In Memoriam: Randal C. Gai, CGCS

We are extremely saddened to inform you of the passing of Randal “Randy” Gai, CGCS, on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Randy’s involvement with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California spans decades, including tenures as a member of our Board of Directors, President, and member of our planning committee for The Institute.

It would be a monumental task to fully describe Randy’s impact on our association, our industry, Claremont Country Club, and colleagues during a career that spanned over forty years. It was because of his outstanding career of service that Randy received our 2013 George Santana Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment, dedication and contribution to our association and the turfgrass industry.

Randy was also awarded our Excellence in Turfgrass Management Award in 1991 and Superintendent of the Year in 1995. He was a Class A Life Member of our association.

Randy is survived by his son Greg, an F16 pilot for a NATO squad currently stationed in Italy, and his daughter Chelsea, who has stayed local and currently attends school. Randy was a tremendous friend and mentor to so many over the span of his career, which began at the age of 13.

Randy was loved dearly by his colleagues and will be greatly, greatly missed.

To learn a little more about Randy, please see our article here written in honor of his recognition as our 2013 George Santana Distinguished Service Award recipient.

We send our deepest condolences to Randy’s family, friends and colleagues.

Identification of Wetting Agents for Water Conservation on Golf Course Fairways and Other Large Turf Areas in California

DOWNLOAD: Identification of Wetting Agents for Water Conservation on Golf Course Fairways and Other Large Turf Areas in California
By Marco Schiavon, Chiara Toniatti, Pawel Orlinski, Alessio Forconi and Jim Baird Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside

2018 GCSANC Annual Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 GCSANC Award Winners! Check out our gallery below:

2019 GCSANC Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, Monday, January 14, 2019, Bay Club StoneTree

2019 Board of Directors

We welcome our 2019 GCSANC Board of Directors!


Brian Boyer, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club (San Jose)

Vice President

Pete Bachman, San Jose Country Club (San Jose)


Josh Lewis, Almaden Golf And Country Club (San Jose)

Past President

Stacy Wallace, Stonetree Golf Club (Fairfield)


Coby Byers, Turf Star


Josh Clevenger, Claremont Country Club (Alameda)


Gavin Dickson, Tehama Golf Club (Carmel)


Conner Galea, San Francisco Golf Club (San Francisco)


Peter Galea, CGCS, Farmload


Thomas Slevin, Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park (Napa)


Brett Thornsbury, CordeValle Golf Club (San Martin)

*Photos by Pete Galea, CGCS

Gary Ingram and Jay Neunsinger Receive 2018 ELGA Honors

Congratulations to GCSANC Members Gary Ingram, CGCS (Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland) and Jay Neunsinger (Boundary Oak Golf Course, Walnut Creek). Gary is the recipient of the 2018 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award (ELGA) for Communications and Outreach, and Jay is first runner-up!

See below for the write-up from GCM:

A golf course in an industrial area near the Oakland, Calif., airport may seem an unlikely place for an environmental leader, but Gary Ingram, director of agronomy at Metropolitan Golf Links, and his staff are making it happen.

The 18-hole golf course, which sits on a former landfill, opened in 2003 and was certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2005. Ingram keeps Metropolitan Golf Links in the public’s mind by collaborating with numerous community organizations, including the Police Athletics League, Spanish Unity Council, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Oakland City Council. Ingram, a 38-year GCSAA member, also serves on the Oakland High Environmental Academy board and participates on the local water district’s landscape advisory committee.

Outreach to the next generation of golfers comes through Metropolitan Golf Links’ nonprofit organization, the Oakland Turfgrass Educational Initiative, which provides STEAM field trips (science, technology, engineering, art and math) to 200 area students each year.

First runner-up in the Communications and Outreach category is Jay Neunsinger, superintendent at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, Calif., with second runner-up honors going to Jason Haines, superintendent at Pender Harbour Golf Club in Madeira Park, British Columbia.

View the full article featuring all of this year’s ELGA honors here.

Thank you Gary and Jay for all the work you do!