Maynard takes helm as GCSAA President

Members elect nine-member board of directors and approve dues increase at annual meeting.

Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 9, 2017) – Bill H. Maynard, the director of golf course maintenance operations at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo., has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) at the association's annual meeting Feb. 9, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in Orlando.

Maynard, a certified golf course superintendent (CGCS), served as vice president of the association in 2016 and has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 2010. A 30-year member of GCSAA, Maynard also is a member and past president of the Heart of America Golf Course Superintendents Association in the greater Kansas City area, one of 98 GCSAA regional chapters. A native of Nashville, Tenn., the 54-year-old Maynard earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1986. He succeeds Peter J. Grass, CGCS and golf course superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., who served as president in 2016. Grass will continue on the board as immediate past president. “A lot of my friends have said, ‘Don’t forget where you came from,’” said Maynard. “So, it’s important to me that I represent the entire membership. Our professional image has grown, and more of the golf public realizes the role we play. But, I want that recognition to continue, and I want everyone from the 9-hole guy to the multi-course guy to feel that I represent them, and that GCSAA represents them.”

Other elected officers were Darren J. Davis, CGCS and golf course superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., as vice president, and Rafael Barajas, CGCS and director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Plantation in Boca Raton, Fla., as secretary/treasurer.

John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS and grounds and facilities manager at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club; Mark F. Jordan, CGCS and natural resource leader at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio; and John Walker, director of golf course maintenance at Bentwater Yacht and Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, were re-elected to two-year terms. Kevin P. Sunderman, director of grounds at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in Saint Petersburg, Fla., was appointed to complete the one-year remaining on Barajas' term. Kevin P. Breen, CGCS and golf course superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., continues his service to the board with one year remaining on his two-year term; while past president John J. O’Keefe, director of golf course maintenance at Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, N.J., retires from board service. In addition, delegates voted to approve a $5 dues increase for 2017 and amended the definition of equipment managers in the bylaws.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.