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Kayla Kipp Becomes GCSAA’s First Certified Female Turf Equipment Manager

FARMINGTON, PA NemacolinPennsylvania’s premier luxury resort destination, is proud to announce Kayla Kip, the Turf Management Department Equipment Manager for the popular resort town’s Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock Golf Courses, recently earned her certification as a Certified Turf Equipment Manager through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). She is one of 15 in the world to hold this certification in the industry and is notably the first woman to do so.

For the past seven years, Kipp has volunteered with GCSAA on the Equipment Managers Task Force and was instrumental in developing the intense certification program awarded to facility management professionals. turf equipment who have demonstrated a high degree of knowledge and skill in their profession. .

“To get her certification, Kayla needed to have three years of experience as an Equipment Manager and have completed the Equipment Management Certificate Program (EMCP) Levels 1 and 2 to begin the Equipment Manager Program of certified turf (CTEM),” CEO of GCSAA says Rhett Evans. “To then obtain its certification, it passed the 197 certification criteria focused on best practices for operating maintenance facilities, safety and the environment. She is the first woman to become a CTEM, and we congratulate her on this historic achievement.


Commenting on Kipp’s accomplishment, Nemacolin President Maggie Hardy Knox said, “It’s monumental, and we’re proud to have her drive, determination and spirit on the team of associates. of Nemacolin. She is a shining example to all that nothing is impossible, and she is an encouragement to other women who are determined to succeed in any business or industry.

Prior to joining the Nemacolin staff, Kipp served as an equipment manager at the Lodestone and Fantasy Valley golf courses at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland, and spent six years in the United States Air Force. United States as an equipment handling and maintenance companion.

Chris Anderson is turf manager at Nemacolin and supervisor at Kipp. “Since Kayla joined our team, she has dedicated her time and talent to breathing new life into our facility and maintenance program. She accelerated her path to CTEM and took our playing surfaces to the next level working with the team,” adds Anderson.

Kipp says of his accomplishment: “GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans is always the first to remind us to ‘lead’, to be the first to blaze trails for the next person and put the work to the benefit of the ‘coming. As I am now the first woman to earn the CTEM designation and have participated in three Women in Turf events while serving on the first women’s task force, I feel like I have absolutely paved the way for d others to succeed in this industry. I’m ready for what’s next.


Nestled among 2,200 scenic acres in the Allegheny Mountains and the scenic Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania, Nemacolin offers diverse and luxurious accommodation options including the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel; an impressive assortment of restaurants, including the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec; and an extensive art collection for resort guests. Nemacolin is home to two of the most popular and scenic golf courses in the northeast: Mystic Rock (a golf summary “Editors’ Choice” selection and former host of the PGA TOUR’s 84 Lumber Classic) and Shepherd’s Rock, both designed by the legendary Pete Dye and featuring thrilling shot values ​​and unforgettable natural scenic views of the area. The golf experience at Nemacolin perfectly complements an adventurous and rewarding holiday which can also include a range of activities such as canopy tours, ropes course, off-road jeep adventures, fly fishing, swimming, clay shooting and instruction, wildlife safari, casino games at Lady Luck Nemacolin Casino, and much more. The Zen seeker can find serenity at the Woodlands Spa and Salon or balance at the Holistic Healing Center. Nemacolin also features a private airstrip and 35,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and event space, making this resort the perfect choice for everything from weddings to private events and corporate retreats.

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