GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards

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Presented by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta, the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship.



Applications for the 2017 ELGAs will open Aug. 1. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

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 the 2017 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.

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 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.

  • 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

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 Mark Johnson, associate director, environmental programs, at 800-472-7878, ext. 5161.

2016 National Winners

  • National Public and Private Winner: Shannon Easter, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Fla., Palm Beach GCSA
  • National Public: Alex Stuedemann, Deere Run, Silvis, Ill., Northwestern Illinois GCSA
  • National Resort: Ken Nice, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Ore., Oregon GCSA
  • International: Christine Chan, The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course Limited, Hong Kong

2015 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Mark Condos, Las Positas Golf Course, Livermore, Calif., GCSA of Northern California
  • National Private: Dave Davies, CGCS, TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif., GCSA of Northern California
  • International: Jason Honeyball, OslerBrook Golf and Country Club, Collingwood, ON, Canada, Ontario GCSA

2014 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Gary Ingram, CGCS, Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland, Calif., GCSA of Northern California
  • National Private: Mike Crawford, CGCS, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga., Georgia GCSA
  • National Resort:Rocky Ebelhar, TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La., Fla., Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA

2013 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Paul L. Carter, CGCS, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn., Tennessee GCSA
  • National Private: Scott R. Bower, Martis Camp Club, Truckee, Calif., Sierra Nevada GCSA
  • National Resort:Chad B. Corp, CGCS, Mountain Ridge, Thompsonville, Mich., Michigan GCSA
  • International:Andrew Hardy, Pheasant Run Golf Club, Sharon, Ontario, Canada, Ontario GSA

2012 National Winners

  • National Overall and International Winner: Steven Tierney, MG, Golfpark Nuolen, Wangen, Switzerland
  • National Private: Matt Shaffer, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa., Philadelphia Association of GCS
  • National Public: John Anderes III, CGCS, Queenstown Harbor Golf Course, Annapolis, Md., Eastern Shore Association of GCS
  • National Resort: Joshua Kelley, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla., Central Florida GCSA

2011 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Tim Powers, CGCS, Crystal Springs Golf Course, Burlingame, Calif., GCSA of Northern California
  • National Private: Thomas Brodeur, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass., GCSA of New England
  • National Resort: Thomas Lively, TPC San Antonio (Texas), Central Texas GCSA
  • International: Stephen Marsden, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

2010 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Brian Green, CGCS, Sunset Valley Golf Course, Highland Park, Ill., Midwest Association of GCS
  • National Private: Todd Bunte, TPC Jasna Polana, Princeton, N.J., GCSA of New Jersey
  • National Resort (co-winners): Christopher Flynn, CGCS, Marriott's Grande Vista, Orlando, Fla., Central Florida GCSA; Thomas Vlach, CGCS, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., North Florida GCSA
  • International: David Cole, Loch Lomond Golf Club, Alexandria, Scotland

2009 National Winners

  • National Resort and Overall Winner: Terry Stratton, Little River (Calif.) Inn Golf & Tennis, GCSA of Northern California
  • National Public: Jim Brown, CGCS, Newport Dunes Golf Club, Port Aransas, Texas, Gulf Coast GCSA
  • National Private: Roger Stewart, CGCS, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn., Minnesota GCSA
  • International: Brett Morris, Ph.D., Sea Temple Golf Club, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

2008 National Winners

  • National Private and Overall Winner: James J. Roney Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa., Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents
  • National Public: David Phipps, Stone Creek Golf Course, Oregon City, Ore., Oregon GCSA
  • National Resort: Joel Blaker, CGCS, Tahoe Mountain Club, Truckee, Calif., Sierra Nevada GCSA
  • International: Robin Sadler, Silvertip Resort, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

2007 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Christopher S. Gray Sr., The Marvel Golf Club, Benton, Ky., Quad State Turfgrass Association
  • National Private: Richard T. Lawrence, CGCS, TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C., Carolinas GCSA
  • National Resort: Jonathan W. Moulton, Old Greenwood Golf Course, Truckee, Calif., Sierra Nevada GCSA
  • International (tie): Mark J. Dinan, Valle del Sol Golf Course, Santa Ana, San Jose, Costa Rica; Jay M. Miller, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

2006 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Georgia GCSA
  • National Private: Michael Perham, CGCS, The Landings Club, Savannah, Ga.; Georgia GCSA
  • National Resort: Ryan J. Bancroft, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, Ore.; Oregon GCSA
  • International: James Beebe, Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, Priddis, Alberta, Canada

2005 National Winners

  • National Public and Overall Winner: Alan R. Andreasen, CGCS, Las Lagos Golf Course, San Jose, Calif., California GCSA
  • National Private: David J. Faucher, CGCS, TPC at River's Bend, Maineville, Ohio; Greater Cincinnati GCSA
  • National Resort (tie): Troy E. Russell, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Ore; Oregon GCSA; and Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, Renaissance PineIsle Resort & Golf Club, Sugar Hill, Ga.; Georgia GCSA
  • International: Ben J. Marshall, Club Pelican Golf Course, Golden Beach, Queensland, Australia; Australian GCSA

2004 National Winners

  • Public and Overall Winner: Mark Claburn, Tierra Verde Golf Club, Arlington, Texas
  • National Private: John F. Anderson, The Club at Pronghorn, Sunriver, Ore.
  • National Resort: Sandy C. Clark, CGCS, Barona Creek Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.
  • International: Sean A. Kjemhus, Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

2003 National Winners

  • Public and Overall Winner: Christopher S. Gray, Lost Marsh of Hammond Golf Course, Hammond, Ind.
  • Private: Jeffrey W. Carlson, CGCS, The Vineyard Golf Club, Edgartown, Mass.
  • Resort: Brian Tanner, The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Silverthorne, Colo.

2002 National Winners

  • Public and Overall Winner: Patrick Blum, Colonial Acres Golf Course, Glenmont, N.Y.
  • Private: Scott Whorrall, The Club at Mediterra, Bonita Springs, Fla.
  • Resort: Pablo Cornejo Robinson, Las Brisas De Chicureo Golf Club, Santiago, Chile

2001 National Winners

(Note: In 2001, GCSAA and Golf Digest partnered to present the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, re-aligning the years awards were previously presented.)

  • Public: Kevin Hutchins, Presidio Golf Course, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Private and Overall Winner: William Davidson Jr., Collier's Reserve Country Club, Naples, Fla.
  • Resort: Anne Hickman, Barton Creek Country Club, Austin, Texas
  • International: James Sua, CGCS, National Service Resort & Country Club, Sinapore

2001 National Winners

  • Public: Joe McCleary, CGCS, Saddle Rock Golf Course, Aurora, Colo.
  • Private: Scott Jorgensen, Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club, Camarillo, Calif.
  • Resort: Dave Solga, CGCS, Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, Biawabik, Minn.

2000 National Winners

  • Public: Buck Workman, CGCS, Cateechee Golf Club, Hartwell, Ga.
  • Private (tie): Michael Sandburg, CGCS, Lakeside Country Club, Houston, Texas; and Donald Ewoldt Jr., CGCS, Sand Creek Country Club, Chesterston, Ind.
  • Resort: Jimmy Thomas, CGCS, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas
  • International: Darren Moore, The Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club, Metro Manila, Philippines

1999 National Winners

  • Public: Rick Hathaway, The Old Works Golf Club, Anaconda, Mont.
  • Private: Matthew Taylor, Bonita Bay Club/East, Naples, Fla.
  • Resort: Dale Miller, Barton Creek Club & Conference Resort, Austin, Texas

1998 National Winners

  • Public: Jeffrey W. Carlson, CGCS, Widow's Walk Golf Course, Scituate, Mass.
  • Private: Peter Leuzinger, CGCS, The Ivanhoe Club, Ivanhoe, Ill.
  • Resort: Mike Meindertsma, Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, Mich.

1997 National Winners

  • Public: Timothy Kelly, The Village Links of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Private (tie): Glenn Smickley, CGCS, Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, Va.; and Kerry Satterwhite, CGCS, Rock River Country Club, Rock Falls, Ill.
  • Resort: Ron Hill, CGCS, Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Fla.

1996 National Winners

  • Public: Timothy Kelly, The Village Links of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Private: Darren Davis, Olde Florida Golf Club, Naples, Fla.
  • Resort: Bruce Wolfrom, CGCS, Treetops Sylvan Resort, Gaylord, Mich.

1995 National Winners

  • Public: Timothy Kelly, The Village Links of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Private: William T. "Tim" Hiers, CGCS, Collier's Reserve Country Club, Naples, Fla.
  • Resort: Edward (Ted) Horton, CGCS, and Michael Jess Pifferini, The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Calif.

1994 National Winners

  • Public (tie): Ronald L. Conrad, Applewood Golf Course, Golden, Colo.; and Gregory (Scott) Tuggle, Legacy Ridge at Westminster, Westminster, Colo.
  • Private: Greg A. Plotner, CGCS, Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club
  • Resort: Thomas J. Schlick, The Golf Club at Shiloh Falls, Pickwick Dam, Tenn.

1993 National Winners

  • Public: Don Tolson, CGCS, Fox Hollow at Lakewood, Lakewood, Colo.
  • Private: Bruce Cadenelli, Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md.
  • Resort: Tim Long, Barton Creek Resort, Austin, Texas