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  •     The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and Bayer are pleased to announce a sponsorship agreement for the CGSA Superintendent of the Year award which will be renamed the “CGSA Bayer Superintendent of the Year” award. As part of the commitment Bayer will provide a number of award related incentives valued at almost $200,000 over the next five years to support both the award recipient and the CGSA. In return, the award will be renamed the CGSA Bayer Superintendent of the Year.


        William MacMurdo, Director of Bayer Environmental Science for Canada said, “Bayer understands the value of this award to the CGSA and to the superintendent profession in Canada, and are pleased to support the CGSA and the award recipients to ensure that industry recognizes and supports the importance of these high achievers and the facilities they manage.”


        On top of the CGSA support, Bayer will look to increase the profile of the award recipient and of the CGSA through a series of events that will see the award recipient represent the CGSA at the Bayer research facility in Clayton, North Carolina and the N.C. State University research centre. As part of this trip, the Superintendent of the Year will also visit Pinehurst Resort. During their year the SOTY will participate as a member of the Bayer Superintendents Advisory Council and at the annual Bayer Distributor’s Meeting. The award recipient’s golf course will receive a specially-designed Bayer plant protection product package worth $10,000. In addition, the SOTY will receive an expenses paid trip to the CGSA Fall Field Day event where the official announcement of the SOTY is made each year. Also included is an expense paid trip for two to the CGSA Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show.


        Christian Pilon, MS, President, CGSA said, “this partnership with Bayer elevates our Superintendent of the Year award to a new level and will provide increased recognition for the association, the individual and the profession. Since recognition of the profession is a key strategic initiative for the CGSA, this partnership with Bayer moves our strategic plan forward and brings the association closer to its mission of being essential to the golf course management profession in Canada.”


        “The CGSA is very excited about the enhanced relationship that we have with Bayer. The new agreement is an enhancement and an extension of Bayer’s commitment to recognizing the importance of the superintendent to the industry and the business of golf”, continued Pilon


        Bayer Environmental Science is dedicated to the research, development and marketing of plant protection products for the golf course, professional turf management, ornamental, and pest management industries. Bayer Environmental Science is a business unit of Bayer CropScience, one of the three pillars of Bayer AG.


        CGSA represents superintendents, assistant superintendents, equipment technicians and other industry professionals involved in the business of golf course management. Our vision is to be essential to success in the golf course management profession and our mission is to promote and support the Canadian golf course management profession. We achieve our mission and vision through leadership initiatives, membership initiatives and programs and services delivered to both the member and the golf facility.
    For further information please contact:

    Ken Cousineau, CAE             Colin White,
    Executive Director                  Marketing Manager Golf
    CGSA                                   Bayer Environmental Science
    416-626-8873 ext. 222            519-239-3983
    kcousineau@golfsupers.com   colin.white@bayer.com

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