2023 OGCSA Board Officer and Director Candidates
Election results will be announced at the OGCSA Annual Members Meeting, Thursday, May 25, 2023 at McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR. Ballots have been mailed to all eligible voting members (Class A, B, C and AA-Life, Affiliate) in good standing. Ballots must be received by mail by May 24, 2023 or hand delivered at Annual Meeting to be counted.
PRESIDENT: Scott Moffenbeier, Bend Country Club
Starting my 30th season working in the industry, I look forward to serving as your President. As a graduate of Oregon State University’s Turf Management Program (1998) and working at 6 different golf courses throughout Oregon, I have had the opportunity to associate and work with many outstanding professionals in the industry, helping me grow as a superintendent.
My wife Cathi, daughters Macy (16) and Harper (14) keep me motivated and support the commitment that the golf course requires. Bend Golf Club has been a special place to work, providing many opportunities beyond just maintaining turf. Spending most of my career in Central Oregon has provided many friendships that have led to a tight knit group of superintendents that support each other beyond our profession.
Thank you for your consideration to serve as President for the Oregon Chapter of the GCSAA and work with a very talented group. I look forward to the opportunity to continue building on the successes of the organization and bringing value to our membership.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Stephen Purdy, Langdon Farms Golf Club
For the past 14 years I have had the privilege of working at Langdon Farms Golf Club, first as an assistant, and the last six years as Superintendent. Prior to working at Langdon and immediately out of college, I was an assistant for Mark Shepherd at Aspen Lakes. Over the past decade my wife Emily and I have welcomed four children- Ella, Charlotte, William, and Clara. We live on a family farm outside of Sublimity, OR. When I have free time, I enjoy getting the kids outside to play sports, spending time in the outdoors, and teaching them how to work.
Having four children under the age of ten has helped me gain patience and learn to approach every situation differently, which has helped in serving on the Board of Directors. Over the past four years I have gained experience and knowledge to hopefully better the association moving forward over my present term.
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Jason Dorn, Portland Golf Club
Dear OGCSA members,
Hi there, Jason Dorn of Portland Golf Club.
I was born and raised in the Minneapolis metro area of Minnesota. My Turfgrass career began on a course constructed on a hobby farm in my parent’s backyard, traveled to Doral in Miami, graduated Penn State University two- year Program 2001, worked my up at Baltusrol Golf Cub in Springfield NJ from intern to Superintendent, and currently am Director of Grounds for Portland Golf Club.
I currently reside in Tigard Oregon with my wife of twelve years Ellen. The last three years serving as a Director have been very rewarding.
The opportunity to continue this service serving as Secretary/Treasurer would be humbling. Our membership numbers held steady along with sustaining our partnership program. These programs, along with events, are vital towards funding research at Oregon State University. Growth in these areas is always the goal as it is for Rounds for Research or the First Green Program.
Thanks for taking the time to read and be honored to continue board service for OGCSA.
All the best this upcoming season.
Respectfully, Jason Dorn
SUPERINTENDENT DIRECTOR CANDIDATES:
John Ball, City of Portland – RedTail Golf Course & Eastmoreland Golf Course
Greetings, my name is John Ball and I am running for a Superintendent Director position in our association. My career in golf started at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, where I worked throughout high school and college, until I obtained my BS in Turfgrass Management from Washington State University. After WSU I was accepted into an internship program with the Northern California Golf Association, eventually I became the Superintendent at the NCGA’s 27-hole facility in the Bay Area, Poppy Ridge Golf Course. In 2021 I was fortunate enough to get my dream job – working for the City of Portland and being Superintendent at two of their golf courses: RedTail Golf Course and Eastmoreland Golf Course.
After seeing my industry mentors come and go through the associations, in both Northern California and Oregon, I believe it is now my turn to give back and hopefully be a mentor and resource for the next generation of Oregon Superintendents. It would be an honor to serve on the OGCSA Board of Directors and help share the knowledge and lessons we have all learned in our careers.
Corey Beelke, Broken Top Club
I was born and raised in West Lafayette, IN, where I began playing golf around the age of 5 and haven’t been able to put a club down since. My first job was working at a golf course as outside golf service at the Purdue Golf Complex where I learned I could make golf a career. After high school, I went to Methodist College in North Carolina. I graduated with a business degree and with a concentration in Professional Golf Management and left with a class A PGA membership. During my college tenure, I soon realized that the turf side of the business might be better suited for me. As a result, I turned right around and attended the Rutgers University Turf Program.
After graduating from Rutgers in 2008, I moved to Eugene, Oregon, where I worked for Chris Gaughan at Eugene Country Club for two years. In 2010 I accepted my first assistant job at Juniper Golf Club in Redmond, Oregon. After experiencing Oregon for a few years I felt the need to head to California and gain some different perspectives. I was fortunate to be hired as an assistant superintendent at Bayonet & Black Horse, which is located on the Monterey Peninsula. Working at a 36 hole, bentgrass facility, was truly a different challenge with an amazing backdrop. Being around so many famous golf courses as well as meeting some great superintendents really reinforced my love for the game and business. I spent my last two years in California at Claremont Country Club in Oakland. It’s by far the oldest club that I’ve worked at, dating back to 1897. Re-designed by the famous Dr. Alistair McKenzie, Claremont CC packs a brute of a challenge despite only playing 5,400 yards and to a par of 68.
In 2014, I was given the opportunity to come back to Bend, Oregon. I worked under Scott Moffenbeier for three years before being promoted to Head Superintendent. I feel extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to work at such a great golf club in such a beautiful part of the country. I met my wife here in Bend and we have been married now for over four years. My wife and I have a 16-month baby boy named Hart, he is our world and has completely changed our lives!
If re-elected, I look forward to helping the OGCSA grow and support its members. As this industry changes, I think it’s vital to help young assistants and superintendents have all the resources they need to be successful.
Steven Beyer, Illahe Country Club
Growing up on a small dairy farm outside of Silverton, Oregon, is where I learned some of the work ethics needed to succeed in the turf industry. Combine those values with schooling at Oregon State and great people to work with have brought me to where I am today. I have been the Superintendent at Illahe Hills Country Club for the past four years with stops at Waverley CC, The Idaho Club, Chambers Bay, and Tualatin CC along the way. It is an honor to be part of the OGCSA and share in many of the relationships and friendships that are a direct result of a fantastic organization. I look forward to serving you as Superintendent- Director!
Josh Loy, Steward Meadow Golf Course
I am Josh Loy, Superintendent at Stewart Meadows Golf Course in Medford. My interest in golf goes back to my childhood. My work in the golf business goes back 31 years to when I started cleaning golf clubs in the bag room at Rogue Valley Country Club as a young teenager. Four years later, I went to work at Stewart Meadows Golf Course in various positions until 2014, when I took over the Superintendent position. About a year later, I obtained my landscape contractor’s license. While managing the day-to-day maintenance activities on the golf course, I started installing irrigation and landscaping commercially for our parent company, KOGAP Enterprises, Inc. Combining both the golf course Superintendent and commercial landscape duties over the past few years has helped me to a deeper understanding of business.
It has been a privilege to serve on the OGCSA board for the last two years, and if re-elected, I look forward to future years of service. Thank you for your time.
AFFILIATE DIRECTOR CANDIDATE:
Cameron Callaway, Pacific Golf & Turf
My name is Cameron Callaway, and I am a candidate to serve on the OGCSA board as an affiliate director. I currently work as an irrigation specialist in the state of Oregon for Pacific Golf and Turf providing support and sales for Rainbird golf products. Before taking this position two years ago, I spent 6 years at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, WA. Serving as an assistant as well as the superintendent for several years. I have worked at a number of different courses in SW Washington and Oregon prior to enrolling at Walla Walla, where I then decided to turn my passion for turfgrass from a summer job to a career. One thing that has always stuck with me since becoming a member of the OGCSA is the overwhelming amount of support between the members. I have always wanted to give back to the OGCSA and the industry as a whole and serving on the board seems like the right place to start. Continuing to help fund the incredible research that OSU does as well as continuing to provide education opportunities for students is vital to keep producing great superintendents across Oregon. I would be honored to serve on the board and help the industry as much as possible. Thanks for your consideration.