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NZ: Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club’s Leo Barber wins writing award

POSTED ON May 13, 2020 @ 5:17 pm

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club general manager and superintendent Leo Barber has won a prestigious award from a United States golfing association.

Each year the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey present the Ed Walsh Award to a member in recognition of the best superintendent written article in their Greenerside magazine.

Leo has won the 2019 Ed Walsh Award for his story Getting Back to Nature.

“It discussed the benefits of using the outdoors as a way of tricking the mind into escaping the pressures faced from maintaining golf courses to assist health and well-being,” he said.

“I am sure this could be applied across a number of professions.

“I recalled my own personal experiences of using the trails around Kāpiti to relax the mind and even recalled the more advanced trip I undertook into the Tararuas that I shared in the Kāpiti News.”

Leo is a honorary member of the association stemming from trips to work several PGA tournaments hosted in the state.

“New Jersey has twice New Zealand’s population and a golf industry of a similar size.”

All superintendents that have an article published in the magazine are eligible for the award.

“As a pure amateur writer but someone that is passionate about my role in golf, it was pleasing to be recognised in an industry publication and for the article to be judged worthy by peers,” Leo said.

SOURCE: NZ Herald

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