Keith Ihms, CGCS, elected president of national golf association

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Keith A. Ihms, CGCS
GCSAA President

Certified Golf Course Superintendent Keith A. Ihms, director of grounds maintenance at the Country Club of Little Rock (Ark.), was elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) at the association's annual meeting Feb. 6 in Orlando, Fla.

The annual meeting was held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show (Feb. 1-6).

Ihms has served as director of grounds maintenance at the Country Club of Little Rock (Ark.); superintendent at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas; Pine Forest Country Club in Houston; Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club in Humble, Texas; and Golf Crest Country Club, Pearland, Texas.

A 33-year GCSAA member, Ihms is a member of the Arkansas GCSA and a past president of the Lone Star GCSA, the North Texas GCSA and the South Texas GCSA. He is also a member and past president of the Texas Turfgrass Association and a member of the USGA Green Section Committee. A native of Llano, Texas, Ihms graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in agronomy.

John J. O'Keefe, CGCS, the director of golf course management at Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, N.J., was elected vice president, and Peter J. Grass, CGCS, the superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., was elected secretary/treasurer.

Bill H. Maynard, CGCS at St. Albans Country Club in St. Louis, and Rafael Barajas, CGCS at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif., were elected to two-year terms on the board of directors. Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, natural resource leader at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio, was appointed by the board to fill the remaining year of Grass' two-year term as a director.

Darren J. Davis, the superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., and John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club, remain on the board with one year remaining in their two-year director terms.

Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, general manager at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., will serve on the board for one year as immediate past president. Sandy G. Queen, CGCS, manager of golf course operations for the city of Overland Park (Kan.), retires from the board after serving the last year as immediate past president.

About GCSAA and the EIFG

GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit www.eifg.org.