Marty PetrovicLast fall, the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) awarded its Citation of Merit to Marty Petrovic (right), professor and turfgrass scientist in the Department of Horticulture.

Adding to Petrovic’s laurels, the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MetGCSA) has presented Marty with their prestigious John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Marty has supported our superintendent members for nearly three decades through his work as both an educator and a researcher. In addition to guiding the development of countless turfgrass professionals as a Cornell University professor, Marty has initiated research that has supported superintendents in their role as stewards of the environment,” says Tony Girandi, outgoing MetGCSA board members Tony Girardi, in and article in Tee to Green magazine.

The article cites Marty’s work on a comprehensive manual of turfgrass best management practices for New York and development of fertilizer management plans for golf courses in environmentally sensitive areas on the eastern end of Long Island as just two examples of his many accomplishments.

The only other person to be honored with both awards was the late Hauro Tashiro ’46, Ph.D. ‘50, who was a turfgrass entomologist for 13 years at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y.

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