The superintendent is the unsung hero of any golf operation. Each year, TurfNet, the Magazine, part of the Golfweek Group, recognizes one superintendent who stands out from the crowd as its Superintendent of the Year.
Golf courses are affected – not always in a positive way – by weather, economics, growing conditions, governmental influences, labor issues, architectural challenges, equipment concerns and club politics. How those challenges are met helps define the winner of the Superintendent of the Year award, sponsored by Club Car.
For the eighth consecutive year, the editorial staff of the TurfNet Media Network will recognize one nominee as its winner. Criteria on which nominees are judged include labor-management skills, maximizing budget limitations, educating and advancing the careers of colleagues and assistants, negotiating with government agencies, preparing for tournaments under unusual circumstances, service to golf clientele, upgrading or renovating the course and dealing with extreme or emergency conditions.
TurfNet will profile nine finalists for the award in its January issue. The winner will be named on the floor of the Golf Industry Show, scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Orlando, Fla., and will be highlighted in the magazine’s February issue.
However, the real winner in recognizing someone as superintendent of the year, according to last year’s winner, is the golf course.
Certified golf course superintendent Scott Ramsay described the atmosphere around The Course at Yale as “busy and excited” since being named the 2007 Superintendent of the Year last February. He wrote in a letter to TurfNet, the Magazine that the university has recognized his achievements with “projects and equipment” to support a renovation project at Yale.
“We all feel a great validation in our direction and purpose – restoring the Yale course,” Ramsay wrote.
Help recognize the achievements of a superintendent who has gone above and beyond the call of duty this year by nominating him or her for the award. Send nominations to John Reitman at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 407-563-7077, or go online at www.turfnet.com/soy_2007.php. Deadline is Nov. 1.