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Jeff Jensen
Southwest regional representative

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.

Field staff report

First Green Field Trip to be held at PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open

by Jeff Jensen | Jan 02, 2023

Field trip co-hosted by the Century Club of San Diego, Farmers Insurance, GCSAA and the San Diego GCSA

The PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open will host a First Green Field Trip on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego.  The field trip, co-hosted by the Century Club of San Diego, Farmers Insurance, GCSAA and the San Diego GCSA will kickstart the tournament week. 

First Green, a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) program, pairs golf courses with local schools for unique Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities. Founded in 1997 it is the only STEM education and environmental outreach program in the United States and Canada that uses golf courses as learning labs.

The field trip will host 60 seventh grade students from Millennial Tech who will be treated to a day of STEM learning as well as a golf industry career panel and a golf clinic taught by PGA TOUR Professionals participating in the tournament.  Labs will include soils, math, water conservation and wildlife habitat and the environment.  The host Superintendent for the event is GCSAA member Devin Cullen. 

San Diego GCSA members volunteering to host the learning labs including President Brandon Williams, Vice President Matt Partridge, Chapter Executive Sandy Cooper, board members Todd Kochanowski, Cody Stewart and Austin Daniells as well as Paul Brown, Jim Culley, Kimberly Gard, Chris Hayman, Trevor Larsen, Rob Maycock, Kevin Plageman, Brendon Reaksecker, Bill Sinclair, and Craig Zellers.  

GCSAA would like to thank the City of San Diego as well as The Century Club and Farmers for their interest in promoting First Green, the golf industry and GCSAA.  More information on the Farmers Insurance is available at and complete information of First Green and how to host a field trip can be found at



  • Madeline M Francis, Class C, Carefree
  • 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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