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Press release July 2011:

Lockwood Folly Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

SUPPLY, NC – Lockwood Folly Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.  Greg Stevens, Assistant Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.  Lockwood Folly Country Club is the 22nd course in North Carolina and the 921st in the world to receive the honor. 

"Lockwood Folly Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program.  They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Joellen Lampman, Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs Director.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Lampman.  These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Lockwood Folly is built upon a former hunting preserve.  The course is characterized by tree-lined fairways with massive oaks, stately pines, quiet ponds, and abundant wildlife.  Head pro Jeff Ruth describes the course as “challenging, yet rewarding.”  Mr. Ruth invites members of the public to “come and enjoy a great round of golf in this scenic wildlife sanctuary.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.

For more information on golf and the environment, visit www.golfandenvironment.org.  In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments.  For more information, contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA, (518) 767-9051, e-mail them via the Internet at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit their website at www.auduboninternational.org.