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Prior to joining the GCSAA staff, Jeff spent more than a decade in the golf industry in management and marketing. He resides in Henderson, Nev.
Tel. 800-472-7878, ext. 3603.

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California Turf & Landscape Foundation assists in supporting research at UC Riverside

by Jeff Jensen | Apr 18, 2021

To date, CTLF has provided over $3 million in financial support to the UCR Turfgrass program.

The California Turf and Landscape Foundation (CTLF) is a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to raising funds for practical research project development in the areas of turfgrass science and landscape management. Founded to support cultivation and growth of resilient turf strains for golf, sports turf, or landscape management, CTLF’s backing is essential for recreational initiatives and local conservation efforts. 

Headed by new Executive Director and former USGA West Regional Green Section Director Pat Gross and President Brian Sullivan, CGCS/MG at Wilshire Country Club, the CTLF is currently soliciting donations from allied golf organizations, water districts, golf clubs and individual donors to assist in the research efforts of Dr. Jim Baird at UC Riverside. 

To date, CTLF has provided over $3 million in financial support to the UCR Turfgrass program which is home to California’s only university turfgrass research program. 

Immediate priorities for CTLF include continued grant support as well as the use on unrestricted funds to assist the UC Riverside program with costs including salaries (potential support of a graduate student), agricultural operations, equipment, maintenance costs, travel and miscellaneous expenses. 

Future goals include the creation of new faculty position at UCR, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Botany & Plant Sciences. The position would require a 3–5-year financial commitment from the green industry. 

For complete information on the UC Riverside program, field days and research reports, visit the website at 

CTLF accepts monetary donations from individuals as well as allied golf chapters, golf clubs, municipalities and other green industry entities who want to support research in California.  More information on CTLF as well as donor packages is available at  We hope you will consider joining us in protecting the future of our game and turf in California! 



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  • Charlie W Pense, Class C, Scottsdale


  • Jonathan H Briggs, Class S, San Luis Obispo
  • Simon Oliver, Class C, Newport Coast


  • Clay S McKinley, formerly (A) at The Club at Las Campanas, is now (A) at Pueblo Del Sol Country Club in Sierra Vista


  • Christopher Bien, formerly (B) at PGA West Greg Norman Course, is now (B) at PGA West Private Golf Courses in La Quinta
  • Gary A Bley, formerly (C) at Pauma Valley Country Club, is now (C) at The Grand Golf Club in San Diego
  • Cavin Brown, formerly (A) at Seascape Golf Club, is now (A) at Saratoga Country Club in Saratoga
  • Javier Campos, formerly (C) at California Golf Club of San Francisco, is now (B) at California Golf Club of San Francisco in South San Francisco
  • Jason M Decker, formerly (SW) at Michigan State University, is now (SW) at Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine
  • David T Gutierrez, formerly (C) at El Camino Country Club, is now (C) at Dad Miller Golf Course in Anaheim
  • Brynly C Marsh, formerly (B) at Maroon Creek Club, is now (B) at Vineyard at Escondido in Escondido
  • Sean O'Brien CGCS, formerly (A) at Hawk's Landing Golf Club, is now (A) at Target Speciality Products in San Marcos
  • John J Oles, formerly (AS) at Morro Bay Golf Course, is now (AS) at Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo
  • Timothy Phelan, formerly (C) at Maroon Creek Club, is now (C) at South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla
  • Geoffery Plovanich, formerly (B) at The Olympic Club, is now (B) at City & County of San Francisco in San Francisco
  • Roger Robarge CGCS, formerly (A) at California Golf Club of San Francisco, is now (A) at Valley Club of Montecito in Santa Barbara
  • Ryan Zuehlsdorf, formerly (A) at Monarch Bay Golf Club, is now (A) at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton

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