The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) has announced that Dean Piller, AGS of the Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria is the CGSA Gordon Witteveen Award winner for 2017.
The Gordon Witteveen Award is presented annually by the CGSA and Toro to the superintendent or assistant superintendent who has authored the best article for publication in the CGSA GreenMaster magazine during the past year.
Piller’s article, entitled Cordova Bay’s Fairway Management Program – Overcoming Thatch, which was published in the Fall 2017 issue, was judged by a panel of peers and was chosen as the winner.
Piller has been a CGSA member since 1985 and holds the Accredited Golf Superintendent (AGS) designation. He has been the superintendent at Cordova Bay since 1990 and served as CGSA president in 1999.
He has been the winner of several CGSA Awards, including the CGSA Superintendent of the Year Award in 2010, the CGSA Environmental Achievement Award in 2009 and he has been the recipient of the Gordon Witteveen Award from CGSA five times (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2017).
He will be presented with the Gordon Witteveen Award plaque and receive a cash award of $500 donated by the Toro Company during the awards ceremony on Wednesday Feb. 28, as part of the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in Quebec City.