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GCSAA lands 18 awards in national communications contest

by Sep 29, 2020 | Kate Hiebert

Golf Course Management magazine, GCSAA’s creative services team earn top honors in 2020 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association awards program.

Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2020)Golf Course Management (GCM) magazine, the official publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), and GCSAA’s creative services team combined to win a total of 18 awards in the 2020 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Communications Contest. The awards were for work produced in 2019 and were presented during the organization's virtual annual meeting that took place earlier this month.

Two of GCSAA’s digital properties earned first-place honors in the contest. For the second consecutive year, and its editor, Megan Hirt, were honored with a first-place award for websites in the New Media category, while in that same category, the GCSAA Podcast and Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief, won top honors in the podcast division for an episode featuring Curtis Tyrell, CGCS, MG, and Mark Clodfelter and Sean McNerney from Bayer (

In the Marketing competition, GCSAA picked up a pair of first-place awards. Graphic designer Tyler Stover’s work on the Environmental Institute for Golf’s Giving Tuesday digital ad campaign earned a first-place award for digital design, while freelance contributor Paul Severn won for best photo for images used in GCM’s 2019 trade show booth at the Golf Industry Show.

GCM picked up three more first-place honors for writing. Managing editor Andrew Hartsock took first in the Column, Series category for his work on GCM’s bi-monthly Environment column, while Hirt took first place in Writing, Headline Writing for “Unlocked potential,” a story on a South Dakota golf course that utilized a work-release program at a local women’s prison to ease labor concerns ( Those two also combined to earn top honors for their work on GCM’s series on labor issues facing golf course management.

In the photography competition, GCM won first place for best use of stock photography for the photo of Old Tom Morris Award winner Gary Player that appeared on the cover of the December 2019 issue.

GCM and GCSAA also took home a total of 10 merit awards:

TOCA is an organization composed of editors, writers, publishers, photographers, public relations/advertising practitioners, industry association leaders, manufacturers and others involved in green industry communications. Hollister currently serves as the group’s past president.