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AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award

Claude Crockford was golf course superintendent at the world-renowned Royal Melbourne Golf Club between 1937 and 1975Presented in partnership with Bayer Environmental Science, 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 one of four the AGCSA presents at the annual Australian Turfgrass Conference, is named in honour of Claude Crockford (pictured right) 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 provides a huge fillip for the superintendent and his or her crew, and is something that the entire club can take pride in.

Selection Criteria
Nominees for the AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award must be a current AGCSA superintendent member and members of the AGCSA's Environmental Initiative. 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.

Requirements
In no less than 1000 words please detail or send a dossier demonstrating how the nominee has displayed a commitment to sustainable land management and the environment. Please make sure the following key judging points are covered:

  • Description of the current environmental management plan or system in place.
  • Demonstrate the commitment to the protection of the existing natural environment, environmental best practice and environmental stewardship.
  • Description of the overall objective for environmental change.
  • Description of the current course environment.
  • Demonstrate the commitment to land management and sustainability.
  • Demonstrate the process being undertaken to protect native flora and fauna and the protection of environmentally-sensitive areas. 

AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award Past Recipients (click on a name to read their profile)
2012:
Steve Marsden (Cape Kidnappers, NZ)
2011: Troy MacLaren (Kabi Organic Golf Course, QLD)
2010: Jodie Grainger (Yering Meadows, VIC)
2009: Andrew Smith (Yamba Golf & Country Club, NSW)
2008: Kenton Boyd (Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, NSW)
2007:
Stuart Moore (Southport Golf Club, QLD)
2006: Peter Donkers (Long Reef Golf Club, NSW)
2005: Scott McKay (North Lakes Golf Club, QLD) and Ben Marshall (Club Pelican, QLD)
2004: David Warwick (Avondale Golf Club, NSW)
2003: Spiros Skaftouros (Growling Frog Golf Club, VIC) and Darren Watson (Horizons Golf Club, NSW)
2002: Jeff Austen (El Caballo, WA)
2001: Andrew Baker (Sanctuary Cove Golf Resort, QLD)
2000: Ben Tilley (Beerwah Golf Club, QLD)
1999: Mick Russell (Werribee Park Golf Club, VIC)
1998: Kevin Wellard
1997: Jon Penberthy
1996: Rodney Fenton