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Matthew A. Crowther, CGCS, named recipient of 2021 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship from GCSAA

by Dec 29, 2020 | Kate Hiebert

Massachusetts superintendent to be recognized during virtual Golf Industry Show

Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 29, 2020) – Matthew A. Crowther, the certified golf course superintendent (CGCS)at Cape Cod Country Club in East Falmouth, Mass., has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Crowther, a 30-year GCSAA member who is in his second year at Cape Cod Country Club, will be recognized during the annual Golf Industry Show, which will be held virtually Feb. 2-4, 2021.

The GCSAA President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship was established in 1991 to recognize an exceptional environmental contribution to the game of golf; a contribution that further exemplifies the golf course superintendent’s image as a steward of the land.

Crowther was nominated for his work at Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass., where he was superintendent from 1995 to 2019 and more recently at Cape Cod Country Club. His course management focuses on using as few inputs as possible to keep the surrounding environment in mind, while also creating a healthy, quality playing surface.

Crowther’s approach has reduced chemical inputs dramatically. Mink Meadows features 45 acres of irrigated turf, but only 3 ½ acres are conventionally maintained with fertilizers and pesticides. In addition, he established low-maintenance native areas at the course, which has benefited wildlife and reduced cost and energy consumption to maintain those areas.

“I feel as though all superintendents are environmentalists at heart,” Crowther said. “We care deeply for our courses and the surrounding ecosystems. Some maybe like to think outside the

box or take it a step further environmentally, such as I did, but it doesn’t diminish the average day-to-day maintenance on most courses.”

“Matthew is widely recognized as one of the true shining stars in our industry, a genuine environmental steward who’s work at both Mink Meadow Country Club and now at Cape Cod Country Club are worthy of praise,” said GCSAA President John R. Fulling, CGCS. “His accomplishments deserve to be held up as examples of the golf industry doing the right thing when it comes to the environment, and we’re pleased that we can honor him through the President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship. It certainly is well-deserved.”

Crowther, who became certified in 1999, has been active in his local and regional associations, serving as president for the GCSA of Cape Cod and the New England Regional Turf Foundation during his career.

“I never set out for recognition and did what I did voluntarily,” Crowther said. “I was not under any restrictions. I often questioned my sanity for doing it, but I took great pride in the work and longevity. I feel honored and am deeply humbled to receive this award.” A list of previous President’s Award winners is available at https://www.gcsaa.org/about-gcsaa/awards/president-s-award-for-environmental-stewardship