Steve Sheets has won this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the 1,800-member Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association. Sheets is director of golf course maintenance, development and operations at Linville Ridge Golf Club in Linville, North Carolina.

The award is the highest honor the association bestows and will be presented to Sheets during the Carolinas GCSA annual Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which runs November 14-16.

Sheets has worked at Linville Ridge since 1984. During his time at Linville Ridge, Sheets has served two terms as Carolinas GCSA president and was also president of the Western North Carolina Turfgrass Association. Earlier still, while he was superintendent – from age 23 – at Belvedere Plantation in coastal Hampstead, North Carolina he served as president of the Eastern North Carolina Turfgrass Association.

When he was on the Carolinas GCSA board, Sheets encouraged efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the role of superintendents among golfers and the general public, helped establish the Carolinas GCSA’s Superintendent Image Campaign and raised money to disseminate information about the work of superintendents.

“There are many people responsible for building what we enjoy as members of the Carolinas GCSA today and Steve Sheets is certainly one deserving of our thanks,” says Carolinas GCSA president, Bill Kennedy, CGCS from Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie, South Carolina.

Sheets grew up in Asheboro, NC and took his first golf course job at 15 at Uwharrie Country Club. He studied at the North Carolina State University’s turfgrass program and took an assistant superintendent position at the Country Club of Whispering Pines before becoming superintendent at Belvedere Country Club.