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Golf Course Industry (@GCIMagazine) and Aquatrols (@Aquatrols) have announced their plans for # GCITweetUp21 and the 2021 Super Social Media Awards. Hint: This is done via social media and digital platforms!

The nomination process runs until the Thursday February 25 deadline and the celebration ends at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday March 31 with # GCITweetUp21, an educational and interactive meeting event hosted on Zoom.

In between, we reveal unique twists. The winners of the Super Social Media Awards will be announced via weekday videos starting Monday, March 22 at 3 p.m. EST on Golf Course Industry’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. The crowning of the winners will end with the presentation of the John Kaminski Award for Social Media Leadership at # GCITweetUp21.

Everyone is welcome to attend the 10th annual # GCITweetUp21. Hosted by Matt LaWell, seasoned quiz host and Golf Course Industry editor-in-chief, # GCITweetUp21 will feature informative and candid discussions with some of the industry’s best communicators, interactive contests and surveys, and opportunities for interact with your peers. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Signing up for the free event takes less time than producing a tweet. CLICK HERE to register.

Unveiled in 2012, the Super Social Media Awards honor industry professionals who use social media to demonstrate leadership, inspire colleagues and colleagues, share operational improvement ideas, provide updates on conditions course, creatively communicate messages to target audiences and positively inform the golf story industry.

Winners will be honored in the following categories: John Kaminski Award for Social Media Leadership, Best Overall Use of Social Media, Best Twitter Feed, Best Use of Video, Best Idea Shared on Social Media, and Conservation Award. But don’t feel pressured to submit entries that only fit these six categories. We have room for some fun new categories based on the nominations we receive. Maybe we’re honoring a social media recruit… or a recurring feature on someone’s feed… or someone who has used social media to connect colleagues in a virtual world. Industry professionals who benefit from the use of social media for business purposes will determine the direction of certain prices.

Presented over the past three years, the Conservation Award recognizes industry professionals for implementing and communicating environmental conservation strategies. Past winners include Lesley Thomas of Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Paul Carter of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay and Matt Gourlay of Colbert Hills.

The assessment will be conducted by the golf course industry editorial team and a panel of industry experts and educators. Readers, subscribers and listeners are encouraged to nominate other people or to nominate themselves. Multiple entries in the same category or in different categories are acceptable. Please include the category and appropriate links to Editor Guy Cipriano at [email protected] or @GCIMagazineGuy or Editor Matt LaWell at [email protected] or @MattLaWell. Email, tweet or call Cipriano at 216-393-0230 with any questions.

Applications must be submitted before Thursday, February 25.

Past winners


Kaminski Award – Tyler Bloom, Sparrows Point Country Club, Baltimore, Maryland

Best Overall Use of Social Media – Carolinas GCSA Assistants, Liberty, SC; Bill Bergin, Bergin Golf Designs, Atlanta Georgia

Best Twitter Feed – Maggie Reiter, University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno, California; Michael Vessley, Culver Academies Golf Course, Culver, Indiana

Best Video – Rush Creek Turf, Maple Grove, Minnesota, “Maintenance Monday”

Best Idea Shared on Social Media – Trent Manning, Ansley Golf Club, Ansley, GA, “Dew Roller”

Conservation Award – Lesley Thomas, Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Toronto, Ontario


Kaminski Award – Jason Haines, Pender Harbor Golf Club, Pender Harbor, British Columbia

Best Overall Use of Social Media – Craig Boath, Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland; Jessica Lenihan, Hayden Lake Country Club, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Best Twitter Feed – Paul Van Buren, Kanawha Club, Manakin-Sabot, Virginia; Scott Ramsay, The Course at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut

Best Blog – Tyler Bloom, Sparrows Point Country Club, Baltimore, Maryland; Kevin Komer, Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont

Best Use of Video – Ontario GCSA “Today in Ontario”

Conservation Award – Matthew Gourlay, Colbert Hills, Manhattan, Kansas


Kaminski Award – Matthew Wharton, Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, NC

Best Overall Use of Social Media – Ian Andrew, Ian Andrew Golf Design, Brantford, Ontario; St. Andrews Turf Team, St. Andrews, Scotland

Best Twitter Feed – Steve Hammon, Traverse City Golf & Country Club, Traverse City, Michigan; Steve Wright, Pine Tree Golf Club, Boynton Beach, Florida.

Best Blog – Chris Harriman, Cattail Creek Country Club, Glenwood, Maryland; Richard Johnstone, Nairn Dunbar Golf Links, Nairn, Scotland

Best Use of Video – Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association, “Deep Roots”

Hurricane Recovery Megaphone Price – South Texas Superintendents

Conservation Award – Paul Carter, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Tennessee


Kaminski Award – Chris Tritabaugh, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota

Best Overall Use of Social Media – Kyle Callahan, Victoria National, Newburgh, Indiana; Steffie Safrit, TPC Piper Glen, Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Twitter Feed – Matthew Marsh, Santa Ana Country Club, Santa Ana, CA; Sean McCue, Castle Pines Country Club, Castle Rock, Colorado; Mike Richardson, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Jesse Razor, Gull Lake Country Club, Richland, Michigan

Best Blog – Brian Stiehler, Highlands Country Club, Highlands, North Carolina; East Lake Golf Club Agronomy Team, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia

Best Video – Phil Scully, Granite Golf Club, Stouffville, Ontario, “It’s Your Course! Georgia GCSA, “Golf is green space”


Kaminski Award – Paul Carter, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Harrison, Tennessee

Best Overall Use of Social Media – Rick Tegtmeier, Des Moines Golf and Country Club, West Des Moines, Iowa; Joe Wachter, Glen Echo Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri.

Best Twitter Feed – Eric Bauer, Bluejack National, Montgomery, Texas; Paul Koch, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin; Patrick Reinhardt, Georgia Southern University Golf Course, Statesboro, Georgia

Best Blog – Joel Kachmarek, Tacoma Country & Golf Club, Lakewood, Washington .; Brad Novotny, Hillendale Country Club, Phoenix, Maryland

Best Video – Graeme Roberts, Camberley Heath Golf Club, Surrey, UK

Megaphone Award for Outstanding Advocacy – Mike Huck, Irrigation and Turfgrass Services, Orange County, CA


Kaminski Award – Steve Cook, Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Best Overall Use of Social Media – Matthew Wharton, Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, NC; Pat O’Brien, Hyde Park Golf and Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio

Best Twitter Feed – Scot Dey, Mission Viejo Country Club, Mission Viejo, CA; Kevin Hicks, Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Club, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; Jason Hooper, Quilchena, Golf & Country Club, Richmond, British Columbia

Best Blog – Joey Franco, Brookstone Golf & Country Club, Acworth, GA; Adam Garr, Plum Hollow Country Club, Southfield, Michigan

Best Video – Georgia GCSA, “Stewards of the Land”


Kaminski Prize – Micah Woods, Asian Turfgrass Center

Global Social Media Program – Nick Christians, Iowa State University; Adam Ikamas, MiGCSA

Best Use of Facebook – Gary Grigg, Idaho / Florida; Jason Chennault, Turfgrass World

Best Blog – Jason Haines, Pender Harbor Golf Club, Madeira Park, BC; Jason VanBuskirk, Stow Acres Country Club, Stow, Massachusetts; Tom Vlach, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Best Use of Twitter – Randy Samoff, Champions Golf Club, Houston Texas; Ellie Parry, TurfJobs, Loughborough, UK; Justin VanLanduit, Briarwood Country Club, Deerfield, Illinois; Cale Bigelow, Purdue University

Best Multimedia – Adam Garr, Plum Hollow Country Club, Southfield, Michigan; Rick Brandenburg, State of North Carolina


Kaminski Award – Bill Brown, Hartefeld National Golf Club, Avondale, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Blogger – Andrew Hardy, Pheasant Run Golf Course, Sharon, Ontario; Dan Meersman, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Brian Boyer, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, San José, California

Exceptional use of Twitter – Chris Tritabaugh, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota; Matt Gourlay, Colbert Hills Golf Course, Manhattan, Kansas

Special Video / Other Production – PACE Turf LLC, San Diego, CA, PACE Turf YouTube Videos; Steve Biehl, Naperville Country Club, Naperville, Illinois, GCM Blogging World


Kaminski Award – Darren Davis, Olde Florida Golf Club, Naples, Florida

Best of Blogging – Chris Tritabaugh, Northland Country Club, Duluth, Minnesota; Steve Cook, Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Bill Brown, Hartefeld National Golf Club, Avondale, Pennsylvania

Innovative use of Twitter – Greg Shaffer, Elcona Country Club, Bristol, Indiana; David Phipps, Stone Creek Country Club, Oregon City, Oregon

Excellence in Video – Justin Ruiz, Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, Olympia, Washington

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