Ohio Turfgrass Foundation honors Zach Wike for environmental initiatives

By |  November 19, 2015 0 Comments

The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation has selected Zachary Wike, assistant superintendent at Beavercreek Golf Club in Beavercreek, Ohio, to receive its Environmental Stewardship Award.

Wike led the effort for Beavercreek Golf Club to achieve the designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon’s Sanctuary Program. Beavercreek is the 17th course in Ohio to receive such status.

Wike volunteers his time to serve as a board member for the Miami Valley GCSA and Ohio Pesticide Applicators for Responsible Regulation while also being an active member of the GCSAA’s Grassroots Ambassador program.

Wike has been active in meeting with legislators in Ohio and informing them of the environmental and economic impacts of golf and the turfgrass industry. He has taken the initiative to meet with representatives at the Ohio Statehouse and has hosted them at golf courses throughout the state, aiming to give them a first-hand look at how golf courses can have a positive impact on the environment.

The Environmental Stewardship Award will be presented to Wike on Dec. 8 during the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course’s Awards, Scholarship and Keynote Ceremony.

Previous winners of the award include Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D., and John Miller.

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