Rafael Barajas, CGCS, was elected GCSAA president at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego. He also serves as chairman of the board of trustees for The Environmental Institute for Golf (the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA).
He was first appointed to the board at the 2011 annual meeting in Orlando, was elected to the board at the 2012 meeting in Las Vegas, and re-elected at the 2014 meeting in Orlando.
Barajas is the director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Previously, he was the superintendent at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif. In addition, he served as the superintendent at Palm Desert (Calif.) Country Club, the director of golf course maintenance at Desert Lakes Golf Club in Fort Mohave, Ariz., and as a superintendent at various courses for American Golf Corp. He has a certificate in turfgrass management from the University of California, Riverside.
A 33-year GCSAA member, Barajas has served on a number of association committees and task groups. He has also been a representative for the GCSA of Southern California at the chapter delegates meetings.
Barajas is a member of the Florida GCSA, South Florida GCSA, Palm Beach GCSA, Central California GCSA and California GCSA.
He and his wife, Yolanda, have one daughter, Veronica, and three sons, Daniel, Rafael Jr. and Marco Antonio.