Certification News

Congratulations to new and renewing CGCSs

Be the first to congratulate fellow members in your chapter. Find out who recently became certified or renewed their certified status.

Newly certified members

Jeff S. Van Pelt, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA 

James Rauhuff, CGCS
Georgia GCSA 

Eddie M. Roach, Jr., CGCS
Ozark Turf Association 

Recertified members

Dan Harding, CGCS
Idaho GCSA

Brian E. Madara, CGCS
Indiana GCSA

John G. Ballard, CGCS
Kentuckiana GCSA

Paul E. Masimore, CGCS
Mid-Atlantic Assoc of GCSA

Jason R. Spitzner, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Eric J. Carlson, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Jeffrey G. Whitmire, CGCS
Old Dominion GCSA

Allen R. Brown, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Brett J. Lockard, CGCS 
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Tim J. Barrier, CGCS
San Diego GCSA

Nicer S. Landas, CGCS
No chapter listed

Andy M. Schuckers, CGCS
No chapter listed

Recertified members 

Jeffery J. Oelmann, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Thomas Colombo, CGCS
GC Managers Association of Cape Cod

Mathew Lovell, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Rafael Barajas, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Anthony Dierkers, CGCS
Greater Cincinnati GCSA

Tim Ansett, CGCS
Inland Empire GCSA

Pat Sneed, CGCS
Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA

Tim R. Asselin, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Fred N. Taylor, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Darrell Marcinek, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Marc Brooks, CGCS
Ontario GSA

Bruce R. Williams, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Wade M. Warms, CGCS
South Texas GCSA

Edwin M. Eagle, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Richard J. Owens, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Recertified members 

Troy M. Fink, CGCS
GCSA of Arkansas

Jim B. Key, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Bill E. Kennedy, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Benjamin McGargill, CGCS
Chicagoland Association of GCS

Eric S. Morrison, CGCS
Connecticut Association of GCS

Michael Salvio, CGCS
Eastern Shore Assoc of GCS

Peter Brooks, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Michael B. Aaron, CGCS
Gulf Coast GCSA

Jeffrey G. Blanc, CGCS
Inland Empire GCSA

Alan D. Hess, CGCS
Lone Star GCSA

Chris W. Dalhamer, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Daniel A. Giammona, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Sean P. McHugh, CGCS
Northern Ohio GCSA

Brian K. Haines, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Kenneth L. Aukerman, CGCS
Palm Beach GCSA

Charles A. Wagmiller, CGCS
Sun Coast GCSA

Ryan F. Blair, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

Neil C. Radatz, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Recertified members 

Darrin E. Baker, CGCS
GCSA of Arkansas

Thomas Wolff, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

Robert T. Stringer, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

Alberto Quevedo, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Michael Crawford, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

B. Russell Dooge, III, CGCS
Hawaii GCSA

William N. Baker, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Jason K. Koester, CGCS
Iowa GCSA

Sean P. Cain, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

James L. Bluck, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Robert J. Kane, CGCS
Mississippi Valley GCSA

Tim J. Sedgley, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Scott C. Axon, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Stephen Lane, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Kenneth L. Aukerman, CGCS
Northern Ohio GCSA

Glen J. Misiaszek, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Donald J. Altman, CGCS
Northwestern Illinois GCSA

James R. Hemrick, CGCS
Northwest Ohio GCSA

Wayne M. Rath, CGCS
Ontario GSA

John F. Canavan, CGCS
Philadelphia Assoc of GCS

Keith J. Snyder, CGCS
Pocono Turfgrass Association

Mark A. Richard, CGCS
Rhode Island GCSA

Brett A. Shaffer, CGCS
Rio Grande GCSA

Scott D. Robbins, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Joseph A. Kennedy, Jr., CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

Stephen S. Okula, CGCS
No chapter listed

Recertified members 

Keith A. Ihms, CGCS
GCSA of Arkansas

David S. Downing, II, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Clayton DuBose, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

J. Scott Werner, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

Scott D. Wiemers, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

John M. Tworig, CGCS
Eastern Shore Assoc of GCS

Hampton Kicklighter, Jr., CGCS
Georgia GCSA

David M. Plummer, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

David M. Groelle, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Christopher P. Hart, CGCS
Peaks & Prairies GCSA

J. Cutler Robinson, Jr., CGCS
Virginia GCSA

David L. Jahnke, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Bradley P. Balschmiter, CGCS
Western New York GCSA

Russell F. Young, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Recertified members 

Kyle E. Bibler, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Donald C. Garrett, Jr., CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Mike D. Kroeze, CGCS
GCSA of Central California

Ricky D. Heine, CGCS
Lone Star GCSA

Scott E. Niven, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Christopher Smith, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Jared B. Viarengo, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Donald A. Cross, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Roger A. Stewart, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Anthony R. Lambert, CGCS
Miami Valley GCSA

Jeffrey R. Sexton, CGCS
Tri-State GCSA

Rodney Johnson, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Jeremy D. Boone, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Newly certified members

Jason Ellis, CGCS
Calusa GCSA 

Recertified members

Robert O. Farren, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Bruce J. Burger, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

John V. Hoyle, CGCS
Fingerlakes Assoc. of GCS

John L. Shaw, CGCS
Greater Pittsburgh GCSA

Scott H. Johnson, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Kenneth E. Benoit, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Timothy Pratt, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

James A. Small, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Joseph A. Lasher, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Wes C. Keenum, CGCS
Ridge GCSA

Mark Krick, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

James P. Kwasinski, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

Scott A. Severance, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

David J. Berard, CGCS
Vermont GCSA

Newly certified members

Cortland Winkle, CGCS
North Texas GCSA 

Recertified members

Michael K. Fabrizio, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Ralph J. Kepple, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Robert J. Womac, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

James W. Davis, CGCS
Gulf Coast GCSA

Timothy J. Benedict, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Kurt A. Grost, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Kevin L. Welp, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Brian F. Thomson, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Joe D. Wachter, CGCS
Mississippi Valley GCSA

Thomas Streiff, III, CGCS
Miami Valley GCSA

Mary A. Boyle, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

John A. DiMascio, CGCS
Northern Ohio GCSA

Kenneth Crimmings, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Daniel L. Murray, CGCS
Northwestern Illinois GCSA

Kevin J. Frost, CGCS
Palm Beach GCSA

Edward Horton, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Richard Wit, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Kyle D. Dykstra, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Kevin D. Glover, CGCS
Tri-State GCSA

Ronnie L. Adkins, CGCS
West Virginia GCSA

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What new CGCSs say about the program


Kevin P Sunderman CGCS“Certification has long been a goal of mine. It was not always easy to prioritize the work necessary to accomplish this ahead of all my other responsibilities. However, what I have experienced is that the true value of certification is in the journey taken to achieve it. The recognition of becoming CGCS simply announces you have arrived. Like any long journey, it always feels great once you reach your destination.”

– Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club, Saint Petersburg, Fla.



Doug Snyder, CGCS“Achieving CGCS has been a goal of mine since I began working in the industry. CGCSs are respected as the top of their class and being able to call myself a CGCS would be me showing the industry who I am as a golf course superintendent.”

– Doug Snyder, CGCS, Tashua Knolls Golf Course, Trumbull, Conn.



 

Jason Ellis CGCS“Achieving CGCS status has always been a personal goal. After going through the process, I am honored to share this designation with my fellow colleagues. To me, CGCS shows more than just knowledge, it means having dedication and passion for the highest level of our great profession.”

– Jason Ellis, CGCS, Villages at Country Creek, Estero, Fla.


Jim Myers CGCS"Completing the certification process was a nice career goal for myself. I think the process made me a better all-around Turf Manager. Working on the CGCS process made me think different, test myself and my skill level and helped me learn more about how to better manage in all aspects as Golf Course Superintendent.”

– Jim Myers, CGCS, Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore.




Cortland Winkle CGCS“I have always desired to be the best at what I do. Certification was the step I wanted and needed to take to further that desire of continuing to better myself. I can't thank everyone enough for all the help and advice along the way to make this possible. Thank you to everyone that was a part of this with me!"

– Cortland Winkle, CGCS, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Irving, Texas




Benjamin Culclasure CGCS“Early on, I set achieving Certification as one of my career goals. I appreciated the value it brings to the certified individual on the basis of career enhancement. However, what I didn’t anticipate, is the value of self- assessment and increased knowledge that the process of Certification awards the individual.”

– Benjamin P. Culclasure, CGCS, Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point, N.C.





Parker Ferren, CGCS“Pursuing the GCSAA Certification program has been a goal of mine since the beginning of my career. Earning the designation proves to my employer and the rest of the industry my high level of commitment to our profession. Going through the process and creating a portfolio gave me an opportunity to develop tools and action plans which I have found very useful at my facility. GCSAA provides a variety of resources and information available to anyone with a desire to achieve the certification designation.”

– Parker Ferren, CGCS, The St. Andrews Club, Delray Beach, Fla.