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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

VIRTUAL CHAPTER EVENTS LEAD SUPERINTENDENTS INTO SPRING ON POSITIVE NOTE

by Shane Conroy | Mar 11, 2021

In early March, several chapters in the Great Lakes region offered virtual education for members as the upcoming golf season approaches.   

The Wisconsin GCSA typically holds their Spring Business Meeting in early March and this year was no different. The event, however, saw an adjustment, as it was held virtually. Chapter Executive Brett Grams facilitated the meeting and provided a year-in-review, discussed membership, finances, committee reports and the 2021-2022 event schedule. Membership numbers remain strong in the WGCSA and in-person events are slated to begin in late April with the Super/Pro Outing at Wild Rock Golf Club at Wisconsin Dells. Individual and joint Class C/EM meetings are also on the docket this year, with a joint event scheduled in May. Chapter president Jeff Barlow, CGCS, a 26-year GCSAA member and superintendent at Waupaca Country Club, provided an update from the board’s perspective and has a busy March as a strategic planning meeting is scheduled with GCSAA and the WGCSA board later this month. 

The Kentuckiana GCSA held their first meeting of 2021, with the return of their annual Mini Pesticide Meeting which is typically held in early March. Getting back into it this year allowed roughly 50 members of the chapter to get together virtually. 11-year GCSAA member and chapter president Brian Curtis kicked-off the meeting with a chapter update, announcing in-person golfing events returning later this year. Other presenters included 20-year GCSAA member Eric Skorich, 7-year GCSAA member Jim Ellis, Gary Myers, CGCS, a 27-year association member, and Chris Johnson, a meteorologist at WLKY. John Ballard, CGCS, superintendent at Valhalla Golf Club and 26-year GCSAA member, gave an update on the Kentucky BMP development and encouraged those in attendance to adopt a facility BMP document. John also served as the Kentucky BMP committee chair. Copies of the Kentucky BMP document are available through the KGCSA. 

The Central Ohio GCSA and Miami Valley GCSA held a joint Virtual Lunch and Learn where Kyle Miller addressed many common superintendent questions. The presentation focused on spray nozzle technology, proper methods of watering in fungicides, preemergent herbicides, correct pesticide storage, dollar spot control, as well as weed control across multiple surfaces. This was a great way for superintendents and GCSAA members across central and western Ohio to connect before the season gets underway as well as earn Ohio Department of Agriculture pesticide credits and GCSAA continuing education points. 

The Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents held a two-part online labor-saving techniques and strategies meeting in early March. Part one featured four speakers who provide outside contract work in specific areas. These areas included aerification, landscape work, tree maintenance, and irrigation repair. The second event, which took the place the following day, featured golf course superintendents who are using a combination of outside contract work along with their course staff to complete projects. 21-year GCSAA member Craig Kight, 18-year member Mark Kosbab, CGCS, 10-year association member Andrew Evans and 24-year GCSAA member Jeremy Turton lead a panel and discussed the various contracting services they use to assist in landscaping, tree maintenance, irrigation, and plant protectant applications. 

Each chapter provided great education and camaraderie for their members as we head into the official start of Spring and the 2021 golfing season.


Transitions

Illinois

  • 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

Indiana

  • 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

Michigan

  • 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

Ohio

  • 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

Wisconsin

  • 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

Illinois

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

Indiana

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

Kentucky

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

Ohio

  • 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

Wisconsin

  • 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

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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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