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Shane Conroy

Great Lakes regional representative

A former assistant golf course superintendent, Shane joined the GCSAA staff in 2015. He resides in Chicago, Ill.
Tel: 800.472.7878, ext. 3635

Field staff report


by Shane Conroy | May 15, 2020


As COVID-19 continues to affect daily life, adjustments are made. As chapter events are canceled, postponed, altered, or in some instances, created, boards must direct the chapter and ensure planning for future contingencies. That is exactly what they have done.

Chapter boards have continued to lead during the COVID-19 crisis. Board members have met, either by teleconferencing, or, what now seems like ancient technology, via conference calls. Future success of the chapter has been planned. Chapter leaders have stepped up when needed; and they have delivered superbly.

Chapters in the Great Lakes region have held emergency board meetings to address how the current state-of-affairs is affecting their operating procedures. The interaction and communication with members have been second to none across the region. Local chapter members have been well-versed on chapter and board activities as well as plans moving forward. Upcoming events have been addressed, status of scholarships and member benefits have been communicated, fundraisers have been postponed. These are just a few of the items board members have addressed, modified and worked diligently on over the past few months.

Working with industry partners is a large part of any chapter operation. Industry partner support and successful chapters go hand in hand. Industry partners have always been a great resource for GCSAA and chapter members; this uncertain time is no different. Chapter boards have increased communication with industry partners to ensure their successful partnerships continue and flourish.

University professors have also played a huge part in the success of chapters in recent months. Utilizing leading industry experts, university scientists have been able to increase communication with chapter members and offer valuable resources as superintendents navigate their facility operations.

Chapter leaders have also stepped up their communication with allied associations. While these relationships vary from area to area, the COVID-19 situation has allowed chapter leaders to develop or improve these relationships in some instances. Allied associations coming together to speak on behalf of golf with one voice was and is critical moving forward.

Finally, this post cannot end without mentioning the compassion chapter leaders have shown each other, their members and the industry partners who support the chapters. From the onset, member health and well-being were always the priorities. This continues presently and will continue moving forward. There are always positive occurrences in any situation, GCSAA and chapter members once again showcasing their benevolence is one of these occurrences. These volunteer chapter leaders showcased exemplary leadership, professional and concern; the industry is better because of every one of them. I have always been humbled and proud to represent and be a part of this industry, working with the chapter leaders and thousands of members who make up the region these past few months has only reiterated that fact. Stay well!



  • Bradley J Bednarski, Class EM, Lake Forest
  • Zeke Bochenek, Class AF, Chicago
  • Gerardo Contreras, Class EM, Winnetka
  • Kai E Jacobs, Class C, Jacksonville
  • Brandon Kohley, Class SW, Homer Glen
  • Brian D Kolar, Class EM, Romeoville
  • John C Nugent, Class B, Channahon


  • Matthew Hession, Class C, Indianapolis
  • William R Hoke, Class EM, Indianapolis
  • Matthew A McIntyre, Class C, Bristol
  • Brock Neff, Class SW, W Lafayette
  • Chad W Smith, Class C, Fishers


  • Tyler Goss, Class SW, East Lansing
  • Aaron M Herman, Class SW, East Lansing
  • Andrew A Hovsepian, Class SW, East Lansing
  • Ryan Maxwell, Class B, Livonia
  • Matthew Simonson, Class SW, Howell


  • Mitchell L Cofer, Class SW, Dublin
  • Tyler M Payne, Class C, Dayton
  • John C Prusa, Class AF, Stow
  • Arthur E Rhoades, Class EM, Sylvania
  • Dan G Stauffer, Class C, Canton
  • Tyler S Topp, Class SW, Kettering
  • Christopher White, Class C, New Albany


  • Jake R Ertel, Class C, Thiensville
  • Dominic A Frese, Class B, Racine
  • Joey T Peterson, Class SW, Menomonie
  • Michael A Stachowicz, Class EM, Green Bay
  • Matthew T Statz, Class C, Middleton


  • Charles W Anfield CGCS, formerly (A) at Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Club, is now (A) at Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort


  • Robert J Kowatch, formerly (A) at The Bridgewater Club, is now (A) at Meshingomesia Golf & Social Club in Marion


  • Michael B Sanders Jr, formerly (SW) at Louisville Country Club, is now (SW) at Louisville Country Club in Louisville


  • Thomas Collins, formerly (A) at World of Golf, is now (A) at The Camargo Club in Cincinnati
  • Ryan Fleming, formerly (B) at Hamilton Elks Golf Club, is now (B) at Miami View Golf Course in Cleves
  • Jack C Hutchison, formerly (B) at Trumbull Country Club, is now (AS) at Trumbull Country Club in Warren
  • James R Lynn, formerly (C) at Crooked Stick Golf Club, is now (B) at Columbus Country Club in Columbus


  • Jeremy D Dahl, formerly (C) at The Club at Strawberry Creek, is now (B) at Johnson Park Golf Course in Racine
  • Brett Morris, formerly (C) at Hawk's View Golf Club, is now (B) at Browns Lake Golf Course in Burlington
  • Matt R Smith, formerly (C) at Sentryworld Golf Course, is now (B) at Sentryworld Golf Course in Stevens Point
  • Adam C Wepfer, formerly (C) at Bishops Bay Country Club, is now (B) at Bishops Bay Country Club in Waunakee

Upcoming events

Upcoming events in the region. This is not necessarily a comprehensive list. If you have an addition to make, please reach out.

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