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Kip Tyler, has been selected as the recipient of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award.

Kip was the superintendent at the Salem Country Club where he served for 38 years before retiring at the end of 2019. He is an Ohio native who spent time as an assistant superintendent at Medinah Country Club prior to his relocation to Salem. He earned a BS degree in Agronomy with a specialization in Turfgrass Management from Ohio State University.

While at Salem he hosted three championships of the United States Golf Association. The 1984 Women’s Open, 2001 Senior Open and the 2017 Senior Open. In addition, numerous Mass Golf and New England Golf championships have been held at Salem during Kip’s tenure.

One of Kip’s biggest challenges at Salem was dealing with turfgrass injury coming out of the winter of 2000-2001. The course was devastated from the widespread damage left from the ravages of winter. This was just months before the Senior Open was to be played and there was concern about the conditions during the upcoming championship. Not to worry. Kip and his team began the process of restoring the damaged turf and to some people’s surprise, the course was, almost miraculously, in immaculate condition for the 2001 Senior Open.  Kip, in his humble way, stated it was simply good agronomic practices that created the turnaround.

He was selected as the Superintendent of the Year in 2001. A national honor awarded by Golf News.

In addition to his endeavors at Salem, he has contributed to the betterment of the GCSA of New England in many ways. During his 38 years of membership he has been a director of the Association and served as newsletter editor for many years.

As one nominator stated, “Kip was always willing to assist, guide and educate his fellow superintendents.” Those who know Kip agree - he’s humble, a nice guy, always calm and goes about life with a smile.

He has made presentations to people in the golf industry at educational events sponsored by GCSAA, GCSANE, the Canadian Golf Course Superintendents Association, Maine GCSA, USGA Regional Conferences and other groups explaining his methods of producing excellent conditioning for players of all calibers to enjoy.

Kip’s talent extends beyond his expertise with turf. His skill with a camera has been recognized by the publication of his photos in promotional materials in GCSAA publications and various news articles about his practices at Medinah and Salem Country Club.

Kip and his wife Mary Lou, a CPA, are the proud parents of Christopher, a Physician Assistant who is employed by Landmark Health and Ben, a PGA Golf Professional, who is the City Tour Manager for Nextgengolf.



Dear GCSAA Members,

The world is a much different place than when we gathered in Orlando in January for the 2020 Golf Industry Show. It seems much longer ago than just five months. And as many of you have had to adjust or adapt your business operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so has GCSAA. Each summer, we begin revving up planning for the next conference and trade show. 2021 is no exception to that, but as we look toward Las Vegas, it is with a much different lens than in other years.

Our usual work of coordinating the gold standard education, networking opportunities and industry innovations you have come to expect continues, but we are also driven by the key question in the face of an uncertain world:

Can we produce a quality experience that meets the safety recommendations for COVID-19?

To help us prepare, we are developing five scenarios and mapping out what every activity would look like in each scenario. The five scenarios are based on potential pandemic threat levels.

Scenario One (low threat): Business as usual.
Scenario Two (minimal threat): Live event in Las Vegas with social distancing and large-gathering restrictions in place.
Scenario Three (moderate threat): Hybrid with a live event in Las Vegas and virtual event options.
Scenario Four (substantial threat): An all virtual event.
Scenario Five (significant threat): Event postponed or cancelled.

We were very fortunate that the 2020 GIS had already taken place before the virus took hold in most of the country. Many similar gatherings were postponed or cancelled this year, and we have been able to watch and learn from others.

Las Vegas
We are equally fortunate that Las Vegas, a city so dependent on tourism, is at the forefront of making sure visitors are safe. The city reopened its casinos on June 4, and the brand-new Las Vegas Convention Center, hotels and all venues are consulting with public health experts to redefine cleaning, safety and sanitation standards. The Global Risk Advisory Council’s STAR is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. The LVCC is one of the first convention centers to pursue this certification and should be accredited by the end of August.

The NFL’s 2021 Pro Bowl recently announced it plans to hold the event in Las Vegas on Jan. 31, and the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest tech industry event in the world, has announced it will go forward with its 2021 convention January 6-9 at the new LVCC. We too are currently moving ahead with hosting our event in Las Vegas.

In addition to keeping an eye on the latest data and the status of other events, we also want to know what your level of comfort is in attending a live event. In mid-August, we will be conducting a survey of members to gauge your sentiment on traveling and any other factors that could affect your attendance. In October, we will have a follow up survey in case circumstances have changed. Using this information and guidance from health and venue officials, we will decide on the best scenario for all involved in October, with registration opening in November.

With so much uncertainty in the world, it is difficult to know where we will be at the start of 2021. However, I am certain that GCSAA is putting your safety and comfort first when it comes to planning the conference and show. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Rhett Evans




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