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Wike to Receive Environmental Stewardship Award

Thursday, November 19, 2015  
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Zach Wike, assistant superintendent at Beavercreek Golf Club in Beavercreek, Ohio has been selected to receive the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation. Previous winners of the award include Dr. Michael Hurdzan and John Miller.

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 just the 17th course in Ohio to receive such status.

Additionally, Zach volunteers his time to serve as a board member for the Miami Valley Golf Course Superintendents Association (MVGCSA) and Ohio Pesticide Applicators for Responsible Regulation (OPARR) while also being an active member of the GCSAA’s Grassroots Ambassador program.

Within the state, Wike has been active in meeting with legislators 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 statehouse and has also hosted them at golf courses throughout the state 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 Mr. Wike on Tuesday, December 8th during the Awards, Scholarship and Keynote Ceremony at the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course.

For more information about the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show and Ohio State University Green Industry Short Course, please visit or contact OTF at 614.285.4683.

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