The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) selected Joseph M. Duich as the recipient of the group's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award.Duich, a professor emeritus of turfgrass science at Penn State University, will receive the award during the opening session of the 2006 GCSAA Education Conference at the annual Golf Industry Show.
In light of Hurricane Katrina, the exact date and location of the show is pending.In recognizing Duich, the GCSAA board of directors is breaking with tradition.
They selected an honoree who has influenced the game of golf through long hours spent in university classrooms and laboratories in addition to some time on the links.Duich
has devoted a lifetime to improving the game of golf by breeding new turfgrasses and teaching hundreds of future golf course superintendents and turfgrass researchers.
impact on the quality of our golf courses and his
contributions to the game of golf are unparalleled.
...Duich received his doctorate from Penn State in 1957 and remained at the university as a professor and researcher until his retirement in 1991.Duich
and his late mentor, Burt Musser, are credited with turning Penn State into one of the most successful turfgrass programs in the country.
more than 36 years of faculty service, Duich
oversaw the expansion of the Joseph Valentine Turfgrass Research Center
at Penn State and taught more than 5,700 students.He
elevated the two-year technical program in golf turf management at Penn State to international acclaim, with more than 1,100 graduates and is fondly remembered for his
involvement with his
students and for seeing them succeed.
has developed many turfgrasses, including the A and G series of creeping bentgrasses.When Musser died in 1968, he
work in the capable hands of Duich
, who built upon his
mentor's work, commercializing Penncross cool-season turfgrasses, which the two developed together to raise funds for the buildings that house Penn State 's research facilities.
In addition to breeding, Duich
has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical publications on a variety of turfgrass science subjects.His
work has garnered numerous honors, including GCSAA's
Distinguished Service Award in 1976, the USGA Green Section award in 1981 and the Golf Course Builders Association of America's Don A. Rossi Award
in 2004. Despite his retirement, Duich remains active as a consultant and speaker in the industry, traveling to visit golf courses and interact with superintendents.He
wife, Patricia, reside in State College, Pa., and have two children.