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GCSAA lands 18 awards in national communications contest

Golf Course Management magazine, GCSAA’s creative services team earn top honors in 2020 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association awards program

Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2020) Golf Course Management (GCM) magazine, the official publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), and GCSAA’s creative services team combined to win a total of 18 awards in the 2020 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Communications Contest. The awards were for work produced in 2019 and were presented during the organization's virtual annual meeting that took place earlier this month.

Two of GCSAA’s digital properties earned first-place honors in the contest. For the second consecutive year, and its editor, Megan Hirt, were honored with a first-place award for websites in the New Media category, while in that same category, the GCSAA Podcast and Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief, won top honors in the podcast division for an episode featuring Curtis Tyrell, CGCS, MG, and Mark Clodfelter and Sean McNerney from Bayer (

In the Marketing competition, GCSAA picked up a pair of first-place awards. Graphic designer Tyler Stover’s work on the Environmental Institute for Golf’s Giving Tuesday digital ad campaign earned a first-place award for digital design, while freelance contributor Paul Severn won for best photo for images used in GCM’s 2019 trade show booth at the Golf Industry Show.

GCM picked up three more first-place honors for writing. Managing editor Andrew Hartsock took first in the Column, Series category for his work on GCM’s bi-monthly Environment column, while Hirt took first place in Writing, Headline Writing for “Unlocked potential,” a story on a South Dakota golf course that utilized a work-release program at a local women’s prison to ease labor concerns ( Those two also combined to earn top honors for their work on GCM’s series on labor issues facing golf course management.

In the photography competition, GCM won first place for best use of stock photography for the photo of Old Tom Morris Award winner Gary Player that appeared on the cover of the December 2019 issue.

GCM and GCSAA also took home a total of 10 merit awards:

· Hartsock for his column “The future of mowing (and gift giving)

· Freelance writer Stacie Zinn Roberts in the Turf writing category for “Renovating paradise” (

· Hirt in the Operations Profile writing category for “Unlocked potential” (

· Hartsock in the Business Management writing category for “Retirement plan” (

· Hollister in the Website, Original Content writing category for “From the corner office to Pebble Beach” (

· Freelance photographer April Rocha for her photo of superintendent Justin DePippo at Bel-Air Country Club that appeared in the January 2019 issue of GCM (

· Roger Billings, senior manager, creative services, earned two merits, one for his design work on “Law of Averages,” the 411 infographic in the September 2019 issue of GCM, and the other for the 2019 Dog Days of Golf calendar.

· Kelly Neis, senior manager, creative services, won merit awards for the 2020 Golf Industry Show directory and map, and the two-page guide to getting around GIS that appeared in the December 2019 issue of GCM.

TOCA is an organization composed of editors, writers, publishers, photographers, public relations/advertising practitioners, industry association leaders, manufacturers and others involved in green industry communications. Hollister currently serves as the group’s past president.

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About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.orgor find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at
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 EIFG at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Golf Industry Show
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative conference and trade show combining education, networking opportunities and practical solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders. The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). Participating partners include National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Angela Hartmann
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