Tom Hurst of Bernhard Grinders is the 2013 recipient of the Edwin Budding Award presented by the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) and sponsored by Ransomes-Jacobsen.
Hurst, who is a 30-year veteran of the industry, will receive the award Jan. 21-23 during the BTME Conference in Harrogate, U.K.
IGCEMA introduced the Budding Award in 2007. It is designed to honor technicians and industry professionals in the golf sector who have made a major contribution to the industry. Budding is considered a pioneer in the industry. He invented the reel mower in 1832 as well as the adjustable spanner/crescent wrench.
In a prepared statement, Oakmont Country Club superintendent John Zimmers spoke highly of Hurst.
"No job is either too big or too small for Tom," said Zimmers, a 21-year member of GCSAA. "Simply put, Tom is a constant professional."
Other nominees for the award were Patrick Callaby, Mark Johnson, David Kirschner and Fred Peck. The Toro Company's Dana Lonn received the Budding Award last year.