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TPC courses receive Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards
February 16, 2012

Eight TPCs have been awarded top honors in the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards for 2011, including two that have earned National Awards.  Director of Golf Course Maintenance Operations Tom Brodeur at TPC Boston received the National Private Award, while Director of Golf Course Maintenance Operations Tom Lively at TPC San Antonio received the National Resort Award.    

An independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university researchers and members of the golf community conducted the award selection.  Superintendents and their courses were judged on overall course management excellence in the areas of resource conservation, water quality management, integrated pest management, wildlife/habitat management and education/outreach.  Additionally, these categories were judged on sustainability, criticality, originality and technology implementation/use.  All of the winners will be formally recognized during the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Las Vegas on February 28, and will also be showcased in the February issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

"We are very proud of our outstanding team of Directors of Golf Course Maintenance Operations and agronomy professionals throughout the TPC Network, who continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to preserve and protect the environment," said David Pillsbury, president of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties.

Judges selected winners in three National categories (Public, Private and Resort) and an International winner, and also bestowed honors upon the top entry from each GCSAA affiliated Chapter.  Merit honors were awarded to those who did not earn National or Chapter honors, but in the opinion of the judges, deserved special recognition.  

In addition to the National Awards, Chapter Award honors/public division were awarded to Directors of Golf Course Maintenance Operations Paul Grogan at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL; Chapter Award honors/private division were awarded to Stephen Britton at TPC Potomac in Potomac, MD; Thomas DeGrandi at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT; and Roby Robertson at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.  Chapter Award honors/resort division were awarded to Jeff Plotts at TPC Scottsdale, while Merit Award honors/private division were awarded to Jim Thomas at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN.   All of the clubs within the TPC Network are certified as official Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Systems by Audubon International.  To date, PGA TOUR-owned or licensed TPCs have earned 110 GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.

"I am very proud of the work our talented team of maintenance and agronomy professionals do every day to conserve natural resources, preserve wildlife habitats, and help educate the public regarding the valuable role golf courses play in protecting the environment," said Collier Miller, PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties' Director of TPC Agronomy.  "At the same time, they do an outstanding job ensuring PGA TOUR players, members and guests enjoy the best possible playing conditions year-round."

For more information about the PGA TOUR's TPC Network, please visit www.tpc.com .








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