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February 8, 2011 > TPC Stonebrae honored with environmental award

TPC Stonebrae honored with environmental award

Submitted By Steve Miller

A dozen Tournament Players Clubs (TPCs), including TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, have been awarded top honors in the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards for 2010, including two that have earned National Awards.

An independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turf grass experts, university researchers and members of the golf community conducted the award selection. Superintendents and their courses were judged on overall course management excellence in the areas of resource conservation, water quality management, integrated pest management, wildlife/habitat management and education/outreach. Additionally, these categories were judged on sustainability, critically, originality and technology implementation/use. All of the winners will be formally recognized during the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Orlando, FL on February 8, 2011, and will be featured in the February issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

"We are very proud of Collier Miller and his outstanding team of superintendents and agronomy professionals throughout the TPC Network, who continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to preserve and protect the environment," said David Pillsbury, president of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties.

Judges selected winners in three National categories (Public, Private and Resort) and an International winner and bestowed honors upon the top entry from each GCSAA affiliated Chapter. Merit honors were awarded to those who did not earn National or Chapter honors but, in the opinion of the judges, deserved special recognition.

Chapter Award honors/public division were awarded to Robb Arnold at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, LA; Paul Grogan at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL; and Kim Wood at TPC Las Vegas.

Chapter Award honors/private division were awarded to Stephen Britton at TPC Potomac in Potomac, MD; Michael Crawford at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA; and Thomas DeGrandi at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT.

Chapter Award honors/resort division were awarded to Jeff Plotts at TPC Scottsdale.

Merit Award honors/private division were awarded to David Davies at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, CA; Dale Hahn at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, NV; and Jim Thomas at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN.

"Hayward is one of the few cities to receive this honor. We are very proud to achieve this sought-after recognition of responsible resource conservation, water quality and conservation and wildlife/habitat management," stated Stonebrae Executive Director Steve Miller.

All of the TPCs honored, and almost all clubs within the TPC Network, are certified as official Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Systems by Audubon International. To date, PGA TOUR-owned or licensed TPCs have earned 102 GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.

"I'm very proud of the daily work of our talented team of maintenance and agronomy professionals to conserve natural resources, preserve wildlife habitats and help educate the public regarding the valuable role golf courses play in protecting the environment," said Collier Miller, PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties' Director of TPC Agronomy. "At the same time, they do an outstanding job ensuring PGA TOUR players, members and guests enjoy the best possible playing conditions year-round."

For more information, visit www.tpc.com and www.stonebrae.com

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