Member Denis Kerr featured in Golf Course Trades

Check out the below article in Golf Course Trades featuring GCSANC Member Denis Kerr, Quail Lodge Superintendent and winner of the 2017 GCSANC Excellence in Turfgrass Management Award (Public)!

The immaculate playing conditions of our 18-hole golf course is often what draws people to play at Quail. But our golf course doesn’t simply grow that way. Behind the scenes is a team of dedicated greenskeepers – scratch that – scientists, led by a man of whom deserves far greater recognition, yet asks for none. An unsung hero who commits his life to ensuring that our golf course is second to none. He is dedicated, passionate and handsome (albeit self-proclaimed) beyond compare. To those within the world of Golf Course Superintendents, he is referred to as “the man,” “the myth” and sometimes even “the legend.” But to us here at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, we simply refer to him as Denis. Our appreciation, admiration and respect, however, fall nothing short of in line with the aforementioned references.

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In Memoriam: GCSANC Member John Grant

It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of John Grant, Retired-Class A Life Member who passed away on March 10th at the age of 91.

John attended Norte Dame and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He was a pilot in the Navy and was still serving in the Navy Air Reserve at Alameda into the 1980’s when he started work in the Bay Area with The San Francisco Examiner. Following his tenure with the newspaper, John began work with the William Sherman Company—Golf Course Consultants in San Rafael as a Western Representative for the National Golf Foundation. He then worked for the City of San Francisco as the Golf Director before moving to San Mateo Golf Course where he became the golf course superintendent in 1981. John worked for San Mateo until 1994 when he became a Retired-Class A Member of the association.

John was a longstanding member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California  and also served on the GCSANC Board of Directors.

John’s retirement was spent with his family, and in his free time he attended GCSANC meetings and made time for golf.

We send our condolences to the family of John during this time. 

Rounds 4 Research 2019

As you may know, Rounds 4 Research was started in 2012 to address funding shortages in the areas of turfgrass research, education and advocacy.

The premise of the program is simple: Golf facilities can support the effort by donating rounds of golf for two or four or “stay and play” packages and other items that will be auctioned online through a nationwide auction from April 29 – May 5, 2019.

The proceeds from the online auction are designated by the participating facilities to their local GCSA chapter (in this case, GCSANC). 80 percent goes to the chapter with the remaining 20 percent going to EIFG to assist with marketing and technical costs of running the national auction.

The auction is conducted through the bidding platform Donated items can be viewed here. GCSANC can then decide how best to spend the funds in the areas of research, education or advocacy efforts.

We are asking you to consider donating a twosome or foursome from your facility to the auction. In times of declining membership, participation and sponsorship, these additional funds can be critical to our chapter to continue providing the member services to which you have become accustomed. The donation process can be completed online and takes approximately 10 minutes. You can visit here to complete the form.

The participating facility has the ability to restrict rounds to certain days and times, as well as the option of setting your opening bid. You can send in your own certificate for the donation or the EIFG will create a certificate for you.

Thank you for your time and consideration. You will be assisting your local chapter as well as raising funds for the future of the game.

View the Rounds 4 Research FAQ sheet here.

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.

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!

In Memoriam: Clifford Wagoner, CGCS

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Clifford A. Wagoner, CGCS at the age of 97.

Thank you to Gary Carls for preparing the following tribute to Mr. Wagoner:

For those of us fortunate to know him he was a great friend and mentor. For those of you who may not have known him I would like to share just a few brief notes on his legacy with both GCSANC and GCSAA.

As part of GCSANC, Clifford was actively involved well into his 80’s and he and his wife Myrtle were the leaders in putting together our 65th Anniversary Meeting back in 1997 as well as compiling a complete chapter history of the first 65 years of our chapter. Clifford served as GCSANC President in 1959, 1965 and 1967 and was heavily involved in setting the chapter on it’s course as one of the leading chapters of GCSAA. He also was involved in the early days of what soon became the California GCSAA.

With GCSAA, Clifford was the chair of the committee that created the GCSAA Certification program and later became GCSAA President in 1973. Clifford remained deeply involved with GCSAA throughout his career and was a positive role model for many of us who came after him. He spent most of his career at Del Rio CC in Modesto where he retired as GM back in the 1980’s. He and Myrtle both attended over 50 GCSAA Conferences and one of my great memories of them both will be of having the opportunity to help escort them around a few years back as they attended what would be their final GIS in San Diego. They had developed so many great friendships over the years with GCSAA and GCSANC that it was great just to see the smiles as they reconnected with so many friends from the past.

Clifford always took the time to share his thoughts and ideas with those of us who would ask him questions and I always appreciated his insight. He will be sorely missed by so many of us who knew him and worked with him on many various GCSANC projects. He will be re-united in heaven with his dear wife of over 76 years, Myrtle, whom we lost last year. They were truly one great team and made GCSANC what it is today.

Rest in Peace, My Friend

Service Information

Celebration of Life Memorial – Clifford Wagoner
Friday, June 1, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Del Rio Country Club
801 Stewart Road
Modesto, CA 95356

Donation Information

Clifford & Myrtle Wagoner Scholarship and Research Fund
Make checks payable to GCSANC
2215 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95818


Optimal Hospice
1101 Sylvan Ave #B-10
Modesto, CA 95350

Burial was private

2018 GCSANC Staff Directory

Dear GCSANC Members,

As most of you know, Connerly and Associates, Inc. has managed our day to day operations for the past few years. As a Board, we are extremely pleased with this collaboration and look forward to working with them in the years to come. We would like to introduce the staff, job duties, and contact information. This will allow members the ability to discuss items with the staff directly if desired.

Rebecca Keeley, Administrative Assistant

Member relations, Event registrations/name badges/event assistance, Collections, Product order fulfillment

E-mail:, Phone: (916) 454-1320 Ext. 103


Julia Barajas-Cisneros, Senior Consultant

Event Planning and implementation, GCSAA points

E-mail:, Phone: (916) 454-1320 Ext. 112


Simone Youngblood, Communications Consultant

Email announcements, Event materials, Website

E-mail:, Phone: (916) 454-1320 Ext. 115


Maria Wihren, Accounting Specialist

Financial recordkeeping and reporting

Email:, Phone: (916) 454-1320 Ext. 116


Ryan Connerly, Associate Consultant

Membership database

E-mail:, Phone: (916) 454-1320 Ext. 105


Marc Connerly, Executive Director

Board liaison, Advocacy, Sponsorships, DPR points

E-mail:, Phone: (916) 214-6495


Hopefully this information will help you with inquiries in the future. Along with that, the Board is always available to answer any questions. Our contact information can be found on the website directory. We look forward to serving you, and hope to see everyone at this year’s events.


Stacy L. Wallace, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, Bay Club StoneTree

President, GCSA of Northern California