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Waymire to receive 2019 Leo Feser Award from GCSAA

by Dec 10, 2019 | GCSAA

Winning article was featured in the July 2018 issue of GCM magazine

Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 10, 2019) -- Dave Waymire, the regional vice president of agronomy for American Golf Corp. based in San Diego, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Leo Feser Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Now in its 42nd year, the award is presented annually to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in Golf Course Management, the association’s flagship publication, during the previous year.

A certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) who has been a GCSAA member for 39 years, Waymire authored the story "The 10 commandments of successful superintendents," which was published in the July 2018 issue of GCM (STORY LINK IF NEEDED: https://www.gcmonline.com/tags/successful-golf-course-superintendents). His story shared tips on how superintendents can rise to the top of their profession gleaned through the experiences of his long career and working with countless successful superintendents in his work for American Golf.

"It is remarkable the amount of knowledge one absorbs after working with so many superintendents over the years," Waymire says of his award-winning article. "The 10 commandments article was created by polling a variety of great superintendents and putting their ideas down on paper. I was just the director. The superintendents named in the article and Megan Hirt (editor of GCMOnline.com) really deserve the credit and this award.  

 "Winning the Leo Feser award is simply amazing. For years I have read articles and noted the Leo Feser mention at the end of each article. I was surprised GSCAA even wanted to print the article, so being awarded the Leo Feser is completely unexpected and I am extremely thankful."

"Superintendents learning from other superintendents and helping each other achieve career success has been a staple of our association since the very beginning," says GCSAA President Rafael Barajas, CGCS. "David Waymire's story tapped into that ethos in a way that clearly resonated with GCM readers and is certainly worthy of recognition as our 2019 Leo Feser Award winner."

As part of winning the Leo Feser Award, Waymire receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando, where he will be recognized during a presentation at the GCM trade show booth (No. 3035) at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. He will also have his name engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

The Leo Feser Award honors the late Leo Feser, a pioneering golf course superintendent and a charter member of GCSAA. Feser is credited with keeping the association’s official publication alive during the Great Depression. For three years, 1933-36, he wrote, edited, assembled and published each issue of The Greenkeepers’ Report — as the association’s magazine was known then — from his home in Wayzata, Minn. The award was first presented in 1956 and has been given annually since 1977. Members of GCSAA’s GCM Editorial Board Task Group select the winner of the award each year.