From: Tracy Moreland, Clackamas County Public Affairs, 503-655-8520 3-6-12

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Stone Creek superintendent David Phipps wins President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship

David Phipps, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Class A golf course superintendent at Clackamas County’s Stone Creek Golf Club, has been selected by the GCSAA Board of Directors to receive the 2012 GCSAA President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship.

Phipps received the award during the 2012 GCSAA Education Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas Feb 28.

The GCSAA President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship was established in 1991 to recognize "an exceptional environmental contribution to the game of golf: a contribution that further exemplifies the golf course superintendent’s image as a steward of the land."

Phipps is an 11-year GCSAA Class A member and has been at Stone Creek since construction in 2000.

"Receiving the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship has been the highest honor in my career. That coupled with receiving the Michael Hindahl Environmental Stewardship Award of Excellence from the Oregon Chapter of the GCSAA has made this past year one that I will never forget," Phipps said.

Phipps is a multiple GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards winner. He is a two-time winner of the Oregon GCSA’s Richard Malpass Distinguished Service Award. Phipps also was honored as the 2004-2005 Cooperator of the Year by the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District. In addition to several regional public course awards, Stone Creek was named to Links Magazine’s Top 10 eco-friendly golf courses in 2009.

As superintendent of Stone Creek, Phipps worked to make the course certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  Using his own photography, Phipps developed a calendar featuring Stone Creek Golf Club and he has contributed $2,500 to the Environmental Institute for Golf from calendar sales.

"Experiencing the success and popularity of Stone Creek Golf Club over the last ten years has given me great joy in knowing that a product that I am responsible for has benefited Clackamas County in so many ways," he said.

For more information, contact David Phipps at 503-407-0749.

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Stone Creek Golf Club is a Clackamas County park, designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, and opened for public play in 2002.  The course is scenically designed and offers spectacular views of Mt. Hood, and is laid out over 165 acres of land with old-growth Douglas Firs, lakes, four wetlands, and forty-three bunkers. To learn more, visit:
www.stonecreekgolfclub.net

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