One of the founders of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association has passed away. Gordon Witteveen was 76.
Mr. Witteveen was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada in 1954 at the age of 20, where he attended the Ontario Agricultural College and earned a science degree in 1958.
During summer vacations, he worked at the Noranda Mines Golf Club in western Quebec and became superintendent of the London Highland Golf Club in Ontario, where he stayed for three years before moving to Northwood Country Club near Toronto.
It was during his time at Northwood that Witteveen became involved in the founding of the CGSA and GreenMaster Magazine.
In 1973, he moved to the Board of Trade Country Club in Woodbridge, Ont., before designing an additional nine-hole short course there. In 1999, he retired and operated the nine-hole Pleasant View Golf Course near Brantford, Ont., until 2008.
Below are some of his accomplishments:
- Founding director of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and member (1966)
- Founding editor of CGSA’s GreenMaster Magazine and later a featured columnist
- President of CGSA (1970)
- GCSAA Board member (1973-1977)
- CGSA’s Superintendent of the Year (1983)
- CGSA’s John B. Steel Distinguished Service Award Winner (1999)
- Co-author, Keeping the Green in Canada A History of Golf Course Management 2008.
A donation will be made in Gordon’s memory to the CGSA Scholar’s Fund, which is used to support future turf professionals in completing their studies.
A private funeral is be held in Toronto, with a memorial service planned for after the holidays at the Board of Trade Country Club in Woodbridge.