Happy 90th Anniversary to GCSAA
Association Founded September 1926
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America was formed in 1926 by Englishman John Morley to further greenkeeping ideas among middle America golf courses. Ninety years later, the association is considered one of the most important organizations in the game.
The group started with 60 members and has since grown to 17,500 members from 72 countries.
In its 90 years, GCSAA has elected 76 presidents, who each serve one-year terms, and appointed eight chief executive officers. Current CEO Rhett Evans oversees a staff of 87 from association headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. Among the employees are nine field staff representatives who are heavily engaged with 99 local chapters nationwide. Three of these chapters are also celebrating their 90th anniversaries this year: GCSA of New Jersey, Greater Pittsburgh GCSA, and Midwest Association of GCS.
The association also took the time to honor its six members who are also celebrating their 90th birthdays in 2016: George Graber, 54-year member; John Grightmire, 55-year member; John Hilton, 39-year member; Norman Mucciarone, 53-year member; Robert Mucciarone, 50-year member; and Richard Woodward, 58-year member.
"Golf course superintendents manage the largest and most important asset at any golf facility," said current GCSAA President Peter Grass, the certified golf course superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont. "The profession has come a long way. We can be pleased with the playing conditions we deliver for today's golfers. But we are even more pleased with the environmental stewardship of our members, and how they care for the land and our natural resources."
For more information on the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, visit gcsaa.org or call them at 800-472-7878.