A story on identifying what’s important and ultimately what’s not important to superintendents going through the budgeting process has earned an Illinois superintendent GCSAA’s 2011 Leo Feser Award.
Timothy J. Anderson, MG, CGCS, has been selected as the recipient of this year’s honor for the best superintendent-written story in GCM for “Shoot the Elephants First,” which appeared in the June 2011 issue. The 25-year GCSAA member will officially receive the award Feb. 28 at the 2012 GCSAA Education Conference in Las Vegas, during Celebrate GCSAA!, an event presented in partnership with Syngenta.
Anderson’s story examined the golf course budgeting process and offered methods for making smart budgeting and financial decisions. In particular, Anderson’s story urged readers to turn a critical eye to a golf course’s big-ticket items and not to sweat the small stuff during budgeting.
"Tim's article provides great budgeting advice for his fellow GCSAA members," says GCSAA President Robert M. Randquist, CGCS. "His writing really rings true in our current economy."
As the Feser Award winner, Anderson will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show. His name will also be engraved on a plaque that is on permanent display at GCSAA headquarters.
The Feser Award honors the late Leo Feser, a pioneer golf course superintendent and a charter member of GCSAA. Feser is credited with keeping the association's official publication alive during the Great Depression. For three years (1933-36), he wrote, edited, assembled and published each issue of The Greenkeepers' Report (as the association's magazine was called then) from his home in Wayzata, Minn. The award was first presented in 1956 and has been given annually since 1977.