Obituary: Jaime Ortiz-Patino
Jaime Ortiz-Patino - passionate supporter of golf and sustainability, and GEO Honorary Council Member, has sadly passed away at the age of 82. Jaime will be remembered by all at GEO as an enthusiastic and knowledgable advocate for the protection and enhancement of the environment through golf, and for the instrumental role he played in the establishment of the organisation.
Chairman of the GEO Advisory Council, Bjorn Nordberg, reflected on his contribution and expressed the sentiments of all staff and officials at GEO - saying:
"On reflection, we can see that Jimmy was one of the founding fathers of the modern movement towards sustainable golf. We have all been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed his company over these many years - and to benefit from his vision, tremendous energy and humour. He will be greatly missed by many friends and colleagues at GEO - across our Board, Advisory Council, Technical Commission, staff and wider associates, and our thoughts are with his family."
His international involvement in sustainable golf stretched over three decades, engaging with many different golfing and environmental organisations worldwide. He advocated for sustainability research, education (particularly of his beloved discipline of greenkeeping), participation programmes for clubs and courses, and more recently through his work with GEO, of a credible industry ecolabel.
He facilitated many discussions and events to advance golf's outlook and efforts, most notably in November 1999 when he hosted the Valderrama Golf Environment Summit. The event was attended by key golf and environmental leaders in the US and Europe, reinforcing golf's commitment to sustainability.
Always a strong voice for the value of a golf dedicated sustainability non profit, Jimmy helped to initiate the Golf Environment Organization from 2006, with the sole purpose to support and promote sustainability across the management and development of courses and golf tournaments. Jimmy brought so much to the organisation, and in his honour we re-affirm our dedication to his legacy in sustainable golf, working for a future where golf is universally valued for it's contribution to people and the environment.