Paul Carter, who has overseen a transformation at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn., received the 2011 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Award on March 1 at the Golf Industry Show.
Since the Tennessee State Parks course opened in 1999, the bentgrass greens at Bear Trace wilted in the summers and had burned through two superintendents in its first two years. Carter, who arrived at Harrison Bay in 2002, has rebuilt the greens and regrassed them with Champion ultradwarf Bermudagrass.
“Our greens went belly-up every year,” said Robin Boyer, Harrison Bay’s head professional. “He has basically rebuilt the entire golf course.”
Carter’s other projects include rebuilding bunkers, adding drainage and converting out-of-play areas to native, cutting down on water and maintenance while providing more habitat to the native wildlife.
The other finalists: Roger Brashear (Blackstone CC, Peoria, Ariz.), Donald Cross, (Skokie CC, Skokie, Ill.), John Davis (Secession GC, Beaufort, S.C.), Fred Gehrisch (Highlands Falls CC, Highlands, N.C.), Matt Hoyt (Sevillano Links, Corning, Calif.), Mark Langner (FarmLinks GC, Sylacauga, Ala.), Peter McDonough (The Keswick Club, Keswick, Va.) and Robert Pearsall (Salish Cliffs GC, Shelton, Wash.).
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