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Arnie honoured with Servin’ Turf Award


October 17, 2016
By Mike Jiggens

The late Arnold Palmer has been posthumously selected as the recipient of the October “Servin’ Turf Award” which honours a turf industry professional, facility or organization that has gone above and beyond to create and/or maintain an outstanding and sustainable turf environment.

“Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Palmer several times, most recently in April 2016,” said Terrie Purdum, founding farmer of Turf Life, Inc., the brand that salutes the consumer and industry “players” everywhere whose lives involve turf. Servin’ Turf is a word play on “surf & turf.”

“Arnold Palmer was the epitome of class and professionalism. In my opinion, no other person has done as much for the game of golf, and he will never be forgotten. His humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more populist sport accessible to middle and working classes. Arnold learned the game from his father, head professional and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club, and often accompanied him on his rounds as he maintained the golf course. I’m so blessed and fortunate to have known Mr. Palmer, and Turf Life is proud to honour his life and legacy and present him with our Servin’ Turf Award this month.”

Turf Life addresses the games people play and the jobs they do. It showcases sports, businesses, education and our enjoyment of the outdoors, and is an introduction to the people who compete on, grow, and maintain turfgrass.

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Turf Life also celebrates an appreciation for the hard work and science that goes into maintaining and developing a sustainable turf environment. Its purpose is to promote the responsible use of water and nutrients.