January 5, 2015

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Sally J. Sportsman

DUBLIN, Ohio (January 5, 2015) – Jason Straka, a principal in Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design (www.frystraka.com), will join the Executive Committee of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF) for a one-year term beginning in February. At the OTF Conference and Show, which took place Dec. 9-11, 2014, in Sandusky, Ohio, Straka, who currently serves on the board as Trustee, is a member of the Foundation’s Education Committee and also chairs the Buckeyes for Environmental Sustainable Turfgrass Committee, was named treasurer-elect of the organization.

“I deeply believe in the cause of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and the members and green industry it serves,” Straka said. “I look forward to my term as treasurer of the OTF, where I will continue to strengthen the financial standing of the organization.”

The mission of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation is to promote the turfgrass industry in Ohio; encourage the further study, research and education of turfgrass science; and speak on matters of policy affecting the turfgrass industry.

For more than 50 years, the Foundation has maintained its focus on providing resources to the turfgrass community. Nearly $5 million has been contributed to the industry in the form of research grants, gifts and student scholarships. These funds have benefited the industry by providing financial aid to more than 300 students, building and donating a state-of-the-art research facility at The Ohio State University, creating opportunities for leading educators and researchers within our state, and much, much more.

Ohio Turfgrass Foundation continuing education seminars, such as the annual Conference held each December, and Research Field Day in August, have provided countless professionals the tools required to be more efficient and effective at their facilities. OTF continues to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with members and event attendees from all over the United States and the world.

About Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design

Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design is a partnership with worldwide reach in award-winning golf-course design. Golf course architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka, having worked together for nearly 20 years, continue to bring their collective design experience, talent and renowned client dedication to their venture.

Although the pair collaborates on all projects, it is not uncommon for the partners to be traveling on opposite sides of the world so they can serve their global clients with ease, efficiency and the utmost in professional dedication. In addition, the company has a diversified staff of associates – speaking a combined six languages – based in Lisbon, Portugal; Milan, Italy; Beijing, China; Porto Alegre, Brazil; and dispersed around the U.S. Thus Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design can service any job, anywhere in the world, with the highest of standards and a consummate commitment to excellence.

Last year, Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design was named the 2013 Golf Course Design Firm of the Year by The Boardroom Magazine, endorsed by the Club Managers Association of America, in its Excellence in Achievement Awards.

For more information, see www.frystraka.com.