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Louisiana, Mississippi latest states to publish BMP guidelines for golf courses

by May 05, 2020 | Kate Hiebert


The Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA leads the development of statewide best management practices with a grant from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Lawrence, Kan. (May 5, 2020) – The hard work of the Louisiana-Mississippi Golf Course Superintendents Association has resulted in the publication of two documents for best management practices for golf courses in the states, “Nutrient BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi” and “Water Resource Management BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi”. The documents are now available in GCSAA's online BMP tool.

The Louisiana-Mississippi BMPs were developed in part by using the BMP Planning Guide and Template created by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and funded and supported by the USGA.

The Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA received $18,350 in BMP grants that GCSAA funded through the association’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) in part by the PGA Tour. The BMP grant program provides funding through the EIFG to chapters for developing new guides, updating existing guides or for verification programs. GCSAA’s goal is to have all 50 states offer established BMPs by the end of 2020.

The Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA is primarily comprised of superintendents from both states, and the BMPs are relevant to both.

Stephen Miles, CGCS, director of golf operations at The Preserve Club in Vancleave, Miss., was part of the Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA BMP Steering Committee.

“The LMGCSA recognizes that environmental stewardship is a great business management plan for the game of golf and simply means being more efficient with the resources we use on a daily basis,” Miles said. “The best management practices developed for Louisiana and Mississippi are based on scientific principles that can help golf course superintendent make the best decisions possible for their facility. BMPs help improve our operation, protect our environment and protect the game we love.”

In addition to Miles, other GCSAA members who serves on the committee include Jeremy Stevens, superintendent at The Preserve Club in Vancleave, Miss.; Mitch O’Banion, superintendent at Money Hill Golf & Country Club in Abita Springs, La.; Brandon Reese, director, golf course operations, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La.; and Ron Wright, CGCS, GCSAA Southeast regional field representative.

Representatives from Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University also played key roles including Jeff Beasley, Ph.D., associate professor, LSU AgCenter; Jay McCurdy, Ph.D., assistant professor, MSU; Brian LeBlanc, Ph.D, professor, LSU AgCenter, and Louisiana Sea Grant at LSU; Barry Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor, MSU; Beth Baker, Ph.D., MSU; and Stacia Davis Conger, Ph.D., LSU AgCenter.

To read “Nutrient BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi” and “Water Resource Management BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi” and to learn more about GCSAA’s BMP program, visit www.gcsaa.org/bmp.