Elliott wins Leo Feser Award

Published online: Nov 19, 2015 Golf News

Tom Elliott, the certified golf course superintendent at Monarch Dunes Golf Course in Nipomo, Calif., has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Leo Feser Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

The award is presented annually to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in Golf Course Management magazine, the association’s flagship publication, during the previous year.

Elliott, a 28-year member of the association, authored the story “Rx for Recovery,” which was published in the May 2015 issue. The story chronicled the development and success of a program that was initiated by Elliott and his wife, Liz, an oncology nurse, to use the golf course and the game of golf as a part of support programs for cancer patients.

“It’s been very gratifying to see just how well this program has worked out, and it’s inspiring to see the golf course used in a way that can help out the community in this manner,” Elliott says. “To have the article in GCM recognized the way it has been with this award is just icing on the cake. It’s been a very exciting, very rewarding experience for me.”

As a part of winning the Leo Feser Award, Elliott receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Golf Industry Show in San Diego, where he will officially receive the award at the Opening Session, presented in partnership with Syngenta, on Tuesday, Feb. 9. He will also have his name engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

The Feser Award honors the late Leo Feser, a pioneer golf course superintendent and a charter member of GCSAA. Feser is credited with keeping the association’s official publication alive during the Great Depression. For three years, 1933-36, he wrote, edited, assembled and published each issue of The Greenkeepers’ Report, as the association’s magazine was called then, from his home in Wayzata, Minn. The award was first presented in 1956 and has been given annually since 1977. Members of GCSAA’s GCM Editorial Board Task Group select the winner of the award each year.