2020 News Releases


Three more states fill grassroots ambassador positions

by Oct 13, 2020 | Kate Hiebert

Written by: Government Affairs Team | Oct 13, 2020

GCSAA commends the association’s regional field staff and affiliated chapter members in Hawaii, North Dakota and Wisconsin for pairing each member of their Congressional delegation with a GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador. These three states join 24 others in completely filling their Grassroots Ambassador positions, bringing the total Ambassador count to 436 out of 535.

The goal of the Grassroots Ambassador Program is to pair a GCSAA member with every Member of Congress in order to build a proactive relationship. Filling the Grassroots Ambassador positions of every state helps GCSAA expand our advocacy network and share the stories of golf course management professionals directly with legislators. This program has been especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic when whether or not a golf facility stays open for business is on the table.

GCSAA would like to recognize the following Grassroots Ambassadors:

Hawaii
Chad Higaki, CGCS
Russell Dooge, CGCS
Ryan Borris
Nolan Johnson

North Dakota
Tyler Foster
Bruce Ruppert, CGCS
Garret Schultz

Wisconsin
Patrick Bastron
Jens Arneson
Greg Willman
Mike Bremmer
Patrick Reuteman
David Brandenburg, CGCS
Todd Clandenning
Brett Grams
Jon Canavan
Harrison Beal

GCSAA’s Government Affairs team needs your help to fill the remaining 99 Grassroots Ambassador spots by December 31, 2020. Review the latest Grassroots Ambassador state breakdown to see if there are open positions in your state. Anyone who secures one of the remaining Grassroots Ambassador spots will receive a $50 gift card from the GCSAA Government Affairs department.

If your state or district is filled, you are still able to join the army of golf industry supporters as a member of a GCSAA Advocacy Team. Advocacy Team members can help weigh in on the association’s Priority Issues policy areas and may be assigned outreach to governors or state lawmakers or watershed groups focused on key issues in their area.

If you would like to become a Grassroots Ambassador, join a GCSAA Advocacy Team or help recruit for the program, contact Michael Lee, manager, government affairs, at 800-472-7878, ext. 3612.