GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards

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Presented by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird, the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship.View a list of past winners.

When is the deadline and where should I send my application?

Applications for the 2016 ELGAs are now closed.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants from the United States must be members in good standing of GCSAA and of an affiliated GCSAA chapter. Applicants from outside the United States should be members of similar local organizations.

Superintendents who have previously been recognized as a national or international winner of the Environmental Steward Awards or as a winner of Golf Digest's Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards are not eligible to receive 2016 Overall/National/International awards unless they have changed facilities.All entries are eligible for Chapter and Merit awards.


While GCSAA members may apply for the awards directly, members and non-members (including the general public) also may nominate GCSAA members for award consideration. Nominations, including the nominee's name and mailing address, should be directed to GCSAA with a short description as to why the GCSAA member is being nominated. Nominees will be notified of their nomination and provided with an application form for completion. Those making the nomination will remain anonymous unless otherwise requested.

ELGA applications are reviewed and scored by an independent panel of judges. The judging panel includes university scientists, representatives from environmental organizations and golf industry professionals including irrigation specialists, independent agronomists, turfgrass consultants and other industry representatives.

What are the judges looking for?

Applications will be evaluated in the following categories:

  • Water conservation
  • Water quality management
  • Integrated pest management
  • Energy conservation
  • Pollution prevention
  • Waste management
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Communication and outreach
  • Leadership

Judges will evaluate each application and can award a total of 100 points, with 10 points available in each of the nine categories above. Judges also have up to 10 discretionary points available for innovation, exceptional efforts or creativity. Judges will use the 2016 ELGA Criteria as a guide to award points.

Applications will be totaled and scored using a truncated means when applicable. Awards will be given using top scores accordingly and provided GCSAA receives adequate and qualified applicants.

ELGA winners receive:

  • Recognition in Golf Digest and GCSAA publications
  • Recognition at the Golf Industry Show
  • An invitation for the Overall, National and International winners' employers to attend the recognition activities at the Golf Industry Show
  • A personalized trophy or certificate of achievement
  • National, regional and local publicity

When are winners announced?

All applicants will receive a confirmation letter from GCSAA. Winners will be notified by December and recognized at the Golf Industry Show.

For more information, contact Carl Bowden, environmental programs specialist, at 800-472-7878, ext. 5163.