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Metropolitan GCSA Annual Award Recipients


The Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MetGCSA) will award their John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award to David Oatis, director of the USGA Green Section's Northeast Region, and the Sherwood A. Moore Award to Scott Niven, The Stanwich Club's (Greenwich, Connecticut) turfgrass management professional. Oatis and Niven will be honored on January 20th during the MetGCSA's Annual Winter Seminar Luncheon at Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.

Oatis is the 20th recipient of the John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual who, through continuing commitment, promotes the science and art of golf course management and the professional image of the golf course superintendent. John Reid, "The Father of American Golf," introduced the game to America in 1888 and later assisted in the formation of the United States Golf Association and Metropolitan Golf Association.

"David Oatis is to golf courses what Jack Nicklaus is to golf," said MetGCSA awards committee chairman Matt Ceplo. "He's that well-known and respected among superintendents in the Met area and throughout the country."

Oatis has been a USGA agronomist for 10 different USGA national championships and has authored numerous articles on golf courses and turfgrass management issues. He has made nearly 3,500 Turf Advisory and Championship visits in more than 20 different states and Canada.

"I've had the privilege and the pleasure of visiting and consulting with some of the finest superintendents and the finest golf courses in the world," said Oatis. "Helping turn courses around gives me tremendous satisfaction."

Niven is the 15th superintendent to be honored with the Sherwood A. Moore Award, presented to a golf course superintendent advancing the professional image, status and reputation of the golf course superintendent. Moore, the award's first recipient and namesake, served as president of the MetGCSA, GCSA of New Jersey, and the GCSAA.

Niven is the 15th superintendent to be honored with the Sherwood A. Moore Award, which is presented to a golf course superintendent advancing the professional image, status and reputation of the golf course superintendent. Moore, the award’s first recipient and namesake, served as president of the MetGCSA, GCSA of New Jersey, and the GCSAA. “Scott has raised the bar in his profession,” said Jim Nantz, CBS Sports commentator, the 2009 John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and a fellow Stanwich Club member. “I have long admired how Scott handles long-term planning with a deft skill to get immediate results. He’s an artist, a genius and a visionary.”

At The Stanwich Club, Niven oversaw a Tom Fazio-designed renovation and prepared the course for the 2002 USGA Mid-Amateur. He has had many successful grass-product trials while at Stanwich, and his results led to speaking tours throughout the U.S. and Japan. Niven is the immediate past-president of the Tri-State Turf Research Foundation and he served as the MetGCSA president in 1988-1989. A GCSAA member for over 31 years, he has chaired the GCSAA Research Committee, served on six GCSAA committees, spoke at five national conferences and has written numerous articles for "Golf Course Management" and other industry publications.