Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Mohd Nizam Othman continues to blaze a glorious trail for golf course superintendents in Asia.
One of the most decorated course superintendents in the region, Othman has collected accolades and admirers in equal numbers in his role at the award-winning Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC).
Adding to his long list of awards, Othman has attained ‘Class A’ Membership status from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), golf’s foremost facilitator of best course-maintenance practices. He is the first Malaysian to be bestowed with the honour.
The 45-year-old father-of-four has been engaged in golf course management since 1995 after completing a degree from the Malaysian Agriculture Institute and a Turf Management Course at the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute.
Othman, who is among the keynote speakers at next month’s Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) Vietnam Turfgrass Management Seminar, said: “I am very happy and grateful to be awarded such great recognition. It is indeed a huge accomplishment for myself which I dedicate to my family, the club and the country.
“I thank the GCSAA for the support and encouragement they have given me during my career. This is another stepping stone for a more exciting adventure in the golf industry that I aim to bring value and excellence for the pleasure of avid golfers.
“At KLGCC we have an exceptional team of dedicated individuals who strive to present our two courses in the best condition possible – not just when we stage tournaments, but each and every day of the year.”
During the past four years, the KLGCC, a Golf Facility Member of the AGIF, has established itself as Asia’s foremost venue for professional tournaments having staged the Maybank Malaysian Open, CIMB Classic and Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. It also copes with 50,000 member rounds annually.
Steven Thielke, Chief Executive Officer of KLGCC, said: “We are very proud to have such an incredible talent like Nizam and would like to congratulate him for this outstanding recognition. His dedication, passion and commitment in delivering a world-class golf course has without a doubt earned him a Class A Membership of the GCSAA. Truly exceptional.
“The fact that the club has hosted three international tournaments within a year for three consecutive years is testament to the level of excellence and utmost commitment that our green keeping team, led by Othman, has to offer.”
Rhett Evans, the GCSAA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Class A members are golf industry professionals who possesses knowledge, skills and abilities through a combination of education, experience, professional development and environmental stewardship and have met and continues to fulfill on-going Class A renewal requirements.
“Our congratulations to Othman on achieving this status.”
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Othman’s efforts and achievements are an inspiration to all up-and-coming golf course superintendents in Asia.
“He is a credit to his profession and a wonderful role model for those seeking to follow in his footsteps.”
Othman, who hails from the southernmost Malaysian State of Johor and acts as Vice President of the Golf Course Superintendent Association of Malaysia, says the scope of a superintendent takes in four main areas – agronomy, horticulture and landscaping, irrigation, and workshop and machinery.
KLGCC has a team of 160 staff, 90 of whom are involved in golf course maintenance and a further 70 looking after the grounds and landscaping.
Othman and his team work closely with the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and European Tour Agronomists and Tour Directors.
“Each Tour has a different and strict set of specifications for golf course conditions. We do not compromise on any of them.
“After every tournament, we work against time and often the weather to bring the golf course back to normal conditions. This involves remedying the stress on the greens, replanting work on the marquee areas, bringing down the rough height to name a few,” said Othman, who has been with the KLGCC for nine years.
“It’s challenging to sustain the quality of turf grass every day of the year, considering such humidity, cloudy conditions and rain. These factors are a breeding haven for grass diseases, parasite activities and a lack of photo-synthesis.”
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