The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association has announced that Reid Solodan, AGS of the Canmore Golf and Curling Club in Canmore, Alta., is the CGSA/Toro Gordon Witteveen Award winner for 2020.
The Gordon Witteveen Award is presented annually by the CGSA to the superintendent or assistant superintendent who has authored the best article for publication in the CGSA GreenMaster magazine during the previous year.
Solodan’s article, entitled “Vermicomposting 101,” which was published in the Fall 2020 issue of GreenMaster, was judged by a panel of peers and Reid was unanimously chosen as the winner.
“It was an hour for me to contact Reid to notify him of this award,” said Braydon Gilbert, AGS, CGSA communications and editorial committee chair. “We want to thank all authors who have contributed to the magazine and encourage members to continue to submit articles for their magazine.”
Solodan’s article chronicles the plan to implement a vermicomposting project at Canmore, a plan to eliminate noxious odours and eliminate release of methane gas into the atmosphere, prevent leaching of harmful and toxic substances, closing the nutrient loop and turning waste into soil health.
Solodan has been a CGSA member since 1994 and holds the association’s Accredited Golf Superintendent (AGS) designation. He has been the superintendent at Canmore Golf and Curling Club since 2004. He also received the 2019 CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award.
Solodan will receive an All Access registration to The Canadian Golf Course Management Virtual Conference, a cash award of $500 from the Toro Company and will be presented with the Gordon Witteveen Award during the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 3.