Last Update :11/14/2011
VGCSA Assistants Forum a Success at Dominion Valley CC
GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans as Keynote Speaker
L-R: Dave Callahan, Keith Happ, Mark Vaugh, Ray Nash, Eric Spurlock, Jeff Berg, Charlie Fultz, Mark Cote, Rhett Evans
The third annual VGCSA Assistants Forum took place in November in a new region, and with 87 attendees at Dominion Valley Country Club, it was the most successful one to date! Previous events were at Farmington CC and the Country Club of Virginia, and each successive event has seen continued growth.
This year’s rendition was highlighted by the keynote speech delivered by GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. Evans was candid in his remarks, acknowledging the challenges of today’s economy, and reminding assistants that “the strong will survive.” He related recent trends with graphs and analysis. Following his presentation, the assistants roundtable took place, with panelists Keith Happ (USGA Green Section), Ray Nash (host superintendent, Dominion Valley CC), Mark Cote (Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech), Mark Vaughn (Goodyear CC) and Evans. VGCSA Past President Eric Spurlock acted as moderator, posing questions about the profession to the panel.
As usual, Charlie Fultz opened the meeting, thanking Presenting Partners Grigg Brothers and all five VGCSA local associations, GWGCSA, ODGCSA, TTA, VTA and SVTA. VGCSA Assistants Committee Chair David Callahan (Hidden Valley CC) coordinated the program and introduced speakers.
Following the education, participants enjoyed a golf outing and reception afterwards. Matt Dryden and Matt Sobotka of Spring Creek GC won low gross, while Ray Nash (Dominion Valley CC) and Bo Jumbercotta (Landscape Supply) won low net.
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