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Clemson professor earns national service award

February 5, 2014

CLEMSON — Clemson turfgrass pathologist Bruce Martin will be awarded the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) during its national conference in Orlando Feb. 5.


“Bruce embodies what the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award represents: making enduring legacies to the industry,” said GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen. “He has made significant contributions to the game of golf and the golf course-superintendent profession.”


Martin is considered one of the leading applied turfgrass pathologists in the world. During his 26 years at Clemson, his work has focused primarily on identifying and controlling turfgrass diseases through the development of fungicides and nematicides. Martin’s research laboratory is located at Clemson’s 2,300-acre Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence.


In 2010, Martin was honored with the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent Association Distinguished Service Award and the Clemson Alumni Distinguished Cooperative Extension Public Service Award. The American Phytopathological Society named him Outstanding Plant Pathologist in 2005.


“I am grateful to the GCSAA for the opportunity to impart to its members research-based information that I hope has enhanced the golf industry and the game of golf itself. I am also thankful to my colleagues for their support and to Clemson for giving its faculty the freedom to pursue meaningful, impactful research,” Martin said.


The award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advancement of the golf course-superintendent profession, and was renamed in 2009 in honor of Col. John Morley, GCSAA’s founder and first president.