Kayla Kipp (Photo: Nemacolin)

Kayla Kipp, Equipment Manager for Nemacolin, a luxury resort with two courses designed by Pete Dye in Farmington, Pennsylvania, is the first woman to receive the title of Certified Turf Equipment Manager (CTEM) from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Kipp volunteered with GCSAA on the Equipment Managers Task Force for seven years and helped develop the certification program.

“Being now the first woman to earn the CTEM designation and having attended three Women in Turf events while serving on the first women’s task force, I feel like I’ve absolutely paved the way for others to succeed in this industry,” Kipp said.

Prior to joining the Nemacolin team, Kipp held the position of Equipment Manager for Lodestone and Fantasy Valley Golf Courses in Twig Resort in McHenry, Md., and spent six years in the U.S. Air Force as an equipment handling and maintenance journeyman.

According to GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans, to earn the accolade, Kipp needed three years of experience as an equipment handler and to complete levels one and two of the Equipment Handler Certificate Program (EMCP). to begin the CTEM program.

“To then earn its certification, it passed the 197 attestation criteria focused on best practices for operating maintenance, safety and environmental facilities,” Evans said. “She is the first woman to become a CTEM, and we congratulate her on this historic achievement.”