Our History

Discussion among superintendents began in 1986 about the possibility of forming an Alberta association of golf course superintendents. This interest led to an arranged meeting of four superintendents from across the province to explore the possible advantages of forming such an association.

This resulted in a survey sent to all Alberta superintendents in July of 1986. The results indicated strong support by many for a professional Superintendent's Association. Many meetings resulted in the formation of the AGSA, and by-laws were registered with the Alberta Corporate Registry in May of 1987.

The purpose was to promote the position of the Golf Course Superintendent and to achieve more recognition for the Superintendent as an authority on golf course maintenance, cultural requirements of fine turf grass and its environment, and to promote fraternity, benevolence, justice and mutual understanding to and for all its members.

Founding Members

Jim Ross, Stony Plain Golf Course 
Walt Gooder, Edmonton Country Club 
Bob Onyschuk, The Links at Spruce Grove
David Boyd, Windermere Golf & C.C.
Dave Whitell, Glendale Golf & C.C.
Wayne Brown,  Red Deer Golf & C.C.

Each of these founding members contributed an initial $25 as start-up expenses for the association. It was quickly realized that this would probably not cover the expected expenses. So, each of these people contributed another $25 and agreed that each of them would contact three other superintendents for $25 from them as well.

The first annual meeting was held at Red Deer Golf & C.C. on March 17th, 1987.By the time of the second meeting in April 1987, held at Edmonton Country Club, there were 28 paid up members. At that meeting it was decided that any superintendent who had paid the $50 membership fee, by the close of the July 14th, 1987 meeting, would be considered a "Charter Member".

The first annual meeting was held at Red Deer Golf & C.C. on March 17th, 1987.By the time of the second meeting in April 1987, held at Edmonton Country Club, there were 28 paid up members.

At that meeting it was decided that any superintendent who had paid the $50 membership fee, by the close of the July 14th, 1987 meeting, would be considered a "Charter Member".

Charter Members

Andrew Aucoin, Bob Bach, Don Bilyk, Bernie Blais, Neil Blayney, Garry Bodnar, David Boyd, Wayne Brown, Ray Buffel, Jon Clark, Rick David, Carmon Dewald, Pierre deMoissac, Al Derkoch, Kerry Ditchburn, Ron Doherty, Glenn Genereux, Walt Gooder, Brent Goodwin, Ray Guimont, Charlie Herder, Len Heyworth, Ron Hume, Brian Jackson, Dave Keith, Steve Kerbrat, Tim Knutson, Jay Leach, Dan Marchand, Dean Morrison, Rick Munroe, Max Nelson, Ken Olsvik, Bob Onyschuk, Dean Piller, Tod Puddicombe, Jim Ross, Ed Sims, Garth Sjolie, Matt Spokas, Peter Stepanko, Paul Turenne, Dave Whitell

Past Presidents

AGSA Past Presidents
1987                                          Jim Ross
1988                                           Jim Ross
1989                                    Wayne Brown
1990                                   Bob Onyschuk
1991                                       Andy Aucoin
1992                                        Neil Blayney
1993                                            Jay Leach
1994                                         Dave Whitell
1995                                        Garry Bodnar
1996                                    Debbie Amirault
1997                                      Dean Morrison
1998                                     Wade Peckham
1999                                     HowardMeeres
2000                                      Paul Kaufman
2001                                     Hugh Lockhart
2002                                       James Beebe
2003   Dwayne Simpson/ Glenn Genereux
2004                                           David Boyd
2005                                           Gary Taylor
2006                                        Paul Dodson
2007                                 Bruce Constable
2008                                      Keith Blayney
2009                                         Heath Koch
2010                                    Jason Clouston
2011                                       Duane Sharpe
2012                                  Terry Shinkewski
2013                                       Mike Johnson
2014                                           Dustin Zdan
2015                                             John Faber
2016                                        Brad Eshpeter
2017                                           Robin Sadler
2018                                          Reid Solodan
   2019                                        Cameron Kusiek