Golf News for Monday, September 21, 2009 | People

Matthew J. Ceplo named becomes new host of Green Links in '10

Matthew J. Ceplo, GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill, N.Y., will host Green Links, Highlights from EDGE, in 2010.

Green Links is a monthly feature on The Environmental Institute for Golf's Web site, It highlights case studies from EDGE, golf's environmental resource.

The Institute, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, offers EDGE as a comprehensive location for information on golf and the environment that in addition to case studies, features relevant best management practices and links to environmental resources. EDGE is supported in part by a grant from The Toro Co. Giving Program, and provides critical information in a variety of areas, including The Institute's focus areas of water management; integrated plant management; wildlife management; golf course siting, design and construction; and energy and waste management.

Ceplo will take over hosting duties in January and continue through the end of the year. As host, he will provide additional insight and information about the featured case study.

Ceplo is a 24-year GCSAA member who has been a GCSAA certified golf course superintendent since 1994. Ceplo is a member of the GCSAA Superintendent Research Panel and he also serves on the Tri-State Research Foundation. A member of the Metropolitan GCSA Board of Directors, Ceplo served as president in 2008 and was a catalyst in the creation of the chapter's Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, which he was the first recipient of in 2006.

Rockland Country Club is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and Ceplo also helped Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y., earn certification during his previous stint as superintendent there. He is also working with other Rockland County golf facilities to earn Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification as well. Ceplo has guided several environmental projects at Rockland, including the conversion of more than 15 acres of out-of-play rough to wildflowers and tall grass areas. He has involved local Boy and Girls Scout groups to assist with some of the planting projects, including increased shoreline vegetation to establish buffer areas and protect surface water. Ceplo constructed a strategically located wetland at Rockland that enhanced many elements of the environment and also helped foster faster play. Additionally, Ceplo and his staff have built more than 50 bird boxes for purple martins, osprey, wood duck, bluebirds and bats.

Anthony Williams, CGCS at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Golf Club by Marriott will pass the Green Links host duties to Ceplo. Bob Farren, CGCS, grounds and golf course manager at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and Country Club, hosted Green Links in 2007 and David Phipps, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City, Ore., hosted in 2006