Far Hills, N.J.  – Dennis Lyon, manager of golf for the city of Aurora, Colo., has been named the recipient of the United States Golf Association’s 2011 Green Section Award. Lyon wi" />

Lyon Recipient Of 2011 Green Section Award

December 16, 2010

Dennis Lyon

Far Hills, N.J.  – Dennis Lyon, manager of golf for the city of Aurora, Colo., has been named the recipient of the United States Golf Association’s 2011 Green Section Award. Lyon will receive his award Feb. 11 at the USGA Green Section Education Conference in Orlando, Fla. 

The USGA Green Section Award has been presented annually since 1961 to individuals who contribute significantly to the game of golf through their work with turfgrass. Since 1983, the USGA’s Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program has funded more than 400 projects for better turf and a better environment at universities across the country. 

“I am honored to receive this award, and very pleased that it helps bring recognition to the efforts of many people here in Colorado to improve the game we love,” said Lyon. “Our state has been a leader in efforts to improve turf conditions and other environmental and management practices at municipal courses, and I believe this work has had national implications.” 

Lyon, 62, has spent nearly his entire professional career in the golf industry. A graduate of Colorado State University’s horticulture program, he earned his master’s degree in management from the University of Northern Colorado. In 1973, he was hired as superintendent of the Aurora Hills Golf Course and in 1976 was promoted to manager of golf for the city of Aurora. He currently oversees seven city of Aurora courses, including Murphy Creek, which was the site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. 

Lyon is a past president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the organization’s first president to represent a municipal facility. Lyon served on the USGA Public Golf Committee and is currently a member of the USGA Green Section Committee. He served as president of the Colorado Golf Association, the Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association. He was elected to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. 

“Through his knowledge, activities and dedication to volunteer service, Dennis has set a very high standard for golf industry professionals,” said Jim Snow, national director of the USGA Green Section.  “In particular, his influence on municipal course management practices extends well beyond the borders of his home state.” 

For a list of Green Section Award winners, click here.

Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

Chevron image

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

Rolex image

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

AmEx image

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

AmEx image
American Express

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment

AmEx image