Honoring golf’s greatest ambassadors, innovators and leaders, the USGA recently unveiled its 2020 Annual Award honorees, including longtime Rutgers professor Dr.William Meyer, the winner of the 60th annual USGA Green Section Award.
Meyer was recognized for his work in sustainability through agronomic advancements.
The USGA Green Section Award honors distinguished service to golf through an individual’s work with turfgrass. For more than 30 years, Meyer has made a significant impact on the turf industry through his turfgrass breeding work, which focuses on developing grasses for golf and other playing surfaces that are resistant to adverse factors. As a professor at Rutgers University, he has influenced all levels of the industry at the national and international levels through seminars, research papers and trade publications.
The four 2020 individual honorees also include Se Ri Pak, the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, as the Bob Jones Award recipient; Lon Haskew, the recipient of the Joe Dey Award for meritorious service as a volunteer; and Kevin Robbins, author of The Last Stand of Payne Stewart, who will receive the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. All three will receive their awards during the USGA Annual Meeting February 29 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The USGA’s Annual Awards were established to honor those who advance the game and the association’s mission through research, celebrating and preserving golf’s history, and service to the game through volunteerism and personal spirit, character and respect.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to annually recognize those whose contributions and positive influence have made a meaningful impact on the game,” USGA CEO Mike Davis said. “The individuals who comprise this year’s list of recipients truly embody the core values of the USGA to lead, serve and inspire.”
Receiving the Ike Grainger Award in recognition of 25 years of volunteer service to the USGA are John Bartholomew, Dwayne Dillinger, Bruce Flower, Robert Hillis, Richard Johnson, Craig Kessler, David Laird, John Luffey Jr., Greg Norris, Gilbert Palmer, Charles Rountree III, Joseph Sholtis and Grover Walker. The group of 13 will also be recognized during the awards banquet at the USGA Annual Meeting.
Bob Jones Award
Presented annually since 1955, the Bob Jones Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships. As one of the more influential pioneering forces in the women’s game, Pak inspired an entire generation of Korean golfers during her 20-year professional career, which included 39 wins, five of them majors.
Pak burst onto the LPGA Tour in 1998 and her playoff victory in the U.S. Women’s Open — when she became the youngest winner in the history of the championship to that point — became a defining moment in the game. Despite carrying the weight and attention of an entire country, it was through her friendly attitude and humble demeanor that her high level of character truly revealed itself.
Pak will receive the award during the week of the 2020 U.S. Open Championship in June at Winged Foot Golf Club.
Joe Dey Award
Named for Joseph C. Dey, the USGA’s executive director from 1934 through 1968 and a World Golf Hall of Famer, the Joe Dey Award has been presented annually since 1996 to recognize an individual’s meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. For more than 30 years, Haskew has served as a volunteer Rules official at state, regional, national and international levels, including more than 100 USGA championships. Haskew has been a USGA committee member since 1993 and has served on the Mid-Amateur Committee since 1995. He’s also been a fixture at the collegiate level as an official at multiple NCAA Championships.
Herbert Warren Wind Book Award
The Herbert Warren Wind Book Award acknowledges and encourages outstanding achievement in golf literature. This year’s recipient, The Last Stand of Payne Stewart, vividly recounts the story of Stewart’s last season on the PGA Tour in 1999, including his U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst, through his tragic passing. Robbins previously captured the award in 2016 for Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf, which tells the story of Penick, the late golf coach, competitor and instructor.
In recognition of excellence in golf literature, the book will be added to the USGA Golf Museum library, the largest collection in the world with more than 100,000 individual volumes and periodicals.
Anuvia Plant Nutrients names David Stone to its Legends Initiative for his lifetime of innovation and achievement in golf course management. Stone, retired from The Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tennessee, will be honored at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando.
Now in its third year, the Legends Initiative recognizes integrity, passion and innovation in golf course management. Stone was unanimously selected by a peer review panel of past winners and other golf course professionals.
Stone will be recognized for his decades of contributions to the industry at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29 at Booth No. 4800, at the stage area adjacent to Inside the Shop.
“Innovative leadership shapes and guides this industry,” Anuvia chief commercial officer Hugh MacGillivray said. “David Stone’s reputation as a creative problem-solver and critical thinker throughout his storied career makes him an ideal addition to the Legends Initiative and we’re honored to recognize his achievements.”
Stone’s leadership at Tennessee’s famed Honors Course is recognized throughout the industry. While there, he was responsible for running extensive control experiments to successfully change the fairways from Bermudagrass to zoysia, and the course hosted five USGA events — as well as a young Tiger Woods at the 1996 NCAA Division I Championship. Stone was honored with the USGA Green Section Award and is one of only two superintendents inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.
Stone will be joined by Legends Initiative recipients Bob Farren of Pinehurst Resort, Ted Horton of BrightView Golf Course Maintenance and formerly of Pebble Beach, as well as Marsh Benson, who recently retired from Augusta National, and Matt Shaffer, retired from Merion Golf Club.
“David is incredibly innovative! If he couldn’t find an answer, he would take it upon himself to set up an experiment and solve the problem,” Shaffer said. “He is a wonderfully curious individual who is kind, thoughtful and an amazing colleague, friend and mentor to so many for so long.”
“I’ve just always enjoyed trying to figure out ways to make something better,” Stone said. “That, to me, has always been part of the joy of this job. I’ve learned a lot from other people, and so it’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to share some of that information with younger people who are newer to the industry and, ultimately, going to shape the future of what comes next.”
Stone and other Legends notables will be on hand to celebrate during an open bar at Anuvia’s Booth, No. 4409, following the presentation.
Target Specialty Products will feature its Turf Fuel product line at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, as well as hosting several events throughout the week.
“GIS is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with our valuable customers from across the United States and Canada,” president David Helt said. “We aim to provide them with value and interesting new ideas during their visit to our booth.”
The company’s GIS program will include five daily live educational seminars at booth No. 1844 starting Wednesday. “We are very excited to be offering quality education through our Turf Fuel Masterclass platform,” Turf Fuel business manager Mark Jull said. “The GIS educational seminars will allow attendees to go home with $500-$1000 in Turf Fuel Bucks. Where else do you get paid to get educated?”
The company will also feature a Q&A panel each day at 1 p.m., offering an opportunity to learn why and how customers successfully use Turf Fuel products in their programs. For attendees that don’t have the time to participate in a live seminar, shorter videos will be available for viewing.
The Target Specialty Products booth will showcase the unique products and services they offer — particularly the six most unique and innovative Turf Fuel products: Element 6, Root Down, MZ-23, Cleanse, Vanquish and The Works. Members of the Turf Fuel product development and research team will be present to answer questions.
Target Specialty Products will also host a Happy Hour Reception for all trades how attendees at their booth at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
FMC Professional Solutions will offer golf course superintendents an opportunity to earn donations for their local Golf Course Superintendents Association of America chapter next week at the Golf Industry Show. FMC will also launch its new Rayora fungicide at the show.
The fundraiser is an initiative driven by the new FMC True Champions program, which rolled out in fall 2019. Taking place at FMC booth No. 3913, the fundraiser will feature a golf simulator where golf course superintendents can grip and rip to secure donations for their local GCSAA chapter. For each yard driven off the tee, FMC will donate 50 cents to that superintendent’s GCSAA chapter. A 300-yard drive will generate a $150 donation.
“We’re very committed to GCSAA and its mission to enhance our industry. This is a fun way for our peers to come together and support the association,” FMC golf and lawn care market manager Mike Sisti said. “We expect to see some healthy competition in the booth among show attendees to see who can drive the ball the farthest and raise the largest donation.”
FMC also plans to establish an ongoing commitment to GCSAA in which FMC will donate a percentage of Fame SC and Rayora fungicide sales directly to local GCSAA chapters.
The FMC True Champions program is a source for golf course superintendents and managers to access product rewards and assurances. It also supports industry initiatives and associations like GCSAA, We Are Golf and RISE.
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