January 8th, 2018

The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and Toro, the award sponsor are pleased to announce Dean Piller, AGS of the Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, British Columbia as the CGSA Gordon Witteveen Award winner for 2017.
The Gordon Witteveen Award is presented annually by the CGSA and Toro to the superintendent or assistant superintendent who has authored the best article for publication in the CGSA GreenMaster magazine during the past year.  Dean’s article entitled “Cordova Bay’s Fairway Management Program - Overcoming Thatch”, which was published in the Fall 2017 issue of GreenMaster was judged by a panel of peers and was chosen as the winner.

Dean has been a CGSA member since 1985 and holds the Accredited Golf Superintendent (AGS) designation. He has been the Superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Course since 1990 and Dean served as the CGSA President in 1999.

He has been the winner of several CGSA Awards including the CGSA Superintendent of the Year Award in 2010, the CGSA Environmental Achievement Award in 2009 and he has been the recipient of the Gordon Witteveen Award from CGSA five times in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and including 2017. Dean shares his wealth of knowledge by writing articles for GreenMaster.

Mr. Piller will be presented with the Gordon Witteveen Award plaque and receive a cash award of $500 generously donated from the Toro Company during the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday February 28, 2018 as part of The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in Quebec City, Quebec.

We hope you will come out and congratulate Dean on winning the 2017 Gordon Witteveen Award. To register for the conference or to attend the awards ceremony please visit

CGSA encourages everyone to submit articles to enhance the magazine and share your story with your colleagues.

Kathryn Wood,
CGSA Chief Operating Officer

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.