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Sustainability drive for 2014 Ryder Cup
rganisers of the 2014 Ryder Cup, to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland, have launched a major effort to ensure the event is as green as possible. The 2014 Ryder Cup Green Drive, will set out to integrate sustainability into all aspects of event planning, staging and legacy. Ryder Cup match director Edward Kitson said: “We are currently putting in place the building blocks that will enable us to minimize and mitigate the event’s unavoidable impacts, and also look at many new ways to maximize positive opportunities to outreach, advocate and engage for a lasting legacy.” Gleneagles golf courses manager Scott Fenwick added: “This initiative fits very well
Old Tom Morris Award
Boom in English golf numbers
The number of people in England playing golf at least once a week is up by over 69,000 compared with six months ago. The surge in popularity is shown by the latest figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey. Golf is among 21 sports which have shown a positive trend over the past six months and the results indicate the long-term, downward trend in golf participation may be reversing.
Gleneagles will host the matches in 2014
with our proven track record of environmental management and community engagement. Having employed professional sustainability and environmental managers for over a decade we feel well placed to contribute. We look forward to identifying new opportunities across the resort’s operations, and raising our own performance further in line with the Green Drive.” Meanwhile, Gleneagles has recently renewed its five-year exclusivity deal with turf maintenance machinery manufacturer Toro and its distributor Lely UK.
‘125 years of US golf’ gala planned
Hurdzan to receive GCSAA award
America’s oldest golf club, the Saint Andrew’s club, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, has announced plans to commemorate 125 years of golf in America with a gala evening on 8 June 2013 in New York City. All net proceeds from the event will benefit the First Tee of Metropolitan New York, a youth development organization that teaches important life skills and core values to youngsters through the game of golf.
SGCA Past President Dr Michael Hurdzan, has been selected to receive the 2013 Old Tom Morris Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The award will be presented during the GCSAA conference in San Diego next February. Hurdzan points to Devil’s Paintbrush in Canada, and Erin Hills in Wisconsin, which will play host to the 2017 US Open as his favorite projects. He began his career in golf as a course superintendent. “Mike is most deserving of this honor,” said GCSAA president Sandy Queen. “His contributions to the game have had a significant and lasting impact. He has given so much of his time for the greater good.”
Born in 1943 in West Virgina, Hurdzan moved to Columbus, Ohio, as a young child. His exposure to golf began at an early age as his father, Michael, a golf professional, taught him the game in the early 1950s. There he was taken under the wing of Jack Kidwell, a golf professional, superintendent, architect and owner. Kidwell would eventually name Hurdzan assistant superintendent and then superintendent of Beacon Light. The two would ultimately form a partnership in a golf course design firm. “I loved being on the golf course, and that is why this award means so much to me. It is given by an organization for which I have the ultimate respect and by a group of individuals I consider to be my peers,” said Hurdzan.
Women members for Augusta
Augusta National has made global headlines by electing its first women members, former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and South Carolina-based financier Darla Moore. “These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” said club chairman Billy Payne.
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By Design - Fall 2012
John Harbottle III
National School Program
Less Turf, Less Expense
Swing Speed and Distance
By Design - Fall 2012