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David Phipps

Northwest regional representative

A former superintendent, David spent more than 20 years in the golf course management industry before joining the GCSAA staff. He resides in Oregon City, Ore.
Tel. 800-472-7878, ext. 3608.

Field staff report

Photos from my March Travels

by Dave Phipps | Mar 27, 2023

Here are some highlights from my March travels. My biggest takeaway from recent events is participation definitely seems to be on the rise. It was so great to see so many new and familiar faces. 

Peaks and Prairies GCSA's

Peaks and Prairies GCSA

I began March by attending the Peaks & Prairies "Almost" Spring Meeting at the Fairmont Hotsprings Resort near Anaconda, Mont. It was a record attendance and the education was outstanding with Brian Horgan, Ph.D., Wendell Hutchens, Ph.D., and Hector Velazquez. 

Inland Empire Meeting

My next stop was in Pendleton, Ore., where I attended the Inland Empire Spring meeting at the Wildhorse Casino & Resort. It wasn't a record attendance, but the meeting was certainly well attended. Darren Davis, CGCS, made it out from Florida and delivered two flawless presentations. With that said, we had two GCSAA Past Presidents present!

Inland Empire Meeting at Wildhorse Casino and Resort

Following the Inland Empire meeting, I traveled to Central Oregon where I attended the Oregon State FFA conference. Oregon State's Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D., and I manned a booth for a couple of days and met with what seemed like every one of the 2,500 attendees.  It was an extremely productive two days. 

Oregon State FFA Conference

A highlight of the conference was seeing my niece's daughter take third in the state in the freshman speech contest. I am so proud of this young lady. She was amazing. You can catch a clip of her speech on my Twitter feed

Chapter Leaders Symposium in Lawrence

My last trip of the month was to Lawrence for the Chapter Leaders Symposium. All but one of my chapters were in attendance. This year we had such a great group of attendees. All were so excited to be there and were grateful for the experience.

Finally, a trip to Lawrence can't go without saying how good it is to get together with my fellow field staff and the other staff members as well. We only get out to Kansas two times a year but when we do, we certainly enjoy our time together.

Field Staff check out the new Kansas City airport



  • Mitchell Bryden, Class AS, Berthoud
  • Mark Cypress, Class EM, Aurora
  • Jared Dillinger, Class C, Evergreen
  • Michael Ewert, Class AFCR, Greenwood Village
  • Mitchell D Reifschneider, Class AS, Berthoud


  • Abe M Coulsey, Class C, Mountain Home


  • Jesse D Cummings, Class AS, Kamas
  • Andrew J Dunlop, Class C, Hurricane
  • Devon J Purser, Class C, Hill Afb
  • Brad Sparks, Class AF, Pleasant Grove
  • Jeff B Tracy, Class B, Ogden


  • Charles F Schauwecker, Class C, Sammamish
  • Tristan L Sowa, Class EM, Redmond


  • James J Burnside, Class EM, Jackson


  • Adam Conway, formerly (I), is now (A) at Cedaredge Golf Club in Cedaredge
  • Jason L Hinkley, formerly (B) at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club, is now (AF) at CPS Distributors, Inc in Denver
  • Lance Lauer, formerly (C) at Country Club at Castle Pines, is now (C) at Cherry Creek Country Club in Denver
  • Daniel G Robbins, formerly (C) at Hiwan Golf Club, is now (C) at TPC Colorado in Berthoud


  • Daniel M Frederiksen, formerly (C) at Stoneridge Golf Club, is now (C) at The Golf Club at Black Rock in Coeur D Alene
  • Christopher D Gray, formerly (A) at Elkhorn Golf Club, is now (A) at Magic Valley Bentgrass in Filer


  • Conner J Olsen, formerly (S) at Oregon State University, is now (S) at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego
  • Corey J Underhill, formerly (C) at Palos Verdes Golf Club, is now (C) at Sunriver Resort-Meadows Course in Bend


  • Raymond H McCormick, formerly (S) at Washington State University, is now (AS) at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle
  • Donald B Nelson, formerly (C) at Indian Canyon Golf Course, is now (B) at Esmeralda Golf Course in Spokane
  • Dean A Owen, formerly (EM) at Inglewood Golf Club, is now (EM) at The Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim
  • Manuel J Torres, formerly (B) at Three Lakes Golf Club, is now (C) at Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie

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