David Dettmer, CGCS

Southeast regional representative

Dettmer spent more than 30 years as golf course superintendent. He resides in Charlotte, N.C.
Tel. 800-472-787, ext. 3637

Field staff report

Opening Doors at the African American Golf Expo

by Ron Wright | Sep 07, 2022

The second African American Golf Expo was just held in Concord, N.C. This year’s conference brought together many leaders in the golf industry to share ideas, build relationships and showcase the positive attributes the game of golf has to offer. There were golf lessons for players new to the game, there were discussions on careers in golf and plenty of ideas on how to bring the game and careers in golf to underserved communities.

The 5-day event started with golf lessons, vendor tents, a First Green lab, and plenty of fellowship at the historic Charlie Sifford Golf Course in downtown Charlotte on Saturday morning. Sunday morning, the group participated in a scramble golf tournament at the Rocky River Golf Course near the hotel. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday consisted of a trade show floor and breakout sessions each day. The event ended midday on Wednesday. 

While many of the attendees were at last year’s event, there were plenty of new people this year with which to visit. Many large, multi-course operators were represented, as well as the allied associations in golf. GCSAA had four staff members and two board members on hand, and we participated in all aspects of the conference including panel discussions, trade show booth and breakout sessions. On Monday, Rhett Evans announced the Larry Powell Scholarship to the group.

So, what does this mean to GCSAA members? Moving forward, expect to see more opportunities for people of color to enter the golf course management profession. This means careers in all aspects of the golf course and private club business, not just agronomy. This will open doors for individuals who may be unfamiliar with our industry and it may help the current labor crunch, especially when it comes to assistants and equipment managers.

Next year, the Expo will be in Louisville, Ky., at the end of August.

African American Golf Expo
Jim Beatty and Craig Kirby of Golf, My Future. My Game, at the 2022 African American Golf Expo. These are the two gentlemen who have created the expo as well as many of the programs and initiatives showcased during the event.



  • 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

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