Ryan Marangoni, assistant superintendent from the Burlington Golf and Country Club in Burlington, Ont., has been named the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award winner for 2020.
The CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year award recognizes the specific achievements of a golf course assistant superintendent whose performance and contributions to the success of the facility go beyond those that would normally be expected.
The award is presented to an individual who has contributed to his or her golf facility in a significant way and who has demonstrated professionalism, leadership, innovation, and a team approach in their work.
Marangoni has been a CGSA member since 2012 and has been an active member in the golf industry for 15 years, seven of those as an assistant superintendent. He is currently First Assistant at Burlington Golf and Country Club.
He graduated from Penn State University and went overseas to co-op at Sunningdale Golf Club in England. He then worked at several high-end clubs in the Toronto area, including Toronto Golf Club, Brantford Golf and Country Club and Cutten Fields.
Dean Baker, CGCS, Superintendent at Burlington Golf and Country Club nominated Marangoni for the award.
“His past experiences showed me someone who had truly extended himself outside the comforts of home to gain as much experience as he could. He arrived at Burlington with his strong resume and a confidence that won me over,” said Baker.
“Ryan would explain to me you don’t have to look any further. I’m your guy. I hired him shortly after. He possesses a quiet demeanor, he’s methodical, a thinker,” he added.
That’s a feeling share by others, such as CGSA president Darren Kalyniuk.
“Ryan brings outstanding leadership abilities to everything he does. He has a strong work ethic with a keen interest in learning all aspects of golf course management. He will undoubtedly represent the CGSA and Toro very well. We are thrilled that Toro is a large supporter of the CGSA and continues to sponsor our Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award,” said Kalyniuk.
“Toro is proud to honour outstanding Assistant Superintendents, like Ryan, whose proven track record of pushing himself outside of his comfort zone as a means of personal and professional development sets him apart,” added Josh Tubbs, senior. marketing manager for the Toro Company
As the CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year winner, Marangoni will receive an all-access registration to The Canadian 2021 Virtual Golf Course Management Conference from March 2-4 and a Toro gift pack valued at $500,
He will also received an invitation to attend The Toro Experience for Assistant Superintendents, an exclusive event hosted at Toro headquarters in Bloomington Minn., including round-trip airfare and accommodations during the event. Covid-19 restrictions may apply, full event details will be shared prior to the event.
Marangoni will be presented with the CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award during the awards ceremony on Tues., March 2, at 3:30 pm as part of The Canadian Golf Course Management Virtual Conference.