The CGSA and Toro Announce the 2017 CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year Award Winner

September 11th, 2017

The CGSA and The Toro Company are pleased to announce Marco China, Assistant in Training at St. George’s Golf & Country Club as the 2017 winner of the CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year Award.

The CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year award was established in 1998 and recognizes a full-time student member of CGSA who is completing their graduating year in a CGSA recognized turf management program.  The nominees are interviewed by a panel comprised of two representatives of the Toro Company (the award sponsor), and a CGSA Past President.

Marco completed his Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management at the University of Guelph in April 2017.

Mr. China will receive the CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year Award at the 2018 CGSA Awards ceremony in Quebec City on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 as part of The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference.

Stephen Fleischauer, Director, Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management at the University of Guelph nominated Marco for the award and noted that he was “One of our most proficient and accomplished students in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management program at the University of Guelph.” “He is passionate about turf management and strives to both learn and implement the many skills that will, ultimately, define him as a top superintendent”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Marco on winning the 2017 CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year Award. He is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable young professional who will undoubtedly represent the CGSA and Toro very well. His outstanding leadership capabilities will prepare him to be successful in his pursuit to become a golf course superintendent. The future of our profession is in great hands with such determined and talented young professionals such as Marco China. We are thrilled that Toro is a large supporter of the CGSA and continues to sponsor our Future Superintendent of the Year Award.”

-          Jim Flett, AGS, CGSA President

 

“Toro is proud to continue our support for the Future Superintendent of the Year award as we strongly believe in the objective to recognize and help develop young talent towards achieving their goals and growth potential. Once again, this year, the process has produced solid candidates, and ultimately the selection committee was unanimous in choosing Marco China as the recipient of the 2017 CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year award. Marco has impressive qualifications and experience and I am confident he will one day become a great superintendent and future industry leader.”

-          Tony Ferguson, Sr. Marketing and Business Development Manager, Toro

As the CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year winner, Marco will receive the following:

·      An “All-Access” registration to the 2018 The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in Quebec City, Quebec from February 26-March 1, 2018 where he will be presented with the award by a Toro Company representative at the Awards Ceremony, 4 nights’ accommodation and transportation costs; and

·      A visit to TORO’s World Headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota in 2018.

This award is completely funded by The Toro Company – a strong supporter of the profession.  Thanks to Toro for its partnership with the CGSA and for investing in the future of the industry and the superintendent profession.

Jim Flett, AGS                                  Tony Ferguson
CGSA President                              Sr. Marketing
Superintendent                                and Business Development Manager
Muskoka Lakes Golf & C.C.           The Toro Company                        
c: (705) 528-8478                            c: (612) 860-0586
e: jflett [at] mlgcc [dot] com                         e. Tony [dot] Ferguson [at] toro [dot] com

The CGSA represents golf course superintendents from across Canada. Its mission is to promote and support superintendents and their profession. The association is also committed to environmentally sustainable practices with respect to the management of golf course properties.