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2022 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
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RUSSELL HELLER, CGCS

Russell started his career after obtaining his Turfgrass Management degree at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst. He spent several years as an assistant superintendent at Andover Country Club. After a short stint as superintendent at Tewksbury Country Club he joined Sterling Golf Management. He worked two years at Chelmsford Country Club before moving to Franklin Park Golf Course, the second oldest public course in America. He has continued to hold the position of superintendent there since 2001.

He achieved Certified Golf Course Superintendent status in 2004 and maintains that to this day.

Russell became a member of the GCSA of New England in 1996 and joined the Board of Directors in 1999 where he served as Newsletter Chairman for several years before working his way through the ranks. In 2007 he was elected President of the Association. He has continued to serve on various GCSANE committees.

He has served on several GCSAA committees. The Government Relations committee was his favorite, as it afforded him the opportunity to directly meet lawmakers in D.C. He is currently a GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador and visits with his local state representative periodically.

He hosted a First Green Field Trip at Franklin Park to introduce 6th grade students to the intricacies of golf course maintenance. Subjects dealing with insects, soils, monitoring of the greensward, water use and conservation and other subjects associated with the environment were explained to inquisitive children and their teachers.

Each December he organized a yearly visit to Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain. It was a chance for superintendents, assistants, sales reps, and others to wrap up the season over lunch and a few cold beers. This event lasted for 15 years until Doyle’s closed its doors for good in October 2019.

As one nominator stated, “Russ has done it all for GCSANE.”

Russell and his wife Raina have been happily married for 22 years.

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