Rafael Barajas, CGCS, was elected secretary/treasurer at the association's annual meeting, Feb. 9, 2017, in Orlando.
He was first appointed to the board at the 2011 annual meeting in Orlando, was elected to the board at the 2012 meeting in Las Vegas, and re-elected at the 2014 meeting in Orlando.
Barajas is the director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Plantation and Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Previously, he was the superintendent at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif., since 1996. In addition, he served as the superintendent at Palm Desert (Calif.) Country Club, the director of golf course maintenance at Desert Lakes Golf Club in Fort Mohave, Ariz., and as a superintendent at various courses for American Golf Corp. He has a certificate in turfgrass management from the University of California, Riverside.
A 31-year GCSAA member, Barajas has served on a number of association committees and task groups. He has also been a representative for the GCSA of Southern California at the chapter delegates meetings.
Barajas is a member of the Hi-Lo Desert GCSA, a member of the Central California GCSA,
Barajas resides in Boca Raton, Fla., with his wife, Yolanda, their daughter, Veronica, and three sons, Daniel, Rafael Jr. and Marco Antonio.