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Sarro named Golf Person of the Year

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailySteve Sarro, the Vail Golf Club's superintendent, earned 2007 Colorado Golf Person of the Year honors for his work helping golf courses in New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.

VAIL ” The Colorado Golf Hall of Fame named Vail Golf Club superintendent Steve Sarro as the 2007 Colorado Golf Person of the Year.

The Hall of Fame, founded in 1973 to honor men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the game of golf, recognized Sarro, the first superintendent to receive the award, for his golf-related contributions to post-Katrina New Orleans.

Dubbed “Super Intentions for Superintendents,” Sarro was instrumental in organizing and leading 30 students and golf course professionals from the Rocky Mountain region and beyond to New Orleans, aiding four hurricane-stricken golf courses in their efforts to return to operation.

In addition to giving one week of their time and labor, the group raised nearly $30,000 in aid for the struggling Gulf Coast courses.

“I am proud and honored to have been given this award”, said Sarro.

“But I hesitate to put our efforts in the past-tense, as the guys down in New Orleans are still there and still giving it their all, after losing almost everything.”

The Colorado Golf Hall of Fame will honor Sarro at the Columbine Country Club in Denver on Sept. 4.

It’s not the first award for Sarro. He was the 2006 Superintendent of the Year of the Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents Association, and 2006 Turf Professional of the Year, recognized by the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association.

“It’s great to see Steve’s hard work, professionalism and dedication to the game being recognized across the industry,” said Vail Recreation District executive director Mike Ortiz, “as it’s certainly recognized here at the VRD that his efforts have greatly improved the Vail Golf Club. He’s a strong leader, and his team has the course playing incredibly well.”

Sarro joined the Vail Golf Club in February 2006, after five years at the Broadmoor Hotel Golf Course in Colorado Springs.

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