Doug Vogel and Leo Barber Receive the Ed Walsh Award

Updated: May 15, 2020

Doug Vogel, Golf Course Superintendent at Preakness Valley Golf Course in Wayne, NJ, has been chosen as the 2018 Ed Walsh Award recipient for his article “Rewriting GCSANJ History, The Truth About Riggs Miller.” The article was published in Volume 48 of the Greenerside and tells the history of our chapter’s first President, T.H. Riggs-Miller and his prolific career. Doug is a valued volunteer of our Communications Committee, and a frequent contributor to the Greenerside. He was the recipient of the Member of the Year award in 2000.

Click HERE to read Doug Vogel's article.

Leo Barber, Golf Course Superintendent and General Manager of the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club in New Zealand, has been chosen as the 2019 Ed Walsh Award recipient for his article “Getting Back to Nature.” The article was published in Volume 52 of the Greenerside and tells his personal experience and advice on connecting with nature as a superintendent. Leo is an Honorary Member of GCSANJ and was our keynote speaker at the 2017 Green Expo.

Click HERE read Leo Barber's article.

Read the New Zealand press coverage in the NZ Herald about Leo and the Ed Walsh Award, here.

About the Ed Walsh Award

The Ed Walsh Award is presented to a GCSANJ member in recognition of the best superintendent-written article in the Greenerside magazine. All member superintendents who have an article printed in the magazine are automatically eligible for this award. Shaun Barry of the Awards Committee heads up the voting process in which the past winners and a diverse group of volunteers choose a recipient.

The award honors Ed Walsh, a longtime New Jersey golf course superintendent and past Editor in Chief of the Greenerside. Walsh is known for his dedication and contribution to the Greenerside, which under his leadership won multiple GCSAA awards. He is now retired, resides in Rhode Island, and is still an avid supporter of the publication.

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