AURORA, ON – Today, during the Awards Dinner at the Fall Field Day, The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and Envu announced Mr. Eric Ruhs from the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario as the CGSA/Envu Superintendent of the Year for 2023.
The CGSA/Envu Superintendent of the Year 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.
“Eric has dedicated his career to the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club where he started working in 1984 and became Superintendent in 1987. Through this dedication he provides superior playing conditions on a consistent basis and yet remains humble. He has mentored many in the Industry that are now CGSA members. It gave me great pleasure to notify Eric and congratulate him on being selected as the CGSA / Envu Superintendent of the Year. I hope all of you will come out and support Eric in Montreal in February 2024 when we recognize him for winning this prestigious award!“ Dustin Zdan, AGS, CGSA President.
“The entire team at Envu are extremely pleased that Eric Ruhs has been selected as the 2023 CGSA/Envu Superintendent of the Year. Over his 36 years at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club Eric has provided impeccable playing conditions for his members and supported the turfgrass industry. We look forward to interacting with Eric at a number of Envu and CGSA events over the next year. “Congratulations Eric!” Colin White, Marketing Manager CA, Envu.
“Eric is considered a trail blazer in the Ottawa area for the work he has done throughout his career. He has volunteered countless hours to his local turf association, OVTA, to which he also served as president. His name and voice are well heard in advocating for turf research and environmental stewardship.” Dean Baker, CGCS, Superintendent, Burlington Golf & Country Club.
As the CGSA/Envu Superintendent of the Year winner, Eric will receive the following:
· Attendance at and participation in the 2023 Fall Field Day in Aurora, this includes all travel and hotel costs;
· Eric and his wife Cheryl will receive an “All-Access” registration to The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in Montreal, Quebec from February 27-29, 2024, and 4 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Bonaventure and transportation costs to the Conference;
· A site visit with a written agronomic report from a Envu Green Solution Specialist;
· Including a $5,000 Envu plant protection package for the golf course; and
· A trip for two to attend an Envu educational opportunity that would include golf.
Eric has been a CGSA member since 1985. He has been in attendance as part of the CGSA contingent during several National Golf Day events in Ottawa. Here he met alongside others in the golf industry and shared the value of the sport and role of the superintendent with Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff. Eric has been the Superintendent at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club since 1987. He graduated at the top of his class of 85A at the University of Guelph in 1985. Eric was very young when he assumed the role of head superintendent and the best advice he received from his two mentors; Dave Garland and Doug Rothwell were, “you can do this.”
Mr. Ruhs will be recognized during The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference and presented with his award during the Award Luncheon in Montreal on February 27, 2024.
Congratulations to Eric on being named CGSA/Envu Superintendent of the Year for 2023!
This award is completely funded by Envu – a PLATINUM sponsor of the CGSA. Thanks to Envu for its partnership with the CGSA.
The CGSA is a society committed to excellence in golf course management and environmental responsibility through the continuing professional development of its 1000 plus membership. CGSA is the only national organization dedicated to supporting golf course superintendents and golf course management professionals in Canada. CGSA provides benefits including representation and promotion of the profession, advocacy, certification, professional development and awards dedicated to this golf sector. For more information on the CGSA please visit www.golfsupers.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
Envu is a leader in the turf and ornamental industry in Canada. Envu is dedicated to the research, development and marketing of plant production products that provide customers with first choice solutions to protect and care for the environment, in which we all live, work and play. For more information, please visit http://www.es.Envu.ca.