Presented annually since 1961, Dr. Norman Hummel will receive the 2017 USGA Green Section Award next February at the USGA's Annual Meeting and Service Awards in Washington, D.C.. Hummel, who began his career in the golf industry as a mechanic on the maintenance crew at Park Country Club in Williamsville, N.Y., went on to earn both his master's and Ph.D. in agronomy with a emphasis on soil science.
In 1991 Hummel took a year sabbatical from his university job to work with the USGA on putting-green construction research. "During is sabbatical from Cornell, Dr. Hummel worked with the USGA to study and update the USGA Recommendations for a Method of Putting Green Construction," said David Oatis, director of the Northeast Region of the USGA Green Section. "These guidelines firmly established the USGA methods as the best and most thoroughly researched in the world. His work has had a profoundly positive impact on the game of golf by helping courses build and renovate better greens that perform more predictably and reliably."
"Dr. Hummel's work has had a lasting impact on the industry and the construction, maintenance and playability of golf course putting greens throughout the world," said Dr. Kimberly Erusha, managing director of the USGA Green Section.
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