The GCSAA flag that flies over the association's headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., is flying at half-mast today in recognition of the passing of a legend in golf course management, former GCSAA president Sherwood A. Moore, CGCS, who died Saturday at the age of 90.
Moore, who served as the association's president in 1962, was a 67-year member of GCSAA and the only working superintendent to ever win the association's prestigious Old Tom Morris Award (1990). As recently as this May, Moore was in the news for receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (he's at the center in the accompanying photo) . At the same time, the school established the Sherwood A. Moore Turfgrass Research Endowment.
Moore was one of the most decorated superintendents in the history of the profession and is generally credited with pioneering the practice of fairway contour mowing and the use of triplex greens mowers during his long tenure at Winged Foot Golf Club, where he prepped for three USGA championships. Included on his long list of honors are a Distinguished Service Award and the Leo Feser Award from GCSAA.
Watch the September issue of GCM for a full story on the passing of this industry legend, complete with comments from those who were closest to him.