Call for nominations

Nominations are due by June 30, 2021

Posted on behalf of Rafael Barajas, CGCS – 2021 GCSAA Nominating Committee Chairman

The following offices will be up for election for the GCSAA Board of Directors at the 2022 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Secretary/treasurer
  • Director (two positions)

The deadline for nominations for the 2022 GCSAA Board of Directors is June 30, 2021.

How to nominate a candidate

Chapters choosing to nominate a candidate should do so in the form of a letter sent on chapter letterhead and signed by a chapter officer to:

GCSAA Nominating Committee Chairman
c/o Shelia Finney, Senior Director, Member Programs
1421 Research Park Drive
Lawrence, KS 66049-3859

2022 Nominating Committee

The 2020 Nominating Committee will meet in late July/early August to review nominations and to select the official slate of candidates for the available offices. Per Article VII, Section 1 of the GCSAA Bylaws, Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, Secretary/Treasurer, announces that the following members have been appointed to the 2021 GCSAA Nominating Committee:

Rafael Barajas, CGCS (Chairman)

Director of Golf Operations
Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club
21351 Whitaker Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433-7469

Brett A. Chapin

Brett A. Chapin
Golf Course Superintendent
Redding Country Club
109 Lonetown Rd.
Redding, CT 06896

Nicholas D. Kearns
Golf Course Superintendent
The Venice Golf and Country Club
325 Harbor Dr. S.
Venice, FL 34285

Douglas J. Melchior
Golf Course Superintendent
Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club
15120 W. 139th Terrace
Olathe, KS 66062

Scott M. Phelps, CGCS
Senior Manager, Parks/Golf Division
City of Fort Collins
286 Tiabi Dr.
Loveland, CO 80537

More information

As stated in the bylaws:

Article VI Section 1. Qualifications and Terms of Office: Only Class A members who are actively employed as golf course superintendents are eligible for election as Officers or Directors of this Association.

While not required the following suggested list of experiences and personal qualities that will provide potential candidates with a roadmap to prepare for national board service:

  • Have demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to the association and the golf course management profession.
  • Is a creative, visionary and strategic thinker who understands and embraces the mission, vision and goals of GCSAA.
  • Has demonstrated the ability to work respectfully with other board members; committee/task group members; allied association leaders; industry partners; and GCSAA staff.
  • Is comfortable speaking and making presentations in both small and large group settings.
  • Is comfortable with utilizing social media.
  • Is aware of national governmental and regulatory issues impacting the golf course industry.
  • Have served as a Chapter or Voting Delegate.
  • Have served on GCSAA committees/task groups.
  • Have served on an affiliated chapter board as a director and/or executive officer.
  • Previous experience chairing committees and/or task groups at the chapter level.

For more information relative to the support that GCSAA provides to members of the Board of Directors, as well as what is expected of GCSAA board members, please review the Board Self-Governance Policies.

If you have any questions concerning the nominating or election process, contact Shelia Finney, senior director, member programs at 800-472-7878, ext. 4472, or