The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and Bayer have partnered to increase the profile of CGSA’s Superintendent of the Year award, and of the profession itself.

As part of the agreement, Bayer will provide several award-related incentives valued at approximately $200,000 over the next five years. Bayer will also work to help increase the association’s profile by having the award winner attend events at the Bayer research facility in Clayton, N.C., along with N.C. State University (NCSU) Research Centre. Additionally, the winner will participate as a member of the Bayer Superintendents Advisory Council at the company's annual distributor’s meeting, while the award recipient’s golf course will receive a specially-designed Bayer plant protection product package worth $10,000. As part of the award, the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the CGSA Fall Field Day event, where the official award presentation will be made each year. Further, an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the CGSA Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show is also included.

“This partnership with Bayer elevates our Superintendent of the Year award to a new level and will provide increased recognition for the association, the individual, and the profession,” said CGSA president Christian Pilon, MS. “Since recognition of the profession is a key strategic initiative for the CGSA, this partnership with Bayer moves our strategic plan forward and brings the association closer to its mission of being essential to the golf course management profession in Canada.”

The accolade will now be known as the CGSA Bayer Superintendent of the Year award.