Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.19 unanimously chosen as the winner. The article chronicles the transformation of Cordova Bay's vegetable gardening program, using green space in a new and resourceful way. Piller has been a CGSA member since 1985 and holds the association's Accredited Golf Superintendent (AGS) des - ignation. He has been the superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Course since 1990 and served as the CGSA president in 1999. He will receive an all-access conference registra - tion, up to $500 travel reimbursement, and a cash award of $500 donated from Toro. He will be presented with the award March 5 as part of the Canadian Golf Course Man - agement Conference in Banff, Alberta. Huck honored with Green Section Award The USGA named Michael T. Huck, a turfgrass and ir- rigation specialist from Orange County, Calif., the recipient of its 2019 Green Section Award. Huck was honored at the USGA's annual meeting and service awards dinner in San Antonio on Feb. 23. Currently a principal at Irrigation and Turfgrass Ser - vices in Southern California, Huck is widely recognized as a visionary in water conservation and water use efficiency. He has authored nearly 50 articles and continues to share news and insights on water regulations, supply issues and the future of golf course irrigation with a worldwide audi - ence. He also regularly works with regulators, golf facilities and allied associations on developing best practices and policies that conserve water while ensuring sustainability. "Mike's continued dedication to elevating the topic of water conservation in golf and advocating for education and dialogue has benefited courses across North America and the world," says Kimberly Erusha, Ph.D., USGA Green Section managing director. "His innovative approach, matched with his ability to communicate very complex science in a relatable way, has provided game-changing leadership that helps golf courses and communities." Huck has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry, including 12 years as a golf course superinten - dent and six years as a regional agronomist for the USGA. His expertise lies in irrigation water-quality assessment, saline and recycled water management, irrigation system auditing, and sprinkler uniformity. Huck has also served on several golf water task forces in Los Angeles, San Diego and will need lifelong monitoring, treatment, rehabilitation therapies and hormone replacement therapy. Recently, she has received encouraging MRI scans. Sometimes she joins her dad at Eagle Ridge to ride with him in the cart or run the course with the family's border collie, Coop. "That makes it a nice escape to go to work," Pat says. — H.R. Piller receives Witteveen Award The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and The Toro Co., the award sponsor, announced 31-year GCSAA Class A member Dean Piller, AGS, of the Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, British Columbia, as the CGSA Gordon Witteveen Award winner for 2018. The award is presented annually by the CGSA to the superintendent or assistant superintendent who has au - thored the best article for publication in the CGSA Green- Master magazine during the past year. Piller's article, en- titled "Fairway to Table" and published in the Winter 2018 issue of GreenMaster, was judged by a panel of peers, and The

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