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Kevin Osgood

 

 KEVIN OSGOOD

AWARDED THE 2015

GCSA of New England

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

AWARD

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin has had a hand shaping the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England and other golf related groups in New England.  He has served as President of the GCSA of New England, and the New England Golf Course Owners Association.

 

He served on the board of the GCSA of New England for fourteen years and has been serving on the board of the New England Golf Course Owners Association for the past twelve years.  Kevin is also the owner of Sterling Golf Management.  This company manages the Newton Commonwealth Golf Course, Chelmsford Country Club, Maynard Golf Course, Rockland Golf Course and the Norwood Country Club.  Sterling also provides maintenance service for the Fore Kicks Golf Club in Norfolk.  In addition, Kevin is the owner of The Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey, NH.

 

As an owner and operator of multiple golf courses Kevin has always employed members of the GCSA of New England to manage the maintenance of the courses and he encourages their active participation in our organization. He has always made his courses available for meetings. 

 

Kevin has been very generous and always is one of the first to offer his courses for rounds of golf in support of the Association’s Scholarship and Benevolence Tournament. When he managed the Wm. J. Devine course at Franklin Park he hosted one of the most successful Scholarship and Benevolence fundraising tournaments.  As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts he has been a strong supporter of the Alumni Turf Group’s annual Dr. Joseph Troll fundraiser for the UMass Turf Research Program.  

 

As one nominator wrote, “Every time I see Kevin or one of his Superintendents at a GCSANE meeting or a local or national trade show he shows one of the most positive attitudes I have ever seen in my 40+ years in this business.”

 

When asked his thoughts about receiving the DSA he stated, “From my days working as a teenager on the golf course, as an early superintendent, and now operating a small golf management company, I have always been honored to say my profession is that of a Golf Course Superintendent!”

 

Membership Committee Chairman Jeff Urquhart stated that Kevin’s accomplishments made him a standout for the award and he looks forward to recognizing Kevin at the Annual Meeting in January.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 ANNUAL MEETING AT 

FENWAY PARK

When

Tuesday January 13, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

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Where

Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way

Boston, MA 02215

 

Driving Directions

 

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in the EMC Club at Fenway Park Tuesday, 

January 13, 2015 with a snow date of Thursday, 

January 15, 2015.  Entry to the EMC Club is at 20 Yawkey Way.  The EMC Club is upstairs.

Fenway Facade for clients

 

Please click this link to find information about parking and other items of interest for your visit to Fenway.

 

SCHEDULE 

 

9:00 AM                                        Board Meeting

10:00 AM                      Past Presidents Meeting

10:00 AM                Registration and photos with

                                    Wally The Green Monster

11:00 AM            Business Meeting and Election

NOON                        Buffet lunch with open bar

1:00 PM             *Presentation by Steve Keating

2:00 PM                                         Monster raffle

2:30 - 3:00 PM      Optional tour of Fenway Park

 

*Steve Keating will present a dynamic talk titled "360 Degree Leadership."  Steve has made many presentations to golf course superintendents and others in our business.  For more about Steve and his background please click Steve Keating.

 

COST:                                  $75.00

RETIRED MEMBER:           $50.00

(registration fees include optional tour of Fenway Park)

 

Dress Code - Business Casual (sport jacket, collared shirt, slacks)

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOON, JANUARY 5, 2015

Early registration is encouraged 

as space is limited.  

To register click the link below.

 

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Pat Vittum Gr Sec Award

 

By USGA
December 8, 2014

 

Dr. Vittum will receive the Green Section Award on Feb. 7, 2015, at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards in New York City. (USGA/Damian Strohmeyer)

 

FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association today announced Dr. Patricia J. Vittum, of Amherst, Mass., as the recipient of the 2015 USGA Green Section Award. Presented annually since 1961, the USGA Green Section Award recognizes an individual’s distinguished service to the game of golf through his or her work with turfgrass.

 

Vittum, a professor at the University of Massachusetts’ Stockbridge School of Agriculture, has conducted significant research on the biology and management of turfgrass insects and the effectiveness of biological-control methods. A recognized industry leader, she is a widely sought-after resource for practical information about turfgrass pests.

 

“Dr. Vittum has the unique ability to be a hands-on researcher who can effectively communicate her work with practical advice for the field practitioner,” said Dr. Kimberly Erusha, managing director of the USGA Green Section. “Her contributions to the study of turfgrass insects have helped to establish industry standards and best management practices. We are proud to recognize her accomplishments and celebrate her legacy.”

 

A native of western New York, Dr. Vittum earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from The College of Wooster (Ohio). She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees at Cornell University, where she worked with Dr. Haruo Tashiro, an international expert in the biology of turf insects. Vittum also served on the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Committee from 2002 to 2008.

 

Vittum joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1980, becoming a professor in 2000. She currently teaches classes on the use of pesticides in the environment and turf management programs. She was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch in 2004.

 

“Pat is an exemplary faculty member and a true leader,” said Mary Owen, turf specialist and turf program coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Extension. “She has dedicated her career to advance the professionalism and competence of golf course superintendents and staff, with protection of the environment as a high priority.”

 

Vittum’s research has been published in several well-respected industry journals and publications. She is the principal author of the second edition of “Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada,” which is widely regarded as the leading publication on turf entomology. She also co-authored the “Handbook of Integrated Pest Management for Golf Courses.”

 

“When Dr. Erusha called to tell me about this honor, I was overwhelmed,” said Dr. Vittum. “The list of previous honorees includes so many giants of the turf management world, including people from academia, USGA Green Section directors, and top-shelf golf course superintendents. I am honored and humbled to be joining their ranks as a recipient of the distinguished service award. This is the highest award to which I could aspire, and it is an incredible affirmation of the studies I have conducted as a turf entomologist and the years I have spent as an educator.”

 

Vittum will receive the Green Section Award on Feb. 7, 2015, at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards in New York City.

 

The Service Awards dinner consolidates the presentation of many of the USGA’s most significant honors into a single, inspiring event, highlighting the people and organizations whose selfless dedication and notable accomplishments have made an important contribution to the USGA and its mission to serve the game. In addition to the Green Section Award, the Joe Dey Award, Ike Grainger Award and Herbert Warren Wind Book Award will be presented at the dinner. The USGA’s highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, will be presented in a public ceremony during the week of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

 Through the work of its Green Section, which was established in 1920, the USGA has emerged as one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and promotion of environmentally friendly practices and a more sustainable game. With a professional staff dedicated to these efforts, the USGA is among the leading agencies in the U.S. devoted to golf course turf, its playing condition and its management.

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