Golf Course Superintendents Association of NorCal Announces Awards

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California (GCSANC) has announced its annual award winners. These honorees will be recognized for their contributions to the golf and turf-care industry at the 2014 GCSANC Annual Meeting on January 13 at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton, Calif.

The recipient of the Course Superintendent of the Year award is GCSANC member Wayne Kappelman of Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica. Kappelman oversees the Alister MacKenzie-designed public course co-owned by the city and county of San Francisco.

The George Santana Distinguished Service award will be presented to GCSANC past president (1994), Randal "Randy" Gai, who has just completed his tenure as director of golf course and club grounds at Claremont Country Club in Oakland.

Earning honors in Turfgrass Excellence within the Public Category is golf course superintendent and director of landscape Jim Ferrin, CGCS, at Sun City Roseville, where he oversees Timber Creek Golf Course and Sierra Pines Golf Course. The Turfgrass Excellence Award in the Private Category is earned by golf course superintendent Jason Goss of Sonoma Golf Club.

This year the Bert Graves Affiliate Merit Award will be presented to two individuals for their ongoing support to the GCSANC. These honorees include Danville resident Adrian Bertens, founder of Hydro Engineering, and Martinez resident Mike Ligon, who serves as territory sales representative for Jacobsen West in Monterey and the San Francisco Bay area.

The GCSANC Presidents Award will go to Oakland resident Ali Harivandi, Ph.D., Environmental Horticulturist, Emeritus, University of California Cooperative Extension, who receives this distinction for his significant contributions through turfgrass research, coupled with his ongoing support to the GCSANC and its educational programs.

"We are extremely proud of our chapter award winners and we look forward to recognizing each of these fine individuals at our upcoming annual meeting," said GCSANC president Jon Christensen. "With such well-deserving honorees, and each of them doing such amazing things within the profession and throughout their communities, it's no wonder that our NorCal chapter continues to shine."

In addition to award presentations at the annual meeting January 13, attendees will hear from GCSAA National President Patrick "Pat" Finlen, CGCS, and general manager at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. During the meeting GCSANC members will elect new board members and recognize outgoing directors.