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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 | Jan 17, 2023

The GCSAA Conference and Tradeshow (CTS) is about three weeks away — which I highlighted back in August. With the event coming up quickly, the next few posts will naturally focus on items related to CTS.

First up, the GCSAA Golf Championships presented by Toro, is #26 on our list. 

The pinnacle golf event of the year for our profession, the GCSAA Golf Championships presented by Toro feature first-class golf, networking, camaraderie and the opportunity to play in four different golfing events over four courses.

The four courses hosting this year include:

  • ChampionsGate - International
  • ChampionsGate - National
  • Orange County National - Crooked Cat
  • Orange County National - Panther Lake

The official host hotel this year is the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate. An ideal location right on the Championsgate courses.

If you’re unfamiliar with the events which take place at the Championships, let’s take a look:


You and your partner each play your own ball (you are encouraged to choose your own partner or request to be assigned one from the pool of players).

  • Lower score will be score for the hole.
  • No penalty if one player does not complete the hole.
  • Up to four divisions, however, you or your partner cannot exceed a combined handicap of 45.
  • Only one golfer with professional status may play on a team.


One-day fun event. Perfect for those that cannot make it for the entire tournament.

  • Stand-alone event open to all members.
  • Great opportunity to network with industry experts, enjoy a day of golf and unwind at the 19th Hole Reception with your peers.
  • Choose your own foursome or request to be paired randomly from the pool of players.

Golf Classic

The longest-running and most popular of the tournament events.

  • Two-day flighted tournament open to all skill levels.
  • Golf Classic uses the point quota scoring system.
  • A point quota for each round is established by subtracting your verified handicap index from 36.
  • Maximum allowable handicap index for point scoring is 30.
  • Handicap index over 30 assigned minimum of 6 points per day.

Quota scoring systems point values:

  • 0 Double Bogey or worse
  • 1 Bogey
  • 2 Par
  • 3 Birdie
  • 4 Eagle
  • 5 Double Eagle

Taking your point total for the round and subtracting it from the quota for the round will calculate the net score.

National Championship

  • 36-hole stroke-play
  • Open to first 72 entrants with a verified handicap index of 5.0 and below.
  • Overall champion and a low senior champion (age 50 and over) will be crowned.

Chapter Competition

If you are competing in the National Championship or Golf Classic, you can also opt into the Chapter Team Competition. Gross and net winner will be crowned with 75% of the entry fees paid back to the winning chapter.

Entry fee: $20 per player.

Registration of the chapter teams begins in December and continues until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.

Each chapter team may have five competitors with the best four scores counting towards the total. All team members must belong to the chapter they are representing. Only one team member can be a golfer with professional status and only one team member may be a GCSAA affiliate member. A chapter may have more than one team in the competition, but competitors cannot participate on more than one chapter team.

This year’s event is sold out, which is a testament to the popularity and success of the GCSAA Golf Championships. I don’t bring up this fact to give you FOMO or make you feel left out. On the contrary. I bring it up to give you a jump on next year’s Championships in Phoenix in late January.

See you all in Orlando in just a few weeks’ time. As always, if you’ve missed a previous post, please check them out below.



  • 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

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