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Nineteen golf course superintendents awarded opportunity to attend 2017 Golf Industry Show through Melrose Leadership Academy

Program for Golf Course Superintendents Association of America members based on financial need, volunteerism and desire to advance career

Lawrence, Kan. (Nov. 8, 2016) — Kathy Hauff is in her seventh year as the golf course superintendent at Eastermoreland Golf Course in Portland, Ore. She was named 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Golf Association, but in February she will attend her first Golf Industry Show (GIS) in 12 years. The 2017 GIS will be held Feb. 4-9 in Orlando.

Hauff, along with 18 other superintendents, received this opportunity as part of the Melrose Leadership Academy program, which supports the professional development of GCSAA member superintendents. It is administered through the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The program was established in 2012 by Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., and is supported by a $1 million gift to the EIFG from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation.

“The last time I went I was still an assistant,” said Hauff. “I have always wanted to go, but being at a public golf course has made it more difficult to attend because of budgets and staffing. I was surprised when I was chosen and notified, and I am really looking forward to it. I can’t believe the last show I attended was in 2005.”

Academy members are chosen through an application process based on financial need, volunteerism and a drive to advance their careers. The new class will participate in networking and leadership activities, as well as attend a variety of education seminars. “We are so fortunate to have a friend of the industry like Ken Melrose. The Melrose Leadership Academy gives GCSAA members the chance to continue to learn and grow in their careers, which benefits the whole industry,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “Academy members have shown that they are dedicated to enhancing their knowledge base and serving their profession. I congratulate each of them for this recognition of their hard work.”

Melrose’s relationship with the golf industry is longstanding. He joined the Toro Co. in 1970 and quickly ascended the ranks of the company, culminating with his appointment as CEO in 1983 and chairman of the board of directors in 1987. He retired as CEO in 2005 and from the chairman position in 2006. That same year he formed Leading by Serving LLC, a new company whose mission is to advance the principles of servant leadership in business organizations. In addition to Haugh, the other GCSAA Class A member recipients are:

  • Thomas Bass Jr., at Falling River Country Club in Appomattox, Va.
  • Brad Caporini, at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Fla.
  • Jamie Colson, at SunCountry Golf Course in Cle Elum, Wash.
  • David D’Andrea, at Sable Oaks Golf Club in South Portland, Maine
  • Steve Datwyler, at The Club at Ravenna in Littleton, Colo.
  • Eric Eguaras, at Butte Creek Country Club in Durham, Calif.
  • Chris Frielinghaus, CGCS at Glen Falls Country Club in Queensbury, N.Y.
  • Luke Hall, at Shadow Mountain Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
  • Jeff Hansen, at Squaw Valley Golf Course in Glen Rose, Texas.
  • Scott Hellerman, at Pitman Golf Course in Sewell, N.J.
  • Damon Hitti, at Weissinger Hills Golf Course in Shelbyville, Ky.
  • Stephen Johnson, CGCS at Branson Hills Golf Club in Branson, Mo.
  • Richard Lawlor, CGCS at Town of Yarmouth Golf in West Yarmouth, Mass.
  • Eric Pockl, CGCS at The Club at Blackthrone in Jeanette, Pa.
  • Matthew Simon, at Thendara Golf Club in Thendara, N.Y.
  • Michael Whitehead, CGCS at Pawtucket Country Club in Pawtucket, R.I.
  • Dada Wilson, at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Derrick Wozniak, director of grounds at Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, Pa.

Note: Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) is GCSAA’s professional certification for golf course superintendents to be recognized at the highest level of achievement in golf course management.