They hail from six states and one Canadian province and they will be honored at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio as the industry’s best communicators via social media.
After unveiling their names on Twitter and Facebook, Golf Course Industry and Aquatrols have formally announced the winners of the 2015 Super Social Media Awards. The group will be honored as part of the fourth annual GCI TweetUp at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Aquatrols booth #9063 at GIS.
The TweetUp, which is open to everybody and includes free drinks, is a celebration of golf industry communication. All nine winners have confirmed they are attending the TweetUp to accept their awards. The event can be followed by using the Twitter hashtag #GCITweetUp15.
“This is our fourth annual TweetUp and it has grown from a handful of people standing outside the Las Vegas Convention Center to a robust event that many look forward to at the show,” GCI publisher and editorial director Pat Jones said.
Steve Cook, the director of agronomy at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is receiving this year’s John Kaminski Leadership Award. Cook maintains the popular blog ohccturf.blogspot.com documenting the agronomic activities at a course that has hosted multiple U.S. Opens and PGA Championships.
Cook is also active on Twitter, posting regularly to the more than 1,400 followers of his @OHCCTurf account. In addition to discussing agronomy, Cook promotes the Wee One Foundation, his Michigan GCSA chapter and the Michigan Make-A-Wish Foundation via social media.
“Steve is the perfect choice for this year’s Kaminski Leadership Award not only because he excels at social media but because he uses it to accomplish great things for his club, his association and even charities like the Wee One Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Jones said.
Matthew Wharton and Pat O’Brien are the winners in the Best Overall Use of Social Media category. Wharton, the superintendent at Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., maintains the blog carolinagreenkeeper.blogspot.com and the @CGCGreenkeeper Twitter account. O’Brien, the superintendent at Hyde Park Golf and Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, maintains the blog hydeparkgolfandcountryclub.blogspot.com and the @pobrienhpgcc Twitter account.
Scott Dey, Kevin Hicks and Jason Hooper are the winners of the Best Twitter Feed category. Dey, the superintendent at Mission Viejo Country Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., operates the @scotdey account; Hicks, the superintendent at the The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, operates the @golfsuper1992 account; and Hooper, the superintendent at Quilchena Golf & Country Club in Richmond, B.C., operates the @superjhooper account.
Joey Franco and Adam Garr are the winners in the Best Blog category. Franco, the superintendent at Brookstone Golf & Country Club in Acworth, Ga., maintains the blog brookstonegcm.blogspot.com. Garr, the superintendent at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Mich., maintains the blog phccgreens.blogspot.com.
The Georgia GCSA is receiving the Best Use of Video award for its “Stewards of the Land” video. The video features the environmental efforts at Cateechee Golf Club, Rivermont Golf & Country Club and The Landings Club.
Nominations for the awards were accepted from Jan. 1-16, and winners were selected by the GCI editorial staff and a panel of industry experts. Many deserving winners from past years were nominated again this year, but GCI’s policy is to select as many new winners as possible each year to highlight even more great examples that you can follow while beginning or refining your social media efforts.
Winners will be featured in the March issue of GCI.