The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) has announced ASGCA Past President Pete Dye as its recipient of the prestigious Don A. Rossi Award. The Don A. Rossi Award will be given at the 2015 Golf Industry Show to be held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 24.
From the GCBAA press release detailing the annoucnement:
“In the history of the awards program, we have honored builders, architects, and celebrity golfers, and Pete encompasses all the aforementioned. He has been an amazing contributor to our industry and we are thrilled to bestow on him this special recognition,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director.
The Rossi award is given by the GCBAA to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the game of golf and its growth and who have inspired others by example. It is named for Don A. Rossi, who served as executive director of the National Golf Foundation from 1970 to 1983, was instrumental in forming the National Golf Course Owners Association and served as executive director of the GCBAA from 1984 to 1990.
Pete’s contributions to and understanding of the game of golf are evident in the impact his style has had on architecture for nearly three decades. Besides being unique and incomparable, his designs are also environmentally friendly. The turf sessions Pete attended under Dr. William Daniel fostered his interest in course maintenance, and today his projects feature his drainage and irrigation designs and wetlands areas, which help recycle and purify water.