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Rossi to receive GCSAA Award for Environmental Stewardship

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

Source: Golf Course Management [2017-10-31]

Frank Rossi, associate professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, and one of the world’s leading experts on turfgrass science, has been selected to receive the 2018 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship by the board of directors of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Rossi, 55, will officially receive the award Tuesday, Feb. 6, during the Opening Session of the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio (Feb. 3-8).

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.”

“Dr. Rossi’s passion and hard work have helped drive the golf industry to a more environmentally focused future,” says GCSAA President Bill H. Maynard, CGCS. “He has not only been at the forefront of sustainability in the golf industry, but as a former superintendent himself, he has been a great source of information and support for superintendents around the world. We are pleased to honor him for his accomplishments.”

Rossi says, “Of course I am filled with gratitude to the GCSAA and all my colleagues and students over the years. I am quite humbled receiving this award. While I’ve spent my career working in the environmental area, I never thought or imagined it would ever be recognized.”

Among Rossi’s accomplishments, he served as a consultant for the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens at Bethpage Black, and developed sand and grass specifications for the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro. He has also done consulting work for Central Park, the New York Yankees and the Green Bay Packers.

“I am very fortunate to work in a field where every day there is a new challenge,” Rossi says. “Of course, these high-profile venues and events leave little margin for error, but when you work closely with professional golf and sports turf managers, you know you have expert problem solvers — can-do individuals who, when they commit to something, will make it happen.”

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Rossi (right) explains robotic mower research at Bluegrass Lane Turf Field Day in 2015.

Rossi (right) explains robotic mower research at Bluegrass Lane Turf Field Day in 2015.

Rossi receives lifetime achievement award

Reid award for RossiThe Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MetGCSA) presented its John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Rossi, turf specialist and associate professor in the Horticulture Section, at its January 18 Winter Seminar. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that, through continuing commitment, show exemplary support to the game of golf and golf course superintendents.

The group recognized Rossi’s contributions to the game through his “unending environmental leadership and research, his high regard for and support of our fellow superintendents, and his ability to captivate an audience.”

Read more in Tee to Green.

 

Olympians tee off on Cornellian-designed course

olymic golf course
Ithaca Journal [2016-08-11]:

When the first Olympic golfers in more than a century teed off Thursday at the Rio Olympics, they did so on a course designed by a Cornell University alumnus.

Gil Hanse, along with Cornell horticulture professor Frank Rossi, were selected to design the course in 2012 over other names including legendary course designers Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones II. Hanse was tapped to be architect for the Brazilian course primarily for his environmentally sustainable designs, the Cornell Chronicle wrote at the time, part of a major push by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to be a “Green Olympics for a Blue Planet.”

Located next to a wildlife preserve, the course has already become popular with the native capybaras (a large rodent) and will one day serve as a municipal golf course open to the public.

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Climate, Pests and Data Conference

Climate, Weather, Data: Protecting Our Crops and Landscapes will be held August 15, 2016 at the Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office.

With all the talk about climate change you might be wondering how it will affect pests and landscapes—and what you can do about it. This is definitely a year when weather changes have affected
our plants – from the Valentine’s Day massacre winter freeze to plant life gasping for water.

Come and learn how gathering information on weather and climate can help growers, gardeners and landscapers plan for changes. More info.

Tour the Olympic golf course

Golf Digest provides this video tour of the Rio Olympics golf course, designed by Gil Hanse, MLA ’89 with grassing plan by fellow Cornellian Frank Rossi, Ph.D. ’91.

Red will be on the greens (and fairways) at the Rio Olympics

Cornell Chronicle [2016-07-29]

Rossi at 2015 Turf Field Day at Cornell's Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility

Rossi at 2015 Turf Field Day at Cornell’s Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility

When some of the world’s best golfers tee off next month in the 72-hole Olympic competition, they will be navigating fairways and greens imagined and designed by a pair of Cornellians. …

Gil Hanse, MLA ’89, bested a field of 29 of the world’s top golf architects four years ago and won the job of turning an abandoned sand mine in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro into a golf course that could challenge the best players in the game, then be used as a municipal course for a city and nation just being introduced to the sport.

“It’s very humbling and an incredible honor,” Hanse told reporters shortly after winning the competition four years ago.

Hanse – an award-winning course architect who founded Hanse Golf Course Design in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in 1993 – enlisted the help of fellow Cornellian Frank Rossi, Ph.D. ’91, to come up with a grassing plan in keeping with his philosophy of tailoring the golf course to the site, and not the other way around.

“He’s the best – he’s so passionate,” Hanse said of Rossi, who is an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Integrative Plant Science. “He was out there doing a lot of research for us. My partner, Jim Wagner, and I talked with him about what sort of characteristics we want the grass to have from a playability standpoint.”

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