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

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
Rocky Mountain GCSA

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

Newly certified members

Travis S. Williams, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

John Bambury, CGCS

Recertified members

Douglas Lowe, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Ronald D. Hibbard, CGCS
Central Florida GCSA

Thomas Ocepek, CGCS
Central Pennsylvania GCSA

Anthony Mauldin, CGCS
Old Dominion GCSA

Recertified members

Stephen Ravenkamp, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Sean M. Duffy, CGCS
Central Florida GCSA

Brad R. Christensen, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

James G. Garrett, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

Gordon Caldwell, CGCS
Eastern Shore Association of GCS

Richard Stuntz, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Chad M. Higaki, CGCS
Hawaii GCSA

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

Mark P. Kastenholz, CGCS
Hoosier Turfgrass Association

Don E. Paul, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Kip A. Tyler, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Timothy Glorioso, CGCS
Northwest Ohio GCSA

Michael Sandburg, CGCS
Oklahoma GCSA

Patrick Gertner, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Robert Markut, CGCS
Treasure Coast GCSA

Philip M. Bailey, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Stephen Cohoon, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Thomas J. Huesgen, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

Kenneth Gokey, CGCS

 

Newly certified members

Brent A Racer, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Recertified members

Matthew Bryan, CGCS
Alabama GCSA

Sherri L. Brogan, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Vincent Pavonetti, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Steve M. Cook, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

John P. Cunningham, CGCS
Mississippi Valley GCSA

Patrick Doran, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Randy F. Norvelle, CGCS
Peaks & Prairies GCSA

Michael Stranzl, CGCS
Pocono Turfgrass Association

David L. Waymire, CGCS
San Diego GCSA

William Hamilton, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

R. Jeff Brewster, CGCS
Sun Coast GCSA

Steven J. Johnson, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Justin C. Ruiz, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

George F. Howe, CGCS

Michael F. Walton, CGCS

Scott A. Wheeler, CGCS

Recertified members

William S. Kennon, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Glenn M. Matthews, CGCS
GCSA of Central California

Mark W. Rawlins, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Sean Gilliland, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

Jason E. Habeck, CGCS
Inland Empire GCSA

Jay B. Eccleton, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Peter J. Rappoccio, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Dean A. Baker, CGCS
Ontario GSA

Derek L. Wilkerson, CGCS
Ozark Turf Association

Scott Gabrielson, CGCS
Rhode Island GCSA

Dale L. Hahn, CGCS
Southern Nevada GCSA

Peter L. Bowman, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Paul L. Carter, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

Duane F. Janssen, Jr., CGCS
West Texas GCSA

Recertified members

Edwin D. Bale, CGCS
California GCSA

Alan P. Jarvis, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Matthew Hill, CGCS
Central Florida GCSA

Larry P. Livingston, CGCS
Gulf Coast GCSA

Mitchell Fontenot, CGCS
Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA

Gary K. Carls, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Stephen Ehrbar, CGCS
Palm Beach GCSA

Jospeh F. McCleary, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Douglas Hausman, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Joseph Kuta, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Richard C. Haas, CGCS
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Recertified members

Larry Farwell, CGCS
Cactus and Pine GCSA

Todd D. Biegger, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

David K. Fruchte, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Gregory McDanel, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Patrick Carroll, CGCS
Central New York GCSA

Harlyn F. Goldman, CGCS
Eastern Shore Association of GCS

Robert S. Volpe, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Cory D. Blair, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

John W. Westermeier, CGCS
Indiana GCSA

Steven R. Budge, CGCS
Intermountain GCSA

Christopher J. Caporicci, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

John C. Miller, CGCS
Miami Valley GCSA

Gary M. Ingram, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Kenneth WIlliams, CGCS
GCSA of Northern California

Michael Candeloro, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Michael S. Buxton, CGCS
Oklahoma GCSA

Fred M. Yates, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Joseph L. Hubbard, CGCS
Palm Beach GCSA

Paul S. Stead, CGCS
Philadelphia Assoc of GCS

 

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