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Norman extends service on Advisory Council
Great White Shark continues support of The Environmental Institute for Golf
World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman has renewed his support of The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). He will continue to serve on The Institute's board of trustees and chair its Advisory Council for another five years.
“This is an important milestone for The Institute,” GCSAA CEO and Institute trustee Mark Woodward, CGCS, said. “By recommitting, Greg demonstrates his dedication and approval of the progress we have made towards reaching our goals. We appreciate the unique talents he brings and the passion with which he does it.”
The Advisory Council provides guidance to The Institute's board of trustees in the areas of outreach, fundraising and strategic planning. The members are selected to enhance The Institute's ability to cultivate relationships with current and potential donors, as well as communicate the importance of the work conducted by The Institute.
"I've said from day one that if I was going to get involved with The Environmental Institute for Golf, I wanted to be actively involved," Norman said. "I am very pleased with the progress we have made increasing environmental stewardship on golf courses and I am looking forward to building upon that."
Labeled the "Great White Shark" by a newspaper reporter during the 1981 Masters, Norman owns 91 professional victories, including 20 PGA Tour titles and two British Open Championships (1986 at Turnberry and 1993 at Royal St. George’s). He is a five-time Byron Nelson Award winner and a three-time Vardon Trophy winner for the lowest adjusted scoring season average. Norman is a three-time Arnold Palmer Award winner as the PGA Tour's leading money winner and he was the first person to surpass $10 million in career earnings. He won the 1995 Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour player of the year, and he held the No. 1 world ranking for 331 weeks. Norman also represented Australia in three Presidents Cups. He has 29 top-10 finishes in the majors and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. Norman was awarded GSCAA's highest honor in 2008, the Old Tom Morris Award.
And while his well-documented wins on the golf course secured him a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame, he continues to work at both his game and a business that promises to succeed long after his playing days are behind him. He serves as Chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multinational corporation that comprises several companies and divisions including Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Medallist Golf Developments, Greg Norman Turf Co., Greg Norman Interactive, Greg Norman Production Co., merchandising and licensing.
The Environmental Institute for Golf is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment. The Institute concentrates on delivering programs and services involving research, education and outreach that communicate the best management practices of environmental stewardship on the golf course. For more on The Institute, visit www.eifg.org.
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 more than 21,000 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. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org.
The Environmental Institute for Golf Advisory Council:
- Greg Norman, Advisory Council chairman, Great White Shark Enterprises
- Bill Boycott, Agrium Advanced Technologies
- Gregg Breningmeyer, John Deere Golf
- John Donnelly, Golf Channel
- Pete Dye, golf course architect
- Steven Fisher, Plaza Construction Corp.
- John Foster, West Coast Turf
- Sergio Garcia, PGA Tour professional
- Dana Garmany, Troon Golf
- Bobby Ginn, Ginn Resorts
- Morgan Gregory, GlenArbor Golf Club
- Michael Happe, The Toro Co.
- Jack R. Harrell Jr., Harrell’s Fertilizer
- Herb Henkel, Ingersoll-Rand
- Bill Jones III, Sea Island Co.
- Paul C. Kanavos, Flag Luxury Properties, LLC
- Bill Kubly, Landscapes Unlimited
- Owen G. Larkin, Vineyard Golf Club
- Rafael Martinez, Republic Capital Corp.
- Gary N. McClung, Midway Ford/Sterling Truck Center and Quintero Golf and Country Club
- Ken Melrose, Leading By Serving, LLC, retired chairman and CEO of The Toro Co.
- David Pillsbury, PGA Tour Golf Course Properties
- Vijay Singh, PGA Tour professional
- Joe Steranka, PGA of America
- Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Dubai World
- Bob Wood, Nike Inc.
- Weldon Wyatt, Sage Valley Golf Club