The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association has announced Brian Youell, Master Superintendent from the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., is the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement of the Year winner for 2017.
The CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award of the Year recognizes a member of the CGSA who has held the position of golf course superintendent for a minimum of five years and distinguished himself or herself through dedication to the profession, performance as a golf course superintendent and contributions to profession and community by choosing a specific environmental project, policy, program or practice that has been initiated on their course and documented the environmental impact that this initiative has had at the facility.
Youell’s selection for the award was based on his strong commitment to the environment and his very unique approach to managing wildlife while creating public awareness.
He has been a CGSA member since 1994 and holds the association’s Master Superintendent (MS) designation. He has been at Uplands Golf Course since 1981 and his career in the industry spans almost 40 years. Youell was the CGSA Superintendent of the Year Award winner in 2012 and he was the 2016 CGSA Gordon Witteveen winner.
“On behalf of the CGSA board of directors, I would like to congratulate Brian Youell on winning the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award. Brian’s selection is a great example of his commitment to the environment,” said CGSA executive director Jeff Calderwood.
“When you hear about Brian Youell, you automatically think leader, innovator, a mentor, public speaker, a volunteer and a real gentleman. Brian is also a true friend to many and a huge contributor to his professional associations,” added Calderwood.
Fred Sherman, regional manager for Rain Bird Canada, agreed.
“Rain Bird is delighted to congratulate Brian Youell as the first recipient of the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award for 2017. Brian’s award-winning activities demonstrate a holistic approach to protecting the environment,” he said.
“His efforts encompass all aspects of environmental stewardship from the design and layout of his maintenance infrastructure to habitat enhancements for fish, birds and even bats, from water conservation to nutrient reduction and membership communications,” said Sherman.
“Brian’s leadership is truly a source of inspiration for all to become better stewards of the natural world around us,” he said.
As the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement of the Year winner, Youell will receive an all-access registration to the Canadian 2018 Golf Course Management Conference in Quebec City from Feb. 26 to March 1, four nights’ accommodation and transportation costs.
He will be presented with the CGSA/Rain Bird award during the CGSA Awards Ceremony in Quebec on Wednesday, Feb. 28.