Jim Flett, AGS from the Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club in Port Carling, Ont., has been named Canadian Golf Superintendents Association/Bayer Superintendent of the Year for 2022.
The CGSA/Bayer 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 displayed dedication to the profession, performance as a golf course superintendent and contributions to profession and community.
“Jim has made an impression on the golf industry. Through his dedication, tremendous support of the association and humble leadership, he helped lead CGSA through very challenging times in the association’s history,” said CGSA president Pierre Vezeau, AGS.
“The entire team at Bayer are extremely pleased in recognizing Jim Flett, AGS on being awarded the 2022 CGSA/ Bayer Superintendent of the Year Award. Jim is known for his professionalism and his willingness to help others in the turfgrass profession and this award recognizes those efforts,” added Colin White, marketing manager for Bayer Environmental Science – Canada.
Flett says he has been rewarded with the acquaintances he has made over the years.
“”My involvement in the CGSA has tremendously elevated my career through the professional development opportunities and Canada-wide networking over the years,” said Flett.
“I was lucky enough to serve as president of the CGSA in 2017 when Canada celebrated its 150th birthday,” he said.
“I always thought it was important to instill the sense of Canadian pride in our association, so it was a big thrill to bring home the cup when the CGSA held its first Can Am Cup Canada/US cross-border golf competition in New Jersey at Baltusrol Golf Club and Canoe Brook Country Club, where we were delighted to have Bayer Environmental Science as presenting sponsor of the event,” added Flett.
“Most of all, golf has been a part of my life since I was a child and over the years, I’ve met so many amazing people I would not have met otherwise.”
As the CGSA/Bayer Superintendent of the Year winner, he will receive attendance at and participation in the 2022 Fall Field Day in Winnipeg, including all travel and hotel costs, an “All-Access” registration to the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in Vancouver in February and four nights accommodation at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and transportation costs.
He will also receive a site visit with a written agronomic report from a Bayer Green Solution Specialist, including a $5,000 Bayer plant protection package for the golf course and a trip for two to attend a Bayer educational opportunity that would include golf.
Flett has been a CGSA member since 1990. He has held the Accredited Golf Superintendent (AGS) designation since 2007. He was CGSA president in 2017 and is a past president of the Ontario Golf Superintendent’s Association (OGSA).
He has been the superintendent at the Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club since 1992. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in 1988 after completing the University of Guelph’s Turf Associate Diploma program in 1985.
Flett apprenticed under two Canadian superintendent mentors Gordon Witteveen and David Gourlay both CGSA Superintendent of the Year past winners.