Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 Honors for Colorado equipment manager Ed Ward, equipment manager at the city-owned Mariana Butte Golf Club in Loveland, Colo., for the past 16 years, is the winner of GCSAA's 2016 Edwin Budding Award. The Edwin Budding Award, named for the inventor of the lawn mower and pre - sented in partnership with Ransomes Ja- cobsen, is given annually to an equipment manager or related innovator, technician, educator or engineer who has made a sig - nificant impact in the golf and turf business. Ward's career proves he certainly fits the bill. More than 20 years ago, the now 70-year-old equipment manager initi - ated the development of two equipment lifts specifically designed for golf course machinery, and he has continued to help develop accessories for the lifts over the years. Trion Lifts Inc. produced the lifts in Colorado before the company was acquired by Alabama-based Turf Pride USA in 2012. They are still sold worldwide, and are in use by two of Ward's colleagues in Hong Kong and New Zealand. "I am kind of flying on cloud nine right now," says Ward. "The last thing I ever expected was to win an award from the GCSAA. I let out a big yell when I hung up the phone after being informed by the GCSAA president. What an honor. I feel so lucky." Dye receives Donald Ross Award American Society of Golf Course Architects past pres- ident Alice O'Neal Dye, ASGCA fellow, has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Donald Ross Award. The award, given annually since 1976, is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture. It will be presented to Dye in May at the ASGCA annual meeting in Jupiter, Fla. "Alice Dye is a pioneer in our profession," says Greg Martin, ASGCA president. "An outstanding golfer, Alice ex - hibited a great influence to develop courses that are true championship-caliber. She and Pete Dye were a dynamic duo, a genuine partnership, in every sense of the phrase. Long before it was fashionable, Alice was an advocate for women's golf, thoughtful forward tees, and playability for varying skill levels. Her 'Two Tee System for Women' was devised to accommodate female players with differing skill sets. This may seem obvious to us today, but when she came up with the system decades ago, it was ahead of its time." Georgia standouts The Georgia GCSA has honored Courtney Young, CGCS, from Ansley Golf Club as its Superintendent of the Year for 2016. Young has been at the 36-hole club since its Settindown Creek course opened in Roswell in 1988. The award is presented in partnership with Corbin Turf and Ornamental Supply, represented by Rocky Dreibrodt. Young, a 32-year GCSAA member, was nominated by two colleagues. One was Ralph Kepple, CGCS, from East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, which hosts the Tour Champi - onship and FedEx Cup finale for the PGA Tour each year. The other was William Shirley, CGCS, a 32-year associ - ation member from Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta, who also happens to be a member at Young's club. Both Kepple and Shirley are past winners of the Superintendent of the Year award. "During his nearly 30 years at Ansley, Courtney has consistently been known to have some of the finest greens — first bentgrass and now Champion bermudagrass — not only in the Atlanta area, but in the southeastern region of the United States," says Kepple, a 34-year as- sociation member. "Courtney has developed an incredibly strong relationship with the membership at Ansley. I have never talked with a member who was not fully supportive of Courtney and what he has accomplished at their club." Other honorees include Billy Fuller and the late George Kozelnicky, who were inducted in the Georgia GCSA Hall of Fame. Fuller is a former superintendent at Augusta Na - tional Golf Club and is now principal of his own golf course design firm. He created Billy Bunkers, now Better Billy Bunkers. Kozelnicky was a professor at the University of Georgia and Georgia GCSA executive secretary for more than 20 years. Anthony Williams, CGCS, a 20-year GCSAA member who spent 13 years on the Georgia GCSA's board of di - rectors, received the Distinguished Service Award. Philip Soukup, a nine-year GCSAA member from The Landings Club's Palmetto course, was named Assistant Superinten - dent of the Year. Soukup's high standing among his peers was evidenced by his nomination by another assistant su - perintendent from a different facility. Aaron Saunders, a 13-year association member from Jekyll Island Golf Re - sort on Jekyll Island, received the chapter's Environmental Leader in Golf Award. David Noto, a nine-year association member from Mossy Creek Golf Course in Clarkesville, received his trophy for winning his fifth Georgia GCSA Superintendent Golf Championship in the past six years. L.J. Robinson, a nine-year association member from Cher - okee Town and Country Club in Atlanta, won the chapter's Golden Pen Award for the best superintendent-written article to appear in the chapter's publication during the previous year. Robinson won for his piece "Drones Give Superintendents Their Own Eye in the Sky." Courtney Young, CGCS (center), was named the Georgia GCSA's 2016 Superintendent of the Year. He's pictured with Georgia GCSA president Greg Burleson, CGCS (left), and Rocky Dreibrodt of Corbin Turf and Ornamental Supply. Photo courtesy of Trent Bouts

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