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The GCSAA Honors Certified Golf Course Superintendents

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The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) formed in 1926 to serve professionals within the golf course management field. Since then it has gained more than 19,000 members including members in 72 countries. The GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf.

Recently 44 superintendents reached a membership milestone, 25 years as certified golf course superintendents (CGCS). The title "CGCS," after a superintendent's name stands for Certified Golf Course Superintendent, which recognizes the achievement of high standards of professionalism through education and experience.

Over 25 percent of GCSAA's Class A members have achieved the highest level of recognition through the CGCS professional designation," said GCSAA President Sandy G. Queen, who has also held the CGCS designation for 25-plus years. "This program requires their demonstration of a higher set of competencies in golf course management through testing and practical application. Employers can feel confident they employ a career professional who has made a strong commitment to professional development."

GCSAA certified superintendents honored for 25 years of certification include:

Robert U. Alonzi, CGCS, Greenwich, Conn.

Fredrick S. Biggers, CGCS, Stoney Creek GC at Wintergreen Resort, Nellysford, Va.

L. Randall Brehmer, CGCS, The Fort Golf Resort, Indianapolis, Ind.

Peter D. Burnham, CGCS, Heritage Village Country Club, Southbury, Conn.

Dale F. Conzelmann, CGCS, Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.

Kevin D'Amico, CGCS, Westwoods Country Club, Farmington, Conn.

Corey B. Eastwood, CGCS, Stockton, Calif.

Jeff Elliott, CGCS, Agrium Advanced Technologies, Centennial, Colo.

Roger H. Frazier, CGCS, Cattails at Meadowview, Kingsport, Tenn.

Mark G. Fuller, CGCS, The Connecticut Golf Club, Easton, Conn.

Lawrence E. Hergott, CGCS, City of Columbus Parks & Recreation, Columbus, Neb.

Alan D. Hess, CGCS, Augusta Pines Golf Club, Spring, Texas

Mike Hulteen, CGCS, Salina Country Club, Salina, Kan.

Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, Country Club of Little Rock, Little Rock, Ark.

Kenneth B. Ingram, CGCS, Silver Spring, Md.

Joseph A. Kennedy, Jr., CGCS, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn.

Les Kennedy Jr., CGCS, Blind Brook Club, Purchase, N.Y.

Michael J. Kosak, CGCS, Petaluma, Calif.

George Kruzick, CGCS, City of Fort Worth Golf Division, Fort Worth, Texas

Robert A. Langley, CGCS, Floratine Products Group, Inc., Collierville, Tenn.
Harold J. Loke, CGCS, Bent Creek Country Club, Lititz, Pa.

Howard H. Lott, CGCS, Stonewall Resort, Walkersville, W.Va.

Douglas R. Mahal, CGCS, The Jewel Golf Club, Lake City, Minn.

William Martin, CGCS, Diamond Valley Country Club, Hemet, Calif.

Timothy M. McAvoy, CGCS, Hollow Golf Club, Branchburg, N.J.

Barry W. Mueller, CGCS, San Geronimo Country Club, San Geronimo, Calif.

Gary Myers, CGCS, Walt Disney World Golf Courses, Orlando, Fla.

John M. Napier, CGCS, Stanley Municipal Golf Course, New Britain, Conn.

Lawrence J. Pakkala, CGCS, Norwalk, Conn.

Charles T. Passios, CGCS, Golf Club of Cape Cod, North Falmouth, Mass.

Dan E. Rackliffe, CGCS, Longshore Club Park, Westport, Conn.

Peter Rappoccio, Jr., CGCS, Silver Spring Country Club, Ridgefield, Conn.

Joel A. Ratcliff, CGCS, Floratine Products Group, Inc., Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Mark A. Richard, CGCS, Kirkbrae Country Club, Lincoln, R.I.

William D. Shrum, CGCS, Shooting Star, Wilson, Wyo.

Michael Swing, CGCS, Visalia Country Club, Visalia, Calif.

Donald J. Tolson, CGCS, Stock Farm Club, Hamilton, Mont.

Craig J. Vigen, CGCS, Ferguson Waterworks, Fargo, N.D.

Dale E. Walters, CGCS, Moorings Country Club, Naples, Fla.

Jerry A. Webb, CGCS, Vintage Golf Course, Monticello, Minn.
Timothy R. Willard, CGCS, Frankfort Country Club, Frankfort, Ky.

Mark J. Woodward, CGCS, Mark Woodward & Assoc., Mesa, Ariz.

Bruce J. Worzella, CGCS, West Bend Country Club, West Bend, Wis.

John M. Yakubisin, CGCS, Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier, Pa.

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