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

Aaron Motl, CGCS
South Dakota GCSA

Recertified members

Gregg H. Stanley, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Scott H. Schaller, CGCS Retired
Wisconsin GCSA

Douglas C. Lowe, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Jeffrey A. Lee, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Larry E. Johnson, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Daniel Marco, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Robert A. Kelly, CGCS
GCSA of New York

Jason S. Flowers, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Cody Swirczynski, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Bryan J. Tipton, CGCS
South Dakota GCSA

Brian J. Roth, CGCS
Utah GCSA

Newly certified members

Jonathan Bennett, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

William Schmit, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Thomas D. Tipton, CGCS
Eastern Shore Association of GCS

Recertified members

Daniel DeVere, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Graham W. Kornmeyer, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Hal P. Akins, CGCS
Florida GCSA

James M. Paresi, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Gary M. Ingram, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Richard A. Stuntz, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Michael J. Brunelle, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Gregory E. Ellis, CGCS
Michiana GCSA

Luke Cella, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Tim P. Scott, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, MG
North Texas GCSA

Gordon J. Seliga, CGCS
Northwestern Pennsylvania GCSA

Jerold A. McFellin, CGCS
Ohio GCSA

Doug Heinrichs, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Jordan Booth, CGCS, Ph.D.
Virginia GCSA

Newly certified members

Brett Oxley, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

Jacob A. Blair, CGCS
Kentuckiana GCSA

John Hansgen, CGCS
Utah GCSA

Recertified members

Mark A. Johnson, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Richard K. Robinson, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Ronald Hibbard, CGCS
Central Florida GCSA

Thomas C. Ocepek, CGCS
Central Pennsylvania GCSA

Chad L. Nixon, CGCS
Florida West Coast GCSA

Gregory D. Brandriet, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

John F. McCarthy, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Patrick J. Franklin, CGCS
Iowa GCSA

Carmen Magro, Ph.D., CGCS
Philadelphia Association of GCS

Lance Lauer, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Mark McKinney, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Robert D. Cline, CGCS
West Virginia GCSA

Recertified members

John P. Cunningham, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

John J. Vuknic, CGCS
Calusa GCSA

Don E. Paul, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Brian D. Hellbusch, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Michael P. Samulski, CGCS
Ohio GCSA

Tom Huesgen, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

Newly certified members

John D. Boyce, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

Kevin J. Malloy, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Blayne C. Sparks, CGCS
South Texas GCSA

Charles W. Mongan III, CGCS
Northwestern Illinois GCSA

Recertified members

George F. Howe, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Paul G. Diegnau, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

James Garrett, CGCS
Lone Star GCSA

Brian T. Sullivan, CGCS, MG
GCSA of Southern California

Timothy C. Glorioso, CGCS
Ohio GCSA

Robert S. Volpe, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Michael A. Sandburg, CGCS, SCPS
Oklahoma GCSA

Robert Markut, CGCS
Treasure Coast GCSA

A. Scott Mauldin, CGCS
Old Dominion GCSA

Newly certified members

Jason L. Narwold, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Jed Vinson, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

William Meyer, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Chris Vontz, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Recertified members

John Bambury, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Kenneth W. Gokey, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Derek Wilkerson, CGCS
LGCSA of Arkansas

Gerald A. Tarsitano II, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Jay B. Eccleton, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Steven Johnson, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Newly certified members

Dan J. Hawkins, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Adam R. Levinsohn, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Recertified members

Alan P. Jarvis, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Chad M. Higaki, CGCS
Hawaii GCSA

Douglas D. Hausman, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Duane F. Janssen, Jr., CGCS
Lone Star GCSA

Gary K. Carls, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Jason E. Habeck, CGCS
Inland Empire GCSA

Joseph F. McCleary, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Patrick R. Doran, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Steve A. Kealy, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

William F. Hamilton, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

William S. Kennon, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Newly certified members

Glen E. Murry, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Tyler M. Bain, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

Nicholas Larrimore, CGCS
Eastern Shore Association of GCS

Justin C. Martinjak, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Brian O'Malley, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

David A. Ousterhout, CGCS
New Hampshire GCSA

Chester C. Guzek, CGCS
Old Dominion GCSA

Bradley Wunderlich, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Recertified members

Sean P. Gilliland, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Matt P. Bryan, Sr., CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Michael Candeloro, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Lance A. Rogers, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Brent Racer, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Christopher J. Caporicci, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Glen W. Dube, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Casey Crittenden, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Sherri L. Brogan, CGCS
Ohio GCSA

Fred M. Yates, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Paul S. Stead, CGCS
Philadelphia Association of GCS

David J. Soltvedt, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Peter L. Bowman, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Dale L. Hahn, CGCS
Southern Nevada GCSA

Dan W. Taylor, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Justin C. Ruiz, CGCS, MG
Western Washington GCSA

Newly certified members

David B. McDonald, CGCS
Philadelphia Association of GCS

Nick C. White, CGCS
Mississippi Valley GCSA

Jason A. Pierce, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Patrick D. Ryan, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Ryan P. McNamara, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Ryan Cummings, CGCS
Hoosier GCSA

Recertified members

Richard C. Haas, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Stanley B. Elliott, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Gregory P. McDanel, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Brian J. Stiehler, CGCS, MG
Carolinas GCSA

Ronald J. Fox, CGCS
Greater Pittsburgh GCSA

Robert D. Ryan, Jr., CGCS
Kentuckiana GCSA

Kevin Seibel, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Timothy S. Kennelly, CGCS
Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS

Michael S. Buxton, CGCS
Oklahoma GCSA

Paul L. Carter, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

Recertified members

Todd Biegger, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

David Fruchte, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Steve T. Hamilton, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Matthew B. Hill, CGCS
Central Florida GCSA

Paul B. Holmes, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

John C. Miller, CGCS
Ohio GCSA

Jeff A. Frontz, CGCS
Ohio GCSA

Recertified members

Steve Glossinger, CGCS
No Chapter Listed

Lee McLemore, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Joseph C. Traficano, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Arlin J. Fenhaus, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Simon W. Parkin, CGCS
Gulf Coast GCSA

Harlyn F. Goldman, CGCS
Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS

Robert J. Maibusch, CGCS, MG
Midwest Association of GCS

Robert B. McCallum, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Bill H. Maynard, CGCS
Mississippi Valley GCSA

Marc P. Davison, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Newly certified members

Kenton D. Brunson, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Michael J. Paciga, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Patrick M. Christoffer, CGCS
Utah GCSA

Recertified members

Joseph A. Perry, CGCS
Eastern Shore Association of GCS

Eric E. Newell, CGCS
GCSA of Cape Cod

Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Todd Raisch, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Casey Kim, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Cory D. Blair, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Charles A. Nowicki, CGCS
Hudson Valley GCSA

Thomas O. McAvoy, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

Russell Cellar, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Michael Underwood, CGCS
North Texas GCSA

William Brown, CGCS
Philadelphia Association of GCS

William J. Coulter, CGCS
Rhode Island GCSA

Michael A. Greninger, CGCS
San Diego GCSA

Set yourself apart: Learn more about becoming a CGCS

What new CGCSs say about the program


Aaron Motl CGCS"Becoming a Certified Golf Course Superintendent is truly an honor. It’s the culmination of hard work and my passion for trying to be a better golf course superintendent every day. I look forward to continuing to work hard to represent the GCSAA and the CGCS designation to the highest degree."

– Aaron Motl, CGCS, Lincoln Golf Course, Grand Forks, N.D.





William Schmit CGCS"For many years, becoming a Certified Golf Course Course Superintendent has been both a personal and professional goal of mine as it is the highest recognition one can achieve as a golf course superintendent. Along the way, I learned many things about our amazing industry, our peers, and myself. I can definitely say after taking the exams, I have far more to learn than perhaps I previously admitted. I would like to thank GCSAA for developing the process and all of those in this industry for making it what it is."

– William Schmit, CGCS, Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club,
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


Dave McDonald CGCS"Earning a CGCS is similar to the initiation fees members contribute when joining a club. It gets you into the Club, but you need to continue to learn, contribute, and pay your dues (do the job) each year. This makes it all that more valuable!”

– Dave McDonald, CGCS, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.




Jacob Blair CGCS"Certification is something I've been working towards since I heard about it in college. I believe working towards it has been one of the most enlightening things I have done thus far in my career. I think striving for excellence in whatever career you choose is important, and certification is a big part of that for me.”

– Jacob Blair, CGCS, Oldham County Country Club, La Grange, Ky.



Thomas Tipton CGCS"Attaining the Certified Golf Course Superintendent status from the GCSAA was a long-time career aspiration that transformed my love for turf management into a significant professional milestone.”

– Thomas Tipton, CGCS, Prospect Bay Country Club, Grasonville, Md.




Mike Paciga CGCS"For myself, certification was a personal goal. I want to be the best in everything I do, certification helps differentiate yourself among peers and join an elite group of superintendents. ”

– Mike Paciga, CGCS, Kemper Lakes Golf Course, Kildeer, Ill.




Jed Vinson CGCS"Becoming a Certified Golf Course Superintendent has been an immensely rewarding career choice. As a certified professional, I have the knowledge and skills to ensure that the course is in optimal condition, providing an exceptional experience for players. Additionally, being a Certified Golf Course Superintendent opens up opportunities for career advancement and networking with industry professionals. Overall, it offers a fulfilling and dynamic career path within the golf industry.”

– Jed Vinson, CGCS, Berry Creek Country Club, Killeen, Texas


Pat Christoffer CGCS"The certification program was just exceptional in every way - I am excited to be part of the history and future of the CGCS designation.”

– Pat Christoffer, CGCS, Red Ledges Golf Club, Heber City, Utah






Jonathan Bennett CGCS"Although certification was always a personal career goal, achieving certification gives all of the hours of volunteering for my local chapter, all of the networking and education seminars to continue to better my knowledge, all of the hours I put on the golf course, and the continued dedication to this industry some worth and creates great pride! My 20 years of service in this industry is represented by this great achievement."

– Jonathan Bennett, CGCS, Sunflower Hills Golf Course, Bonner Springs, Kan.


John Hansgen CGCS"For me CGCS distinction demonstrates a commitment to the pursuit of excellence. The process helped me realize weaknesses and refined my skills increasing my value to all with whom I partner. It’s been gratifying to attain, and I proudly promote my certification. For those interested in adding value I invite you to take a major step towards professional development and begin the process."

– John Hansgen, CGCS, Fox Hollow Golf Course, American Fork, Utah


Brett Oxley CGCS"I am proud to earn the CGCS designation. While this has been a personal goal for several years, the mentorships and experiences I had along the way only strengthened my motivation for this achievement. This program is a commitment to personal and professional growth, as well as the turf industry. It provided a great opportunity to show my employer, my co-workers, and our patrons that I strive to manage the facility at the highest level every day."

– Brett Oxley, CGCS, Red Tail Run Golf Club, Decatur, Ill.