FARMINGTON HILLS – Steve Hammon, the golf course superintendent at Traverse City Golf & Country Club has been selected as the 2020 Golf Association of Michigan Superintendent Award of Merit winner.
The Superintendent Award of Merit is among a handful of awards normally announced during the GAM Annual Meeting, but that meeting is being held this year in a different format due to the current public health concerns and restrictions. More GAM awards will be announced in the coming days at GAM.org.
Hammon is a Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MiGCSA) Class A member and past president of the association (2009). He has been the superintendent at Traverse City G&C for 23 years.
He joins past recipients of the award; Ted Woehrle, Clem Wolfrom, Fritz McMullen, John Fulling, Jay Eccleton, Steve Cook, Jeff Holmes, Phil Owen and Paul Galligan.
Hammon, a Grand Rapids native and graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan State University’s Turfgrass Management Program, regularly lends his expertise to statewide associations, groups and programs in the industry and is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences.
“Steve has performed well above the call of duty for his entire tenure at TCGCC at both the club and as a volunteer in our industry,” John Fulling, the superintendent of Kalamazoo Country Club said as one of the superintendents who nominated Hammon.
“In 2019-2020 he helped the club achieve a highly successful renovation in all areas including, golf course, clubhouse and pool operations. Volunteer efforts for the industry have been and continue to be a top priority for Steve. He is a leader and has logged untold hours on the road serving and giving back to the industry.”
Hammon started with Traverse City G&C in 1997 following career stops that included being the superintendent for The Old Course at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, an assistant at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort and various grounds staff roles at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point Club and Riviera Country Club in California and Coral Ridge Country Club in Florida. He did his internship work at PGA West Stadium Course and The Springs Club in California.
Hammon, his wife Sue and three sons, Evan, Luke and Elliott, reside in Frankfort.