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EXCEL Leadership Program names eight assistant superintendents to fifth class

Funded by Nufarm, the EXCEL Leadership Program offers leadership training for future leaders in golf course management

Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 20, 2022) – Eight assistant superintendent members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) have been chosen for the fifth class of the EXCEL Leadership Program, which is funded by Nufarm and administered by the GCSAA Foundation.

The three-year program offers leadership training for personal, career and community/industry stewardship exclusively for assistant superintendents. The EXCEL Leadership Program focuses on education, cross-training and creating, encouraging and developing community leaders. 


The EXCEL Leadership Program features two, three-day education and training sessions and a trip to the annual GCSAA Conference and Trade Show. The 2022 class will attend the Fall Meeting Oct. 4-6, in Frisco, Texas, the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show Feb. 6-9 in Orlando, Fla., and the Spring Meeting in 2023 with details to be announced later.

“Assistant superintendents are the next generation of leaders in the golf course management industry,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “I congratulate the members selected for the latest EXCEL Leadership Program class and applaud their commitment to professional development. Their participation in this program will undoubtedly make a positive impact on their careers and the future of the industry.”

The members of the 2022 EXCEL Leadership Program are:

  • Matthew Becker of Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minn.
  • Chad Blank of Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
  • Morgan Creighton of Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
  • Cade Cutchen of Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif.
  • William Dennis IV of Hendersonville Country Club in Hendersonville, N.C.
  • Mark Jones Jr. of Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, Md.
  • Nick Klinkhammer of Golden Valley Country Club in Golden Valley, Minn.
  • Eric Langford of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.

“As the exclusive sponsor of the EXCEL Leadership Program, Nufarm welcomes these select individuals to the 2022 class!” said Chris Fronczek, golf market manager for Nufarm. “For the past five years, Nufarm has underwritten EXCEL as part of our commitment to investing in the personal and professional advancement of assistant superintendents who make up the industry’s future leaders.”

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to secure funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education, and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Visit the Foundation at

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