The South Carolina Golf Association honored frequent Golf Course Industry contributor Trent Bouts with the Charles Drawdy Distinguished Service Award as part of its annual service awards ceremony.
Bouts, whose recent GCI features have highlighted a Georgia superintendent who has thrived thanks to more than two decades of sobriety, a South Carolina superintendent who landed his dream job only after leaving the industry, and the emotions and challenges of being fired, also produces Carolinas Green for the CGCSA, as well as similar magazines for the superintendent associations in Florida and Georgia.
The Charles Drawdy Distinguished Service Award recognizes the special efforts of an SCGA member who has gone over and beyond to help grow the mission of the SCGA and the SCJGA. The association honored Bouts for his authentic service in helping promote the game in South Carolina.
Bouts first got his start as a sports writer covering the game of cricket for The Australian, the country’s national newspaper. Bouts moved to the United States in the mid-1990s and fell into golf writing after meeting Chuck Borman, then the new executive director of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association.
“(His) ability to tell the many stories of the game in a way that everyone involved with golf can relate to speaks to the true professional (he) is in this industry,” SCGA executive director Biff Lathrop said.
Prior to his professional production and editorial successes, Bouts was a golf writer for South Carolina Magazine and in that role helped with the formation of the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel. He is married with five children and currently resides in Greenville.
The SCGA also honored John Orr with the Tom Fazio Service to Golf Award, which recognizes efforts that especially help enhance and promote the game of golf with an emphasis on the South Carolina Junior Golf Association and junior programs. A former University of South Carolina golfer and five-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Orr is an Arby’s and KFC franchise owner in and around Florence.
Bouts and Orr will be recognized and honored in individual presentations throughout the year.