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Ron Wright, CGCS

Southeast regional representative

A former golf course superintendent who still retains his certification, Ron is a past president of the Gulf Coast GCSA. He resides in Mobile, Ala.
Tel. 785-393-7380

Field staff report

The busiest time of the year

by Ron Wright | May 17, 2019

I've had several people comment that we must travel around quite a bit based on our Twitter posts and blogs. That really is the case during the spring in the Southeast. Here is a snapshot of the past month.

Starting back in mid-April, here's a look at my footsteps:

• April 22: Alabama GCSA meeting at Anniston CC
• April 23: Congressional visit to The Grove Park Inn with Congressman Patrick McHenry's office manager and Brandi Merrick
• April 24: Site visit to The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, Ga. to meet with Nelson Caron to discuss and upcoming First Green field trip
• April 25: Southeast Regional Turfgrass Conference at the UGA facility in Tifton, Ga.
• April 29: Off to Washington D.C. for National Golf Day. Day one consisted of working at the registration table and meetings and the events of the next few days
• April 30: Community Service Project at the National Mall that consisted of planting several hundred flowers on the Mall
• May 1: National Golf Day on the Hill. I spent the day working with the North Carolina Delegation spending most of my time with Mathew Wharton, Paul Culclasure and Chris Valauri telling our story to members of Congress and the Senate
• May 2 and 3: Personal time off to visit US Archives and Library of Congress to do some genealogy research with my sister
• May 6: Georgia GCSA Spring Classic at Dunwoody CC where I was able to finally give Buck Workman his ELGA award since he was unable to attend GIS this year
• May 8: Lee Filingim from Anniston CC and I visited the district office of Congressman Mike Rogers in Anniston to enlighten his district director Sherri Rollins about what we do for a living
• May 9: First Green field trip at Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, Ga. I had the opportunity to teach the soil lab portion of the the field trip to 40 7th graders from Richmond Hill Middle School.
• May 13: drive to Smyrna Tennessee. Spent 2.5 hours in park on I-65 for a wreck involving big trucks
• May 14: Middle Tennessee Meeting in Smyria
• May 15: Drive home

Somewhere in there I was able to do a few loads of laundry, cut the grass and walk the dog.

June looks a bit slower so far, and here is where I'm headed at this point.

• June 5: Small Business Administration round table meeting to discuss issues facing our profession
• June 11: East Tennessee Meeting at Morristown CC in Morristown Tennessee
• June 13: Georgia GCSA Bulldog Classic, UGA Golf Course, Athens Georgia
• June 17: Memphis Area meeting at Colonial CC in Memphis

Laying SodBuck Workman



  • Edward S Wilkerson, Class EM, Montgomery


  • Julio Banderas, Class EM, Alpharetta
  • Daniel T Blenkinsop, Class C, Sea Island
  • Kevin M Richmond, Class EM, Roswell


  • Keaton E Belk, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Cameron C Clarke, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Caylie E Dueker, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Chase E Dyle, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Brandon D Livingston, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Zachary M Moxley, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Shane R Seymour, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • William A Stockton, Class SW, Mississippi State

North Carolina

  • Nathaniel E Evans, Class C, Durham
  • Carlos D Rodriguez, Class C, Highlands
  • Eric Sosnowski, Class C, Charlotte

South Carolina

  • Miguel A Adorno, Class EM, Murrells Inlet
  • Graham L Gowan, Class SW, Clemson
  • Jace T Jacobs, Class S, Conway
  • Charlie A Willer, Class C, Salem


  • Jeremy K Fann, Class B, Shelbyville
  • Jack R Karsanac, Class C, Old Hickory
  • Cory Seals, Class C, Sevierville


  • James J DeReuil CGCS, formerly (A) at Craft Farms Golf Resort, is now (A) at Honours Golf in Birmingham


  • Kevin G Carnes, formerly (C) at Preserve Course at Reynolds Plantation, is now (C) at The National At Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro
  • Matthew R Delventhal, formerly (A) at Minor Park Golf Course, is now (A) at Site One Landscape Supply in Mcdonough
  • David C Plake, formerly (SW) at Illinois State University, is now (SW) at Atlanta Athletic Club in John's Creek
  • Sladen D Tant, formerly (C) at Savannah Custom Golf, is now (C) at The Savannah Golf Club in Savannah
  • William J Weeks, formerly (C) at Peachtree Golf Club, is now (C) at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta

North Carolina

  • Christian D Drake, formerly (C) at Balsam Mountain Preserve, is now (C) at Hendersonville Country Club in Hendersonville
  • Scott J Steiner, formerly (C) at Cliffs at Keowee Springs, The, is now (C) at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh
  • Robert S Stowe, formerly (C) at Duke University Golf Club, is now (B) at Duke University Golf Club in Durham
  • Stephen J Wilson, formerly (A) at Pinehurst Resort #8, is now (A) at Pinehurst Resort #7 in Pinehurst

South Carolina

  • Jeffrey M Gattis, formerly (A) at Houndslake Country Club, is now (A) at University of South Carolina Aiken in Aiken
  • Cory M Hendrix, formerly (C) at Boca West Country Club, is now (C) at De Bordieu Club in Georgetown
  • Joseph S Kobylarz, formerly (C) at River Club, is now (C) at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island
  • Paul Lewis, formerly (AS) at Thornblade Club, is now (C) at Thornblade Club in Greer


  • Kyle Talley, formerly (C) at Richland Country Club, is now (C) at Hideaway At Arrington in Arrington

Upcoming events

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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