Golf News for Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | People

Stephen Best earns posthumous recognition with Leo Feser Award

Stephen Best has been selected as the posthumous recipient of the 2012 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Leo Feser Award, which is presented annually for the best superintendent-written story published in the association's flagship publication, Golf Course Management.

Best, a 24-year member of GCSAA at the time of his death in October 2011 from melanoma, is being honored for his story, "Surviving skin cancer," which was published in the July 2011 issue of GCM. The story detailed Best's journey through a battle with Stage 4 melanoma and his call for increased awareness of skin cancer and ways it could be prevented among his fellow superintendents.

"Best's story is a sobering one, but an important one for our members to know about," says GCSAA President Sandy Queen, CGCS. "One of his stated goals was to increase awareness of skin cancer and proper prevention techniques among superintendents, and his GCM story was a compelling step in that direction. We are honored to recognize his work with this award."

Best was an active and well-respected superintendent in north Texas during his career. He most recently served as the director of maintenance at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller, Texas, and was a past president of the North Texas GCSA.

Best will be recognized for his Leo Feser Award Feb. 6 at the 2013 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in San Diego during the Opening Ceremony, which is being presented in partnership with Syngenta. Best's wife, Cheryle, is expected to be in attendance to accept the award on his behalf. In addition, his name will be engraved on a plaque that is on permanent display 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 Strategic Communications Committee select the winner of the award each year.

Golf Course Management is the leading publication for golf course managers. It has a circulation of nearly 30,000 and is delivered to every golf facility in the United States.

GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to 19,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. The association's philanthropic organization, The Environmental Institute for Golf, works to strengthen the compatibility of golf with the natural environment through research grants, support for education programs and outreach efforts. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at

For more information, contact:
Scott Hollister, editor-in-chief, Golf Course Management, 800-472-7878