The GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award recognizes and honors individual Ambassadors who have demonstrated growth in advocacy and advancement of the GCSAA Priority Issues Agenda through Congressional outreach and relationship development with a member of Congress. The Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award is presented in partnership with The Toro Co.

The GAL award recipients receive:
  • All expenses paid attendance at National Golf Day (two-night stay)
  • Recognition at National Golf Day
  • Recognition in GCSAA publications and websites
Applications may be submitted on a quarterly basis.


Any current GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador is eligible to receive the award. Current members of the GCSAA Board of Directors who serve as ambassadors (or their immediate families) are not eligible to receive an award. GCSAA Government Affairs Committee members are eligible, but cannot participate in the judging process. An ambassador is only eligible to receive the award once per two-year term.

Ambassadors may self-nominate, but nominations may also be submitted by any GCSAA member or non-member on behalf of an ambassador. Nominations should be submitted on a quarterly basis. Nominations not selected during a given quarter may roll over into the following quarter.

Nominees will be judged on how their efforts and outreach to their assigned policymaker via the Ambassador Program has served the interests of the golf course superintendent profession and the golf course management industry. Efforts do not have to be successful for a nominee to receive the award.

The GAL award seeks to highlight advocacy efforts related to:

  • Consistent outreach, communication, and interaction with the assigned Congressional office.
  • Actions taken to educate the assigned policy maker or his or her staff on issues affecting the superintendent profession.
  • Ability to make a policy related “ask” of the assigned lawmaker in support of one or more GCSAA priority issues.

The GAL award recipients will be selected by the GCSAA Government Affairs Committee. Award recipients will be notified of their selection during the last week of each quarter throughout the year.

The GAL award recipients receive:

  • All expenses paid attendance at National Golf Day (two-night stay)
  • Recognition at National Golf Day
  • Recognition in GCSAA publications and websites


Mitch Savage
Kyle Barton
Ryan Swilley
Bill Bieck, CGCS


Greg Brandriet, CGCS
Ben Anderson
Nick Janovich
Anthony L. Williams, CGCS

For more information contact Michael Lee, manager, government affairs, at 800-472-7878, ext. 3612.

Please submit your nomination in the form of a 600-word personal narrative. Be as descriptive and detailed as possible. The following questions should serve as a guide to drafting your narrative:

  • How long have you been a Grassroots Ambassador, and why did you join the program?
  • Describe your journey to connecting with your assigned policymaker. How has this challenged you?
  • What types of advocacy related meetings have you had? Where did they occur and what did you discuss?
  • What has been the outcome of your meetings? How did the Congressional member or staff respond to the priority issues you raised in your meetings?
  • What obstacles, if any, did you overcome to connect with and begin communicating priority issues with your Congressional office?
  • How did you overcome those obstacles?
  • How will you continue to enhance your working relationship with your Congressional office moving forward?
  • Why do you feel advocacy is important? How has it affected your career?
  • What has been most rewarding about working with your Congressional office or about advocacy in general?