Golf News for Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Events

Golf Course Superintendents Association annual Leadership Academy

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America hosted 20 of its members from around the nation in the fifth annual Leadership Academy, presented in partnership with The Toro Co., Oct. 23-24, at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

Those who attended the two-day session were nominated by their GCSAA-affiliated chapters based on their potential to serve as volunteer leaders in the future. Attendees heard speakers and shared best practices that helped them learn practical leadership skills. The program also addressed current issues and future trends impacting the golf course superintendent profession and association management, and helped attendees begin building a professional network of peers with whom to share innovative ideas.

"This continues to be a well-received member program," GCSAA President Sandy Queen, CGCS, said. "The feedback we get from members is outstanding. We continually hear how the two days have helped to advance careers and make our members better leaders. We appreciate the support that Toro provides in making this event happen."

The sessions included Steve Keating, selling skills manager for The Toro Co., who presented "The 360 Degree Leader." Mark Norman, president of the Differentiate Group, delivered a presentation titled, "Leadership in a changing environment."

A leadership panel consisting of representatives of allied associations discussed trends affecting the golf industry and why it is critical for superintendents to take a leadership role at their facilities, in their chapters and in their communities. Panel participants were Ron Whitten, Golf Digest senior editor, architecture; Justin Apel, Golf Course Builders Association executive director; Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO; and Sandy G. Queen, CGCS, GCSAA President.

Participants were:
* David W. Beanblossom - Chariot Run Country Club, Laconia, Ind.; Kentuckiana GCSA
* John M. Bloecher - Boots Randolph Country Club, Cadiz, Ky.; Quad-State Turfgrass Association
* Jennifer L. Camp - Trailhead at Liberty Lake (Wash.) Golf Club; Inland Empire GCSA
* Brett A. Chapin - Redding (Conn.) Country Club; Metropolitan GCSA
* Matt Cimino - Cimarron Hills Country Club, Georgetown, Texas; Central Texas GCSA
* Andrew Eick - Locust Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.; Finger Lakes Association of GCS
* Chris Flynn, CGCS - Marriott's Grande Vista, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; Central Florida GCSA
* Steve Fisher - Camillus Country Club, Syracuse, N.Y.; Central New York GCSA
* Josh Gaebe - Kokopelli Golf Club, Carterville, Ill.; Southern Illinois GCSA
* Hamilton Scott Griffith - University of Georgia Golf Course, Bogart, Ga.; Georgia GCSA
* Chris Harriman - Cattail Creek Country Club, Glenwood, Md.; Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS
* Andy Huber - Wickenburg (Ariz.) Ranch and Golf Club; Cactus and Pine GCSA
* Gabe Hughes - The Reserve Vineyards Golf Club, Beaverton, Ore.; Oregon GCSA
* David M. Likes - Waver Ridge Golf Club, Peoria, Ill.; Central Illinois GCSA
* Michael D. Luccini, CGCS - Franklin (Mass.) Country Club; GCSA of New England
* Stephen D. Miles, CGCS - Preserve Golf Club, Vancleave, Miss.; Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA
* Jason T. Morgan - Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev.; Southern Nevada GCSA
* Chris Petrelli - Cedar Point Country Club, Suffolk, Va.; Virginia GCSA
* Blayne C. Sparks - The Wilderness Golf Course, Lake Jackson, Texas; South Texas GCSA
* Jeffrey D. Vercautren - Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club, Sugar Grove, Ill.; Chicagoland Association of GCS

GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to 19,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit

For more information contact:
Steve Randall, GCSAA senior manager, chapter outreach, 800-472-7878,