2020 Award Information

North Texas GCSA Members,

We are approaching a very special time of the year when the association honors the many deserving members who have demonstrated an above and beyond effort and commitment to their golf facility, their association and their profession. Since 1972, the North Texas GCSA has honored a Superintendent each year with first the Superintendent of the Year Award, and beginning in 1987 the A.C. Bearden Superintendent of the Year Award and eventually as it has been known since 2014, the A.C. and Garry Bearden Superintendent of the Year Award. Each year, the winner is honored at the Annual Awards Banquet held in January.

At this time, we are seeking deserving nominations for the 2020 award. Nominations will be reviewed by the SOY Committee and the winner will be selected by a vote of the Class A and SM (B) Membership in December. Nominations can be made by any Class A or SM (B) member or by golf course officials. Nominations should be made in writing and must be submitted to the North Texas GCSA office no later than 5:00 pm, September 15, 2020.

As noted, North Texas GCSA Class A and SM (B) members are encouraged to nominate their deserving peers for this award. These types of nominations are very meaningful ways for members to honor their professional colleagues. All nominees will be specially recognized by the association through a congratulatory letter, and recognition in the North Texas GCSA Newsletter and Website.

Also an annual North Texas GCSA tradition is to ask course officials for nominations. We strongly encourage all members to share this message to the appropriate personnel at their course for their consideration. Superintendents by nature are modest in nature but we hope all members will share the information. Nominations will be accepted from General Managers, Golf Professionals, Club Officials, Golfers, Club Members or any other individual related to a golf facility who would like to make a nomination. Letters will also be sent to your General Manager, Club Official and Golf Professional.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00 pm on September 15, 2020. Nominations may be emailed to ntgcsa@gmail.com or mailed to the NTGCSA office at P.O. Box 121766, Fort Worth, TX 76121-2766. If you have questions regarding the process, contact a North Texas GCSA board member or the Chapter Executive at ntgcsa@gmail.com.

SOY – Club Official Letter

SOY – Head Golf Professional Letter

SOY – General Manager Letter

The North Texas GCSA is seeking applications for the 2020 Assistant Superintendent of the Year. Superintendents, please don’t pass up this opportunity to get your Assistant the recognition they deserve.


Beginning in 2017, the NTGCSA Board of Directors has awarded a top Assistant for their hard work and dedication to the industry. 

If you are a Superintendent and have an Assistant that you feel is deserving of this award, please pass on a copy of the application listed below. 

Each applicant is also asked to submit a Letter of Recommendation from their Superintendent. The submissions will be put before a committee and a winner chosen. The recipient of the award will be invited to the Annual Banquet in January 2021 to accept a plaque and $250.00 gift card. 

If you have any questions or need further information please  contact Carol Cloud at (817) 368-3002 or ntgcsa@gmail.com.

Click here for 2020 application

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By-Law Amendment Proposal



Below are the proposed bylaw changes for the North Texas Chapter of the GCSAA.  Please read through in advance of the Annual Meeting held October 5th.   The driving force behind these changes are:

Mirror the Member Classifications that the National has set.

Introduce SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) for the positions on the board of directors to assist with transition each year to a new board.

Give us some flexibility with the date of the Annual meeting.  As of now, it must be in the month of October per the bylaws. 

Please feel free to send me any questions in advance of the meeting.  Look forward to seeing everyone at Heritage Ranch in October.  

KD Davis      

North Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association
Proposed By-Laws Changes 2020

Article II Membership Classifications:  
SECTION 1.  Membership classes shall match GCSAA membership classes as appropriate  

SECTION 2. Membership Classes:  

Class AA – Life Members:  To qualify for Life Membership, one must have retired as a golf course superintendent or assistant golf course superintendent and have been a golf course superintendent or assistant golf course superintendent member of GCSAA for 25 years of which a minimum of 20 years has been as a golf course superintendent.   A life Member shall have all the rights of the Association except that of holding office.  Class AA-Life Members will pay no membership dues.  

Class A Member is a golf industry professional who possesses knowledge, skills and abilities through a combination of education, experience, professional development and environmental stewardship; and has met and continues to fulfill on-going Class A renewal requirements  

Class A – Retired:  To qualify for Class A – Retired status, one must not be currently employed as a golf course superintendent and have a minimum of five years of service as a Class A member.  The years of service as a GCSAA member when combined with the member’s age must equal or exceed 75 years. 

This member shall have all the rights of the Association afforded that classification, with the exception of holding office.  
Class B:  To qualify for Class B membership, an applicant shall be employed as a golf course superintendent and does not meet the additional qualifications for Class A membership.  Class B shall have all the rights of the Association, except that of holding office.  

International Superintendent Member: To qualify for International Superintendent Membership, individuals must be employed outside of the United States as a superintendent or head greenkeeper where a GCSAA Affiliated Chapter does not exist as otherwise permitted by the policies of the Board of Directors and shall be required to maintain a membership in his/her recognized “home” organization, if one exists.  International Superintendent Members shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

Class C – Assistant Golf Course Superintendent:  To qualify for Class C Membership, an applicant shall be an assistant to a golf course superintendent, and shall be presently employed in such capacity.  Class C Members shall have all the rights of the Association, except those of voting and holding office.

Equipment Manager: To qualify for Equipment Manager membership; an applicant shall be employed as an equipment manager, assistant equipment manager or mechanic/technician and shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

Class E – Educators:  To qualify for Class E Membership, an applicant must be an educator or extension officer.  Class E Members shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

Associate:  To qualify for Associate Membership, an applicant must be employed by a golf course superintendent at a golf course and does not qualify for membership under the Class A, Class B, Class C or Equipment Manager Bylaw’s definition.  Associate Members shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

Affiliate:  To qualify for Affiliate Membership, an applicant must be an individual, business firm or governmental body interested in golf course management and/or in the growing or production of fine turfgrass, either individually or through employment by, or other affiliation with, a company, proprietorship or association, and who does not qualify for membership in another class.  Affiliate Members shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

Honorary:  To qualify for Honorary Membership, the individual must be recognized by the Board of Directors for contributing in an outstanding manner to this Association or profession or related field.  This membership shall continue in effect unless otherwise revoked by the Board of Directors.  Honorary Members shall not be required to pay dues or assessments of the Association and shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

Student:  To qualify for Student Membership, an applicant must be a turfgrass student enrolled in a formal course of education, or have completed his or her formal education less than one (1) year prior to the date of application for membership provided one’s current employment does not qualify for membership under any other classification.  Student Members shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

Retired:  To qualify for Retired Membership, one must be retired and no longer seeking employment within the scope of activities of any membership class of the Association.  An applicant may apply for Retired Membership, the annual dues for which shall be set by the Board of Directors, but shall not exceed half the amount paid for the classification in which the member retires. There are two options for retirement: (1) Any member reaching age fifty-five (55), may retire and shall have all the rights of the Association afforded the member in his or her immediate previous classification, with the exception of holding office; or (2) Any member having completed a minimum of twenty (20) years of service in any membership classification may retire in that classification and shall have all of the rights of the Association afforded that classification, with the exception of holding office.  

Inactive:  An Inactive Member is an individual who, by reason of unemployment, illness or other adverse circumstances, has been placed in this class upon his or her application.  The Board of Directors shall have the authority to act on such application and to place a member on Inactive status subject to terms and conditions as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules.  

Facility Membership: To qualify for Facility Membership, an applicant must be a golf course facility that employs no current GCSAA member. Facility Members shall have all rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify in the Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.

Friend of the Golf Course Superintendent: To qualify for Friend membership, an applicant must be an individual who supports the golf course and does not qualify for membership in any other class. Friends of the Golf Course Superintendent shall have all rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify in the Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.  

SECTION 3.  Reclassification of Members:  All reclassifications of members shall be made by the Board of Directors, in accordance with Standing Rules adopted by it from time to time, or pursuant to directives adopted by the membership at any annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose.  

(a)  Voluntary Reclassification:  Any individual member may request a change in his or her membership classification to accord with a change in his or her qualifications for membership as set forth in Section 2 of this Article.   No retroactive status will be given for a change in classification greater than 45 days from the date of the requested change.  

(b)  Mandatory Reclassification:  All members, upon renewal of their annual membership, must clearly state their current employment status.  The determination of the appropriate classification of membership for each individual shall be made in accordance with the Standing Rules of Membership.  No retroactive status will be given for a change in classification greater than 45 days from the date of the requested change.  

SECTION 4.  Rights of Membership:  Except as otherwise provided herein, members of the North Texas GCSA shall have all of the rights of membership.  These rights shall include the following:  

(a)  Use the Association name, initials, and logo in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure and Guidelines established by the Board of Directors.  

(b)  Attend the annual meeting of the Association.  

(c)  Vote if a Class AA, A, B, or retired A, or B member.  

(d)  Hold office if a Class A member and actively employed as a golf course superintendent.  

*All mentions of Membership Classifications in the current By-Laws will reflect these changes if ratified, Article III – Privileges, Article VI – Dues and Assessments  

Article V – Organization and Government  

Add  

Section 7. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for standing and/or special committees shall be established by the Executive Committee and confirmed annually or as required by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  

Article VII – Meetings   Change – Current Verbiage  

The annual meeting shall be in October  

To – Proposed Verbiage  

The annual meeting will be held in the fourth quarter each year as confirmed by the Board of Directors with a 45 day declaration of meeting notice to the membership