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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

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by Shane Conroy | Jul 19, 2023

We’re back for the final post in this series. As I mentioned last week, I hope you were able discover, or rediscover, the great benefits afforded to you through your GCSAA membership during this series. We at GCSAA greatly value your membership. The association is made possible because of you — the members — and that’s the subject of this week’s post.

50: GCSAA Members

Many of us in this industry got into it because we love the game of golf, or enjoy working outdoors, or with equipment or a combination of the three. It’s easy to see the draw of this profession. Your office is hundreds of acres of beautiful green space. Your coworkers consist of various wildlife. Gorgeous sunrises are as routine as sending an email, and thousands of people enjoy the fruits of your labor each year.

It’s not to say there aren’t tough days at the office. You are caring for a living, breathing entity that spans hundreds of acres. Mother Nature can throw a wrench in the best-laid plans. Sometimes those coworkers don’t cooperate, and of those thousands of individuals who enjoy the recreational platform you care for, well one or two of them are bound to tell you they can do your job better than you.

Even with all of that, it’s still tough to beat. And once you’re in the industry, it’s the people involved who really make it what it is.

This career is so much more than maintaining a golf course. In fact, it’s so much more than a career, it’s a lifestyle. The dedication, commitment and passion of superintendents, assistants and equipment managers are second to none. Nobody knows more, or cares more, about the golf course than golf course superintendents and their teams.

And it takes a village. Nobody can do it alone. You depend on your teams as much as they depend on you. Industry partners are there for support. Fellow superintendents, assistants, and equipment managers are just a text or phone call away to offer a hand, advice, or heck, even a piece of equipment to help you out.

What other industry can say that? Not many, if any, that I know of.

GCSAA members aren’t competitors. They only want the best for each other. I’ve been lucky enough to be in this industry at varying levels for 20 years and the support and encouragement from fellow members has never waivered. Go to any local, regional or national event and you'll find a group of industry professionals sharing ideas and best practices with their neighbor and fellow member. They aren’t looking to undermine the next guy’s operation — quite the opposite — they are giving advice to help with a problem or offering support when times are tough.

It's easy to see the draw of this profession. It’s even easier to see why so many end up making it a career. When you have nearly 20,000 fellow GCSAA members to lend a hand and pick you up when you need I most, that’s a pretty good support group.

I started this post by saying GCSAA doesn’t exist without the members, and that’s true. But it’s even more than that. GCSAA is the members. GCSAA is made up of member committees and task groups all working to make the lives of their fellow members better. It’s one of the best communities in one of the best professions out there, and I'm happy to be a small part of it. 

Thanks for coming on this journey with me over the past year! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. 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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