Rick Sullivan is named Golf Course Superintendent of the Year for Oregon

by: COURTESY OF SUMMERFIELD CIVIC ASSOCIATION - FIRST ON THE COURSE - Rick Sullivan holds the plaque he won in 2013 from the Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.Summerfield Golf Course Superintendent Rick Sullivan was honored last year with the Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Award by the Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Summerfield Civic Association Administrator Cari Froeber nominated Sullivan for the award in April last year, and he was honored at the organization's annual meeting in May.

"The basis for the award was related to current golf course conditions, major projects, work ethic, accomplishments and performance - all of which are absolutely superb," Froeber wrote about Sullivan in the July issue of the Summerfield monthly newsletter, "Summerfield Summary."

In the application, Froeber wrote that Sullivan has worked for Summerfield for more than 30 years, moving up the ladder to superintendent in 1984.

"He provides oversight of two full-time golf course employees, two part-time and two more seasonal employees," Froeber wrote. "He has an intricate knowledge of this course and can effectively perform any duty/responsibility to maintain it."

She added, "The full irrigation system change and drainage improvements in 2009, coupled with Rick's continued passion for golf course maintenance, have created this beautiful destination.

"Rick is the first person on the course, typically starting his day around 5:30 a.m. He works long, hard hours, rarely taking a full day off… He treats the course as if it were an extension of himself and a reflection of who he is, so he puts a lot of time, effort and care into the maintenance."

Froeber also noted that Sullivan is frugal, trying to fix something before replacing it or making it last one more season. But if a new piece of equipment is needed, "he'll research, shop around, try to find the best value, and his efforts always pay off."

Froeber said that Sullivan's golf maintenance budget is tight, "yet for many years now, he's come in under budget." She added that "he leads by example, builds trust with his employees and spends time teaching and training each one."

In an email to the board and residents notifying them of Sullivan's award, Froeber noted, "Remember though, he's pretty mad at me for nominating him! And while I appreciate his modesty, there is certainly a reason to celebrate such an accomplishment within the community. There's a lot of goodwill in awards and recognition, and it will certainly showcase our beautiful course even more!"

Froeber added, "Summerfield is very fortunate to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable and award-winning employee."

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