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Georgia Superintendent earns National Environmental Award
Anthony L. Williams, GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Golf Club by Marriott, has been selected by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Board of Directors to receive the 2010 GCSAA President's Award for Environmental Stewardship.
The award will be presented during the 2010 GCSAA Education Conference at Celebrate GCSAA Tuesday, February 9 during the Golf Industry Show (February 10-11) at the San Diego Convention Center.
"This is a well deserved honor for Anthony, who is an innovative and tireless environmental steward," said Mark Kuhns, GCSAA president. "He not only goes to great lengths to identify and implement new ways to improve his facility's environmental stewardship efforts, but he continues to share his findings and best management practices with his peers, as well as mentoring so many others."
The GCSAA President's Award for Environmental Stewardship was established in 1991 to recognize "an exceptional environmental contribution to the game of golf: a contribution that further exemplifies the golf course superintendent's image as a steward of the land."
Williams worked with the University of Georgia to develop a detailed water-quality testing program. He played an integral role in the Georgia GCSA's work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division on a ground-breaking water conservation initiative, creating the Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Conservation Program. Williams has helped mentor many colleagues about water conservation and has been instrumental in securing the commitment of 97 percent of chapter members participating in the Georgia BMPs for Water Conservation Program. He also continues to assist other superintendents and chapters across the country in creating their own BMP water conservation programs.
A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Marriott's Stone Mountain Golf Club is a 36-hole public facility located 16 miles from Atlanta. Williams developed a maintenance plan that resulted in Marriott's hotel property at Stone Mountain, the Evergreen Conference Resort, being recognized as the first hotel to become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Williams hosts Green Links, a feature on The Environmental Institute for Golf's website, www.eifg.org, each month. He has authored two case studies for EDGE, the first focuses on water conservation and management at Stone Mountain and the second is a collection of effective integrated pest management initiatives.
Williams is a three-time GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Award winner, capturing the overall award at Marriott's Stone Mountain in 2006. He is a two-time Marriott Golf Grounds Professional of the Year winner and was honored with the 2008 J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence for his record of success in directing golf grounds operations at two distinguished Marriott Golf-managed properties, the Renaissance Pine Isle Resort and Stone Mountain. Williams is listed among Golf Inc. magazine's annual 20 most admired operators list in 2009.
Williams is a four-time Marriott Golf Crystal Achievement Award for Public Relations Excellence winner. He also received the 2008 J. Lamar Branch Alumni Award for outstanding agricultural leadership from his alma mater, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga. Williams serves as vice president for the Georgia GCSA and will take over as president in October. He is also the director of the Georgia Turfgrass Association.
A 13-year GCSAA member, Williams holds an associate's degree in horticulture from ABAC. He is one of only approximately 1,800 individuals in the world who currently hold the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent designation. Williams also is a certified grounds manager, certified turfgrass professional, certified ornamental landscape professional, certified arborist, certified pool and spa operator and a certified Georgia master gardener. A master fifth dan black belt in Tenshi GoJu Karate, Williams is a member of the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame.