GCSAA past president Melvin B. Lucas, CGCS, and Cal Roth, senior vice president of agronomy for the PGA Tour, have been selected as recipients of the association’s 2015 Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award. They will be acknowledged at the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio during the Opening Session presented in partnership with Syngenta on Feb. 25.
Lucas (pictured to the left), president in 1980, has been an association member 52 years. He has served as agronomy consultant for more than 60 golf course projects. Since his retirement in 1991, Lucas still serves the industry as a consultant both domestically and abroad. Lucas, a graduate of Penn State University, started his career as an assistant superintendent at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, N.Y., in 1961. He continued to be associated with Piping Rock and nearby Garden City Golf Club for most of his career until 1985, when he took the role of golf architect and superintendent at Round Hill Community Golf Club in South Dartmouth, Mass.
Roth (pictured below) oversees conditioning for the TPC network facilities and more than 120 professional golf tournaments annually. He has been a GCSAA member since 1979. Roth graduated from Southern Illinois University. He began his career with the PGA Tour at TPC Plum Creek in Carmel, Ind., and now oversees agronomy at all 17 TPC owned and/or operated courses.
The award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advancement of the golf course superintendent profession. The award was renamed in 2009 in honor of Col. John Morley, GCSAA's founder and first president. He was the first to earn the Distinguished Service Award, in 1932, and he received it again in 1940.
"These gentlemen embody what the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award represents," says GCSAA President Keith A. Ihms, CGCS. "They have made significant contributions to the game of golf and have dedicated themselves to the advancement of the superintendent profession."