Research, innovation earns Hummel 2017 USGA Green Section Award

Honoring his distinguished service to the game of golf through his work with turfgrass, Dr. Norman Hummel received the 2017 USGA Green Section Award. Hummel, of Trumansburg, NY, received the Green Section Award at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards in Washington, DC.

Hummel spent more than 40 years in the industry as an instructor, researcher and mentor, guiding golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals on a national and international level. He has taught hundreds of seminars, authored many research papers and has written more than 100 articles for the USGA Green Section Record and various trade publications.

“I was totally surprised and a bit dumbfounded when I got the call,” said Hummel. “Receiving this award is an honor and I am humbled, especially when you look at the list of past recipients. I’ve always considered myself to be a regular guy who showed up to work every day. Over the years, it has been a privilege for me to work with superintendents on some of the great golf courses in this country. Never did I think that my work and contributions would extend beyond the individual golf courses into something industry-wide.”

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