Our members enjoy a host of benefits and services to help them excel professionally and enhance the game of golf and all it contributes to the economic, social and environmental well-being of our region. We serve as a platform for members to come together and share information among themselves and establish networks of support and advice.
Included below are quick links to becoming a member or sponsor, and payments.
CLASS A MEMBER
Regular Member – Any person of good character who has served as a golf course superintendent for a period of three years, and is employed as, and maintains the status as a golf course superintendent. This law and send proof of such upon payment of dues. This member may vote and hold office.
CLASS SM MEMBER
Golf Course Superintendent – Any person of good character who has served as a golf course superintendent for a period of less than three years, and is employed as, and maintains the status as a golf course superintendent. These members have no voting power and may attend business meetings only by majority vote of the Executive Committee.
CLASS C MEMBER
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent – Any person of good character who has served as an assistant golf course superintendent and is currently employed in such capacity. These members must be employed by a regular member, have no voting power, and may attend business meetings or regular meetings only by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
CLASS F MEMBER
Affiliated – All reclassifications and applications must be a business firm and other organization that meets with ASSOCIATION APPROVAL and are interested in the growing, management, or production of turfgrass. As of January 1, 1973, one applicant from each firm may apply for this classification of membership. Such representatives shall have such privileges of the Association as the Executive Committee may specify from time to time, which shall not include voting and holding office.
CLASS H MEMBER
Honorary Membership – Those persons so voted by the Association for their service to the turfgrass industry.
A member must be permanently retired form all fields of endeavor in which the Association is interested. Must have been a member for twenty-five (25) years as a Class A member. The Association will honor tenure from the GCSAA and other local associations totaling ten (10) years plus fifteen (15) years with the LIGCSA. Class R members shall have all the privileges of the Association except holding office.
Any individual, as approved by the Association, to be apprised of general Association business that is mutually beneficial.
The Long Island Golf Course Superintendent's Association is proud to invest in our future. Given the rising costs of secondary education today, we are all lucky to have such a strong Association that can provide financial assistance to the children of members. From the beginning, the goal of this program was to ensure that member's children who qualify would have an easier time funding their education. As an Association, we are pleased to report that since the programs inception in 2006, we have handed out over $116,750 in financial assistance to our members children. Our goal is to continue to expand this effort for future generations.
Money for the Scholarship Fund is raised in several ways. $25.00 of every A, SM, C and F Class member’s dues is designated for the fund. The association holds an annual Christmas raffle with all proceeds designated for fund. Some 50/50 raffle proceeds from our monthly meetings are designated for the fund, and finally we occasionally receive donations specifically designated for this fund. The scholarship funds not given out each year are invested in an interest bearing account for the sole purpose of future awards.
JASPER BRADLEY – Jasper is the son of John and Debbie Bradley. John is the superintendent of Quogue Field Club in Quogue. Jasper is entering his junior year at Mount St. May’s College in Newburgh, NY. He is majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing. Jasper plays on the baseball team at Mount St. Mary’s.
CHRIS BRESNAHAN – Chris is the son of John and Tami Bresnahan. John is the Syngenta Technical Sales Representative for the Long Island area area. Chris is entering his sophomore year at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. He is majoring in Environmental Science.
JAMES CHOINSKI – James is the son of Jimmy and Allison Choinski. Jimmy is the superintendent at Southhampton Golf Club. James is entering graduate school at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY to earn a MS in Accounting. James received his Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.
RYAN FRANCHESINI – Ryan is the son of Frank and Kerrie Franchesini. Frank is the superintendent of Indian Island GC in Riverhead. Ryan is entering his junior year at St. John’s University in Queens NY. Ryan is majoring in Biology, is on a pre-med track and aspires to be an optometrist.
JULIE HEMPHILL – Julie is the daughter of Jeff and Debbie Hemphill. Jeff is the superintendent of Nissequogue Golf Club. Julie is entering her first year at the Graduate School of Medicine at Hofstra University. Julie received her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Neuroscience with a double minor in Studio Arts and Chemistry.
KRISTEN HEMPHILL – Kristen is also the daughter of Jeff and Debbie Hemphill. Kristen is entering her sophomore year at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Kristen is currently a double major in English and Environmental Science.
JAMES JOYCE – James is the son of Tim and Patricia Joyce. Tim is the owner of Synergy Turf Supply and a longtime member of the LIGCSA. James attends the Culinary Institute of America in New Hyde Park, NY. When not attending school, James works at Piping Rock Club. After graduation, he hopes to be an Executive Chef.
CHRISTOPHER MCAVOY – Christopher is the son of Tom and Lesley McAvoy. Tom is the superintendent at Old Westbury Country Club. and a past president of LIGCSA. Chris is entering his fifth and final year of the CPA program at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. While at Fordham Chis majored in Accounting and minored in Business Law and Ethics.
BAILY O’NEILL – Baily is the granddaughter of retired member and past president Lynn O’Neill. Baily currently attends Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids MI. Upon completion of her associates degree at GRCC, Baily will transfer to Grand Valley State University to seek her Bachelor’s degree in English.
NICK PAQUETTE – Nick is the son of John and Roxy Paquette. John is the superintendent at Indian Hills in Northport. Nick is entering his junior year at SUNY New Paltz. Nick is majoring in Business. He plans to obtain his Bachelor’s degree then stay at New Paltz for a fifth year to earn his MBA. Nick plays on the basketball team at New Paltz and started as a freshman.
LINDSAY SWEET – Lindsay is the daughter of Steve and Annette Sweet. Steve is the superintendent at Mill River Country Club and an LIGCSA past president. Lindsay is entering her senior year at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. She is majoring in Community and International Development and also minoring in Community Entrepreneurship.
STEVEN SWEET – Steve is the son of Steve and Annette Sweet from Mill River Country Club. Steven is entering his sophomore year at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. Steven is attending the Tobin School of Business at St. John’s and is undecided on a major at this time. Steven is also a member of the East Norwich Fire Department and recently past his EMT certification exam.