Ontario Golf Superintendent 430Andrew Hardy, course superintendent at Pheasant Run Golf Club in Sharon, Ont., was recently named the international recipient of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA’s) 2013 International Environmental Leaders in Golf award (ELGA).

Hardy, an eight-year GCSAA member, was recognized for his commitment to environmental stewardship in his golf course management strategies. Although Canada has had an integrated pest management (IPM) law since 2009, he embraced the practice long before it came into effect. He also produces an IPM annual report; pests are monitored daily; and spraying is considered a last resort at Pheasant Run.

Further, water use and quality are also key to his management strategy whereby wetting agents and a soil moisture meter are used to reduce irrigation. As a result, the total volume of irrigation water used decreased by 23 per cent in 2012 and by 21 per cent in 2013.

Hardy also received local recognition for his efforts when the course received the Environmental Business of the Year from the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce along with the town’s award for environmental excellence.

The ELGAs recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall excellence in course management in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, IPM, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach, and leadership. An independent judging panel representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university research and members of the golf community conduct the award selection.