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President's Message

Brian Benedict

I hope you all are well and practicing social distancing to suppress the spread of the Corona Virus.  We all are struggling with the pandemic on a personal and professional level and the LIGCSA Board wants you to know that we are here to support you in any way we can. Many of us are dealing with reduced labor forces with the season approaching which makes our jobs even more challenging than they normally are.


The Shelter in Place / Essential Worker Executive Order will be extended through April 29th, 2020 and we need to be vigilant and safe with our crews and families to reduce the spread of the virus. The safety and health of one another is paramount as we face this pandemic while balance our ability to work and perform our jobs.  The letter crafted by Joe Gardner and Tom Kaplun created the way for minimum maintenance for our courses according to the Governor’s E.O.  The letter was also utilized by several other Northeast chapters outside NYS as a template to solicit their own state legislatures as well so a big thank to Tom & Joe.


Below is a link created by the GCSAA in partnership with the USGA to define “Minimum Maintenance Standards”, please refer to it if you have any questions so you are operating within acceptability.


I wanted to let you know about some initiatives taking place on the national level:

- 45 States now have Executive Orders in Place

- 31 States are Allowing Golf Maintenance

- 13 States Golf is Prohibited but Maintenance is Allowed

- 1 State has Prohibited Golf Course Maintenance (MN)


Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Relief Bill will be taking center stage in the coming weeks.


The GCSAA also has a COVID-19 Resource Page on their website for you to refence if you have any questions or are seeking information to implement at your facilities:


Also please keep in mind that they’re several webinars available from NYSTA, Syngenta, Rutgers and Cornell Short Cutt to help you during the pandemic with your cultural programs utilizing video conferencing.


Additionally, we will be putting out an Association Survey amongst all our members soliciting your feedback on pertinent questions regarding your operation and staffing. This information we hope to share with the membership to help in any way we can navigating these uncharted waters. Please keep an eye out in the coming days for the survey email from Lyn.

Please stay safe and if you or anyone that you know needs anything from myself or the LIGCSA Board please feel free to call on us at any time.





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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