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

Lydell Mack, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Kyle J. Rausch, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Recertified members

Joe F. Felicetti, CGCS
Golf Course Managers Assoc of Cape Cod

Damon L. Williams, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

David H. Robinson, CGCS
Central Florida GCSA

Michael J. Rayman, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

Matthew Delly, CGCS
Fingerlakes Assoc of GCS

Dale R. Kuehner, CGCS
Greater Pittsburgh GCSA

Tim Snelling, CGCS
Hawaii GCSA

Steve Howlett, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Alex H. Greenacre, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Kevin M. Pryseski, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

James L. Seaman, Jr., CGCS
Northeastern GCSA

Gordon M. Kiyokawa, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Jay P. Buck, CGCS
Philadelphia Assoc of GCS

Michael J. Lee, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Tod M. Blankenship, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Jerry L. Mathews, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

 

Newly certified members

Benjamin P. Culclasure, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

William K. Wall, CGCS
Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA

Recertified members

Jeff M. Goren, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

 

Scott M. Ramsay, CGCS
Connecticut Association of GCS

Joey G. Franco, Jr., CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Michael J. Studier, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Scott A. Main, CGCS
Hawaii GCSA

Rick A. Tegtmeier, CGCS
Iowa GCSA

Paul Gonzalez, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Jeffrey W. Wetterling, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Jeff Therrien, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Scott T. Lewis, CGCS
San Diego GCSA

Robert A. Samuelson, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

 

Newly certified members

Jim Myers, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

Shaun M. Satterly, CGCS

Recertified members

Mark Salisbury, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Wilton M. Harbin
Carolinas GCSA

Law J. Brod, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Adam T. Bagwell, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Anthony S. Mancuso, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Brad R. Rook, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Jeffrey L. Seeman, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Shayne S. Skolnik, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

David R. Davies, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Eric R. McPherson, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Scott A. Ebers, CGCS
North Texas GCSA

Michael J. Fast, CGCS
Northwest Ohio GCSA

Sam R. Reznicek, CGCS
Peaks & Prairies GCSA

Dan B. Tolson, CGCS
Peaks & Prairies GCSA

Bradford Coole, CGCS
Tri-State GCSA

 

Newly certified members

Spencer Roberts, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Parker L. Ferren, CGCS
Palm Beach GCSA

Recertified members

Brian S. Hollingsworth, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Douglas J. Lewis, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Paul J. Krout, CGCS
Central Pennsylvania GCSA

Shane Bass, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Andy J. Klein, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Jeffrey W. Hemphill, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Richard B. Traver, Jr., CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

John J. LeClair, CGCS
Rhode Island GCSA

Kevin M. Kienast, CGCS
San Diego GCSA

James J. Walraven, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

 

Recertified members

David B. Johnson, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Matthew Taylor, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

James J. DeReuil, CGCS
Gulf Coast GCSA

Fernando Fernandez, CGCS
New Hampshire GCSA

John J. Genovesi, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Scott Cybulski, CGCS
Maine GCSA

Ron M. Dahlin, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Robert D. Steger, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Samuel C. MacKenzie, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Michael Brual, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

James B. Johnson, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Brian Nettz, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

John J. Lammrish, CGCS
North Florida GCSA

Eric S. Smith, CGCS
Northwest Ohio GCSA

Jeremy T. Biswell, CGCS
Oklahoma GCSA

Eric H. Frazier, CGCS
Old Dominion GCSA

Peter J. Grass, CGCS
Peaks & Prairies GCSA

Sean P. Sullivan, CGCS
Peaks & Prairies GCSA

Charles J. Miller. CGCS
Philadelphia Assoc of GCS

Jeffrey R. Clouthier, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Kenneth R. Buege, CGCS
Sun Coast GCSA

Newly certified members

Joshua M. Dunaway, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Recertified members

Kevin H. Puckett, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Daniel DeVere, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Jeff Pritchard, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Paul M. Brandenburg
Carolinas GCSA

Gary Myers, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Patrick Walker, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Perry G. Greene, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

William Shirley, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Christopher J. Thuer, CGCS
Indiana GCSA

Pat Manning, CGCS
Lone Star GCSA

Steve C. Southard, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

 


Jeffrey J. Frentz, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Joel V. Purpur, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Michael Nati, CGCS
Mountain & Valley GCSA
Tobin W. Ross, CGCS
Mountain & Valley GCSA

Samuel A Juliano, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Philip N. Lagao, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Lance J. Johnson, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Ian A. Peluso, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Greg E. Bailey, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

 

Recertified members

Erik Guinther, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Steven W. Martin, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Matt J. Falvo. CGCS
Central New York GCSA

Jason A. Zimmerman, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Marshall Edgren, CGCS
Florida West Coast GCSA

Bradly C. Pugh, CGCS
Indiana GCSA

Gregory Ellis, CGCS
Michiana GSCA

Matthew Kraemer, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Gary C. Thommes, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Owen G. Benson, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Eric K. Ritter, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Jeffrey C. Markow, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Thomas Athy, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Dan R. Cherrstrom, CGCS
Northern Ohio GCSA

Kenneth Happ, CGCS
Northern Ohio GCSA

David A. Stowe, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Michael Whitehead, CGCS
Rhode Island GCSA

Kevin G. Neal, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Richard Novak, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

James J. Lezon, CGCS
Southern Nevada GCSA

Matthew Dillon, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Dustin N. Riley, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Scott E. Dodson, CGCS
Western New York GCSA

Newly certified members

Trevor V. Hedgepeth, CGCS
Old Dominion GCSA

Douglas Snyder, CGCS
Connecticut Association of GCS

Recertified members

Gib Fox, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Saeed Assadzandi, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Bob Erickson, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Brad A. French, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Richard Lawrence, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Kevin P. Smith, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

S. Matthew Wharton, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Dennis L. Bowsher, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Mark A. Novotny, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Glenn A. Miller, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Mark D. Dalton, CGCS
Inland Empire GCSA

Thad Kintigh, CGCS
Iowa GCSA

Jonathan Jennings, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

David Pawluk, CGCS
Michigan GCSA


David J. Sweet, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

John M. Gurke, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Scot D. Spier, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

William Whitworth, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Thomas J. Bastis, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Russell E. Heller, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Ryan K. Wulff, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Larry C. Hantle, CGCS
Quad-State Turfgrass Assoc

Thomas Kramlich, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

David A. Brandenburg, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Lee Strutt, CGCS

 

Recertified members

Alan B. Hospes, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Jeffrey A. Lee, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Cody S. Swirczynski, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Stuart W. Eyman, CGCS
GC Managers Association of Cape Cod

Fred M. Gehrisch, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

James D. Varon, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Kenyon Kyle, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Erin L. Stevens, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Bradley R. Orndorff, CGCS
Gulf Coast GCSA

Anthony Girardi, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

A. Michael Maffei, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Thomas Schall, Jr., CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Daniel J. Marco, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Bruce H. Gregory, CGCS
Miami Valley GCSA

Josh J. Mahar, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Stephen Finamore, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Richard Pavlasek, CGCS
North Texas GCSA

Jeffrey E. Holliday, CGCS
Old Dominion GCSA

Bruce W. Ruppert, CGCS
Peaks & Prairies GCSA

James P. O'Brien, CGCS
Philadelphia Association of GCS

Jeffrey M. Smelser, CGCS
South Texas GCSA

David A. Duke, CGCS

Newly certified members

Graham W. Kornmeyer, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Recertified members

Steven R. Neuliep, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Jerold A. McFellin, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Fredric S. Holfoth, CGCS
Fingerlakes Assoc of GCS

Darren J. Davis, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Kenneth Brunermer, CGCS
Greater Pittsburgh GCSA

Gregg H. Stanley, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Blake A. Halderman, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Brian A. Bossert, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Edward G. Braunsky, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Luke Cella, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Randy Shults, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Jason S. Flowers, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Joseph N. Booth, CGCS
Western New York GCSA

Robert A. Kelly, CGCS
Western New York GCSA

Set yourself apart: Learn more about becoming a CGCS

What new CGCSs say about the program


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.


 

Lydell Mack, CGCS“The certification process fortified my self-confidence and affirms to my club's stakeholders that I am a valuable asset to our team's success. I am proud to have achieved this professional goal that I had set so long ago.”

– Lydell Mack, CGCS, Big Canoe Golf Club, Big Canoe, Ga.





Bobby Cline CGCS“In all honesty, I wanted to become certified in order to enhance my marketability. Several years ago, I interviewed for my ‘dream’ job. A member of the search committee was a CGCS. The successful candidate was also a CGCS. You see where this is going. In today's highly competitive job market, you owe it to yourself to have every possible advantage for that ‘dream’ job interview. Certification won't guarantee you the job, but it sure can't hurt!”

– Bobby Cline, CGCS, Guyan Golf & Country Club, Huntington, W.V.



Brent Racer CGCS“Completing the certification process was a career goal I have had since I started in golf. Going through the testing, portfolio and attesting has given me a foundationto confidently manage a golf maintenance operation.”

– Brent Racer, CGCS, Awarii Dunes Golf Course, Axtell, Neb.




 

Greg Brandriet CGCS“Achieving certification has always been a goal of mine, and should be for anyone looking to challenge yourself both personally and professionally. The experience really showed me that the bar has been set high for anyone wanting to pursue this goal. While the four-letters ‘CGCS’ don’t necessarily make you a better superintendent, or better than one who’s not certified, it certainly puts you in a position to learn and grow as a superintendent and measure yourself against this field full of talented individuals.”

– Greg Brandriet, CGCS, Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club and Resort, Spearfish, S.D.


Carter Hindes CGCS“Achieving certification was a goal I set for myself when I first decided to pursue a career in becoming a Golf Course Superintendent. Going through the steps of the process was a very informative review of all aspects of our operations. This detailed review gave me new ideas and different ways to fill some gaps that we could have been missing through the years. The process cultivated new perspective, solidified strengths and highlighted weaknesses. These are all important in becoming a better leader and turf manager. I would encourage any Assistant or Superintendent to consider the benefits of becoming a CGCS."

– Carter Hindes, CGCS, Director of Agronomy, Sterling Golf Management, Houston, Texas



Travis Williams CGCS“Having been mentored by other Certified Golf Course Superintendents as I progressed through my career, becoming a Certified Golf Course Superintendent has always been my goal. The process encouraged me to explore areas that I would not have otherwise; solidifying my strengths, while also strengthening my weakness. The growth and development created by the Certification process has certainly made me a better Superintendent.”

– Travis Williams, CGCS, Weibring Golf Club, Illinois State University