The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association has announced that Mark Lane, superintendent from the Memphremagog Golf Club in Magog, Que, is the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement of the Year Award winner for 2020.
The CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award recognizes a member of the CGSA who has held the position of golf course superintendent for a minimum of five years.
The winner has distinguished him or herself through dedication to the profession, performance as a golf course superintendent and contributions to the community by choosing a specific environmental project, policy, program or practice that has been initiated on their course and documented the environmental impact that this initiative has had at the facility.
Lane was selected for this award because of his dedication to be as environmentally responsible as possible and introducing a naturalization program.
This ongoing program and his commitment to the naturalization of numerous acres, introduction of fescue zones within play and improving the irrigation system has had a dramatic influence on the golf course, its wildlife population and environmental impact.
As Lane renovates a hole and converts areas to fescue they configure the irrigation system to target areas more precisely and use less water. Work will continue in the spring converting the 16th hole and in the fall will embark on a renovation project of the 17th hole, converting another two acres.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CGSA and Rain Bird for honouring me with this award,” said Lane. “I would also like to extend my gratitude to my staff for their tireless efforts and to the membership at Memphremagog for their continued support. It is thanks to all of them, that I am being honoured with this award.”
CGSA president Darren Kalyniuk says this year’s winner is an example of superintendents being stewards of the environment.
“CGSA is proud to announce Mark as the 2020 CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award winner. Golf course superintendents are stewards of the environment and Mark’s commitment to protecting the surrounding environment makes him the perfect recipient for this award. His ongoing work at Memphremagog will help irrigation and reduce their use of water while maximizing efficiency,” said Kalyniuk.
As the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement of the Year winner, Lane and two of his team members will receive an “All-Access” registration to the Canadian 2021 Golf Course Management Conference, March 2-4, and a Rain Bird prize package in lieu of travel in 2021.