GCSAA to Honour Sustainable Course Successes

Beijing, China: The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will award its first International Award of Excellence during this weekend’s China Golf Show.
Indicative of high achievement in environmental stewardship, community involvement and innovation in the service of golf course development and maintenance, the inaugural International Award of Excellence goes to The Forward Group and the Suqian Lakeside New District CPC Working Committee for their combined efforts on construction and remediation projects at Luoma Lake Country Club, a golf course that recently replaced an derelict quartz mine and dump site in China’s Jiangsu Province.
The award ceremony will be held on the main stage inside the China National Convention Centre on Saturday. The China Golf Show is organised by Reed Exhibitions China, in partnership with GCSAA. Reed Exhibitions is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“GCSAA is golf’s foremost facilitator of best course-maintenance practices worldwide, and so we feel it’s important to recognise those golf-related projects where sound ecology, community activism and technical innovation have come together in striking, successful fashion,” said JD Dockstader, GCSAA Chief Business Development Officer.
“As recently as six years ago, this area of Suqian City was totally degraded. Today it’s a tourism engine for the province that just happens to be teeming with new and returning wildlife.
“We congratulate The Forward Group and the Working Committee in Suqian, not only on their efforts and good intentions, but for their stellar results.”
Today, Luoma Lake CC is a cornerstone of Suqian City’s Lakeside New District, an area of 448 square kilometres that is home to 180,000 people.

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