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EXCEL Leadership Program names 8 assistant golf course superintendents for 3rd year

Funded by Nufarm, GCSAA program offers training, education specific to assistants

Lawrence, Kan. (March 3, 2020) – Eight assistant superintendent members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) have been chosen for the third class of the EXCEL Leadership Program, which is funded by Nufarm and administered by GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf.

EXCEL offers leadership training for personal, career and community/industry stewardship exclusively for assistant superintendents. The name EXCEL represents the education, cross training, community, encouragement and leadership development that the program provides.The program features two, three-day training sessions and a trip to the annual Golf Industry Show each year of the three-year program cycle per class member. The 2020 Golf Industry Show took place Jan. 25-30 in Orlando. The class will also participate in National Golf Day in Washington, D.C., this year.

“Assistant superintendents are the upcoming leaders in the industry,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “I applaud the members of the EXCEL program’s third class for their efforts to advance their careers, and I enjoyed meeting them in Orlando.”

The new members of the 2020 EXCEL Leadership Program are:

· Aaron Butler of Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

· Kyle Gentry of Pinehurst #2 at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.

· Carey Hofner of The Club at Cordillera in Edwards, Colo.

· Kendra Kiss of Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario, Canada

· Mark Lyon of Teton Pines Resort and Country Club in Jackson, Wyo.

· Evan McFadden of Broken Top Club in Bend, Ore.

· Nicholas Mortara of Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury, Conn.

· Billy Schmohl of Glenwild Golf Club and Spa in Park City, Utah

“We are thrilled to have taken another class of ambitious individuals to take to the Golf Industry Show,” Steve Vincent, Nufarm Turf & Ornamental sales manager said. “We gathered an excellent group of future leaders, and participated in a full agenda of activities at GIS to develop their golf course management skills.”

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About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at, or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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