EXCEL Leadership Program

Funded by NuFarm

The Excel Leadership Program offers leadership training for personal, career, and community/industry stewardship for assistant superintendents; the future leaders in the golf course management industry. Applications for the 2018 program are due by Nov. 3, 2017. Apply now.

Learn more about EXCEL with the Oct. 19 webinar

Find out more about this great opportunity for Class C GCSAA members with a free, 30-minute webinar on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. (Central). Learn what you can gain by being a part of EXCEL and how easy it is to apply for this one-of-a-kind professional education program. Register now.


E — Educating golf industry leaders of tomorrow.
X — Cross-training opportunities so they can share what they have learned.
C — Creating community leaders who serve more than take.
E — Encouraging future leaders through advisory boards and councils.
L — Developing leaders who will mentor others.

The program

The EXCEL Leadership Program features two, two-day education and training sessions and a trip to the annual Golf Industry Show for assistant golf course superintendents. The education and travel for 2018 includes:

  • Golf Industry Show, Feb. 4-9 in San Antonio, Texas
  • Spring Meeting, April 16-18, at GCSAA headquarters, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Fall Meeting, Oct. 1-3, at Nufarm, Chicago
Applications for the 2018 EXCEL Leadership Academy are due by Nov. 3, 2017. Apply now


To be considered, a GCSAA Class C member must complete the application and respond to two pre-selected essay questions. Up to 12 assistant superintendents will be selected for this opportunity to develop their leadership skills over a three-year period.

Applicants must be:

  • Currently employed as an assistant golf course superintendent with the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) or Canada.
  • A Class C member of GCSAA
  • Able to participate for three full years
  • Not be working for current members of the GCSAA Board of Directors or EIFG Board of Trustees, children of GCSAA or Nufarm staff, or current employees of those organizations.