"Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association"

Board of Directors/Committees

2016-2017 Georgia GCSA Board of Directors

Greg Burleson, CGCS
Augusta Country Club
Augusta, GA
(706) 737-5515

Vice President
 Scott Griffith
University of Georgia Golf Course
Athens, GA
(706) 425-3246

Tim Busek
The Manor Golf & Country Club
Alpharetta, GA 
(404) 787-6165

Past President
Mike Brown
The Standard Club
Johns Creek, GA
(770) 497-1736

Board of Directors

Joey Brown
Griffin City Course
Griffin, GA 
(770) 229-6615


Nelson Caron

The Ford Plantation
Richmond Hill, GA
(912) 547-4072


Joey Franco, CGCS
Cherokee Town & Country Club
Atlanta, GA 
(770) 993-2040


Joey Franco, CGCS
Cherokee Town & Country Club
Atlanta, GA
(770) 993-2040

Tommy Hewitt
Windermere Golf Club
Cumming, GA
(770) 205-5878

Wally Gresham
Sunset Hills Country Club
Carrollton, GA
(770) 834-6656

Patrick Reinhardt
Georgia Southern University Golf Course
Statesboro, GA
(912) 478-863

Kyle Macdonald
St. Ives Country Club 
Johns Creek, GA 
(770) 623-8213


Lane Singleton
Reynolds Plantation
Greensboro, GA
(706) 467-1560

Chris Steigelman, CGCS

The Landings Club
Savannah,  GA
(912) 598-3547

AGCS Liaison
Philip Soukup
The Landings Club
Savannah, GA
(912) 695-8322



2017 Georgia GCSA Board of Directors Candidates

Scott Griffith - President
University of Georgia Golf Course

It’s hard for me to believe that I have been in this industry for 20 years now.  Time truly flies when you’re having fun.  The last 10 years I have been the Golf Course Superintendent at the University of Georgia Golf Course. I have been fortunate to work for an employee that understands the importance of what our association does for golf, the environment and the state of Georgia.  Other courses that I have been fortunate to work for in my 20 year tenure include Newnan Country Club, Sunset Hills Country Club and the Atlanta Athletic Club.

It truly has been an honor and privilege to serve the past two years as your Vice President.  I look forward to having the opportunity to fill some very big shoes and serve as your President.  The work that has been completed over the past two years has me excited about keeping our association on the current upward track. With the support from your Georgia GCSA board of directors and industry partners, I give you my word that I will work hard to look out for the best interest of the association.  I am asking for your vote of confidence in December and I look forward to serving one of the greatest associations.

Tim Busek - Vice-President
The Manor Golf & Country Club

My name is Tim Busek and I am seeking your support in becoming the next vice president of the Georgia GCSA. I have been the superintendent at The Manor Golf and Country Club for the past 12 years and spent the 10 years prior at The Atlanta Country Club in various roles from pinestraw layer, weedeater guy, irrigation tech, spray tech and eventually first assistant superintendent.  My involvement in both the Georgia GCSA and GCSAA began 18 years ago when I was volunteered to help Karen White set up a seminar by my mentor Mark Esoda.  This was one of the best decisions made for me as the number of contacts, friends and knowledge learned from the members of this association has been too many to count.

During the past 18 years I have served in various roles in our association. From volunteering for committee work, making coffee, setting up and tearing down events, loading and unloading Tenia’s car to spending the last 6 years as a board member most recently as Secretary/Treasurer. Although I have taken a slightly different path than most to my current position I wouldn’t change a day along my road even if I could. I am forever grateful to Mark Esoda and the members of this association for helping me along every step of the way. Our industry and the many amazing individuals in it changed the course of my life. I am seeking your support to continue the great efforts our association has made up to this point and ensure we stay ahead of the curve so we can all continue to do what we love to do.

Chris Steigelman, CGCS - Vice-President
THe Landings Club

It has been my sincere privilege to serve the Superintendents, Assistants and Industry Partners in our state as a member of the board of directors and if selected, I would be honored to serve as your vice president for the next 2 years.  As a 14 year member of the association, I have been involved in many facets of the GGCSA. I have served on various committees over the years, both within our state and at the national level.  As superintendents, I believe we are battling more external pressures on our profession than at any time in history, this biggest of which is dealing with the perception of golf and the politics that go with it.  Restrictions are being placed on water, pesticides, labor and a myriad of other things important to us.  At the same time golfer expectations are rising, and many of our budgets have gotten tighter - This is why I believe we are at a critical time in the golf industry where we need to band together, more than ever to achieve success and promote golf.

Serving on the GGCSA board is about just that…Service to our industry.  Many great Superintendents before me, guys that have forgotten more than I’ll ever know, have served our profession and the years of strategic planning and hard work that they have done, along with the work of the many Assistants, Staff, and Industry Partners through the years have made the association what it is today…One of the most respected Superintendent Associations in the country.  I would like to thank the Nominating Committee for selecting me as a candidate for Vice- President and my family and Club for their support.  I would ask for your support to allow me to continue serving the Superintendents of our state as Vice President.

Joey Brown - Director
City of Griffin Golf Course

Serving on the Georgia GCSA Board for the last two years has been a truly great experience.  I have really had my eyes opened to the amount of work that is put in to making this the best chapter in the GCSAA.  Volunteering to help out has been a great experience for me personally and professionally.  I hope to continue in my role as a Board member with your support as I run for reelection.

I originally was interested in being a Board member to give back to the association that gives so much to its members.  It has been my pleasure to help out in any way that I have.  I would love to continue to give more back in the future.  One of the most rewarding parts of volunteering has been the relationships I have formed with some of my peers.  I hope to use these relationships to help make a difference in the industry and the association.  These are relationships that help me in my position at my course and also on the Board daily to be a better superintendent.  That is a huge part of what being in this industry is all about and I hope I can help current and future superintendents in the way some of the veterans in our industry help me.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity I have had over the last two years to serve on your Board of Directors and I ask you to consider me to serve another term.  Thank you for your time and consideration and support and I look forward to seeing you all in the future.

Nelson Caron - Director
The Ford Plantation

Thank you for the assurance you have placed in me over the years to serve on our State’s Association Board. It has been a wonderful experience working with other fellow superintendents and helping give back to an association and profession that has done so much for me. As a long-time board member, I truly understand the time, devotion and responsibility involved in serving our association and I am excited to serve another term if elected.

Since joining the Board in 2011, I have served in several different capacities. During my first few years I had the privilege of being the Research and Scholarship Committee Chairman. In this role, I worked on developing new strategies to present Rounds4Research to the public and developed new tactics to increase golf facility participation in the program. In addition, as the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, I worked with our Executive Director, Past Presidents, the Toro Company’s Jamie Pate and other superintendents to interview, evaluate and award the Legacy Scholarship to your sons and daughter… which was perhaps the most fun I have ever had as a Board member. As I gained more tenure on the Board I became the Chairman of the Government Relations Committee. In this role, I have had the opportunity to regularly speak at The Georgia Environmental Conference, the Southeast’s most comprehensive environmental educational event, about cutting-edge technologies for golf course maintenance and Best Management Practices. Becoming an environmental advocate for golf courses, golf course superintendents, golf course owners and our association was never something I planned for my career. However, stepping into this role has been rewarding and has helped draw attention to the daily work of golf course superintendents as stewards of the land.

I have been fortunate to be part of the GGCSA Board for the past several years. As a group, we have identified, addressed and conquered many challenges. I am eager to build on that momentum and ready to help tackle the issues that lie ahead for the association. I would welcome the opportunity to work alongside my fellow GGCSA Board members again to help keep our association and profession strong. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

Joey Franco, CGCS - Director
Cherokee Town & Country Club

As a Georgia GCSA Board of Director for the last two years, I am very proud to represent your organization both locally and nationally. The Georgia GCSA is one of the most influential chapters in the industry, but I didn’t know the importance this position entails when I initially requested your vote in 2015. After 2 years I truly understand the significance of leadership and integrity necessary to represent this great association and its membership. Volunteering as a BOD has introduced me to many different aspects of the industry, first is the relationships I have built, second the knowledge I have gained and most importantly the foundation built by our predecessors. Many challenges arise from governmental regulations to growing the game of Golf. Representing “YOU” is what strives me to develop different avenues of guidance for our membership through these changes. I would be honored to receive your vote and continue representing the Georgia GCSA as a Board of Director. Thank You!
Mark Hayes - Director
Marietta Country Club

It is an honor to be nominated for a position of the Georgia GCSA board of directors. I would like to begin by saying thank you to the individuals who nominated me for this position and the opportunity to serve. I have a great desire to give back to this association which has taught me so much, offered me opportunities and helped me meet some truly great friends who share my love for my profession.

Each time I attend a Georgia GCSA function I look forward to not only playing a great golf course, but learning and interacting with the other members of the association. It is this same great excitement and pride that I promise to carry with me onto a position on the board if chosen to serve.

As an avid golfer growing up, my passion for golf course maintenance started after being chosen for an internship at Atlanta Athletic Club under the direction of Ken Mangum, CGCS. During this internship, I learned all about summer weather in Georgia, bentgrass maintenance and also realized how much more there is to the profession than simply growing grass.

After graduating from Kansas State University, I was fortunate enough to land a job as an assistant at Peachtree Golf Club. During the seven years I worked for William Shirley, CGCS at Peachtree, he strongly encouraged me to be active in the Georgia GCSA, and I was given the opportunity to attend many events and seminars.

I was on the team that created the assistant superintendent board of directors, which mirrors the Georgia GCSA board to help grow the assistant superintendent role in the association. I also served as treasurer and president for this group. I have also represented the Georgia GCSA with Habitat for Humanity by teaching a landscape class, and enjoy helping out at different Georgia GCSA golf outings.

For the past four years I have been the superintendent at Marietta Country Club. During that time my assistants and I have been very active in Georgia GCSA seminars and golf functions. Our Georgia chapter is an example of perfection for all the other associations in the country, and I will not take lightly the privilege of serving if chosen. Please consider me for a position on the Georgia GCSA board of directors so that I can continue to provide a resource for my fellow superintendents and friends.

Lydell Mack - Director
Big Canoe Golf Club


I’m honored to have been selected by the nominating committee for candidate for the Board of Directors for the 2018-19 term.

Since first picking up a golf club at age nine, I knew I wanted to spend my days on a golf course.  Although I fancied myself playing golf for a living in those early years, circumstances and adolescent capriciousness soon turned my attention in other directions and I found myself on the turf management side of the industry – and I loved it.  I graduated from Fairview College in Alberta, Canada in 2000 with an associate’s degree in Turfgrass Management.

After coming to Georgia in 2002 from North Carolina, I worked at Augusta National Golf Club, and The River Club before landing in my current role as golf course superintendent at Big Canoe, in Marble Hill, GA.  At each stop along the way I’ve been taught by gentlemen who have been great examples of the volunteer spirit within our association, and that spirit has been passed on to me.  I’ve served the association at the committee level for seven years, and have volunteered at the GCSAA level for two.  I feel that serving as a board member for the GGCSA is the next progression for me in my personal development, and I trust that with my experience at the committee level, my strong work ethic, and my motivation to make Georgia the top chapter in the country, I will serve the association well over the next two years.

With your vote, I promise to work hard on your behalf to fully support directives that are good for all association members, and to do my part in continuing Georgia’s part as an industry leader in promoting the golf course superintendents’ role in the future of golf.

Jeff Miller - Director
The Harbor Club

My appreciation for our Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association begins from beyond state lines. As a student at Michigan State University I had the opportunity to attend several local chapter events in Michigan.  With that said, I can’t say enough about our Association and the job it does.  While attending Georgia Chapter events, I always feel as though I’m amongst the best Superintendents in the country and part of an Exclusive Chapter with great tradition.  The friendships and contacts made through the years while attending events is truly priceless.

My time spent living in Georgia has been extraordinary.  I’ve worked for exceptional leaders at both Reynolds Lake Oconee and Atlanta Country Club.  It was under CGCS Mark Esoda’s guidance when association involvement and the importance of giving back to our profession really hit home.  His service, dedication, knowledge and thirst for more was truly inspiring. 

Since arriving as Superintendent at the Harbor Club on Lake Oconee in 2012, I’ve served the previous three years on the GGCSA golf committee, and most recently been nominated President of a Home Owners Association in 2016.  When not attending to bentgrass greens, my time spent giving back continues to be of great personal importance, and the GGCSA is certainly most deserving of that time.    

When recently asked by our current leaders to run for the Board of Directors it was a “no brainer”.  While most might consider it a privilege, and it is, I consider it a duty after all of the benefits that have been provided to me from our GGCSA.  Our Association is strong because of the unselfish leaders before us who volunteered their time, and current leaders who strive to improve upon their foundation.  We owe it to those who have served, our membership, and the future generations of Georgia Superintendents to carry on our Association’s storied tradition.  I would embrace the opportunity to carry on the torch and lead our Association with great diligence and pride. I thank the current leaders for their nomination and thank you in advance for your consideration in a future leadership role for our great Association.                                          

Patrick Reinhardt - Director
Georia Southern University Golf Course

It has been an honor to serve the Georgia GCSA as a member of the board of directors for the past 2 years, and I am proud to be nominated to once again serve this great organization.  I have been a proud member of the Georgia GCSA since 2004, and I have served on multiple committees during that time.  During the past 2 years I have served as the co-chairman for the Public Relations and Education Committees.

Prior to my board service, I understood the importance of serving the organization through committee service.  What I did not understand at the time was the level of passion and commitment that the directors have for the Georgia GCSA.  The relationships that are created while being on the board are second to none.  Being able to interact with fellow board members, industry partners, and organization members has afforded me the opportunity to see our industry from multiple sides.  As a superintendent at a public golf facility in south Georgia, I see and understand the struggles that our industry faces.  I am prepared to face those challenges with my fellow directors if I were re-elected.

Our chapter has grown to be one of the strongest and most influential chapters in the country due to the strong leadership that we have had in the past.  I ask for your vote as we continue to be proactive and address issues and fight for the needs of our membership and the game of golf.  Thank you for your support, and I would be honored to continue to serve you and the Georgia GCSA.

Brad Tremmier - Director
RiverPines Golf

Being nominated for the Board of Directors is a distinct honor and privilege. I have been an active member since the year 2000.  In that time, I have served on the membership, industrial relations and golf committees. Throughout my career in Atlanta, several influential colleagues have impressed upon me the importance of serving the Georgia Chapter. An impression I continue to share with fellow industry participants. My service time has been rewarding and has reinforced to me that the Georgia GCSA is one of the most nationally influential chapters.

My career began in 1999 at Barrington Hall in Macon, Georgia where I immediately became enamored with the golf maintenance industry. In an effort to enhance my knowledge of the industry and further my career, in 2001, my wife and I moved to Alpharetta, Georgia.  There I became second assistant at Atlanta National Golf Club and about 2 years later accepted the first assistant position at White Columns Country Club. In 2006, I received my first Head Superintendent Position at Polo Golf and Country Club.  Six years later, I accepted my current position as Head Superintendent at RiverPines Golf in Johns Creek, Georgia.

If elected to the Board, I will continue to honor my colleagues and the industry that shapes me professionally.  I will continue to promote and assist in the advancement of the golf industry and my fellow superintendents. I will serve you to the best of my abilities and sincerely appreciate all support as I set forth on a new and exciting opportunity. This nomination is truly humbling.

Thank you.

Georgia GCSA Committee Chairs
AGCS Committee
Joey Franco, CGCS, Chairman
Philip Soukup, Co-Chair

Southern AGCS Committee
Chris Steigelman, CGCS, Chairman
Philip Soukup, Co-Chair

Patrick Reinhardt, Chairman
Joey Brown, Co-Chair
Tommy Hewitt|

Lane Singleton, Chairman
Wally Gresham, Co-Chair

Governement Relations
Nelson Caron, Chairman
Scott Griffith, Co-Chair

Industrial Relations
Greg Burleson, CGCS, Chairman
Scott Griffith, Co-Chair

Member Relations/Advocacy
Kyle Macdonald, Chairman

Public Relations/Social Media
Patrick Reinhardt, Chairman
Wally Gresham, Co-Chair

Turf Research & Scholarship
Tommy Hewitt, Chairman
Kyle Macdonald, Co-Chair

Chris Steigelman, CGCS, Chairman
Tim Busek, Co-Chair

If you would like to volunteer on a Georgia GCSA Committee - please contact the 
Georgia GCSA headquarters at (706) 376-3585 or e-mail the committee chairman.


"Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association"

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Membership in the Georgia GCSA is open to any individual directly involved in the turf industry. Golf course superintendents, assistants, employees of members, manufacturers, distributors, educators, turf maintenance professionals, turfgrass students and specialists are all welcome. Membership classifications are assigned according to the Georgia GCSA Bylaws.

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