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GCSAA Field Staff Updates

Kevin Doyle, GCSA

When I started this Field Staff position at the WNGCSA-FLAGCS education event in March of 2012, the mention of GCSAA often led to a phrase “all I get is a magazine.”  My response generally was to ask if the magazine was really good, and to let them know that now they had a resource in me.  I want to touch on my efforts to directly deliver GCSAA resources to you the members and do my best to highlight the many resources available to you and working for you daily.  Because this is such a long list that includes member, local association, and national level benefits, this segment will include only member benefits.  Future newsletters will cover additional opportunities!

All these resources and efforts are specifically designed to achieve the mission of your national association:

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Superintendent Spotlight

Steve Kurta, Tuscarora Golf Club

written by Michael Tollner, Bellevue Country Club

As the GCSA of NY heads into its third year, the association has elected a new president, one who has a strong vision for growth and development.  I was fortunate enough to sit down with Steve Kurta, golf course superintendent at Tuscarora Golf Club in Camillus, NY, over lunch recently to discuss what he sees as his main goals for 2022 and beyond.  Steve is someone I’ve gotten to know over the past few years, so the opportunity to learn a bit more about his past, his interesting career path to where he is today, as well as to sit down over a common interest for both of us, craft beer, was one I jumped on with excitement.  

Steve has been heavily involved with GCSA of NY since its inception and was a key player in the consolidation process.  He was one of three representatives from the former Central NY GCSA that served on the consolidation committee.  He believes that as the association continues to grow it’s important to not lose sight of the founding chapters' regional identity and to try to honor that when possible.   He believes one of the main goals of the association is service and that members need to see value in their membership. Doing that will require seeing things from the viewpoint of a prospective member and not just as the board president. As a former president of the Central NY GCSA, Steve brings a vision to this association that will help guide it for years to come. He’ll use that experience to reinforce the framework of the association for future presidents and directors.

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Message from our Chapter Administrator

Suzanne Mis

Hello Spring!

The association has been busy planning the many events we have scheduled for 2023. Our first event was a Walk and Talk at Yahnundasis. Dr. Frank Rossi and former superintendent Chris Cartini hosted the event. Even though we had an inch of snow on the course, it did not stop this group from peeking under the green covers to look at the green grass underneath. Thanks to everyone who came out, weathered the cold, and made this initial education event a good one.

If you missed this walk and talk, Dr. Rossi will be at East Aurora Country Club on May 22nd, Corning Country Club on July 11th, and Mohawk Golf Club on August 8th. GCSAA education points will be awarded for these events.

Also, we have added the option to play a round of golf for those who are interested in extending their day after the walk and lunch. We need you to sign up separately for this so we can give the pro shop an accurate count for the reserved tee times. I appreciate your cooperation.

Our annual Member-Guest tournament will take place on June 20th at Timber Banks and The POA will be on Tuesday August 29th  at Turning Stone so save the date for these events. The member- guest event is open for registration and feel free to bring either a guest or another member of the association.

Thanks to Jeremy Batz, from DryJect, our golf league will be starting this month. If you are still interested in joining, please notify me right away so we can get your team signed up.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming events. I know this is a busy time for all of you, but please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments. As always, our goal as an association is to provide value to all the members of the association. We hope we continue to fulfill this goal and to provide you with the tools to be successful.

It is an honor to be part of this association.

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