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GCSAA's CEO Rhett Evans reaches summit of Mt. Everest

Lawrence, Kan. (May 28) Rhett Evans, the CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America goes to work every day for the organizations ‘over 20,300 members.

He’s used to taking on various challenges, as the GCSAA CEO and as a hobby is an avid mountain climber. 

But he doesn’t just climb any mountain. He takes on the highest peaks in the world and recently embarked on a 45 day journey to take on his biggest challenge, climbing Mount Everest. 


On Friday, after enduring several setbacks including an injury to his arm and an injury to his leg requiring a helicopter to airlift him for medical attention, he persevered and was able to reach the summit at the “top of the world”, the top of Mount Everest. 


Throughout the journey, he carried his organizations’ flag as well as GCSAA patches on his outerwear as a symbol of taking all of the organization’s 20,300 plus members on his climb to recognize the incredible journey superintendents take every day in their Essential Role delivering a great day of golf for golfers around the world. 


When he reached the 29,029 feet summit he unfolded the GCSAA flag he carried to celebrate the occasion with all members around the globe. 

An incredible journey and incredible story of perseverance, and camaraderie with his members and the entire golf industry who have been following him on social media and cheering him on. 

We congratulate Evans on this achievement.

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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