The European Institute of Golf Course Architects has presented its Harry Colt Award to the Golf Environment Organization (GEO). The trophy, which is awarded to an organisation or individual for their outstanding contribution to golf and golf development, was presented to Jonathan Smith, the Chief Executive of GEO, during the President’s Dinner at the end of the EIGCA’s annual meeting in North Berwick.
Announcing the award incoming EIGCA President Tom Mackenzie said: “It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Golf Environment Organization as the winner of our Harry Colt Award. This award recognises the vital role of the GEO in improving the environmental credentials of the golf industry and the positive message they are spreading to audiences outside golf. At the EIGCA we have worked closely with the GEO over many years, including on the creation of their Sustainable Golf Development Guidelines, and we have continued that partnership by creating our own Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Development initiative in order to elevate standards of sustainable golf design. I’d like to thank GEO for their guidance and contribution and I look forward to them continuing to play an important part in the future of golf development around the world.”
Receiving the award Jonathan Smith commented: “Everyone at GEO is honoured, and greatly appreciates this recognition from the EIGCA and its members. For the last few years we’ve been working hard and in close partnership with the Institute and many other bodies around the world to help golf embrace and be seen to embrace sustainability. With their support we have been able to look, listen and learn from many parts of the industry, helping us to find sustainable solutions for existing golf facilities, new developments, renovations and tournaments. We are excited by the potential this has to enhance golf’s image and strengthen its overall influence, as well as support those who are eager to use sustainability to boost their business performance.”
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