The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) has announced the the late Stanley Thompson (1893-1953) is the CGSA John B. Steel Distinguished Service Award recipient for 2020.
The CGSA John B. Steel Award commemorates the CGSA’s first president, who was also the first superintendent to be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
The award is presented annually to an individual, chosen by the CGSA board of directors, who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession of golf course superintendent. The recipient is presented with an original soap stone carving designed and carved by Bill Fach, retired Master Superintendent and former CGSA president.
The award will be accepted on behalf of the Thompson family by two descendants of Stanley Thompson. They will join the awards ceremony as part of The Canadian Golf Course Management conference on Thursday, March 4, at 2:15 pm to say a few words on behalf of the family.
The John B. Steel Award with Stanley Thompson as the recipient will be housed at the Stanley Thompson Society in Burlington, Ont.
Stanley Thompson designed courses from 1912–1952, mostly in Canada, leaving his mark on this country’s golf landscape with renowned courses from coast to coast.
Thompson got his design start with George Cumming, mentor and long-time professional at the Toronto Golf Club, who designed several Canadian courses early in the 20th century.
In 1948, Thompson was a co-founder, with Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Thompson served as ASGCA president in 1949.
In 1980, Thompson was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, and in 2004, he was named a Person of National Historic Significance. In 2015, he was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
“What a pleasure it is to announce that the late Stanley Thompson is the winner of our most prestigious award,” said CGSA president Darren Kalyniuk.
“The number of courses that carry Thompson’s signature in Canada is impressive. He has definitely left his mark on the Canadian golf industry and those who are able to experience working at a Stanley Thompson golf course carry on his legacy,” added Kalyniuk.