Norman Hummel, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 USGA Green Section Award. Presented annually since 1961, the USGA Green Section Award recognizes an individual’s distinguished service to the game of golf through their work with turfgrass.
Hummel, of Trumansburg, N.Y., will receive the Green Section Award on Feb. 4, 2017, at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards in Washington, D.C.
“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 Kimberly Erusha, Ph.D., managing director of the USGA Green Section. “His work with the USGA provided a thorough review and update of a globally recognized standard of putting-green construction, and it helped the industry better understand the intricacies of putting-green construction and performance. Dr. Hummel’s experience and willingness to listen and offer advice have made him a valued resource for the industry and a worthy recipient of the Green Section Award.”
“I was totally surprised and a bit dumbfounded when I got the call,” said Hummel. “Receiving this award is an honor and I am humbled, especially when you look at the list of past recipients. I’ve always considered myself to be a regular guy who showed up to work every day. Over the years, it has been a privilege for me to work with superintendents on some of the great golf courses in this country. Never did I think that my work and contributions would extend beyond the individual golf courses into something industry-wide.”