Eureka Golf Course, Superintendent Roller, Recognized For National Environmental Award

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EUREKA, CA – Eureka Golf Course and its golf course superintendent, Don Roller, have been named merit winner of the 2004 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA).

Eureka Golf Course, managed by CourseCo, Inc, is one of just nine winners nationwide in the public golf category selected from GCSAA's 104 affiliated chapters. Eureka GC is one of three CourseCo-managed courses to garner ELGA honors, representing one-third of the public golf courses selected. CourseCo facilities Los Lagos Golf Course and Crystal Springs Golf Course were also honored.

Environmental lauds are nothing new to CourseCo and Eureka GC. In 2003 CourseCo received the state of California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for sustainable practice, the only golf course organization to date to hold this honor. Eureka GC was also recently fully certified as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary. Six CourseCo courses are fully certified.
 
"I am proud to receive this award. We try to manage our course in an environmentally friendly manner, and by doing so I feel we are doing what is right for the land, the water, and wildlife." Roller said.
GCSAA/ELGA recognizes golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence in the areas of resource conservation, water quality management, integrated pest management, wildlife/habitat management and education/outreach. In addition, these categories are judged on sustainability, criticality, originality and technology implementation/use.

Roller takes great pride in managing this environmentally sensitive site while producing a good quality golf course for Eureka's residents.

"CourseCo prides itself on the ability to manage golf courses in a manner consistent with our strongly held environmental values," said Ray Davies, CourseCo's director of golf course maintenance and construction.

"The recognition received by Eureka Golf Course under CourseCo management has shown our effectiveness in meeting the demands of golfers and the environment with courses located on environmentally sensitive sites." said
Davies.

Roller was formally recognized for the ELGA award Feb. 11 during the General Session of the GCSAA Education Conference and inaugural Golf Industry show, Feb. 7-12 in Orlando. He received his award with two CourseCo peers, Alan Andreasen, CGCS, and Tim Powers, CGCS, superintendents at Los Lagos Golf Course and Crystal Springs Golf Course respectively.

An independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university researchers and members of the golf community conducted the award selection. All courses that reach a determined threshold receive merit awards. This year just nine public courses met that standard.

For more information about Eureka Golf Course, 4750 Fairway Drive, Eureka, CA 95503, call the course at (707) 443-4808, or visit www.playeureka.com.

Eureka Golf Course is managed by CourseCo, Inc, a Petaluma, California-based management company that operates golf facilities throughout Northern California.