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Claude Crockford 2016

Golf
01.08.2016
Andy Woods Speech - AGCSA 2016

The AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award recognises golf course superintendents for their commitment to sustainable land management, long-term environmental planning, community involvement and overall environmental stewardship of their golf course.

The award, which is presented at the annual AGCSA Australian Turfgrass Conference, is named in honour of Claude Crockford who was superintendent at the world-renowned Royal Melbourne Golf Club between 1937 and 1975. While Royal Melbourne is famed for its greens, it was Crockford’s championing of golf course environmental management which he is most remembered for within the industry. That legacy continues today through the Claude Crockford Environmental Award.

In these times of heightened environmental awareness and regulation, the AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award takes on great significance. With golf courses now under increasing public and legislative scrutiny, environmental management and responsibility has become a primary concern for the modern day superintendent.

This award has become one of the most sought after at the annual presentation ceremony and always attracts a highly competitive field of nominees. Winning the AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award is something that the entire club can take pride in. Syngenta is the proud sponsor of this award.

Nominees for the AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award must work within an organisation that employs a current AGCSA member. All valid nominations will be judged individually by members of the AGCSA Board with input from independent industry experts as required.

Selection criteria include the demonstration of a commitment to sustainable land management, long-term planning, community involvement and overall environmental stewardship of the golf course and its surrounding environment. Protection of indigenous plant and animal populations, restoration of habitat and a desire to protect sensitive areas are also highly regarded aspects of this award.

You can read about the 2016 winner, Andy Wood from Kauri Cliffs Golf Club, in the July/August Australian Turf Management Journal or click here.