Western District History

    Western Michigan GCSA History
    By: John Fulling, CGCS and MiGCSA President 2008


    The “Western Michigan Turf Association” was founded in 1938 to serve its members needs through communication, fellowship and continuing education. The WMTA’s geographic region stretched from Jackson west to the Lakeshore and from Cadillac south all the way to the state line.

    The association was incorporated on August 23, 1963. The original founders were L.L. Anderson, George W. Field, William C. Miller, Arthur M. Young, L.E. Dustin, George Graber, Robert G. Spoelma, Alexander Wilson, Joel C. Case, Joseph Feringa, Harold Peck, Roy Peck, Donald A. Ross, Leslie L. Peck, Robert E.L. Ellis, Carl Andre, W. Bruce Matthews and Kyran Mitchelson.

    The Association officially changed its name to the Western Michigan Golf Course Superintendent’s Association on May 10, 1966 at the urging of Norm Kramer, then superintendent at The Point O’ Woods Country Club, who had just been elected director of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. Norm Kramer went on to be west Michigan’s first and only GCSAA President in 1970.

     Our earliest records begin at a regular meeting on October 1, 1963. At the time the Board Consisted of :
    President:                  George Graber

    Vice President           Bob Spoelma

    Sec / Treas                 Clare Ferguson

    Directors                     Joel Case

                                          Darl Scott

                                          David Heiss

                                          Harold Peck

                                          Don Rose

    Past President           Roy Peck


    The meeting was held at the Anchor Inn on Gull Lake and hosted by Darl Scott who, after the meeting gave the 47 members in attendance a tour of his new Gull Lake View Golf Course.

    We would love to have any records that date before 1963. If anyone has an idea where some may be, please let us know.
    Since the renaming of the Association in 1966 the WMGCSA grew to many times it’s size and at it’s peak had more than 300 members. The mission had never changed and remains the same today!


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