GCSAA Field Staff Updates
Kevin Doyle, GCSAA
We often talk about the networking and camaraderie
this industry exemplifies. Sharing knowledge amongst ourselves is standard
practice. Mother Nature dished out anxiety to most, while some came through in
good to great shape, others did not. Superintendents, through a swath of
central New York, the Capital District of Albany, western Massachusetts down
through Connecticut, areas of New York and northern New Jersey are dealing with
damage of various proportion.
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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.Read More Here
Message from our Chapter Administrator
Spring is finally here! I hope you are all looking forward to the warmer temperatures, leaves budding and the spring flowers. I am looking forward to all the GCSA of NY events we have planned for 2022.
Your board of directors met in March with Steve Randall and Kevin Doyle from GCSAA for a strategic planning meeting. This was the first strategic planning meeting since consolidation and was very productive. During the meeting we went through the S.C.O R. analysis (strengths, challenges, opportunities, and risks) and produced a few short term and long-term goals for the association. We revised our vision statement from being a unifying body in the golf industry, viewed as a leading professional organization in the region to being a unifying body in the golf industry by engaging every member of the association. It is a priority of the board to make sure all our members find value in their membership and increase the participation of our membership at events. You are important to us.
I hope everyone has received our calendar of 2022 events. We work hard to come up with ideas that will get everyone engaged and to be spread out across the state. We hope to see you at one or two events this year. I am always willing to take suggestions for events and as always if you are interested in hosting a walk and talk, shop tour or golf event, please reach out to me. I can start putting the 2023 calendar together!
Our first major golf event is the Member-Guest tournament. This will be hosted by Superintendent Ash Gough at Beaver Meadows in Syracuse. We will have a maximum of sixty -2-man teams. Registration is open so make sure to reserve your team a spot.
The Golf League is also open for registration. We have six teams registered so far and we are hoping to have more teams than last year. Everyone who played had a wonderful time of golf and fellowship. This is a chance to play at different courses in the area and meet new superintendents and vendors.
A new event this year is a couple’s wine tour event in the fall. For this event to happen, we will need couples to commit to attending prior to booking the tour. This event includes tour, transportation, and entrance and tasting fees to four wineries. You have the option to stay for dinner and even spend the night. This will sure be a fun, relaxing time for all who attend. If you are interested, I will need to know as soon as possible. These tours book up fast!
Now that the weather is getting nicer, golf courses will open and your schedules will get busier, make sure to put our events on your calendar so you don’t miss out. As always, I am available if you have questions, comments, or need assistance in registering for an event or donating for Rounds 4 Research. I am only a click or phone call away.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
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