POMEROY — Sean O’Brien, Director of Grounds for Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla., has been named Golf Grounds Manager of the Year by the corporate team of Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf club operators.
O’Brien, a 1998 graduate of Meigs High School, with degrees from Kentucky Christian University and Ohio State University, is the son of Mary E. Hawk of Syracuse, and Patrick O’Brien of Lake Norman, N. C.,and grandson of Jeanne Anne Bradbury of Syracuse. He is married to Chanda and they have a one year old daughter, Christina. The family resides in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The Golf Grounds Manager of the Year award is given on the basis of performance excellence for current and previous years in various categories, including maintaining turfgrass conditions, successful large scale renovation or construction projects, loss prevention efforts, personnel development, operating within budget, active pursuit of industry-wide certifications and education, and more.
In announcing the recognition of O’Brien, David Robinson, Senior Director of Golf Grounds, Marriott Golf spoke of the recipient’s commitment to excellence. “He is truly deserving of this honor as he is committed to ensuring that Marriott Golf customers enjoy a first-class experience and product every time they visit the course,” said Robinson.
In addition to receiving this prestigious award from Marriott Golf, O’Brien was recently recognized as the Florida Chapter Award winner for Resorts by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest magazine as part of the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA). The ELGA recognizes golf courses worldwide, along with their staff members, for their commitment to environmental stewardship.
Designed by noted golf course architect Robert Cupp Jr., Hawk’s Landing Golf Club is a scenic blend of native Florida wildlife and tropical vegetation. At just over 6,600 yards, the par 71 layout is one of Florida’s premier resort golf experiences.
Marriott Golf manages 61 golf courses at 44 locations in 12 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators.