Laubach, who has been a member of the USGA Green Section Committee since 1974 and has participated in several meetings of the USGA Turfgrass & Environmental Research Committee, was thrilled and surprised to receive this year's award.
'The USGA Green Section has been such a wonderful experience for me,' Laubach said. 'It's just fascinating to be involved in what's going on to make the game better for the golf community.'
Laubach also served on the USGA Sectional Affairs Committee (1981-1999) and Senior Amateur Championship Committee (1994-99) and in 1999 received the Ike Grainger Award, given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of at least 25 years of volunteer service to the organization.
In addition, he is a past president of the MacKenzie Society, former director of the Golf Association of Michigan, and a former vice-president of the Arizona Golf Association.
His dedication to the game was evident even during the hardest of times. During 14 months at a POW camp in Germany during World War II, he established a makeshift golf course to help prisoners pass the time.
Laubach, who resides in Frankfort, Mich., for part of the year, lives with his wife Nancy. He has two children, two stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Dr. Charles V. Piper and Dr. Russell A. Oakley were among the earliest scientists to conduct studies in the fields of turfgrass science and golf course management, and served as the first Chairman and co-Chairman of the USGA Green Section when it was formed in 1920. They were men of great character, keen vision and remarkable achievement, whose contributions to the improvement in early greenkeeping methods were immeasurable. The Piper and Oakley Award periodically recognizes others who have so generously contributed to the programs and activities of the USGA Green Section.
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