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President's Message

Brian Benedict

Ladies & Gentlemen,


With the Winter of 2019 behind us we now set our sights on golf course cultural practices and the "Spring Ahead".  The LIGCSA Board has brainstormed and planned a great calendar of events for our members and guests for the upcoming season and we hope to see you at all of them. I'd like to thank Nate Tompkins, Brent Peveich and Pine Hollow C.C. for hosting our Assistant Superintendent Educational Seminar on March 21st. We had a great turnout and awesome content provided by Dr. Carol Rau and interaction with our Superintendent Panel consisting of Tom McAvoy, John Carlone and Luke Knutson.


As we all know Bethpage will be hosting the PGA Championship on the Black Course during the week of May 13 - 19.  We will be hosting a Social Event at the Bethpage Maintenance Facility on Tuesday afternoon, May 14th. We invite you to come out and watch some practice rounds and attend the BBQ at maintenance from 3pm on.  We have coordinated with Andy Wilson and are making parking passes available to park on the Green Course that day for the BBQ Social, please contact Lyn Ritchie and she can mail you a parking pass in advance.  Our first golf meeting is just around the corner as Pine Hollow will host the Spring Golf Meeting on Monday, May 20th, please keep an eye out for alert emails and sign up on the LIGCSA website.


Over the course of the winter many legislative bills were being created and discussed across party lines in Albany. The LIGCSA working with NYSTA, NYAFEC, Met GCSA and other associations have been working on the front lines locally and in Albany to battle and quell these bills. Glyphosate, to Chlorpyrifos, to Atrazine, Metalaxyl (Mefenoxam), Imidacloprid (Merit) and nitrogen fertilizer have all been bantered about and discussed to reduce or ban. Through science and the work of the NYS Best Management Practices we have been able to discuss, represent and show the responsible nature our industry uses these specific products and all the products in the green industry tool box. I would recommend that everyone utilize the NYS-BMP Website, familiarize yourself with the recommendations and even offer to partake in a case study at your own facility. If you are interested in doing a case study at your facility please feel free to reach out to myself, Tom Kaplun or Ken Benoit and we can discuss the parameters and options for a specific study to take place and publish on the website.


I hope you all have a great start to the spring season. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming LIGCSA Events. Please refer to the LIGCSA Website Calendar for updates and meeting sites.




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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