Dave Fearis and Paul McGinnis, along with longtime Penn State University professor Al Turgeon, have been selected to receive the GCSAA’s 2016 Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award, which will be presented – in partnership with Syngenta – at the 2016 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 9 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advancement of the superintendent profession.
Featured in the August issue of Superintendent, Fearis, 68 and retired, was a superintendent for 29 years, earning the distinguished title of certified golf course superintendent (CGCS). A graduate of Purdue University, he started in the profession as superintendent at the Country Club of Peoria (Illinois), but became totally immersed in his career when he landed the superintendent job at Blue Hills Country Club in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. He is also a past GCSAA president.
“I am honored and flabbergasted to receive this award,” said Fearis, who served on the GCSAA board with McGinnis. “It is an extra special honor to be recognized alongside Paul (McGinnis). I was always taught to give back what was given to you, and I hope I have done that. It all has been a very rewarding experience.”
McGinnis, a CGCS and the 64-year-old director of golf course maintenance at Pebble Creek Golf Resort in Pebble Creek, Arizona, served on the Governor’s Panel for Water Conservation and is currently a Grassroots Ambassador for GCSAA, a program that seeks to link superintendents with a member of Congress to improve communication on behalf of the golf industry.
Turgeon, 72, has been educating students in turfgrass management for four decades. He was named one of the top 10 contributors in turfgrass science over the past 50 years by the Crop Science Society of America.