USGA Honors Michael T. Huck as 2019 Green Section Award Recipient

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Celebrating golf’s leaders who
innovate and demonstrate leadership in sustainability and water resource
management, the USGA has named Michael T. Huck, a turfgrass and irrigation
specialist from Orange County, Calif., as the recipient of its 2019 Green
Section Award.

Huck will be honored at
the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards Dinner at the J.W. Marriott in San
Antonio, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Currently a principal at
Irrigation and Turfgrass Services in Southern California, Huck is widely
recognized as a visionary in water conservation and water use efficiency. He has
authored nearly 50 articles and continues to share news and insights on water
regulations, supply issues and the future of golf course irrigation to a
worldwide audience. He also regularly works with regulators, golf facilities
and allied associations on developing best practices and policies that conserve
water while ensuring sustainability. 

continued dedication to elevating the topic of water conservation in golf and
advocating for education and dialogue has benefited courses across North
America and the world,” said Dr. Kimberly Erusha, USGA Green Section managing
director. “His innovative approach, matched with his ability to communicate
very complex science in a relatable way, has provided game-changing leadership
that helps golf courses and communities.”

has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry, including 12 years as
a golf course superintendent and six years as a regional agronomist for the
USGA. His particular expertise lies in irrigation water quality assessment,
saline and recycled water management, irrigation system auditing and sprinkler

Huck has also served on several golf water
task forces in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Coachella Valley in the wake of water
restrictions imposed on golf courses during periods of extreme drought. He collaborated
with the Southern California Golf Association to study the feasibility of
creating on-site non-potable water sources that could be used on large
landscape environments. He also taught an advanced water quality seminar
through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for 12 years and
coauthored a 2009 reference text on this subject.

“I have known Mike for over 30
years, during which time he has always had a genuine concern for the proper use
of our precious water resources,” said Pamela Pavela, water use efficiency specialist
for the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside, Calif. “However, it is
Mike’s strong character and his commitment to valuing business relationships
that make him a consummate professional so deserving of this award.”

The USGA Green Section
Award has been presented annually since 1961. Through the work of its Green
Section, which was established in 1920, the USGA is one of the world’s foremost
authorities on turfgrass management, as well as research, development and
promotion of environmentally friendly practices and a more sustainable

The Service Awards Dinner honors the people
whose dedication and outstanding accomplishments have made an important
contribution to the USGA and its mission to serve the game. In addition to the
Green Section Award, the Joe Dey Award, the Ike Grainger Award and the Herbert
Warren Wind Book Award will be presented at the evening event.

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