The United States Golf Association announced that Terry Bonar, 67, golf course superintendent at Canterbury Golf Club in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is the recipient of the 2009 USGA Green Section Award.
Bonar graduated from Penn State University in 1961 and became the assistant superintendent at Canterbury in 1963. After serving for four years in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to Canterbury in 1967 and was appointed the superintendent in 1984. He has helped Canterbury host numerous championships, including the 1979 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 1996 U.S. Senior Open, and is currently directing the club’s preparations to host the 2009 Senior PGA Championship.
In addition, Bonar has long been viewed as an innovator, from his efficient use of water in order to provide firm and fast playing surfaces, to being one of the first superintendents to utilize lightweight mowers to maximize turf health and playability.
The Green Section Award is presented annually by the USGA to recognize individuals who exemplify outstanding contributions and dedication to the game of golf through their work with turfgrass. The award will be presented to Bonar on Feb. 6, 2009 at the USGA Green Section Education Program in New Orleans, La., in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show.
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