Shearman Selected For 2006 USGA Green Section Award
December 7, 2005
Far Hills, N.J. - Dr. Robert Shearman, a widely respected researcher and professor at the University of Nebraska for the past 30 years, is the winner of the 2006 United States Golf Association Green Section Award. The award is given annually by a distinguished panel of experts in the turfgrass field and recognizes persons for contributions to golf through work with turfgrass.
"When of the USGA told me that I would receive the Green Section Award, I was overwhelmed," said Shearman. "I owe a great amount of gratitude to those who made it possible."
Shearman is well known as a leader within the industry.
As executive director of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) from 1993-1998, he adopted a strategic long-term action plan for the Program. He was instrumental in establishing the first cooperatively sponsored, on-site turfgrass evaluation program between the USGA, NTEP and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. As a result, turfgrass managers nationwide have access to information about the best-suited grasses for their particular region.
A member of the USGA turfgrass research and environment committee from 1994-2003, Shearman was a vital and committed voice who combined a local, regional and national turfgrass perspective to help guide the research program. With membership in numerous professional organizations, Shearman has served in many impact-type positions in scientific societies and professional turfgrass organizations.
He has worked in various teaching and administrative positions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture since 1975, and has advised many masters and Ph.D. students.
Shearman earned a Ph.D. in crop science from Michigan State University in 1973 after completing work on an M.S. in crop science at Michigan State in 1970 and a B.S. in farm crops/agronomy at Oregon State University in 1967. He is a long-time resident of Lincoln, Neb.
The USGA funds, develops and promotes turfgrass research to better the environment and improve playing conditions on golf courses.