Sunderman comes to GCSAA uniquely qualified for the position, with over 19 years of professional golf course management experience, prior experience in the financial services sector, a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in turf management and an MBA from Florida Southern College.
He recently spent 17 years at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where he was a land manager. Previously he held the position of Superintendent at Wheatstone Golf Club in Caledonia, Ohio, and as Associate Superintendent of TPC at Prestancia in Sarasota, Florida; Sunny Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; and the East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Florida. Over the course of his career, Sanderman has developed his skills beyond professional golf course management by leading several far-reaching strategic planning initiatives and gaining experience in financial management as a licensed Series 7 financial advisor.
After six years on the GCSAA Board of Directors, Sunderman received deep exposure to the GCSAA headquarters team, including work with the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, corporate partners, education, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, advocacy, environmental programs and the GCSAA Foundation.
“When Kevin had the opportunity to join the GCSAA team, we knew we had found our next COO,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans He said. “His knowledge of GCSAA and the industry, his business acumen and leadership skills provide the Association with a velocity of transition that will prove beneficial as we expand and enhance the programs and services we offer our members. All members will continue to benefit from his knowledge, passion and dedication.”
Sunderman has been a GCSAA member for 21 years and became a certified golf course superintendent in 2019. He is the past president of the Florida GCSA and Florida West Coast GCSA and has served on several national GCSAA committees. He was first appointed to the GCSAA Board of Directors in 2017, was elected Vice President earlier this year, and was nominated as GCSAA President in 2023. Sunderman will step down from the Board of Directors to become Director of Operations. The transition of responsibilities to the Sunderman Board of Directors and details of this process will be announced in upcoming communications.
“I am extremely excited to join GCSAA as Director of Operations. Being a member of the association has had a tremendous impact on my life and career as a golf course supervisor.” “Since I first served on a branch board of the GCSAA Board of Directors, it has always been about service and leadership. This It hasn’t changed. It gives me the opportunity to continue serving an industry that has meant so much to me in a new way.”
Sanderman succeeds outgoing director of operations Bob RandquistCGCS, which retires October 15 after four and a half years on staff and 46 years as a member of the GCSAA. As the Director of Operations, Sunderman will be responsible for managing a wide and complex range of functions and facilitating multiple projects to achieve the association’s goals. While he will represent GCSAA and maintain relationships with industry and allied partners, his main focus will be on internal stakeholders and being an integral part of the HQ culture.
“The past six years of my service on the GCSAA Board of Directors have provided me with valuable opportunities to develop relationships with GCSAA chapter leaders, as well as to meet, listen and learn from the many members of GCSAA while expanding my knowledge of the remarkable way in which GCSAA employees serve our members,” said Sunderman. “As Director of Operations, I look forward to using these insights to guide the GCSAA team in providing benefits that will have a real impact on our members’ lives. I appreciate everyone at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club; they are such an amazing group of people I will truly miss”
Sunderman, whose family includes his wife, Melanieoh boy Trentand my daughter, Elise, from Florida to Kansas for his new role at GCSAA Headquarters. He will begin his tenure as Operations Manager on November 7.