Presented annually since 1971, the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA) Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award "recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding and significant contribution in both substance and duration to the advancement of the golf course superintendent's profession." And, in 2017, Patricia Vittum, associate dean of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be the first woman to ever receive the award.
Vittum, who conducted research on the biology and management of turfgrass insects, is an 11-year GCSAA member. "I wasn't expecting this," said Vittum. "This one really snuck up on me. When I look at the list of winners, it reads like a 'Who's Who' of golf course management. I am humbled to have my name added to the list."
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