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.