.D., initiated groundbreaking research that has made a dif - ference for turfgrass professionals, and golf course superintendents are very much included in that group. Brent Wadsworth, meanwhile, built hundreds upon hundreds of golf courses, keeping superintendents in mind while doing it. The trio is being honored with the 2017 GCSAA Col. John Morley Distin - guished Service Award (DSA), named for 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. They will be recognized Feb. 7 at the Golf Industry Show during the Opening Night Celebration, presented in partnership with Syngenta, in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. "These three embody what the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award represents," says GCSAA president Pete Grass, CGCS. "They have made significant contributions to the game through research, teaching and golf course construction. In a variety of ways, these individuals have dedicated themselves to the broader advancement of the superintendent profession." Here, GCM chronicles how Christians, Vittum and Wadsworth have helped advance the industry. Patricia Vittum, Ph.D. Brent Wadsworth DSAs 2017 Photo by John Solem Photo by Eric Ginnard