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 Ken Gorzycki, Director of Golf Course Management at Barton Creek Resort & Spa
in Austin, Texas, Receives Special Service Award from Texas A&M's
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
AUSTIN, Texas – January 19, 2006 – Texas A&M University recently awarded a Special Service Award to alumni Ken Gorzycki, ‘77, Director of Golf Course Management at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. This prestigious award was presented to Gorzycki at an annual meeting of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences January 11 in College Station, Texas. World renown turf specialist, Dr. James B. Beard, A&M professor emeritus, President and Chief Scientist at the International Sports Turf Institute, attended the event to honor his former student. 

A graduate of A&M Soil and Crop Sciences department, Gorzycki has enhanced agronomic programs at A&M as well as in the golf industry for nearly 30 years. Gorzycki is well recognized in professional circles, has helped other golf superintendents grow professionally, holds several certifications and professional memberships, and proudly reflects his agronomic heritage from Texas A&M University. “Ken’s professional accomplishments speak for themselves. Barton Creek would not be the golf destination it is without his contributions,” said G. Michael Thomas, President and COO of Barton Creek Resort and Spa. “The team here at Barton Creek is tremendously proud of Ken.”  Recently, ClubCorp promoted 

(R) Dr. James B. Beard, A&M  emeritus professor, President
and Chief Scientist of the International Sports Turf Institute
is pictured with Award Recipient, (L) Ken Goryzcki
Gorzycki to Senior Regional Superintendent with the responsibility to diagnose and resolve difficult agronomic and management issues while supervising seven regional superintendents/agronomists and overseeing more than 50 golf courses in five states. 

Gorzycki’s contributions to A&M are many. “For years, Ken has hired scores of students for summer internships and full time professional positions within ClubCorp in Texas and other states,” said Dr. Dudley T. Smith, A&M professor.  “He attracts and hires some of the best graduates in Soil and Crop Sciences and promotes them from within.” Through the Senior Seminar program, Gorzycki provides mock interview experiences for students, following a corporate interview outline. He gives students immediate feedback, and offers suggestions on how they can improve their interview skills. He has lectured at A&M on professionalism and the job search, incorporating experiences with practical advice on topics such as work expectations, teamwork, and ethics. Smith noted, “People outside this field may not understand what an honor it is for Ken to have Dr. James B. Beard, an important mentor to Ken, attend this event. Dr. Beard is the most prominent turf specialist in the world today. He is the author of eight books on this subject, and is a highly sought after international consultant.” 

Gorzycki has an established record of professional accomplishment, from overseeing a top-tier, 54-hole golf course in Florida to presently serving as Director of Golf Course Management at Barton Creek Resort & Spa. This resort in Austin, Texas features four championship courses – Fazio Canyons, Fazio Foothills, Crenshaw Cliffside and Palmer Lakeside – that continue to receive national recognition. All four courses have achieved the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation, and Fazio Canyons is the first resort course in Texas to achieve the prestigious certification as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary after meeting strict environmental criteria. Of the estimated 16,000 golf courses in the United States, only 2,300 are affiliated with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program and less than 50 courses in the world have achieved the highly coveted Signature status. 

Located in Austin, in the heart of the glorious Texas Hill Country, Barton Creek Resort & Spa combines world-class service with its classic brand of Austin casual elegance set in luxurious surroundings.  Featuring 300 beautifully appointed rooms, Barton Creek has something for everyone and offers superior dining experiences, 72 holes of nationally acclaimed championship golf, the industry’s finest meeting facilities and a full-service spa, including a unique line of Texas-themed services.  The resort is one of nearly 170 clubs and resorts worldwide owned and operated by Dallas-based ClubCorp, which was founded in 1957 and has approximately $1.5 billion in assets. 


Patricia Faust
Public Relations Manager
Barton Creek Resort & Spa
8212 Barton Club Drive
Austin, TX 78735
Direct Phone: 512-329-4517

Also See: ClubCorp, Golden Bear International Developing the Traditions Golf and Country Club At Texas AM University / Dec 1999

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