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Capilano Golf Club senior assistant superintendent earns CGSA/Toro top honour

Nick Daley to be formally honoured in Montreal in February

January 29, 2024  By Turf & Rec

Nick Daley, senior assistant superintendent at the Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, has been named CGSA/Toro assistant superintendent of the year for 2023.

The announcement was made by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and The Toro Company, which co-sponsor the award.

The award recognizes the specific achievements of a golf course assistant superintendent whose performance and contributions to the success of the facility go beyond those that would normally be expected. The award is presented to an individual who has contributed to his or her golf facility in a significant way and who has demonstrated professionalism, leadership, innovation and a team approach in their work.

Daley has been a CGSA member since 2019 and he has been in the golf course industry since 2013. He is going into his fith season with the Capilano Golf and Country Club. Prior to Capilano, he was second assistant superintendent from 2017-2018 at Nicklaus North Golf Course. He graduated with his bachelor of landscape architecture degree with honours from the University of Canberra, Australia in 2009 and has also completed online certificates with Ohio State University (golf course management) and Penn State University (turf management).


Stuart Sheridan, Capilano superintendent, nominated Daley for this award. Daley has been Sheridan’s right-hand man since he was hired in 2019. Sheridan promoted him to assistant superintendent after stepping into the superintendent position and then to senior assistant superintendent in 2021.

“I needed to have someone I could trust on-site at all times,” Sheridan said. “Nick would take on this opportunity and challenge with the same energy, enthusiasm and dedication that he has always shown. In short, Nick continues to push himself to develop as a person, leader, and industry professional. He embraces challenges, he leads by example, and, when the correct opportunity presents itself, he will be a fantastic golf course superintendent.”


Dustin Zdan, CGSA president, said, “Those closest to Nick Daley describe him as someone who possesses a calm, professional, enthusiastic demeanor – someone who is determined to advance his career. His outstanding leadership and mentorship to numerous staff have helped several staff advance in their careers.”

“Toro is proud to honour Nick Daley who represents the next generation of industry leaders as an outstanding senior assistant superintendent as evidenced by his accomplishments and examples of proactive career planning,” Josh Tubbs, senior marketing manager, Toro, said. “We look forward to hosting Nick and a group of his assistant superintendent peers for networking and education during the upcoming Toro Experience for Assistant Superintendents.”

As the CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year winner, Daley will receive an “All-Access” registration to The Canadian 2024 Golf Course Management Conference in Montreal, from Feb. 27-29, four nights’ accommodation and transportation costs. Toro will provide a stipend for meals and incidental expenses during the conference, and will cover his CGSA 2024 membership dues. Daley is also invited to attend the Toro Experience for Assistant Superintendents, an exclusive event hosted at The Toro Company Headquarters in Bloomington MN in August of each year, including round-trip airfare and accommodations during the event.


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