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Randy Robinson

Central Plains regional representative

Robinson joined the GCSAA staff following six years as executive director of the Iowa Turfgrass Institute. From 2006 to 2015, he was the golf course superintendent at Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley, Iowa. He resides in Huxley.
Tel. 800-472-7878, ext. 3605

Field staff report

Great Visits in South Dakota and Kansas; Plus, Fall is Looming!

by Steve Randall | Sep 04, 2019

With August in the rearview mirror, it's time to reflect on connections made, and those upcoming.  

South Dakota GCSA Members

Many thanks to GCSA of South Dakota Secretary/Treasurer Rick Wit of Rapid City.  He organized a great meeting with members in the area. It was a chance to discuss GCSAA initiatives and how GCSAA can work with members across the state.

In addition to meeting at the Golf Club at Red Rock, I paid a visit to active member and Grassroots Ambassador Greg Brandriet near Spearfish, S.D. at Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club.  

Greg has been working on sustainability at his course. Solar panels power the back 9 pump house. A garden provides fresh produce for the restaurant. Greg is looking for ways to showcase golf as a beneficial asset. He continues to engage with state and local officials in the area.

Last month, I also paid a visit to facilities, members and non-members in Western Kansas. I met with great people. Kevin Shook, a Class A member in Elkhart, Kan., maintains a great 9-hole facility, but more importantly, he's active in the community. He serves as the high school golf coach, a baseball, basketball, and football official, and stays active in county and city affairs.  

Geoff Schiffelbein Cimarron Valley Golf Course Santanta Kansas

I also met Geoff Schiffelbein at Cimarron Valley Golf Course in Satanta, Kan., which is 45 minutes south and east of Garden City. Another tremendous 9-hole facility! Geoff is not only a GCSAA member, he's also a PGA member, and he does it all. Whether it's his work on the golf course, pro shop, or clubhouse, he has the course in top condition.

There were several other memorable visits and moments that showed that our members across the country, whether the facility be large or small, are doing great things!  

As we start September, it's time to switch gears. Education season is nearing its start.  Many chapters will be hosting fall meetings and outings. If you have not been active with your chapter in years past, now is the time!  Sharpen the saw and get ready to have a great fall.

Consider GCSAA a great resource of information as well. We are here for you!



  • Timothy M Gramith, Class C, Chaska
  • Christopher Rust, Class C, Saint Paul


  • Bryan Meyer, Class C, Eureka
  • William Nelson, Class C, Eureka
  • Caleb M Seidel, Class C, Springfield


  • Nick R Pusek, Class SW, Lincoln

North Dakota

  • Chad T Blank, Class S, Fargo


  • Kevin R Johnson, formerly (B) at Painted Mountain Golf Course, is now (B) at Grandview Golf Club in Duluth
  • Joshua S Lemons, formerly (C) at Golden Valley Country Club, is now (C) at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie
  • Joe T LeVoir, formerly (C) at Northland Country Club, is now (C) at North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks


  • John Overby, formerly (EM) at Milburn Golf & Country Club, is now (EM) at Turf Mechanic Solution in Lees Summit
  • Tim D Schwierjohn, formerly (A) at Pomme Creek Golf Course, is now (A) at Redexim North America in Valley Park
  • Raymond S Seifert, formerly (A) at Bella Vista Country Club, is now (A) at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale


  • Jeffrey E Gasseling, formerly (A) at Highlands Golf Course, is now (A) at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln
  • Keith E Kline, formerly (C) at Quail Run Golf Course, is now (B) at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus
  • Kit I Lofgreen, formerly (S) at Southeast Community College, is now (S) at Bayside Golf Course in Brule

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