Friday, September 16

Happy 90th Birthday, GCSAA!

A GOLF TRADE ORGANIZATION MIGHT NOT strike you as very exciting. But if you play golf on real golf courses, then these guys deserve our loud thanks, praise and birthday wishes.

The old days. (GCSAA)
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) turned 90 years old. Here's a little perspective from the GCSAA's First Cut newsletter and blog:
GCSAA, which was formed in 1926 by Englishman John Morley to further greenkeeping ideas among middle America golf courses, is celebrating 90 years as one of the most important organizations in the game. 
Morley, who was a vegetable grower and greenkeeper at Youngstown (Ohio) Country Club, would hardly recognize the organization he formed. First known as the National Association of Greenkeepers of America, the group started with 60 greenkeepers coming together on Sept. 13, 1926, at Sylvania Country Club in Toledo, Ohio, to share ideas. 
Today, GCSAA has 17,500 members from 72 countries, and its members are science-based college graduates who manage all aspects of golf course management, from agronomics to environmental sciences.
Next time you're on the golf course take a moment to thank the grounds crew, who are some of the unsung heroes of this great game.

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