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Dykstra, Easterbrook join GCSAA Foundation Board of Trustees

Philanthropic organization of GCSAA advances the work of golf course management professionals

Lawrence, Kan. (Feb.20, 2024) – Douglas D. Dykstra, certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) and director of agronomy and facilities at White Mountain Country Club in Pinetop, Ariz., and John Easterbrook, chief member officer for the PGA of America, have been appointed to the board of trustees for the GCSAA Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Dykstra also serves on the board of directors for GCSAA. A 31-year GCSAA member, he is a member and past president of the Cactus and Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association. He also previously served as president of the Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents Association and secretary/treasurer of the West Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association. 


Easterbrook became the PGA’s first chief member officer in 2017 and is a 35-year PGA member. Before joining the PGA staff, Easterbrook spent 20 years as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Troon.

“Doug and John bring a wealth of experience in the golf industry that will help the Foundation advance our mission,” said Jeff L. White, CGCS, GCSAA and GCSAA Foundation president. “We look forward to Doug and John providing their insights as the Foundation works to fund critical programs and research leading to innovation that ensures the long-term sustainability of golf courses and the business of golf.”

The GCSAA Foundation secures funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education, and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. It was founded in 1955 as the Scholarship & Research Fund for GCSAA.

The board of trustees is composed of four GCSAA directors and one representative each from the USGA, PGA Tour and PGA of America. The trustees are responsible for advancement, policies, and general review of the mission and goals of the organization.

The current board also includes T.A. Barker, CGCS (GCSAA vice president); Paul L. Carter, CGCS (GCSAA secretary/treasurer); Emily Palmer (USGA) and Paul Vermeulen (PGA Tour).

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 20,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through the 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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