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 2021 program will open after the Golf Industry Show.


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 2020 includes:

  • Golf Industry Show, Jan. 25-30, in Orlando
  • Spring Meeting, May 4-6, National Golf Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
  • Fall Meeting, TBD


To be considered, a GCSAA Class C member must complete the application and respond to two pre-selected essay questions. Up to eight 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 within 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.

Class One

  • Jens Arneson, Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison, Wis.
  • Travis M. Cook, The Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Phillip A. Fischer, Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Zachary Fleeger, Stowe Mountain Club in Stowe, Vt.
  • Richard K. Haines, Twin Orchard Country Club – Red Course in Long Grove, Ill.
  • Stephen Hicks, Brantford Golf & Country Club in Brantford, Ontario, Canada
  • Joshua S. Lemons, Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minn.
  • Jessica K. Lenihan, Hayden Lake Country Club in Hayden, Idaho
  • Tyler R. LePore, Talisker Club at Tuhaye in Park City, Utah
  • Mitchell E. Savage, Broken Tee Golf Course in Englewood, Colo.
  • Steven Shavel, Raymond Memorial Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio

Class Two

  • Hunter Brewer, FarmLinks Golf Club in Sylacauga, Ala.
  • Nicholas Carothers, Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.
  • Chad Gilkison, Cherry Creek Country Club in Denver, Colo.
  • Matthew Legg, Weston Golf and Country Club Ltd. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Anthony Minniti, Inness NY LLC in New York, N.Y.
  • Brett Oxley, Bunn Golf Course in Springfield Park District, Ill.
  • Daniel Palin, The Club at Arrow Creek in Reno, Nev.
  • Conrad Pannkuk, The Club at Wynstone in Lake In The Hills, Ill.
  • Marty Savage, Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colo.
  • Mike Teatum, Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, N.Y.

Class Three

  • Aaron Butler, Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Ill.
  • Kyle Gentry, Pinehurst #2 at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Carey Hofner, The Club at Cordillera in Edwards, Colo.
  • Kendra Kiss, Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario, Canada
  • Mark Lyon, Teton Pines Resort and Country Club in Jackson, Wyo.
  • Evan McFadden, Broken Top Club in Bend, Ore.
  • Nicholas Mortara, Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury, Conn.
  • Billy Schmohl, Glenwild Golf Club and Spa in Park City, Utah