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.

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
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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

Newly certified members

Gregory Brandriet, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Lance Lauer, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Robert D. Cline, CGCS
West Virginia GCSA

Recertified members

David F. Herman, Sr., CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Patrick J. Franklin, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Timothy Cunningham, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

John F. McCarthy, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Vincent J. Gilmartin, CGCS
Maine GCSA

Kevin Clunis, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Steven A. Merkel, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Keith M. Bennett, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Gordon J. Seliga, CGCS
Northwestern Pennsylvania GCS

Rhod E. Trainor, CGCS
Ontario GSA

Carmen Magro, CGCS
Philadelphia Assoc of GCS

Matthew Crowther, CGCS
Rhode Island GCSA

Jessie P. Creencia, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Bryan J. Tipton, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Brian J. Roth, CGCS
Utah GCSA

Jordan C. Booth, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Scott H. Schaller, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Mark A. Johnson, CGCS

Newly certified members

John J. Vuknic, CGCS
Calusa GCSA

Recertified members

Pat S. McHugh, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Allen R. Brissenden, CGCS
Florida West Coast GCSA

Eric Wygant, CGCS
Greater Pittsburgh GCSA

Matthew Ceplo, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Michael Zedreck, CGCS
Mountain & Valley GCSA

James M. Paresi, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

David M. Dwinell, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Larry E. Johnson, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Mark McKinney, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Chad L. Nixon, CGCS
Sun Coast GCSA

Richard J. Matteson, CGCS

James B. Sua, CGCS

Recertified members

Michael Samulski, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Hal P. Akins, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Scott A. Hamm, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Paul G. Diegnau, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Brian D. Hellbusch, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Mike B. Wooten, CGCS
Oklahoma GCSA

Anthony Gustaitis, CGCS
Philadelphia Assoc of GCS

Adam J. Kloster, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Richard Ray, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Doug D. Heinrichs, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

John A. Ford, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

Set yourself apart: Learn more about becoming a CGCS

What new CGCSs say about the program


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



 

Charles Nowicki CGCS“Participating in the CGCS program tells people who I am. I am someone who wants to know they are among the elite in their profession, I have a passion for what I do, and I believe in the continuous gathering of knowledge.”

– Chuck Nowicki, CGCS, The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge, Monroe, N.Y.






John Bambury CGCS“Certification has been a personal goal since I first started my career as a course superintendent. Certification displays to employers, guests and members a superintendents commitment to the profession of turfgrass management. The certification process has provided me with an opportunity to objectively evaluate my education and experience as a turf manager. Its been an rewarding experience.”

– John Bambury, CGCS, Ballybunion Golf Club, Kerry, Ireland