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

Timothy G. Connolly, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

J. Michael O'Neill, CGCS
Central New York GCSA

Alex J. Stuedemann, CGCS
Northwestern Illinois GCSA

Recertified members

Damon C. Chango, CGCS

Casey Crittenden, CGCS
Nebraska GCSA

Jimmy T. Geter, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

James A. Hasz, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Daniel C. Holt, CGCS
Lone Star GCSA

Stephen A. Kealy, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

Kevin Komer, CGCS
Vermont GCSA

Thomas R. Leahy, CGCS
Central New York GCSA

Dennis P. Petruzzelli, CGCS
Connecticut Association of GCS

Lance A. Rogers, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

David J. Soltvedt, CGCS

Peter S. Stephens, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Melvin H. Waldron, III, CGCS
Ozark Turf Association

Jeffrey A. Wentworth, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Richard C. Zepp, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Christopher A. Zugel, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Newly certified members

Ryan H. Green, CGCS
New Hampshire GCSA

Recertified members

Bret L. Barton, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Robert B. Becker, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Scott A. Carpenter, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Charles Clarke, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Raymond J. Frey, CGCS

David P. Grove, Jr., CGCS
Northwestern Pennsylvania GCS

Steve Holley, CGCS
Central Florida GCSA

Michael Jones, CGCS
Southern Illinois GCSA

Andrew Kjos, CGCS
Palm Beach GCSA

Thomas Lively, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

Garrett Luck, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Robert D. McKinney, CGCS
Minnesota GCSA

Mark P. Newton, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Glenn M. Perry, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

W. Eric Pockl, CGCS
Greater Pittsburgh GCSA

Stephen Potter, CGCS
Mid-Atlantic Association of GCSA

Patrick J. Truchan, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Michael Vogt, CGCS
Central Illinois GCSA

James S. VonAhn, CGCS
Iowa GCSA

Gary R. Weaver, CGCS

Edward J. Wilkins, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Newly certified members

Brett R. Hosler, CGCS
Wisconsin GCSA

Recertified members

Russ A. Apple, CGCS
Tri-State GCSA

David A. Bocci, CGCS
Western Washington GCSA

M. Tedd Evans, III, CGCS
GCSA of South Dakota

Richard J. Fisher, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Mark Hanson, CGCS
Rio Grande GCSA

Andreas Herrmann, CGCS

Terry K. Hutcherson, CGCS
Lone Star GCSA

Timothy Kennelly, CGCS
Mid-Atlantic Assoc of GCSA

Charles Lewison, CGCS
Florida West Coast GCSA

Joseph A. Livingston, CGCS
North Texas GCSA

Charles D. O'Nan, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Steven J. Plummer, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Walter K. Pritchett, CGCS
Kentuckiana GCSA

Roger M. Robarge, CGCS
GCSA of Central California

John P. Soetaert, CGCS
Mississippi Valley GCSA

Brian J. Stiehler, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Robert Stipcak, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Stephen Tibbels, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Brian R. Vincel, CGCS
Virginia GCSA

Jason S. Ward, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Kevin D. Welker, CGCS

Steve G. Wilson, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Newly certified members

Todd J. Bishop, CGCS
Northern Ohio GCSA

Recertified members

Steven J. Aitken, CGCS
Rocky Mountain GCSA

Ryan L. Baldwin, CGCS
Indiana GCSA

Lee Bullock, CGCS
North Texas GCSA

James A. Cox, CGCS
Bluegrass GCSA

Michael Dunk, CGCS
Indiana GCSA

Edward F. Ellis, CGCS
Rhode Island GCSA

Steven N. Fackler, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Edward J. Gianni, CGCS
GCSA of New England

Kenneth Glick, CGCS
Vermont GCSA

Brant Hathorn, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Christopher Haunty, CGCS
Central Ohio GCSA

Brett R. Hetland, CGCS
Iowa GCSA

Joel Jacquemot, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Jon D. Maddern, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Stephen Matuza, CGCS
Long Island GCSA

William Maynard, CGCS
Mississippi Valley GCSA

Kurt R. Sams, CGCS
Midwest Association of GCS

Scott A. Scamehorn, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Jeff L. Schmidt, CGCS
Iowa GCSA

Kyle D. Sweet, CGCS
Calusa GCSA

Anthony L. Taylor, CGCS

Recertified members

Donald R. Brown, CGCS
Philadelphia Association of GCS

Davy A. Crockett, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Ashley Davis, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Adam J. Engle, CGCS
Central New York GCSA

Jean L. Esposito, CGCS
Northern Ohio GCSA

William Fach, CGCS
Ontario GSA

Steve T. Glossinger, CGCS

Gary T. Grigg, CGCS
Idaho GCSA

Steve Jotzat, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

David K. Kerr, CGCS
Metropolitan GCSA

Richard Puskavich, Jr., CGCS
West Virginia GCSA

Todd A. Ronske, CGCS
North Florida GCSA

Mark Smith, CGCS
Hi-Lo Desert GCSA

Todd W. Stephens, CGCS
South Texas GCSA

Jim H. Thomas, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

Jimmy D. Thomas, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

Jeff L. White, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Paul W. Winterbottom, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Shane Wright, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Newly certified members

Nolan Wenker, CGCS
Oregon GCSA

Recertified members

Robert R. Bittner, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Robert B. Brooks, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Jeffrey Burgoyne, CGCS
Calusa GCSA

Paul F. Davids, CGCS
Heart of America GCSA

Randy Dayton, CGCS
Central Texas GCSA

James Ferrin, CGCS
Sierra Nevada GCSA

Dennis A. Fitzwater, CGCS
Fingerlakes Association of GCS

Matt P. Gaudet, CGCS
Everglades GCSA

Dean M. Graves, CGCS
Mid-Atlantic Association of GCSA

John R. Kotoski, CGCS
Eastern Shore Association of GCS

Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS
GCSA of New Jersey

Matthew Mulvany, CGCS
GCSA of Southern California

Hidalgo L. Nagashima, CGCS
Connecticut Association of GCS

Greg Plotner, CGCS
Florida GCSA

Steven J. Sump, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

James W. Tollefson, CGCS
Michigan GCSA

Sean T. VanHoose, CGCS
Tennessee GCSA

H. Mitchell Wilkerson, CGCS
Carolinas GCSA

Ron Wright, CGCS
Georgia GCSA

Set yourself apart: Learn more about becoming a CGCS

What new CGCSs say about the program

“Becoming a certified golf course superintendent has been a goal I have aspired to achieve since the beginning of my career in this industry. I credit my success to opportunities working and learning from some of the most respected superintendents in the industry, including my father, John Shannon, Eric Greytok, and Bob Alonzi, Sr., CGCS. These invaluable life lessons have enabled me to achieve numerous goals while overcoming adversity and continuing to strive for greatness.”

– Jesse Shannon, CGCS, Manhattan Woods Golf Club, West Nyack, N.Y.

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“It is a great honour and I feel really proud as the first and only Certified Golf Course Superintendent in Malaysia. After three years of rigorous course work, numerous assignments and traveling to and from the United States, it is definitely worthwhile for my professional career. With this certification, I am able to further enhance my competencies, knowledge and experience which are also greatly beneficial for my team members.

– Mohd Nizam Othman, CGCS, TPC Kuala Lumpur

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“Achieving certification was a learning experience and taught me a lot about myself and what I could do. The process of becoming certified gave me the opportunity to dig deep into my abilities to excel at this profession. I am fortunate to have worked for and alongside several certified superintendents and their dedication to this industry has helped shape my path to success. This is truly an honor for me to represent this profession and GCSAA as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent.”

– Bryce Koch, CGCS, Cypress Lake Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla.

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“Achieving CGCS status has been a goal of mine since my first days in the industry. It has given me a boost of confidence and has put even more confidence in my membership about my abilities.”

– Greg Jones, CGCS, Champions Run Golf Course, Omaha, Neb.



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“The certification process was challenging and made me look at all aspects of my maintenance operations. I’m extremely grateful for the mentors I’ve had that started me on this road, particularly Steve Cook, CGCS, MG, Paul Mayes, CGCS, and Doug Heinrichs, CGCS. It’s because of their examples and dedication to the golf course maintenance industry that I knew I wanted to achieve my certification. I’m proud to have received this designation and look forward to opportunities for advancing our profession.”

– Keith Hill, CGCS, Hidden Valley Country Club, Reno, Nev.

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“I wanted to become a certified golf course superintendent because I am proud of the accomplishments I have made in my career. The certification, for me, recognizes all of the hard work and achievements I’ve managed to attain to this point. Additionally, I have always aspired to attain a level of success similar to the leaders and mentors that have worked with me and taught me such a great deal in the profession that I love.”

– Mark A. Kosbab, CGCS, Sportsman's Country Club, Northbrook, Ill.

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"The certification journey was rigorous but at the same time, it gave me the opportunity to look at every operational area and find new ways to implement continuous improvement. Leadership opportunities that have arisen from this process have been of benefit to both myself and the entire maintenance team.”

– Jorge J. Croda, CGCS, Southern Oaks Golf Club, Forth Worth, Texas

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"Being a third generation superintendent at my family's golf course I have had large shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of my dad (Todd) and grandfather (Vaughn) whom I have idolized my entire life. I wanted to prove to them that their golf course is in good hands for the future. I feel like the certification process has made me the best Superintendent for my course, my patrons and my family's future. I am truly honored to be able to use the CGCS designation at the end of my name and am grateful to everyone who has supported and guided me along the way in my professional career."

– T.A. Barker, CGCS, Fore Lakes Golf Course, Taylorsville, Utah

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