Alumni Wins CGSA TORO Future Superintendent of the Year Award

July 24, 2015 in 2-year, Alumni, Articles

unnamedMorgan Robins, Environmental Coordinator, at the Capilano Golf and Country Clubin West Vancouver, British Columbia is the 2015 winner of the CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent of the Year Award.  Morgan completed his Certificate in Golf Course Turfgrass Management at Penn State University in March of 2015.

The CGSA/TORO Future Superintendent of the Year Award is presented to a full-time student member of CGSA who is completing their graduating year in a CGSA recognized turf management program.  The nominees are interviewed by a panel comprised of a representative of the Toro Company (the award sponsor), the industry (an architect, owner, superintendent, etc.) and the CGSA.

Morgan has 10 seasons of golf industry experience, six of those in golf course management.  He held a general labourer position at Owen Sound Golf and Country Club in Owen Sound, Ontario before moving to an intern position and later an assistant superintendent position at Legacy Ridge Golf Club in Owen Sound.  He is currently working at Capilano as the Environmental Coordinator after serving a one-year placement as an intern.

John Kaminski, Ph.D., Director of the Golf Course Management Program at Penn State nominated Morgan for the award and noted that he was “an OUTSTANDING student…”  “I have no doubt that he will be one of the leaders and mentors in the golf course management program in a very short period of time…”  Morgan also completed the turfgrass diploma program at the University of Guelph in 2013.

Morgan’s other achievements include a 1st place finish in the Sports Turf Management Association Turf Bowl (Two Year Division), a 3rd place finish in the Golf Industry Show Turf Bowl competition, the 2015 Most Outstanding Student Award for the Penn State Golf Course Turfgrass Management program, a CGSA Student Scholarship award (2013), the GCSAA Ambassador Award (2014) and several student scholarship awards including the Georgian Bay Golf Superintendents Association (2012), the Georgian Bay Gardening Club (2013, 2014), the Trans-Mississippi (2013, 2015) and the Penncross Bentgrass Growers Association (2015).

As the CGSA/TORO Future Superintendent of the Year winner, Morgan will receive the following:

  • An”All-Inclusive” registration to the 2016 Canadian Golf Course Management Conference (CGCMC) in Toronto, Ontario from January 11-15, 2016 where he will be presented with the award by a Toro Company representative at the Awards Luncheon, 4 nights’ accommodation and transportation costs;
  • A visit to Toro’s World Headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota in February, 2016

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, all of whom demonstrated dedication, a passion for the profession and a wealth of knowledge, which will help them prosper in this industry.

This award is completely funded by The Toro Company – a strong supporter of the profession.  Thanks to Toro for its partnership with the CGSA and for investing in the future of the industry and the superintendent profession.

The CGSA represents golf course superintendents from across Canada. Its mission is to promote and support superintendents and their profession. The association is also committed to environmentally sustainable practices with respect to the management of golf course properties.

For more information on the CGSA and its many initiatives, programs and services, please contact Ken Cousineau at or416-626-8873, ext. 222.