Shannon Easter, the maintenance director and environmental consultant at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla., has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2016 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), which are presented annually by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird’s Golf Division.
The awards recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach, and leadership.
Easter, a 19-year member of GCSAA, is joined by fellow golf course superintendents and GCSAA members Alex Stuedemann at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., and Ken Nice at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., as national honorees.
Stuedemann is the National Public Course winner, while Nice won for the National Resort courses. Christine Chan, the golf course superintendent at The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course Limited, took top honors in the International category.
The winners will be recognized Tuesday, Feb. 7, during the Opening Session at the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Fla. Winners will also be featured in upcoming issues of Golf Digest and GCSAA's official monthly publication, Golf Course Management magazine.