CGSA names 2014 award winners

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The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) named its 2014 award winners at the annual Fall Field Day in Port Carling, Ont., on Sept. 23.

This year’s CGSA Bayer Superintendent of the Year award went to Jim Nix, AGS, from Abercrombie Country Club in New Glasgow, N.S. The award recognizes a member of the CGSA who has held the position of golf course superintendent for a minimum of five years and who has distinguished herself or himself through dedication to the profession, performance as a golf course superintendent, and contributions to their profession and community.

“...Jim personifies and holds true to the values one looks for in naming the Superintendent of the Year and has distinguished himself through not only his dedication to the profession as a golf course superintendent, but also to his contributions to our community,” said Mike Adam, Canadian Olympian and gold medalist.

The Future Superintendent of the Year award was presented to Carmen Kozak, foreman, at the River Bend Golf Club in Red Deer, Alta. She is a full-time student member of the CGSA who is completing her graduating year in a CGSA-recognized turf management program. She is the first female winner of this award.

The John B. Steel Award is presented annually to an individual chosen by the CGSA board of directors who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession of golf course superintendent. This year’s winner was Jim Ross, lead researcher at Olds College in Olds, Alta., and the Prairie Turf Research Centre.

Additionally, CGSA’s board of directors established a post-secondary scholarship award in 2007 to recognize the scholastic accomplishments of students who are the children or grandchildren of a CGSA member and are enrolled in the first year of a full-time, post-secondary education program. This year’s President’s Scholarship Award went to Logan Kupchanko, son of Mike Kupchanko, superintendent at Wascana Country Club in Regina, Sask., and Bailey Simpson, daughter of Dwayne Simpson, superintendent at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta.

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