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Dockstader to resign from GCSAA

Dockstader has served the association since 2014. Transition plans for this position will be announced at a later date.

Lawrence, Kan. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Chief Operating Officer J.D. Dockstader announced that he will be resigning effective Sept. 29, to pursue other career interests.


Dockstader joined GCSAA in January 2014 as chief business development officer and transitioned to COO in June 2015. He came to GCSAA after serving the previous seven years as director of commercial facilities for the city of Mesa, Ariz.  

"On behalf of the staff and our members, I thank J.D. for his many contributions to GCSAA," Evans said. "His strong work ethic and innovation benefitted us all, and we wish him the very best as he moves on to the next chapter of his career."

Dockstader was responsible for directing key member programs, marketing, and building new partnerships and business development opportunities for the association.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to make an impact on the organization, both financially and operationally, while developing relationships with our members, clients and others in the golf industry,” Dockstader said. “I strongly believe that GCSAA is positioned to do amazing things that will not only impact the future of the golf course management profession, but the golf industry as a whole.”

Until his departure next month, Dockstader will transition his projects and duties to other members of the executive management team. Evans will share plans for identifying a replacement at a later date.

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 18,000 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. 

Angela Hartmann
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
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