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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 | Oct 12, 2023

It’s mid-October, and after an extended stretch of warm weather in late September and early October, it’s starting to finally feel like fall across the Great Lakes region. Each of the four seasons bring its own beauty and personality to the golf course each year, but fall was always my favorite. Whether it’s the cool mornings, changing leaves, wrapping up projects, and mostly favorable growing conditions, fall is a great time to be on the golf course. It’s also a great time to step away from the course for a day and support your local chapter.

In the GL region, fall also begins the start of a busy – and fun – event and meeting season. Most chapters in the Great Lakes region host their annual meeting beginning in the fall (they run through March, depending on your local chapter).

These annual meetings are a great way to step back from the course and connect with fellow peers across the profession. Whether sharing the latest best practices or telling stories about the family, one of the premier perks of the job is spending time with others in our great industry.

Attending the annual meeting not only allows you valuable time with friends and colleagues, but you are also supporting your local chapter and its board of directors by doing so. Successful chapters aren’t successful by chance, they are successful because of a dedicated board. These individuals take time away from their families and facilities to serve their fellow GCSAA and local chapter members. They put in many hours planning for the months and years to come, adding member benefits and ensuring the chapter provides as much value as possible to its members. The annual meeting is a great opportunity to say thank you to those who serve, as well as connect with board members coming into their service.

After another demanding season on the golf course, I hope you will take a moment to step away from the course and support your local chapter. Whether it’s at the annual meeting, a family event, or taking in a few hours of education, I’m sure you’ll come back to the course being glad you did. I look forward to seeing you at an event this fall and as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything. 



  • 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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