(The announcement below was distributed to local media Thursday, Oct. 4)
Scott Moffenbeier, golf course superintendent at Bend Golf Club (BGC), has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Golf Association (OGA).
Moffenbeier was lured out to play the course he calls home on Oct. 2 with Head Golf Professional John Thorsnes and General Manager Jeff Keller to celebrate the end of another season. When he came down No. 18 fairway, several dozen members and his family were waiting to congratulate him on the honor. A banner recognizing his award hung on the veranda, signed by much of the membership.
“That was such a cool surprise,” he said. “I was floored so many people came out to greet me, and to have my family there was really special. I’m incredibly humbled by this award. I truly love what I do. I share this honor with my crew and all those who have supported me throughout my career.”
Moffenbeier joined BGC in 2017 following 10 years as superintendent at Broken Top Club in Bend. He grew up in Portland, Ore. and graduated from Oregon State University’s turfgrass management program in 1998. He has worked at several courses throughout Oregon, including a time as assistant superintendent at BGC from 1999–2005, and is a Class A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
“I truly believe our course meets the gold standard for conditions, not just in Central Oregon but anywhere. We have Scott to thank for that,” said Jeff Keller, general manager at BGC. “We all feel very lucky to have him.”
The award recognizes a member of the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents’ Association for outstanding contributions to the environment, the game of golf, the community or the Oregon Golf Association. OGA annual awards are based on nominations from OGA members and members of the Oregon and Southwest Washington golf industry and community. Moffenbeier and other awardees will be officially recognized during the OGA Annual Meeting Oct. 22, 2018 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
BGC, a private club, has hosted a number of OGA championships and qualifiers throughout the years, including the 2018 OGA State Amateur.