Lawrence, Kansas, United States: Mark Jordan, the Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) and Natural Resource Leader at Westfield Country Club, has been elected to a one-year term as President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
The appointment was confirmed at the association’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show. He is the 85th President in the association’s history.
Jordan served as Vice President of the association in 2020 and has been a member of the association’s Board of Directors since 2014. A 34-year member of GCSAA, Jordan is also a member and past president of the Northern Ohio GCSA.
Jordan has served as the natural resource leader at Westfield CC in Westfield Centre, Ohio, since 2007, but has been with the club since 1988, previously serving as General Manager, Club Manager, Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.
Prior to Westfield CC, Jordan had stints as an Assistant Superintendent at Winding Hollow Golf Club in New Albany, Ohio, and Hyde Park Golf and Country Club in Cincinnati.
“As Colonel John Morley was establishing GCSAA in 1926, he used the altruistic principles of justice, faithful brotherhood and generous benevolence as foundational elements. These timeless principles continue to guide the association today,” Jordan said.
“I am humbled and honoured to lead this same organisation that Colonel Morley and every single President before me has led.”
He graduated from the Ohio State University – ATI in Wooster, Ohio, with an associate of science degree in turfgrass management; and the Ohio State University in Columbus with a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy.
Other elected officers were Kevin Breen, CGCS and Golf Course Superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, California, as Vice President, and Kevin Sunderman, CGCS, Director of Grounds at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St Petersburg, Florida, as Secretary/Treasurer.
Board members Jeff White, CGCS and Superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kansas; TA Barker, CGCS and Superintendent at Fore Lakes Golf Course in Taylorsville, Utah; and Paul Carter, CGCS and Superintendent at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tennessee, were elected to serve again.
Meanwhile, Marc Weston, CGCS and Superintendent at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Connecticut, was newly elected to the Board. Douglas Dykstra, CGCS, Golf Course Superintendent at White Mountain Country Club in Pinetop, Arizona, continues his service on the Board.
John Fulling Jr, CGCS, Grounds and Facilities Manager at Kalamazoo (Michigan) Country Club, will serve as immediate Past President, while Past President Rafael Barajas, CGCS and Director of Golf Course Operations at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club in Florida, retired from Board service.