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NHL Hall of Famer to speak at CGSA

December 18, 2017  By Turf and Rec Staff

Former Montreal Canadiens great Yvan Cournoyer will be the keynote speaker in February at the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in Quebec City.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982, “the Roadrunner” is one of only a handful of NHL players to have won 10 Stanley Cups. When he retired in 1979 after years of chronic back pain, he trailed only Guy Lafleur, Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau on the Canadiens’ all-time goal scoring list.

Among his career highlights was his inclusion on Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 1973 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The winter conference of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association is scheduled for Feb. 27-28 and March 1. Educational sessions are to be presented from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first and third days of the conference as well as from 2-5 p.m. on the second day. Dedicated trade show time is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.


Among the confirmed speakers and their topics as of press time include:

If organic is so good, why am I tearing up my greens to get rid of it?  (Dr. Roch Guassoin, professor, department of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln). The presentation is based on more than 12 years of research on creeping bentgrass and is expected to provide a solution to organic matter accumulation and management.


Renovation for tournament success: a collaboration between architect and superintendent. (Dr. Michael Hurdzan, golf course architect, Columbus, Ohio; and Eric Ruhs, superintendent, Ottawa Hunt Club). The presentation will explore the working relationship between architect and superintendent during the development of new green and bunker complexes at the Ottawa Hunt Club.

Stories from the greens and traits for longevity in the business. (Dr. Michael Hurdzan, golf course architect, Columbus, Ohio). His presentation will examine seven areas of concern, including health, family, friends, faith, financial, work and community, that are all deemed important to one’s success.

Although other speakers have yet to be confirmed, topics scheduled to be addressed during the education sessions include:

  • Email etiquette: habits that demonstrate professionalism and save time.
  • Technology to guide agronomics.
  • Communicate like a pro and save time.
  • Tuning up the tees on your golf course and driving range.
  • The difficult conversation: how to say it with confidence and ease.
  • Hire the right people for the right job.
  • Managing member communications: giving effective feedback.
  • Performance leadership, management and development
  • Project management: lesson from the trenches.

Prior to the start of the conference, specialized learning workshops will be held on Monday, Feb. 26.

For more information or to register, visit www.golfsupers.com.

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