TRUCKEE, Calif. — Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest announced the 2013 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, which included Scott Bower of Martis Camp Club in Truckee.
Judges selected winners in three national categories (public, private and resort courses), and an international winner, with an overall winner selected from those four.
Recognition was given to the top entry from each GCSAA affiliated chapter, and merit honors were awarded to those who did not earn national or chapter honors, but deserved special recognition in the judge’s opinion.
“This year’s winners, along with their facilities, are proof that not only can golf courses be compatible with the environment, but in many cases they can enhance it,” GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS said. “They are prime examples of the commitment GCSAA members make to being stewards of the environment.”
Among the national winners is Scott R. Bower of Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Sierra Nevada GCSA, honored with “National Private.”
Bower, a 22-year GCSAA member, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Martis Camp Golf Course.
In the five years since the course opened, Bower has met the challenges of managing a 6,100-foot elevation course in the Sierra Nevada. Water quality management and conservation are key parts of the property’s management philosophies, which follow the principles of sustainable agriculture, and a Chemical Management Action Plan (CHAMP) lists BMPs for pesticide use. In addition, integrated pest management is a guiding philosophy, and chemical applications are minimal. The golf maintenance team also plants and maintains an herb and vegetable garden that is available for use by the members and the club kitchen.
In addition, Bower serves on the steering committee for the Truckee River Watershed council.
Winners of the ELGA program will be featured in an upcoming issue of Golf Digest magazine and GCSAA’s Golf Course Management magazine. Syngenta Professional Products and Rain Bird Golf Irrigation are the presenting partners of the award.
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The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit www.eifg.org.