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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

The Heart Locks In Its Leaders

by Randy Robinson | Nov 28, 2022

On November 2, The Heart of America GCSA (HAGCSA) held its annual meeting. Preceding the annual meeting was lunch catered by Joe's BBQ of Kansas City. Top five BBQs I've ever had!

The meeting was presided over by Executive Director Sandy Queen, CGCS. The positions to fill this year included President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Two Directors (Superintendent), and Director (Assistant Superintendent). 

  • President - Jonathan Bennett - Sunflower Hills Golf Course
  • Vice-President - Spencer Roberts, CGCS - Shadow Glen Golf Club
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Matt Gourlay, CGCS, MG, AGS - Colbert Hills Country Club
  • Superintendent Director - Josh Linn - Swope Memorial Golf Course
  • Superintendent Director - Darin Pearson - Eagle Bend Golf Course
  • Assistant Superintendent Director - Aaron Stansbury - Falcon Lakes Golf Course

The HAGCSA also handed out its 2022 awards:

  • Brian Breedlove Equipment Manager of the Year - Mark Williams
  • Assistant Superintendent of the Year - Aaron Stansbury
  • Superintendent of the Year - Jeff White, CGCS
  • Chester Mendenhall Award - Matt Gourlay, CGCS, MG, AGS

Congratulations to all the newly elected board members and award winners!



  • 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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