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National Golf Club of Canada’s Chris Dew is CGSA/Bayer superintendent of the year

'An absolute thrill' to be selected


September 15, 2021
By CGSA

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Chris Dew

Chris Dew, superintendent at the National Golf Club of Canada in Woodbridge, Ont., has been named superintendent of the year for 2021 by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and Bayer Environmental Science Canada.

The award recognizes a member of the CGSA who has held the position of golf course superintendent for a minimum of five years and who has distinguished her or himself through dedication to the profession, performance as a golf course superintendent and contributions to their profession and their community.

“Chris has set the bar high for all superintendents in Canada,” CGSA president John C. Scott said. “He manages one of the top courses in the country and provides superior playing conditions on a consistent basis. He does this year after year and yet remains a humble, kind, patient, and true friend to so many in the industry.”

Colin White, marketing manager for Bayer Environmental Science Canada, the award’s sponsor, also praised Dew for his achievement.

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“Whether it’s providing first-class playing conditions at The National or mentoring the many assistants and AITs that have worked under his direction, Chris has much to be proud of,” White said. “Chris is known for his professionalism and his willingness to help others in the turfgrass profession, and this award recognizes those efforts.”

Dew said it was “an absolute thrill” to have received the news of his selection.

“It certainly has been a wonderful lifelong journey, throughout which I am gratified to have developed bonds with countless industry peers and blessed to have several become true friends,” he said.

Dew has been a CGSA member since 1995 and has held the accredited golf superintendent (AGS) designation since 2007. He has been the superintendent at the National Golf Club since 1997. The course has been ranked several times among the best conditioned golf course in Canada. He was an active member of the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation board and responsible with fundraising for turf research. Additionally, he  was an instructor at the John Deere/Bayer Green Start Academy, helping assistants develop their business and leadership skills and has participated in focus groups that have forwarded information for CGSA initiatives and further programs. He values the importance of having national and provincial associations that can best represent golf course turf managers and has mentored numerous students and assistants – many of whom have moved into superintendent positions.
His early work experience started in the 1980s at the Weston Golf Course as the assistant superintendent. He moved to Royal Woodbine as superintendent in 1990 before moving into the same role at the National Golf Club of Canada in 1997.
“Chris has provided his membership with potentially unparalleled playing conditions throughout his career,” Ontario Golf Superintendents Association president Al Schwemler said. “The challenge of satisfying a demanding membership consistently in this day in age is extremely difficult. His patience, perseverance, and uncanny ability to navigate a diverse and dynamic occupation has allowed Chris to succeed. Molding a team of professionals to see and execute his vision has been paramount to his success and weathering mother nature’s many storms.”
Dew will be formally recognized during the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference and presented with his award during the award luncheon in 2022.
As the CGSA/Bayer superintendent-of-the-year winner, he will receive the following:
  • Attendance at and participation in the 2021 Fall Field Day.
  • He and a companion will receive an “all-access” registration to The CanadianGolf Course Management Conference.
  • A site visit with a written agronomic report from a Bayer green solution specialist.
  • A $5,000 Bayer plant protection package for the golf course.
  • A trip for two to attend a Bayer educational opportunity that would include golf.