May 1, 2017

Jason Straka, an industry leader in environmental golf-course design and partner at Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design, was recently honored with a Presidential Citation from the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).  Presented on April 26, 2016 at the 70th Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C., ASGCA Immediate Past President Steve Smyers presented the citation in recognition of Straka’s display of knowledge in the development of meaningful professional education programs.  In addition, the award commended his ability and willingness to be a volunteer leader, as well as his aptitude for being a pragmatic manager of diverse opinions along the way.

As a proud member of the ASGCA, it is an honor to serve an active role identifying resources from which members will gain in-depth education and insight into cutting edge technology, research, and design. I am a strong proponent of ASGCA’s leadership role within the golf industry, and value the privilege to volunteer my time in support of design excellence with an organization that drives home environmental impact. – Jason Straka, Principal Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design

Straka has consistently championed educational initiatives within the golf community throughout his career.  An elected member of ASGCA since 2005 and former Board of Governors member, he assisted with the formal development of an Education Committee and has served as the committee’s chairperson since its creation in 2012.  The Education Committee works to identify relevant topics and secure speakers who impart valuable information to members so they may continue to practice golf-course architecture at the highest level.

As a golf industry leader, Straka is a devoted advocate of the game of golf and its sustainability.  He currently serves as the ASGCA Task Force Representative on an Expert Working Group devised to coordinate input of leading industry experts with the Golf Environment Organization (GEO).  The GEO project aims to produce environmental guidelines for the planning, design, and construction of golf courses.  The Expert Working Group on which Straka serves was created to evolve and extend the capacity and platform of advancing the sustainability of golf, and to ensure effective collaboration and input into standard setting in the years ahead.

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 over 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.

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About American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA)

Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry.

For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, log on to the ASGCA website at or call (262) 786-5960.