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Ryan Kraushofer, CGCS

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I am a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) at Westminster National Golf Course- a public course located in Westminster, MD. I’ve been certified since Summer 2022, where prior to that I was a GCSAA Class A member for 12 years. My Superintendent career started in 2007 when I received my Certificate in Turf Grass Management from University of Maryland, College Park. I worked as an Assistant Superintendent for The Timbers at Troy Golf Course from  2006-2007. I accepted the Superintendent position at Westminster National Golf Course in 2007 when the course was purchased by the family I worked for throughout high school. I worked at Blue Mash Golf Course for 6 months in 2019-2020, but returned to Westminster National after my daughter was born. I’ve now been at Westminster National GC for a total of 14 years. 

I met my wife, Sierra, in 2013 and we have been married since May, 2017. We welcomed our daughter, Amelia, in January 2020, and we are expecting our son Rory to be born at the end of October.  Our family of 3 soon to be 4 enjoys working in the yard together, playing with our 2 dogs (Opie and Ace), and going for walks and the park to play. 

I am passionate about building the future of the golf industry through exposing today’s youth to all of the aspects of the job. I'm a champion of the First Green program and am proud to be a leader in the industry. I’m an advocate for the impacts you can make- even as a Superintendent of a small public course- and how anyone can influence change in the golf industry. I was President of the Mid-Atlantic GCSAA chapter in 2019 & 2020 and successfully did nine years during my tenure on the MAAGCS board. I am an innovative thinker and love to collaborate with others to make change. I hope to bring these skills to the National Board of GCSAA to continue the hard work of our profession.

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Work Force Development

During my tenure on the Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors we strived to create one of the best workforce development programs in the country. We worked hard to give our members the resources they need to grow themselves as Superintendents, as well as develop youth as future employees on a golf course. From hosting First Green events for educators, starting apprenticeship programs, producing a video to spark interest in young minds, to hiring a consulting company to help see our ideas through. Please browse some of our links below and feel free to take an idea back to your chapter!

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GCSAA Activities

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2023 Certification Committee 3/1/23-2/29/24

2022 Certification Committee 3/1/22-2/28/23

First Green Task Group 3/1/21-2/28/22

2020 Chapter Delegates Meeting 9/25/20-11/1/20

First Green Task Group 3/1/20-2/28/21

First Green Task Group 3/1/18-2/28/19

2016 Chapter Delegates Meeting 9/8/16-9/8/17

2015 Chapter Delegates Meeting 9/14/15-10/28/15

2014 Chapter Leaders/Executives Symposium 3/10/14-3/12/14


Mid-Atlantic Chapter Activities

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Immediate Past President 12/9/21-11/29/22

Voting Delegate  12/8/20-12/9/21

Immediate Past President 12/1/20-12/9/21

Chapter Delegate 9/28/20-9/13/21

President 1/1/20-12/31/20

Chapter Delegate 11/6/19-9/1/20

President 1/1/19-12/31/19

Vice President 1/1/18-12/31/18

Vice President 1/1/17-12/31/17

Voting Delegate 1/1/17-9/21/17

Chapter Delegate 9/16/16-12/31/16

Secretary 1/1/16-12/31/16

Treasurer 1/1/16-12/31/16

Treasurer 1/1/15-12/31/15

Secretary 1/1/15-12/31/15

Newsletter Editor 1/1/14-12/31/14

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In Closing

Golf has been a big part of my life for a long as I can remember. My fondest memories are from when I was 12 years old, and I was more interested in working on a golf course than actually playing the game. My parents would ask the owners of our local family run golf course if it was ok for me to hang out in the clubhouse while they would play. This led me to a job with small chores such as vacuuming, taking out the trash and washing carts. That was the start of a career as a Golf Course Superintendent & General Manager, working for the same family at Westminster National Golf Course. Now 26 years later, I’m still working for the same family that opened up the door for this amazing career path. If you would have asked me 10 years ago if a guy from a low budget public golf course would have the chance to run for the National Board of Directors, I would have said no way! But after serving on our chapter board for the past nine years (including as President in 2019-20), I know it’s not all about how popular your course is or if you have the biggest budget. It’s about the love of the game, networking, volunteering, and dedication that matters the most! That is why I know I am a good fit to serve on the GCSAA Board of Directors. The previous board has done a fantastic job creating great initiatives, which I will seek to grow if elected. I’m very excited about The First Green Program, Facility BMPS, National Golf Day, the revamped CGCS process and most recently, partnering with Region 3 of the EPA, which happens to be the Mid- Atlantic, my area. I have hosted over a dozen First Green events, as well as help to plan the National Golf Day Community Service Project, and most recently I completed my CGCS. I will have no trouble picking up where the board has left off. As Rhett Evans would say it’s time to “Lead Out”! So, with the support of my wife and my employer, it’s my turn to Lead Out, to Support, and to Grow our association to be the best it possibly can be!

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Ryan Kraushofer, CGCS
Westminster National Golf Course
2158 Littlestown Pike
Westminster, MD 21158


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