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President's Message

Brian Benedict

The mild winter allowed us all to work outdoors through the winter with little disturbance from Mother Nature. The lack of ground freeze and hardening off makes me wonder about the resiliency of the turf coming out of winter. We have not had a mild winter like this in some time so it will be interesting to observe how the turf reacts in the early spring. Growing degree day models are significantly ahead of years past with many of us already thinking about seed head controls and annual bluegrass weevil migrations. Cornell offers a great growing degree day model for seed head control timing in our area . And thanks to the combined efforts of Syngenta, NYSTA and our association in conjunction with the NYS DEC, we are now able to use Acelypryn and Ference for white grub and weevil control.


On February 26th we were well represented by Tom Kaplun, Joe Gardner, Brent Peveich, Luke Knutson and John Carlone at NYS Lobby Day at the Capital Building in Albany. I would like to thank for them for representing Long Island as they advocated for sound, science-based environmental legislation that implements and accepts self-governed Best Management Practices as a far better alternative to the numerous bans and restrictions currently being proposed. The issues discussed at Lobby Day are of the utmost important to our industry and we hope that the open dialog we have with legislators puts the importance of golf courses to the NYS economy at the forefront of the environmental legislative decision making. However, we continue to need your help demonstrating the environmental stewardship in which golf courses are managed. I encourage you all to visit the New York Golf Foundation website via this link and begin developing your own facility BMP.


On March 18th we will host the annual Assistants Career Day at Bethpage State Park in the Tillinghast Room. We are thrilled to have two dynamic speakers joining us who both have extensive experience in the industry. Dave Oatis, former USGA agronomist, will be joining us to discuss methods of successful communication while also reflecting on his 30 plus years as the Northeast Agronomist for the USGA. Greg Wojick, a 30 plus year superintendent and co-founder of Playbooks for Golf, will offer insight into utilizing modern technology to market yourself with a focus on developing your interpersonal skills. The seminar is free to all assistants and we encourage all assistants to attend. You can sign up at!/ASSISTANTS-CAREER-DAY-03-18/p/92626205/category=0.


The Golf Committee has a great line up of courses set for the golf meeting calendar. Two-ball signups will be coming out in the coming weeks. In May we will kick off the season at East Hampton Golf Club. In June we will return to Bethpage for the Scholarship Fundraiser on the Red Course. In August we will be at North Hempstead Country Club for the Scholarship Awards golf meeting and the Assistant’s Event will be held in October at Plandome Country Club. We are still looking for a course to host our Superintendent/Club Official event in September or October. If you are interested in hosting the event or any event please contact Luke Knutson at


The upcoming year is an exciting time for our association. The completion of the re-classified LIGCSA will be completed by years end and we are looking forward to the formation of the Charitable Foundation (C3) division of the LIGCSA. Enjoy the rest of your winter and we look forward to seeing you all at these great events.



Brian A. Benedict





Past Presidents

1955-1960: William Sloan  •  1961: Frank Zukosky  •  1962-1968: James Manka  •  1969-1971:  Joseph Moisa

1972: Leo Lombardi  •  1973-1975: Melvin Lucas, Jr., CGCS  •  1976-1978: Joseph Brucia  •  1979-1981: Edward Fufaro

1982: Peter Bass  •  1982-1984: Richard McGuinness  •  1985: David Parsons  •  1986: Richard Struss, CGCS

1987-1988: Robert Kamp, CGCS  •  1989-1990  •  Steve Matuza, CGCS, MG  •  1991-1992: John McPike  •  1993-1994: Charles Cross
1995: Lynn O'Neil  •  1996-1997: William Jones  •  1998-1999: Tom McAvoy, CGCS  •  1999-2002: Edward Butler
2003: Richard McGuinness  •  2004-2005: Steven M. Sweet  •  2006-2008: John D. Carlone, CGCS

2009-2010: Russ MacPhail  •  2011-2012: John J. Genovesi, CGCS  •  2013-2014: Craig Currier
2015-2017: Eric O'Neill


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