Gaussoin named 2023 USGA Green Section Award recipient

Roch Gaussoin
Roch Gaussoin

The United States Golf Association has selected Roch Gaussoin as the recipient of its 2023 Green Section Award.

Gaussoin was honored for introducing new technologies and processes that advance putting green construction and management. He was honored at the USGA’s Annual Awards Dinner on Feb. 25 in Napa, California, as part of the organization’s annual meeting.

Given annually since 1961, the USGA Green Section Award honors distinguished service to golf through an individual’s work with turfgrass.

A professor and extension specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Gaussoin has dedicated nearly 20 years to researching critical aspects of putting green construction and management. Gaussoin’s collaborative approach has also contributed to the improvement of buffalograss, a native low-maintenance grass that requires little irrigation has few serious pests and could advance the sustainability of golf in some regions.

Stakeholder surveys indicate a nearly 70 percent adoption of practices published by Gaussoin that reduce fossil fuel consumption and labor requirements.

Gaussoin has been recognized with numerous awards, including the GCSAA Distinguished Service Award, for providing practical and applicable research to the golf industry.

Video from USGA Annual Awards Dinner

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