Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards – A great way to demonstrate your commitment to the environment!

Presented by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird, the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship.View a list of past winners.

When is the deadline and where should I send my application?

Applications for the 2016 ELGAs are due by Sept. 30, 2016.


Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants from the United States must be members in good standing of GCSAA and of an affiliated GCSAA chapter. Applicants from outside the United States should be members of similar local organizations.

Superintendents who have previously been recognized as a national or international winner of the Environmental Steward Awards or as a winner of Golf Digest‘s Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards are not eligible to receive 2016 Overall/National/International awards unless they have changed facilities.All entries are eligible for Chapter and Merit awards.


While GCSAA members may apply for the awards directly, members and non-members (including the general public) also may nominate GCSAA members for award consideration. Nominations, including the nominee’s name and mailing address, should be directed to GCSAA with a short description as to why the GCSAA member is being nominated. Nominees will be notified of their nomination and provided with an application form for completion. Those making the nomination will remain anonymous unless otherwise requested.

ELGA applications are reviewed and scored by an independent panel of judges. The judging panel includes university scientists, representatives from environmental organizations and golf industry professionals including irrigation specialists, independent agronomists, turfgrass consultants and other industry representatives.

What are the judges looking for?

Applications will be evaluated in the following categories:

  • Water conservation
  • Water quality management
  • Integrated pest management
  • Energy conservation
  • Pollution prevention
  • Waste management
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Communication and outreach
  • Leadership

Judges will evaluate each application and can award a total of 100 points, with 10 points available in each of the nine categories above. Judges also have up to 10 discretionary points available for innovation, exceptional efforts or creativity. Judges will use the 2016 ELGA Criteria as a guide to award points.

Applications will be totaled and scored using a truncated means when applicable. Awards will be given using top scores accordingly and provided GCSAA receives adequate and qualified applicants.

ELGA winners receive:

  • Recognition in Golf Digest and GCSAA publications
  • Recognition at the Golf Industry Show
  • An invitation for the Overall, National and International winners’ employers to attend the recognition activities at the Golf Industry Show
  • A personalized trophy or certificate of achievement
  • National, regional and local publicity

When are winners announced?

All applicants will receive a confirmation letter from GCSAA. Winners will be notified by December and recognized at the Golf Industry Show.

For more information, contact Carl Bowden, environmental programs specialist, at 800-472-7878, ext. 5163.

TARO – Working on behalf of the Texas Golf Industy

The Texas Alliance of Recreational Organizations is a non-profit alliance of clubs, other organizations and individuals interested in recreational activities within the State.  Its purpose is to participate effectively in the state’s legislative and regulatory processes for the benefit of its supporters and their constituents.  This participation involves a high quality lobbying effort with the Legislature, monitoring regulations under existing laws, a continuing communication program with its supporters centering on legislative and regulatory issues affecting them, and maintenance of an action network which is mobilized as necessary to advocate Alliance positions.  The further purpose of Texas Alliance of Recreational Organizations is to educate its supporters on issues affecting them and to foster good will among its supporters by preparation and circulation of periodic publications and sponsorship of educational programs.



Inagural McClure Match Champions – Cowan’s Tin Cups. Photos Available!

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2016 Inaugural McClure Matches

Honoring CTGCSA Pioneer Ted McClure
May 17, 2016

The Central Texas GCSA is proud to announce a new look to a familiar event. Formerly the North / South Cup, the May event honored CTGCSA Pioneer Ted McClure. Teams were selected by captains and matches were held on the beautiful River Crossing Club hosted by Paul Lane and his staff. Honorary Captains for the event were Bruce Burger and Matt Cowan who lead their teams to battle for the coveted inaugural McClure Match Championship.
Please enjoy this very heartfelt introduction and tribute to Ted McClure by CTGCSA Board Member Cameron McDermid: Click Here
Thank you to our McClure Matches Sponsor

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About River Crossing

River Crossing Club, a premier Texas Hill Country private San Antonio golf club, offers its Members (and a limited number of non-member golfers) an incredible golfing experience! Always considered one of the best maintained courses in this part of Texas, River Crossing Club is also known for being one of the most playable courses. It’s a perfect balance of challenge and forgiveness that provides one enjoyable round after another.

Our 18-hole championship San Antonio golf course, nestled in the rustic beauty of the Texas Hill Country, was recently voted as one of the most well-maintained golf courses in the San Antonio area. Golf Week (Texas Golfer publication) rated River Crossing Club “13th best course in the state” and The San Antonio Business Journal rated River Crossing’s course as one of the “3rd toughest private courses in the area.”

Our Host – Paul Lane
Paul received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from Texas A&M University. He has been with River Crossing Club since March of 2000 managing the construction and grow-in/maintenance of the course. Paul has over 20 years of golf course maintenance experience. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter along with hunting and playing golf.

500 River Way, Spring Branch, TX 78070

2016 Turf Show and Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser – PHOTOS POSTED

2016 Turf Show and Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser

Thanks to all who participated in our 2016 Turf Show and Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser. We had a blast and raised a ton of $ for Legacy Scholarship. And a special thank you to Michael Thomas and the staff at The Bandit for a terrific weather and an even better golf course. Follow this link to view all of the photos from this great event.

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About The Bandit

The Bandit Golf Club is situated off the shores of Lake McQueeney an easy 30-minute ride from downtown San Antonio is a “Must play” if in the area. Easy freeway access to Austin and Houston makes it a perfect location to meet with friends or make some new ones, as you enjoy an unforgettable round of golf in Texas, Hill Country!

The Bandit course designed by noted architect, Keith Foster is 6,928 yards of golf from the longest tees with a par of 71 although multiple tees insure you play from the length best suited for your enjoyment. The course winds in and around Long Creek and Lake McQueeney and makes good use of all the natural hazards these two bodies of water create. Significant elevation changes create spectacular views that lead to the sculpted fairways and perfect greens. Great conditioning is always part of the Bandit experience in fact it is these characteristics that likely contributed to The Bandit being named a “Top 10, Public Course in Texas” by Golfweek magazine.

6019 FM 725, New Braunfels, TX 78130   (830) 609-4665

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