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.
What new CGCSs say about the program
“Becoming certified has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have gone through since becoming a superintendent. It has helped me become a more rounded superintendent by stepping back and analyzing my approach to the different aspects of the job, improving myself where I found weakness, and to continue to build off of my strengths."
– Jon P. Betts, CGCS, The Vinoy Golf Club, Saint Petersburg, Fla.
“Earning the title as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent began as a personal goal and finished with a sense of accomplishment and self-appreciation. I really enjoyed the challenge that tests every angle of this profession and what it takes to be a CGCS."
–Jake Tenopir, CGCS, Vanderbilt Country Club, Naples, Fla.
“There is no doubt that the program has and will help me to grow professionally, but the personal gain is where I’m finding the most value. I have gained confidence in my knowledge now that I have completed the process. I know I can trust that the decisions I make are thorough and research-based from continued education. By becoming a CGCS, I know that I have invested in myself and my future."
– Jacob Rockhold, CGCS, Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.
“Certification was a natural evolution for me. I wanted to be the best superintendent I could be, which meant honing my craft, and going through the process of certification. The path to certification was immensely rewarding, challenging, and well worth the time investment.”
– Patrick VanVleck, CGCS, Unicorn Golf Course, Stoneham, Mass.
“The process of becoming certified is a rewarding experience. In my experience, the valued benefits exceeded the resources used to complete my certification. I am proud of what I accomplished, and at the same time I’m honored to be a Certified Golf Course Superintendent.”
– Brian P. Birney, CGCS, The Everglades Club, Palm Beach, Fla.
“Pursuing certification with the GCSAA was an easy decision to make once I met the qualifications. I refined my knowledge and skills as a superintendent through the certification process. Attaining the CGCS designation has helped me progress into new roles in our industry.”
– John Petrovsky, CGCS, Four Seasons Spa & Country Club, Lakewood, N.J.
“I chose to become certified for the betterment of my facility, as well as my professional knowledge expansion. The variability in the areas of professional knowledge were excellent and helped me sharpen my skills in several areas. The experience of the certification process was excellent for me – a very smooth, transparent, process with excellent communication to help me achieve my goal of GCSAA Certification.”
– Ross Miller, CGCS, Country Club of Detroit, Detroit, Mich.
“It was an honor to earn my certification status. The process required a lot of dedicated and thorough work, but in the end, it was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. It was always one of my professional goals to achieve certification. For me, it signifies the dedication to your craft to put in the work to achieve this designation, and I truly am blessed to have earned this honor.”
– Brent Downs, CGCS, Otter Creek Golf Course, Columbus, Ind.