The Florida Golf Course Superintendents(FGCSA) has earned the 2015 Excellence in Government Relations Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America(GCSAA), the national association, for its statewide collaboration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish best management practices for golf courses. The GCSAA annually recognizes a chapter or superintendent for outstanding advocacy or compliance efforts in government relations.
This award lauded the completion and long-term use of the publication titled Best Management Practices for Enhancement of Environmental Quality for Florida Golf Courses, which was first published in 2007and has been adopted by nearly 300 of the state’s more than 1,000 golf courses.
“This is a nice recognition for all the advocacy efforts on behalf of Florida golf course superintendents. What we have done can be a good foundation for a lot of other associations,” said Bill Davidson, president of the FGCSA. For more information visit www.FloridaGCSA.com.
The goal was to agree on attainable management practices to keep golf a profitable business in Florida while protecting state water and natural resources, according to the Clean Water Act and other state and local ordinances. The result is a valuable document that has become an aid for all state regulatory agencies, including the Florida DEP, Florida Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Community Affairs.
“The golf management industry as a whole is working toward statewide and regional best management practices so that we demonstrate environmental stewardship in all that we do,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “Florida is clearly a leader in this regard, and we applaud their efforts.”
The Florida chapter will be formerly recognized February 25 at the Opening Session of the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. The FGCSA will also be featured in am upcoming issue of GCA’s official monthly publication , Golf Course Management magazine.. The FGCSA consists of 11 chapters and more than individual members.
The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is 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.com.