As 2014 comes to a close, we are highlighting those who made an impact in the world of golf course maintenance this year. From having a “Tough Chin” to eating “Humble Pie” to “Seeing Into the Future,” these individuals stand out. 

Paul Carter, the certified golf course superintendent at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay Golf Course near Chatanooga, Tennessee, may be the Dr. Doolittle of golf course maintenance.

Bear Trace is home to a mating pair of American bald eagles that nest in a lofty pine tree near the course’s 10th green. Wild turkeys, deer and other assorted wildlife also frequent the property. It’s no wonder, considering Carter and his crew have installed 45 bird nesting houses and returned 50 acres of previously maintained turf to naturalized areas.

Carter will receive the President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship by the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America.

Find out just what makes Carter’s work a ‘shining example.’